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Old 03-10-2009, 10:15 AM
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If the Emperor Nicholas II wanted to change te succession he could officially have done it, there is no doubt about that. As Autocrat of All the Russians he needed permission from no one to do it.

Taking into account the previous post on the power of the Grand Dukes and te Church, the weak position of the Tsar - especially after 1905 - the proclamation of one of his daughters as heir would have created serious troubles in the Imperial family, something Nicholas simply couldnt risk.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:22 AM
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I do not think that Nicholas II would have changed the succession laws. Nicholas II was not known for rocking the boat and would have continued with the male primogeniture. Additionally, The Romanovs had enough males to continue the bloodline. I assume that Nicholas II would have named Grand Duke Michael as his heir because this was what his parents wanted.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:41 PM
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I do not think that Nicholas II would have changed the succession laws. Nicholas II was not known for rocking the boat and would have continued with the male primogeniture. Additionally, The Romanovs had enough males to continue the bloodline. I assume that Nicholas II would have named Grand Duke Michael as his heir because this was what his parents wanted.
Hi Al-bina!

Yes, I can see where it would make logical sense to name GD Michael as heir after Alexei - he was the "spare" for his lifetime when he wasn't the actual heir. But that would have just forced the succession crisis down a generation, since he had no legitimate heir and his marriage to Nathalie Brasova was non-dynastic; their son George was also a non-dynast. And the Empress was not a fan of GD Michael, to be sure.

Russia had had several capable female rulers. Of course, we know so little about Olga and Tatiana, so we can't really say if they would have been capable or not. But with a nice clutch of daughters in hand, it seems to me that Nicholas and Alexandra could have done a lot worse than turn to the clay at hand for successors.

I guess - that's exactly what they did - "a lot worse."
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:21 PM
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Russian Empress ... I am not sure ... Catherine I was a puppet, I dare to say, for Prince Menshikov and Count Tolstoy backed up by the Privy Council. Anna Ivanovna of Russia was very influenced by much-hated Ernst Johann von Biron. The only relatively independent successful female rulers were: (1)Elizabeth I of Russia, who ascended the throne because she was Peter I's daughter (i.e., captilised on her father's great deeds for Russia); and (2)Catherine II, who became an Empress because she was shrewd enough to capitalise on her husband's love for everything Prussian that was unpopular with Russian power elite/army/common people. What could Grand Duchess Olga or Grand Duchess Tatiana have capitalised on to convince Russian power elite/army/common people of her ability to be an effective ruler? Not much... I believe.
Russia was more Asian in terms of the succession: male heirs via legitimate equal marriages. The succession line would have moved to other branches of the Romanovs: Grand Duke Constantine Nickolaevich and his sons, for instance.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:28 PM
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And more, the Grand Duchesses, daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, were not educated to reign...
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:37 PM
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yes, I agree with MAfan and Al bina
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:17 PM
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I have always thought it was stupid they couldn't change the law. If one Tsar made a law another can change it. I don't think it's right he should have to ask other dynasts, because of course they're going to say no since it would hurt them in the line of succession. But look, he was TSAR! He had ABSOLUTE POWER! Why did he have to care what they thought? He wasn't on good terms with the Vladmiriovichi, the next in line, anyway. Why not bump them out of it? Michael would not be ahead of Nicholas's children, if he allowed girls.

There were rumors for awhile that Olga would marry Dmitri Pavlovich and in the event of Alexei's death or extreme disability, they could rule together. Of all the children, Olga was the smartest, most compassionate and more complex as a person, and she'd have made a great ruler.
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:23 PM
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I'm definitely not disgreeing! Those girls had not been raised to rule. (Neither had Catherine II or Elizabeth I, for that matter, though.) However, Olga was age 9 at the birth of the Heir, Tatiana was age 8. If Nicholas had seen fit to begin their education to be back-up heirs to their mortally ill brother, he had plenty of time.

It seems like no choices were good ones, but that Nicholas invariably chose the worst options. It was simply time for the monarchy to end, as it did: brutally, and finally.
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Given your post, the question "Why did not Nicholas II see fit to prepare the eldest daughter to rule to provide for a possible succession crisis"? arises. Perhaps, it seemed highly improbable even to Tsar himself to install a female as an heir to the Russian Imperial throne. At the same time, I agree with you noting that Nicholas II's reign was plagued by poor choices/decisions, which, in their turn, severely crippled chances of the regime survivial.
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Nicholas was a man who could only see yesterday, not tomorrow. His lack of forsight, as well as his weak and, often, confused choices, never instilled in him that he could do anything and back it up. He was ruled by his wife and his uncles and some ministers. I don't know if he ever had a creative thought of his own, that he was willing to back up. I don't think it would have made much difference, though, today.
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I'm really enjoying this conversation - thanks for this.

Countess, your point is excellent; hindsight was Nicholas' forte, was it not?

Al-bina, I agree with you - do you suppose that is because Nicholas was, as Countess indicates, so bound to the past (meaning the three generations previous of no-female rulers and rules?) Or do you think that he was a product of his time, believing women to be the weaker sex and thereby a second-best choice for a ruling throne?

Considering that his grandmother-in-law was one of the most memorable monarchs of any time, I find that interesting. Olga, Tatiana, Marie & Anastasia were the great-granddaughters of Victoria Regina, Queen & Empress.

Perhaps I merely long for these young women to have come into their own. Generally, however, I'm not that romantic or rosy.
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This was a frozen time and the Romanov's were frozen in their places, waiting for fate to over take them and it did. There were many things, a thinking monarch, might have done to allay them.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:40 PM
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I think Nicholas wouldn't have wanted to change the succession because he was so bound to the past and the rules. That's the main reason. His being autocrat for example largely stayed because he wanted it so, he thought he had to pass down to Alexei what God had given him, unchanged. Also, Alexei might have had children- other royal hemophiliacs did, and Alexei's possible son wouldn't have had hemophilia nor would have been able to pass it down. The best scenario perhaps would have had Alexei marrying and having a son, and Alexei dying before Nicholas, and maybe that son could have come to the throne, albeit likely as a child. Who knows? Could have happened. Olga was intelligent, no doubt about that, while Tatiana was called the '' Governess'' in the family change that to '' Empress'' and wonder about what might have been. But, Olga would likely have made an okay ruler- only, she might have been a hemophilia carrier and passed it down, so maybe making her the heir would have been a short term solution. Who knows what the future would have held?
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Smile I hope I have not veered off the topic too much ...

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... Al-bina, I agree with you - do you suppose that is because Nicholas was, as Countess indicates, so bound to the past (meaning the three generations previous of no-female rulers and rules?) Or do you think that he was a product of his time, believing women to be the weaker sex and thereby a second-best choice for a ruling throne? ... [snipped]
Here I am inclined to fully agree with Countess. Nicholas II was torn between a dire necessity to introduce some drastic changes into the existing system and an inner need to adhere to traditional ways. Russia had a booming economy, but political reforms lagged far behind. Nicholas II's ineptness and indecisiveness acted as the catalyst that prompted the critical mass of ordinary Russians' dissatisfaction with the Tsarist regime to crystallise into the 1905 and 1917 revolutions. He might have introduced some changes of a political/economical nature, but he as well as Russian power elite/ordinary people were not ready mentally to accept one of Nicholas II 's daughters as the Empress.
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Empress Olga or Tatiana was not a viable option of preserving the Russian Imperial House. Russians needed another Peter I at that time , i.e., a tough ruthless ruler to implant much needed changes by iron and fire. Yes, I know it sounds bad, but the Bolshevicks/Communists were also cruel in inoculating people with new ways of life. Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich was said to fit this position reasonably well because he proved to be an efficient commander of Dikaya or Wild Division.
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The Wild Division was an all-volunteer irregular division of the Russian Army, composed of six regiments of Muslims from the Causcasus region. Mikhail was a wildly popular choice as commander among the division's fighters, and photos exist of the tall, handsome Grand Duke attired one of their colorful uniforms.
Somewhat similar division is the ceremonial bodyguards of King Abdullah of Jordan. Here is the photo http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...septiembre.jpg. By the way, Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich's uniform was very similar to that of the ceremonial bodyguards.
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Mikhail proved to be a brave commander of his "Wild Division." It is interesting to note, that, while much of the Army mutinied after the Revolution, these fierce men remained a disciplined fighting force. They only disbanded in 1920 after having continued to fight in the White Army, when they were evacuated to Constantinople with General Wrangel.
Pikul in "Nechistaya Sila" hinted that the Romanovs had a chance of survival with Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich as the Tsar because he was capable of operating under pressure and making decisions on his own. Additionally, Grand Duke was popular among army commanders and soldiers.

Reference: Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich - Alexander Palace Time Machine
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I've always thought and heard that Mikhail was thought of as a weak prospect for an heir- he was never trained, he was the youngest son and there was his morgantic marriage, the fact that to some he seemed to be yet another of those Romanovs living abroad ( for awhile) unsuitably married and not supporting the Romanov family. But the points you raised suggest a different picture, one I never thought of before.
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Alexei and the throne

I ve wondering about this for a long time and I want your opinon on the matter. I ve been thinking that even if the Monarchy wasn't abolished , there is still the possibility that Alexei would not be the next Tsar. I mean , maybe at his father's death he would choose to renounce his rights, given the bad state of his health , because certainly the pressure of being the Tsar of all Russians could only make him worse. Also, given that haemophiliacs died in general relatively young those days, he might have wanted peace and rest for his life.
I am only making a pure hypothesis here, but do you think this case could be possible? And if possible, do you think that Alexandra and OTMA would support such a desicion?
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Probably, but again, coming to the Russian throne was a "holy" event. The crown couldn't pass to a woman, so it would go to Alexis' uncle Michael.
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I personally doubt it that he would have renounced his rights if the Monarchy would not have been abolished. He would have taken it as his duty IMO.
Besides some say that haemophilia reduces its symptoms later in life...

Speaking hypothetical I'm not sure if Alexandra would have supported such a decision, but his sisters possibly...
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There certainly was a chance he would've chose not to become tsar. I think Alexandra would've at least supported him since she knew of all his difficulties as a child and she was actually scared and worried when Nicholas would bring Alexei to Stavka with him.
Still he loved Russia and I think would've thought it was his destiny to be its ruler, just as Nicholas did before.
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I actually think it would be interesting to see Nicholas's daughter, Olga as Empress Autocrat of all Russia
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