Drak-Modani Abdication Crisis
The Drak-Modani Abdication Crisis has its origins in the Bovinist Schism of 1676. To placate nativist demands, the King of Drak-Modan, Nathan II agreed to abdicate in favor of his youngest son, John Hilding Waffel-Paine. Prince John had been left to grow up in Drakorda since he was two years old and was seen as a good compromise with those in the Drak-Modani government who wanted less Natopian interference in Benacian politics. In anticipation of the abdication and expecting it to excite anti-Natopian sentiment, Chancellor Davit Teimuraz called for new elections in 1679 to increase his party's plurality to a majority. The chancellor's party, the Modani People's Union, was expected to secure a major victory after dropping its unpopular policy on withdrawing from the Raspur Pact. The unexpected divorce of Clara Sundara resulted in her and her children relocating from Batavia to Drak-Modan. The presence of such a major political figure drastically boosted the Bagelcratican Party's profile.
Fury Elections of 1679
The MPU secured a major victory in the Fury, increasing their share of Fury seats. Chancellor Davit Teimuraz, noted that falling popularity of last Fury's coalition partner, the Benacia for Benacians Party (BfB), having lost nearly half of their seats since the last election. Teimuraz made a bold compromise and reached out to the ideologically-opposite Bagelcraticans (BBP) for support in forming a government and electing him as Chancellor again. The Bagelcraticans made several demands, including at least one cabinet appointment and most importantly, the inclusion of Clara Waffel-Paine as judge, advisor, and regent for her nephew, the new boy king, John Hilding.
- 3.I.1679 - Chancellor Teimuraz dissolves the Fury and calls for new elections.
- 24.II.1679 - Elections results are verified and reported.
- 25.II.1679 - The BfB offers to form a coalition, similar to the Fury of 1676. Teimuraz rejects their offerm which would only form a 50% voting bloc, noting their plummeting popularity, hardline anti-Raspur rhetoric, and extreme right wing views might alienate the new moderate voters that left the Solidarity Party.
- 26.II.1679 - The BBP, in a surprise move, offers to form a coalition with the MPU under certain conditions with the ultimatum that refusal to accept the coalition would result in BBP, SP, and L&P continually voting against legislation. SP and L&P refuse to work together, thus limiting the possibility of a tri-party BBP-CP-LP grand coalition.
- 27.II.1679 - A coalition government forms between the MPU and BBP, re-electing Teimuraz as the chancellor, in exchange for Clara Waffel-Paine being appointed Governor-General.
- 28.II.1678 - Nathan II is presented a list of Fury-approved candidates, including Clara, and appoints her as Drak-Modan's next Governor-General. Nathan allows Clara to set her own agenda as Governor-General, hoping to alleviate nativist concerns.
- 1.III.1878 - Clara, in a surprise to many, announces an agenda of working with the Fury to reform the legal codes, and codify the constitution, hoping to have a solid civic government in place before Nathan II abdicates.
Coronation of King John
Nathan II had been preparing for his abdication for several years. He wanted a quick transferal of power and insisted on his abdication and coronation of his son to occur on the exact same day to prevent any republican sympathizers and Natoskeptics from taking advantage of the power vacuum. Nathan II would transmit his letter of abdication to the Fury at 8:00 AM on the morning of 25 Blumuar 1679, John's 8th birthday. John would then be crowned in a simple ceremony in Drakorda Palace, officiated by the Otchim of the Benacian Bovic Church.
- 24.V.1679 - Nathan II abdicates the throne of Drak-Modan.
- 24.V.1679 - John Hilding is crowned King of Drak-Modan.
Clara as Grand Judge
The position of Grand Judge was created as a concession to the Bagelcraticans in exchange for voting to elect Teimuraz as Chancellor. Clara Waffel-Paine was specifically named as the Grand Judge and given certain veto and protection powers over the king and Fury, ostensibly to prevent the naive monarch from doing anything rash and relying on Clara's extensive political experiences. Limiting the power of the king was the ultimate goal of the MPU, and the Bagelcraticans hoped to keep a Waffel-Paine on the throne as long as possible.
Stalemate and Deadlock
Everytime the MPU pass a law to reduce the power of the king and give it to the Chancellor, the Bagelcraticans amend the bill to grant the Grand Judge more veto powers. A traditional lindstromist government begins to form with an increasingly dictatorial chancellor and a veto-wielding judge. Eventually drastic back and forth reforms and concessions culminate in an absolute dictator and a grand judge with the legal authority to execute the chancellor.
25.VIII.1679 - The Fury makes sweeping changes to the Laws of Drak-Modan, passing a constitution, and altering the laws to create a lindstromist republic. This allows chancellor Teimuraz to push his agenda through a compliant and loyal Fury while Clara Waffel-Paine ensures the welfare of the people are protected as grand judge.