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Head of State of Batavia
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Coat of arms of Batavia
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Incumbent
Joseph des Vinandy-Windsor, Regent of Batavia
since 1685 - ...
Style His Royal Majesty
Residence Blanckenhof Palace
Appointer Succession
Term Lifetime
Inaugural holder Faya I, Queen of Batavia
Formation 1514
The end of Arkadius III's reign (1578 - 1582 AN) meant the end of a relative period. It was the start of short-lived cabinets, internal fights and several kings, which would eventually weaken the country.

The King of Batavia is the head of state of the Kingdom of Batavia. When a female ascends the Throne, she receives the title Queen of Batavia. The King does not only serve as head of state but is the figurehead of the Batavian Catologian Church, the chairman of the Hogerhuis and supreme commander of the armed forces, the Bataafse Strijdkrachten.

Between 1578 AN and 1669 AN, the title of King of Batavians was used to refer to the King. This change of tradition began under Arkadius III, who - unlike his predecessors - sought popular support among the masses. This subtle hint was meant to show the people that he wasn't their master, but more as an equal (or even servant). In the end, it didn't help him when faced with a coup d'état, but his successors would keep the title. It was in 1669 AN, under Arkadius IV, that these changes were reverted with support on the nobility and high dignitaries.

As the Batavian Throne had become an office of high importance and influence throughout the years, several parties and factions fought for it: the Ultraroyalists supported the rise of a Kalirion to the Throne, the Radicalen were divided between Vinandists and Windsorists, while the syndicalists preferred the creation of a republic. To rally support from all sides, the office of Staatsholder (Staatshouder) was established with the Blanckenhof Accords of 1685.

Duties and priviliges

Regalia and crown jewels

On the day of the throne, the king or queen is dressed with the regalia and crown jewels:

  • Willemian crown, as a symbol of the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Batavia and the dignity of the King as head of state. The crown forged on behalf of good King William the Second, which serves as a symbol of dignity.
  • Globe, symbolises Royal power, both worldly as spiritually, as King over Micras and the Batavian Kingdom.
  • Scepter, symbolises justice, and the King as highest shepherd and judge of the nation.
  • Golden Fleece, a woolen robe made of the finest gold wire. It has been part of the regalia for many generations and was in the possession of the Royal Family which once ruled the Kingdom of 's Koningenwaarde, before it united the territories into one country. Made with the gold of the mines to the east of Bosdaal and fabricated by crafstmen from all across the country.


List of monarchs

Kings of 's Koningenwaarde

The Kings of 's Koningenwaarde preceded the birth of a strong and centralised Kingdom. While, from a certain moment, more or less uniting the Batavians into a framework of loose cooperation and loyalty to the Crown, there was no political unity.

Kings of the Batavian Lands

Starting with Alfons the First of the House of Veronique, a loose confederation of lordships was established under the Kings of 's Koningenwaarde. The defeat of the Duke of Davignon, Johan Windsor, in the Battle of Irrel (of 1142 AN) meant the end of Dietish defiance to the Crown. The county of Vinandy (and with them the nobility of the Confederation of Ingelburg), the lordships of Transingel all bent the knee and - with support of the Church - recognised the position of the King as suzerain.

  1. Alfons I: 1142 - 1177 AN
  2. Julia I: 1177 - 1191 AN
  3. Ferdinand I: 1191 - 1206 AN
  4. Leopold I: 1206 - 1228 AN
  5. Sueen-Regent Victoria: 1228 - 1237 AN
  6. Leopold II: 1237 - 1241 AN
    1. Jacob of Austrasia (Batavian Republic): 1241 - 1248 AN
    2. Jacobus of Austrasia (Batavian Republic): 1248 - 1250 AN
  7. Alfons II: 1250 - 1257 AN
  8. Willem I: 1257 - 1293 AN
  9. Ferdinand II: 1293 - 1294 AN
  10. Wilhelma I: 1294 - 1305 AN
  11. Willem II: 1305 - 1337 AN
  12. Willem III: 1337 - 1361 AN
  13. Albert I: 1361 - 1398 AN
  14. Adelina I: 1398 - 1413 AN
  15. Willem IV: 1413 - 1432 AN
  16. Karel I: 1432 - 1470 AN
  17. Karel II: 1470 - 1514 AN

Kings of Batavia

The several principalities, duchies and counties were eventually united in a centralised state under the leadership of the Regent Jodocus van Haltna. Batavia would transform from a union of States into a centralised monarchy. The First Kingdom would see the struggle between the absolutists (who sought to stop the parliament from taking to much power) and the more radical democrats. This would eventually led to the end of Arkadius I's short-lived reign and the ascension of his brother onto the Throne.

No. Portrait Coat of arms Regnal name Dynasty Birth day (in AN) Reign (in AN) Day of death (in AN) Notes
17 Faya I.jpg Faya I House Veronique 1462 1514 - 1520

(22 march 2006 - 4 september 2006)

1520
18 Arkadius I.jpg Wapenvinandy.png Arkadius I House of Vinandy 1502 1520 - 1523 / 1524

(4 september 2006 - 2 december 2006)

1565
  • Became suddenly ill and despite good care, he died on 7 Zomermaand 1565 AN.
  • In 1523 AN, revolutionaries proclaimed the Davignonrepublic. The rebellion was crushed, and Arkadius was succeeded by Arkadius the Second in 1524.
19 Arkadius II van Batavie.jpg Wapenschildvanvinandy.png Arkadius II House of Vinandy 1506 1524 - 1567

(4 january 2007 - 18 august 2010)

1567
- Wapen regentschap.jpg First regency of Jeroen van Veen 1567 - 1568

(18 august - 13 september 2010)

20 Franzi-Ferdinanda.png Wapenschild Franzi-Ferdinanda.png Fränzi-Ferdinanda I House of Vinandy-Windsor 1552 1568 - 1577

(13 september 2010 - 18 june 2011)

1577 Abdicated in favor of Antonius Frederik Karel (Arkadius III des Vinandy).
- Wapen regentschap.jpg Second regency of Jeroen van Veen 1577 - 1578

(18 june - 6 july 2011)

21 Arkadius3.png Wapenschildvanvinandy.png Arkadius III House of Vinandy 1552 1578 - 1582 / 1585

(6 july 2011 - 12 november 2011)

1634 Not all sources refer to the end of his reign with the same year: some recognise 1582 AN, when Arkadius stepped down under pressure of the armed forces, while others recognise the adoption of a new constitution and the ascension of Mordechai I as official date.
22 Mordechai I.png WapenErasmus.png Mordechai I House Erasmus 1585 - 1588
23 Willem V.png Wapenwindsor.png Willem V House of Vinandy-Windsor 1576 1588 - 1592 1592
24 Max van bunthe-une.jpg 100px Maximiliaan I House van Bunthe-Uné 1592 - 1594
25 Hendrik I.jpg Wapenschildvanvinandy.png Hendrik I House of Vinandy 1576 1594 - 1600 1603
26 100x150px WapenErasmus.png Sisera I House Erasmus 1600 - 1602
27 Anna III.jpg Wapenwindsor.png Anna III House of Vinandy-Windsor 1602 - 1614
28 100x150px WapenErasmus.png Simon I House Erasmus 1614 - 1623 First Heavenly Light of Jingdao who claimed and combined the title of King of Batavians with his emperorship. Start of the Jingdaoese-Batavian Kings.
29 100x150px WapenErasmus.png Sisera II House Erasmus 1623 - 1627
30 100x150px WapenErasmus.png Mordechai II House Erasmus 1627 - 1631
31 100x150px WapenErasmus.png Gradus I House Erasmus 1631 - 1634
32 Kattei Emperor.jpg WapenErasmus.png Heinrich I House Erasmus 1631 - 1636
33 100x150px WapenErasmus.png Simon II House Erasmus 1636 - 1640
34 Arkadius IV.png Vinandygroot.png Arkadius IV House of Vinandy 1642 1669 - 1685
- Joseph Bartholomeus Windsor.png Wapenwindsor.png Regency by Joseph Bartholomeus des Vinandy-Windsor House of Vinandy-Windsor 1611 1685 - 1686
- Salome.1682.png Arms Ayreon-Kalirion10.png Regency by Salome Ylva Octavia as Stathouder House of Ayreon-Kalirion 17.VII.1665 1686 - present