Wednesday, 23 November 2016
parts of the Earth's surface;
the Solar System;
an interstellar empire.
"King Kashtiliash - Great King of Babylon, King of the Four Quarters of the Earth, King of the Universe, viceregent of the great god Marduk, overlord of Assyria by right of conquest and of Elam by treaty of vassalage, and ally of the Republic of Nantucket..."
-SM Stirling, On The Oceans Of Eternity (New York, 2000), Chapter Six, p. 101.
" - Willem, Prince of Orange, Duke of Nassau, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Knight Commander of the Holy Roman Empire, Admiral General of the Imperial Forces, Adviser to the Martian Nests, Protector of the Poor, and, by the Grace of God, King of the Lowlands and Emperor of the Planets and the Spaces Between."
-Robert Heinlein, Double Star (New York, 1957), Chapter 8, p. 91.
Here is another reference to the Roman Empire or rather to its "Holy" successor. Willem is a Knight Commander of a defunct Empire but also a current Emperor. We are not told his surname.
"His Imperial Majesty, High Emperor Georgios Manuel Krishna Murasaki, of the Wang dynasty the fourth, Supreme Guardian of the Pax, Grand Director of the Stellar Council, Commander-in-chief, Final Arbiter..."
-Poul Anderson, Young Flandry (Riverdale, NY, 2010), p. 5.
A High Emperor must outrank mere Emperors? Georgios' middle names are those of the Founder and of an Indian deity but there is no reference to any god or to divine favor among his titles. Also, someone who is all too aware that he rules only one part of one spiral arm of a single galaxy makes no claim to rule the Universe. Georgios speaks Anglic but do his titles include the Latin word, "Pax"?
Later, the same titles are repeated for Hans Friedrich Molitor except that he is of his dynasty the first - and much history revolves around that single fact.
Kashtiliash represents Marduk on Earth.
Willem advises Martian nests.
Hans appoints a Duke of Mars.