© 2005 Royal Kingdom of Gotzborg. All Rights Reserved. Originally published in The Gotzborg Eagle, reproduced under license to Sinclair Publications.
Gotzborg was the victim of an April Fool’s prank when HRM August Charles II announced that a proposal that the monarchs of Gotzborg, Hanover and Varennes would trade thrones and constitutions for some time. Citizens of Gotzborg were outraged at this proposal, and much feeling was vented. Citizens expressing their feelings included the Duke of Stathearn HG Nicholas, Duke of Altamore Robert Davis and Mr Benjamin Gray. It seemed like a split in Gotzborg was imminent if this plan was adopted.
When April 1st rolled around, HRM August Charles II officially declared that the proposal was an April Fools prank. Apologising ‘for any heart attacks or near emigrations’, he reassured all citizens that he had no plans of switching thrones or constitutions. HM Alexander of All Hanover also apologised for his part in the prank. While some citizens had clued in to this before April 1, some hadn’t (including this writer) and after getting over the shock, life has moved towards normality again.
In related news:
-The spirit of April 1 was alive when the Prince of Gotzborg sovereignvikingemperor launched a Coup d’État on Gotzborg. Decrees included exiling former royalty to the North Pole, ordering pink bunny suits be worn, and appointing Lady Chloe Davis Bouncer of the National Discotheque.
-A bill in the chamber of deputies to prevent ‘throne swapping’ is in limbo since the reason behind the move was a prank (and a very good one!).
-April 1 sentiment was also present here.