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Franz Joseph I of Austria
FranzJosef
Historical Figure
Nationality: Austria-Hungary (born in Empire of Austria)
Date of Birth: 1830
Date of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Monarch
Spouse: Elisabeth of Bavaria
Children: Archduchess Sophie
Archduchess Gisela
Crown Prince Rudolf
Archduchess Marie-Valerie
Relatives: Maximilian I of Mexico (brother);
Franz Ferdinand (nephew);
Charles I of Austria (grandnephew)
House: Hapsburgh
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front;
Walk in Hell
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Franz Joseph I (18 August 1830 – 21 November 1916) of the Hapsburg Dynasty was Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary and King of Bohemia from 1848 until 1916. His 68-year reign, the third-longest in the recorded history of Europe, made him the longest-serving German-speaking monarch who is known to have at least nominally ruled.

It was the assassination of Franz Joseph's nephew and heir presumptive, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, on June 28, 1914, that led to World War I. Franz Joseph did not live to see the end of the war, or the collapse of his empire.

He was the elder brother of Maximilian I, the first and only Emperor of the short lived Second Mexican Empire from 1864 to 1867.

Franz Joseph I in Southern VictoryEdit

Franz Joseph I died in the second year of the Great War, before his empire and its allies, the Central Powers, emerged victorious in 1917.[1]

During his time on the General Staff, Major Irving Morrell had a superior who strongly resembled Franz Joseph.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. This is somewhat speculative, based on the fact that he died then in OTL.
  2. Walk in Hell, pg. 109, mmp.
Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Ferdinand I
Austrian Emperor
King of Hungary

1848-1916
Succeeded by
Charles I
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Ferdinand I of Austria
President of
the German Confederation

1849–1866
Succeeded by
Wilhelm I of Prussia
as President of the North German Confederation
Regnal titles
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Ferdinand I
King-Emperor of Austria-Hungary
1848-1916 (presumed)
Succeeded by
Charles I

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