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George VI of Britain
GeorgeVi
Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1895
Date of Death: 1952
Cause of Death: Lung Cancer
Religion: Anglicanism
Occupation: Monarch of the United Kingdom
Parents: King George V (father)
Spouse: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Children: Queen Elizabeth II;
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
Relatives: King Edward VII (grandfather);
King Edward VIII (brother);
George, Duke of Kent (brother)
House: Windsor (from 17 July 1917)

Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (until 17 July 1917)

Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance
through
Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Oblique contemporary references
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Throughout
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
George VI (born Albert Frederick Arthur George, 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952), known publicly as Prince Albert, Duke of York before his accession, and Bertie among his family and close friends, was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was a member of the House of Windsor. He was the last Emperor of India (until 1947) and the last King of Ireland (until 1949). He succeeded his older brother, Edward VIII, who voluntary abdicated in 1936. Then Prince Albert reluctantly ascended, taking the regnal name "George VI" in an effort to reconnect with his late father. World War II took place during George's reign; while George's role in the military strategy appears to have been minimal, his refusal to leave London during the Battle of Britain and his public visibility did much for the morale of the British people.

The remainder of George's reign saw the dissolution of the British Empire and the establishment of the British Commonwealth.

George VI in WorldwarEdit

George VI reigned during the aborted World War II and the Race Invasion. Per the laws of the country, he left the oversight of the United Kingdom's diplomacy and defence to his Prime Minister Winston Churchill.[1]

After the Peace of Cairo, George's realm was substantially reduced, as India, Australia, and most of the British Empire's colonial possessions were ceded to the Race.[2] Only Canada and New Zealand remained British Dominions. However, the United States took the initiative in protecting Canada's independence.[3]

While the Race understood that George VI was a titular "emperor" like their monarch, they also understood that the Prime Minister wielded the true power in Britain.[4] Thus, George VI was deemed a "petty emperor."[5]

After he died in 1952, he was succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth II.[6]

George VI in The War That Came EarlyEdit

George VI had been on the throne just under two years when Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia in October 1938, triggered the Second World War in Europe.[7]

In late 1939, George VI's government offered to negotiate a peace between the Soviet Union and The Empire of Japan. The British government's offer was motivated out of self-interest: if peace could be established, the Soviet Union could concentrate on Germany, and British holdings in Asia would be protected if Japanese aggression were checked. Japan refused the offer, however.[8]

In the Summer of 1940, George's prime minister, Neville Chamberlain reached a truce with Germany, and Britain joined Germany in the war against the Soviet Union.[9] In addition, Chamberlain and his successor, Horace Wilson, adopted a policy of scrutinizing their opponents.[10]

George deeply disapproved of this political turn, though as a constitutional monarch he did not attempt to interfere. In the spring of 1941, when General Archibald Wavell met with the king to inform him that the military had overthrown Wilson, George immediately knighted Wavell.[11]

George called for elections to be held at a time of the provisional government's choosing. The provisional government repeatedly delayed the elections, a move which greatly imperiled their already dubious legitimacy. George did what he could to shore up that legitimacy, insisting that the provisional government enjoyed his full confidence in a public address.[12]

By 1941, George had sent his elder brother Duke Edward of Windsor to Bermuda due to Edward's support for Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.[13]

In 1944, when war in Europe ended, George remained king, and the military government remained the true power.

Meanwhile, George's reign over Britain's colonial empire, including India, was increasingly tenuous in the peace that followed.[14]

George VI in Joe SteeleEdit

George VI reigned during World War II. In 1943, as a symbol of Great Britain's alliance with the Soviet Union, George VI ordered his prime minister, Winston Churchill, to present Soviet leader Leon Trotsky with the ceremonial Sword of Valor.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. See Worldwar generally.
  2. Striking the Balance, pg. 375.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 397-8.
  4. In the Balance, pg. 177.
  5. Upsetting the Balance, pg. 145.
  6. See, e.g., Second Contact, pg. 68, PB.
  7. See The War That Came Early series generally.
  8. West and East, pg. 377.
  9. The Big Switch, pg. 150-51.
  10. Id., at pg. 342.
  11. Coup d'Etat ch 10
  12. Ibid ch 12
  13. Ibid, Chapter 10.
  14. Last Orders, pg. 380-381.
  15. Joe Steele, pg. 279.
Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Edward VIII
Monarch of the United Kingdom and
British dominions beyond the seas

1936–1952
Succeeded by
Elizabeth II
as Queen of the Commonwealth realms
Emperor of India
1936–1947
Succeeded by
Empire abolished, Indian independence declared
New title Head of the Commonwealth
1949–1952
Succeeded by
Elizabeth II
Regnal titles
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Edward VIII
Monarch of the United Kingdom and
British dominions beyond the seas
(Worldwar)

1936–1952
Succeeded by
Elizabeth II
Emperor of India
(Worldwar)

1936–1944
Succeeded by
Title abolished, Race rule established
King of the United Kingdom and
British dominions beyond the seas, and Emperor of India
(The War That Came Early)

1936–19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent at series' end, 1944

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