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18th Jul '17 3:24:59 PM WillKeaton
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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's death in 1952 was very much like this, as even as his magnates surrounded his bedside they were plotting against each other, but particularly everyone was terrified of his police chief Lavrentiy Beria. When Stalin finally expired, Beria sprung forward, making sure he was the first to kiss Stalin's hand, an act one historian called the equivalent of "wrenching a dead King's ring off his finger," before sweeping out of the room and triumphantly calling for his car. Historians to this day debate whether it was Beria who had actually poisoned Stalin. One magnate said to another, "He's off to seize power," and they all quickly followed after him, calling for their own limousines.

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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's death in 1952 was very much like this, as even as his magnates surrounded his bedside they were plotting against each other, but everyone was particularly everyone was terrified of his police chief Lavrentiy Beria. When Stalin finally expired, Beria sprung forward, making sure he was the first to kiss Stalin's hand, an act one historian called the equivalent of "wrenching a dead King's ring off his finger," before sweeping out of the room and triumphantly calling for his car. Historians to this day debate whether it was Beria who had actually poisoned Stalin. One magnate said to another, "He's off to seize power," and they all quickly followed after him, calling for their own limousines.
18th Jul '17 3:23:44 PM WillKeaton
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* In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Emperor of Mankind has been on life support for ten thousand years, while all around him the "High Lords" politic and scheme. In this case there's no question of succession -- if he ever finishes dying the entire Imperium will probably collapse and die -- but otherwise it fits this trope to a tee.

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* In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' the Emperor of Mankind has been on life support for ten thousand years, while all around him the "High Lords" politic and scheme. In this case there's no question of succession -- if he ever finishes dying the entire Imperium will probably collapse and die -- but otherwise it fits this trope to a tee.
30th Jun '17 5:32:38 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's death was very much like this, as even as his magnates surrounded his bedside they were plotting against each other, but particularly everyone was terrified of Beria. When Stalin finally expired, Beria sprung forward, making sure he was the first to kiss Stalin's hand, an act one historian called the equivalent of "wrenching a dead King's ring off his finger," before sweeping out of the room and triumphantly calling for his car. Historians to this day debate whether it was Beria who had actually poisoned Stalin. One magnate said to another, "He's off to seize power," and they all quickly followed after him, calling for their own limousines.
** Later this resulted in everyone joining forces agaist Beria; Khruschev and Bulganin, two of the less pro-Stalinist magnates won with help of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the Soviet Union's top military commander (of questionable competence as a strategist, but with exactly zilch political ambition).

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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's death in 1952 was very much like this, as even as his magnates surrounded his bedside they were plotting against each other, but particularly everyone was terrified of his police chief Lavrentiy Beria. When Stalin finally expired, Beria sprung forward, making sure he was the first to kiss Stalin's hand, an act one historian called the equivalent of "wrenching a dead King's ring off his finger," before sweeping out of the room and triumphantly calling for his car. Historians to this day debate whether it was Beria who had actually poisoned Stalin. One magnate said to another, "He's off to seize power," and they all quickly followed after him, calling for their own limousines.
** Later this resulted in everyone joining forces agaist ''against'' Beria; Nikita Khruschev and Nikolai Bulganin, two of the less pro-Stalinist magnates won with help of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the Soviet Union's top military commander (of questionable competence as a strategist, but with exactly zilch political ambition).ambition). Beria himself was executed in 1953.
30th Jun '17 5:26:26 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* This trope is vital in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. The male lead Prince Kail Mursili is one of the biggest candidates to succeed his father, King Suppilinuma of the Hitite Empire, who is not expected to live for long; Kail's WickedStepmother Nakia is desperately trying to install her own child Juda in the throne and won't stop at ''anything'' to do so. In comes Yuri, the female lead, who becomes Kail's lover ''and'' [[GuileHero one of his strongest supporters]].\\
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And later [[spoiler: the one who actually reigns is Kail's half brother Arnuwanda, who then makes Kail his succesor. Few later, he ''does'' die and that kicks off ''another'' succesion crisis...]]

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* This trope is vital in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'':
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The male lead Prince Kail Mursili is one of the biggest candidates to succeed his father, King Suppilinuma of the Hitite Empire, who is not expected to live for long; long. Problem is, Kail's WickedStepmother Nakia is desperately trying to install her own child Juda in the throne and won't stop at ''anything'' to do so. In comes Yuri, the female lead, who becomes Kail's lover ''and'' [[GuileHero one of his strongest supporters]].\\
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supporters]].
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And later [[spoiler: the one who actually reigns is Kail's half brother Arnuwanda, who then makes appoints Kail as his succesor. Few later, he ''does'' die and that kicks off ''another'' succesion crisis...]]
13th Jun '17 11:37:41 PM jormis29
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* ''{{Exalted}}'' has an interesting variation; the Scarlet Empress is merely missing, rather than dying, and speculation among her Dynasty includes factors not only related to the possibility of her confirmed death but also of her potential entirely healthy return (which would include her easily resuming control of the empire's superweapon network).

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has an interesting variation; the Scarlet Empress is merely missing, rather than dying, and speculation among her Dynasty includes factors not only related to the possibility of her confirmed death but also of her potential entirely healthy return (which would include her easily resuming control of the empire's superweapon network).
10th Jan '17 11:47:35 AM dustyham
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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Marcus Aurelius isn't literally on his deathbed, but knows he's old and dying, and so names the hero his heir. This, combined with telling his psychotic son before telling anyone else who could confirm it, leads to him passing the deathbed stage and going straight to [[KilledOffForReal all the way dead]].

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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Marcus Aurelius isn't literally on his deathbed, but knows he's old and dying, and so names the hero his heir. This, combined with telling his [[TheCaligula psychotic son son]] before telling anyone else who could confirm it, leads to him passing the deathbed stage and going straight to [[KilledOffForReal [[TheEvilPrince all the way dead]].


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* When Henry VI of England fell into a catatonic stupor for 16 months in 1453-54, a power struggle broke out between his French wife Margaret of Anjou and his cousin Richard, Duke of York, over control of the government, which sparked an escalating feud even Henry's sudden recovery couldn't quell, effectively creating a SuccessionCrisis while he was still alive that eventually devolved into the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses.
10th Jan '17 10:10:23 AM dustyham
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* When Edward the Confessor died childless in 1066, the throne of England passed to his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, who'd likely been pulling the strings for years. However, Edward also had ties to Duke William of Normandy via his mother and may have promised the throne to William during a falling-out with the Godwinsons. Meanwhile, Harold had recently driven out his brother Tostig, who sought the aid of King Harald Hardrada of Norway who could claim the throne based on his predecessor's deal with Edward the Confessor's predecessor to inherit each other's kingdoms if either died without heirs. In the [[MightMakesRight ensuing war]], Harold Godwinson defeated Harald Hardrada but was defeated at the Battle of Hastings by William, who went on to become William the Conqueror.

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* When Edward the Confessor died childless in 1066, the throne of England passed to his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, who'd likely been pulling the strings for years. However, Edward also had ties to Duke William of Normandy via his Norman mother[[note]](Edward's mother was William's great-aunt.)[[/note]] and may have promised the throne to William during a falling-out with the Godwinsons. Meanwhile, Harold had recently driven out his brother Tostig, who sought the aid of King Harald Hardrada of Norway who could claim the throne based on his predecessor's deal with Edward the Confessor's predecessor to inherit each other's kingdoms if either died without heirs. In the [[MightMakesRight ensuing war]], Harold Godwinson defeated Harald Hardrada but was defeated at the Battle of Hastings by William, who went on to become William the Conqueror.
9th Jan '17 3:01:53 PM dustyham
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* Edward the Confessor.

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* When Edward the Confessor.Confessor died childless in 1066, the throne of England passed to his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, who'd likely been pulling the strings for years. However, Edward also had ties to Duke William of Normandy via his mother and may have promised the throne to William during a falling-out with the Godwinsons. Meanwhile, Harold had recently driven out his brother Tostig, who sought the aid of King Harald Hardrada of Norway who could claim the throne based on his predecessor's deal with Edward the Confessor's predecessor to inherit each other's kingdoms if either died without heirs. In the [[MightMakesRight ensuing war]], Harold Godwinson defeated Harald Hardrada but was defeated at the Battle of Hastings by William, who went on to become William the Conqueror.
5th Dec '16 2:06:30 PM dustyham
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* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat: The story goes that when asked who rule of his empire would fall to, he responded "tôi kratistôi." ([[AsskickingEqualsAuthority "To the strongest."]] Unfortunately, there was [[SuccessionCrisis severe disagreement to as to who this meant]]. An alternate theory is that he said "To Craterus." Craterus, one of Alexander's generals, was not present, and those who were conveniently misheard. Another version holds that he was unable to speak and thus did not actually give the iconic response, but that he gave his [[PersonalSeals signet ring]] to another general, Perdiccas, which would seem to imply endorsement of his claim to succession.
** The reason there was any question of who would rule was that Alexander had no legitimate heir. But since his wife was pregnant, some of his generals proposed to wait and see if the child would be male (as it turns out, it was), at which point succession would become obvious...with the generals ruling as regents, naturally. Others rejected this because they wouldn't be in on the deal, and thus Alexander's might empire fragmented into warring factions.

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* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat: The story goes that when asked who rule of his empire would fall to, he responded "tôi kratistôi." ([[AsskickingEqualsAuthority "To the strongest."]] "]]) Unfortunately, there was [[SuccessionCrisis severe disagreement to disagreement]] as to who this meant]]. meant. An alternate theory is that he said "To Craterus." Craterus, Craterus," one of Alexander's generals, his generals who was not present, present and those who were the others conveniently misheard. Another version holds that he was unable to speak and thus did not didn't actually give the iconic response, response at all, but that he gave his [[PersonalSeals signet ring]] to another general, Perdiccas, which would seem to imply implying endorsement of his claim to succession.
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** The reason there was any question of who would rule was that Alexander actually had no legitimate heir. But heirs in his mentally-challenged half brother Arrhidaeus (Philip III) and eventually his infant son Alexander IV (born several months after his death), but since neither could rule for themselves, his wife was pregnant, some of his chancellor Perdiccas became regent. However, Perdiccas' attempts to maintain central authority upset the other self-interested generals proposed to wait and see if the child would be male (as it turns out, it was), at which point succession would become obvious...he was soon killed invading Egypt after Ptolemy absconded with the generals ruling as regents, naturally. Others rejected this because they wouldn't be in on the deal, and thus Alexander's might body, thus destroying central authority and allowing the mighty empire fragmented to [[BalkanizeMe fragment into warring factions.factions]].
16th Oct '16 10:02:09 AM nombretomado
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* ''FinalFantasyTactics'': This situation kicks off the War of The Lions.

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* ''FinalFantasyTactics'': ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'': This situation kicks off the War of The Lions.
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