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18th Aug '16 7:26:18 PM PaulA
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* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, Prince Serg, legitimate heir to the Barrayaran empire, is very much {{the Caligula}}. The succession issue is resolved when Serg is [[UriahGambit allowed to lead]] a [[CurbStompBattle spectacularly overmatched]] invasion force and the superior candidate Aral Vorkosigan is made regent to the next legitimate heir Gregor, who happens to be six years old.
** Subverted when Serg's father Emperor Ezar reveals that since Aral actually has a stronger claim to the throne than he did (something Aral disputes) that makes Ezar's whole line "wrongful heirs" at least according to the strict rules of succession. This is convenient for Ezar because anyone wanting to depose young Gregor would have to either kill Aral, which has proven to be remarkably difficult to do, or offer ''him'' the throne, which he'd commit anything short of genocide to avoid.

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* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', Prince Serg, legitimate heir to the Barrayaran empire, is very much {{the Caligula}}. The succession issue is resolved when Serg is [[UriahGambit allowed to lead]] a [[CurbStompBattle spectacularly overmatched]] invasion force and the superior candidate Aral Vorkosigan is made regent to the next legitimate heir Gregor, who happens to be six years old.
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old. Subverted when Serg's father Emperor Ezar reveals that since Aral actually has a stronger claim to the throne than he did (something Aral disputes) that makes Ezar's whole line "wrongful heirs" at least according to the strict rules of succession. This is convenient for Ezar because anyone wanting to depose young Gregor would have to either kill Aral, which has proven to be remarkably difficult to do, or offer ''him'' the throne, which he'd commit anything short of genocide to avoid.
11th Aug '16 1:34:13 PM kazokuhouou
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* It's implied that this trope is the reason [[spoiler: Camilla]] abdicated her claim to the throne in the ''Birthright'' route of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'': she believed herself to be this compared to [[spoiler: her brother Leo.]]
14th Jul '16 3:25:02 AM M84
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** Daeron's father Aegon was also an example of this. He's historically known as "The Unworthy" due to his penchant for hedonism, petty cruelty, and just incompetent in general. Unfortunately, his brother Aemon the Dragonknight had become a knight of the Kingsguard, taking him out of the line of succession.
6th Jul '16 12:14:19 PM nielas
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* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Theo Tonin is TheDon of the Detroit Mob and everyone is too scared of him to challenge his rule. However, Theo's son, Sammy Tonin, is widely considered to be weak and incompetent and many of Theo's lieutenants would love to replace him as heir apparent. Quarles thinks of himself as Theo's adopted son and sees himself as the proper inheritor. However, his habit of abusing and torturing male prostitutes is too much for Theo to handle and he banishes Quarles from Detroit. Quarles tries to regain his position but is foiled when he runs afoul of Boyd and Raylan. Theo's right hand man, Nicky Augustine, is the next potential usurper but he also makes the mistake of going after Raylan and [[spoiler: Sammy uses this to discredit Nicky and then have him killed]]. [[spoiler: With Theo forced to flee the country, ]] it remains to be seen if Sammy will be able to hold on to power or if someone else will take over the Detroit Mob.

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* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Theo Tonin is TheDon of the Detroit Mob and everyone is too scared of him to challenge his rule. However, Theo's son, Sammy Tonin, is widely considered to be weak and incompetent and many of Theo's lieutenants would love to replace him as heir apparent. Quarles thinks of himself as Theo's adopted son and sees himself as the proper inheritor. However, his habit of abusing and torturing male prostitutes is too much for Theo to handle and he banishes Quarles from Detroit. Quarles tries to regain his position but is foiled when he runs afoul of Boyd and Raylan. Theo's right hand man, Nicky Augustine, is the next potential usurper but he also makes the mistake of going after Raylan and [[spoiler: Sammy uses this to discredit Nicky and then have him killed]]. When Theo [[spoiler: With Theo is forced to flee the country, ]] it remains to be seen if country ]], Sammy will be able to hold on to power or if someone else will take over is finally put in charge and [[spoiler: is so incompetent that the once ultra-powerful Detroit Mob.
Mob falls apart and is destroyed by its rivals.]]
21st Jun '16 9:36:28 PM JulianLapostat
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* In 1830, King Charles X of France was overthrown by riots throughout Paris. He declared his 10-year-old grandson Henry to now be King Henry V, with his distant cousin Louis Philippe, the Duke of Orleans as Regent. However, Henry was still too closely linked to Charles for many revolutionaries to handle, so as a compromise, when the Duke of Orleans went over to the French National Assembly in Paris in his role as Regent they proclaimed him to be King instead.

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* In 1830, King Charles X of France was overthrown by riots throughout Paris. He declared his 10-year-old grandson Henry to now be King Henry V, with his distant cousin Louis Philippe, the Duke of Orleans as Regent. However, Henry was still too closely linked to Charles for many revolutionaries to handle, so as a compromise, when the Duke of Orleans went over to the French National Assembly in Paris in his role as Regent they proclaimed him to be King instead.
instead. The Orleans claim was problematic for the Bourbons since his father, Philippe Egalite, voted for the death of the King UsefulNotes/LouisXVI, his own cousin (and would himself later be executed during the ReignOfTerror).
21st Jun '16 8:34:23 PM sayaleviathan
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* In ‘’Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan’’, Narsus and Daryum believed that Arslan deserved to be the king rather than his father who is a GloryHound [[spoiler:or his cousin who is the legitimate heir but has his anger issues and the thirst for revenge that can lead to disaster]]. While there is a question on Arslan’s legitimacy, it didn’t matter to his followers because his selfless and pacifist nature are good qualities of a king and that he will bring peace to both Pars and Lustinia.

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* In ‘’Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan’’, ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'', Narsus and Daryum believed that Arslan deserved to be the king rather than his father who is a GloryHound [[spoiler:or his cousin who is the legitimate heir but has his anger issues and the thirst for revenge that can lead to disaster]]. While there is a question on Arslan’s legitimacy, it didn’t matter to his followers because his selfless and pacifist nature are good qualities of a king and that he will bring peace to both Pars and Lustinia.
21st Jun '16 8:30:37 PM sayaleviathan
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*In ‘’Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan’’, Narsus and Daryum believed that Arslan deserved to be the king rather than his father who is a GloryHound [[spoiler:or his cousin who is the legitimate heir but has his anger issues and the thirst for revenge that can lead to disaster]]. While there is a question on Arslan’s legitimacy, it didn’t matter to his followers because his selfless and pacifist nature are good qualities of a king and that he will bring peace to both Pars and Lustinia.
20th Jun '16 2:02:46 PM zemet
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* [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing The "mandate of heaven" ideology]] propagated by the Zhou dynasty to justify overthrowing the Shang dynasty, stated that the realms they'd conquered had become corrupt and had so lost the favour of the spirits, it was by the spirits' will/with the spirits' blessings that the Han had conquered them, and that everyone should now be good Han citizens and pay their taxes and not revolt because that's what the spirits wanted them to do. Unfortunately the same argument was used ''against'' them later on when their empire was on the fritz, and has been used for and against a good dozen Empires which have ruled the region since.

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* [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing The "mandate of heaven" ideology]] propagated by the Zhou dynasty to justify overthrowing the Shang dynasty, stated that the realms they'd conquered had become corrupt and had so lost the favour of the spirits, it was by the spirits' will/with the spirits' blessings that the Han Zhou had conquered overthrown them, and that everyone should now be good Han Zhou citizens and pay their taxes and not revolt because that's what the spirits wanted them to do. Unfortunately the same argument was used ''against'' them later on when their empire was on the fritz, and has been used for and against a good dozen Empires which have ruled the region since.
20th Jun '16 2:01:58 PM zemet
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* [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing The "mandate of heaven" ideology]] propagated by the second centrally-administered Empire to conquer and subjugate the Chinese nations (the Han Empire) stated that the realms they'd conquered had become corrupt and had so lost the favour of the spirits, it was by the spirits' will/with the spirits' blessings that the Han had conquered them, and that everyone should now be good Han citizens and pay their taxes and not revolt because that's what the spirits wanted them to do. Unfortunately the same argument was used ''against'' them later on when their empire was on the fritz, and has been used for and against a good dozen Empires which have ruled the region since.

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* [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing The "mandate of heaven" ideology]] propagated by the second centrally-administered Empire Zhou dynasty to conquer and subjugate justify overthrowing the Chinese nations (the Han Empire) Shang dynasty, stated that the realms they'd conquered had become corrupt and had so lost the favour of the spirits, it was by the spirits' will/with the spirits' blessings that the Han had conquered them, and that everyone should now be good Han citizens and pay their taxes and not revolt because that's what the spirits wanted them to do. Unfortunately the same argument was used ''against'' them later on when their empire was on the fritz, and has been used for and against a good dozen Empires which have ruled the region since.
20th Jun '16 2:00:52 PM zemet
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* [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing The "mandate of heaven" ideology]] propagated by the second centrally-administered Empire to conquer and subjugate the Chinese nations (the Han Empire) stated that the realms they'd conquered had become corrupt and had so lost the favour of the spirits, it was by the spirits' will/with the spirits' blessings that the Han had conquered them, and that everyone should now be good Han citizens and pay their taxes and not revolt because that's what the spirits wanted them to do. Unfortunately the same argument was used ''against'' them later on when their empire was on the fritz, and has been used for and against a good dozen Empires which have ruled the region since. Dead and living Chinese historians alike are guilty of picking and choosing facts to 'make' the region's history fit this pattern, together with the usual insistence on terming each new Empire a 'dynasty' (to create the impression that 1) 'China' has always been a country and 2) it's always been culturally homogenous).

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* [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing The "mandate of heaven" ideology]] propagated by the second centrally-administered Empire to conquer and subjugate the Chinese nations (the Han Empire) stated that the realms they'd conquered had become corrupt and had so lost the favour of the spirits, it was by the spirits' will/with the spirits' blessings that the Han had conquered them, and that everyone should now be good Han citizens and pay their taxes and not revolt because that's what the spirits wanted them to do. Unfortunately the same argument was used ''against'' them later on when their empire was on the fritz, and has been used for and against a good dozen Empires which have ruled the region since. Dead and living Chinese historians alike are guilty of picking and choosing facts to 'make' the region's history fit this pattern, together with the usual insistence on terming each new Empire a 'dynasty' (to create the impression that 1) 'China' has always been a country and 2) it's always been culturally homogenous).
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