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* [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=146 This]] ''WebComic/HarkAVagrant'' comic features Gustav Vasa [[MisterSeahorse giving birth]] to Sweden. Literal giving birth and literal landmass of Sweden.
-->''Gustav Vasa your baby resembles a penis''


After a brief rule by a German prince named Albrecht, the significant [[BigScrewedUpFamily intermarriage]] between the Scandinavian royal families produced someone who was the closest heir (or, [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority backed with an army]], close ''enough'') to all three Scandinavian kingdoms. This remarkable person was named '''Queen Margareta''' (also known as "King Pantsless", because well... [[CaptainObvious women did not wear pants]]). She had to deal with German {{pirates}}, but otherwise remained ruled relatively peacefully. Since her son died young and she lived in a HeirClubForMen king of society she adopted a cousin to succeed here. This did not end well.

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After a brief rule by a German prince named Albrecht, the significant [[BigScrewedUpFamily intermarriage]] between the Scandinavian royal families produced someone who was the closest heir (or, [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority backed with an army]], close ''enough'') to all three Scandinavian kingdoms. This remarkable person was named '''Queen Margareta''' (also known as "King Pantsless", because well... [[CaptainObvious women did not wear pants]]).pants). She had to deal with German {{pirates}}, but otherwise remained ruled relatively peacefully. Since her son died young and she lived in a HeirClubForMen king of society she adopted a cousin to succeed here. This did not end well.


'''[[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]''', who ascended to the throne at only 15, had a biography written by Creator/{{Voltaire}}. He spent his entire reign fighting: Poland, Denmark and Russia (See UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar). The war went well for him at first, but eventually the Russian Tsar beat him by utilising [[ForeShadowing scorched earth tactics and the cold russian winter]], which led to his defeat and the end of Sweden's period as a Great Power. His death at the siege of Fredrikshald is somewhat of a [[StockUnsolvedMysteries Stock Unsolved Mystery]], with people arguing whether he was killed by a Norwegian soldier, a war-weary Swede, or an agent of his brother-in-law, Frederick, who went on to be Frederick I of Sweden. Among the weirder theories is the one that he was shot with a button [[ImmuneToBullets due to the rumours that said he was immune to regular bullets]]. A relatively common subject for novels and other stories.

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'''[[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]''', who ascended to the throne at only 15, had a biography written by Creator/{{Voltaire}}. He spent his entire reign fighting: Poland, Denmark and Russia (See UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar). The war went well for him at first, but eventually the Russian Tsar beat him by utilising [[ForeShadowing scorched earth tactics and the cold russian winter]], Russian winter, which led to his defeat and the end of Sweden's period as a Great Power. His death at the siege of Fredrikshald is somewhat of a [[StockUnsolvedMysteries Stock Unsolved Mystery]], with people arguing whether he was killed by a Norwegian soldier, a war-weary Swede, or an agent of his brother-in-law, Frederick, who went on to be Frederick I of Sweden. Among the weirder theories is the one that he was shot with a button [[ImmuneToBullets due to the rumours that said he was immune to regular bullets]]. A relatively common subject for novels and other stories.


'''St. Eric''' (c. 1120 - May 18, 1160) and the '''Sverker-Eric feud''': Successor of a king named Sverker the Elder, Erik Jedvardsson, better known as St. Eric is not an official Catholic saint, but was revered as such in Sweden for most of the MiddleAges. According to legends (almost certainly completely fictional) did all the standard saintly stuff, wore a shirt of hairs, lead crusades to Finland, and was killed inside a church. Note that the ''other'' version is that he got drunk, fell off his chair and died.

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'''St. Eric''' (c. 1120 - May 18, 1160) and the '''Sverker-Eric feud''': Successor of a king named Sverker the Elder, Erik Jedvardsson, better known as St. Eric is not an official Catholic saint, but was revered as such in Sweden for most of the MiddleAges. According to legends (almost certainly completely fictional) did all the standard saintly stuff, wore a shirt of hairs, lead crusades to Finland, and was killed inside a church. Note (Note that the ''other'' version is that he got drunk, fell off his chair and died.
died, though recent examinations of his remains do indicate that he was killed by multiple sword wounds.)



'''Magnus Eriksson''' (c. 1316 - December 1st 1374, ruled 1319-1364) became king at a very young age, king in fact of both Sweden and Norway. He also ended up [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney buying Scania]] from the German prince who had received it as payment for the debts of the Danish crown. A very unlucky king, he ended up not only reigning during TheBlackDeath, but also had to face significant internal opposition, amongst other things by St. Birgitta (the only officially acknowledged Swedish saint, and something of a badass). His tendency to surround himself with [[HoYay pretty young men]] lead to frequent condemnation. At his death he was broke, most of his realm was in revolt and depopulated by the plague. His dynastic shenanigans would have important consequences however.

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'''Magnus Eriksson''' (c. 1316 - December 1st 1374, ruled 1319-1364) became king at a very young age, king in fact of both Sweden and Norway. He also ended up [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney buying Scania]] from the German prince who had received it as payment for the debts of the Danish crown. A very unlucky king, he ended up not only reigning during TheBlackDeath, but also had to face significant internal opposition, amongst other things by St. Birgitta (the only officially acknowledged Swedish saint, and something of a badass). His tendency to surround himself with [[HoYay pretty young men]] lead to frequent condemnation.condemnation and the nickname "Magnus the Caresser". At his death he was broke, most of his realm was in revolt and depopulated by the plague. His dynastic shenanigans would have important consequences however.



After a brief rule by a German prince named Albrecht the significant [[BigScrewedUpFamily intermarriage]] between the Scandinavian royal families produced someone who was the closest heir (or, [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority backed with an army]], close ''enough'') to all three Scandinavian kingdoms. This remarkable person was named '''Queen Margareta''' (also known as "King Pantsless", because well... [[CaptainObvious women did not wear pants]]). She had to deal with German {{pirates}}, but otherwise remained ruled relatively peacefully. Since her son died young and she lived in a HeirClubForMen king of society she adopted a cousin to succeed here. This did not end well.

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After a brief rule by a German prince named Albrecht Albrecht, the significant [[BigScrewedUpFamily intermarriage]] between the Scandinavian royal families produced someone who was the closest heir (or, [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority backed with an army]], close ''enough'') to all three Scandinavian kingdoms. This remarkable person was named '''Queen Margareta''' (also known as "King Pantsless", because well... [[CaptainObvious women did not wear pants]]). She had to deal with German {{pirates}}, but otherwise remained ruled relatively peacefully. Since her son died young and she lived in a HeirClubForMen king of society she adopted a cousin to succeed here. This did not end well.



'''Christian II''' a.k.a. '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Christian the Tyrant]]''' (1 July 1481 ? 25 January 1559): The most infamous of the union kings, both due to propaganda from his successor and his own murderous actions, which have caused some to label him as a schizophrenic. After a complicated set of turns (involving several different Swedish families with the same name, and the king's father and grandfather, as well as a pretty nifty statue of Saint George) Christian II had managed to (somewhat) assume control over the kingdom of Sweden. He then did what any renaissance prince would: He invited his enemies to a party, [[TheHeretic accused them of heresy]] for having deposed a bishop who was an ally of him, and [[NastyParty had them all publicly executed]] (all except one bishop who had the foresight to affix a note proclaiming his innocence to his seal when signing said deposition). The so-called Stockholm Bloodbath predictably lead to yet another uprising, led by the son of one the executed noblemen (see below).

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'''Christian II''' a.k.a. '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Christian the Tyrant]]''' (1 July 1481 ? 25 January 1559): The most infamous of the union kings, both due to propaganda from his successor and his own murderous actions, which have caused some to label him as a schizophrenic. After a complicated set of turns (involving several different Swedish families with the same name, and the king's father and grandfather, as well as a pretty nifty statue of Saint George) Christian II had managed to (somewhat) assume control over the kingdom of Sweden. He then did what any renaissance prince would: He invited his enemies to a party, party promising them amnesty for all crimes against the crown, then [[ExactWords accused them]] of [[TheHeretic accused them of heresy]] for having deposed a bishop who was an ally of him, and [[NastyParty had them all publicly executed]] (all except one bishop who had the foresight to affix a note proclaiming his innocence to his seal when signing said deposition). The so-called Stockholm Bloodbath predictably lead to yet another uprising, led by the son of one the executed noblemen (see below).



Once he was king, Gustav proceed to get rid of anyone who had ever helped him come to the throne: Beating down and executing as rebels anyone who opposed his new, more centralized style of rule (including most of the people who had supported him in the first place) declaring war on his creditors, confiscating church land and introducing the reformation, and ended up as the richest man in Europe.

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Once he was king, Gustav proceed proceeded to get rid of anyone who had ever helped him come to the throne: Beating down and executing as rebels anyone who opposed his new, more centralized style of rule (including most of the people who had supported him in the first place) declaring war on his creditors, confiscating church land and introducing the reformation, and ended up as the richest man in Europe.



'''[[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]''', had a biography written by Creator/{{Voltaire}}. He spent his entire reign fighting: Poland, Denmark and Russia (See UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar). The war went well for him at first, but eventually the Russian Tsar beat him by utilising [[ForeShadowing scorched earth tactics and the cold russian winter]], which led to his defeat and the end of Sweden's period as a Great Power. His death at the siege of Fredrikshald is somewhat of a [[StockUnsolvedMysteries Stock Unsolved Mystery]], with people arguing whether he was killed by a Norwiegan soldier, a war-weary Swede, or an agent of his brother-in-law, Frederick, who went on to be Frederick I of Sweden. Among the weirder theories is the one that he was shot with a button [[ImmuneToBullets due to the rumours that said he was immune to regular bullets]]. A relatively common subject for novels and other stories.

His sister '''Ulrika Eleonara''' ended up succeeding him but abdicated in favour of her husband '''Frederick I'''. Both her succession and her abdication gave the equivalent of parliament a chance to reduce royal power dramatically ushering in the so-called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Age of Liberty]] when the country was ruled by the Riksdag (Parliament), with the king having very little power.

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'''[[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]''', who ascended to the throne at only 15, had a biography written by Creator/{{Voltaire}}. He spent his entire reign fighting: Poland, Denmark and Russia (See UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar). The war went well for him at first, but eventually the Russian Tsar beat him by utilising [[ForeShadowing scorched earth tactics and the cold russian winter]], which led to his defeat and the end of Sweden's period as a Great Power. His death at the siege of Fredrikshald is somewhat of a [[StockUnsolvedMysteries Stock Unsolved Mystery]], with people arguing whether he was killed by a Norwiegan Norwegian soldier, a war-weary Swede, or an agent of his brother-in-law, Frederick, who went on to be Frederick I of Sweden. Among the weirder theories is the one that he was shot with a button [[ImmuneToBullets due to the rumours that said he was immune to regular bullets]]. A relatively common subject for novels and other stories.

His sister '''Ulrika Eleonara''' Eleonora''' ended up succeeding him but abdicated in favour of her husband '''Frederick I'''. Both her succession and her abdication gave the equivalent of parliament a chance to reduce royal power dramatically ushering in the so-called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Age of Liberty]] when the country was ruled by the Riksdag (Parliament), with the king having very little power.



The current king of Sweden is '''Charles XVI Gustav''', married to Silvia Sommerlath. Due to the accidental and sudden death of Crown Prince Gustalf Adolf in a plane Crash in 1947, the future Carl XVI Gustav became the new Crown Prince at a very young age, and was known at the time as ”Lillprinsen” (”The Little Prince”) during the reign of his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf (an avid archaeologiest who frequently went KingIncognito to go on digs). As of April 2018, he's the longest-reigning monarch in Swedish history, the previous record holder being Magnus Eriksson way back in the 14th century[[note]]unless you count Aun the Old, who according to the Heimskringla ruled for about 120 years in the 5th century, which modern historians tend to doubt[[/note]]. A constitutional change in the 70s made the succession open to the eldest child, male or female, which made the current heir the Crown Princess Victoria.

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The current king of Sweden is '''Charles XVI Gustav''', married to Silvia Sommerlath. Due to the accidental and sudden death of Crown Prince Gustalf Gustaf Adolf in a plane Crash crash in 1947, the future Carl XVI Gustav became the new Crown Prince at a very young age, and was known at the time as ”Lillprinsen” (”The Little Prince”) during the reign of his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf (an avid archaeologiest archaeologist who frequently went KingIncognito to go on digs). As of April 2018, he's the longest-reigning monarch in Swedish history, the previous record holder being Magnus Eriksson way back in the 14th century[[note]]unless you count Aun the Old, who according to the Heimskringla ruled for about 120 years in the 5th century, which modern historians tend to doubt[[/note]]. A constitutional change in the 70s made the succession open to the eldest child, male or female, which made the current heir the Crown Princess Victoria.



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* One of ''Literature/TheRoyalDiaries'' centers around Christina (also spelled Kristina in this case) at around 12 years old.


'''Erik XIV''' was the son and successor to Gustav Vasa, son from his first marriage and... not quite right in the head. During his reign his paranoia and poor advice from advisors lead to him eventually [[AxCrazy stabbing people and running off into the woods]]. He also married a commoner, tried to kill his brother(s) and was eventually deposed and poisoned, according to legend with arsenic-laced peasoup.

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'''Erik XIV''' was the son and successor to Gustav Vasa, son from his first marriage and... not quite right in the head. During his reign his paranoia and poor advice from advisors lead to him eventually [[AxCrazy stabbing people and running off into the woods]].woods. He also married a commoner, tried to kill his brother(s) and was eventually deposed and poisoned, according to legend with arsenic-laced peasoup.



'''[[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]''', had a biography written by Creator/{{Voltaire}}. Another AxCrazy guy, he spent his entire reign fighting: Poland, Denmark and Russia (See UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar). The war went well for him at first, but eventually the Russian Tsar beat him by utilising [[ForeShadowing scorched earth tactics and the cold russian winter]], which led to his defeat and the end of Sweden's period as a Great Power. His death at the siege of Fredrikshald is somewhat of a [[StockUnsolvedMysteries Stock Unsolved Mystery]], with people arguing whether he was killed by a Norwiegan soldier, a war-weary Swede, or an agent of his brother-in-law, Frederick, who went on to be Frederick I of Sweden. Among the weirder theories is the one that he was shot with a button [[ImmuneToBullets due to the rumours that said he was immune to regular bullets]]. A relatively common subject for novels and other stories.

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'''[[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]''', had a biography written by Creator/{{Voltaire}}. Another AxCrazy guy, he He spent his entire reign fighting: Poland, Denmark and Russia (See UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar). The war went well for him at first, but eventually the Russian Tsar beat him by utilising [[ForeShadowing scorched earth tactics and the cold russian winter]], which led to his defeat and the end of Sweden's period as a Great Power. His death at the siege of Fredrikshald is somewhat of a [[StockUnsolvedMysteries Stock Unsolved Mystery]], with people arguing whether he was killed by a Norwiegan soldier, a war-weary Swede, or an agent of his brother-in-law, Frederick, who went on to be Frederick I of Sweden. Among the weirder theories is the one that he was shot with a button [[ImmuneToBullets due to the rumours that said he was immune to regular bullets]]. A relatively common subject for novels and other stories.


His eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria has gradually taken on more and more duties as she has become an adult and the King grows older, though the king has stressed that he has no intention of abdicating completely in her favour. After marrying her personal trainer in 2010 she became [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the second Heir to the throne to marry a person whose parents were both Swedes (and also a commoner but so was her mother)]], the first one being Eric XIV in 1568, and back then it was mostly seen as a sign that he was utterly and completely insane. Being highly respected, and seen as intelligent and dutiful, you occasionally hear people mutter that ”I don’t wish The King to be dead, but I certainly think Victoria would be better at the job”. Her oldest child is a girl, Princess Estelle, which means that barring any tragedies or a sudden resurgence of republicanism, Sweden will eventually be ruled by women for the forseeable future.

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His eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria has gradually taken on more and more duties as she has become an adult and the King grows older, though the king has stressed that he has no intention of abdicating completely in her favour. After marrying her personal trainer (and later, one assumes, her boyfriend) in 2010 she became [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the second Heir to the throne to marry a person whose parents were both Swedes (and also a commoner but so was her mother)]], the first one being Eric XIV in 1568, and back then it was mostly seen as a sign that he was utterly and completely insane. Being highly respected, and seen as intelligent and dutiful, you occasionally hear people mutter that ”I don’t wish The King to be dead, but I certainly think Victoria would be better at the job”. Her oldest child is a girl, Princess Estelle, which means that barring any tragedies or a sudden resurgence of republicanism, Sweden will eventually be ruled by women for the forseeable future.


Christina abdicated in favour of her cousin, '''Charles X'''. Charles would spend more or less his entire reign fighting, first against Poland, then against Denmark. Managed to pull off a CrowningMomentOfAwesome by ''walking his entire army from the mainland to Sjaelland on the ice''. Eventually, according to historians, "[[AdiposeRex achieved the perfect form of a sphere]]" and died of pneumonia.

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Christina abdicated in favour of her cousin, '''Charles X'''. Charles would spend more or less his entire reign fighting, first against Poland, then against Denmark. Managed to pull off a CrowningMomentOfAwesome an awesome moment by ''walking his entire army from the mainland to Sjaelland on the ice''. Eventually, according to historians, "[[AdiposeRex achieved the perfect form of a sphere]]" and died of pneumonia.


'''Christian II''' a.k.a. '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Christian the Tyrant]]''' (1 July 1481 ? 25 January 1559): The most infamous of the union kings, both due to propaganda from his successor and [[TheCaligula his own murderous actions, which have caused some to label him as a schizophrenic]]. After a complicated set of turns (involving several different Swedish families with the same name, and the king's father and grandfather, as well as a pretty nifty statue of Saint George) Christian II had managed to (somewhat) assume control over the kingdom of Sweden. He then did what any renaissance prince would: He invited his enemies to a party, [[TheHeretic accused them of heresy]] for having deposed a bishop who was an ally of him, and [[NastyParty had them all publicly executed]] (all except one bishop who had the foresight to affix a note proclaiming his innocence to his seal when signing said deposition). The so-called Stockholm Bloodbath predictably lead to yet another uprising, led by the son of one the executed noblemen (see below).

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'''Christian II''' a.k.a. '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Christian the Tyrant]]''' (1 July 1481 ? 25 January 1559): The most infamous of the union kings, both due to propaganda from his successor and [[TheCaligula his own murderous actions, which have caused some to label him as a schizophrenic]].schizophrenic. After a complicated set of turns (involving several different Swedish families with the same name, and the king's father and grandfather, as well as a pretty nifty statue of Saint George) Christian II had managed to (somewhat) assume control over the kingdom of Sweden. He then did what any renaissance prince would: He invited his enemies to a party, [[TheHeretic accused them of heresy]] for having deposed a bishop who was an ally of him, and [[NastyParty had them all publicly executed]] (all except one bishop who had the foresight to affix a note proclaiming his innocence to his seal when signing said deposition). The so-called Stockholm Bloodbath predictably lead to yet another uprising, led by the son of one the executed noblemen (see below).



'''Erik XIV''' was the son and successor to Gustav Vasa, son from his first marriage and... [[TheCaligula not quite right in the head]]. During his reign his paranoia and poor advice from advisors lead to him eventually [[AxCrazy stabbing people and running off into the woods]]. He also married a commoner, tried to kill his brother(s) and was eventually deposed and poisoned, according to legend with arsenic-laced peasoup.

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'''Erik XIV''' was the son and successor to Gustav Vasa, son from his first marriage and... [[TheCaligula not quite right in the head]].head. During his reign his paranoia and poor advice from advisors lead to him eventually [[AxCrazy stabbing people and running off into the woods]]. He also married a commoner, tried to kill his brother(s) and was eventually deposed and poisoned, according to legend with arsenic-laced peasoup.



His eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria has gradually taken on more and more duties as she has become an adult and the King grows older, though the king has stressed that he has no intention of abdicating completely in her favour. After marrying her personal trainer in 2010 she became [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the second Heir to the throne to marry a person whose parents were both Swedes (and also a commoner but so was her mother)]], the first one being Eric XIV in 1568, and back then it was mostly seen as a sign that [[TheCaligula he was utterly and completely insane]]. Being highly respected, and seen as intelligent and dutiful, you occasionally hear people mutter that ”I don’t wish The King to be dead, but I certainly think Victoria would be better at the job”. Her oldest child is a girl, Princess Estelle, which means that barring any tragedies or a sudden resurgence of republicanism, Sweden will eventually be ruled by women for the forseeable future.

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His eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria has gradually taken on more and more duties as she has become an adult and the King grows older, though the king has stressed that he has no intention of abdicating completely in her favour. After marrying her personal trainer in 2010 she became [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the second Heir to the throne to marry a person whose parents were both Swedes (and also a commoner but so was her mother)]], the first one being Eric XIV in 1568, and back then it was mostly seen as a sign that [[TheCaligula he was utterly and completely insane]].insane. Being highly respected, and seen as intelligent and dutiful, you occasionally hear people mutter that ”I don’t wish The King to be dead, but I certainly think Victoria would be better at the job”. Her oldest child is a girl, Princess Estelle, which means that barring any tragedies or a sudden resurgence of republicanism, Sweden will eventually be ruled by women for the forseeable future.


'''Erik XIV''' was the son and successor to Gustav Vasa, son from his first marriage and... [[TheCaligula not quite right in the head]]. During his reign his paranoia and the advice of his EvilChancellor lead to him eventually [[AxCrazy stabbing people and running off into the woods]]. He also married a commoner, tried to kill his brother(s) and was eventually deposed and poisoned, according to legend with arsenic-laced peasoup.

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'''Erik XIV''' was the son and successor to Gustav Vasa, son from his first marriage and... [[TheCaligula not quite right in the head]]. During his reign his paranoia and the poor advice of his EvilChancellor from advisors lead to him eventually [[AxCrazy stabbing people and running off into the woods]]. He also married a commoner, tried to kill his brother(s) and was eventually deposed and poisoned, according to legend with arsenic-laced peasoup.


Gustav Vasa is relatively commonly featured in plays and novels, but curiously absent from movies or TV. Very much a MagnificentBastard.

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Gustav Vasa is relatively commonly featured in plays and novels, but curiously absent from movies or TV. Very much a MagnificentBastard.
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The current king of Sweden is '''Charles XVI Gustav''', married to Silvia Sommerlath. Due to the accidental and sudden death of Crown Prince Gustalf Adolf in a plane Crash in 1947, the future Carl XVI Gustav became the new Crown Prince at a very young age, and was known at the time as ”Lillprinsen” (”The Little Prince”) during the reign of his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf (an avid archaeologiest who frequently went KingIncognito to go on digs). Having ascended the throne in 1973, he is set to become the longest reigning monarch in Swedish history in April 2018[[note]]the current record holder being Magnus Eriksson way back in the 14th century[[/note]]. A constitutional change in the 70s made the succession open to the eldest child, male or female, which made the current heir the Crown Princess Victoria.

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The current king of Sweden is '''Charles XVI Gustav''', married to Silvia Sommerlath. Due to the accidental and sudden death of Crown Prince Gustalf Adolf in a plane Crash in 1947, the future Carl XVI Gustav became the new Crown Prince at a very young age, and was known at the time as ”Lillprinsen” (”The Little Prince”) during the reign of his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf (an avid archaeologiest who frequently went KingIncognito to go on digs). Having ascended As of April 2018, he's the throne in 1973, he is set to become the longest reigning longest-reigning monarch in Swedish history in April 2018[[note]]the current history, the previous record holder being Magnus Eriksson way back in the 14th century[[/note]].century[[note]]unless you count Aun the Old, who according to the Heimskringla ruled for about 120 years in the 5th century, which modern historians tend to doubt[[/note]]. A constitutional change in the 70s made the succession open to the eldest child, male or female, which made the current heir the Crown Princess Victoria.


* He gets his own song in the Music/{{Sabaton}} album ''Carolus Rex''.

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* He gets his own song in the Music/{{Sabaton}} album ''Carolus Rex''.
Rex'', "The Lion from the North", which is mainly about his role in the Thirty Years' War.
* Music/BrianMcNeill's "The Gothenburg Reel" is written in honor of Gustavus Adolphus and the many Scots mercenaries that fought under his command during the Thirty Years' War.


His successors gradually lost power until they were reduced to their current figurehead status, in which the monarchs get to keep a purely ceremonial role as long as they promise to not get involved in politics in any way. The last king to wield any political power was '''Gustaf V''', who reigned throughout both world wars, and who despite being personally very conservative and prone to meddle in politics helped back the introduction of universal suffrage and constitutional monarchy [[OhCrap once he saw what the Russians did to the tsar]]. Due to the accidental and sudden Death of his son Crown Prince Gustalf Adolf in a plane Crash in 1947, his one year old grandchild the future Carl XVI Gustav became the new Crown Prince, typically known as ”Lillprinsen” (”The Little Prince”) due to him being a infant, child and Young Adult as his grandfather grew ever older.

A constitutional change in the 70s made the succession open to the eldest child, male or female, which made the current heir the Crown Princess Victoria. The current king of Sweden is '''Charles XVI Gustav''', married to Silvia Sommerlath. Having ascended the throne in 1973, he is set to become the longest reigning monarch in Swedish history in April 2018[[note]]the current record holder being Magnus Eriksson way back in the 14th century[[/note]].

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His successors gradually lost power until they were reduced to their current figurehead status, in which the monarchs get to keep a purely ceremonial role as long as they promise to not get involved in politics in any way. The last king to wield any political power was '''Gustaf V''', who reigned throughout both world wars, and who despite being personally very conservative and prone to meddle in politics helped back the introduction of universal suffrage and constitutional monarchy [[OhCrap once he saw what the Russians did to the tsar]]. Due to the accidental and sudden Death of his son Crown Prince Gustalf Adolf in a plane Crash in 1947, his one year old grandchild the future Carl XVI Gustav became the new Crown Prince, typically known as ”Lillprinsen” (”The Little Prince”) due to him being a infant, child and Young Adult as his grandfather grew ever older.\n\nA constitutional change in the 70s made the succession open to the eldest child, male or female, which made the current heir the Crown Princess Victoria.

The current king of Sweden is '''Charles XVI Gustav''', married to Silvia Sommerlath. Due to the accidental and sudden death of Crown Prince Gustalf Adolf in a plane Crash in 1947, the future Carl XVI Gustav became the new Crown Prince at a very young age, and was known at the time as ”Lillprinsen” (”The Little Prince”) during the reign of his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf (an avid archaeologiest who frequently went KingIncognito to go on digs). Having ascended the throne in 1973, he is set to become the longest reigning monarch in Swedish history in April 2018[[note]]the current record holder being Magnus Eriksson way back in the 14th century[[/note]].
century[[/note]]. A constitutional change in the 70s made the succession open to the eldest child, male or female, which made the current heir the Crown Princess Victoria.


His daughter Crown Princess Victoria has gradually taken on more and more duties as she has become an adult and the King grows older, though the king has stressed that he has no intention of abdicating completely in her favour. After marrying her personal trainer in 2010 she became [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the second Heir to the throne to marry a person whose parents were both Swedes (and also a commoner but so was her mother)]], the first one being Eric XIV in 1568, and back then it was mostly seen as a sign that [[TheCaligula he was utterly and completely insane)]]. Being highly respected, and seen as intelligent and dutiful, you occasionally hear people mutter that ”I don’t wish The King to be dead, but I certainly think Victoria would be better at the job”. Her oldest child is a girl, Princess Estelle, which means that barring any tragedies or a sudden resurgence of republicanism, Sweden will eventually be ruled by women for the forseeable future.

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His eldest daughter Crown Princess Victoria has gradually taken on more and more duties as she has become an adult and the King grows older, though the king has stressed that he has no intention of abdicating completely in her favour. After marrying her personal trainer in 2010 she became [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the second Heir to the throne to marry a person whose parents were both Swedes (and also a commoner but so was her mother)]], the first one being Eric XIV in 1568, and back then it was mostly seen as a sign that [[TheCaligula he was utterly and completely insane)]].insane]]. Being highly respected, and seen as intelligent and dutiful, you occasionally hear people mutter that ”I don’t wish The King to be dead, but I certainly think Victoria would be better at the job”. Her oldest child is a girl, Princess Estelle, which means that barring any tragedies or a sudden resurgence of republicanism, Sweden will eventually be ruled by women for the forseeable future.

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