George I of Afalia

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George I
George I in 2009.
King of the Afalians and the dominions of the Kingdom
Reign1 June 1952 -13 December 2013
Coronation1 June 1952
PredecessorDaavnd (As King of the Afalians)
George VI (As King of the Anglican Empire)
Prime MinistersSee List
Born8 July 1922
Kingwalk, Blackdon, Afalia
Died13 December 2013 (aged 91)
Blackdonian Palace, Blackdon, Afalia
Burial1 February 2014
St. Nicholas Cathedral, Blackdon, Afalia
SpouseLucia Chanders (m.1948)
  • Frederick, Prince of Verena (d.1992)
Full name
George Frederick Blackdon
HouseHouse of Blackdon
ReligionChurch of Afalia
OccupationBanker (1942-1949)

George I (8 July 1922-13 December 2013) was the King of the Afalians, and its overseas dominions Ghiswall, Insulam and Bractonia between 1952 until his death in 2013. George belonged to the House of Blackdon, his own surname and ancestry, created when he came to the throne in 1952. In addition to his role as monarch George was Supreme Governor of the Church of Afalia. Despite being the first George to hold the Afalian throne, he carried the title 'the first' or I, to distinguish himself from the last Anglican King of Afalia, George VI. He was the longest reigning monarch of Afalia in its independent and pre-colonial history, and second longest monarch of all Afalian history, second only to the Anglican Queen Anne. In a 2007 public poll he was voted the greatest Afalian of all time.

George began life as a banker when Afalia was still a colony of the Anglican empire in the 1940s. Whilst working as a banker he attracted great attention due to being the descendant of the former Afalian king Daavnd, whose family had married into an Anglican colonist's family (the Blackdons or Blackshire Dons) in the early 19th century. He was persuaded by independence movement leader Oliver King to accept the responsibility and position of King if an independent Afalia rose. George reluctantly accepted and began campaigning for an independent Afalia. When the referendum was successful a handover date for the 1st of June was set for independence. George officially became King and was crowned on that day in St. Nicholas' cathedral. He remained a popular unifying figure, often seen as the symbol of Afalian independence and courage, especially after the Titanican War in 2013.

Eight years after taking the throne, George gave birth to a son, with his wife Lucia, which he called Frederick. Frederick's early life was dominated by scandal as he shunned his duties as the only heir to the throne and often sought media attention. However by the time he turned 25 in 1985, he married his wife, Natalie, who he adored. A daughter, Amelia, followed in 1989, and their second daughter, Laura, was born in 1991. However just a few months later Frederick died of lung cancer connected to his smoking habit.

Disillusionment with the monarchy grew following Frederick's death, with worries over King George's health and the possibility of Amelia, just a toddler at the time, becoming Queen. However King George's popularity and honesty managed to win people over and the monarchy remains extremely popular in Afalia, a legacy of his reign. In 2013 Afalia officially adopted several overseas dominions. George reigned as head of state in Afalia and the overseas dominions. In his final years he became less active, especially after turning 90, but still took on events and receptions. He suffered depression throughout his life and reign, as described by him in his own autobiography. George's wife Lucia was essential in relieving him of many serious bouts of depression, the most serious following the death of Prince Frederick. George, whilst officially Afalia's second King, was considered the first 'real' King with one of his Prime Ministers James Mack describing him as 'the first true leader of Afalia'. He oversaw grand changes in his lifetime, from Afalia as a colony of the Anglican empire to the independent Kingdom it became in 1952 and the country it became after war in 2013. George was seen as essential in developing stronger and better relations with Albion, which led to the special relationship the two hold today, the former rulers of Afalia. He was considered a diplomatic heavyweight and took on many state visits across the world during his reign.

The stress of the Titanican War badly affected George's already weak health. He made his last public appearance in September 2013. George died in December 2013 in his sleep, leading to an outpouring of grief and sorrow in Afalia and tributes from both within and outside of Afalia. He was succeeded by his granddaughter Amelia. George's Royal state funeral took place on the 31st of January 2014, attended by various domestic and international guests and dignitaries. He was buried the following day in the Royal plot of St. Nicholas' Cathedral.