marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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a planet for a princess

I have a princess who has her own planet.  And that title's not a translation into modern English.

Was pondering it after Poul Anderson's "Time Lag" -- which does indeed have a nobility, but the man's title is Freeholder.  The planet's chief of state is a President, though it doesn't go into whether he's elected or hereditary, and I suspect even if it's elected it may be among the Freeholders, or perhaps even by the Freeholders rather than by average citizen.  "Elector" was not a high-ranking title in Europe for no reason.  Which is rather more likely for far future.  "Prince" is itself after all merely a descendent of Augustus Caesar's euphemistic First Citizen.

Hmm. . . hmm. . . nevertheless I have a princess.  The title was settled on her ancestor Somebody the Wise when they were belligerently defying another planet, a People's Republic, and its unsubtle efforts to subvert them -- they take the charge that they are effectively a monarchy and decide they shall be a principality instead.  Perhaps Somebody was not wise enough to tell them more than he refused to be king; perhaps he said that he would accept any form of government they propounded as long as it did not make him king.  Come to think of it, I can make that a legend that I do not confirm or deny within the story, as soon as I find a place to slither the knowledge in. . . .

It's easier when you accept a translation convention that everything's been rendered into modern English, no doubt.  But this is fun.
Tags: fictional history, genre: science fiction, names, politics, world-building: royalty
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