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The ideas of the United States ever being a monarchy of any form would seem absurd today as history goes on. Today, republicanism is very common and monarchies are slowly being abolished from nations around the world. However, during the American Revolution, a majority of nations around the world used a form of monarchy as their government, varying from absolute to constitutional. Obviously, the United States would not settle with an Absolute Monarchy. Even Great Britain did not have an absolute monarchy during the revolution, albeit a powerful one. That leaves the question, what if the United States decided to add a monarchy as a branch of government?

It was very possible that the founding fathers could have selected a monarch for the United States. Colonel Lewis Nicola wrote a letter to George Washington proposing that Washington should become the nation's monarch. Gen. Washington decided against it and turned down the idea, however this did not rule out all potential monarchs for the United States. During the Constitutional Convention, either Gen. Wilhelm Von Steuben or Nathaniel Gorham offered Prince Henry of Prussia the title as King of the United States, however the offer was revoked before Prince Henry could reply. But imagine, what if the offer was not revoked? What if Prince Henry accepted the offer? What if there was a King of America?

Point of DivergenceEdit

In 1786, during the creation of the Constitution of the United States, General Wilhelm von Steuben suggested to Alexander Hamilton that Prince Henry of Prussia should become the King of the United States. Hamilton agrees to the idea and informs the prince about the offer. Prince Henry, knowing that he would not become King of Prussia, accepted the offer and traveled to the United States to attend the Constitutional Convention. The ideas of a monarchy split the convention in half, in whether or not to have a monarch. Staunch opponents, including Benjamin Franklin, believed that having a monarchy would bring tyranny similar to what was endured before the revolution. Those who supported a monarchy stated that a reigning monarch would ensure a long-term survival of the United States.

File:Monarchy debate 1786.jpg

Soon after the debate of whether or not to have a monarchy, the powers of the monarchy were unclear. Alexander Hamilton supported the ideas of having an elective monarch with much power, while others supported a constitutional monarch. George Washington, being a supporter of a constitutional monarch with limited power, said that an absolute elective monarchy would be tyrannical and unjust, while a constitutional monarchy would ensure stability. Those in favor of a constitutional monarchy soon outnumbered those who support an absolute or elective monarchy.

File:King Henry of the United States portrait.png

In 1788, the Constitution of the United States is ratified, granting three equal branches of government. Prince Henry was crowned as King Henry in 1789, shortly after George Washington became President of the United States. The United States officially became a monarchy, with King Henry being it's first monarch.

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local p = {}

local HtmlBuilder = require('Module:HtmlBuilder') local navbar = require('Module:Navbar')._navbar local getArgs -- lazily initialized

local args local tableRowAdded = false local border local listnums = {}

local function trim(s)

   return (mw.ustring.gsub(s, "^%s*(.-)%s*$", "%1"))

end

local function addNewline(s)

   if s:match('^[*:;#]') or s:match('^{|') then
       return '\n' .. s ..'\n'
   else
       return s
   end

end

local function addTableRow(tbl)

   -- If any other rows have already been added, then we add a 2px gutter row.
   if tableRowAdded then
       tbl
           .tag('tr')
               .css('height', '2px')
               .tag('td')
               	.attr('colspan',2)
   end

   tableRowAdded = true

   return tbl.tag('tr')

end

local function renderNavBar(titleCell)

   -- Depending on the presence of the navbar and/or show/hide link, we may need to add a spacer div on the left
   -- or right to keep the title centered.
   local spacerSide = nil

   if args.navbar == 'off' then
       -- No navbar, and client wants no spacer, i.e. wants the title to be shifted to the left. If there's
       -- also no show/hide link, then we need a spacer on the right to achieve the left shift.
       if args.state == 'plain' then spacerSide = 'right' end
   elseif args.navbar == 'plain' or (not args.name and mw.getCurrentFrame():getParent():getTitle() == 'Template:Navbox' and (border == 'subgroup' or border == 'child' or border == 'none')) then
       -- No navbar. Need a spacer on the left to balance out the width of the show/hide link.
       if args.state ~= 'plain' then spacerSide = 'left' end
   else
       -- Will render navbar (or error message). If there's no show/hide link, need a spacer on the right
       -- to balance out the width of the navbar.
       if args.state == 'plain' then spacerSide = 'right' end

       titleCell.wikitext(navbar{ 
           args.name, 
           mini = 1, 
           fontstyle = (args.basestyle or ) .. ';' .. (args.titlestyle or ) ..  ';background:none transparent;border:none;'
       })
   end

   -- Render the spacer div.
   if spacerSide then
       titleCell
           .tag('span')
               .css('float', spacerSide)
               .css('width', '6em')
               .wikitext(' ')
   end

end

-- -- Title row -- local function renderTitleRow(tbl)

   if not args.title then return end

   local titleRow = addTableRow(tbl)

   if args.titlegroup then
       titleRow
           .tag('th')
               .attr('scope', 'row')
               .addClass('navbox-group')
               .addClass(args.titlegroupclass)
               .cssText(args.basestyle)
               .cssText(args.groupstyle)
               .cssText(args.titlegroupstyle)
               .wikitext(args.titlegroup)
   end

   local titleCell = titleRow.tag('th').attr('scope', 'col')

   if args.titlegroup then
       titleCell
           .css('border-left', '2px solid #fdfdfd')
           .css('width', '100%')
   end

   local titleColspan = 2
   if args.imageleft then titleColspan = titleColspan + 1 end
   if args.image then titleColspan = titleColspan + 1 end
   if args.titlegroup then titleColspan = titleColspan - 1 end

   titleCell
       .cssText(args.basestyle)
       .cssText(args.titlestyle)
       .addClass('navbox-title')
       .attr('colspan', titleColspan)

   renderNavBar(titleCell)

   titleCell
        .tag('div')
            .addClass(args.titleclass)
            .css('font-size', '110%')
            .wikitext(addNewline(args.title))

end

-- -- Above/Below rows --

local function getAboveBelowColspan()

   local ret = 2
   if args.imageleft then ret = ret + 1 end
   if args.image then ret = ret + 1 end
   return ret

end

local function renderAboveRow(tbl)

   if not args.above then return end

   addTableRow(tbl)
       .tag('td')
           .addClass('navbox-abovebelow')
           .addClass(args.aboveclass)
           .cssText(args.basestyle)
           .cssText(args.abovestyle)
           .attr('colspan', getAboveBelowColspan())
           .tag('div')
               .wikitext(addNewline(args.above))

end

local function renderBelowRow(tbl)

   if not args.below then return end

   addTableRow(tbl)
       .tag('td')
           .addClass('navbox-abovebelow')
           .addClass(args.belowclass)
           .cssText(args.basestyle)
           .cssText(args.belowstyle)
           .attr('colspan', getAboveBelowColspan())
           .tag('div')
               .wikitext(addNewline(args.below))

end

-- -- List rows -- local function renderListRow(tbl, listnum)

   local row = addTableRow(tbl)

   if listnum == 1 and args.imageleft then
       row
           .tag('td')
               .addClass('navbox-image')
               .addClass(args.imageclass)
               .css('width', '0%')
               .css('padding', '0px 2px 0px 0px')
               .cssText(args.imageleftstyle)
               .attr('rowspan', 2 * #listnums - 1)
               .tag('div')
                   .wikitext(addNewline(args.imageleft))
   end

   if args['group' .. listnum] then
       local groupCell = row.tag('th')

       groupCell
              .attr('scope', 'row')
              .addClass('navbox-group')
              .addClass(args.groupclass)
              .cssText(args.basestyle)

       if args.groupwidth then
           groupCell.css('width', args.groupwidth)
       end

       groupCell
           .cssText(args.groupstyle)
           .cssText(args['group' .. listnum .. 'style'])
           .wikitext(args['group' .. listnum])
   end

   local listCell = row.tag('td')

   if args['group' .. listnum] then
       listCell
           .css('text-align', 'left')
           .css('border-left-width', '2px')
           .css('border-left-style', 'solid')
   else
       listCell.attr('colspan', 2)
   end

   if not args.groupwidth then 
       listCell.css('width', '100%')
   end

   local isOdd = (listnum % 2) == 1
   local rowstyle = args.evenstyle
   if isOdd then rowstyle = args.oddstyle end

   local evenOdd
   if args.evenodd == 'swap' then
       if isOdd then evenOdd = 'even' else evenOdd = 'odd' end
   else
       if isOdd then evenOdd = args.evenodd or 'odd' else evenOdd = args.evenodd or 'even' end
   end

   listCell
       .css('padding', '0px')
       .cssText(args.liststyle)
       .cssText(rowstyle)
       .cssText(args['list' .. listnum .. 'style'])
       .addClass('navbox-list')
       .addClass('navbox-' .. evenOdd)
       .addClass(args.listclass)
       .tag('div')
           .css('padding', (listnum == 1 and args.list1padding) or args.listpadding or '0em 0.25em')
           .wikitext(addNewline(args['list' .. listnum]))

   if listnum == 1 and args.image then
       row
           .tag('td')
               .addClass('navbox-image')
               .addClass(args.imageclass)
               .css('width', '0%')
               .css('padding', '0px 0px 0px 2px')
               .cssText(args.imagestyle)
               .attr('rowspan', 2 * #listnums - 1)
               .tag('div')
                   .wikitext(addNewline(args.image))
   end

end


-- -- Tracking categories --

local function needsHorizontalLists()

   if border == 'child' or border == 'subgroup'  or args.tracking == 'no' then return false end

   local listClasses = {'plainlist', 'hlist', 'hlist hnum', 'hlist hwrap', 'hlist vcard', 'vcard hlist', 'hlist vevent'}
   for i, cls in ipairs(listClasses) do
       if args.listclass == cls or args.bodyclass == cls then
           return false
       end
   end

   return true

end

local function hasBackgroundColors()

   return mw.ustring.match(args.titlestyle or ,'background') or mw.ustring.match(args.groupstyle or ,'background') or mw.ustring.match(args.basestyle or ,'background')

end

local function getTrackingCategories()

   local cats = {}
   if needsHorizontalLists() then table.insert(cats, 'Navigational boxes without horizontal lists') end
   if hasBackgroundColors() then table.insert(cats, 'Navboxes using background colours') end
   return cats

end

local function renderTrackingCategories(builder)

   local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle()
   if title.namespace ~= 10 then return end -- not in template space
   local subpage = title.subpageText
   if subpage == 'doc' or subpage == 'sandbox' or subpage == 'testcases' then return end

   for i, cat in ipairs(getTrackingCategories()) do
       builder.wikitext() 
   end

end

-- -- Main navbox tables -- local function renderMainTable()

   local tbl = HtmlBuilder.create('table')
       .attr('cellspacing', 0)
       .addClass('nowraplinks')
       .addClass(args.bodyclass)

   if args.title and (args.state ~= 'plain' and args.state ~= 'off') then
       tbl
           .addClass('collapsible')
           .addClass(args.state or 'autocollapse')
   end

   tbl.css('border-spacing', 0)
   if border == 'subgroup' or border == 'child' or border == 'none' then
       tbl
           .addClass('navbox-subgroup')
           .cssText(args.bodystyle)
           .cssText(args.style)
   else -- regular navobx - bodystyle and style will be applied to the wrapper table
       tbl
           .addClass('navbox-inner')
           .css('background', 'transparent')
           .css('color', 'inherit')
   end
   tbl.cssText(args.innerstyle)

   renderTitleRow(tbl)
   renderAboveRow(tbl)
   for i, listnum in ipairs(listnums) do
       renderListRow(tbl, listnum) 
   end
   renderBelowRow(tbl)

   return tbl

end

function p._navbox(navboxArgs)

   args = navboxArgs

   for k, v in pairs(args) do
       local listnum = ( .. k):match('^list(%d+)$')
       if listnum then table.insert(listnums, tonumber(listnum)) end
   end
   table.sort(listnums)

   border = trim(args.border or args[1] or )

   -- render the main body of the navbox
   local tbl = renderMainTable()

   -- render the appropriate wrapper around the navbox, depending on the border param
   local res = HtmlBuilder.create()
   if border == 'none' then
       res.node(tbl)
   elseif border == 'subgroup' or border == 'child' then
       -- We assume that this navbox is being rendered in a list cell of a parent navbox, and is
       -- therefore inside a div with padding:0em 0.25em. We start with a </div> to avoid the
-- padding being applied, and at the end add a
to balance out the parent's
       res
           .tag('/div', {unclosed = true})
               .done()
           .node(tbl)
           .tag('div', {unclosed = true})
   else
       res
           .tag('table')
               .attr('cellspacing', 0)
               .addClass('navbox')
               .css('border-spacing', 0)
               .cssText(args.bodystyle)
               .cssText(args.style)
               .tag('tr')
                   .tag('td')
                       .css('padding', '2px')
                       .node(tbl)
   end

   renderTrackingCategories(res)

   return tostring(res)

end

function p.navbox(frame)

   if not getArgs then
   	getArgs = require('Module:Arguments').getArgs
   end
   args = getArgs(frame)

   -- Read the arguments in the order they'll be output in, to make references number in the right order.
   local _
   _ = args.title
   _ = args.above
   for i = 1, 20 do
       _ = args["group" .. tostring(i)]
       _ = args["list" .. tostring(i)]
   end    
   _ = args.below

   return p._navbox(args)

end

return p

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