Karl V of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, King of Arendaal and Götarike (Suionia)
King of Arendaal
Reign 1800 – 1839
Coronation April 1800, Kronstad
Predecessor King Hathor III
Successor King Pieter II
King of Götarike (Suionia)
Reign 1812 – 1839
Coronation May 1812, Götarike
Predecessor x
Successor King Pieter II
Consorts m1. Julienne of Cambria
m2. Ekaterina of Serbovia
Birth 18 May 1769, Nareath
Death 1 Nov. 1839, Emyn Arnen
Father Trigve, Prince of Arendaal
Mother Francoise of Montelimar
Issue Pieter II of Arendaal
Alexandra, Queen of Montelimar
Anastasia, Czarina of Gorno-Altai
Juliette, Queen of Cambria
Klarissa, Marquise d'Hennessy
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath
Full Name Karl von Nareath-Kapét
Religion Christian (Protestant)
Buried Karlskirche, Emyn Arnen

Karl V of Arendaal ("Karl the Great" or "The Father of His People") (1769 - 1839) was the King of Arendaal between 1800 and 1839, and also King of Götarike (Suionia) between 1812 and his death. He is famous for his role as a leader of the 1790-1800 Revolution of Light, and for the establishment of the Second Union of Bergen which united the Kingdoms of Arendaal and Suionia under one crown from 1812 to 1956 (recalling the 1350-1424 Union of Edvard II).

Portrait of the young Karl V of Arendaal
Aren Royalty
Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

House of Lundmark
Last monarch
   Kristianna I of Arendaal
Children include
   Gustav V of Arendaal
   Isacco Beniamino II of the Talemantine Empire
   Heloise, Empress of Wiese
   Liliana,Queenof Montelimar
   Kristine,Queen ofEiffelland
Gustav V
   m1. Jacqueline of Eiffelland
   m2. Sophie of Wendmark
Children include
   Beatrix I of Arendaal
Beatrix I
   Thomas of Franken
Children include
   Edvard IV of Arendaal
   Hathor III of Arendaal
   Trigve of Arendaal
   Adelaide, Queen of Anglyn
   Klara, Queen of Cambria
Grandchildren include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Karl V of Arendaal
Edvard IV
   m1. Evelynn of Anglyn
   m2. Victoria of Breotonia
Children include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Victoria, Queen of Franken
Helene I
Grandchildren include
   Grand Duke Johann
Hathor III
   Elisabeth of Lorraine
Children include
   Rurik of Arendaal (married Clemence of Lorraine)
Karl V
   m1.Julienne of Cambria
   m2.Ekaterina of Serbovia
Children include
   Pieter II of Arendaal
   CzarinaAnastasia, GornoAltai
   Juliette,Queen ofCambria
Pieter II
   m1.Nadia of GreatEngellex
   m2. Anna of Wiese
Children include
   Louisa I of Arendaal
   Isabella, Queen of Franken
   Gisela,Queen of Eiffelland
Louisa I
   Arthur of Breotonia
Children include
   Anders of Arendaal (married Elisabeth of Wiese)
Grand children include
   Niklaas IV of Arendaal
   Madeleine,Empress ofWiese
Niklaas IV
   Karolina of Franken
Children include
   Freya I of Arendaal
   Louise, Queen of Anglyn
   Laine, Marquise d'Hennessy
Freya I
   Jean of Montelimar
Children include
   Sven V of Arendaal
   Alienora,Queen ofEiffelland
   Helena,Queen of Engellex
   Eliska, Queen of Cambria
Sven V
   Agneta of Suionia
Children include
   Edvard V of Arendaal
   Lena of Saxony (Wiese)
   Rikissa, Sultana of Hajr
   Varik of Arendaal
Edvard V
   Laura of Franken
Children include
   Soren of Arendaal
   Sophia of Arendaal
   Iselin of Arendaal
   Kristianna of Arendaal
   Svea of Arendaal
   Evelina of Arendaal
   Isabelle of Arendaal
   Adeliza of Arendaal
Nieces/nephews include
   Elisa, Princess of the Talemantine Empire

Karl was the son of Prince Trigve of Arendaal, third son of Queen Beatrix Regent I of Arendaal, and Princess Francoise of Montelimar.

The Revolution of Light established Arendaal as a secular Parliamentary Democracy with limited suffrage (for individuals of all genders with a certain income level) and introduced the Declaration on the Rights of All Citizens and Peoples. Influenced by the doctrine of natural rights, these defined a set of equal individual and collective rights which are universal, i.e. valid in all times and places, and pertaining to human nature. Karl V's involvement in the Revolution and the prosperity which Arendaal enjoyed during his reign earned him the epithet of "Father of his people". He is still considered perhaps the greatest King of Arendaal in history. His entrance into Emyn Arnen is commemorated as the National Day of Arendaal on the 14th of April each year.


Karl's father, Prince Trigve of Arendaal, was the third son of Queen Beatrix Regent I of Arendaal and Thomas of Franken, and thus a younger brother of two Aren Kings: Edvard IV and Hathor III. Karl was groomed from an early age to succeed his father as Grand Duke of Norse Burgundy and join the Royal Court as a minister or military leader.

Role in the Revolution of Light (1790-1800)Edit

Fighting on the streets during the Revolution of Light

Brought up at the "englight -ened" court of his uncle King Edvard IV, Karl was devoted to enlightenment ideals. In his 20s, he was elected to Parliament as an MP from Norse Burgundy, and proceeded to campaign for greater social freedoms and political freedom.

Although he was cordial with his cousin Queen Helene I, he was critical of her policies and became a vocal opponent of her successor (his uncle), King Hathor III. Karl contested the unchecked power of Kings and was eager for political, socio-economic and military reforms to modernize the functioning of government.

By the 1780s Karl V became a key figure in the "reformist" wing of Aren politics, and a decade later he emerged as a prominent Revolutionary leader. At this point, he was not next in line for the throne: it was not until after 1799 and the abrupt death of Hathor III's heir Crown Prince Rurik that Karl emerged as a contender for the crown. The Prince's demise made some suspect foul play, although Rurik had suffered from consumption for years.

King Karl V commissioned the "Tor des Lichts" in Emyn Arnen to commemorate the Revolution of Light

In 1800, after two years of open rebellion in the bloodiest phase of the Revolution, the forces of Hathor III were defeated he was made to adicate. Karl V was crowned at Kronstad, and entered Emyn Arnen in a triumphal procession on the 14th of April, declaring Arendaal a secular state, a Constitutional Monarchy and a Parliamentary Democracy with limited (but greatly expanded) suffrage.

A new National Anthem was decided upon in 1805, using the fourth movement of Aren composer Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and the lyrics of Markus Annunson's Av der Gladen ("Ode To Joy"), an optimistic hymn championing the brotherhood of humanity.

Second Union of Bergen (rule of Suionia) 1812Edit

In 1800, military conflict erupted between the newly reformed Arendaal and its neighbour Suionia. The former won the dispute in 1812, when the province of Svealand became part of the Aren Kingdom proper. Thereafter, Arendaal and Suionia would initiate a second Union of Bergen, whereby the two Kingdoms were ruled by the same monarch between 1812 and 1956.

In practice real power in Götarike (Suionia) was based in the Riksdag, but it was the King of Arendaal and Götarike, from Karl V to Sven V, who signed laws into being. The liberal political, legislative, economic and social reforms ofKarl V proved equally beneficial to the Suionian populace.

Reign: Legal and Social ProgressEdit

King Karl V's first wife, Julienne of Cambria

Karl V set about modernizing Arendaal's system of government and liberalizing its social sphere. Although previous law codes had existed, whether the medieval Code of Jutland or the Rensaissance Edict of Bergen, the 19th century Nareath Law Code was more comprehensive.

Seen as the first real Aren constitution, it affirmed the principles of equality, liberty and justice which the Revolution of Light had used as its rallying cry. It established the Monarchy as answerable to an elected Parliament , made divorce claims simpler and formally enforced the equality of men and women in both the prive and public spheres. The Nareath Code made Arendaal one of the most legally advanced states of the century.

His financial policies also modernized the economy and helped it take advantage of the wealth generated by Aren trade. Commerce boomed and new wealth was evident in the many buildings and monuments erected during his long reign.

The most famous are Karlheim Palace, Tor des Lichts, Karlskirche, the Stortinget (a new building for the Aren Parliament), Julienne Hospital and no less than ten colleges at Sylnarsson University Emyn Arnen.

As society became more liberal, this informality translated into the fashions and of the age. In the aftermath of the Revolution, a new openess came to pass. Fashion saw the final triumph of informal styles over the brocades of the 18th century. A trend towards simplicity had begun in the reign of Helene I, but it was in the early 19th century that the neoclassical silhouette was created by a woman wearing a high-waisted dress, with a loose skirt which skimmed the body. This made clothing generally less confining and cumbersome than that of the 18th and later 19th centuries.

Literature, philosophy and the arts flourished, as did scientific and technological advancements which paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. In the sphere of music, composers built on the prowess of previous Aren virtuosos like Mozart. Ludwig van Beethoven became Arendaal's foremost composer during Karl's reign and one of the most renowned in history.

Personality and AppearanceEdit

King Karl V with his children, including Pieter II and Alexandra of Montelimar

Karl V was known as an witty and shrewd man. He was well read and intelligent, with a talent for rhetoric and public speaking. Gifted as a politician, he disdained court decorum and sought to lessen its formality. He remained handsome even in his old age, dotted on his grandchildren more than he had on his own offspring, and provided well for his relatives.

His relationship with his first wife, Julienne of Cambria was an extremely loving one. Political considerations prompted his second marriage, in 1825, to Ekaterina of Serbovia. They developed a friendly, if cool, relation.

King Karl V's first wife, Julienne of Cambria, and the couple's children

Though they were illegitimate, he granted both of Helene I's children grand titles: Harald der Vasterkvist because Duke of Svealand in 1812, and his sister Marguerite was made Countess of Göteborg. Harald was the father of the famous Grand Duke Johann von Nareath.

Karl allowed his uncle, the defeated Hathor III, to remain in residence at Loire Chateau until his death in 1802, and was at Versailles Palace, as was Queen Helene I who had previously been buried in obscurity in Lulea.

In addition to corresponding regularly with Victoria of Breotonia he was, ironically, especially close to Hathor III's Queen, Elisabeth of Lorraine.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

King Karl V of Arendaal first married Julienne of Cambria. They had the following children:

Despite being heartbroken by Julienne's death in 1823, Karl married Ekaterina of Serbovia two years later, by whom he had the following children:

Other Royal RelationsEdit


Karl V of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

King Nikolaus V of Franken
King Henrich VII of Franken
Alais of Arendaal
Thomas Knytling of Franken
Queen of Franken
Trigve, Prince of Arendaal
Emperor Theodore VII of the Talemantine Empire (26)
King Gustav V of Arendaal
Queen Kristianna I of Arendaal (27)
Queen Beatrix I of Arendaal
King of Eiffelland
Jacqueline of Eiffelland
Queen of Eiffelland
Karl V of Arendaal
King Henri IX of Montelimar
King Michel II of Montelimar
Queen of Montelimar
King Louis VII of Montelimar
Emperor Theodore VII of the Talemantine Empire
Liliana of Arendaal
Queen Kristianna I of Arendaal
Francoise of Montelimar
Queen of Montelimar

See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

Aren Regnal Titles
Preceded by
King Hathor III
1790 - 1800
King of Arendaal
1800 – 1839
Succeeded by
King Pieter II
1839 – 1851
Prince of Norseberg
1800 – 1839
Grand Duke of Emyn Arnen
1800 – 1839
Grand Duke of Nareath
1800 – 1839
Suionian Royalty
Preceded by
King of Götarike (Suionia)
1812 – 1839
Succeeded by
King Pieter II
1839 - 1851
Aren Royalty
Preceded by
Crown Prince
Crown Prince of Arendaal
Prince of Fjordholm

1799 - 1800
Succeeded by
King Pieter II