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Niklaas IV of Arendaal
By the Grace of God, King of Arendaal and Götarike (Suionia)
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King of Arendaal
Reign 1901 - 1917
Coronation August 1901, Kronstad
Predecessor Queen Louisa I
Successor Queen Freya I
King of Götarike (Suionia)
Reign 1901 - 1917
Coronation August 1901, Götarike
Predecessor Queen Louisa I
Successor Queen Freya I
Consort Karolina of Franken
Birth 1 August 1872, Thorvald
Death 22 Nov. 1917, Goteborg
Father Crown Prince Anders of Arendaal
Mother Elisabeth Franziska of Braunschweig (Wiese)
Issue Freya I of Arendaal
Louise, Queen of Anglyn
Magnus, Grand Duke of Stockholm
Royal House Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath
Full Name Niklaas von Nareath-Kapét
Religion Christian (Protestant)
Buried Goteborg Cathedral

Niklaas IV of Arendaal ("Niklaas the Good") (1872 - 1917) was the King of Arendaal and Götarike (Suionia) between 1901 and 1917. He was the son of Crown Prince Anders of Arendaal and Elisabeth Franziska of Braunschweig (Wiese), and the grandson of Queen Regent Louisa I of Arendaal, whom he succeeded after her death.


King Niklaas IV


Like his father, during his early life Niklaas came to personify the leisured elite. His reign coincided with the start of a new century and heralded significant changes in technology and society, including powered flight and the rise of socialism and the Liberal movement. Niklaas played a role in the modernisation of the Aren Army, Medical Services and Secondary Education system.

He fostered good relations between Arendaal and other major European powers, especially those of Northern Europe, but also those elsewhere. His devoted marriage to Karolina of Franken was considered exemplary and made popular abroad.


Niklaas IV's is declared King
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
Consort
   m1. Jacqueline of Eiffelland
   m2. Sophie of Wendmark
Children include
   Beatrix I of Arendaal
Beatrix I
Consort
   Thomas of Franken
Children include
   Edvard IV of Arendaal
   Hathor III of Arendaal
   Trigve of Arendaal
   Adelaide, Queen of Anglyn
   Klara, Queen of Cambria
   Evelina,TalemantineEmpress
Grandchildren include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Karl V of Arendaal
Edvard IV
Consorts
   m1. Evelynn of Anglyn
   m2. Victoria of Breotonia
Children include
   Helene I of Arendaal
   Victoria, Queen of Franken
Helene I
Consort
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Grandchildren include
   Grand Duke Johann
Hathor III
Consort
   Elisabeth of Lorraine
Children include
   Rurik of Arendaal (married Clemence of Lorraine)
Karl V
Consort
   m1.Julienne of Cambria
   m2.Ekaterina of Serbovia
Children include
   Pieter II of Arendaal
   Alexandra,QueenofMontelimar
   CzarinaAnastasia, GornoAltai
   Juliette,Queen ofCambria
   Klarissa,Marquised'Hennessy
Pieter II
Consort
   m1.Nadia of GreatEngellex
   m2. Anna of Wiese
Children include
   Louisa I of Arendaal
   Liliana,TalemantineEmpress
   Isabella, Queen of Franken
   Gisela,Queen of Eiffelland
Louisa I
Consort
   Arthur of Breotonia
Children include
   Anders of Arendaal (married Elisabeth of Wiese)
   Eliana,QueenofEngellex
   Charlotte,QueenofMontelimar
Grand children include
   Niklaas IV of Arendaal
   Madeleine,Empress ofWiese
Niklaas IV
Consort
   Karolina of Franken
Children include
   Freya I of Arendaal
   Louise, Queen of Anglyn
   Laine, Marquise d'Hennessy
Freya I
Consort
   Jean of Montelimar
Children include
   Sven V of Arendaal
   Marie,TalemantineEmpress
   Alienora,Queen ofEiffelland
   Helena,Queen of Engellex
   Eliska, Queen of Cambria
Sven V
Consort
   Agneta of Suionia
Children include
   Edvard V of Arendaal
   Lena of Saxony (Wiese)
   Rikissa, Sultana of Hajr
   Varik of Arendaal
Edvard V
Consort
   Laura of Franken
Children include
   Soren of Arendaal
   Katarina,QueenofMontelimar
   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

Niklaas' affability and popularity, as well as his use of family connections, assisted Arendaal in building and maintaining European alliances.

The political advantages and booming commercial relations which his diplomacy secured also helped to bolster Niklaas' popularity at home, and he is remembered in a positive light by the Aren people.


King Niklaas IV's wife, Karolina, Princess of Franken


Niklaas IV was rarely interested in politics, although his views on most issues were notably liberal for the time. His advisors remarked on his habit of treating all people the same, regardless of their social station or background.

He was truly shocked by the ill-treatment of ethnic minorities in other European states. In his letters to his sister Madeleine of Arendaal, Empress of Wiese, he complained that: "Just Because a man has a darker complexion or a different religion from our own, there is no reason why he should be treated as a brute."


Emyn Arnen by Night, painted for King Niklaas IV

He was concerned with providing better health care and education to the poorest members of society, though as a King he himself lived a life of luxury that was often far removed from that of the majority of his subjects. However, his personal charm with people at all levels of society and his strong condemnation of prejudice went a great way to assuage tensions building during his lifetime, both in terms of social tensions in Arendaal and ethnic tensions abroad.

Alongside diplomacy, his main involvement was in charity work, especially the foundation of hospitals. He was also interested in the conservation of historic monuments, notably Goteborg Cathedral (where he would eventually be buried).

Niklaas IV's ascent to the throne directly after his grandmother was due to his father's sudden death in 1897. Contemporaries described their relationship as more like affectionate brothers than father and son.

On Anders' death Niklaas wrote in his diary that he had lost his "best friend and the best of fathers ... I never had a cross word with him in my life. I am heart-broken and overwhelmed with grief".


Painting of King Niklaas IV's family (including a young Freya I)

Niklaas was affectionate by nature, which helps to explain why he experienced this great loss so deeply. He also grieved sincerely when his grandmother Louisa I died. A dotting father and husband, his relationship with his wife Karolina, Princess of Franken was a close one.

Before he took the throne, Niklaas received criticism for his apparent pursuit of self-indulgent pleasures, but he received great praise for his kindness and good manners as well as for his diplomatic skill. As his daughter Queen Freya I wrote, "his lighter side sometimes obscured the fact that he had both insight and influence."


King Niklaas IV of Arendaal with his wife, Karolina of Franken and their daughter, the future Freya I


According to one historian, "He had a tremendous zest for pleasure but he also had a real sense of duty. He was kind and debonair and not undignified – but too human. He was not cold and therefore not a true politician, but he was warm and well-meaning, and this made him a good and beloved King".

Sadly, Niklaas, like his father, would also die at the age of only 45 after a brief illness usually identified as pneumonia. The sudden and unexpected death of the King triggered a wave of national mourning.

So great was his international popularity that his sudden passing was considered a tragedy throughout Europe. Tens of thousands lined the streets of Emyn Arnen to see his funeral procession. In accordance with his wishes, he was buried in Goteborg Cathedral.

Family, Marriage and ChildrenEdit

King Niklaas IV of Arendaal married Princess Karolina of Franken. Their children included:

SiblingsEdit

Other Royal RelationsEdit


AncestorsEdit

Niklaas IV of Arendaal's ancestors in four generations:

 
 
 
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
King of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Breotonia
 
 
Arthur of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Queen of Breotonia
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Crown Prince Anders of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Karl V of Arendaal
 
 
King Pieter II of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julienne of Cambria
 
 
Queen Louisa I of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
 
King of Great Engellex
 
 
Nadia of Great Engellex
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen of Great Engellex
 
Niklaas IV of Arendaal
 
 
 
 
 
Emperor of Wiese
 
 
Holy Germanic Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Empress of Wiese
 
 
Wilhelm Ludwig of Saxony
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Holy Germanic Empress
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Elisabeth Franziska of Braunschweig (Wiese)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duke of Braunschweig
 
 
Duke of Braunschweig
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duchess of Braunschweig
 
 
Franziska I Mariana of Braunschweig
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Duchess of Braunschweig
 
 
 
 
 
 
x
 

See AlsoEdit

Kapétien Dynasty
House of Nareath

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Queen Louisa I
1851 – 1901
King of Arendaal
1901 - 1917
Succeeded by
Queen Freya I
1917 – 1945
Prince of Norseberg
1901 - 1917
Grand Duke of Emyn Arnen
1901 - 1917
Grand Duke of Nareath
1901 - 1917
Suionian Royalty
Preceded by
Queen Louisa I
1851 - 1901
King of Götarike (Suionia)
1901 - 1917
Succeeded by
Queen Freya I
1917 – 1945
Aren royalty
Preceded by
Crown Prince
Anders
Crown Prince of Arendaal
Prince of Fjordholm

1897 - 1901
Succeeded by
Queen Freya I

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