Monarchy of Adzhatia
From 19 to 29 November 2005, Adzhatia was a kingdom. In the months before, a constitutional committee had done some research for the controversial government of Ăŕva Ośŕoncei and concluded that becoming a monarchy was the best way to attract international attention, both negative and positive. Adzhatia didn't have a royal tradition however, so when the Dume was persuaded by Ăŕva Ośŕoncei to vote in favour of the proposed constitution half way October 2005, a king had still to be found.
At the end of October, a king was found on very short notice: Michael Urach (*1946), a descendant of prince Wilhelm of Urach, also (briefly) known as king Mindaugas II of Lithuania - at least he provided the Dume with many documents that should prove this lineage. Things appeared to be in order and in a special session of the Dume on Saturday 19 November, Michael was confirmed as king Miheĺ I Uraħ of Adzhatia. Eight days later however, the Adzhatian press published an article claiming that the real family of Urach didn't know anything about this person, and after two more days, the opposition invaded the office of Ăŕva Ośŕoncei (who had assumed the title of prime minister after the king was confirmed by the Dume) and had him arrested for high treason. The king, who had not yet set food in Adzhatia but was on his way to the coronation ceremony that should have taken place early December, was refused entrance to the country. The constitution of the kingdom of Adzhatia was revoked on 29 November, effectively restoring the republic.
There still is an active movement in Adzhatia that aims to restore the monarchy, although it is not very large and has had little success convincing the people of the benefits of a monarchy. The movement is convinced that the government's defamating stories about Michael Urach not really being related to Mindaugas II, are simply not true. The current pretender, according to the movement, is a cousin of the first king, Johann Wörth (*1957), amongst the Adzhatian monarchists known as Juvan I. He became pretender to the Adzhatian throne (although it isn't likely that he will actively pursue this claim) on 7 September 2012. Miheĺ I had already 'abdicated' in January 2006 after several failed attempts to change the thoughts of Adzhatian politicians, leaving the throne to his younger brother Erich (Ereh I), who died however in a car crash on 18 March. The throne then went to their uncle, Michael Wilhelm Urach (Miheĺ II), who died in 2012. He wasn't married and after his death, his sister's eldest son became the new pretender.
|#||king of Adzhatia||Born||Died||Reign started||Reign ended||Remarks|
|1||Miheĺ I Uraħ||14 February 1946||19 November 2005||29 November 2005||Refused entry to Adzhatia|
|1||Miheĺ I Uraħ||14 February 1946||29 November 2005||22 January 2006||Title in pretence; abdicated|
|2||Ereh I Uraħ||19 October 1949||18 March 2006||22 January 2006||18 March 2006||Title in pretence|
|3||Miheĺ II Uraħ||15 December 1924||7 September 2012||18 March 2006||7 September 2012||Title in pretence|
|4||Juvan I Vŭrð||8 February 1957||7 September 2012||incumbent||Title in pretence|
|Heads of state of Adzhatia|
|Miheĺ Iĺicśŭn (1950 - 1982) · Vadim Erkŏhśŭn (1982 - 1984) · Miheĺ Iĺicśŭn (1984 - 1986) · Pjotaŕ Iĺicśŭn (1986 - 1990) · Miheĺ Pjotarśŭn (1990 - 2004) · Ereh Ħĭnzei (2004 - 2005) |
Ăŕva Ośŕoncei (2005) · Miheĺ I (2005) · Ereh Ħĭnzei (2005 - 2006) · Grigeŕ Maććok (2006 - 2010) · Ăŕva Bekina (2010 - 2014) · Kataŕine Matuś (incumbent since 2014)