Thursday, October 4
THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ZOG SYSTEM. BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.
Just in case anyone last night was lying awake trying to remember which one of the one-time King Zog of Albania's ancestors was commander of Turkish forces at Mostar in 1913, we are proud (maybe) to present the geneology of the very shortlived Albanian Royal House of Zogu, as well as the even-shorter-lived Princely House of Wied, which had snappier uniforms but ruled Albania de jure and de facto (well, sort of) from March 1914 to September 1914, and was later officially deposed in 1920, for what it's worth.
(Also, P.J. O'Rourke writes somewhere, though I can't find it, that the current pretender's name, Leka Zogu, translates to "Leka the Zog," which a) sounds somewhat like the title of the number-one children's public access TV program in the People's Republic of Transdnistria, and b) is too good to spoil with me actually fact-checking it.)
Also, the ever-handy Royal Ark has some fascinating stuff on the Nicaraguan Kingdom of the Mosquito Nation, now sadly extinct. The current pretender, it seems, is someone named Norton Cuthbert Clarence, though the geneology is only current through 1979. (This is only mildly stranger than the fact that one of the several de jure claimants to the Kingdom of Jerusalem along with the kings of Spain, the duke of Anjou, Otto von Hapsburg and some Savoyard, is Patrick Desmond Carl-Alexander Guinness, of the brewing Guinnesses. (Incidentally, his fashion-model daughter Jasmine is allegedly 3,500th in line to the British throne, for what it's worth, but since that's through Sophia of Hanover, we won't talk about that.)
THIS ENDS OUR TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ZOG SYSTEM. RETURN TO YOUR DAILY DUTIES. BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.