Most people agreed that it had started with the death of Queen Elizabeth the Second, or at least, those that didn’t think this had been going on for longer did. From there, things had gone downhill very rapidly, with the 2050 War that ravaged cities and destroyed thousands of homes, and led to the takeover of the throne.
The Irish were in a lot of trouble in their own country at that point. There was no money and no jobs, very much as it had been about forty years before. Was there any reason to suppose they would be any better at ruling the English throne? No, but they were determined to try, and there was nobody else to do so.
Queen Niamh the First was not actually a bad queen. In fact, many historians would argue that she was successful when it came to changing laws, punishing miscreants and generally making sure that things went smoothly in the country. Just over ninety years old she was too old to rule, and so passed the throne onto her eldest daughter, Queen Alanna the First, who was also not unsuccessful. She, however, had to fight against falling standards and a lack of respect for these new rulers, meaning that things often went rather wrong.
In 2090 things started to look bleak for this poor Queen, and the people revolted. It was a short but bloody revolution, and many people were killed, most of them politicians. A few civilians joked that nobody would miss them, yet the media was filled with the horror of what was going on. People were turning on each other and the throne had been reclaimed by the English, who said that they were only taking what was rightfully theirs.
Thus, the United Kingdom – minus Scotland, which had finally succeeding in becoming a separate state, and the Republic of Ireland which prided itself on its independence – was ruled by Queen Marian the First and then her daughter Rebecca: the succession of female monarchs did much to improve the standing of women in life, though it had to be said that by now, the Royal Family had gradually lost so much of their power that they were now nothing but figureheads for the tourists.
That, however, was the end of this English rule for that was the end of the line. Rebecca had not married and she was tragically killed at the age of sixty, thirty years after she had come to the throne. Her second cousin Catherine, of Irish descent, was asked to step in, but when Catherine unexpectedly abdicated twenty nine years later the throne was left to Queen Alanna the Second, eighteen years old with a fiery temper. And she was fed up of this pretence: she was determined that no matter what it took, she was going to get power back for her family...