: The Russian Romanov dynasty did not relax
: it's rules resulting in only one heir. So
: sticking to a frozen set of rules can be
: dangerous for an historic dynasty.
I agree, but historically under the Empire, the head of a dynasty needed the consent of all agnates to change the rules - for example, to introduce primogeniture. I do not believe that Archduke Karl's decision was a sensible one because he did not consult any senior members of the family, particularly the heads of other two sovereign lines, Archdukes Lorenz and Sigismund. Furthermore the Habsburgs were certainly not short of heirs who did qualify under the previous rules. This is especially true since Karl has ignored the new rules by allowing the children and grandchildren of the 2nd civil marriage of Archduke Josef, Grand Duke of Tuscany (whom he purported to create Prince and Princess of Florence, even though his brother was head of the Tuscan house), to claim the title of Archduke. As the family seems particularly fecund there will soon be hundreds of archdukes and archduchesses and maybe thousands....
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