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The no-longer extant royal family of Russia were great
allies of Great Britain in years gone by. Indeed, their
families and those of our current monarchy are intertwined
(as with much of Europe)- and some fled to England when
their mother nation turned against them.
Occasionally great rulers,
they were our allies in many of
our historical battles, but as deposed leaders, they are
little celebrated in Russia.
It would be a nice thing to commemorate our gratitude
with a memorial.
I propose a black, featureless rectangular monolith, 1m x
4m footprint, 9m tall.
Hidden inside the apparently featureless face, images of
the great Russian rulers are illuminated from within,
triggered as a person approaches.
||//Occasionally great rulers// in the post Godunov years,
maybe. Peter (and Katherine) the Great, in short stints.
Not so much otherwise
||I suspect most nations have had their share of
incompetent, in-bred, evil and down-right mad
rulers. I know we have.
||Given the number of Russian residents we have in
London, I feel this would be a popular attraction.
||I am exceptionally tired of the seemingly endless documentaries, often British, about "the poor Romanovs." I'd like to see one documentary about the innocent people the Romanovs killed, including their inept leadership in WWI.
||It's easy to blame Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany for WWI, though the simple fact is that the Romanovs, the British royal family and Kaiser Wilhelm were basically the same inbred cousins who'd been waging wars against each other all across Europe for centuries. Putin is no improvement -- rather a holdover who worked in east Germany after majoring in German at university, but no one should miss the age of Germanic dicators.
||// Given the number of Russian residents we have in
London// When a similar number of British citizens choose
to live in St. Petersburg or Moscow, that'll be the time to
celebrate Russian rulers. Until then, better celebrate your
||I've never liked the Romanovs since they attacked the
||Impressive cloaking technology, though.
||all to be rectified in the new Picard series, apparently