Pretend to Be a Royal and We'll Show You Which Real Life Crown You'd Wear

By: Zoe Samuel

Pretend to Be a Royal and We'll Show You Which Real Life Crown You'd Wear
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About This Quiz

The practice of wearing crowns goes back thousands of years. The ancient Persian kings wore crowns and "diadems," or jeweled bands worn on the head. The ancient Egyptians had two crowns, one for Lower Egypt (the "Deshret"), one for Upper Egypt (the "Hedjet"), which were combined to form theĀ Pschent, the crown of all of Egypt. The Roman Emperor Constantine I adopted the practice of wearing a crown, and it became a tradition among all Roman Emperors after him. After the fall of Rome, European kings, queens, and emperors of all stripes wore crowns, as does the Pope and several other religious leaders.

Jeweled headgear made of precious metals has also been popular in Asia for thousands of years, though the origins there are less clear, and crowns of a sort, decorated with skins, feathers, or even plant life, are popular the world over. What binds all of these fancy hats together is they all symbolize power that comes from a position or title.

You want a crown, so you can show everyone how powerful you are, but with so many crowns, how can anyone choose theirs? So play the part of royalty, answer some of our questions, and we will tell you which real-world crown is the one you should wear!

How private would you be?
I would be very public.
I would be very private.
I would be fairly public.
I would be fairly private.

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Which historical monarchy would you like to be the head of?
None. I would make my own way.
The Tokugawa Shogunate
The French Monarchy
The Holy Roman Emperors

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How big would you want your entourage to be?
Hundreds of people
As small as possible
A half dozen or so
Fifty people. Enough for a long line of limos.

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What designer would you choose for special occasions?
Favourbrook
Shushu/Tong
Henrik Vibskov
Michel & Amazonka

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What would be the main responsibility of your assistant?
Handling my schedule
Setting up meetings
IT
Buying private jets

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For what sporting events would you want a front row seat?
The Olympics
A football (soccer) championship
A hockey championship
MMA championships

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What kind of government would you have?
Total tyranny
An absolute monarchy
A constitutional monarchy
Feudal monarchy

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What sort of castle will you call home?
A massive military complex
A modest palace
A clean, modern building
A palace to make the Pope weep

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Which approach to the class system would you embrace?
I'd allow modern society, but with me at the top, with the power of life and death.
I would allow a middle class and working class, but get rid of serfdom.
I would have a working class, middle class, and aristocracy.
There would be aristocrats and serfs. That's all.

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What would be a central feature of your heraldry?
The fleur-de-lis
A crow
The double eagle
The bear

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Which house would you seek an alliance with by marriage?
The House of Habsburg
No one in particular
The Sugawara clan
The House of Bourbon

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Which real world leader would you seek to emulate?
Charlemagne
Tokugawa Ieyasu
Karl I, Prince of Liechtenstein
Vladimir V. Putin

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Which fictional ruler would inspire you?
King Arthur
Strider
Beowulf
Cersei Lannister

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What would your people do as a tradition on the anniversary of your coronation?
Have a huge military parade
Have a pleasant party with lots of dancing
Have a stiff drink
Grovel at my feet

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For what would you write grants?
Military developments
Art that shows off national pride
Environmentalist work
Making me fanciful jeweled eggs

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What would be your policy on hostile nations?
Humiliate them on the battlefield
Fend them off, but do not conquer
Hold them hostage and make them pay the Danegeld
Crush the, conquer them, kill off their ruling class, and force them to adopt my culture

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Where would you look for a spouse?
My own family
The educated elite
Aristocrats from neighboring nations
The Prussian aristocracy

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How would you style yourself?
Emperor/Empress
King/Queen
Grand Duke/Duchess
Tsar/Tsarina

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How would your spouse style themselves?
Empress/Emperor
Queen/King
Royal Consort
Tsar/Tsarina

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Would your family be able to handle their relation to a royal monarch?
Not for the most part
Absolutely
Yes, every one
No, none

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What item of clothing would you definitely wear, and therefor popularize?
A military uniform
Humble robes
Slick, modern suits
Culottes

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What would you do to the people who antagonized you before you were elevated?
Force them to enlist and send them to the front
Banish them
Ignore them
Send them to a gulag

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What active role would you play in the government?
I would be the commander in chief.
I would be the chief executive.
I would be a figurehead and the national conscience.
I would be every branch of government.

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How would you relax when you take time off?
I would conquer a small nation.
I would visit other nations.
I would go skiing.
I would visit with psychics.

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How would you choose the people you surround yourself with?
From the military elite
My friends from school
People from my class who understand the responsibilities of my class
Shameless yes men

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How many of your present friends would you drop once you become the head of state?
Most of them
None of them
Some of them
All of them

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Would you appoint any of your friends to official positions?
Yes, I would put the 'tis in nepotism.
I might put one in charge of a charity.
I'd give titles to friends who could handle it.
God, no

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What are the odds you would start a war over something petty, like a personal insult?
50%
0%
10%
100%

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What would you invest state money in developing?
WMDs
The economy
Technologies
Awesome palaces for me

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How will you be transported around your nation?
In an ostentatious armored vehicle surrounded by military vehicles and soldiers
By limousine
By bicycle, as everyone in my nation would
In a private train

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