The Royal Family of Ga Guk is the household of the governing monarch in the nation of Ga Guk. The latest monarch in the family is King Jin Jeok, who succeeded his half-brother, King Jin Won, after a rebellion initiated by the rebel army Deung Ha Bul Myung.

Succession Edit

A monarch is coronated regardless of age and possibly gender under special or unwarranted circumstances. For instance, Yi Won assumed the throne at the age of 10 years old, though his mother, Yoon Yeon Lee, took over as his regent until he reached the age of 20 years old.[1] After the death of King Jin Hyul, his spouse, Queen Ahn Young, also possibly became the country's regent as queen dowager.

However, succession is largely governed by male-preference primogeniture, in which sons of the king inherit before daughters. This was hinted when King Jin Hyul mentioned that, should his soon-to-be-born twins were to be of opposite genders, there would be no need to "fight for the throne", making it apparent that the male was to be heir apparent instead of the female regardless of their twinship.[2]

Moreover, succession is based according to birth order, though the child's lineage ultimately overrides this. For example, Yi Won was the eldest son of King Jin Hyul. However, since he was the son of a consort, Jin Hyul's heir apparent was Crown Prince Yi Jeok,[3] his eldest son (and the older twin of Prince Yi Hwi) with his queen consort Ahn Young.

In the event of having twin heirs apparent of similar gender, such as the case of King Jin Hyul and his twin brother, it was never mentioned how the succession would be, though it was stated that the twins had a bitter rivalry and fought for the throne. This might hint that twins, especially twin princes, had equal chances of accession to the throne due to their twinship.[2]

Members Edit

Family Tree Edit

Below is the family tree of the members of the Royal Family of Ga Guk. (Jade text denotes monarchs in the family.)

Yoon Yeon Lee
Jin Hyul
(12th King)
Ahn Young
(Queen Consort)
Hyun Bin
Jin Won
(13th King)
Jin Jeok
(14th King)
Yi Hwi
Unnamed Son

Trivia Edit

References Edit

  1. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 89
  3. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 86
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