Official Portrait of Her Imperial Highness Lucretia Kling, By the Grace of Darwin, Empress of America and Suzerain of the Kingdom of Mexico; better known as the Wealth Portrait or the Mandeville Portrait or the Segerstrom Portrait.

Hello all. As promised, here is the finished Official Portrait of Her Imperial Highness Lucretia Kling, By the Grace of Darwin, Empress of America and Suzerain of the Kingdom of Mexico; better known as the Wealth Portrait or the Mandeville Portrait or the Segerstrom Portrait. Below is an excerpt from the article about her reign.

"Historical analysis of the reign of Lucretia Kling began not long after her reign and was predominantly positive. Late 29th century writers called her the most successful Imperial ruler of her age, and she was lionised for having led the American Empire through a difficult period in which its very existence was threatened by foreign enemies. The merchant nobility and the Social Darwinists, who dominated the literary discourse for at least a century after her reign, viewed her as one of their own and lauded her accomplishments.

Kling’s historical reputation has been greatly helped by the rulers who preceded and succeeded her. The massive drain placed on the Imperial Treasury by Charles Duke’s neverending military campaigns and by Harriet Power’s massive building projects are frequently contrasted with Kling’s relative fiscal responsibility. The political chaos of Duke’s reigns, particularly in its later years, contrasts with the relative stability of Kling’s. The religious fanaticism of Power’s reign contrasts with Kling’s attempts to find compromises and assure religious freedom. Her being placed between two rulers who have been characterised as “bad rulers” has meant that, by comparison, Kling’s reign seems a Golden Age. And indeed this contrast shaped both public and academic assessments of her reign for hundreds of years."

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