In late April of 1751, following his resignation as Prime Minister due to the 29th of April Coup, Prince Ryan departed Switzerland for St. Petersburg, abdicating his title as Prince of Geneva and heir apparent to the Swiss throne. There would be no heirs designated by the King following his departure, so the position remained vacant for some months.
Ryan was born in Jura on the 10th of April 1727 to Prince Benjamin Kroshbon, the son of Lord Tyler Kroshbon, the Head of the House of Kroshbon, and a shepherd's daughter. Benjamin, unable to bring forth his bastard, made arrangements for monthly stipends to be given to the Jetten family. When he became Crown Prince in 1738, he purchased a massive estate in rural Jura, to be given to the Jetten family for Ryan's upbringing. In 1746, during the Swiss Civil War, the Jetten's were targeted by the revolutionaries, suspected of being Royalists for their large landholdings. The rebels raided the Jetten estate, massacring the entire family, including Ryan's mother. Ryan, whom was away in Zurich, serving in the Swiss Royal Army under Lord Jozef Kohleschmied, would only learn of his family's demise after the war's conclusion. Ryan would never meet his father, who eventually would disappear in 1746, nor his grandfather, William II, who died that same year.
Rise to PowerEdit
Orphaned at the age of 19, Ryan was made ward to Lord Gustav Dreadre, Duke of Jura. Quickly taken notice for his ability to learn his new job and duties he was placed into Lord Dreadre's government in Jura. Upon reaching government office he began to quickly work to expand the reach of Jura and its politics. Quickly showing the ability to negotiate and broker deals he was brought into many situations to begin understanding and learning the official way of business in Jura.
Alongside his service in Dreadre's government, Ryan attended to the University of Zurich to further his education. After graduating from the esteemed Kohle College in 1750, Ryan returned to Jura to continue working in Lord Dreadre's Dukedom.
Ascension as Crown PrinceEdit
After the completion of his studies, and roughly a year of service in the government of Jura, Ryan was legitimized by his uncle, King Alexander, and named heir apparent to the Swiss throne in a shocking sideline of the King's brother, Prince Richard Kroshbon.
The young Prince was engaged to Princess Halle Clemente of Spain, the sister of King Ferdinand, at his ascension, but the engagement would be broken off a few months later.
By Royal Decree, Prince Ryan was appointed Prime Minister when asked by King Alexander on December 27, 1750. Since then, he took steps to form a Cabinet immediately consisting of his most trusted advisers in the Kingdom.
Since becoming Prime Minister many changes were made, immediately working with Alexander to make a Constitution that would allow for the first official constitutional monarchy in the history of Switzerland. This would prove to be an extremely valuable step in progression as in the future months, the Cabinet would need these abilities and powers delegated to them.
The crowning achievement of his Ministerial position up to this date in 1751 has been the creation and establishment of all new alliances, the rebuilding of past broken treaties and the forming of new friendships with heads of state and government, allowing the Swiss to have a say on the world stage more-so than ever before.
After a short while of very slow progress around the world community during the Spring of 1751, the Prime Minister's Cabinet grew weary of his presence and felt new leadership was necessary. Led by Lord Azreel Wolfe, a coup was made against him during an "intervention" in a late night Cabinet meeting. It was his choice to step down, but make no mistake, it was no choice he took lightly. After stepping down, he decided to leave the Kingdom of Switzerland feeling betrayed but with a new sense of freedom as well. He would later move to Russia alongside his paramour, Lady Catherine Garland of the Netherlands, where he would live a quiet life, away from all the discourse of international politics.
Titles, Styles, Honors, and ArmsEdit
Titles and StylesEdit
- 10 April 1730 - 27 December 1750: Mr. Ryan Jetten
- 27 December 1750 - 29 April 1751: His Royal Highness, the Prince of Geneva
- 29 April 1751 - present: His Highness, Prince Ryan Kroshbon
Ryan used the official style of "Ryan the First, By the Grace of God, Prince of Geneva and Lord of Pripyat. Heir to the Throne of Switzerland, Venice, Genoa, and Lucca" as crown prince.
He used the short style of "Your Royal Highness".
Honors and ArmsEdit
- Member of the Order of St. Nicholas of Flue