Franz Joseph dies in 1896


Ad Honoris
May 2014
What if Kaiser Franz Joseph would have died sometime between June 1896 and December 1896?

In such a scenario, Franz Ferdinand would become the new ruler of Austria-Hungary. In turn, this would raise an interesting question--do the Hungarians refuse to renew their union with Austria in 1897? If so, what does FF do about it? Does he invade Hungary? Also, is Russia going to intervene on the Hungarians' behalf in such a scenario? If so, could this trigger an early WWI?

In addition, what is FF's domestic policy going to look like?