Which of these three rulers would you have preferred to be?

Which of these three rulers would you have preferred to be?

  • German Kaiser Wilhelm II

  • Austro-Hungarian Kaiser Franz Joseph (or, alternatively, his nephew Franz Ferdinand)

  • Russian Tsar Nicholas II


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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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#72
Nicholas II lived for 50 years, though he died violently and a time traveler in his place might reasonably expect to live for 10 or 20 more years if he had genes for average longevity .

Wilhelm II lived for 82 years.

Franz Joseph lived for 86 years.

Thus they probably had genes for somewhat superior longevity, as well as good luck.

So unless the time traveler had a plan to advance geriatric medicine it would be safer for him to become possess Wilhem I or Franz Joseph than Nicholas II.
Nicholas's sister Xenia lived into her 80s--as did their mother. Meanwhile, Nicholas's sister Olga lived into her late 70s. Thus, it's not out of the question for Nicholas to live into his 80s or even his 90s--though I do agree that him dying at age 80-something is much more likely than him dying at age 90-something.