(22 November/4 December 1878–13 June 1918), youngest and, at the time of the Revolution, only surviving brother of Nicholas II. After Nicholas illegally abdicated a second time, he dumped the throne in his brother's lap. Mikhail consulted with a lawyer, not wanting to take away his nephew Aleksey's succession rights or do anything to hurt the empire. After all of 24 hours, he peacefully abdicated, feeling he shouldn't be Tsar unless the majority wanted it, and unless he could be a constitutional monarch. He was later taken prisoner by the Bolsheviks and murdered in Perm. His body has never been found.
In my #alternativehistory
, Mikhail is rescued and becomes Aleksey's Regent and guardian. Though Mikhail loves his family dearly, he becomes a petty, paranoid tyrant, particularly towards family rivals the Vladimirovichi and the Russian Empire's Jewish community. He becomes more and more out of control, with everyone wanting his nephew to replace him, but Aleksey is adamant he not come to full power in his own right until he's old and experienced enough. But at the end of Part II, certain events compel him onto the throne just shy of his 25th birthday.
I felt bad I had to make Mikhail into a villain of sorts, since he was such a good person in real life, but it was important for the purposes of character and plot development. No matter how outrageously he behaves as a ruler, he's always got his nephew's back.
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