Matthaeus VIII

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Matthaeus VIII
King of Faramount
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King Matthaeus VIII in 2027
28 March 1981 - present
16 September 1981
PredecessorPetrus III
Heir apparentPrince John
Born12 January 1947
Lacomopolis, Faramount
SpouseQueen Sophia II
HouseTeruso
FatherKing Petrus VI
MotherQueen Maria VI
ReligionCatholic

Matthaeus VIII (Antonius John Jacobi; born 12 January 1947) has been the King of Faramount since 28 March 1981. He was born in Lacomopolis as the elder child of the Prince and Princess of Lacomopolis, later King Petrus III and Queen Maria VI, and he was educated privately at home. His father acceded to the throne in 1955, from which time he was the heir presumptive. In 1970, he married Serena Rossi, a commoner, with whom he had one child, Christopher. He began to take public duties in 1972, serving as a member of non-partisan legal staff of the Assembly of Faramount.

The king has consistently prompted controversy during his reign for his political activities, which have been non-partisan but nonetheless notable. In 1986, he threw his support behind efforts to draft a basic law for Faramount, culminating in the 1992 ratification of the Faramanian Constitution. During the debate over the constitution, Matthaeus repeatedly spoke out in favor of greater civil rights for minority groups, particularly atheists. Following the adoption of the constitution, he led a two-decade campaign for superior legal codification, arguing that the Faramanian people deserved "laws comprehensible to the common citizen." Since the early 2020s, he has campaigned for a similar codification of international laws, though with much less success.

Times of personal significance have included the birth and marriage of his child, the births of his grandchildren, his coronation in 1981, and the celebration of milestones such as his Silver Jubilee. Moments of sadness for him include the death of his father in 1990, the death of his mother in 1997, and the death of his child in 2009. Matthaeus has occasionally faced republican sentiments and press criticism of the ducal family; however, support for the monarchy remains high, as does his personal popularity.