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Arngunna "Anna" Karlsdotter av Kulla Konung av Vittmark
Arngunna "Anna" Karlsdotter av Kulla Konung av Vittmark
Official portrait as heir-apparent
Born 14 March 7541rh
Knuts Kulla, Kulla Dependancy (currently Kulla Kronområde, Vittmark)
Died
Occupation Government official

Queen, head of state and government of Vittmark
In office
22 June 7567 - Present
Preceded by King Karl av Kulla 7565-7566
Succeeded by Incumbent


Queen Anna av Kulla (officially Arngunna Karlsdotter of Kulla Queen of Vittmark) is head of state and head of government of Vittmark. She already was in that position since the death of her father King Karl av Kulla and crown prince Thomas av Kulla as heir-apparent and was coronated on June 22nd 756rh. In January 7570 she announced a marital union with Palne Kristersson, leader of Fjällsta Stift. She has three young children.

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Early life

Anna av Kulla was born on Hilfnadag Tella 2486or (14 March 7541rh) at one of the mansions of the family in mountainous Kulla. She was the third child of Karl av Kulla, a nobleman from the influential Av Kulla dynasty with a heritage dating back directly to the Stoldavic Empire. It was the first birth in his second marriage with Anneli af Sörenstam. Her official name "Arngunna" means "fighting eagle".

The Av Kulla family lived in Kulla as a dependency of Liden, an exclave far away from the political scenes of the 7530s. Kulla became involved in the Pan-Anarian War due to the Wolgos invasion of neighboring Mörenburg. The family moved to Auresia when Anna was only 4 years old. There she led a secluded life, with only private teachers for a proper Kullan education. At age 7, she started attending school in Kulla after the family returned in 7549. But she returns to Cedelphia in 7553.

Anna's life underwent a dramatic setback when her (half) brother Captain Otto av Kulla was killed serving the Liden Navy, when the battlecruiser Hjeltemod was sunk off the coast of Ådalen in 7560rh.

Education

After basic education, Anna got the opportunity to educate herself into plastic arts, including drawing, ceramics, painting, graphics design, welding and later even photography. She combined this with international business relations, because she anticipated the value of good photography as a new service based industry. She started showing photographies at art galleries in Cedelphia already before her graduation. She received her masters in 7566 in a hastily arranged ceremony before she was forced to move back to Kulla.

Princess of Vittmark

In 7565rh Karl av Kulla was appointed as king of the newly formed nation of Vittmark at the Conference of Nisipari. In the outline for the constitution, that title became predominantly hereditary, making Anna's older half brother Thomas the crown prince.

One year later, her father and brother were killed during a separatist attack in Östvallen. According to the Treaty of Nisipari, the title of monarch of Vittmark now fell to Anna av Kulla. This succession was challenged by Göran Ådahl, who argued that the Vittmarkers should be allowed to choose their own monarch, according to Orkanan tradition. But since there was no structure in place which could organize such an election (and the fact that the Ådahl family were seen unfit to rule by many of the signatory nations of the Treaty of Nisipari) Anna av Kulla was appointed heiress-apparent to the Vittmarker throne.

Between the day of the death of her father and her coronation, Anna av Kulla did not speak in public. She moved to Östervallen and built a Provisional Council as preliminary government. Policies like the spelling reform of Wortsproke and the national railways plan are said to have been ordered by her directly.

Queen of Vittmark

Official state portrait as issued in 7569
On June 22nd 7567, Anna av Kulla was coronated at the Royal Palace of Östervallen during a ceremony with many foreign attendees. The crown was placed on her head by the Lord of Ådalen, Göran Ådahl, and the Prince of Liden, Magnus av Liden av Månsta, after which the Lord Mayor of Östervallen declared her Queen of all of Vittmark.

In Wortsproke, Queen Anna uses the word "Konung" (King) instead of "Drottning" (Queen), since the word for queen only has been used for a queen-consort, queen-dowager or queen-mother, but never for a queen-regnant. Although Orkanan beliefs create the possibility for women to obtain any position, none of the kings of member states have been women since the demise of the Greater Stoldavic Empire.

During her first public speech, which was broadcasted nationwide on radio, she presented herself as rather conservative in her religious believes, but at the same time she presented some modernizations like a democraticly chosen legislative parliament and infrastructure investments. During the first years government reforms were carried out, which created the current structure of federal government. She chose to play a role in the executive branch, focusing on education, infrastructure and federal cooperation. Her first real test came early 7570, when Göran Ådahl declared Ådalen independent. She ordered to secure federal property and interests, but abstained from implementing federal rule. A palace revolution put Ulla Ådahl in power, which took the worst threat out of the conflict, which still isn't completely solved.

After the birth of Princess Iduna in 7571 Queen Anna decided to tour all the member states of Vittmark within a short period of time. Within a time span of 2 (Orkanan) months her first Idunrunda her to all the capitals of the member states of Vittmark, including Fisks.

In 7572 Queen Anna faced an attempted palace revolution, staged by her distant uncle Ragnar Eriksson av Knutskulla, aided by her cousin Erik Thomasson. The queen's recently founded stim was held hostage at Blåkulla, but she defied the threat by publicly announcing the attempted coup d'etat while addressing the federal parliament.

After the formulation of the Constitution of Vittmark in 7573, her role as monarch became slightly different. She currently is heading the Council of States, which deals with disputes between member states and good governance in general, as well as the Constitutional Court. But her involvement in executive politics still can be felt, she chooses to be present at cabinet meetings when important issues are being discussed. Insiders have given witness accounts of Queen Anna actively influencing government policy regarding the Treaty of Ærilar in 7574 and the Gadalhem Accords of 7578.

Style icon

Queen Anna's appearances, dressing style and actions have turned her into a style icon for many modern Vittmarkers, especially women. She started her reign rather reluctantly but according to a large part of the public she has earned her stripes, particularly in keeping the country together. Queen Anna's governing style is a typical combination of blunt moves and patient pauses. Even to outsiders she appears to behave spontaneously, although it is not clear whether this behavior is a trained attitude or not.

The queen's physical appearance has added to her status as style icon. At her appointment as heir-apparent she was sporting a short style haircut, very much unlike the fashion of nobility at the time. At lesser formal events she likes to show up in a (bodytight) three-piece pinstripe suit, including pants and sometimes a necktie, adding to her tomboy attitude.

However, since then she has let her hair grow considerably. At her coronation in 7567 her hairstyle was more formal and in accordance to the fashion of the time. At her wedding in 7570 she appeared in a straight hairstyle with long bangs covering her eyebrows, a huge difference to her usual hairstyles which had her hair tied backwards. But the biggest impact she made at an appearance in Månsta in 7573, at the height of the civil unrest there. She appeared in an asymmetrical black military outfit with an open front dress and cavalry style pants, her hair bound backward in two elaborate braids showing shaved sides. The appearance is typical for late imperial and early post-imperial warlords of the 73rd century. At the moment her hair is so long that it covers her shaved sides, but she frequently appears with haircuts showing this unusual feature.

It didn't take long for young women to get similar haircuts. High ponytails (sometimes with undercut), bob styles and bangs all are signs of individual strength and loyalty to Vittmark for young women. At the same time bodytight and asymmetrical dresses and coats have become fashionable again thanks to Queen Anna.

In the second half of the 7570's her dressing style became a bit less provocative, but still quite modern and informal. Knee length dresses in light colors and floral patterns, plain pleated skirts and dresses, as well as ankle long multilayered dresses with lace details are characteristic for her style these years. That is, beside the ever present pantsuit with vest. Even on more formal occasions, like during state visits, she tends to wear asymmetrical attire, often with front or side splits in order to show the thigh high boots she is wearing in her capacity as highest-in-command. Wearing boots is subject to old Stoldavic traditions, so instead of Vittmarker women wearing boots, they imitate Queen Anna's style by wearing over knee length and thigh high stockings instead.

Private life

Not much is known about the private life of Anna av Kulla. She has a close circle of only a few friends. Her private life until age 24 has never been extremely well protected, Anna av Kulla did not grow up knowing she would become the head of state. Despite this, there isn't much public knowledge about her early life and her education in Cedelphia. Most of her art and work has carefully been removed from exhibitions.

A constant factor in her life is her lady-in-waiting Teres av Ståhlvik, with whom she has grown up since age 7 when they first met in exile in Cedelphia. She has followed her ever since, when moving to Herrkulla in 7564 and later when she made residence in Östervallen in 7567.

Anna shows a keen interest in photography and has had her photos on display in Cedelphia before 7564. According to an art critic from Auresia, Anna's work at that time could be characterized as "an interesting technical approach with artificial lighting which however gets wasted on Stoldavian themes like nature and sensuality". Other eye witnesses have described her early work as borderline pornographic.

After her appointment as heiress-apparent in 7566, a huge pressure has been built up upon her to start a family. Although she is seen in the company of noble bachelors (domestic and foreign) at many occasions, there were no indications of any wedding plans before January 7570. Some of the possible contenders mentioned included Fredrik Persson (son of Ambassador Göthe Persson), Helreich's ambassador Franz Hölber and even Göran Ådahl, but also some Auresian, Amberian and Hallian nobility.

However, she announced to form a marital union with Palne Kristersson of Fjällsta Stift. They married in June 7570, but live separately most of the time, with Herr Palne residing in Blåkulla, while the queen is living in the royal palace of Östervallen. The core family is included in the newly formed Av Blåkulla stim. Queen Anna gave birth to a baby daughter, Princess Iduna Palnesdotter av Kulla, in March 7571. Iduna means "repeating wave", indicating the young princess' role as royal caretaker for Vind's master plan in Vittmark. In February 7574 Prince Asvard was born (meaning "guard of the divine"). The most recent offspring of the couple is Prince Kolgard (meaning "black guardian" or "black survival") who was born prematurely in August of 7579.

Manner of address

The official full name is Her Most Serene Highness Anna Arngunna Karlsdotter of Kulla, Queen (King) of Vittmark, The Most Reverend Protector Wayhand of Stoldavia in Kulla with the rest of her titles to be added at will, convenience or occassion. Note that in Wortsproke, Anna av Kulla is addressed as "King" (Kung or Konung) and not "Queen".

Only the title "Most Reverend Protector Wayhand of Stoldavia" can be seen as a symbolic title, all the others are actual and present day functions or decortions. The symbolic title has been carried by the stim leader of the Av Kulla family since the demise of the Greater Stoldavic Empire and has been disputed by Ragnar Eriksson ätte vindoherr av Knuts Kulla, who used to be the stim leader of the clan of which Anna av Kulla was a member.

Other functional titles, like "Madam Speaker of the Senate", "Madam Speaker of the Federal Parliament" and "Supreme Judge" are usually carried before the given name according to the addressing style of Vittmark, but in the case of Anna av Kulla they are only being used during the execution of the function. For example, at the opening meeting of Förbundsdag she is introduced as Madam Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Her Most Serene Highness Anna Karlsdotter of Kulla, Queen of Vittmark.

The formal manner of address is "Serene Highness". Alternatively, "Your Majesty" and "Your Grace" are used and accepted as well, but the use of "Majesty" is unusual in Vittmark and considered a mainland Anarian style. The word you is always used in plural, but even then it is avoided by most people who prefer a third person addressing style.

A relatively uncommon Orkanan addressing style is that of only using the level that separates the Queen from the speaker. For example, Furstin Ulla av Ådahl is allowed to address Her Majesty as "My Lady" or "Her Ladyship", since her title is only one level lower as that of the Queen. This is however a complicated manner of address and is therefore only used by people who know each other relatively well.

Overview of titles carried

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