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Monarch Timeline: Complete Transcript

1915 – Splitting the Atom. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity ultimately leads to the splitting of the atom and the dawn of the atomic age. This epoch-defining stage in human evolution will act as a beacon that awakens ancient superspecies sustained by nuclear energy.

1943 – The U.S.S. Lawton Incident. [unreadable] only survivor. Haunted by the memory of that day, Randa will go on to become one of Monarch’s foremost operatives, searching for the truth behind the ancient creatures that exist beneath the surface of our world.

1944 – [unreadable; likely concerning the disappearances of Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari]

1946 – Monarch Founded. In the aftermath and cover-up of the U.S.S. Lawton incident, President Truman unofficially establishes “Monarch Unit”, a small, off-book research team established to engage in the systemic study of “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms”. Privately, many of Truman’s allies question the validity of the group’s theories and work to keep their existence a secret.

1952 – The Great Smog of London. Baffling meteorologists and defying atmospheric physics, this unexplained weather phenomenon saw London’s streets overwhelmed by huge clouds of air-polluting smoke. Monarch theorizes that the beating wings of a giant creature could have created an anticyclone that unleashed airborne pollutants across the city.

1954 – Monarch Goes Golbal [sic]. As the age of the atom bomb dawns, Monarch expands into a multinational coalition of scientists and discoverers leading covert missions to understand and contain the threat of M.U.T.O.s. Authorized unofficially by President Eisenhower and overseen by General MacArthur, Monarch [unreadable] a containment flotilla under the guise of “nuclear [unreadable] weapons across the Bikin Atoll in the [unreadable] were not tests. They were trying to kill [unreadable]

1959 – Siberian Mystery. At the height of the Cold War, aerial photography taken from a Russian spy plane reveals a huge containment facility established around an icecap in Siberia. The Monarch symbol can be seen emblazoned across the canopy of the structure.

1973 – Mission: Skull. Monarch surreptitiously partners with Landsat and the 1st Aviation Brigade, 3rd Assault Helicopter Company to mount an expedition to the mythical “Skull Island” in an uncharted corner of the South Pacific. Encountering the god-like superspecies known as Kong, they soon discover that mankind does not belong here.

1991 – Isla de Mona. A covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around the island’s dormant volcano, under the guise of ‘environmental research’. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.

1995 – Return to Skull Island. Monarch security officer Aaron Brooks defies his father Houston Brooks and leads an off-the-books mission to Skull Island, to determine what has become of Kong since the 1973 expedition.

1999 – Janjira Meltdown. Following an explosive disaster [unreadable] Power-Plant, Monarch establishes [unreadable] zone outside of Tokyo. What the [unreadable] the Janjira Q-Zone is in reality a containment facility established around a dormant M.U.T.O.

2005 – A Mysterious Mercenary. Former British Army Colonel and MI-6 agent Jonah Alan is locked up in Pakistani prison after an encounter with Monarch agents. Alan and his band of mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a subterranean M.U.T.O. dig-site.”

2009 – Temple of the Moth. Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monach to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russell and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.

2012 – Message in a Bottle. Days before retirement, Monarch veteran Houston Brooks receives a coded message from his son. The mission to Skull Island has revealed dramatic new information about Kong’s origins, and his role on the island.

2013 – [unreadable]

2014 – The Battle of San Francisco. The existence of giant superspecies is revealed to the world as Godzilla clashes with two M.U.T.O.s in the center of San Francisco. Unleashing devastation upon the urban center, the world watches as Godzilla defends our world and restores balance to the natural order. The time has come for Monarch to step out of the shadows.

2016 – Monster Zero. When Monarch discovers an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: “The devil has three heads.”


With Kong: Skull Island now out on Blu-ray, those unreadable sections may continue to elude us, although the information in them has already been covered by the films.

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Ferdinand II of Aragon and V of Castile & Isabella I of Castile

Fortunately, such was his own familial experience given his strong-willed mother and aunts that Fernando would go along with good grace.
The upshot was that Isabel and Fernando agreed to leave the working out of an agreement on their respective authority and functions to their arbitrators, and “between the King and Queen there was no discord … they ate together in the public hall, talking of pleasant things as is done at table, and they slept together,” the only friction occurring when one would want to do something for a loyal adherent, but usually ‘their wills coincided through intimacy born of love.’ Moreover, both undoubtedly realized that separately neither would be very powerful, that neither of them alone could rule in Castile. Ambition there was, and passion, and something more: as Pulgar puts it, ‘love held their wills joined.’ It is, after all, the soundest explanation.

Isabel’s own device remained a bundle of arrows, flechas, which returned the compliment in beginning with an F. Arrows were prime missiles of war and the execution of justice: in Castile common criminals were traditionally dispatched with bow and arrow. Her arrows, gathered together and bound, resembled as well Ceres’ bundle of wheat, and so fertility. That neat bundle conveyed too Isabel’s love of imposed order, and her readiness for war as well. Isabel and Fernando would throughout their lives continue to employ the celebratory and ceremonial appeal of those and other chivalric usages and to advertise their particular fusion of love and war; and war there would be.

As Afonso’s forces gathered on the border, Castile’s queen and king mobilized. On April 28, they granted a general pardon for past crimes to all volunteers and, realizing they would have to work apart, Isabel in effect modified the arrangement agreed upon in January, in yielding to Fernando powers “to provide for, decree, make, and organize” all he saw as necessary and complying with the interests of them both and the welfare and defense of their kingdoms. He might make mercedes of cities, villages, and forts, or name officials to them. His authority in all matters was to be joint with hers. It was not a full equality, for she remained sole proprietary ruler of Castile, but an indication of increased necessity and also of deepened trust; they would work in tandem, although often separated, and they would keep in constant touch by fast couriers.

Peggy K. Liss.

To a striking extent, the two sovereigns embodied the different characteristics of their realms. Isabella was intense, single-minded and ardently Catholic, while Ferdinand was a devious and subtle schemer. But he was much more: a fine soldier, who won more battles, both in person and by his generals, than any other contemporary ruler; a strategist, with a vision that was European in scale and grandeur; and a realist, who had the wit not to let his numerous successes go to his head. Understandably, Machiavelli worshipped him as the most successful contemporary practitioner of the sort of power politics he himself recommended: ‘From being a weak king he has become the most famous and glorious king in Christendom. And if his achievements are examined, they will all be found to be very remarkable, and some of them quite extraordinary.’

Having fought everybody else to a standstill, Ferdinand and Isabella then threatened to come to blows themselves. He was determined to be King indeed in Castile; she was equally resolute to preserve her rights as Queen Regnant.

Finally their quarrel was submitted to formal arbitration. This established the principle of co-sovereignty between the two. Justice was executed jointly when they were together and independently if they were apart. Both their heads appeared on the coinage and both their signatures on royal charters, while the seals included the arms of both Castile and Aragon. And these were quartered, as a gesture of equality, rather than Ferdinand’s arms of Aragon ‘impaling’ Isabella’s arms of Castile, as was usual between husband and wife. Such power-couple equality was unusual enough in a medieval royal marriage. But, in fact, Isabella was the first among equals since, with the exception of the agreed areas of joint sovereignty, the administration of Castile was reserved to her in her own right. Not surprisingly, Ferdinand jibbed. But he soon submitted and, united, the pair carried all before them. For, despite Ferdinand’s four bastards by as many different mothers, he and his wife were genuinely, even passionately, in love. But even in this there was rivalry. ‘My Lady,’ one of Ferdinand’s letters to the Queen begins, ‘now it is clear which of us two loves best.’ But they were in love with their growing power even more than with each other.

David Starkey

PS. There is one thing that must be established when it comes to this couple’s dynamics. Something that many people keep ignoring or just don’t understand. While it is true that at first, Isabella did not want to grant her husband much power, which de facto meant, he was just her consort, the circumstances forced her to change it. Her position was fragile and without Ferdinand she would not keep the throne, so she needed to enable him to wield the same powers because the war was knocking on the Castilian’s door. She modified the agreement on 28th April 1475 - making Ferdinand, de facto, titular ruler and king of Castile, as Ferdinand V. Years later, Ferdinand granted her powers in his kingdoms but given the salic law, she could not be a titular there. To sum up: Ferdinand was titular king of both Castile and Aragon, whereas Isabella was only his consort in Aragon. The fact she remained the propietary of the crown and never wanted him to succeed her in case of her premature death, was the only difference between their powers within Castile, where they were true co-rulers.

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