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Editor says, what if the Franz Ferdinand had lived? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread.
It is June 28 1914,and the Austrian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie are touring his imperial uncle's possessions in Bosnia. Suddenly a bomb is thrown into their carriage, forcing them to flee.
Close call in SarajevoFranz Ferdinand insists on going to the hospital, to visit the ambush victims .. but Sophie pleads with him to take refuge in the Sarajevo city hall, until the soldiers can arrive to guard them on their way back to the border. Giving in to her urging, he waits until the soldiers are surrounding them, thus forming a human shield all the way back to the border.
He is soon very glad that he listened to her, when reports come that four radical Bosnian and Serbian youths were planning to shoot them both, thus inciting a war between their own countries and the Austrian empire. With their plot foiled, both nations join in giving thanks that the couple's life was spared, thus bringing Bosnia closer to her imperial rulers.
Editor says, what really happened: Franz Ferdinand and Sophie were both murdered on the way to the hospital, leading Austria and her ally Germany to declare war on Serbia. Russia soon entered on Serbia's side, and they were soon joined by England, France and eventually America too. World War I had begun. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.