In 1916, following the death of Franz Josef, Archduke Franz Ferdinand ascended to the Dual Monarchy of Austria Hungary just in time to laumch a program of reform that savied the empire. The expanded Triple Monarchy represented Slavic interests, breaking the former duopoly of German-ruled and Magyar-ruled halves called Cislethiana and Translethiana. The rotating third crown was initially assigned to Bohemia, the homeland of Franz Ferdinand's wife Sophie.
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