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  1. If consent of the governed is what's important, then the legitimate monarchs in TWo5K and in the Westerosi political scene generally are, in order, Mance Rayder (of the Wildlings), Robb (of the North and Riverlands), Euron (of the Ironborn), Balon (of the Ironborn), Renly (of the Reach and Stormlands) and Daenerys (of her khalasar and freedmen - and arguably of Meereen). If force and occupation is what's important, Joff and Tommen are legitimate. The same goes if continuity of government is more important, since Robert's reign was a Lannister government wearing Baratheon colors. If blood claim to the Iron Throne is what's important, then the legal monarchs are Stannis -> Shireen -> Renly -> "Aegon VI" -> Daenerys. And no, don't give me any of that "Targaryen attainder" crap: this is a hereditary monarchy. The Targs and the Baratheons are cousins, and the Baratheons successfully usurped the throne to which they had a legitimate dynastic claim. It was rebellion, not revolution, and doesn't take away from the dynastic claim of the fallen branch, especially as it's only a recent event, none of the Targaryen pretenders are culpable for the Rebellion, and they are both close relatives and have extensive blood connections to the throne.
  2. Indeed. I can't see any reason for it to be true - and if it is it's just a very well hidden easter egg - but damn this is an impressive effort.
  3. This post reminds me of a book I read in school, The Long Twentieth Century. The author explored the history of precapitalist, protocapitalist, and capitalist development, starting from the 13th century. I think the OP is falling into a common Western trap of assuming that the markets and systems that shape today's world are in some way natural, innate qualities instead of being created by social values, state policy, technological development, and other forces. To whit: many economies in the Middle Ages did exactly as this thread credits Robert with doing. Champaign (France), Venice, Genoa...all experienced a cycle of continuing investments in productivity which peaked against the limits of available technology, resources, and living standards. When that happened, each and every one - from the turn of their millennium to ours - experienced the same process, as capital, always seeking the highest return on investment, shifted away from productivity and development and into financial instruments, speculation, and loans to outside powers. Each - whether a tiny city-state or the mighty British Empire - experienced a pronounced geopolitical decline as this financially-oriented transition happened. Do I think that's what Robert Baratheon actually accomplished? No. I don't think that's what Littlefinger accomplished, either - he seems to have skipped more towards the financial or capital accumulation phase - but given that LF's advancement was largely an accident, it's strange to credit the Baratheon dynasty for it. So no...Robert was not a good king, and certainly not the best.
  4. If one realm: the Riverlands should answer to King's Landing directly, and further connections between the Crownlands and the Riverlands should be made. If the realms are separate: neighboring kingdoms should annex, or create suzerain vassal states in the portion of the Riverlands close to them - so the Starks to around Seagard, the Lannisters to past Riverrun, the Vale and Crownlands and Reach to various other portions. That leaves a rump kingdom which we can call the Kingdom of Harrenhal or something.
  5. Yes. I refuse to watch and hate when people even imply anything about it.
  6. This. Also, meta-textually: what is the point of the repeated descriptions of Lyanna's riding ability and personal ferocity if not to set her up as the Knight of the Laughing Tree? The only other purpose I can see is as a red herring - but I'd argue a woman is a strange choice of red herring for an archetype that is so heavily gendered as male.
  7. Why assume that luck makes jousting not prestigious? That doesn't apply to professional poker or major league sports or, for that matter, elections. Also, while we know that tKotLT defeated three knights, which was considered impressive, we don't know much about how good those knights were. If you have a world-class rider (and we just need to go along with GRRM's confusion about jousting being more horsemanship than strength and soldiery) against three below-average knights, and maybe an unconventional style due to her small size, add in a little luck, and presto! The booming voice is a red herring. Anyone's voice can boom when spoken out of a metal can.
  8. Minor point: the ruling line are not Greens are are not descended from them in any way. Nobody really won the Dance, but Aegon II (Green king) was the last man standing...until he was murdered in expectation of the Blacks winning on the field.
  9. Assuming the story is true, it doesn't change much. The system the OP is describing is agnatic primogeniture, where only males of an unbroken male line can inherit. Winterfell has never been held by a woman in her own right, but we see quite clearly in Westeros that most seats are inherited by agnatic-cognatic systems, so women can both have claims and pass them to their children. Clearly Winterfell is one such seat.
  10. I think that argument is a little obtuse on the question of dynastic seniority. The Blackfyres are a Targaryen cadet branch that, if legitimate, would have an excellent claim to be the senior-most branch of House Targaryen. We can acknowledge that the Targaryen institution is older than the history of the Blackfyres, but we must also acknowledge that the Blackfyres have a place in that house as a bastard cadet line of arguably senior lineage.
  11. Because creativity doesn't always obey our desired timescales, and putting additional pressure on often harms the process or causes someone to seek diversion elsewhere?
  12. The problem with that is the darkling stream from the "bride of fire" set nearly perfectly matches her wedding to Drogo; and the blue flower in the wall of ice indicates at least some significance Jon will have to her / she to him, otherwise why the imagery?
  13. Bran & Jon.
  14. I've always felt the answer to this question is the answer to what Varys really wants. With respect to the many good commenters who've analyzed Varys and Illyrio, I don't think we know enough about the former's true motivations and identity to really uncover the secret, or if Varys was involved in any other events that set off the Rebellion, either. I do accept that he believes what he's doing is for the best - but I don't accept that we have proof of why he thinks it's for the best, or even what the best is to him. Maybe Varys really is tied to the Blackfyre cause. Maybe he's tied to Illyrio and made a deal to put his son on the throne if he could be made the perfect prince. Maybe he's some other Targaryen descendant, as has been speculated. Maybe he genuinely thought he was doing the right thing, helping Aerys - or maybe he knew that he could feed his paranoia to bring his downfall.
  15. The Hightower, as you get a truly impregnable fortress inside a sophisticated, wealthy city. Casterly Rock is tough, has mines, and a secret port. The Wolf's Den gives you the richest city in the North and the benevolent protection of House Stark to boot. Also: I always thought the Eyrie seemed massively overrated. It's a logistical nightmare to give supplies, which is why it's closed for the Winter, and your enemies can just keep you bottled up inside, arguably more easily than in other castles due to the single access point and small size of the castle. If making your castle unconquerable also makes it strategically isolated, what purpose does it serve?