Two weeks following the death of Queen Marisa in February 1752, newly-ascended King Kichou was given a briefing of his royal duties including the bedroom he would sleep in and all of the other functions of the Kozankyo Imperial Palace. It has since become a long-running tradition where the Prime Minister would ensure the new royal era and transfer of power would run smooth and the new monarch into their new position.
The royal transition usually begins on the day the old monarch either dies or abdicates the throne and ends when the new monarch is coronated two and a half months later. Why that lengthy time gap?
When King Kichou assumed the throne after his mother’s death, he wanted to ensure he could be more powerful than her. Back then, the gap was even longer. The original constitution for the Federal Kingdom of Eastern Kozan set the transition process to four months, compared to other monarchies where the transition process would be even longer. After Kozan declared independence and became a constitutional monarchy in 1809, it was shortened to the current two and a half months.
The Kozanese government finds that time period useful in many ways. When Kozan changes monarchs, thousands of federal jobs also have to be changed. The new hires need new government emails and offices, and they also need to be briefed on the ins and outs on how each department runs.
On the day of a coronation, at noon, the monarch officially assumes the title of King or Queen. The threats they will have to deal with do not interfere with that time gap. The transition process is recommended to begin the day of the old monarch’s death or abdication, and before that can happen, the new monarch must wait until Parliament gives the go-ahead. Another factor is that they must also agree on who the new ruler is.
That gap is sure long, but it is necessary to ensure the Federal Kingdom of Kozan keeps running.