. . . But better still to be the Queen's Chosen Companion.
I have stepped down as God Emperor of My Basement with the coronation of the new Queen Empress and Goddess Among Us. Fortunately, in the first, and probably last election, I have been appoi . . . er elected by acclamation Duly Elected Dictator for Life. In honor of this I am renaming My Basement the New Independency of the Triple Florentine Intersection or "Nifty" for short. With my first act as Duly Elected Dictator for Life I have broken ground on a new capital to be called Cai Lay after the Queen Empress's birthplace.
The Annual Birthday Review was superseded by the Coronation Review, which perhaps explains why it's so late this year. Without further ado, I give you photographic evidence.
First, a pair of pictures from the royal yacht.
The review this year could also be seen from the loftier perch of a tethered balloon hanging over the West River. Below is some video shot from this vantage accompanied by a pair of the dictator's own compositions: Prelude and Fugue in C Major, and and Fugue in C Minor, both for organ.
Following the surface and balloon tours we boarded the Dictatorial jet and took to the skies. Here you can see a general overview.
I have also provided shots showing the individual national constituents of the Nifty Fleet. Most of my readers will be aware that the Duly Elected Dictator, being a fan of history, has constructed his fleet in the image of the various participants of World War II. Each national fleet is accorded its own position in the annual review. These have evolved over the years as the Grand Nifty Fleet has grown, but the allies and chief opponents of various belligerents have always been given close proximity where possible. And the U.S. has always been afforded the front right corner.
The United States Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine
Nihon Kaigun and the Imperial Japanese Merchant Marine
The Royal Navy and Merchant Marine of the United Kingdom
Italy's Reggio Marina and Merchant Marine
Germany's Kriegsmarine and her Merchant Marine
France's Marine National and Merchant Marine
The Royal Navy of the Netherlands
Warships and Merchant Vessels of Canada and Australia
The Royal Thai Navy and Merchant Marine
The Nationalist Chinese Navy
Harbor Vessels and Merchant Vessels of Neutral Nations
Lastly, I will close with a small foretaste of things to come. Let us simply say that next years review will be even more grand.