Our story starts in Gotham City because, well, it should be a damn sight more interesting than Markovia.Better times, like when we were producing PCP and making money hand over fist!
A quick search on Horton Chemicals shows that no such company has popped up in the real world, but I did hit upon a reference to Green Arrow owning stock in it. It'd be lovely to think the DC Universe felt like a coherent whole back then, but nah, the reference is from Mike Barr's own 1983 Green Arrow mini-series. Remember that one? I didn't think so.
So where was I? Ah yes, Gotham City, where, in batman's absence, bad things are bound to happen. The Joker? The Penguin? The Scarecrow? Nah, those guys keep quiet. Still, I wouldn't want to be a security guard in that town.
See Gus ain't no prophet, but he did apparently coin the term "graveyard shift" (it's really caught on). And hey, if you're a security guard in a chemicals company on its last legs IN GOTHAM CITY and you never thought of yourself as dead? That's a failure of YOUR imagination.
But back in Markovia...
Yes, it's the living king we should be sad for. Not the dead king in his tiny Hobbiton sepulcher.
Pretty sad yes, but before you start to feel sad for this guy, remember than he's living in the lap of luxury in a country that runs on manure. Boo-hoo.
His first act as king is to send his brother away "to learn"? Way to hand out the edicts, tyrant. How about diverting some of Dr. Jace's electricity to homes?
"I am not in the giving vein today." - Richard III