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Dreams of liberty and democracy are quickly blurred under the burden of Soviet interests. And the coup of grace is given even by the Western Allies: at the Moscow Conference of October 9, 1944, Churchill and Stalin negotiate with cynicism the division of spheres of influence over the Balkan countries. Romania's fate is simply scarred on a piece of paper: 90% goes into the hands of the Soviet Union, and 10% in Great Britain.

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Soviet influence quickly felt its presence in the political life of the country. In 1945, Stalin decides to change the government in Bucharest, where he no longer has confidence, and sends Vishinsky, the Deputy Foreign Minister, who has two stormy meetings with King Michael. After heated talks, where the king opposes appointment, invoking the Allies' promise for democratic elections, Vishinsky leaves slamming the door.

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Finally, without any support from the political parties or from the Allies, the King is forced to appoint him as Prime Minister to the Soviet candidate: Petru Groza.

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Realizing that he has to assert his position as a constitutional king, King Michael summoned Petru Groza and demands his resignation on August 21, 1945. But he refuses with impunity, thus violating the constitutional pact between the King and Prime Minister and triggering a known crisis in history as a "royal strike".

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From now on, the king refuses to sign any government act, which marks the beginning of the open conflict between him and the Communists.

The King is firm in his decision and remains on strike until the end of the year. In order to unblock the situation, the Foreign Ministers of the three big powers are being sent to Bucharest, calling for democratic elections and the inclusion of two members of the opposition parties in the Government.

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Petru Groza promises the king free elections in the spring of next year, but he only keeps them late in 1946, and everything turns out to be a huge scam. Elections are fraudulent, by changing figures on results lists, and the Communists "win" by over 80% of the votes. With the help of some characters such as Ana Pauker and Emil Bodnaras, the Communist regime is gaining more power.

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In 1947, King Michael is invited to the engagement of Princess Elizabeth of England, a story that the Communists enthusiastically receive, seeing the perfect opportunity to finally get rid of the young monarch. His king and mother are accompanied at the airport with great heat.

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"I left with a plane. The entire government was there, with wide smiles on his face, shaking hands with both hands. "
(Fragment of the interview given by King Michael in the "Living History Program" of Duke University)

Upon returning to the country, the king has an experience quite different from his departure. The government welcomes him with an ice attitude, without any smile or handshake; the communists had hoped the King would never return.

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On December 30, 1947, Groza and Gheorghiu-Dej were summoned to Emergency Capital. He barely spotted what he was doing: Groza is waiting for him with a letter of abdication and a pistol in his pocket. Moreover, he is blackmailing him with the murder of young monarchs if the king hesitates to sign the act.

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King Michael asks for 45 minutes to put his thoughts in order. Returned to his office, it was announced that the phone lines were cut off, that royal guards were arrested and that the palace was surrounded by loyal trustees. Without seeing an escape and the broken soul, the king signs the act of abdication.

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The king's last battle had been won by the Communists. Running under guard on the train, with his mother, the king must say "farewell" to the country where he was born. And so the humiliation is greater, the Communists place a row of soldiers on the platform with his back to him.

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But he sees, with the tail of the eye, a tear sliding on the cheek of an officer, and he understands that the Romanians' soul is crying after the last king of the country. The train is moving without the two passengers knowing the destination and only after two days of traveling with the covered windows arrive on a foreign land at large.

Source:http://www.razboiulregelui.ro