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Russia Used To Have An Official Royal Party Patrol

15 March 2013 No Comment

Its name was the “The All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters”, and it had its own priesthood. Andrew W.K. ain't got nothing on Peter the Great.

Peter the Great ruled the Russian Empire in the 17th century, and he was inarguably a controversial figure.

On the one hand, he's largely credited with bringing Russia into the modern age.

On the other hand, he did whatever the hell he wanted whenever he wanted to do it. Like having a 300-strong child army, complete with barracks, military officers, and artillery, as a boy.

On the other other hand, he also tortured his firstborn son, who he suspected of treason, to such an extreme degree that he later died of it in jail (more on that later).

So, controversial guy, for sure.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org

When Peter the Great was still a teen tsar, he had a posse.

Not like your posse, and not even like Bieber's posse. Teen tsar posses came in XXXL.

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There were anywhere from 80 to 200 of these guys, and they called themselves “The Jolly Company”.

Not exactly “the wolfpack”, but still an awesome name for a posse.

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Source: openwalls.com

The Company would roam the Russian countryside, barging in on noble families and partying their butts off, and pretty much daring anyone to look at them sideways about it.

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Source: humus.livejournal.com


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