Here are some one liners...
Mary, Queen of Scots, Gets the Boot but not the Axe... Yet -- Mary had a problem with her husband until her husband blew up in a terrible "accident" with a lot of gunpowder. She will have to abdicate and her son will take the throne.
Pirates One, Emperor Zero, Money Worthless -- The new Emperor of China will have to do business with the pirates because he can't stop them anyway and he is going to do something so incredibly dumb with the economy that it can only be excused because everyone before him did it too.