For centuries, differences between the rival kingdoms were settled by ritual kidnapping. Monarchs, who were not in formal communication, would ‘exchange’ royal heirs, and their return would become the basis for lasting treaties, although things often went wrong.
The system was eventually made obsolete by an immigrant tradesman who took it upon himself to rescue a kidnapped princess. Against all odds, and fighting alone, he managed to succeed, leading to new political difficulties. With the abduction scheme ended, the two kingdoms had no way of formally airing their differences.
“Well,” the plumber turned prince said. “How about a go-kart race?”

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