|When the War of Independence was over, a political trend supporting monarchy spread into the Finnish society.|
The rebellion had given rise to a thought that democracy would need a monarch to strengthen its stability. Similarly, the idea that monarchy could intensify German support gained ground in the administrative circles.
In discussions about the form of government in Finland, some people suspected Mannerheim of taking the side of monarchists and even harbouring ideas of assuming the power himself.
In his speech to the Senate in the Great Parade on 16 May, 1918, Mannerheim said, among other things:
"The army considers it their duty to openly state their wish that there will be guarantees to avoid the recurrence of those conditions (conditions leading to the Civil War), by creating a form of society and government that will forever protect us from a similar period of terror that our country has just escaped. The army regards as the only guarantee that the navigation of the state ship of Finland is entrusted in firm hands, which cannot be touched by party disputes and need not submit to compromises, sell power at bargain prices."
The statement caused strong repercussions in the press. It was interpreted as an opinion in favour of monarchy and against the parliamentary form of government. Mannerheim was suspected of attempting a coup d´etat with the help of the army, but there is no real proof of any plans of this type, although the unsatisfied monarchists wanted to use the defects of the army as weapons in the battle for the form of government.
When the plans of the monarchists had collapsed in autumn 1918, Mannerheim, who was Regent, ratified the republican form of government in summer 1919, in spite of the temptations of some of his supporters with similar aims relating to foreign policy.
Commander-in-Chief 1918 | Headquarters 1918
| Vaasa Senate | Hannes Ignatius
| Martin Wetzer | Harald Hjalmarson
| Ernst Linder | Gösta Theslöf | Jägers | St Petersburg Question | Relations with Germany | Cross of Liberty
| Eastern Karelia | Uusimaa Dragoon
Regiment | Fir Twig | Finnish Flag
| Swedish Brigade | Civil Guards | Jäger Conflict | Heikki Kekoni | Red Prisoners | Wilhelm Thesleff
| Aarne Sihvo | Rudolf Walden |
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Terrorism | Great Parade 16 May, 1918 | Åland Question | Monarchy | Mannerheim's Resignation
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