Throughout the history of mankind it has been common to fight for power (as opposed to being invited to rule). Whenever the "who shall rule?" question pops up, the answer has been mostly either given or solicited by those actively seeking power — whether through the use of force and violence, intrigues or legal persuasion (e.g. elections).
How often does the above get proven wrong? How often does top power get offered to people not seeking it and not even involved into making the decision as to who will rule? (let's exclude succession here).
I am currently aware of only two examples — the accession to the throne of the both Russian tsar dynasties:
- Around 860, Rurik was invited to establish order by tribes fighting each other
- In 1613, Michael I was elected by a national assembly. At that time, he was living hundreds of miles away and only found out about the power he had been granted one month later
Are there many more examples like the two above?