Later, Galen ascended the throne and had a son Michael. Michael grew up and became one of the world's leading eligible bachelors. Then he met Amanda Carrington, who happened to be Alexis' daughter. Michael and Amanda fell in love, despite the fact that Michael had become engaged to Elena, duchess of Brana. It appeared as if history would repeat itself, but Alexis intervened. Since Galen last saw her, Alexis had become one of the world's most powerful women. Both Alexis and Galen knew a marriage between their two children would benefit both ColbyCo and Moldavia since the country was rich in natural resources. So, the engagement between Michael and Elena was called 'off and the engagement between Michael and Amanda was announced.
At about this 'same time, Galen's minister of defense, Warnick, chose the wedding to launch a takeover coup of the country. Michael was exiled and Galen was reported assassinated. But Krystle Carrington saw Galen, and Alexis tried to get Jason Colby to start an embargo against the country. When that failed she and her husband Dex Dexter followed up on rumors that Galen was still alive and being held prisoner. They rescued him and brought him back to the U.S. to recuperate.
In Denver, Galen used Alexis, filling her head with dreams of lust and power, promising to make her his queen. Galen had no intentions of doing so; he only wanted Alexis' millions to help him retake Moldavia. Dex caught on and exposed Galen as a fraud. This time it was Alexis who sent Galen packing.