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La Révolution française, la partie deux


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Paris, France, La Grande République

It’s a beautiful day in the city of Paris the twilight sun sets over the city of Paris turning the sky a magnificent shade of pinks and purples. At this very moment the City of Lights is at its most beautiful. In the background the Eiffel Tower raises triumphantly over the city’s skyline as the defining symbol of the city and perhaps all of France. It’s a perfect time for a group of citizens take to the streets.

“Too long have we been conquered, too long have wee been subjugated, too long have we been BRITISH!” shouts the lead citizen from a makeshift stage, while a huge crowd of his followers shout in approval. “Our country has been weak, parts of it gobbled up by the British and Americans, but no more! The destiny of France must be in the hands of the French people, and today is the day we reclaim our destiny! Vive la France!”

The explosive sound of the crowd applauding and the roar of cheers can be heard from the city center to the outer reaches of the city. The people wave the French flag and sing the anthem, “La Marseillaise.” The leader jumps off the stage and leads the crowd down the Champs Elysées toward Élysée Palace. Once there the leader of the crowd, in a symbolic gesture cuts a red ribbon tied around the gates As he cuts the ribbon he proclaims the Sixième République française.

At the same time in another part of town French monarchists rally around Prince Louis de Bourbon, as the only legitimate heir of the French Royal house. Now is the perfect time for the revival of the Bourbons to the throne of France. Prince Louis and his followers also march to the Élysée Palace hoping to prevent the Sixth Republic from becoming a reality. They arrive just in time, and encounter the republican supporters as they rally in the entrance plaza. Both groups clash as the two leaders announce two separate French nations.

At first the groups just exchange harsh words, and occasionally small concentrated fights break out. As the night draws on the crowd grows aggregated, and the situation spirals out of control. A riot between the republicans and the monarchists ignites, and the city of Paris, becomes a battlefield.

Still there is one more faction to contend with. Charles Napoléon Bonaparte and his Bonaparte Coalition. As the Bourbon supporters and Republicans fight in the palace plaza the Bonaparte Coalition march to take over the Sénat and Assemblée nationale. Boasting a massive, well trained militia-like membership and an extremely charismatic leader the Bonaparte Coalition has the power to enforce their government. They dispatch an elite division of their militia to the palace plaza and with the support of local law enforcement they quickly end the riots. When the sun rises in the morning The Bonaparte Coalition announce the founding of the Third French Empire, and Charles becomes Napoleon IV, Emperor of the French.

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***Private message to Napoleon IV***

I wish you the best in your independence from the British. Perhaps this will slow their cancerous spread.

***Private Reply***

The British are indeed an issue, their existence in continental Europe is a disgrace to all Frenchmen. The British Empire's ascent has been long and prosperous, but their fall will be devastating.

"If you try to invade us again, we'll start making friends with the British! Just a warning, and we wish you the best! Unless that's us, in which we wish you the second best!"

What a rude way to address another sovereign nation. You will do as you please, and so will we. Your relationship with the British is of no concern to us the destiny of France is no longer in their hands.

"The Duchy of Poland recognizes the French Republic and hopefully wishes for good diplomatic terms from now unto future times"

Unfortunately the Republic of France is unable to back up their declaration, Napoleon's forces however can.

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By the end of the week the much of the country is rocked by civil dissent. Napoleon’s coalition, offers the Bourbon monarchists a truce in exchange for their political assistance defeating the republican supporters. Hoping the Bourbon Prince Louis will hold enough sway over the population to avert a civil war Napoleon suggests a dual monarchy with Prince Louis as co-emperor.

Napoleon calls on his militia, La Grande Armée to drive the republicans out of Paris. He also calls on the remnant of the Armée de Terre (Army) to suppress the republican rabble in France, especially in the north near Reims and the rural areas of Lorraine.In the next few days La Grand Armée and Armée de Terre arrest thousands of the republican agitators from every major city, town and village in France. They put an end to dozens of protests, demonstrations and marches, that could potentially turn violent and use the Prince Louis’s political prowess to calm the populous, restore their faith and unite France again.

After Paris, Reims is the largest stronghold of the republican resistance. He sends 50,000 of his best troops to cut off the beast’s head. The republicans lack training, weapons and supplies to defend themselves from Napoleon’s army. They resort to using guerilla tactics to wear out their opponents, and prolong the inevitable. After weeks of fighting the besieged city surrenders to Napoleon’s forces, which starts a chain reaction all over France. Republican supporters lay down their arms and pledge allegiance to Napoleon IV. The next day during an elaborate ceremony, reminiscent of his predecessor Napoleon I’s coronation Napoleon officially crowns himself Emperor of France.

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What a rude way to address another sovereign nation. You will do as you please, and so will we. Your relationship with the British is of no concern to us the destiny of France is no longer in their hands.

"In that case, WELCOME! :D"

Private to the French:

How about coming to Saigon to discuss the British with other esteemed dignitaries?

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OOC: If you ever need help with French, Justinian, i've spent the past four years learning it.

Just offering my help where I can.

ooc: I might take you up on that offer.

"In that case, WELCOME! :D"

Private to the French:

How about coming to Saigon to discuss the British with other esteemed dignitaries?

Yes of course. The British are an issue of great concern to all French people. Co-emperor Louis XX will accept your invitation.

Colonizing Indochina was very rude as well, keep in mind.

Colonizing other parts of the world is something every great empire in history has had to do. From the Persians to the Romans and the Mongols to the British and Americans, everyone has had their colonies. I will not apologize for my predecessors doing everything in their power to make France as great as her contemporaries. However the world is radically different today and it makes no sense to hold on to the past when Indochina isn't administered by the French government anymore. If the world were a finger pointing competition not one man would be able to point their finger without having 10 more pointed back at him.

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