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Vive la France. by Kurarun Vive la France. by Kurarun
The Dreikaiserbund between Imperial Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Imperial Russia survives into the early 20th century and Germany succeeds in politically isolating France from the rest of Europe.

The French government is seen by many as weak, corrupt and compliant, creating support for radical revolutionary political parties in the French Third Republic. These revolutionary movements, however, are unfocused and fragmented. Many hope to create a socialist French state, whereas other parties are focused more on revanchism, and ending Germany as a significant power in Europe.

There are allegations of major political parties fixing the vote during the 1911 legislative elections, leading to widespread unrest. This culminates in a revolution begun by the Parti Nouveau and their little-known leader René Henri Monfort. The revolution fails, resulting in the death and capture of several members of the Parti Nouveau, including Monfort.

Monfort decides to take advantage of the press coverage of his trial. Every word he says is printed in the newspapers the next day, allowing him to paint himself and the Parti in a positive light, as well as championing their revanchist policies. Public support for Monfort and the Parti increases, yet the judge at Monfort's trial still gives him a harsh sentence. However, he successfully pleas against the sentence on the terms of malicious prosecution, and his sentence is greatly reduced.

For the next five years Monfort maintains a position as an important and popular political figure, and manages to radicalise a large portion of the French people in favour of his revanchist aims. He is elected President, and the Parti Nouveau wins a majority in the French Parliament. Their main rivals in the Parliament are the socialist, left-wing Parti républicain, radical et radical-socialiste (Republican, Radical and Radical-Socialist Party). Their leader is suspected of, charged with, and found guilty of treason by passing confidential information to German spies, leading to a great deal of anti-socialist and anti-communist backlash, and the banning of the RRRSP from Parliament.

With their power over government secure, Monfort and the Parti Nouveau set out what they hope to achieve for France. This includes the end of French political isolation, the end to Germany's colonial empire, and the reclamation of core French territory. The extent of "France's core" is debated over greatly, with the most moderate people believing that the only land France need reclaim is Alsace-Lorraine.

The piece of propaganda below shows the greatest extent of France's claims on their neighbours.

The Parti Nouveau's explanation for these claims are thus:
-All French speakers must be united under one state.
-The Rhine is the natural eastern border of France.
-Other states must be conquered or subjugated in order to keep them from falling into the oppressive German sphere of influence.

Vive la France.
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Dietser Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
1000 times rather be part of Germany than of France. This shows how crazy some French nationalists in history could be. Claiming land which has never been culturally, neither historically French (historically --> excluding Napoleon).
Still a nice map though. I always like to see crazy nationalistic ideas;)
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Shernod9704 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  New member
Why is there a fasces?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because in this alternate timeline France is run by a fascist government which uses the fasces as their symbol. The fasces is also a symbol used by the French Republic in our timeline, and has been used as such informally since about 1898.
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Shernod9704 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  New member
Oy, that means France was a Imperialist,Authoritarian,Nationalist and a less democratic nation.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In this fictional scenario, it is.
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Shernod9704 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  New member
I mean real.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm honestly not sure what you're talking about any more, I'm afraid.
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Shernod9704 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  New member
Damn
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EdenianPrince Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Better Fascism than Communism, I suppose. 

They should have just stuck with Bourbon Monarchy. 
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd honestly rather be part of Greater Germany than of France. :no:
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I honestly find it hard to imagine a fascist france.
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EdenianPrince Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
I find it even harder to imagine a communist France. 
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Although given the political mayhem France has gone threw since the
 Franco Prussia War, it makes sense for radicalism to take a hold.
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EdenianPrince Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Radical Royalism is best radicalism :) 
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That I can agree on.
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EdenianPrince Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Indeed. 
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yes indeed.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why? In retrospect I'm not sure that the scenario I outlined here is really plausible, but I don't see why a *fascist France in general would be hard to imagine.
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
To some extent I agree.  France seems to swing back to monarchy a fair bit doesn't it?  

Not sure a real economically fascist country country could have been conceived and executed at this point in time.  Industry was still very spread out amongst a lot of small firms.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well I was referring to how I thought of France before I saw this,
which was that France was the nation of the pampered wussies.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a relatively recent stereotype born out of the French surrendering in WWII. Before then they were considered one of the most militarily powerful countries in the world, and had a positive military record. Even when they were losing they would fight on, as shown in the Franco-Prussian War ("What's that? The Germans have captured our Emperor? I guess we're a republic now, then!"). Heck, they're still one of the most militarily powerful countries in the world, and are far from a nation of "pampered wussies".
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Actually I didn't develop that view because of the events in WWII.
It was from the fact that Britain had defeated the French in the 
majority of wars between both empires.
Also truth be told we Canadian's find the Quebecois a thorn in 
our sides for wanting to become Independent like Ireland.

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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's still a silly opinion not based on fact regardless. :p
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah I can agree with that.
With the exception being Russia at the moment.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh? How does Russia come into it?
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Asooki Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
East Borders look like east borders of pre-war Poland :D
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Kurarun Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that you mention it, they do look rather similar! :D
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The map design is really great!
But the idea isn´t nice, France is too big XD
The Rhein is the holy river of the Germans, they wouldn´t give it up.
It was hard enough to give up Strassburg and Elsass-Lothringen.
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TheNormish Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Frontieres naturelles de la France, mon ami!

Also, concerning Alsace-Lorraine, you might "enjoy" this song:
[link]

All in good fun of course. Nothing like a little healthy nationalism.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

This map actually shows France's CLAIMS, not its actual territory. Whether or not it's realistic is irrelevant - this is just showing what the French fascists want to have.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I know, they always wanted the Rhein as their border,
although there never lived French and naturally a river
is always on both sides^^

I´d say it would be ok when France gets the french part of
Belgium and the french part of Switzerland but not more,
in reality^^
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Muzik-Maniac Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
I Don't think Britain will like Belgium being annexed by France, unless France manages to pull a Sudetenland. lol
Looks like the French are going to give Germany another run for its money. Good job, i especially like the texturing you did.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This looks like it may be part of the KAS timeline at first glance :(
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Hillfighter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Turin and Genoa contained a good deal of Italian industry in 1910, I can see why the French would want it, but Turin was also the homeland of the King of Italy [link] and he definitely isn't going to let it go without a fight.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, I don't think the Parti Nouveau expect them to give it up without a fight either. ;)
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Azdaracylius Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Luxemburg, Flanders and Netherlands to France?!?! Hem...
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well French patriots have occasionally stated the Rhine river to be France's "natural eastern border", which would put all of Belgium, Luxembourg, and a decent chunk of the Netherlands inside France. The makers of the map decided that if they were going to claim a bit of the Netherlands they might as well claim the whole lot, as well as grabbing their colonies (which are not shown).

But anyway, I'm glad you liked my map (if you did like it, that is)!
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fraternité, Egalité, Liberté! :salute:
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting idea here! The Francophile in me thinks this sounds very natural, but look at that map! Goodbye Benelux, geez!
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vaipaBG Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Viva la France :)
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ColonelGoth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Oddly familiar story... ^^
Although you might want to specify that Monfort was captured rather than died at the end of the third paragraph. Unless it's a Nouveau Zombie Monfort?

Your map is also really good. But wouldn't they want the French-Swiss parts as well?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In retrospect I probably shouldn't have said "death and capture", since that kind of implies that they're locking up corpses...

The map does contain the French-speaking parts of Switzerland as well as Germany up to the Rhine, the entirety of the low countries, and a decent chunk of Italy "because we felt like it".
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ColonelGoth Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Maybe they were feeling a little bit medieval, wanting to put corpses on trial and all that.

And yeah, I figured I was just being an idiot and not recognising it. And sure. Trans and Cisalpine Gaul. Totally French :b
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