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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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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
I honestly find it hard to imagine a fascist france.
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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
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
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
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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