**Definition:** The Third French Empire (French: *Le Troisième Empire*) refers to the imperial Bonapartist government of the France. It [consists](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/356570948327178241/387267449470582784/EarthKafFrance.png) of of metropolitan France, various [minor overseas territories](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_France), and of Algeria and Tunisia (*Algérie française* & *Tunisie française*), which are considered integral parts of the French state. Although [Jean-Christophe Bonaparte](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Christophe,_Prince_Napol%C3%A9on) reigns as “Emperor of the French,” the Third French Empire is a constitutional monarchy. While the Emperor performs many government functions and maintains the right to veto any bill, appoint a prime minister, and dissolve the French Parliament (*Parlement français*), the popularly-elected civilian government performs majority of day-to-day government functions. The Third French Empire was officially proclaimed in 1970 following the disastrous fallout of the [May 1968 Crisis](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1968_events_in_France). **History:** The emergence of parahumans in 1960 threw a wrench into President [Charles de Gaulle’s](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_de_Gaulle) plans for the Fifth Republic of France. Although far from public knowledge, the appearance of men with superpowers quickly came to the attention of the French army, which had been engaged in a [war to maintain control of Algeria](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algerian_War). Parahuman members of the Algerian National Liberation Front (*Front de Libération Nationale*) became a problem, but so too did rogue parahumans who answered to no master. Deciding the matter warranted further study, in part due to secret French interests to claim such powers for themselves, and in part due to extreme pressure from his military and advisors, de Gaulle postponed a planned referendum on Algerian independence. On April 4th, 1961, the “Battle Among the Dead” (*Bataille Entre les Morts*) occurred in Paris at Montparnasse Cemetery. A group of Algerian parahumans had set out to attack the French government in retaliation for the postponement. Somehow, a small group of French parahumans intercepted them. The battle caused widespread damage to the surrounding area and saw the death of two hundred small children who had been visiting the Montparnasse Cemetery for a end-of-year field trip. The French government did its best to cover up the truth, but enough details of the event got out to inflame French passions in favor of the Algerian War. At the very same time, the Algerian National Liberation Front began to collapse due to internal parahuman-influenced power struggles. This allowed the French army to score a number of decisive victories over the National Liberation Front, securing French control over coastal Algeria, the area France traditionally saw as its rightful patrimony. Following the collapse of the National Liberation Front, de Gaulle found himself in the unforeseen position of being able to proclaim a French victory over Algerian independence. The peace saw France assert hegemony over the coast, but concede the vast Sahara desert to natives. This victory emboldened the right-wing army, who returned to France feeling greatly vindicated; they saw much political success in the Fifth Republic. Peace would prove fleeting, ultimately dying in [May 1968](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1968_events_in_France). All over France, citizens went on strike, occupying universities and factories. At its height, 11 million people—a full 22% of the population—were involved, which brought the French economy to a grinding halt. Due to strong right wing elements unwilling to compromise with strikers, de Gaulle was unable to settle the problem nonviolently through negotiations. At the urging of the French army, de Gaulle declared a state of emergency and widespread martial law. Enraged students stormed the French parliament. The nascent French parahuman organization saw widespread defection when asked to help the military restore saw. What began as a series of strikes during into full blown civil war by July. The French government and the overwhelming majority of its loyalist military fled to more conservative Marseilles and French Algeria. In November, a socialist student organization managed to critically wound de Gaulle in a bombing that destroyed three blocks of Marseilles, forcing him out of politics for the rest of his life. France descended into utter chaos as the remains of its central government collapsed. A record number of parahumans triggered across the nation. A united revolutionary movement died in its crib, instead becoming an anarchy across much of France. French general [Raoul Salan](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raoul_Salan) assumed the position of President of what remained of the Fifth Republic through a military coup. As General Salan fought to regain control of southern France, he received an offer from the young [Charles Napoléon](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles,_Prince_Napol%C3%A9on) (or, *Charles Marie Jérôme Victor Napoléon*), one that could potentially unite the various conservative and even some centrist-liberal factions within France behind Salan: the restoration of the French Empire in the style of Napoléon III. General Salan had Charles Napoléon crowned “Emperor of the French” under the imperial name of *Charles Bonaparte* on December 2, 1970. Emperor Charles proclaimed his dedication to restore the constitution, addressing the issues of workers’ right that had sparked the revolution, and protection of individual liberty. And the new Emperor of the French, in a show magnanimity and confidence, proclaimed the Empire would immediately hold emergency elections—the first faction in the entire civil war to do so. The vote did not see the Emperor win total support, but his supporters won enough. Members of the socialist “Coalition Nationale,” opponents to the Emperor, were willing to form a coalition government with the Bonapartist party in the interests of saving the nation. Although most of France was incredibly skeptical of the so-called Emperor, he quickly proved himself became a popular figure for conservatives and centrists to rally behind, though many liberals and socialists reviled him. Once described as a man who could “convince the Devil to set himself on fire,” Charles proved himself a great public speaker. He was deftly able to play on people’s deep desire for a return to a stable government and a restoration of French honor and prestige. Though entirely unsubstantiated, some even accused Charles Bonaparte of being a parahuman himself due to his great success. Nevertheless, the charismatic Emperor proved a match made in heaven for the military-minded General Raoul Salan. Through a combined display of civic normality in controlled territories and an ability to keep its people safe through force of arms, General Salan’s Bonapartist government was able to win the support it needed to break the civil war’s stalemate, both at home and abroad. In a bid to restore order to France, the United States recognized the Third French Empire as the legitimate government of France. The United Kingdom soon followed. With France’s restored chair to the UN Security Council came the support of UN peacekeepers that had been deployed to France, as well as generous shipments of foreign aid. Thereafter, a number of local militias in southern and central France surrendered to the Emperor and joined with the French Armed Forces. The Empire marched its army north; while more organizations factions put up stark resistance, many starving, war-torn communities welcomed the Empire with open arms. With each mile reclaimed, the number of parahumans loyal to the Empire grew. In the summer of 1972, Imperial French forces seized Paris, where Charles Bonaparte was officially coronated in Notre Dame. By late autumn, the disunited rebel forces had been routed all across France. Charles Bonaparte presided over the drafting a new French constitution. The Third French Empire proclaimed its birth and soon sought about healing the wounds that had torn the nation apart, that they might build a newer, stronger France. And following the end of the Cold War and demise of the bipolar world, there has never been a better time for France to assert its rightful place as a superpower as it was in the days of Napoléon I. **Government:** Currently led by Emperor Jean-Christophe Bonaparte, the Third French Empire is a unitary constitutional monarchy. Although the Emperor maintains several key executive powers and is far from ceremonial, the majority of power is held by the democratic elected government. Or, as Emperor Charles Bonaparte once quipped, “My job is merely to protect the people from their politicians.” The democratic legislature, or Parliament (*Parlement français*), is bicameral. The upper house is known as the Senate (*Sénat*) and the lower house is called National Assembly (*Assemblée nationale*). Members are elected by popular vote in their respective districts. *[Départments de France](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/01/France_d%C3%A9partementale.svg)* France maintains several overseas territories, mostly small islands. The only significant overseas areas are French Algeria and Tunisia, which to this day the Empire is actively colonizing, displacing locals in favor of ethnic French citizens. Via constitutional amendment, native Algerians and Tunisians are categorically denied the right to vote or to free press, and face active discrimination. French Algeria and Tunisia also happens to produce a full third of France’s parahumans. Within its borders, the French government is French-supremacist. While tolerating historical minorities such as Alsatian Germans, Bretons, and Occitanians, government policy favors jobs and welfare to ethnic Frenchman. French language and culture are enforced in French schools. *[Départements français d’Algérie](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4a/D%C3%A9partements_fran%C3%A7ais_d%27Alg%C3%A9rie_1934-1955_map-fr.svg)* **Military:** The French Armed Forces (*Forces armées françaises*) is a finely-oiled machine. Well-versed in anti-colonial operations and anti-insurgency tactics, the so-called “Fist of the Emperor” (*Poing du Empereur*) is an active focus of the French Empire. It possesses the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal and often engages in police action across the world. The French Foreign Legion (*Légion étrangère*) maintains an active presence in French Algeria and French Tunisia, the later of which it seized for the Empire following collapse of the Tunisian regime to local warlords. The Foreign Legion is often France’s first response to dangers overseas, primarily in coastal Africa. Parahumans in France are officially under the control of the Marshalcy (*Maréchaussée*), a branch of the National Gendarme (*Gendarmerie nationale*). It is generally appropriate to refer to an official French parahuman as a “Marshal.” The Marshalcy was modeled on the American PRT/Protectorate, complete with secret identities. However, the Marshalcy often pulls double duty as the Empire’s secret police force, employing both normals and parahumans to strangle enemies of the regime in their cribs. They are rumored to judiciary act both within France and internationally. **[Official Flag.](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg)** **[Imperial Standard of House Bonaparte.](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/be/Imperial_Standard_of_Napol%C3%A9on_III.svg)** **Capital:** Paris. **National Anthem:** La Marseillaise. **Motto, Official:** *[Liberté, égalité, fraternité](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libert%C3%A9,_%C3%A9galit%C3%A9,_fraternit%C3%A9)* (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity). *Unofficially:* “*[On ne passe pas!](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_shall_not_pass)*” (They shall not pass!), itself a slogan used to express determination to defend a position against an enemy. “*Vers victoire!*” (Towards Victory!). **Leaders:** The Third French Empire possesses a respectable and thoroughly trained officers’ corps. French generals and admirals are well-respected for their training, élan, and decisiveness. French military academies train many officers from across Europe. The current Emperor is Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon Bonaparte, age 31. He studied economics and mathematics in a Parisian university. He is generally content to let his civilian government run the nation, though often scrutinizes economic and tax proposals himself personally. He is a media darling. The current Prime Minister (*Premier ministre français*) is Emmanuel Houard, of the *Coalition Nationale*, itself described as a “paradoxically right-leaning socialist party.” *Le Coalition Nationale* forms a ruling government alongside its partner, *Le Front Nationale*. Prime Minister Houard’s government is interested in maintaining France’s position overseas, supporting native French industry, and attempting to have positive relations with both the United States and Russian Federation. [Charles de Gaulle II](https://tinyurl.com/y8k6647k), a prominent member of the Front Nationale, was recently appointed head of the *Maréchaussée*. He has been used the Maréchaussée very liberally as a secret police force in order to arrest prominent enemies of the regime and harass political rivals to the ruling coalition. He has thus far been able to spin things as “as active campaign against corruption terrorism.” **Economy:** France has the world’s 5th largest economy by nominal figures and the 10th largest economy by PPP figures. It has the 2nd-largest economy in Europe with the UK in 3rd and Germany in 1st. The OECD is headquartered in Paris, the nation’s financial capital. The chemical industry is a key sector for France, helping to develop other manufacturing activities and contributing to economic growth. France’s tourism industry is a major component of the economy, as France is the most visited destination in the world. Sophia Antipolis is the major technology hub for the economy of France. According to the IMF, in 2013, France was the world’s 20th country by GDP per capita with $44,099 per inhabitant. In 2013, France was listed on the United Nations’ Human Development Index with 0.884 (very high human development) and 25th on the Corruption Perceptions Index. **Way of Life/Culture:** France remains a world leader in culture and the arts. The French enjoy high living standards and are highly educated. The French take pride in themselves, their nation, their emperor, and their rich culture. Likewise, the French are proud of having overcome the horrors of the early 1970s, emerging into a powerful, militant nation. France has a large communities of civilian firearms enthusiasts. Generally, the French are a conservative people. Although France had been facing slow demographic collapse since the late 1880s, generous government incentives and tax breaks for recently married couples and children have allowed France its first positive native population growth in a long time. **What are the circumstances of parahumans/normals?** Normals control the government and military. Parahumans are strongly encouraged to work for the government, but the Empire is quite willing to allow the existence of rogues. However, other parahumans fall in league with various criminal organization. There is a desire to reform villainous parahumans. **Criminal Organizations:** The Third French Empire possesses a number of major illegal organization. Many of these have their roots in the Algerian National Liberation Front or else in various revolutionary groups from the May 1968 Crisis. Drug and weapon smuggling remain a major concern for the Empire. **What do the common people think of the French in general?:** Most people think highly of the French, viewing them as highly cultured and possessing a beautiful language. The people possesses a certain mystique in the eyes of (especially American) foreigners. However, despite the Empire’s best efforts, many foreigners joke about French weakness. Foreign travel advisors strongly discourage expressing such views. Many an American tourist has been punched in the face for suggesting the French are cowards unable to win a war. **Diplomatic Relationships:** *Asia:* France possesses no outstanding issues in the region., though is not friendly with the Korean Empire. * China—France’s relation with China are rocky, in part due to a French desire to avoid flooding its market with cheap Chinese goods. *Middle East:* France maintains an active role in trying to bring the [Arabian Strife](https://www.reddit.com/r/wormrp/comments/62bdl6/turmoil_is_perpetual_the_arabian_strife/) to an end, and to prevent the region from exporting terrorism. * France actively maintains positive military and economic ties with the [Imperial State of Iran](https://www.reddit.com/r/wormrp/comments/7forwh/the_imperial_state_of_iran/). * In the Arabian Strife itself, the Empire maintains an interest in Syria as well as protecting the Suez canal. *Oceania:* France has no outstanding issues with the region. *Africa:* France is actively involved in the region in a neocolonialist fashion. The French Foreign Legion maintains many outposts in west Africa, though most are temporary. The French Foreign Legion occasionally recruits from these regions. The French Empire has interests in supporting friendly warlords who can help export resources to feed French industry at dirt cheap prices. * The Union of South Africa—An active military, economic, and political alley of the Empire. Owing to French Huguenot ancestry among the Afrikaners, as well as the Foreign Legion’s military cooperation with the Union in a number of dangerous operations, the two nations have developed a “special relation” much like that of America and Great Britain. The Empire has a major military/naval base in South Africa, and France firms invest heavily in the nation. France is often criticized for being bedfellows to the Apartheid regime. *Europe:* The French Empire sees itself a leading figure in Europe. It seeks to prove itself the greatest of European nations, though usually in friendly ways, such as soccer and economic success, for France has no interests in a general European war. It has received criticism for its iron-fisted settler-colonial policy towards Algeria and Tunisia * Germany—France has a rocky but broadly positive relation with Germany. The two nations compete economically and culturally. Depending on what party is in power, relations can be better or worse. Despite that, the two nations have worked side-by-side in various overseas police operations. They see each other as friends, just friends they often fight with. * The United Kingdom—France is close with the United Kingdom, politically and economically. The two nations maintain the channel tunnel together. The Bonaparte emperor with good friends with the British royal family, a fact that is often joked about as being a great historical irony. * Belgium—Positive relations, although some French politicians have suggested that Walloonia should belong to France, and not Belgium. This opinion is often shared towards the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Empire has never acted upon this occasional belief, however. * Spain—The French Empire was friendly towards Franco’s fascist regime, seeing Franco’s Spain as a “natural ally in the crusade against international Bolshevism.” However, although the royal Borbóns and many Spaniards distrust a third Napoleonic France. France has expressed interests in Catalonia independence, though man are quite this is purely due to French ambitions to annex Barcelona. * Russia—Although relations are not exactly the best, with many in France viewing Russia with great suspicion, the current Prime Minister of France has been making overtures trying to establish positive relations with France. The Empire recently signed a trade treaty to export grain, wine, and electronics to Russia. France wishes positive relations with Russia for a number of practical geopolitical reasons. *North America:* France leaves western hemisphere to the United States. * Canada—The French Empire is on friendly terms with Canada. There is, however, some annoyance with how France is vocally supportive of the idea of a free Québec. * United States of America—America recognized the Third French Empire as the legitimate government of France following its first successful elections, and provided support to the Empire even before it had reclaimed Paris. While the French Empire seeks to be as independent of the United States as possible in an effort to assert itself, it maintains friendly ties in most respects. * South America—France still holds onto French Guyana and the French Antilles, but otherwise is on neutral terms with the region. France leaves the Americas to the United States.