History of a Nation
The Rise and Fall of France
Ever since the rule of Jean Luc LeBeau and Esther Cotillard LeBeau, France had flourished. The economy was thriving. The people were happy. There was peace and contentment all across the land. But nothing good lasts forever, now does it? After the dissolution of Shadowland, Darkchild took it upon himself to create the power house team Tenebrasque In. They were content with regular villainy until they set their sights on France. It was only a matter of time before they made their move.
After the events of Tenebrasque In's takeover and longtime holding of the country once known as France. The world's heroes and mercenaries banded together in a grand stand against the power house that was Tenebrasque In and they stood their ground in a momentous assault on their stronghold. The result was TI peeling up the top layer of the diseased country and taking it out into space. This was actually a favor, as it allowed those who came into the fold to rebuild from the ground up.
The Last Daughter of France
Throughout the ages there has always been a female within the royal family, of (relatively) pure royal blood who, should they ever have the need, can be called on to protect not only the royal family, but the country itself. Between the abilities that her bloodline has afforded her and a special totem that she carries, this young woman is quite a formidable opponent. She has inherent knowledge of France, automatically knowing the layout (even if it's been changed drastically) and there are hidden secrets and locations strewn about the country that only she is privy to. She has been sitting back in the shadows, waiting for her time to be needed, hoping that it never came. She was in the background watching throughout the glory of Jean Luc LeBeau's rule and was ferried out of the country when The Darkness came.
Her name is Morgaine de Bourbon and she has stepped up to her rightful place. With a vacuum of power and nobody doing anything, she stepped in and rallied troops. Throughout her time with the Hellfire Club, she'd built contacts and her natural affinity for statescraft, along with her heritage and history, made her the perfect choice. She and her eternal love, Scalar, with the help of Starks Enterprises, The Science Branch and a myriad of top-tier magicians; France was rebuilt into something entirely new.
Dawn of a New Era
Resources have been applied. Favors called in. Troops rallied. France has been reborn and so have it's people. New France is established and it's on it's way to showing the world that it no longer needs anybody to come to it's rescue. Now a nation that stands alone with no official allegiance, New France is the pinnacle of technology and resources. They'll never need for anything, whether it's money in their flourishing economy or help from anybody else. They are now entirely self sufficient.
Districts and Locations
Hellfire Club - French Chapter
The French location of the Hellfire Club, this mansion is the height of old school elegance. Just as stacked as the Milan location, this one is run and maintained by the illustrious Claire Bennett.
Château de Versailles
The official living quarters of Morgaine de Bourbon, the last of the royal French line. A full 18,000 square miles of her personal history along with her families' it's a sight that can trigger any memory for any and all historians. V ersailles was the residence of the royalty of France from 1682 until 1789, when the French Revolution began. Louis XIII had originally built a hunting lodge at the village outside Paris in 1624. This petite structure became the foundation of the most costly and beautiful buildings in the modern world. Originally, the palace was meant to house Louis XIV, more commonly known as the Sun King. His most famous quote roughly translates to, "I am the state." Close to 37,000 acres of land were demolished to make room for terraces and walks which were to be lined with trees. Included in this grand structure's courtyard were 1,400 fountains and 400 pieces of new sculpture.
Corporate Park/Business District
This massive complex houses all of the valuable financial business partners of New France. From the famous Stark Corporation to lesser known French operations and it's best to keep it in such a way. After a small fallout from the UN and the EU. New France has decided to reinstate it's own currency for fear economic downfall plaguing rest of Western Europe; however, it still keeps friendly trade agreements with it's allies. All commerce is conducted in this sole section from legal, economic, political, social, cultural, and technological systems. Many ambassadors and diplomats will be housed here instead of the Antique District.
This district is characterized by its numerous ancient ruins, hilly landscapes and grass fields, as well as being the district with the fewest buildings, with long roads connecting the ancient villages of the district. Some remnants have survived after Darkchild's occupation of the original France. Many ancient structures underground have survived the onslaught is made for all to see. Lucky spectators can catch a glimpse of the Queen as she walks in her ancestors' footsteps. More so than any other monarchy New France holds it's roots the strongest. .
Many of New France's seafood comes from it's coastline, rivers, and lakes. All exporting is only conductive with the use of exotic meats, spices, fruits, and vegetables leaving majority of the French's diet to be homegrown. Many billionaires are also content with the beauty of New France as well. The words of a young enticing Queen has convinced numerous stockbrokers, shareholders, and CEO's to take luxurious spending untold amount of wealth. Everyday a spectator could stand by and watch more than one yacht race free of charge. Many news reporters have made a habit finding people of interest here but one could also find the greatness of New France's most advanced military in all of the world. Most critics claim this to be a "Corporate Warfare" seeing as the Stark Corporation has claim to majority of the new technology adorned on New France's soldiers.
The largest section of them all. Casinos, hotels, theaters, operas, orchestras, water parks, resorts, beaches, and many more all for the simple fact pleasure brings in the most revenue. Equivalent to America's Las Vegas. Europe's have more free reign and much more of a spice to entertain any man. All sports and hobbies are welcomed. No one is singled out for the fact New France aims to please any and all spectators. Gamblers are free to gamble, drunkards are free to drink, compulsive shoppers are free to spend; however, illegal activity or political corruption is absolutely not allowed. New France aims to be a utopia after all.
The Protection of a Nation - Once Torn Down, Never Again
Anzen is an AI system created for the sole purpose of protecting New France, more specifically the capital and the head of stat inside the territory of country. It is only a single computer in a secure location known only to a single person. It performs its mission on two levels - through the cybernetwork and through Shells.
On the first level it's like a normal security AI only remarkably faster.Through the cybernetwork it can monitor and analyze security footage faster then real time; detect major hacking attempts into the government systems and counter them.
Shells are different - they are the means for Anzen to fill its purpose in the physical world. All Shells are identical in built and programming. The appearance of a Shell is that of a late 20s Caucasian human female in top athletic shape - its identical to a human visually. Its most distinctive feature is its almost neon-green hair. This comes form a coding error but as it only affects appearance, it was never changed. Shells are built and made up of microscopic nanites in Shell Pods. These Pods are located in key points to allow the optimal deployment rate. Each Pod has enough material to produce 50 Shells without needing extra materials (mostly waste - they are of recycled garbage. The most Eco-friendly security system ever) to be brought in. They are powered by superdense crystals - if they are destroyed, the Pods stop working; Shells are self-sufficient so they don't have a power source. However Anzen can only effectively operate 20 Shells; any more and they become ineffective, sloppy, slow etc. A Shell's basic features include inhuman physical attributes (speed, strength, agility, etc), H2H combat (techniques used implemented by different secret services, martial arts), weaponized combat (guns, sword, light artillery, martial art weapons). Additional features like transport device operating, cloaking and vocal interaction cause Anzen to be able to operate less Shells depending on how many features are implemented.
Anzen has multiple ways of protecting itself and the data it holds. To prevent hacking a flux firewall, a self-modifying protection, has been put into place. All Shells contain a fail-safe - disassemblement. When a Shell is compromised, the links between the nanites are severed and the body collapses into nothing. Shells can also repair themselves by the renaming nanites replicating, using metal as a base material.
Anzen interacts with humans on a regular basis (for planning, running orders, etc) through one Shell called Shell V. V for short. It can be identified by a ponytail as it is the only Shell to modify its look. It's also the only Shell to have access to all the features.
Named after the prophet of Greek mythology, the ORACLE computer system is a defense system that monitors anything and everything that happens in New France. It is all fed into and processed at the Watchtower mainframe. This technology was developed by Starks Enterprises and is held by Cassidy Lockhart-Starks. Nobody else has any of the access codes and in the event of her demise, all pertinent information and access will be transferred to Kastiel and Halle Romanova.
Cassidy has on her at all times a portable device that allows her to hook in. Any and all information is at the tips of her fingers and due to the CCTV and her eyes in the sky (microscopic satellites that have been deployed), there is no hiding from Big Sister.
In the event of an attack on France, not only will Anzen be deployed, but so will the weapons cache that has been skillfully hidden. All buildings have built in defenses and in the case of something as catastrophic as the Tenebrasque In annihilation, New France has the capabilities to fully remove itself from the Earth and sustain itself in space.
The Mistress of Magic
New France is entirely surrounded by glamours, intricately woven and layered on top of each other. They are capable of deceiving all five senses, electronics, telepaths and psychics (all but those of the highest order) as well as other witches who aren't skilled enough to pierce the illusions. If a witch or telepath is capable of intercepting the glamour, they may be able to rip down the first layer of illusion, but there are numerous layers laid with painstaking detail beneath that. Spies and others who attempt to breach the illusion with nefarious motives may know that it's an illusion in their mind, but there's nothing that they can do to counteract it. They are in thrall and believe it to actually be happening. The only way to overcome this is by tearing down the magical field. In doing so, the magical defenses will drop. It should be noted that it will more than likely take more than one person and a witch and telepath working in complete conjunction to do this. If somebody has an anti-magic tool or weapon that is strong enough, they will be able to negate the defenses.
Femmes de L'Ombre
The Women of the Shadows are whispered about on the lips of few and their identities are known by none. They are a secret organization who are just that - hidden in the shadows. They were first conceived of as the attack squad, corporate espionage and covert intelligence gathering unit of Jean Luc LeBeau's and Cassidy Starks' in the Dark Utopia era. They are led by Halle Romanova with the input of Cassidy Starks and have now morphed into something completely different.
They are an army. They are the first line of physical defense for France. They were a part of the war and reclamation of the country, leading in highly specialized troops to undermine enemy holdings and take this place back inch by inch. They performed admirably. They are lead by Halle Romanova (their Commander in Chief is Morgaine de Bourbon) and her generals (so to speak) are Elspeth, Cyanide, Little Death and Midnight Silhouette. However this is only scratching the surface. If needed, there is a nearly infinite amount of agents of the crown that can be called on.
(This thread is a collaborative effort from myself (DH), Kastiel, Charmix, Queen's Halo and Duchess)