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|Kingdom of France|
Royaume de France
Motto: "Liberté, fraternité, égalité"
A map of France
|Government||Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
• Prime Minister
|Legislature||Parliament of France|
|House of Representatives|
• Kingdom established
• Union with Albion
|May 1, 1699|
• Union dissolved
|June 14, 1852|
|640,000 sq[convert: unknown unit]|
• 2014 estimate
|GDP (PPP)||2013 estimate|
|$2.410 trillion (5th)|
• Per capita
very high · 14th
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
• Summer (DST)
|Drives on the||left|
|ISO 3166 code||FR|
The Kingdom of France is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy situated in Europe consisting of sixteen administrative regions and two overseas territories, of which one is situated in the Caribbean. France spans from the famed Port de Cherbourg to mountainous Provence. It shares borders with Spain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Excluding its overseas territories, the Kingdom of France has a total area of 213,010 square miles.
An insecure monarchy led to invasion by a neighboring coalition and as a result it entered a union with Britannia. Despite this, a large military presence saw them break free on two occasions before finally gaining independence upon the end of the Great War. The pretender monarchy was reinstated, however largely ceremonial. In recent years, the Kingdom of France has established itself as an important power with political, economic and cultural influence. It maintains a permanent seat on the League of Nations security council and is the predominant military power in Europe.
Unification with Britannia (1685-1699)
During the reign of Louis XIV, alliances were formed with neighboring countries in an attempt to heavily improve relations. Burgundy, which had inherited lands in Belgium and the Netherlands, was an ally of both France and Britannia. Due to its strength and geographical location, France was focused on forming a permanent alliance with Burgundy. As a result of the stable economy and successful trade, France was able to offer more military and economic aid to Burgundy. In an attempt to prevent further French expansion, Britannia formed a blockade around the country.
First French Revolution (1789-1799)
Following years of rule by a significantly weaker country, many citizens began to become angry. Within ten years, France had gained independence and further weakened Britannia. France quickly conquered large areas of Europe, however Britannia's poor condition and war exhaustion decided to consolidate their own military rather than intervene. Britannia also decided to fund a coup led by Corsican military general Napoleon Bonaparte. Rather than forming a union with Britannia, he formed an empire. The empire failed to grow, and a swift invasion saw the union return.
Second French Revolution (1848-1852)
In 1848, a second revolution occurred. France had prepared heavily, and within just four years it gained independence once more. Under Napoleon III, the empire thrived and became the strongest nation throughout the continent.
France is a member of NATO, and maintains close relations with Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. It also maintains good relations with members of the Trans-Pacific Allied Community, and is indirectly at war with the International Order of Socialist States in the Second Cold War. Despite their membership in the IOSS, France maintains great relations with the Commonwealth of Britannia. The nations were historically combined under the Albion-Gaul union. In World War II, Albion, now Britannia, helped liberate France from Axis forces. Despite a change in government and name, the two countries are major export partners.
Although a founding member of the European Union, a referendum will be held in 2017 on whether to leave the declining organisation. Many French citizens believe the Second Cold War has divided the political organisation, and it is in the best interests of the nation to leave in immediate fashion. The Christian Democratic Union supports leaving the union, whilst the Socialist Party is against holding a referendum and leaving the union. It is a founding member of the League of Nations and has a permanent seat on the security council.
France is a unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic that is often referred to as 'democratic'. There are two primary figures in France, the President, who acts as the head of state, and the Prime Minister, who acts as the head of government. The current government is under the control of the Union chrétien démocrate (UCD), whilst the main opposition party is the Parti socialiste (PS). The current President is to be decided whilst the current Prime Minister, chosen by the President, is to be decided. The President serves a 3-year term, whilst the Prime Minister 'de jure' serves an infinite term, unless replaced. Generally, the Prime Minister is replaced every time a President from another political party is elected.
The French Military Forces are the military forces of France, led by the incumbent President of France. There are three departments; the Army of France, the Navy of France, and the Air Force of France. A large military power throughout its history, the French Military Forces has maintained its strength. France has the largest military in Europe by active personnel, in addition to the third largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. Although not officially considered a department of the military, the French Gendarmerie serves as the national police force of France. It also operates in Andorra, a country which France solely protects because of its lack of a military. In a state of war, conscription can be implemented by the President, however this rarely occurs.
Ministre de la Défense, or the Ministry of Defence, has control over the Military Forces and French Gendarmerie. The ministry is responsible for the organisation of the military and appointment of important officials, including the 'chief of the military'.
France is divided into fifteen administrative departments. The organisation of departments are highly controversial, as many cultures have been separated into several departments. A widely renowned case of this is the historical centre of Brittany's integration into Loire-Brittany, interfering with culture and economy.
Regions are then divided into communes, of which there are 36,552. Communes vary in population, however the minimum requirement is that a commune has at least 10 people residing in it. A wide range of communes have local councils or governments, however smaller communes traditionally directly elect a mayor, who has full control over the commune. In order to ensure democracy is fulfilled, the number of communes with sole mayors is gradually decreasing.
|Centre-Val de Loire||Tours||2,538,000|
France is widely successful in a wide range of sport, and it plays a crucial role in its culture. The Government of France classifies football and rugby league as the official national sports, however rugby union is also widely played and football is the most popular. Having won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the France national football team is ranked first in the FIFA World Rankings. France will also host the UEFA Euro 2016. France also hosts the annual cycling competition, Tour de France. It also hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car endurance race. Le Classique is a football match contested by Olympique de Marseille and Paris FC. By many, it is considered the most important club football match throughout the world.