“It is perfectly possible to be enamoured of Paris while remaining totally indifferent or even hostile to the French.”
Paris is the capital and most populous planet of France. It is situated at the heart of France's Metropolitan region in the Milky Way Galaxy, close to the Trans-Regional Hyperway which gives it direct access to the four corners of the French hyperspatial network. Following in the footsteps of the historical city by the same name, its influence politically, economically, and culturally contribute to its status as one of the leading capitals of humanity.
Centuries of development and meticulous terraforming have turned the planet, previously a lush, predominantly humid environment, into a sprawling metropolis with an atmosphere almost exactly like that of Earth's. Cities cover most of the planet's surface, having beaten vegetation and wildlife back into its less accessible locations like the beautiful Douvres mountain range on the northern continent.
The planet which would later be called Paris was originally founded in 2381 under the name of Morisot. At the time, it was a small mining outpost on the other side of the Vulcan and Andorian territories with a modest military base tasked with monitoring the border. As the French territory grew, so too did the mining industry on Morisot. With the opening of large ore processing plants in the 2410's and 2420's, it became one of the largest refineries in the region.
In the 2440's, the population of Morisot reached half a billion, making it the most populous planet on the other side of the Andorian and Vulcan territories. In many ways, the planet suffered from overpopulation, as the planet's cities, built around mining camps and manufactories, had not been designed to hold a permanent population. One particular resource which was lacking was food, almost all of which was imported from elsewhere, leading to high food prices as the frontier market struggled to meet the demand. Solutions were slow to come from the distant French government on Earth, and unrest grew.
- Regional Capital
On Earth, government reforms in order to cope with the size of France's interstellar colonial empire divided it into two regions, "Proche-Terre," administered directly by the French National Assembly on Earth, and "La Frontiere," administered by a local government situated on Morisot. Once established in 2457, the regional government set out to reshape Morisot's landscape. Millions of acres of marshland and rainforest were cleared to make room for cities to expand and for agricultural projects. Slums were destroyed and their inhabitants relocated to government-sponsored housing.
By 2470, Morisot was self-sustaining, boasting an agricultural sector whose surplus now fed numerous frontier worlds and an energy grid which harnessed the planet's many natural energy sources. Home to three billion people in 2500, Morisot was the political and economic center of the French territories beyond Andoria and Vulcan. Its importance to the French Republic was second only to Earth.
- Capital of France
When Earth was abandoned in the 2500's, the French government began looking for a new capital. Over three years, it was temporarily housed on several different planets until the French Parliament finally voted to settle it on Morisot. In the early 2600's, Morisot was renamed to Paris and a massive cultural project was undertaken to recreate the city of Paris on the planet. Starships returned to Earth and brought back the original monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Invalides, La Madelaine, and so many others. A faithful recreation was erected at the center of one of the planet's largest jungles, around which sprouted the modern city of New Paris.
Over the next two centuries, the planet underwent intense urbanization projects which transformed its surface into a gargantuan metropolis, home to more than three hundred billion people and the seat of power of a state with strong influence in several galaxies.
In 2798, it was designated the GITO economic capital of the Milky Way Galaxy. A wormhole gate was built nearby which led to other GITO capitals like Araveene, Galactica, among others. This led to a sudden revival of the Parisian private economy, which had grown stagnant thanks to the socialist policies of the French government. Paris was catapulted to intergalactic importance overnight.
New Paris Edit
While there is no real practical distinction between cities on the surface, power and attention are primarily concentrated into New Paris, the seat of government and economic capital of the planet. In the government district, the French Parliament stands, an impressive building built in a modern style with Roman influences meant to house thousands of delegates from every corner of France. The Financial district is also well known for its towering government buildings like the Ministry of the Economy and Industry as well as the Plazithian headquarters of GITO and the Parisian Bourse, a stock market rejuvenated by GITO.
The remains of Morisot City can be found buried deep under New Paris. Recent excavations have unearthed artifacts dating back to as late as the 2400's.
Old Paris Edit
One-quarter of the city, perhaps the most well known, is Old Paris, a working replica of the city of Paris, Earth. It was built in the 2600's in an attempt to preserve French heritage. However, while it preserves the beloved Parisian skyline, it makes no pretense of living in another age. Modern technology clashes brutally with the old cobblestone streets and stone buildings in which people really live. Thousands of tourists from all over the human world, and some from beyond, come each day to see the original Parisian monuments which were transplanted from Earth after its abandonment. Places like The Louvre, the Invalides, and the Eiffel tower have been treasured and preserved.
- The Eiffel Tower
- Le Louvre
- Les Champs Elysée
- Les Invalides
- L'Arche de la Défense
- Notre Dame
- Embassy of the Fjord League of Northern Europe
- Institute of Danish Culture, Paris
- Parisian Institute of Norway
- Consulate of Finland, Paris
- American Embassy
- Consulate of Germany
- Roreinian Embassy, Paris
- South African Embassy
- The Eiffel Tower image was made by Cyrannian!