The Conciliary Republic of France

 

The Conciliary Republic of France

The Republic of France is the foremost and most powerful republican nation on Earth, and the leading member of the brotherhood of democracies in western mainland Europe.

The Republic was founded on the principles of liberal and egalitarian thought, the enlightened principles that have guided the French people ever since the ancient monarchy was disbanded in 1796, after the Great Revolution of France.

Dissatisfaction with the miserable and ghoulish shape France was in in the late 18th century led to demands of reform and restructuring of the state, to disestablish the power of the aristocracy and the clergy and bring more power to the people, the burgers and citizens. Some reforms took place, belatedly, and when those very things the reformers had worked for were threatened by reactionary aristocratic action, the conflict turned quickly violent, and the reformers took their chances for power.

The aristocratic former elite fled the country, forming the later base of the International, and became agitators for counter-revolution, driving the revolutionaries back home closer to the corner that would finally drive the final nail through the hand of the French monarchy.

In March 1796, the National Assembly convened, and dissolved the title of the King and the remains of feudal culture in France. The King finally fled the country, became of desperate necessity a figurehead of the counter-republican movement beyond France, after which the Royalist nations surrounding the new republic spear-headed an attack on it, and were soundly trounced by the zeal of the French republican armies. Louis XVI was captured and finally executed (earning his judges in the Assembly the nickname of Regicide, which has become an informal title later-on for certain positions in the French government), while his son became a casus belli puppet for the reactionaries, and later the celebrated Citoyen Capet of legend.

During the Revolutionary Wars in the following decades, the Republic conquered most of western mainland Europe, forming a trench of vassal republics from the Rein to the Danube, creating two Rifts to its south and east.

The Structure of Government

The Conciliary Republic is ruled by a number of governmental bodies, the foremost of these being the Assembly, a legislative body divided into three chambers based on a cycle of twelve-year electoral periods for a third of the Parliament every four years.

The Parliament elects from its ranks the executive body of the government, the Council of France, which is lead by the primus inter pares Archchancellor amongst his fellow chancellors.

The French Numeral System and Calendar

The official mathematical base of the Republic is duodecimal, base twelve, which is also called dozenal. Though used less than could be hoped for amongst the people itself, dozenal has seen wide application in time-keeping, the calendar and Republican Measures, the standardised measurements set by the republic to be used for scientific and engineering work.

The numerals of Republican Duodecimal are the same as that of decimal, up to ten and eleven, which are replaced by the single numbers X and U. Thus, 'ten' is written X in dozenal, and 'thirteen' is 11.

The Calendar

The Republican Calendar starts its new year in the spring, usually the 20th of March. The calendar is divided into 12 months of 30 days each, plus a five day festival week at the end of the year, or six days at the end of a leap year, which follow the Gregorian leap year rules. Each month is divided into five weeks of six days each, containing one rest day per week. The French Republican epoch begins, for the sake of convenience, in the Gregorian year 1801, which is thus year I. Then the year in 1907 is 107: in mixed Roman-style duodecimal BDDSV.

The names of the months are:

  • Aerial, Natudor and Austaire
  • Pyrial, Juvenor and Eulaire
  • Hydrial, Vetudor and Aquilaire
  • Geal, Mordor and Favonaire
  • And the Intercalary, L'Intercalaire, which ends the winter season and starts the spring season festively.

The Clock

A day starts at 6 o'clock in the morning, and is divided into twelve hours, one republican hour being two Gregorian hours. A republican hour is further divided into twelve dozenals, which are ten minutes each, and each dozenal is divided into twelve republican minutes, which are 50 seconds. Republican seconds are the same as standard seconds.