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National France
National France
Flag of National France
Full Name Etat National Français

(French National State)

Common Name National France / French Republic
Motto Liberté, égalité, fraternité

(Liberty, Equality, Fraternity)

Anthem La Marseillaise

(The Marseillaise)

Official Languages French
Capital Algiers
Government Structure Republic (currently under military junta)
Head of State Marshal Philippe Pétain
Head of Government Maurice Janin
Currency Franc
Established 1920
Area (core territory) 9,200,000 km²
Population (core territory) Around 27 million

L' État national français (français: État national français ), souvent connu simplement sous le nom de National France , est un pays d'Afrique du Nord, composé des anciennes possessions coloniales de la République française. La France nationale conteste activement l'existence de la Commune de France en tant que prolongement légitime de la République française, qui s'est effondrée après la révolte syndicaliste.

It is bordered by Liberia to the southwest, Spanish Africa to the west and northwest, German Morocco and Sierra Leone to the west, the Ottoman Empire to the northeast, and Mittelafrika to the southeast.

History

Bloodied, battered and broken in the Weltkrieg, the Third French Republic was determined to fight to the bitter end. In 1919 a last-ditch counterattack was proposed by the Conservative government; with an intent to put an end to the string of defeats the French suffered at the hands of the Germans. It looked promising but costly.

However, this caused an outbreak of mutiny in the French Army. Seeing an opportunity to paralyze the nation and force the Conservative government to step down and hand all power to the  Comité de Salut Public, the CGT called for a General Strike that quickly turned violent after the fall of Paris. These would be the first links in a chain of events that would be responsible for the exile of the Military and navy, and apparatus of state to Algeria.

French government in exil

Exiled politicians decided to rebuild the state from the ground up, and shortly after proclaimed the Fourth French Republic. Despite efforts to completely rebuild the state, it was glaringly obvious that the regime was outdated. The politicians want to rebuild the democracy are mainly the members of the last government of the third republic, the conservatives of the DRA (Democratic Republican Alliance) led by Paul Reynaud. But also the radicals of the Radical Party (liberals), the main political force of the former republic, currently led by André Mallarmé. Despite their influence in the defunct republic, they realized that their doctrines needed modernization and gave them their exile.

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Summer Palace, seat of the French National Head of State.

The Coup d'état of Foch

Many of the Politicians in-exile were Nationalists, Authoritarian or both which led to the Military seizing power under the leadership of Ferdinand Foch in 1922 and suspending the republican constitution drafted by radicals and conservatives in exile. In accordance with his anti-communard vision, Foch declared the martial law and chased anyone suspected of syndicalism or sympathy with this ideology. In particular, supporters of the far-left politics and the radical socialist party declared as "anti-French elements". Several political figures denounced these methods, but the majority of the French political class and the totality of the military approved this method with the aim of securing the State and preventing any subversive actions on the part of the Commune of France.He consolidating the executive power and began reforms in order to stabilize the state apparatus and proclaimed the French National State in 1925. After the advent of the French national state in July 1925, Foch and his military government turned to the reconstruction, modernization and expansion of the French armed forces with an increase in the expense of the armament and in the propaganda to the against Communard vermin.

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Winter Palace, seat of the government of the French National State.

Foch's thought is:

"We must work, always work to keep us informed, because the means evolve, the solutions are different each day. Make the next war with the processes of the last, what utopia! It will be necessary that the leader then improvises new solutions. Work ... brilliant improvisations on the battlefield are just the result of previous meditations. "

Speech delivered to the great French and Entente military leaders on July 14, 1925.

His considerable efforts have enabled the creation of a strong and respected French State with an army and a navy that carries the hopes of a free France. But he will never see his dream to return to the land of France during his lifetime, since he died of a heart syncope in 1929 at the age of 77 years. National funerails are offered to him and the French state's personalities await the liberation of France and Paris so that his body rests under the Dome of the Invalides. Upon his death in 1929, power would later pass to Philippe Pétain with the help of his protégé, Admiral François Darlan.

The Marshal's Iron Fist

The Lion of Verdun continued the reforms of consolidation of the power with a firm hand. Him is his followers took the name of "Souverainistes" whose aims is to extend and consolidate the State on the spot to better go to the conquest of the Fatherland.

Knowing that it can not gain a foothold on the continent alone, the state authorities strengthen ties with the countries in exile of the Entente military coalition, but also outside, particularly in the Mediterranean. The French National State has forged links in the Iberic region with the Carlists and their leader, Javier I of Bourbon-Parma in Spain and the Kingdom of Portugal. Soliciting their future participation in the fight against the Third International.

This fight also involves the support of groups of anti-communard resitants lead by Joseph Darnand, a respectable war hero, in the French metropolis. Already started after the end of the Weltkrieg, the French government made a huge effort to make the Resistance centralized, structured and efficient from 1935. Waiting for the day of disembarkation to take part in the fight and the destruction of the Commune of France.

Politics

The loss of the homeland and the relationship with the Commune of France dominates the politics of National France. It's clear to the military junta that the homeland has to be reconquered, considering the limited number of French nationals in the country and the fact that the Tuaregs and other locals won't stand the military administration for much longer. There are strong monarchist sentiments, especially among the younger officers who have formed the "Young Guard" led by Colonel Charles de Gaulle.

Président de la France: Philippe Pétain

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Charles De Gaulle, théoricien militaire et chef de la "Jeune Garde" de l'Etat français.

Chef du gouvernement:  Maurice Janin

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Paul Baudouin

Minister of Finance and of National Economy: Eugène Schueller

Minister of Interior: Eugène Deloncle

Head of Military Intelligence: André Dewavrin

Chief of the General Staff: Charles Huntziger

Chief of the Armed Forces: François de La Rocque

Commander-in-Chief of the French Navy: Jean-François Darlan

Commander-in-Chief of the French Air Force: Jean Mermoz

Despite their common desires to return to French soil and their virulent anti-syndicalism, politicians are divided on the form of the regime. The monarchists want the royal restoration and the republicans wish the one Parlemantary Republic of yesteryear. But some are party to a third way. Soldiers, nationalists, authoritarians want the French National State not be provisional but definitive. These fractions think that only a reorganization of the state in a more authoritarian and strong sense is the sine qua non condition for France to return home and regain its rank of great power. A Populist National State led by a strong leader.

Military

The military has two main goals, the liberation of mainland France and the suppression of local dissidents. A large portion of the national budget is reserved for the military so that these goals can be achieved. The military suffers from old equipment and the fact that the majority of the armed forces consists mainly of the locals, who don't share the ideals of the military command. Practically all officers are French.

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General Weygand with Admiral Abrial during an inspection of colonial troops in 1934.

Army

The Army (Armée de terre) is relatively small, considering the huge land area that Nationalist France controls. Its duties are to secure the northern coast of Algeria, where the industry, military bases and most of the French nationals reside. The army has some armor in use and the use and development of tanks has been strongly supported by de Gaulle and his Young Guard. The Foreign Legion (Légion étrangère) is an elite unit of the army and is currently situated in Algiers. The current Chief of Army is François de La Rocque.

Navy

The Marine nationale (National Navy) consists mainly of the units that joined the Nationalists during the French civil war. When defeat was certain, the Nationalist leaders fled the mainland to Africa and the Navy followed. It's the strongest part of the armed forces of National France. Most of the ships are from the Weltkrieg-era cruisers and the country lacks the resources to modernize the navy. Still, some newer ships have been built in the Dakar dockyards. The current Chief of Navy is Admiral Jean-François Darlan

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Charles De Gaulle reviewing new troops.

Air Force

The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air, ALA) is restricted to one bomber squadron and as such is very ill-equipped to wage a war in the air. It is clear that the ALA needs fighters, but so far the budget reserved for the air force hasn't been sufficient to develop the ALA any further. The current Chief of Air Force is Jean Mermoz

Foreign Relations

National France is part of an alliance (the Entente) with CanadaAustralasian ConfederationCaribbean Federation, Delhi and Sardinia.

Friendly relations with United States of AmericaRussiaJapanSpain, and Portugal.

Unfriendly relations with GermanyAustriaUnion of Britain and Socialist Republic of Italy. National France has openly hostile relations with Commune of France and claims all of mainland France (apart from the German provinces of Nancy and Alsace-Lorraine) for itself.

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Port of Algiers in 1931.