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The Louisiana Republic
La Republique Louisianaise
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La République Louisianaise
Union, Justice, Confidence
Union, Justice, Confiance
To the tune of "Vive Henri VI"
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Largest City: Los Angeles
Official Languages: English, French
Official Religion: None[/i]
English Demonym: Louisianian
French Demonym: Louisianais(e)
Government: Constitutional Republic
President: Clayton Hebert (Unity - Orléans)
-Lower House: National Assembly
-Upper House: Senate
Currency: Louisiana Franc (LAF)
Drives on the: Right
ISO 3166 Code: LA
Internet TLD: .la
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The Louisiana Republic (French: La République Louisianaise) is a country mostly located in West Central North America, sandwiched between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It is made up of 18 Provinces (colloquially termed the Metropole), 2 Overseas Territories, and 1 Federal District. The national capital is Napoléonville, and the most populous city is Los Angeles.
The first "Native Americans" migrated from Asia to North America over the "Bering Land Bridge" roughly 12,000 years ago, with European colonization starting in the 1500s and 1600s. Louisiana was a French possession until 1815 when Napoleon fled Europe and established a republic in the colonial backwater. By 1850, after much expansion through a war with Mexico and the Oregon Purchase from Britain, Louisiana reached all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Like the U.S. in Liberia, Louisiana also had a colony in Africa (Vert-Afrique) and through the U.S. Monroe Doctrine and subsequent treaty claimed its respective slice of the Guianas from France.
Louisiana is a federal constitutional republic and a representative democracy with three branches of government. With the U.S. it was a founding member of the United Nations and is a member on the Security Council along with its eastern neighbor (the other members being the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Brazil, South Africa, India, and Australia). A highly developed nation, it ranks highly along with the U.S. in economic freedom and socioeconomic performance.
Louisiana was named by French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle after Louis XIV, King of France from 1643 to 1715 when he claimed the territory drained by the Mississippi River for France as La Louisiane
Native Americans and Colonization
The first indigenous Americans are estimated to have migrated across the Bering Land Bridge around 12,000 years ago. The Clovis culture of about 11,000 years ago is one example of the permanent settlement starting in the Americas around that time. Over the years indigenous culture became more complex, with populations in the Mississippi Valley at the time of European contact being estimated at 5 million.
Robert De La Salle first claimed Louisiana for France in 1682, and within the next half-century several settlements were founded, including Fort Maurepas (1699), modern-day town of Natchitoches (1714) and the city of New Orleans (1718) among well-known examples. In 1755, Britain began expelling French populations from Eastern Canada; many of those that ended up in Louisiana became what is now known as the Cajuns.
With the secret Treaty of Fontainebleau in 1762, France ceded the vast colony to Spain; however, this was not made known until a couple years later. The territories east of the Mississippi claimed by France were likewise ceded to Britain in a separate 1763 treaty. In 1764, the city of St. Louis was founded, and in 1768, just 5 years after gaining control, the Spanish governor was forced to flee in a revolt. Spain eventually declared war on France during the French Revolution but would be defeated, and Napoleon would later regain the colony from Spain in the Third Treaty of Ildefonso.
Despite economic problems agitated wars of conquest, Napoleon chose to keep what was by then regarded in France as an unprofitable backwater in case he needed to escape. That moment came after being exiled to Elba in 1812. With support from the U.S., which was fending off the British in their own conflict, Napoleon officially declared the new republic on April 5, 1812. Work was immediately begun on the Constitution, a process in which Napoleon, perhaps learning his lessons from Europe, chose to not dominate or impose on. On November 14, 1815, the Constitution was signed and published throughout the vast new nation, with Napoléon elected the first President.
In 1819, Napoleon fell ill and died in March before he could run for re-election. His Vice-President, Jacques Villeré served the rest of his term and then went on to serve two more elected terms before his death in 1830. Villeré, a native-born Creole, presided over an improvement of relations with the British (who would later sell the Oregon Territory to Louisiana in 1840) and Spanish, later Mexicans. However, those relations soured when President Armand Boudreaux supported the Texas independence wars during the 1830s, with President André Dupree going to war with Mexico in 1848. The Mexicans eventually called a truce and ceded much of its northern territory to the Republic in 1850.
Going into the 20th Century
Louisiana supported the United States in its fight against the rebellious Confederacy during the American Civil War, imposing an embargo and enduring siege after siege in the lower Mississippi valley. The war ended in 1865 with a pricey Union victory and Confederate surrender at Appomattox.
In 1867, not wanting to sell Alaska to the British in Canada, Russia sold the expansive North American territory to Louisiana.
Louisiana quickly mechanized itself in the Industrial Age following the war, to some extent with the mutual assistance of the United States. The Republic worked with the Americans in establishing telegraph lines and railroads linking the two nations from the Atlantic to the Pacific, work that culminated in the 1880 Treaty of St. Louis where the Republic and its eastern neighbor agreed to keep their borders open and largely unguarded in a spirit of cross-continental cooperation.
Meanwhile abroad, Louisiana was allowed a seat with the U.S. at the Berlin Conference, where both nations were allowed neighboring claims on the African continent. In 1893, to the Americans' consternation, the Republic embarked on a mission to briefly restore the Hawaiian Queen Lilioukalani who had been overthrown by American plantation owners. After a series of meetings in Washington, the Louisiana Navy withdrew from the mission.
Unlike the United States, Louisiana quickly moved to assist their long-time partners the French in WWI. In lieu of monetary compensation, the Republic was given French Guiana.
Amidst the economic turmoil of the Depression, Huey Long won the Presidency on a populist surge in 1932. While he is famous for his equivalent of the New Deal that was being carried out in America by F.D.R., he is also infamous for his somewhat dictatorial tactics that led to him and his brother Earl ruling for the next 20 years.
Louisiana would participate in the Second World War alongside the U.S.; as repayment for its assistance in WW2, and the Republic was a founding member of the U.N. in 1945 and to this day is a member of the Security Council. In 1952, the National Assembly passed an act granting the colonies the right to independence by referendum; Vert-Afrique voted in its referendum that same year, while Guiana has yet to hold its own vote as of 2021.
Louisiana started the Cold War neutral, but this would change in 1968 with the election of President Nixon and his National Front. By the end of 1969, the Republic joined the war in Vietnam, along with extending the theater into Cambodia. The National Front would continue to dominate politics during the latter half of the Cold War due to U.S. support for its hardline stance on Communism.
After the collapse of the USSR, the Republic participated with the U.N. in peacekeeping operations in the Congo, Rwanda, and the newly-seceded Union of Central Asian Republics, which for most of the 1990s was on the verge of civil war. Post 9/11, Louisiana assisted in Afghanistan until 2012. However, it did not participate in the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq.
On the mainland, Mississippi forms nearly the entire eastern border with the United States (with the exception of the West Florida region in Orleans and extreme northeastern Iowa). The Red, Arkansas, and Missouri watersheds branch off into the vast fertile central prairies of the interior stretching from Texas to Dakota. To the west, the Rocky Mountains form the backbone from Nuevo Mexico to Montana and Bas-Columbia. The southwest is mostly dry desert lands of the Great Basin, bordered by the Pacific Coastal Ranges stretching from California to Bas-Columbia before eventually meeting the Rockies on Canada.
Mainland Louisiana is bordered on the East by the United States, the North by Canada, and the South by Mexico.
In addition to the 18 Provinces of the Métropole, there are two overseas territories. Alaska is separated from the mainland by its own border with Canada. Guiana, on the northeastern corner of South America, is bordered by Brazil and Suriname.
The borders with Canada and the United States are among the least guarded in the world as a result of years of cooperation and agreements for open trade and travel. The border with Mexico, despite an improvement in relations over the years, has remained fairly under tight controls due to concerns about the drug trade coming through Mexico from South America. Guiana, whose border sits in dense mostly undeveloped rainforest, has remained relatively unguarded and a non-aggression pact with both Brazil and Suriname has been in place since World War II.
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