Serene State of Quebecshire
l'État Serein du Québecshire
Motto: "l'Avenir est aux nous!"
English: "The future belongs to us!"
Anthem: Des montagnes aux forêts
("The Mountains to the Forests")
and largest city
|September 16, 1624|
• (2017 estimate) estimate
|234 million (3rd)|
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate|
|₡14.7 trillion credits (1st)|
• Per capita
|₡62,982 credits (2nd)|
|Gini (2018)|| 0.290|
|HDI (2018)|| 0.974|
very high · 1st
|Currency||Quebecshirite Credit (QSC)|
|Time zone||AMT+1 (QST)|
Quebecshire, officially the Serene State of Quebecshire (Quebecshirite: l’État Serein du Québecshire) is a large nation on the Ecros continent of Terraconserva. It is bordered to the west by Malgax, to the east by the Vernier Ocean, to the south by the Yamachiche Bay. Quebecshire’s largest and capital city is Quebecshire City, but Bostonia and Orléans are also renowned and well known cities, among others.
Quebecshire is led by Grandmaster André Bellerose and Speaker of the Parliament Lucien LaRochelle. Quebecshire is known globally for its diplomatic and economic presence in the world, as well as its unique form of government which combines elements of monarchy, oligarchy, and democracy. Quebecshire is a member of the Terraconserva Economic Union and has close relations with the other member states of the organization, as well as having amicable relations with Creeperopolis and Eminople. The Quebecshirite language and ethnic diaspora have also given Quebecshire signifigant cultural influence on every continent of Terraconserva. Quebecshire is a founding member and is a permanent member and veto-able nation of the Terraconserva Council of Nations.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History of Quebecshire
- 2.1 Ayeroshubic Era (Antiquity-2000 B.C.E.)
- 2.2 Quebecshirite Dark Era (2000 B.C.E.-300 C.E.)
- 2.3 Exploration Era (300-1197)
- 2.4 Unification Era (1197-1607)
- 2.5 Civil War Era (1607-1624)
- 2.6 Reconstruction Era (1625-1750)
- 2.7 Industrialization Era (1751-1900)
- 2.8 Modern Era (1901-Present)
- 3 Government and Politics
- 4 Geography
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See Also
It is a general consensus among researchers that the word Quebecshire means "the place where the river narrows." The prefix Quebec meaning "where the river narrows" and the suffix shire meaning place, division, or location. Given the close proximity of the city to the Franconian River, that is the theorized origin of the name. While the Franconian River flows outward, the Bay of Orléans narrows into the river from an upriver-moving perspective.
History of Quebecshire
Ayeroshubic Era (Antiquity-2000 B.C.E.)
The Ayeroshubic Kingdom was a large nation that dominated the areas of the western landmass that are now parts of Quebecshire, Greater Sacramento, and some regions of Malgax. It's most notable contribution is the primary writing script used by Quebecshirites in the modern era, and it is referred to in the present as the Ayeroshubic script. It is also the distant parent language of modern Quebecshirite, and other languages common to the western continent.
The Ayeroshubic Kingdom collapsed around 2000 B.C.E., causing for it to abandon its territories in what is now modern Quebecshire. Due to the destructive collapse, there is little concise record about the Ayeroshubics in the modern era. This collapse plunged the tribes and settlements in the regions of Quebecshire to into a general instability and chaos.
Quebecshirite Dark Era (2000 B.C.E.-300 C.E.)
The period from the collapse of the Ayeroshubic Kingdom up until the point of roughly 300 C.E. is referred to by most Quebecshirite historians and documents as the "dark times", or a similar play on that phrase. Most historians dispute that the entire era would have been engulfed in the instability of the fall of the Ayeroshubics, as the era itself is quite expansive, but it is acknowledged that there was not a widespread change on a region-wide level until about 300 C.E.
Following the Ayeroshubic collapse, the regions of Quebecshire that had been settled by them were plunged into disorder, leading to a dis-unified collection of civilizations. This stayed this way for quite some time, with most groups expanding and settling more on their own, and some tribal groups were seen to have been formed, but there is somewhat of a lack of information on this subject.
Development of relevant technology and tools to this era continued, but on more local scales than an empire sized one, whoever diffusion of ideas as well as some level of commerce did happen between the regions that had been settled and well established.
Exploration Era (300-1197)
The exploration era represented a great shift in society in the areas that would become Quebecshire. Beginning roughly around the year 300, there were concrete records showing the establishment of Quebecshire City by 321. The people who had established the city there, later under the initial leadership of who discovered records list as François le Grand, began to unify the surrounding bay. By the year 419, Bostonia had been permanently established alongside the rest of the lands in the immediate region of the bay which Quebecshire City rests in. Orléans was designated as an established and separate city in 428.
From the 500s through the 700s, there was a period of coastal expansion. This expansion first ventured northwards and expanded the new unified nation of Quebecshire up towards the regions that were formally declared Portsmouth in 602. Those waging expansion southward were able to gain control of significant coastal territory, and they ventured inland as well, reaching the area which would become the agricultural hub of Sanborn-Gaza.
It was at this point that large-scale westward integration became common. Explorers, farmers, those interested in the resources of the mountains, and envoys of leadership moved west for new opportunities. As a result of this new effort, Abraham was founded as a main settlement in the central western region, and Franconia was declared on the edges of the vast mountain ranges of the northwest. While Abraham served as an outpost, Franconia was the site of the Quebecshirite discovery of colored and unique crystals, given the name geodes, or gems from the earth, by those first documenting them around the year 844.
While there had been some movement south during the inland/western expansions prior, it became a much more appealing venture following this time for the purpose of more land to develop and possible trade options when the southern coast referred to on older maps could be reached. By the year 1163, the main southern areas of Quebecshire had been moved into, particularly those in the east. In the former half of the 1150s, Anticosti, Gaspésie, Laurent, and Sherbooke had all been created as new towns and then cities to build trade and connect the newfound lands more effectively. Following this, a brief expedition was sponsored to chart the rest of the south more effectively in the west, and then final incorporation of the re-charted territory was completed in 1197 with the creation of Yamachiche, marked as the first unification of modern day Quebecshire, thus ending the Exploration Era.
Unification Era (1197-1607)
Early Congressional Period
Following the declaration of unification in 1197, the Charters of Quebecshire were signed in Quebecshire City. The Charters established the first unified and coherent government of Quebecshire in the primary form of the Congress of the Cantons (also referred to simply as the Congress). The Congress was endowed with the particular duties of foreign relations, management of the distribution of domestic commerce and resources, and any forming of a standing military force. There were eleven cantons established around the largest settlements and cities in Quebecshire.
Following the stabilization of the Congress of the Cantons, the government in Quebecshire City financed a series of exploration initiatives around Terraconserva to improve Quebecshirite trade, mapping, and connectivity to the rest of the world. A noted figured in the navy, Captain Félix Vernier organized many expeditions to be carried out in many directions across the globe and even directly led some of them. By the early 1300s ocean-crossing expeditions on behalf of Quebecshire had begun. Earlier in his career, Vernier traveled to closer locations south of Greater Sacramento and helped chart and map the southern oceans and the broader island which today contains both Creeperopolis and surrounding regions.
Captain Vernier's most well-known voyage however, was the one on which he effectively sailed the entire world making several stops to inspire more expeditions and drastically improving global trade, mapping, and connectivity, not simply for Quebecshire but for several civilizations across Terraconserva, having a large influence on the current state of the world. Vernier departed from the Port of Quebecshire City and made made several stops, in Groffenord, Lyoa, Paleocacher, New Gandor, and Eminople before returning to Quebecshire. The trip is known in the modern day as the Great Voyage.
As a result of the Great Voyage, Quebecshire was able to establish several trade posts and settlements, and increase its contact with other nations existing at the time to set the stage for more future trade. All settlements were returned to the nations in the relevant area or abandoned around the time of the Quebecshirite Civil War, however the New Orléans settlement failed earlier under mysterious and controversial circumstances in Paleocacher. In addition, Quebecshire also established several trading settlements and outposts in a colonial fashion, which are listed below.
|Port François||1417||1611||Located in modern day Creeperopolis. It maintains the same name as a port city, but is referred to as Puerto Francisco in Creeperian Spanish. Relinquished during the Quebecshirite Civil War, but a notable minority of Quebecshirites remain in the immediate area.|
|Willdavie||1437||1617||Located on the eastern continent of Terraconserva. The land that contains the modern country was colonized by Quebecshire until it was relinquished during the Quebecshirite Civil War in 1617.|
|New Bostonia||1468||1609||Located in modern day Lyoa, remains a port city with the same name. Relinquished during the Quebecshirite Civil War.|
|New Abraham||1472||1567||Located in modern day Paleocacher. Settlement failed under mysterious circumstances. The region is now named Chicajun.|
Vernier and his travels, the colonial outposts created, and the Expeditionary Period overall, are often given some credit for the size and span of the modern Quebecshirite economy, as well as the establishment of early global and international commerce routes.
Quebecshirite-Malgan War (1523-1528)
In the years leading up to 1523, Malgan hunters, poachers, and those accused of similar activity had been recorded to have been harassing Quebecshirite farmers and crossing the declared border on several occasions. Eventually, the farmers and other landowners living in the western areas of the Abraham Canton continued calling for retaliation. Out of fear of rebellion, the canton government formally against protested to the Congress of the Cantons for action to be taken against any individuals crossing into Quebecshire from Malgax. The Congress eventually obliged due to the importance of the agriculture produced in the region and thus deployed a large military force into the region.
After arriving, the forces under the command of Rodolphe Doisneau decided to prevent future incursions by invading Malgax itself. In mid-1523 he led his forces into the Lunen regions of Malgax with the intention of stopping any future abuse of Quebecshirite land and possibly gaining some from Malgax. Over the course of the following few years, Quebecshirite forces had steady advances in Malgax from 1523 through 1526. In 1527 the Malgan government was able to better organize a response, and major clashes in eastern Malgax began over the next two years. Generally, battles were costly for both sides and the Quebecshirite forces eventually began a retreat. The war concluded in 1528 with the same borders as it began, but the hunting and poaching problems were relatively solved.
Although the war was brief, it presented fair losses and struggles for both combatants within it. The canton governments also fell into large disagreements over what followed it. The war caused controversy over the issue of a more unified authority in Quebecshire on the handling of international conflict, and sparked the Abraham Debates, which say large disagreement over if the canton government of Abraham was responsible for the war costs, or if the Congress of the Cantons and national leadership was. These happenings and other more minor ones played roles in the eventual decline of the Congressional federal system.
Decline of the Congressional Government
The Congress of the Cantons began to heavily struggle following the Quebecshirite-Malgan War due to a few strong factors. In addition to the Abraham Debates over who was responsible for financial matters resulting from war, the Congress was unable to effectively manage trade and resource distribution between Cantons, leading several Cantons to ignore the Congress and its regulations when they deemed it reasonable. Sessions of the Congress became less productive and devolved in inefficiency and hostility.
Influential figures also began becoming extremely critical of the Congressional system in the years leading up to its decline, such as Gaston Delsarte in his older age. This caused an erosion of public support for the Congress, which was referred to as nothing more than a "temporary tolerance for a failing system" by Delsarte. This contributed to canton government officials listening to the congressional advice and authority left, as this authority was less-enforceable. Despite Gaston Delsarte's death before these disagreements became more inflammatory, many critics, often with different ideas and solutions, continued coming forward.
The first decade of the 1600s saw a complete devolution of Congressional effectiveness and authority. The Congress had low attendance numbers and was unable to enforce any decrees or documents it set into place. Due to these failings, there was a lack of effectively transported agriculture and other resources, and disputes over debt continued to rage in Quebecshire. The Congress of the Cantons was formally disbanded on April 26, 1607 when the Monarchist Coalition for the Reunification of Quebecshire stormed the chambers and formally dissolved and dismissed the congress permanently, sparking the Quebecshirite Civil War.
Civil War Era (1607-1624)
The Quebecshirite Civil War was a civil armed conflict which raged from April 26, 1607 to December 17, 1623 in Quebecshire between the Monarchist Coalition for the Reunification of Quebecshire (CMRQ, Monarchists) and the Quebecshire Republican Assembly (ARQ, Republicans). The war ended in a ceasefire in 1623 beginning the Orléans Negotiations.
The civil war began when the minimally effective federalized democracy failed as the Congress of the Cantons was unable to handle economic downturn or properly facilitate the internal distribution of resources. Major battles were fought in the northern mountains and the mid-section of the nation in order to control natural resources and agriculture. Several battles were fought in the bay around Quebecshire City, Bostonia, and Orléans.
Quebecshire City became the major base of operations for the Monarchists, whereas the Republicans set up their functions from Bostonia. The Monarchists were able to eventually force the Republicans out of most of the southeastern peninsula, nonetheless the Republicans held strong in the midlands and many maritime locations. Due to this, Monarchist progress was largely slowed.
In 1620 large-scale fighting decreased and the conflict was almost entirely reduced to border skirmishes. Eventually, the separate provisional governments began to struggle due to lack of resources for the Republicans and a lack of trade opportunities for the Monarchist groups. In 1623, a ceasefire (but not reunification) agreement was made by the Monarchist Coalition for the Reunification of Quebecshire (CMRQ) and the Quebecshirite Republican Assembly (ARQ) to begin negotiations in Orléans on March 4th, 1623.
After about eight months (December 17th, 1623), an agreement for the basis of a new Constitution was reached. Both the CMRQ and the ARQ ratified the agreement and began the re-integration of the opposing sides. The Quebecshirite National Reorganization Council (CNRQ) was formed following this arrangement to provisionally reunify Quebecshire before the High Council and Parliaments of Quebecshire could be set up and have their offices filled. The Declaration of the Establishment of a New Constitution for a Unified Quebecshirite State generally entailed the following list contents. The conclusion of the Civil War also led to the creation of the Quebecshirite political philosophy of Revanchism, which is still prominent.
The Orléans Negotiations took place from March 4th 1623 to December 17th 1623. Following a stalemate in the Quebecshirite Civil War where both sides struggled with supplies and necessities, the political leaders of the two major factions of the war, Yvon Delsarte and Arsène Champlain, convinced their advisors to allow for a series of negotiations to take place to ideally bring an end to the civil war and reunify Quebecshire.
As the Monarchists were situated in Quebecshire City and Republicans in Bostonia, the two sides agreed to meet in Orléans (City in Quebecshire) to discuss the future of Quebecshire. The official Monarchist delegation consisted of Yvon Delsarte, as well as Roland Rodier. The Republicans were officially represented by Arsène Champlain, Jacques Bourassa, and Jean Mossé. Nonetheless, advisors were present for both sides despite no official involvement or say in what was specifically created at negotiation sessions.
The first major point in the negotiations was reported to have come to a consensus on June 13th, 1623 when both sides determined any future unified Quebecshire should be devoid of subdivisions similar to internal states or provinces in nature. This precedent set the stage for the remaining negotiations, which mainly focused on how the style of Quebecshirite leadership should be approached for the best merits of both popular will and national stability.
After 289 days of the ceasefire agreement between the two sides, Delsarte and Champlain signed the Declaration of the Establishment of a New Constitution for a Unified Quebecshirite State, which was to detail the future of Quebecshirite governance and how the new administration would be set up. The declaration’s key terms and points set the stage for the ratification of the Constitution of Quebecshire, and its key actions, points, and objectives are listed below.
- The abolition of the CMRQ and ARQ in favor of the Quebecshirite National Reorganization Council (CNRQ), which will govern the nation until the new Constitution was ratified and enforceable.
- The abolition of all governmental authorities and entities larger in jurisdiction than municipal bodies and smaller in jurisdiction than the national government of Quebecshire.
- The formation of a judiciary and directive High Council of Quebecshire to serve as an oversight and unifying body, headed by a Grandmaster, to satisfy the monarchist sentiments in Quebecshire.
- The formation and eventual election of a Parliament of Quebecshire to be headed by a Speaker of the Parliament to govern via legislation and satisfy Republican sentiments in Quebecshire.
- The adoption of the title of “Serene State” for Quebecshire to decline any implications of political leanings.
Following the signing of landmark agreement, the Constitution was drafted. It was signed and formally ratified by the Quebecshirite National Reorganization Council on September 16th, 1624. With its ratification, Yvon Delsarte was inaugurated as the first Grandmaster of Quebecshire. Arsène Champlain was also inaugurated as the first Speaker of the Parliament of Quebecshire, with the Constitution’s ratification happening with the commencement of the new government, thus making it readily enforceable. Alongside these further events, the Quebecshirite National Reorganization Council was formally disbanded as the new government took over administering Quebecshire.
CRNQ and Constitution
The Quebecshirite National Reorganization Council was the provisional authority that governed Quebecshire unilaterally between December 17, 1623 and September 16, 1624. It was led by Yvon Delsarte and Arsène Champlain alongside their advisors. The Quebecshirite National Reorganization Council was birthed from the Quebecshirite Civil War and Orléans Negotiations as a reintegration agreement between the Monarchist Coalition for the Reunification of Quebecshire and Quebecshire Republican Assembly. It was the first unified government of Quebecshire since 1607.
During its short tenure, the CNRQ was the result of the agreement on Declaration of the Establishment of a New Constitution for a Unified Quebecshirite State and what it would entail. It served the purpose of integrating the two sides in the civil war and was expected to prepare the Constitution for ratification and then enforcement once was feasible.
The Quebecshirite National Reorganization Council was formally dissolved on September 16, 1624. This coincided with the inauguration of the first High Council and High Council with the enforcement of the Constitution and its government mandates, namely bestowed upon the Grandmaster and Speaker of the Parliament of Quebecshire.
The short-used yet unique flag of the Quebecshirite National Reorganization Council represents the convergence of the Monarchists and Republicans into a single Quebecshire with a single government.
The ideology of Revanchism was formed over time as a direct result of the actions and principles from the conclusion of and rebuilding following the Quebecshirite Civil War.
Reconstruction Era (1625-1750)
Immediate Aftermath of the Civil War
Following the establishment of the new government, Yvon Delsatre began using the High Council's influence to establish the new court systems of Quebecshire, as well as initiate the first versions of modern law enforcement to ensure domestic security. Arsène Champlain's Parliament passed laws regarding new trade, land, and agricultural policies in an attempt to revitalize the Quebecshirite economy beyond its pre-Civil War standing.
Colonization of Gagium
In 1631, Yvon Delsarte ordered Roland Rodier, a former leader in the monarchist movement in the Civil War, to take an edpeditionary force westward to search for new possible resources and colonial oppurtunities for Quebecshire. The Quebecshirite forces established Nouvelle Franconia and repelled attacks from other nearby settlers. In 1657 the territory of Gagium was officially incorporated into Quebecshire with Agen as its capital, and in 1694 they were granted their first seat in the Parliament of Quebecshire after attaining 500,000 settlers. Alongside this, the Third Amendment to the Constitution of Quebecshire was passed, allowing Gagium to have a colonial authorities led by officials superior to those of municipal authorities but still inferior to the government of Quebecshire, essentially providing an exception to previous Constitutional precedents for the Gagians.
Throughout the 18th centurty the colony prospered economically both in local activity and trade with Quebecshire proper, as well as Quebecshire's trade partners. The capital was relocated to Nouvelle Franconia in 1721 for better representation of the southern areas of the territory. Quebecshire imposed economic regulations to maintain economic benefits to the homeland in addition to the new territory, which some argue set the stage for eventual Gagian independence. Following the Second Treaty of Penarlant, ending the Caribou Wars, Grandmaster Silvain Mazet's High Council approved of the Houdin Doctrine in 1741, proposed by Speaker of the Parliament Ignace Cochet, and passed by the Parliament. The document declared Gagium an "integral part of the sovereign Quebecshirite state" and solidified its status within Quebecshire, as well as deemed any attack within the borders of Gagium as a matter to be attended to by the national government of Quebecshire, if deemed necessary by the High Council and Speaker of the Parliament.
Industrialization Era (1751-1900)
Early Industrial Era
As the Industrial Revolution took hold, first in Quebecshire and then Eminople, before spreading to the whole of Terraconserva, the Quebecshirite government tried to take advantage of the situation and encourage new corporations to take on major projects in Quebecshire. The cities of Quebecshire City, Bostonia, Franconia became the leaders of industrial development and over time, in an effort to balance national power, the national government encouraged southward expansion of new industry as well, though some resistance from conservative politicians limited industry in Quebecshire early on in the south.
Despite this, the Quebecshirite economy grew rapidly, both through major corporations and regional industrialization through the building of factories, quarries, and other new factors in economy development. The Franconian Mining Company, Lecerf Rail, and LaRue Energy became symbols of a growing corporate power within Quebecshire as they expanded their projects with little government intervention in the new economic circumstances of industrialization.
Quebecshire started to become more connected with the invention of new technology and the expansions of railways by Lecerf rail, however, criticism against this system began to emerge as a result of concerns regarding wages, working conditions, and a growing wealth divide in the nation. However, as the concerns were just emerging, the government of Quebecshire became preoccupied with handling the growing tensions and political struggles in Gagium, leaving the corporate powers of Quebecshire to continue their growth relatively unmitigated for the coming decades.
Decolonization of Gagium
Following the conclusion of the Caribou Wars, colonial Gagium enjoyed an tense state of peace with the natives, however some skirmishes were not uncommon. After the Caribou Wars' conclusion, the passage of the Houdin Doctrine, initially intended solely as a security measure against future conflicts, led to the national government of Quebecshire having signifigantly higher power in the affairs of Gagium, particularly in relation to any matters of law enforcement and security. The new security, in addition to a level of disdain for taxation policies, led to some level of tension. Gagian settlers generally had lower taxes than Quebecshirites, as they paid the same national rates, but their municipalities often had much lower taxes, but there was still a level of tension which had not yet escalated to calls for independence. Despite this, Alexia Rodier, a descendant of Roland Rodier and a member the Rodier Family met with a various local leaders to discuss a possible independence. The meeting did not result in any action being taken and Alexia Rodier was arrested that year, but independence had been brought into the political dialouge in Gagium.
The idea of independence became much more mainstream after the Battle of Point Fouri, a confrontation between farmers and the colonial government of Poissac and were eventually defeated at the hands of Quebecshirite forces. In 1822 tensions were diffused with the passage of the First Constitution of Gagium and the Gagian Confederation, which were recognized by Quebecshire and led to the repeal of both the Third Amendment to the Constitution of Quebecshire and the Houdin Doctrine. The Constitution established a confederal state and left much of the domestic affairs to the government of Gagium, but left Quebecshire with signifigant influence in politics and near-total authority over Gagian foreign affairs.
Following a period of tension and skirmishes between the commonwealths, there were requests for Quebecshire to intervene to enforce order, but several commonwealths threatened rebellion if Quebecshire were to overstep into Gagian affairs. In 1831, after marching on New Franconia, Mathis Rodier and his Coalition for the Ascendance of Gagium proposed several constitutional amendments that were finalized in 1833, and Mathis Rodier was elected President. Despite Rodier's popularity, the commonwealths contintued to struggle over their differences in interest and the legislature was unable to improve the situation. In 1835, with the support of the military and remaining Quebecshirite authorities, Rodier announced the Kingdom and Commonwealths of Gagium and secured the country, dissolving the Confederation.
Likely due to the Quebecshirite support of Mathis Rodier, the Kingdom and Commonwealths remained a dominion of Quebecshire. However, following the deaths of Mathis Rodier and later his brother Paul Rodier as King, Dimitri I became King of Gagium. Due to what was percieved as his incompetent in war and domestic affairs, the monarchy was weakened in 1867 by a constitutional amendment, and Quebecshire alleviated Gagium of its dominion status that same year.
Later Industrial Era
Quebecshire experienced a vast economic growth in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The law enforcement and military officers who served on behalf of the Quebecshirite national government in Gagium or those who chose to return and retain their Quebecshirite citizenship returned seeking work, creating a new employment demand in many major cities throughout Quebecshire. As a result of this influx, many resorted to taking low paying jobs for major corporations in Quebecshire due to the shortage of work for the men returning home.
Many of these corporations took a heavy influence in national politics, making deals with members of the Parliament, as well allegations of corporations coercing their employees during elections began surfacing publicly as journalists began criticizing the major corporations in Quebecshire. Despite this, the corporations maintained extreme influence due to the amount of Quebecshirites they employed, their control of major resources and transportation, as well as the declining health of Grandmaster Dimitri Féret and the inability of the Speaker of the Parliament, Alain Courbis to challenge corporations. This caused unrest and tension to cause problems in some cities, initially Franconia and Bostonia. Most demonstrations were initially peaceful and property damage was scarce, but the corporations were able to influence local governments to arrest organizers, furthering the tensions leading up to the Quebecshirite Election Series.
The election resulted in an upset, and Alain Courbis was defeated by a coalition of minor parties attempting to pursue corporate reform. Abraham Thibodeaux was elected as Speaker of the Parliament under the first iteration of the Revanchist Party as a political alliance, though his balance of power was very delicate due to entrenched corporate influence in other political groupings, and the fact that his coalition was not fully immune either. However, Grandmaster Féret passed away on September 30, 1899, just mere weeks after the elections. Yves-François Bourassa was selected to take his place shortly thereafter, giving both branches of government fresh leadership in the face of the tensions.
Modern Era (1901-Present)
At the turn of the twentieth century there were severe tensions in the political landscape of Quebecshire. Corporations retained a strong influence over the political systems of Quebecshire, but the election of Abraham Thibodeaux as Speaker of the Parliament reintroduced some balance. Thibodeaux's coalition had campaigned for reforms, but opposition and even some members of Parliament from their own grouping were influenced by the corporate hegemones of Quebecshire, essentially causing a political stalemate. Yves-François Bourassa was still adjusting to his role as Grandmaster of Quebecshire and had yet intervened in any signifigant political disputes as of 1901. Any proposed reforms were either stalled or forced out of Parliament, and the conclusion of Quebecshire's colonial endeavors gave the private sector near total influence over the male workers of the generation.
In April, 1902, the landscape began to change for Quebecshire. An accident on a railway near Sanborn-Gaza caused more than forty deaths and a major delay in shipments through the central regional of Quebecshire on April 3, 1902. On April 11, 1902, a mining accident caused one-hundred three miners to be killed or missing in a mine on the outskirts of Franconia. The companies involved attempted to quash reports of the incidents from reaching the press, but they were discovered and the incidents were widely reported across Quebecshire. Protests and riots against the corporate powers in Quebecshire began, and on April 20, 1902, one escalated when a pipe-bomb was thrown from a crown, injuring several civilians. Quebecshire reached a period of instability that hadn't been experienced since the Civil War, and local authorities struggled to maintain order as violence between corporations, their security, and the public grew.
On May 6, 1902, Grandmaster Bourassa wrote a letter to Speaker of the Parliament Thibodeaux. The letter was never publicly disclosed, but sources close to Thibodeaux claimed that Bourassa had threatened to dissolve the Parliament, for new elections or indefinitely, if the inaction did not cease. These specific claims were not fully authenticated, but most historians agree that Bourassa's letter involved the Grandmaster taking a strong and aggressive stance towards the Parliament's action at the time. Bourassa forced the hand of the Parliament and soon after presented the Bourassa Proclamation. It took several months for it to make it through the Parliament, but eventually was able to do so due to the pressure from the High Council and the public unrest. While the Bourassa Proclamation was being deliberated, an attempted assassination was performed against Grandmaster Bourassa, and as a result he was shot once, but survived.
The proclamation had given the government and state near-complete authority over the corporations in Quebecshire and led to the breaking up of several monopolies and near-monopolies, the passage of new wage laws, working conditions standards, and workers' rights regulations, the prohibition of most political influences by corporations, and the nationalization of the Franconian Mining Company, Lecerf Rail, LaRue Energy and several other corporations. The Quebecshirite Electric Services were eventually merged into Hydro-Quebecshire, the premier energy provider in the nation.
The assets taken from these corporations, in addition to surplus government revenune in the post-colonial era allowed the government to expand these projects and maintain work. Bourassa and Thibodeaux also created the Administration of the National Parks and Reserves of Quebecshire and expanded the newly nationalized projects to create more oppurtunities for skilled and unskilled labor, leading to the end of the Red April period, which is generally considered to have concluded when Thibodeaux left office in 1909.
Age of Good Feelings
Following Abraham Thibodeaux's exit from office and the eventual slowing of the government's work to resolve the conflicts that arose from Red April, Quebecshire enjoyed a time of relative peace and calmness of affairs. With the government spearheading economic innovations and the recent invention of the airplane, Quebecshire began to enjoy the benefits of new technological innovations. The Age of Good Feelings is largely defined by progressivism and economic development. The Seventh Amendment to the Constitution of Quebecshire expanded voting rights to all Quebecshirites over the age of eighteen in 1911, expanding suffrage to women and convicted felons. The government also began introducing Quebecshire's national identification system and began rolling out the first series of national identificiation cards to all citizens and legal residents.
The government expanded social projects and the railway nationalization during Red April allowed public transportation to connect all of Quebecshire, making it easier for people to relocate for work or other endeavors. Airline travel was also innovated during this period and aircraft began being incorporated into national defense, trade, and transportation. Quebecshirite agriculture also had a comeback in economic influence due to the national connectivity and the ease of transport for agricultural goods both domestically and internationally. The Age of Good feelings saw the poverty rates as well as wealthy inequality decrease as a result of the Red April reforms. The economy and particularly the job market stabilized during this time and Quebecshire was able to expand its trade with its nearby partners and globally due to the new streams of revenue that the government was able to fully enjoy due to the stability of the time.
Creeperian Civil War
When the Creeperian Civil War erupted in 1933, Grandmaster Bourassa and Speaker of the Parliament Mathias Pascal did not make an effort to involve Quebecshire, as it was generally seen as a regional conflict that was unimportant to the affairs of Quebecshire. When Pascal was narrowly re-elected in 1934, there remained a lack of incentive to risk controversy by getting involved in the Creeperian Civil War. However, global trade near the southern landmass was slowed due to the war, which caused the prices of sugar, coffee, and textiles to rise in Quebecshire. Pascal's viewpoint shifted and he wanted the government to intervene in the Creeperian Civil War, either by providing escorts for cargo ships, but according to accounts by Bourassa and Pascal, Bourassa advised against taking a side in the war or being involved in a way which could risk the possibility of being pulled into the conflict. Not wanting to risk a political confrontation with Bourassa due to his popularity over the last three decades, Pascal followed his advice for the time being.
Bourassa died in office in 1936, being replaced by Henri Arceneaux as Grandmaster of Quebecshire. Arceneaux and Bourassa were similar in their leadership styles, but after an extended meeting with Pascal, Arceneaux decided to allow him to involve Quebecshire in Creeperian affairs to lower the prices of goods in Quebecshire. They eventually agreed that despite their ideological differences with Quebecshire, the Romerists were more likely to eventually win the war. The Pascal government began trading with the Romerist side and ensuring the security of their shipments. Quebecshire did not get involved past this, though some Quebecshirite volunteers in Port François fought for either side in the war. Quebecshire also provided foreign aid to the Port François after it suffered damage due to the conflict.
The decision to trade with the Romerists helped bring prices down in Quebecshire again for the Creeperian exports and the Romerists eventually won the war in 1949, leading to a continuation of the trading and diplomatic relationship between Quebecshire and Creeperopolis. Many academics consider Quebecshire's involvement in the Creeperian Civil War and the subsequent relationship between the nations to be an anomaly of international policy by Quebecshire.
Terraconserva Council of Nations
Following the Creeperian Civil War, due to its status as the deadliest conflict in human history and the economic problems it caused for the surrounding regions, several members of the international community founded the Terraconserva Council of Nations, an international body to mediate global disputes and pass resolutions regarding international policy. The organization was headquarted in Bostonia, adding to its influence both in Quebecshire and now as a major global diplomatic centre. Of the founding members of the organization Quebecshire, Greater Sacramento, and Eminople became permanent members, more informally referred to as the "Big Three," earning them permanent placement in both principle institutions and the ability to veto proposed new member states and resolutions at vote in the Security Council.
Quebecshire helped grow the organization in its early decades, contribuing to its disussions and mediation efforts, as the organization was largely centered around international dialouge at the time. Quebecshire voted in favour of the admission of every new applying member in the twentieth century which greatly expanded the scope of the organization.
Early Bellerose Reign
Grandmaster Arceneaux died in 1991 after more than fifty four years in office and was replaced by High Council member André Bellerose shortly after in February, 1991. The earlier years of Bellerose's reign saw Quebecshire's growing global economic and diplomatic influence as the twentieth century came to a close. Despite this early success, Grandmaster Bellerose and Speaker of the Parliament Nicolas Duplessis had to lead the nation through the increase in prices and decrease in availibility of coffee, sugar, and other material exports from Creeperopolis during the Alfonsisto. The prices of the aforementioned goods once again decreased to the previous levels following the 2003 Creeperian coup d'état, after which Creeperopolis-Quebecshire relations reverted to their pre-Alfonsisto status.
During the Alfonsisto, the government of Creeperopolis had revoked the status of the Quebecshirite language as the official language of Port François, leaving only the national official language, Creeperian Spanish, as a government used language in the city. This concern was initially relatively obscure to Quebecshire as the priorities of both the Creeperian government and Quebecshirite government during and after the October 16 Regime prioritized the resolution of economic issue and political instability over the language problems in Port François. In December 2003, it was reported that the Creeperian National Police had performed a sweep of arrests throughout Port François for those accused of tax evasion and other crimes relating to an inability to read government documents and communicate with officials. Some reports also claimed that the Creeperian National Police delibrately charged those arrested with other crimes such as homosexuality, shoplifting, and jaywalking.
These arrests resulted in demonstrations beginning across Port François protesting both the arrests and the languages policies that had been maintained by Augusto Cabañeras Gutiérrez in Creeperopolis. The Creeperian National Police attempted to suppress the protests as they grew, causing many to turn violent with confrontations between demonstrators and police. Several protests resulted in injuries and deaths on both sides but due to the secretive nature of the Creeperian state, there are not reliable statistics. Despite the stifled reporting of events, news was able to reach Quebecshire and the international community of the events. It became a major issue in the 2004 Quebecshirite Election Series and protests also took place across Quebecshire and in some cities in Gagium.
Omer Levasseur was elected Speaker of the Parliament in September 2004 and had promised to provide a strong response to the crisis in Port François. The day following his inuagaration he contacted Minister of Defense Cabañeras Gutiérrez and demanded a rollback on Creeperian policing in Port François, and for the Creeperian and Quebecshirite governments to meet to resolve the status of the city in Creeperopolis. Some sources close to Levasseur claim that he threatened action in the Terraconserva Council of Nations Security Council and possible naval mobilization, but this is disputed.
Following this contact, the governments of Quebecshire and Creeperopolis agreed to meet in New Bostonia, Lyoa, to negotiate an end to the crisis. Negotiations began on October 26, 2004. Negotiations lasted until January 7, 2005 and resulted in the Treaty of New Bostonia which was ratified by the Creeperian government on February 8, 2005 and by the Parliament of Quebecshire on February 19, 2005.
Quebecshire has enjoyed a period of relative stability since the events of the Franciscan Summer. The current Grandmaster is André Bellerose and the current Speaker of the Parliament is Lucien LaRochelle, who has been in office since 2014, and was preceded by Florence Ponce, the first female Speaker of the Parliament, who now sits on the High Council. Quebecshire has been extremely involved in international affairs, moreso than typical in recent years, shown by its frequent sponsorship of resolutions in the Terraconserva Council of Nations and its recent joining of the Terraconserva Economic Union. Quebecshire was struck by a terrorist attack in early 2020 which caused signifigant damages to the Bostonia International Airport, but was recovered in the following months.
Government and Politics
The state and government of Quebecshire is supremely controlled by the Constitution of Quebecshire, which mandates the three primary institutions of governance, the High Council, the Parliament, and the municipal bodies.
Constitution of Quebecshire
The Constitution of Quebecshire is the supreme governing document of the Serene State of Quebecshire. It mandates the primary governing bodies of the nation as well as delegates their authorities, and it outlines the foundation of citizenship as well as the rights, liberties, and responsibilities of the citizens of Quebecshire. The Constitution furthermore defines the identity of Quebecshire and its population.
The Constitution of Quebecshire authorizes two primary governing bodies:
- The High Council of Quebecshire, which is endowed with the authority to oversee the Parliament, interpret the Constitution, create inferior courts and institutions that serve the High Council's constitutional purpose, debate and publish High Council Mandates, and consider Proclamations. The High Council is headed by the Grandmaster of Quebecshire, who is defined as the Head of State.
- The Parliament of Quebecshire, which is endowed with the authority to debate and publish laws, manage the domestic and foreign affairs of Quebecshire, levy taxes, create inferior institutions for their constitutional purpose, and consider Proclamations. The Parliament is headed by the Speaker of the Parliament of Quebecshire, who is defined as the Head of Government.
The Constitution of Quebecshire authorizes and defines three types of superior legal documents:
- A Proclamation, a document proposed either by the Grandmaster or Speaker of the Parliament of Quebecshire and must be approved by both a majority of the High Council and Parliament of Quebecshire. Proclamations typically dictate national policy in a time of crisis and are only inferior to the Constitution of Quebecshire.
- A High Council Mandate, a document published by the Grandmaster with authorization by a majority of the High Council of Quebecshire that either formalizes an interpretation of the Constitution or authorizes a particular action or policy to enforce the Constitution or other constitutionally protected statutes.
- A Parliamentary Law, a document passed by the Parliament of Quebecshire that functions are as a standard law, dictating a domestic or foreign policy.
Domestic Government and Politics
High Council of Quebecshire
The High Council of Quebecshire is the highest judicial and oversight institution in Quebecshire. It’s relevance in Quebecshire’s leadership dates back to the conclusion of the Quebecshirite Civil War and the subsequent Orléans Negotiations.
The High Council is purposed to be a unifying institution, more consistent than the general political sphere of Parliament. It is mostly made up of scholars or those with former careers in national defence or the arts. The High Council is chaired by the Grandmaster of Quebecshire, who is the Head of State. The High Council reviews legislation to ensure it does not conflict with the Constitution of Quebecshire or its national values and may hear cases on disputes regarding the Constitution if those disputes were not adequately settled in lower courts, all of which are considered inferior to the High Council. At times, the Grandmaster will also travel abroad for state visits, possibly with other members.
The members of the High Council make fairly frequent public appearances and often meet with the Speaker of the Parliament or other Administrators. There are currently 17 members of the High Council, as directed by the Constitution of Quebecshire. The High Council may deliberate upon and public High Council Mandates and consider Proclamations. Any Constitutional amendments must pass be passed by the Parliament and the citizenry of Quebecshire by a simple majority, and then approved by at least two-thirds of the High Council.
Parliament of Quebecshire
The Parliament of Quebecshire is the main governing body of Quebecshire and functions are the country’s legislature, in addition to mandating various executive roles in the form of Administrators, which oversee departments of government and report to the Speaker of the Parliament of Quebecshire, who is the Head of Government. The Parliament of Quebecshire dates back to the conclusion of the Quebecshirite Civil War and the subsequent Orléans Negotiations.
The Parliament of Quebecshire is elected at least every five standard years with exceptions under certain circumstances, with the last election being the 2019 Quebecshirite Election Series. Following the election of the Parliament overall, the Speaker of the Parliament is elected and following his inauguration, selects his Administrators. Following the creation of a new Administration, the Speaker of the Parliament presides over the Parliament and begins their agenda. There is one Member of Parliament for every 500,000 citizens of Quebecshire, and the number is updated with each relevant census. Currently, there are 468 sitting Members of Parliament.
Sub-national Government and Politics
Quebecshire does not have subdivisions between the municipal and nation level. One historical exception to this is the Third Amendment to the Constitution of Quebecshire, which allowed colonial Gagium to possess authorities superior to municipal government, which later became the Commonwealths that form Gagium. This amendment was reversed in 1822 by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of Quebecshire, eliminating the constitutional exception.
The Constitution of Quebecshire does not allow authorities between the municipal and national level. As a result of this, any sub-national politics is typically very local. Municipalities are constitutionally mandated to exist, but Parliament can set most of their limitations in regards to authority. Municipalities typically handle the lower level functions of institutions and programs mandated at the national level. Presently, municipalities are allowed to levy taxes within a range set by the Parliament and are authorized to regulate other locally applicable issues within the perameters of Parliamentary Law, which is superior.
International Politics and Agreements
Quebecshire is a member of the following international organizations.
- Terraconserva Council of Nations
- Terraconserva Economic Union
- Quebecosphere International Organization
|Climate data for Quebecshire City (Quebecshire City International Airport), 1981−2010 normals, extremes 1875−present|
|Record high humidex||10.6||11.7||17.8||32.9||40.3||44.1||49.2||49.3||40.1||30.9||24.9||14.6||49.3|
|Record high °C (°F)||11.1
|Average high °C (°F)||−7.9
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−12.8
|Average low °C (°F)||−17.7
|Record low °C (°F)||−36.7
|Record low wind chill||−51.1||−52.4||−41||−29||−13.6||0.0||0.0||0.0||−7.8||−17.3||−30.8||−48.4||−52.4|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||86.6
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||22.7
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||71.9
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||17.1||14.3||13.4||12.1||15.4||13.4||13.5||13.4||13.4||14.4||16.0||18.5||174.9|
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)||3.0||2.4||4.7||10.4||15.3||13.4||13.5||13.4||13.4||14.1||10.1||4.5||118.2|
|Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)||16.3||13.2||10.5||4.3||0.13||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.0||8.1||16.6||70.1|
|Average relative humidity (%) (at 3pm)||67.8||64.6||60.7||55.9||51.6||56.0||59.1||59.1||61.8||63.1||70.4||73.2||61.9|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||98.9||121.2||152.0||170.6||211.1||234.7||252.3||232.0||163.0||122.0||76.6||81.9||1,916.3|
|Percent possible sunshine||35.5||41.8||41.3||41.9||45.3||49.6||52.7||52.7||43.1||36.0||27.1||30.7||41.5|
|Average ultraviolet index||1||2||3||4||6||7||7||6||5||3||1||1||4|
Quebecshire's northernmost regions have some unique features noticeable to the world. In the northwest, Franconia and its surrounding regions and settlements are known for their mountains, ranging from moderate sized to large and snow capped, many of which contain or sit atop VieRoche Crystals famous to the area. Additionally, the north is known for vast forests and lakes scattered across the region. Several of these forests are managed by the Administration of the Interior of Quebecshire's parks and natural reserves departments..
The northeast is similar with forests, but has a more common abundance of rivers and has many coastline areas with the ocean that are used as settlements and cities for fishing and trade. The north has a very cold winter, with rather cooler falls and springs and a moderate summer. As expected, it is common for lakes and rivers to both freeze over during the colder times of the year, ranging from the typical earlier times being in October, to as late as April. The north is known for the harvesting of maple syrup, as most conventional farming is done in the central and southern regions, however this practice is not exclusive to the north.
Central and Southern Quebecshire
The southern and more central areas of Quebecshire are naturally those of forests and hills, but few structures as large as mountains. Some mountains do occur, but usually those in smaller to moderate size. It is relatively similar to the north, however it is more temperate, making farming common in the more inland areas when possible. The areas which are not urban or otherwise extensively developed are typically used for farmland or are forests.
Like the north, lakes and similar water bodies are fairly common. These water bodies freeze over, however this is more contained to contemporary winter compared to the north. On the coastline, settlements are fairly similar across the nation, but the south has significantly more bays than the north. The winter is cold, with more moderate temperatures during the fall and spring, and the summers are generally warm. The central and southern regions of Quebecshire do not commonly host VieRoche crystals, which is their main and most blatant contrast from the north.
Quebecshire has the largest economy in the world and the second highest GDP per capita in the world. Quebecshire is both a large importer of goods and a large exporter, often importing goods such as raw materials from Creeperopolis and other Terraconserva Economic Union member states. Quebecshire exports good and services relating to agriculture and the information and technology sectors. The Quebec Megalopolis is the location of many global financial markets and hubs. Northern Quebecshire has a strong maritime sector on the eastern coast and further inland there is a strong energy sector and sustainable logging industry. Central and southern Quebecshire inland is known for its agricultural output and the southern coasts have integral maritime, fishing, and trade related economies. There is a small manufacturing sector still present in the nation.
By most evaluations, Quebecshire is considered a postindustrial economy. Quebecshire has the highest human development index in the world and the Administration of Labour works to maintain regulations that provide wage and working conditions regulations, as well as other policies such as paid sick leave, paid family leave, and anti-discrimination regulations.
- "Dr. Droz on Quebecshirite-Creeperian Relations". September 13, 2020.