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Royal Rebirth: A Francophone In The Far East

2015/09/17

This is the first in a three part series about the recent events in Hunan, told from the unique perspective of a métis Louisiannan, Hiro LeFevre.

As a child my mother always spoke of home. We all knew she wasn’t talking about our house in the rapidly developing suburb of Sion. Lyons-sur-Mizouri was her home away from home. Our trips to Little Yamato each week proved it, as she exposed and immersed us in Japanese, her mother tongue.

I didn’t appreciate it as a child, but when I got my first job serving in the Japanese embassy because of my dual-citizenship, I most certainly did. Because of her insistence, I spoke like a native in either Francien or Japanese, and  was an invaluable resource to the ambassador, Tomohico, Prince Asaca.

When he resigned and his assistant replaced him, I replaced his assistant. And that led me here, to Xinchangsha (新長沙), Hunan, to watch as his son, Haruhico, Prince Asaca walked with his bride, Lady Eri into their interview with the Special Committee of the Hunanese Parliament. The Hunanese wanted an Emperor.

Prince Haruhico was one of three finalists chosen for these interviews. The other candidates each waited their turn with their wives in the spacious and well-appointed hall. The first man waiting was a distant cousin of Rama IX of Mÿqan̊ Ðaij, who refused to acknowledge me, staring straightly forward until he was called to an interview.

The second I knew well, a scion of the Imperial Japanese Family, Hiroyuqui, Prince Comaçu. He smiled when he recognized me and we each sketched a bow. Comaçu-san has long lived without titles, serving in industry, working his way up the management ladder to his current Vice-Presidentship at Dorris Motorworks East.

I asked him if he was surprised to be here, in Hunan.

Hai, I had to cancel meetings in Quiòto to be here.”

His candor belied the truth. Each of these candidates has known they were being considered by the Hunanese Parliament for the last year. The vetting process has been extensive. They have been observed in home, in office, and in any interactions possible, determining their fitness to rule.

What began as a field of hundreds from royal lineages across the Far East and Farther India was whittled down. Some were removed because they had no charisma, like the potato seller on the streets of  Phnom Penh, who had no clue he was the distant cousin of Emperor Bao Long of Nam Viet, nor did he care to hear what the envoys had to tell him.

Others were removed for their over-abundance of chairsma,  in the case of the second cousin of the Raja of Lo, who greeted visitors with a burlesque of Sufi worship.

Some had unfortunate histories. Others had married the wrong families. Still others expressed too much interest in their consideration for the post. Some had hidden scandals. Many simply were too foreign for the Hunanese people to ever accept.

So it was, in the course of a year, the field of hundreds was whittled down to three.

After an hour, Prince Haruhico was ushered back to the waiting area, and the noble of Mÿqan̊ Ðaij led away. Pleasantries between the distant Imperial cousins had barely been exchanged when the doors were flung open and armed security led the wrathful royal away, and out of the palace, never to return.

And then there were two.

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A Mormon Temple In The Capital

2015/08/22

4 Fructidor, an CCXXIII (21 August 2015)
Paris-sur-Mizouri, LOUISIANNE
(IBAP)

President Thomas S. Monson of the LDS church met with assemblymen on the steps of the National Assmebly both in celebration of his birthday and to announce the intentions of the church to build a sufficiently magnificent temple in the central areas of the capital, a reflection of the growing populace of the church in Louisianne and Les Plaines.

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Assemblyman Demands Redress for Mizouri

2011/04/28

7 Floréal CCXIX (26 April 2011)

Continuing his fight for the environment and his First Nation constituents, Assemblyman Honoré Desprès (FN-Gascogne) presented today his legislation pushing for the abolition of all levees along the Louisiannan banks of the Mizouri River, matching similar efforts in Les Plaines and the Unincorporated Territories of the North American League.

“The channelization and damming of the Mizouri have lead to dire results.  We have seen the worst flooding in  recorded history.  We have seen horrific loss of biodiversity.  When will we understand that the European view of controlling nature is neither manageable nor desirable?”

As part of his arguments in today’s session assemblyman Desprès cited the recent changes of attitude by local governments in both the UT and in Les Plaines and the removal of nearly 85% of all levees along the northern and eastern shores of the great river.

Citing statistics provided by the North American League Parliament, losses from flooding in the unfettered zones along the League river bank have been radically reduced since the efforts to restore the river’s natural course began following the flooding of an CCI (1993).

Further data presented from an Assembly Special Commission report dating to last year suggests that the levees along the Louisiannan side are likely to fail should flood levels of reach that of an CCI.

His presentation today was received coolly by assemblymen and assemblywomen from the farming districts along the river.  It is unclear whether the vote on Friday will ultimately favor or reject this proposal.

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Capital Metropolitain Opens, Connects to Northern Suburbs

2011/04/24

3 Floréal, CCXIX (22 April 2011)
Paris-sur-Mizouri, Louisianne

(IBAP)

After years of construction and with much ceremony the First President of Louisianne and the Mayor of Paris-sur-Mizouri proudly announced the opening of the Métropolitain, or Métro serving  many of the suburbs of the capital and greatly improving the service of the  Transports en Commun de L’Agglommération Parizot (TECAP).

Construction of the Métropolitain had been anticipated since the founding of Paris-sur-Mizouri by Assembly mandate some 150 years ago. Although careful planning and construction of the Capital Complex and other government installations had included the construction of tunnels for subterranean trains, these were not in large part used during the construction as they were no longer of sufficient size for modern transit needs.

The rail lines as currently designed serve a primarily East-West and North-South corridor.  Plans and construction of a Péripherique line are also in process, and completion is expected before the end of the decade.

Connections with the Northern NALien suburbs have been completed, including access to the Aérodrôme Les Prés, allowing easy access to the largest aerodrome of the region.

Connection to Yonne is expected to be completed by the end of the year, fully completing the East-West line.

Concurrent construction of a tunnel system for the Saint Louis – Paris-sur-Mizouri – Lyons-sur-Mizouri TGV network have created a subterranean station below the Gare National, and have created a number of smokestacks of sorts to allow for the depressurization and repressurization of the tunnel while the train passes at elevated speed.

This tunnel system has allowed the rerouting of the TGV line for better, more timely service to the Capital, as well. Spokespersons for CFL state that this realignment is an integral part of the New Century Plan for Louisianna and allows for further realignment and expected growth in the Capital region.

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Investigation of Busch Mansion Death Continues.

2011/01/22

2 Pluviose CCXIX (21 January 2011)

The investigation into the mysterious death of Mlle Adrienne Martin continues. Police and Gendarmes have begun questioning staff of the Busch Mansion, and toxicology reports are expected to be rendered.

Pègre activity in Louisianne has been at a low ebb since the discovery, and some investigators feel that this may be an admission of guilt.

Only time will tell the true guilty party.

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Woman found dead at home of August Busch IV

2010/12/24

The Gendarmes of Saint-Louis are investigating the mysterious death of a young 27 year old woman in the home of Brasserie Bavaroise’s Director and CEO, August Busch IV.

The victim, identified of Adrienne Martin, from nearby St Charles was found dead the 29th of Frimaire, CCXX (20/12/2010), but official comment was postponed until today. Due to the sensitive nature of the death, few details have been disclosed. The Gendarmes of Saint-Louis prefecture are investigating the circumstances of the death. An official autopsy has been conducted, and the body of Mlle. Martin has been released to her family who are also conducting a private autopsy.

Local police and pompiers were called to the home located in the affluent banlieu, Frontenac. From the home, Mlle Martin was transported to a nearby hospital in Crêve Coeur, where she was pronounced dead. The forensic administrator announced after conclusion of the autopsy that there were no signs of trauma or illness

Anton Marguis, attorney for Busch and Brasserie Bavaroise spoke publicly to reporters today, where he said Martin was a friend of Busch, and had been visiting the Busch’s home. He further said there was “absolutely nothing suspicious” about Martin’s death.

“It was a tragic death of a young woman.”

Anonymous sources close to Busch and Martin claimed that they were indeed dating. Martin leaves behind her eight-year-old child.

Frontenac police provided an official response via telex to the Etandard of Saint-Louis, but did not say if the death was considered suspicious. Phone messages seeking an interview were not returned. The telexed release did not say why news of the death was not announced until four days after Mlle Martin’s passing.

The telexed statement claimed that a call was received around 1:15 pm, Sunday about an “unresponsive person” at the home. Martin was initially unresponsive when paramedics and officers arrived, the release said. Her condition worsened and she died somewhere en route to the Hospital in Crêve Coeur.

M. Marguis refused to speculate on the steps of the investigation, or the cause of Mlle. Martin’s death. An unnamed law enforcement official averred that the case was considered a possible overdose. M. Marguis would only concur that overdose was among the possibilities.

Friends of Mlle. Martin at a local dance studio said that she had often expressed interest in becoming a nurse or possibly being a model in advertising, in particular, for beer and wine.

M. Busch has been the Director and CEO of Brasserie Bavaroise SA and the International counterpart from 2004. He has overseen a systematic purchase of microbreweries across the plains provinces of the North American League during his tenure as leader of the massive corporation. He divorced his wife of two years in an 216 (2009).

This is not the first woman to have died near M. Busch. In an 192 (1984), M. Busch was travelling across the southern reaches of Tejas with a young tejano woman, when he was involved in a tragic accident, totalling his vintage Dorris Astra, killing the young woman, and giving him a self-proclaimed case of amnesia. He was never charged.

Some pundits have speculated that with recent changes in the Pègre, this was meant as a signal to M. Busch from the newer leadership to comply with their wishes. Investigations are ongoing.

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Sinkhole Closes Toulouse Border Crossing

2010/06/03

IBAP: 11 Prairial CCXVIII (1 June 2010).

A sinkhole opened under rail lines and traffic lanes in South-Central Toulouse near the Customs station for the Tejan border just at the evening traffic times. None were reported injured, however traffic was snarled across much of Toulouse as Tejans and Louisiannans who choose to reside in Tejas tried to return home using the few other bridge connections with Tejas.

Investigations into the sinkhole have suggested that it resulted from efforts to widen the rail-lines and traffic lanes. With the restoration of the Tejan monarchy, trade has increased across the border, and CFL and EFT (Empresa Ferroviaris de Tejas) had been working to allow TGV train access from Toulouse to Guachita, with possible further connections to Ciudad Las Vacas, San Antonio and Houston. There are also suggestions of an upgraded rail connection to Cimmaròn and Santa Fe, however current projects only account for the Guachita rail connection.

Normal travel is expected to be restored some time on the 14th (4th) for vehicular travel, however rail travel may be delayed until early next week.