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Post  Joshua T on Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:08 pm

The Estates-General 1789 (Headline News)
La Garde Royale

Today, May 5th, 1789, we nobles are all extremely apprehensive. We have been notified that Louis XVI has summoned us to an Estate-General meeting at the Palace of Versailles. It is the first Estates-General meeting since 1614. As we enter the meeting room our stomachs turned at the realization that this could be trouble for us nobles.
France is composed of the following three estates. The clergy is the First Estate with 1% of France’s population, followed by the nobles which are the second estate with 2% of France’s population, and finally, the common people are the third estate with 97% of France’s population. The common people are made up of the bourgeoisie, urban workers, and peasants.
We have gathered here today due to the fact that France is on the verge of a financial crisis. Since medieval times, it has been law that the clergy and the nobles have been exempt from most taxes. The common people have started to revolt because they have been burdened with the debt of paying all of the taxes for the country of France. These taxes include tithe (church tax), octrot (tax on goods brought into cities), corvee (forced road work), captitation (poll tax), vingtieme (income tax), gabelle (salt tax), taille (land tax), and feudal dues. The third estate feel the need to change the system of taxation, making the first and second estates liable for their percentage share of tax.
As nobles, along with the clergy, believe that they are insane and our right to non-payment of taxes should be preserved. We are not willing to negotiate on this matter. We believe that future of France is dependent upon a strong clergy and nobility group. The common workers in their magnitude are the work horses of the country and should remain that way. How dare these filthy peasants question our system and lifestyle.
According to voting rules of the Estates-General, each estate has 1 vote. As planned, it is apparent that we must combine our votes with that of the clergy if we are to outvote the common people because the common people have only one vote and there are only three estates. After much intense debate, the third estate would not bite down and insisted that the voting must be done by head count. Louis XVI passes this motion to the voting system. The third estate wanted a head count vote because they have 600 people at the meeting. The clergy has 300 people and we the nobles have 300 people also. It is not difficult to see that this could be a potential problem for us. The way forward to solve in this problem is for us the nobles to unite with the clergy in order to cause a tie in the voting situation. If there is a tie, their motion does not pass. This is exactly what happened.
They day has ended and no changes have been made. Just what we wanted. Lets see what tomorrow brings.


The Palace of Versailles
La Garde Royale

This day, July 28th, 1794 will go down in history as one of the most important dates in the history of France. Word is being spread throughout Paris that the Reign of Terror is over at last. During the past 10 months, many nobles have been executed for exercising their right to free speech. From the beginning of the French Revolution until the end of the Reign of Terror, France went through serious strife and economic turmoil due to the tyranny of the Jacobins, France’s participation in many wars, and bad harvest seasons caused France to spiral out of control socially and economically. In order to recoup some of the financial loss, we, the nobles of France have decided that we no longer have good use for the elaborately decorated Palace of Versailles. Even though we had and still have tremendous respect for the king and his family, we have been left with no choice but to sell the palace. We must liquidate the assets inside the Palace of Versailles to raise money to invigorate the economy of France. After all the assets are sold, we will then proceed to sell the palace. We have taken inventory and the following items will be for sale:
-Portrait of Louis XVI (100,000 Livres): 72 inch by 72 inch oil portrait of Louis XVI in a 24 karat gold frame.
-Portrait of Marie Antoinette (75,000 Livres): 72 inch by 72 inch oil portrait of Marie Antoinette in a 24 karat gold frame.
-Louis XVI’s Throne (500,000 Livres): Gold leaf throne encrusted with diamonds and emeralds. Upholstered in the finest silk.
-Grand Chandelier in Foyer (200,000 Livres): 7 tier chandelier made of the finest crystal, adorned with emerald and rubies, and weighs 1000 pounds.
-All of Louis XVI’s Hand Made Clothing (150,000 Livres): All of Louis XVI’s hand made silk clothing. Tailored by the best in France.
-All of Marie Antoinette’s Extravagant Ball Gowns (250,000 Livres): All of Marie Antoinette’s ball gowns were hand made by the finest seamstress in Europe.
-Louis XVI’s Antique Canopy Bed (50,000 Livres): 4 poster brass canopy bed made by the finest craftsmen in the land. Adorned with the finest rubies in France.
-76 Seater Mahogany Dining Room Table with Chairs (450,000 Livres): Beautiful mahogany table and chairs with Louis XVI’s crest carved into them by hand.
-Louis XVI’s Collection of Foreign Artwork (350,000 Livres): A collection of oil paintings by the best of the best of European master artists.
-Marie Antoinette’s Limited Edition Jewelry Collection (200,000 Livres): 24 karat gold tiara encrusted with white diamonds and emeralds. 24 karat gold necklace with the finest pearls. 24 karat gold bracelet with emeralds. 24 karat gold ring with fine cut diamonds.
-The Palace of Versailles (50,000,000 Livres): The one and only magnificent architectural structure in the land.


The Execution of Louis XVI
La Garde Royale

For us nobles, today, January 21st, 1793, will be remembered as one of the darkest days in French history. As we stand in Place de la Révolucion in Paris, France, it is with excruciating pain that we watch Louis XVI walk up the steps toward the guillotine. The second the blade slices his neck, we know that the revolution is upon us and there can be no turning back. It is too late. The Jacobins will take power immediately leaving us nobles at their mercy.
For us nobles, respect for our king is first and foremost in our ideology. All of that changed on the night of June 20th, 1791. The king of France, Louis XVI was caught in Varennes by a border patrol guard. Varennes is a border town between France and Austria. Louis XVI and his family are trying to flee to Austria. It is unthinkable that such an event could occur. We must accept the realization that our beloved king is a coward. Though we have completely lost faith in our king, the alternative situation that the Jacobins take over our country, is unthinkable to us. We know that France left in the hands of the Jacobins would prove deadly to us nobles. We know that they hate us, we know that they resent us, and we know that given the opportunity, they will kill every single noble in the land. What can we do now? We must hope for the best, but fear the worst. If Louis XVI is executed, that will signify the end for us because the Jacobins will take control.
It is 10:33 AM on a cold, gloomy, Parisian morning. We hear a slice. Louis XVI’s head rolls down the stairs. “It’s over for us, and we know it.”


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Re: World History Project

Post  Mira W. on Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:55 pm

Wow, these articles are amazing! I am so impressed. Shocked This is my favorite line: It is 10:33 AM on a cold, gloomy, Parisian morning. We hear a slice. Louis XVI’s head rolls down the stairs. “It’s over for us, and we know it.” I could literally hear the slice and Louis' head rolling down the stairs in my mind! It made me laugh and grimace at the same time. Ewhahaew? Oh -- and I'd like to buy Louis' throne. Very Happy Amazing job!
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