Starting Resource: 24
-- From Land: 21
-- From Trade: 3
Capital Territory: Paris
Nation Class: Medium
Total Starting Military
Ships of the Line: 1
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The borders of modern France are roughly the same as those of ancient Gaul, which was
inhabited by Celtic Gauls. Gaul was conquered by Julius Caesar in the 1st century BC.
Christianity took root in the 2nd century and 3rd century AD, and became so firmly
established by the fourth and fifth centuries that St. Jerome wrote that Gaul was the
only region free from heresy. In the Middle Ages, the French would adopt this as a
justification for calling themselves "the Most-Christian Kingdom of France".
In the 4th century AD, Gaul's eastern frontier along the Rhine was overrun by Germanic tribes,
principally the Franks, from whom the ancient name of "Francie" was derived. The modern name
"France" derives from the name of the feudal domain of the Capetian Kings of France around
Paris. Existence as a separate entity began with the Treaty of Verdun (843), with the division
of Charlemagne's Carolingian empire into East Francia, Middle Francia and Western Francia.
Western Francia approximated the area occupied by modern France.
In 1337 a growing disupute over the succession of the French grown escalated into a war beteen
England and France which would go on for more than a century and become known as the Hundred Years War.
In 1430 the Hundred Years War is still raging and England begins the game with control of three
territories that were historically a part of France. The Dutchy of Burgundy has played both sides in
the conflict, but has largely allied with the English to France's detriment. France's two most likely
allies are Scotland and the Holy Roman Empire (Germany), though should Burgundy be convinced to turn
against the English, they could make a useful ally as well. Aragon, to France's south, also has the
potential to be a pivotal player in the Hundred Years War, helping France to drive England out of the
south of France or causing France to lose any hope of holding its own position there. France begins
play with a fair force of knights and those mark an extremely potent advantage that the French player
should not squander lightly.