Alternative History

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Law Ace Sword and scales
Philosopher King an older mand
Spirit Queen a woman with wings
Patriot Jack a young man bearing weapons
Standard bearer King a flag
sgt-major queen a sword
Canon rook a canon
Dragoon knight horse head
Soldiers pawn hats
  • Playing cards: Decks of cards printed in the republics (apart from novelty ones) can be easily identified by the following cards:

  • chess: The standard chess set used around the word is the republican one:

When a player place his opponents' standard bearer in peril, he calls "to the flag" When a player takes his opponents' standard bearer, he calls "victory"

Many countries use different names for traditional reasons although they most often then not use the same set which can sometime lead to some confusion.


  • Blue Books: books that traditionally contained revolutionary poems, songs and short stories and bound by a plain blue cover. In modern parlance, it refers to cheap novels made for the masses that contain a strong patriotic theme.

Although it originally referred to the colour of the soldiers' uniform in France, even some countries that historically had a different one have taken to use the term "blue books".


  • One of the most commonly seen statues in the various republic is one of Rousseau.
  • Temple of immortality: monument to those who died for a republic. One of the biggest is in Paris in the Invalids Square.


Posts Insignias
mayor coloured sash with golden fringe
deputy-mayor coloured sash with silver fringe
public prosecutor coloured sash with purple fringe
Prefect black uniform with golden leaves decorations at collar and cuffs.
  • Unemployed can join the government sponsored work corps which perform various community services.
  • For unity purpose, a single language was originally chosen to be used for official and legal purposes. In latter years, however, a few republics have given some encouragement (in the form of special schools and limited public use by the authorities) to regional languages.
  • Automatic pension for soldiers at 50, others at 65
  • The government sponsors national crèches for orphans and abandoned children.
  • Education is mandatory between five and 18 (originally 12)
  • Public officials wear costumes of office (see at right)
  • After getting married, couples can choose one the following: to both keep their birth name, to both use a linked version of their surnames or (in the last few decades) to pick a new surname to be used by both.
  • Beside the obvious, cemeteries can be identified by a sign at the entrance that carries the inscription (in local language) "Death is Eternal Slumber". It was originally adopted as a measure of anti-religiosity but has since been adopted as a neutral symbol.