Project Palmetto Re-Envisioned

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Project Palmetto Re-Envisioned

Postby kendallhart808 » September 29th, 2017, 4:37 am

Project Palmetto Re-Envisioned
Colomb, Nouvelle Savoy, 1953:
Sitting on their back porch, the Bourseiller family was having supper on a calm Sunday afternoon. They had just been to church several hours earlier, a Calvinist Church located in the heart of Colomb. For several hundred years the Calvinist Church had operated as the center of communities across Carolina, both in the colonial era, the Kingdom era, and now in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom was relatively new, older than the adults in the room, but their parent's grew up back when there were three kingdoms in what was now Carolina, Carolina, Oerheatland, and Florida. All of those has merged into a new kingdom through a strain of events, the last of which being the royal marriage between the King of Carolina and the Queen of Oerheatland. Due to the royal marriage the two countries merged, and a new constitution formed, one that more than anything limited the rights of blacks in Carolina.

Because the entire region except for Florida was a cotton growing region, slavery continued to remain in the three countries toward the latter part of the 1800's. However the King decided that in order to continue Carolina's position as a world power, they would have to move toward an industrial economy and therefore slavery was abandoned. There was no war like in the US, and emancipation was gradual and paid. But it fueled resentment which then funneled into politics.

Ségrégation is what they called it, the legal separation between white and black people in Carolina. It affected every part of society, and while the King radically opposed ségrégation, he did not have the power to stop it. But the people did. A new influential leader had risen to lead the movement against ségrégation in Carolina. His name was Renaud Leloup, a name that shaped Carolina forever. Leloup believed violence against whites would only lead to more hate, and that white nationalists in Carolina could very well start a Holocaust if they felt black's had gotten out of hand. The movements in Tusquelois had already been enough to elect the CRWP, a far-right coalition dedicated to preserving ségrégation. But Leloup had not given up, and in spirit, he organized a protest running from Lelystad in the west all the way to Louisville, North Carolina in the east. And during the protest would run right through Colomb.

Prime Minister Helmich Jager was one of those white nationalists, and he determined that the protests would not cross over the Chattahoochee River into Nouvelle Savoy. The Royal Guard was deployed to stop to protests. The Bourseiller family was very wealthy, and lived on a large estate which overlooked the river. The road that they lived on, Rue de Tusquelois was the main way to go into the city of Colomb from the west. It was then, that the little girl, Suzanne looked out and saw the protesters marching east toward the city. One protesters sign read "
donne-moi la liberté ou donne-moi la mort" (give me liberty or give me death). That sign was taken literally. It didn't take long before the Royal Guard had assembled along the only bridge across the river. They were instructed to reason with the protesters, ask them to go home. Then they could shoot, by orders of the Prime Minister. When Leloup and his group reached the bridge, they were told to run home. Several protesters left, several others went up the short drive way to the Bourseiller household, asking for a glass of sweet iced tea or to telephone their relatives in Tusquelois that they were coming home. Fearful of being seen as colluding with the enemy, they denied requests. However seconds later, gun shots rang out over the crowd, the Royal Guard had just shot. It wasn't just once. 30, 40, maybe even 50 shots rang out as the guard members shot at the crowd. Leloup had refused to turn his group around and subsequent the Royal Guard filled their orders. 38 protesters were killed with 23 more wounded in the incident which is now called the Colomb Massacre. Afterwards, the Boursiller household turned into a waiting room of sorts, as ambulances tried to figure out who was dead and who was alive.

The massacre is seen as a turning point in the fight for civil rights in Carolina. Leloup was held as a martyr and his symbol was more powerful dead than it was alive. Because of the mass killing, thousands upon thousands of people flocked to the cause, as they felt everyone had the right to protest in Carolina. In reality only whites had the right to protest but they figured if whites intermixed with the blacks during protests, the police officers could not shoot. The movement would continue on for another 4 years until the Progressive Party won in the National Assembly and the Prime Minister passed the 3rd, 4th, and 5th amendments. Subsequently Thomas John, the first black to ever be Prime Minister became Prime Minister in 1960 and led Carolina through the treacherous Cuban Missile Crisis. And while Carolina may have made substantial progress in the 1950's the fight is still not over. People to this day have to march and protest against the same police brutality that killed 38 in Colomb. But Carolina is a much better place than it was 60 years ago. The economic boom following the end of ségrégation helped eliminate poverty and pushed people out of rural agricultural jobs, into the new capitalist market place. All races seemed to benefit equally, and for a time the country actually stood for something that it said, that all men are created equal under God.


Welcome to Project Palmetto Re-Envisioned. I chose to write that story because it is focused on three things. One it shows a good amount of the French aspect of the country, the names, the writing on the signs, explicit note it made toward the King. It also shows off parts of the Southern culture that is going to kinda blend into there, such as the sweet tea, and I explicitly used the word supper for a reason. It also gives a lot of history and relates that history to things that are going on today in Carolina. So this is the beginning to a new look at Carolina, Project Palmetto-Re-Envisioned.
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Re: Project Palmetto Re-Envisioned

Postby jmsepe » September 29th, 2017, 6:34 am

What is the purpose of Peoject Palmetto?
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Re: Project Palmetto Re-Envisioned

Postby kendallhart808 » October 1st, 2017, 5:49 pm

jmsepe wrote:What is the purpose of Project Palmetto?

Ideally I'm just trying to set up the French monarchy in Carolina so people have a say and can look more into it when I post another bill.
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Postby jmsepe » October 1st, 2017, 5:56 pm

Ok, will look forward to the proposal.
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