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Francia (The Once and Never Kings)

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Empire of Francia
Timeline: The Once and Never Kings
OTL equivalent: Kingdom of France
Flag of Francia (TONK).png CoA of Francia TONK.png
TONK Francia location.png
The extent of the Francian Empire in green.
CapitalTours (Legislative)
Roazhon (current Emperors seat)
Official languages French, Alsatian, Occitan, Breton, Norman, Aragonese, Catalan, Burgundian, Dutch, Luxembourgish
Religion Roman Catholicism (sole official until 1555)
Lutherism (after 1555)
Calvinism (after 1658)
Government Elective monarchy
 -  Emperor Hugh I (First)
Arthur IV (Current)
 -  Treaty of Verdun 843 
 -  Hugh Capet is elected King of the Franks 987 
Currency Francian Franc (Fr)

Like its neighbor to the east, the Empire of Francia, Francia, is a large federation of various independent states situated in Western Europe. It's bordered by the Holy Roman Empire to the east, and Aragon and Castile to the south. Wessex sits across the Saxon Channel.

The Francian Parliament sits in Tours, though the elected Emperor typically resides in his home country. Currently the Breton King Arthur VII is the Francian Emperor.

Attempts to establish a common currency have fallen flat several times. While many of the smaller states in the interior have switched to the Francian Franc (if only to save from the cost of printing their own money), most of the larger states still use their own.


Once the central part of Charlemagnes empire, the region of West Francia became independent from Lothringia and East Francia in the 843 Treaty of Verdun. When the king of Lotharingia died without an heir, those lands were split between East and West Francia.

The late Ninth and early Tenth Centuries would see the drastic decentralization of the realm under the rule of the Carolingian dynasty. The election of Robert I saw a slight return of central power, but he couldn't secure the succession for his son, and the Francian throne passed to the Bosnids, then three successive Carolingians.

The election of Roberts grandson, Hugh Capet, was immediately challenged by Charles of Lower Lorraine, a Carolingian himself. The resulting three year war, known as the Capetian War, would result in Hugh's death, and the coronation of Charles.

The nobles of Francia used the return of Carolingian ruler to secure further rights, autonomy, and even more control over succession. The death of the last Carolingian male, Otto I, saw Lower Lorraine lost to the Holy Roman Empire.

The success of William of Normandy in seizing the throne of Francia saw the inclusion of Navarre in exchange for assistance against Castile. His successor, William II, saw the conquest of Catalonia (which would be inherited by Aragon a century later).

As the Iberian states of Castile and Aragon consolidated their territories, the Francian emperors turned to the near-equally decentralized Holy Roman Empire.

The first major war between the two broke out in 1457 over the disputed succession of the Duchy of Lorraine and the other lands of its ruler. Despite ferocious fighting by the Habsburg Emperors and their allies in the Swabian League, Francia would secure the Lorrainian lands, handing it to a branch of the Valois dynasty.


Francia is technically a single, sovereign entity, yet its numerous member states rarely form a coherent policy. A common parliament sits in Tours, chosen due its location as the area where the Moorish armies were defeated by the Franks.

Much like the Holy Roman Empire, several officially non-member states hold territory within Francias borders. Luxembourg inherited the Burgundian lands (the Kingdom of Burgundy, plus Flanders, Artois, and Boulogne) via marriage in 1479, and has held it ever since. Burgundy and Flanders are both electorates pre-dating the Luxembourgish succession, giving the Luxembourg dynasty two votes for the Francian Emperor. A part of the Francian states campaign to make Luxembourg aware of their disdain of its rule over those territories, the Luxembourgish delegates are referred to as originating from "Burgundy-Flanders". Aragon also holds several territories within Francia, and is only slightly more tolerated than Luxembourg.


The Francian Electorates, their current incumbents, are:
Electorate Incumbent
Kingdom of Brittany King Arthur VII of Brittany
Kingdom of Navarre King Sancho XIX of Navarre
County of Flanders King John XI of Luxembourg
Grand Duchy of Paris Grand Duke Henry XV
Grand Duchy of Auvergne Grand Duke Louis VIII
Duchy of Champagne Duke John III of Champagne
Dauphine of Viennois Dauphin Charles X
Duchy of Aquitaine King Arthur VII of Brittany
Kingdom of Burgundy King John XI of Luxembourg
County of Vermandois Count John II of Vermandois
County of Toulouse King Ferdinand III of Aragon
Bishporic of Reims Bishop Louis Augustus
Archbishopric of Alsace Archbishop John Hollande

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