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French Socialism (French Trafalgar, British Waterloo)

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French Socialism, also known as the Imperial Welfare Plan, and the Imperial Welfare Scheme by detractors, is a more moderate form of the Socialism expounded by Karl Marx, in which the state has the duty to look after every citizen, no matter their financial or medical problems or needs, but had limited to no place in the business sector.

The program itself was mostly created after the Second Great European War, and wasn't officialy codified until 1882, but roots for it stretch back to Emperor Napoleon I, when he disbanded his armies, and provided resources and education in order to help the soldiers returning home find work, and help create a stable economy, in contrast to the British, who had no plan to ensure the men released from the army and navy could find jobs, and so the nation was plunged into economic chaos.

The program created old age pensions, reduced healthcare costs and the public school system that would educate those who could not afford to attend the schools for the rich. However, many conservatives called this the "First step to Marx," and tried to actively oppose it, but due to the efforts of Premier Alfred Dreyfus, and with support from Emperor Louis, the myriad of laws and bills were passed through the Imperial Assembly in between 1882 and 1891. The system would later be expanded to include a minimum wage in 1908 and free Healthcare in 1919.

As the rise of the Sorelist ideology began to gain hold in France, the particular brand of Socialism that France became known for slowly fell by the wayside, though the majority of the improvements brought along by French Socialism remained, and was even expanded by Sorelist governments in the 1930's, and further after the Third Global War.

In other nations, such as the United States of America and Russia, the particular brand of left wing politics that could also be termed "French Socialism" was known as "New Democracy" in America (and a major standpoint of the Socialist Party from the later 1800's up to the present. A similar idea in Russia, with its basis in the Liberal movement in the 1830's, was also a driving force throughout the last years of the Russian Empire and the start of the Republic.

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