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(I'm making this little aside to tell you that I tried to make a long post with a lot of things but the problem is that I didn't succeed (one day, maybe) so for now I will just make not very long posts but often. Thanks for reading this little disclaimer, I let you start reading.)


New Lyria,
Saint-Alphonse de l'Assomption (now called Saint-Alphonse de la Victoire),
Place de la paix - in front of the City Hall,
March 18, 1877,

Jeanne was sitting behind a barricade, a rifle pressed to her chest and her fiancé Blaise to her left. She looked at him: even in death he was beautiful like a god. She had convinced him to fight and he had joined her, as much for love as for conviction. Blaise was now dead for freedom, for anarchism, for New Lyria. She kissed him for the last time, wiped away his tears and gave the order to attack. About ten thousand fighters rushed, shouting, to the city hall of Saint-Alphonse de l'Assomption. Among them were both men and women, petty bourgeois and workers, and even a young gavroche brandishing his rifle with difficulty but pride. Already, there were corpses: they were wearing the san castellinos uniform.

Only a few weeks after the declaration of independence, Saint Alphonse de l'Assomption had fallen. It was the first major city to be completely under the control of the independents. The majority of the population was largely in favor of the independentists, and those who were not part of the revolutionary forces helped them in various ways. The city hall was taken in a great battle that, despite the considerable loss of life - between 1200 and 2,000 people were killed on both sides - ended in victory for the insurgents. The municipal councillors and the mayor had taken refuge in the underground and had been dislodged by a horde of furious revolutionaries. An hour later, the popular court had passed its sentence and their barely recognizable heads were rolling in the middle of the Place de la Paix.



New Lyria,
Saint-Alphonse de l'Assomption (now called Saint-Alphonse de la Victoire),
Dagbad Café,
March 23, 1877,
17 h 02

Shortly after the capture of Saint-Alphonse de l'Assomption, a provisional neo-Lyrian government was formed under the initiative of the great leaders of the revolution. Following a plebiscite of the Alphonsois, they had formed a parliament with exactly 100 representatives. People from all walks of life and even some women were present. The meeting place of this provisional parliament was the Dagbad Café, a popular pub not far from the main railway station.
Today the first assembly was held. All the representatives, elected by the Alphonsoi people, were present. The purpose of the meeting was to decide on the basic principles of the future Neo-Lyrian nation. The orations and arguments went on for hours. Although all the representatives put a lot of effort into this great enterprise, three names stood out: Julien Chavannes, Jeanne Maheu and Baptiste Favelot. The first was a writer, poet and journalist of L'Humanité, popular for his communist writings. The second was a young anarchist newly named commander and known for leading the revolutionary forces to victory during the battle of the Place de la Paix. Finally, the third was one of the miners from the North of Saint-Alphonse de l'Assomption and a fervent syndicalist. Although opinions differed on some points, the representatives all agreed on the main principles (see the document below).

Report of the "First Meeting of the Provisional People's Assembly",
Neo-lyrian National Archives

"The future government will be formed by different executive, legislative and judicial commissions. The representatives of these commissions will be elected by universal suffrage. Any citizen of the future Neo-Lyrian nation will be able to run for the position of representative of any of the commissions at the national level. The representatives of these commissions will be removable at any time by a popular plebiscite. "
As the session was dragging on the question of a centralized or federal government, the representatives agreed to postpone it to the next time.The first session of the provisional people's assembly was over.


"La República se dobla, pero no se rompe."

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