|City nickname: "Paris de l'Ouest"|
Location of Paris-sur-Mizouri
- Total (as of 2000)
|739,061 (metropolitan area)|
503,954 (city proper)
- summer (DST)
|Louisiannan Time (UTC-6)|
Louisiannan Daylight Time (UTC-5)
As capitol of Louisianne, Paris-sur-Mizouri was granted separate status from the Préfecture of Osage shortly after its creation in the late 90's (XC; Gregorian 1880's). This grants the capitol a larger liberty to self-rule and law creation and enforcement, but doesn't release it completely from control of Osage. This concept was later applied to the Prefectoral and regional capitols between CLXX and CLXXX.
Paris-sur-Mizouri has not seen significant growth until the recent 50 years as more and more businesses have relocated closer to the national capital. The population of Paris-sur-Mizouri is 503,954, with an additional 235,107 persons living in the surrounding arrondissements. This makes the population of the Zone Capital 739,061.
The Zone Capitale is treated as any other comté within the Préfecture, and thus has a much larger self-rule. All incorporated cities are treated this way. (cross-reference Cities within Virginia *here*). As Paris-sur-Mizouri has expereienced urban sprawl, the name "Zone Capitale" and "Paris-sur-Mizouri" have become synonymous and interchangeable. However, most persons refer to it as Parimiz or simply Paris. The inhabitants of the region prefer to be called Parizot(te)s.
The earliest european settlement dates back to 1821 with the establishment of Bac de Lohman or Lohman's Landing. This trading post continued until it was usurped by mandate of the National Assembly in 1840. While the name suggested by Armand Beauvais was initially accepted, Paris de Franco-Amérique, it was quickly shot-down in favor of the current name, despite Armand Beauvais' lobby against it.
Construction of The Capitol Complex began in 1840, but was delayed until 1855. At the time of the assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith only the steps of the Assembly Building had been constructed, and a wooden building had been built to the rough dimensions of the designs of Henri Labrouste.
Paul Octave Hebert reversed the decision of his predecessor André Bienvenu Roman and initiated construction on the National Assembly and the Tribunal de la République. With the second presidency of Roman construction had been completed. After Alexandre Mouton took office, he commissioned the Presidential Palace which was not finished until 1889.
The Bibliothèque Nationale was not completed until 1964. It has since grown to become one of the more respected government libraries around the world.
In the spring of an CCI (1993) Paris-sur-Mizouri spent 62 days in flood and sand-bag as massive drainage from the Montagnes Rocheuses drained across the plain, flooding the Mizouri and Mississippi. Because of this, plans were instigated to maintain the protection of the city and its suburbs. Only harder hit were major cities to the south, Saint-Louis, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
To protect the integrity of the Capitol Complex, the National Assembly passed legislation enabling the tunnelization of the trans-mizourian Transcontinental Highway through the central city limits. When construction is complete in an CCXVIII (2010), the current highway that passes through the city limits will be destroyed and turned into either broad avenues or parkland, depending on its locale.
Paris-sur-Mizouri is home to several newspapers, most notably:
- Le Matin, largest circulating daily in Louisianne. Le Matin is delivered across the nation and is viewed as one of the most impartial newspapers in Louisianne. Le Matin is an affiliate of IBAP.
- The Paris-sur-Mizouri Post, an english-only daily, serving the large number of emigrés from the North American league in the boroughs to the north-east of Paris-sur-Mizouri proper.
As the national capital, Paris-sur-Mizouri has grown into a tourist destination, including government buildings, museums, and the Louisiannan National Zoo.
Important landmarks in Paris-sur-Mizouri include:
- The National Cemetery, located adjacent to the National Cathedral .
- The National Cathedral (Latin Rite Catholic), completed An CC (early 1992).
- The Church of Sacré Coeur, located just off the flow of La Voie des Emigrés, a site for pilgrimages.
- The Capitol Complex, home to the First-Presidential residence, the National Assembly, The Tribunal de la Republic, and the home office of the Gendermerie Nationale
- La Tour Louisiannaise, an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France.
- Le Jardin de la République. An open air mall between the Louisianna Tower and the Capitol Complex.
- Located just further inland from the river behind the Capitol Complex is the large round-about of the Republic Arch, modelled after the triumphal arches of Europe.
- La Gare Nationale, in downtown Paris-sur-Mizouri is a model of architecture.
- Place de La République, the public square with an obelisk to the war-dead of Louisianne, facing the Gare Nationale.
- La Bibliothéque Nationale, located adjacent to the central Capitol Complex.
- Louisiannan National Zoo, unique in the world that several of the exhibits of "local" fauna are actually rotated annually, with "fresh" specimens brought in from the wild for a year at a time, then released during the winter. Other exhibits are, of course, static.
- Le Centre de La Defense, located at the junction of the Avenue de la Mizouri and the bridge crossing the Mizouri, abutting the National Cemetery.
Important streets include:
- Avenue de la Mizouri, a 4-lane, limited access thoroughfare, which closely parallels the course of the Mizouri river through the city limits of Paris-sur-Mizouri. This avenue continues as a surface highway east to Saint-Louis and west to Lyons-sur-Mizouri.
- Le Champs des Héros, the sens-unique boulevard (one-way) heading toward the Capitol Complex
- Le Champs des Sans-Culottides, the sens-unique boulevard (one-way) heading toward the Louisianna Tower.
- La Voie des Emigrés: a major artery from the banlieu to downtown. At one end is the commercial district, and the other the great round-about of the Republic Arch.
|Préfectures of Louisianne|
|Nouvelle Cournouaille | Nouvelle Gaulle | Nouvelle Navarre | Osage | Saint-Louis | Saint-Onge|
|Départements of Louisianne|
|Alpes-Argentés | Alpes-Rocheuses | Aurillac | Bretagne | Côte de Châtaigne | Côte d'Or | Daquota | Dordogne | Garonne-Neuve | Gascogne | La Salle | Les Ozarques | Loire-Neuf | Mississippi | Mizouri | Nyobrara | Omara | Oto | Paris-sur-Mizouri | Pays-Lointains | Pont-Chartrain | Rocheuses | Saint-Louis | Terre Platte|