Québec, officially the Republic of Québec (French: République du Québec) is a country in eastern North America, between Hudson Bay and St Lawrence River (French: St Laurent). It is traditionally an isolationist nation known for its French-speaking (or Francophone) population and association with the AAA megacorporation Cross Applied Technologies. Post-2062, the Republic of Quebec opened its borders to wider trade, immigration, and tourism. While for a lengthy time the official and only legal language was French (almost since the nation's inception in 2010), English is now undergoing a trial period as a legal business language.
As of 2062:
- Population: 10,467,000
- Human: 78%
- Elf: 10%
- Dwarf: 5%
- Ork: 6%
- Troll: 1%
- Estimated SINless: 18%
- Below Poverty Level: 36%
- Corporate Affiliation: 29%
- Education Level:
- Less than Twelve Years; 20%
- High School: 45%
- College: 28%
- Advanced: 7%
- Major languages: French (77%), English (42%)
1663 - Nouvelle France becomes a province of France.
1763 - Nouvelle France pass under the control of Great Britain under the name Québec.
1867 - Great Britain gives Canada self-governance.
1970 - The FLQ manifesto.
2010 - October 31, Québec secedes from Canada. (SoNA.102)
2011 - February 7, French becomes the only legal business language, and the official language of Québec.(SoNA.102)
2011 - May 3, the Vieux Québec Riot burns down the Latin Quarter.
2014 - January 27, Treaty of Kahnawake passed to preempt Amerindian dissidence.
2017 - December 11, Québec invites the Maritime Canadian provinces to join Québec. Only Labrador agrees to this.
2018 - April 1, Republic of Québec abstains from the Treaty of Denver, confident that their close ties with Native Americans would protect it from reprisals (and this proved to be correct).
2021 - April 30, Goblinization occurs, and Québec is quick to extend full rights to all Francophone metahumans. Anglophone metahumans are left out.
2021 - May 1, Harmful Paranimals Act passed.
2040 - March 6, Chemical attack in Trois-Rivières.
2053 - June 28, Cross Applied Technologies achieves AA extraterritorial megacorp status.
2060 - April 15, CATCo acquires AAA status.
2061 - January 1, Démocrates Mondains becomes the dominant party, after almost 50 years of rule from the pro-Francophone Parti Québécois.
2061 - September 19, the Harmful Paranimals Act is amended to recognize the legal status of SURGE'd victims, added SURGE'd species to the bounty list, and removed dragons from the list.
2062 - March 1, Republic borders open wider to tourism, trade, and immigrants, under the "Le réveil de l'ours" (Awakening of the Bear) movement in the government.
2062 - July 1, English enters a trial period as a legal business language.
2062 - Démocrates Mondains changes its name to the Parti Democratic du Québec.
2062 - President of Québec Anéle Alexandrine is assassinated; nation enters into a state of emergency due to widespread riots.
Québec occupies the Canadian Shield, or the Ungava Region, a vast and sparsely populated region filled with coniferous forests, lakes, and rivers. It is bordered by James Bay, Ontario and Hudson Bay to the west, Atlantic Canada to the east, the UCAS to the south, and the Arctic Ocean to the north. Major waterways include the La Grande River and Saint Lawrence River. Major mountain ranges include the Laurentians and the northern extent of the Appalachian Mountains. The Gaspé Peninsula juts into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the East. The Saint Lawrence River Valley is a fertile agricultural region, leading in the production of maple sugar (Quebec is the world's largest producer), as well as other produce and livestock.
Québec is a Semi-presidential republic. Québec is governed by a National Assembly of 125 seats (called deputies). The Parti Democratic du Québéc has held a majority in the National Assembly since the 2061 elections. The President of Québec is elected for a six year term, renewable once.
Québéc is a strong two-party state, with politics dominated by the Parti Québécois and the Parti Democratic du Québec.
The Parti Québécois (center-right) is Pro-Francophone and Pro-Protectionist, and has controlled the Presidency of Quebec since independence. The Parti Québécois is seen as distrusting treaties with countries, and supports tough French Language laws. The Parti Democratic du Québéc (center-left) is Pro-Immigration and somewhat Pro-Anglophone, and has controlled the National Assembly since 2061. The Parti Democratic du Québéc is more open to Anglophone involvment in Québéc politics, including running English candidates, and supports English rights in the Constitution of Québéc.
Three other parties that have influence in Quebec are the pro-Anglophone Greens, the pro-Francophone the Alliance Francophone, and the pro-meta Alliance Métahumaine, with the Alliance Francophone currently out of favor, but still scheming for government seats and power.
Québec's legal system in general is based on the Napoleonic Code. One wrinkle in the Code makes judges an active participant in trials, as the person responsible for bringing out all the relevant facts. The relationship between the prosecution and the defense are cooperative, in that all parties (judge, prosecution, defense) are charged with bringing the correct evidence to light. All trials are done in French.
Québec's laws are often described as "schizoid", in that there are many contradictory texts and exception clauses throughout the legal code. For example, Smartlinked weapons are legal as long as they do not have full autofire, but Smart goggles and Smartgun adapters are illegal. (NAGNA, p67)
- Cross Applied Technologies is the major megacorporation in Québec (HQ: Montreal) (poad.59, cd.51-57)
- Of the AAA-megacorps, only Shiawase and Wuxing do not have an EZ presence in Québec. (SoNA, p108)
Québec signed the Business Recognition Accords. Extraterritoriality can be applied within the limits of "Enterprise Zones" set by the government and leased to megacorporations. There are currently 12 Enterprise Zones in Québec City and 18 in Montreal (and none elsewhere in Québec).
Currently, the following corporations have holdings in Québec:
- Cross Applied Technologies owns two EZs
- Primary Source: Shadows of North America, pp 100-112.
- Neo-Anarchist's Guide to North America, pp 64-69.
- Québec City: Neo-Anarchist's Guide to North America, pp 70-77.
- Relations with Germany: Germany Sourcebook, pg 43.
- The Igloo smuggling route starts in Québec (tsh.82).
- The Québec Unité is a group which wants to join Québec with the UCAS (und.88).
- By law, business must be conducted in French (cd.55).
- Gendarmerie: Local arm of Lone Star (cd.56).
- Military contracts with Mitsuhama for drones (cd.60).
- Shadowland node in (at least) Québec City (tm.27).
The novel Run Hard, Die Fast contains some action in Québec. It includes the following observations:
- "Speaking English in Québec City is not a good idea." (pg 140)
- Doesn't recognize sentient paranormal critters and wanted trolls put on bounty lists. (pg 141)
- Good work for bounty hunters. (pg 141)
- Contains extraterritorial Enterprise Zones for (at least) MCT, Aztechnology, Fuchi, Yokogawa-Honeywell, and Yamaha. (pg 143)
- Republic of Québec (unofficial)
The city of North Bay is detailed in the locations section of the Neoanarchists' Guide To Everything Else, pp 30-35.
This page forked from Wordman's The Sixth World: A geographical index to the world of Shadowrun