C'est La Vie

July 1st, 2008

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C'est La Vie - an Occupied France 1941 RPG
La Vie OOC


July 1st, 2008

July, 1941

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Current Time: July, 1941- any post within the month of July is acceptable! Please try to keep them somewhat chronological. If you have posts from June still going on, that's okay- just finish them up at your leisure then move on to July.

Current Curfew: The current curfew lasts from 10 pm to 6 am. During the night, inhabitants have to close their shutters or windows. Without Ausweis (authorization), it is forbidden to go out during the night. Special permissions are getting harder to come by, and the rules are getting stricter.

Current Rations:10 oz (280 g) of bread, 4 oz (114 g) of sugar, 2 oz (50g of cheese), 13 oz (360g) of meat, 6oz (170 g) spaghetti, 1.5oz (43 g) rice per day and 3 oz (85 g) of margarine per week per person. Supply problems affect many stores. The queues in front of shops are frequently lengthy. Ration fraud is becoming more prevalent.

Current Exchange: The current exchange rate is twenty French francs to one Reichsmark. Reichsmarks are the official currency of the occupation, and are both coin and paper currency.

Current Laws: Some important laws to remember - Curfew; Citizens must carry papers at all times; citizens must use ration books to purchase materials that are in short supply; Jews must wear a yellow star sewn on to their clothing to identify them at a glance; Jews must take the last carriage on the Paris Metro.

The Vichy government encourages all citizens to report suspicious activities of neighbors,visitors, and family members to their local Gestapo office.

Current Dangers:
Obligatory Work Service (Service du Travail Obligatoire or STO ) frequently requisitions and transfers French workers to Germany against their will for the German war effort (factories, agriculture, railroads, etc) in work camps. Avoiding being picked up for this is a wise idea.

Patrols are on the streets asking for papers. Being caught out after curfew (especially without the proper papers) is an unwise idea.

Jews, métèques (immigrants), Freemasons, Communists and Protestants, Gypsies, homosexuals, and activists are being detained and interrogated, and often sent to Camp Gurs after these interrogations. Businesses are frequently raided if there is any suspicion of resistance activity (or sometimes seemingly at random).

Neighbors and friends seeing a suspicious activity may be tempted to report such under new laws that offer rewards for information leading to arrests, so watch what your neighbors are watching you do.

Current Rumors:
The new German fuel source is coming into more prevalent use. Rumors are circulating that somehow the people taken away by transport trains are being used for fuel production.

A local resistance movement is organizing - word on the street (told to those who are not a danger, who might help) is that you must go to the Moulin Noir at night and speak to the bartender about cedar to be sent in the correct direction of the resistance. Help is actively sought...

Authorities are on the lookout for a downed ally pilot thought to have come to Paris on his escape route. Citizens with any information are encouraged to contact the Gestapo for a reward.

Those with American citizenship are actively being watched - and occasionally detained for questioning.

A famous German film actress is scheduled to make a live appearance at the Soldatenkino to sign autographs at a showing of one of her films.

The hospital has a mysterious benefactor - supplies have been increasing, much to the gratitude of patients and staff.

Current Diversions:
Come and see the entertainment at Le Moulin Noir , deep within the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. If you don't know where you're going, you'll almost certainly get lost; if you do, you had best know the password, as well, or the doorman won't let you in. Current Password: je cours ma perte (I got a death wish) . Featured entertainments include the performance trio of Liberté, Egalité, et Fraternité; and the American jazz sensation Jacqueline Pearson.

Soldiers of the Reich may prefer to spend their time at the Soldatenheim , catering to the needs of Germans far away from home or the German-only cinema, the Soldatenkino.

Those looking for some companionship of the female variety have been known to frequent The Black Death Tavern, where proprietor Fancy LaMorne and her girls offer more than just drinks...

Current State of the War:
As of June 30th, Vichy France has broken off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.

Germany and Italy have expelled US consular officials in retaliation for similar American moves.

Believing the campaign in the East soon to be concluded in Germany's favor, Hitler has ordered the German war industry to shift production away from guns and armored vehicles to U-boats and planes.


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WHEN: July 1st
WHERE: Moulin Noir
WHO: Vito, OT anybody

Vito settled at his usual table with a good bottle of red wine. a fresh pack of cigarettes and a not-too-ancient edition of the New York Times. He smiled at a passer-by, and poured himself a glass. Jackie would probably show ... no telling who else would, if anybody. He took a sip, and waited.
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