Ever present on the world stage, France's global ambitions are unmatched by any nation. After a century marked by massive military expansions interspersed with social revolutions, France in 1901 is laid low by the rest of Europe. The continental memories of Napoleon Bonaparte's armies, as well as those of the interventions of his nephew Napoleon III, keep Europe suspicious of France's motives. The second most massive imperial power after The United Kingdom, France's military and economic power make France a powerful enemy. However, in a Europe of great technological advancement and superior ambition, President Julieta Gruszko will need all her wits to keep on top.