|Consulate of Lumière|
|Constituent member of the CCCP|
Flag of Lumière
Coat of Arms
|Part of||Confederation of Cities Communes and Protectorates|
|Government||Oligarchy with some democratic elements|
|Preceded by||Grand Imperium (Province of Isi)|
Lumière (/lymjɛʁ/), officially the Consulate of Lumière, was a constituent Republic of the Confederation of Cities, Communes and Protectorates (CCCP) situated in the northwestern quadrant. It was formed in June 2021 as a sovereign nation, before joining the CCCP in late October of 2021. It bordered Gabon to the south, Lusitania to the north, Kaltsburg and the region of Redgarden to the west, and was close to New Thoria to the east.
The name "Lumière" comes from the french word for "light", also holding a significant meaning as a historically important philosophical movement in France.
The name "Lutèce" comes from the old roman name for the capital of France, being renamed to Paris around 310 CE.
The territory of Lumière was located around the city of New Amsterdam, an area filled with multiple different biomes, including badlands, beaches, forests, savannas and plains. Lumière's land encompassed a similar area to the province of Isi of the Grand Imperium.
Lumière was originally planned to be a county within the Kingdom of Lusitania, with its main attraction being an enormous library and beaux-arts style builds, likely being put within the old county of Tungsten due to the large amount of unused land it possessed; the county would have been headed by AmandaCC.
However, due to there being not much space in Tungsten to expand from the library to make other builds, or at least not enough for AmandaCC's ambitions, it was decided that it was perhaps better to claim some unclaimed land large enough to not only fit the library but a big city as well. An island located near the defunct nation of Tierra de Conciencia and underneath Varkonia was chosen, with it's proposed claims changing from a small piece of the island to just build the library with potential expansion planned afterwards to claiming a much larger piece of the island. The proposed island of Lumière was to be claimed after AmandaCC had finished constructing her library in Mount September, however some visits to the island beforehand revealed it's terrain was very irregular and that large amounts of terraforming would be needed to build the library and most buildings.
Thus, it was decided that the claim needed to change locations to a flatter area, and the area New Amsterdam was quickly spotted due to it's flatness both in it's very tall badlands biomes and central beach. A proposition made was that New Amsterdam would be renovated before expanding the city outwards, since it seemed easier than building a city from scratch. However, once it was discovered that the reinforcements in New Amsterdam had not completely decayed and that renovating it would take much more work that initially thought, the small team of Lumerians that had been recruited thus far decided it was better to build a new city in the badlands to the east of New Amsterdam, settling on the name Lutèce.
Prior to any official announcement, some farms were renovated on the would-be claims of Lumière to start working towards XP production, a storage bunker was partially built, and ideas on how to organize the city of Lutèce were discussed thoroughly, including the style it would be built it and the arrangement of the roads.
The territory Lumière was first publicly claimed on June 4th 2021 on reddit. The claims were announced earlier than was planned, with AmandaCC stating "In short, this is a claim to avoid other people claiming this area, but we'll start building a proper city very soon!" It was about four days later that the first roads in Lutèce were built, made from stone bricks, stone and polished blackstone. On the 13th of June 2021, the first building in Lutèce, NebulaSSR's house, was completed. The first build in Lutèce established its previously agreed upon style: late 19th century to early 20th century french architecture, notably Haussmannian and Beaux-Arts stye buildings.
On the 17th of June 2021, AmandaCC announced the expansion of Lumière's claims to include a portion of the Medi Sea for the purpose of mining sand, but almost immediately retracted it  after protests from the King of Lusitania, explaining that claiming a part of the Medi Sea stood against the Council of the Medi Sea and its principle of equality.
On the 25th of June 2021, Lutèce was connected to New Amsterdam, Lusitania and Colissipo by rail, but an aesthetic underground rail station was not constructed; however there are plans to eventually design and build one, and it was only more than two months later, on the 28th of August 2021, that an overland station was built, in preparation for the construction of the final part of the L-Line, which would connect Lusitania and Lumière on an overland rail.
The island of Riarexmer, renamed to Corse ("Corsica" in french), was claimed on the 4th of July 2021, with AmandaCC saying "the reason for this claim is to secure ourselves a plains biome to farm in", further explaining that the Lumerian government was planning to create a flower farm in Corse.
Lumière's first food bank was built on the 17th of July 2021. Located close-by to the factory building, it provides bread to "friends of Lumière" as well as potatoes and fish to citizens.
Inactivity and Merger with the CCCP
Starting in late July, inactivity in Lumière dropped heavily, until the only player that was regularly active was AmandaCC. According to her, because of this inactivity, the server started to feel like a chore and not a game, and she hoped that this merger with the CCCP would allow people to still play in Lumière while "diminishing the burden of governance and protection".
Ultimately the activity of Lumière remained low until the End of the World.
- Announcement post: https://www.reddit.com/r/civclassics/comments/nrye6u/claims_of_the_consulate_of_lumi%C3%A8re/
- Detective Amanda CC (October 26, 2021). “Attention citizens and friends of the nation! We have incorporated ourselves into the CCCP (Confederation of Cities, Communes and Protectorates)! The main reason for this is our activity level, which for a bit now has been fairly low. Each time I wanted to play civ, I felt obligated to work on Lumière in some way, and civ became to me like a chore instead of like a game. I'm hoping that by incorporating ourselves into the CCCP, people who wish to play in Lumière can still do so (me included, just a bit less) while also diminishing the burden of governance and protection. (...)” – via Discord (#announcements). Lumière. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (February 21, 2021). “maybe when i build the Lusitan Library it'll be in my very own county” – via Discord (#off-topic). Mount September. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (April 5, 2021). “I wanna build this with some slight modifications to the design” – via Discord (#nomic). Mount September. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (February 28, 2021). “I was thinking of making [a county] in Tungsten due to the open space available there” – via Discord (#citizens). Lusitania. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (March 27, 2021). “sadly not [building the library] in Lusitania because I wouldn't have the space to build lots of buildings and other cool stuff, here is the the area I wanted” – via Discord (#citizens). Lusitania. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (March 28, 2021). “this is my planned claims + the grand library” – via Discord (#citizens). Lusitania. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- Metriximor (April 9, 2021). “huge build with non flat terrains are rip” – via Discord (#general). Lusitania. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- Metriximor (April 8, 2021). “that whole island is incredibly hilly” – via Discord (#general). Lusitania. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (April 9, 2021). “honestly I can [build] to the east of this area, including the part [attached] to the mainland that's also really flat” – via Discord (#general). Lusitania. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (April 9, 2021). “I feel like renovating and expanding a small town is more realistic than building a huge build in a OMN that just started” – via Discord (#general). Lusitania. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
- NEBULA (May 23, 2021). “we would have to either re-reinforce or destroy alot of shit” – via Discord (#citizens). Lumière. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (May 23, 2021). “and [Lutèce would be] on the sahvana areas [NOTE: AmandaCC incorrectly thought the modified wooded badland biomes to the east of New Amsterdam were savhanna biomes]” – via Discord (#citizens). Lumière. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (May 23, 2021). “yeah Lutèce is fine” – via Discord (#citizens). Lumière. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (June 13, 2021). “Lutece's first building! This will be @NEBULA 's house” – via Discord (#builds). Lumière. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
- Metriximor (June 17, 2021). “Plz unclaim :glad_gun~4:” – via Discord (#pm-general). Unified Map Project. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
- Metriximor (June 17, 2021). “Because [claiming the medi sea] goes against the spirit of the council of the medi sea” – via Discord (#pm-general). Unified Map Project. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
- Metriximor (June 17, 2021). “Claiming [the sea] like that goes against the principles of equality and stuff” – via Discord (#pm-general). Unified Map Project. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (June 25, 2021). “Although not exactly pretty (for now), the Lutece rail station now exists and is connected to the /dests: LumiereNA; Colissipo; Lusitania.” – via Discord (#announcements). Lumière. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (August 28, 2021). “Overground station build is finished, however the overland rail is still to be built, hopefully it will be done in the near future! :D” – via Discord (#builds). Lumière. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
- Detective Amanda CC (July 17, 2021). “(...) The Lutèce Food Bank has now opened, only a few dozen blocks away from the public factory building! Citizens (those having access to LUM-II) may take potatoes or fish (we might add meat in the future as well) and friends of the nation (those having access to LUM-I) as well as obviously citizens have access to droppers which dispense loafs of bread! (...)” – via Discord (#announcements). Lumière. Retrieved July 17, 2021.