Featured author submitted a new blog post: Storming the Bastille This article is by B.K. Bass and is presented by Worldbuilding Magazine. “Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste.” (“Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.”) — Voltaire, Questions sur les Miracles, 1765 When one considers a government, it’s only prudent to assume they have a number of buildings that serve practical purposes in their administration. Some have become landmarks—symbols of a nation’s identity. Many of them stand for philosophical ideals, cultural heritage, or as bastions of authority. Among these are the White House in America, the Kremlin in Russia, and the Forbidden City in China. Out of these landmarks and others like them, one could argue that few have been as infamous a symbol as the Bastille in Paris, France. The Fortress Construction on the Bastille began in the mid-fourteenth century, under the direction of King Charles V, during the Hundred Years War. Intended as a defensive structure against English attacks, it was originally... Continue reading the Original Blog Post.