Embassy Row of the Parisian Diaspora – Paris, Illinois - Atlas Obscura
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Embassy Row of the Parisian Diaspora

One of the first historical sites of an alternative universe was installed in the town of Paris, Illinois—which is now home to an annual spelling bee of Kcymaerxthaereal words. 


Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe. For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios is acting as our Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations will be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

To this we can add, the Embassy Row historical site tells the story of Amory Frontage, the founder of all the Parises in what we call North America.  “Paris” was a Cognate word meaning good ground and he went from place to place, founding Parises. He would usually stay just a few years and then move to the next one, taking half the population with him. All these communities are known as the Parisian Diaspora.  

Aedguerre, the gwome at this location, was considered the Jewel in the Crown of the Parisian Diaspora until much of it was destroyed in the Certification Riots.

Every year, in linear Paris, Illinois, there is a Spelling Bee on the Fourth Sunday of September at 2 PM.  Please join us.  In 2014, Atlas Obscura led a caravan at the Kcymaerxthaere Bee.

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