Paris Is Indeed Splendid is currently available to read online at deviantart, in the gallery of blackcatmisfortunate.Due to some noted differences in strategy during WW2 (such as not betraying the Non-Aggression Pact with the Soviet Union and Japan not bombing Pearl Harbor), the Axis Powers won the war and the world has become a very different place. The plot focuses on the lives of several different people living in different countries (mostly Italy, Germany, and France) during this time, and how their relationships develop and grow through the course of the novel.While there are Loads and Loads of Characters, the focus is mostly centered on the lives of Dieter Hermann, a German military police officer who was deployed to a military base in Italy; Angela Romano, a cross-dressing Italian priest and twin sister to the leader of The Resistance; and Melchioras Vidoskas, a Lithuanian manservant working in Russia. Other key characters include Dieter's fiance Rosie Eckhart and his brother, Jaeger Hermann; Angela's brother Angelo Romano; Melchioras's boss, Vladeslav Sokolov; French cafe owner Jean Francis Lafayette and his American employee, James Cook; English refugee Alicen White; and Polish vagabond Feliks Pudimat.
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A Nazi by Any Other Name / All Germans Are Nazis: Almost any German by default, though Dieter mostly just wants to be a good officer and make his family proud; contrast with his younger brother, who just likes torturing/killing people for the hell of it and considers Germans to be better than everyone else. Angelo prescribes to this ideology and uses it to brainwash Angela and everyone else.
Anachronism Stew: Invoked purposefully to keep the exact year unknown, though the timeline at the beginning reveals that Hitler died in 1974. Modern cell phones exist, but there is no mention of computers, zeppelins exist and are essentially used as aerial cruise liners (though this is not stated in story), the Soviet Union still exists, etc.
Arranged Marriage: Dieter and Rosie; Natasha attempts to force one onto Vladeslav, and somewhat succeeds.
The Atoner: Dieter for his entire country; later on, Vladeslav and James.
Batman Gambit: While Angelo never expected that Angela would ever disobey him, the second she did he started working out a plan to not only know exactly where she was and who she was with at all times (by assigning other nuns and priests to watch her, then threatening her only confidant Benedetto), but then begins plotting how to assassinate the Fuhrer when he finds out that the German she made friends with is none other than the fiance of the Fuhrer's daughter, based on the assumption that she will continue to defy him. The one thing that he failed to take into account was that one of his nameless henchmen would tell Benedetto and he would then tell Angela about the plan before it could come to fruition... by five minutes. So it was mostly successful.
Berserk Button: Most of the characters have at least one, most notably Vladeslav, and being German or even remotely construed as having feelings toward Angela will bring down Angelo's unholy wrath like nothing else.
Can't Have Sex, Ever / But I Would Really Enjoy It: A great deal of Vladeslav's mental instability is his family driving into him from an early age that homosexuality is evil and causes nothing but horrifying problems. It doesn't help that Melchioras is exactly his type.
Brother-Sister Incest: Angelo's obsession with Angela, and the way he tries to (and does) control every aspect of her life, resembles an abusive relationship more than it does an overbearing family member. He's also the only person who has seen her naked and occasionally forces her to strip in front of him.
Casual Kink: Vladeslav has a thing for male crossdressers, most likely as a result of his family's attempts to force him to be sexually attracted to women.
Melchioras protecting Vladeslav from Natasha even after multiple beatings, and then essentially agreeing to marry him so that he won't be miserable for the rest of his life.
Everyone Can See It: Possibly just out of paranoia, but almost immediately after Dieter and Angela meet, Angelo suspects that she may have feelings for him and this conviction only grows over time. Also, after Vladeslav returns Melchioras's cross, everyone can tell that Melchioras wants to forgive him but is refusing to do so out of stubbornness and not because he really believes Vladeslav to be evil.
Never Got to Say Goodbye: Angelo assumes that Angela died in the assassination attempt and despite being an abusive bastard he regrets not getting to say anything of meaning to her beforehand.
Obfuscating Stupidity: A different work from this troper (that has yet to be written) that borrows from Paris Is Indeed Splendid's universe reveals that Feliks is actually a trickster god that knew exactly what he was doing the entire time, even when he appeared to be bumbling and making stupid mistakes — why he did it remains a mystery, but then again, tricksters don't need reasons.
Not What It Sounds Like: After Vladeslav and Melchioras's marriage, Natasha waits outside the guest room door to confirm that the marriage was consummated. They fake it to get her to go away without realizing that Feliks, who is hiding in the closet, didn't hear them agree to fake it. It doesn't end well for Melchioras when he 'innocently' brings it up again.
Opposites Attract: Strict, by-the-book military officer Dieter and somewhat spontaneous, ever-hopeful Angela; also Vladeslav, who has been either isolated or tortured by his family for his entire life, and Melchioras, who deeply loves his family.
Orphan's Plot Trinket: Played straight with Melchioras's cross and subverted with Angelo and Angela's crosses.
Rape Is Love/"Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: It's heavily implied at the end of the book that Vladeslav and Melchioras will eventually get together despite the fact that Vladeslav raped Melchioras; the fact that Melchioras didn't entirely not enjoy it also causes him to realize that he has never actually had an interest in women and might be gay.