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Narrative parallel of the Nazi Occupation of Paris

In 2015, Colony executive producer Carlton Cuse told Entertainment Weekly [1] that the story and setting of the show were inspired by the Nazi occupation of Paris, France in World War II and the parallels feature heavily throughout the show.

Within the article Cuse and co-creator Ryan Condal stat that they "were actually inspired by Nazi-occupied Paris during WWII, where people went on living their lives, having coffee in street-side cafes while Nazi officers marched along the roads."

After the Nazis passed the Maginot Line and occupied Paris they installed a interim government known as the Militärverwaltung in Frankreich (English: The Military Administration in France) to govern France in a de-facto dictatorship.

The Resistance, collaborators and Occupation soldiers all feature in the narrative parallel with the Resistance being the French Resistance forces, collaborators being French citizens that willingly worked with the Nazi forces and the German soldiers that would patrol the streets of Paris.

The emblems and ranks of the Occupation soldiers "the Redhats" and the propaganda posters of the Proxy Governor plastered all over the city are done in the style of the German occupying forces. The propaganda-based education system and the strict curfews for private citizens are also direct parallels to the actual history of the occupation.

In season one episode nine Zero Day it is said and shown that paintings and cultural works are confiscated and sent to be with "the Hosts," which mirrors the cultural seizures by the Nazis in order to attempt to eradicate French culture.

Panopticon (S2:E4)features a summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the location of the Palace of Nations, the headquarters of the League of Nations during the Second World War. This parallel also explains the titles of "Swiss Chancellor" and "Governor General" used by the Occupation. 

Smaller details include Will's police division being referred to as the "Special Police Division" in S2:E5 Company Man, a reference to the German SS secret police of the German military and the use of referring to labour camp members by numbers instead of names, as seen in S2:E6 Fallout.