X all the way to the Z affair
Hard times for France
France has been through a lot these past years including a revolution. France's revolution is the result of the poor revolting against the rich. France backed the US during our revolution but we are not backing them because America is not yet an established country like France was at the time. After the French revolution came to an end France, alongside Britain, fought the war against Napoleon. American did not support this war either so tensions are running high between the US and France
Wanting to fix relations with France John Adams sent three american diplomats to France to negotiate peace. Due to the lack of support from America France blames America for causing the war. France is requiring America to pay a large amount of cash in order to even talk about peace. President Adams, not willing to do this, left without even meeting the three diplomats. The three mystery men were later nicknamed X, Y, and Z.