Gunnar amongst France and Holland break down. The Dutch

Gunnar Samek January 26, 1703 Dear Peter the Great, It is with great privilege that I write back to you on these earnest issues. I, King Louis XIV, am certain to be of extraordinary aid to your empire’s prosperity. From my understanding, you seem to be fond of creating a strong military and despite your devotion to the Eastern Orthodox religion, you have a disdain for the merging of religion and politics. Through encounters amid my rule, I have discovered that there are keys to progress and impediments to that as well. My role as the absolute ruler of France for 72 long years positively gives truth to my words. During my time in control, I changed France into the prevailing country of Europe, extended its limits, and left the nobility secure in my belonging. Moreover, I had combined France’s organization of its provincial belonging and business, turning it into a force to be reckoned with under my hand. This background has provided me with some informative essentials for ruling your growing empire. While a formal meeting via the St. Petersburg dinner party is integral to convey the complexities of developing an empire, I hope this letter provides a foundation for your endeavors. First and foremost, investing in sciences will support you militaristically and not to mention economically. Amid my numerous years of rule, I made the institutional establishments for the science and innovation of France. These organizations were an attempt both to address the issues of the French state for specialized counsel and to give scientists the essential help for unadulterated logical research. Before the end of the seventeenth century, my ministers and I had accomplished these objectives and set French science and innovation on a rampant rate of progress for the duration of the eighteenth century. These innovations can be focused on weaponry for military purposes and focused on certain fields to provide you with technologies for some economic gains as well. Furthermore, while it’s good to build a well-off military in order to defend your land, displaying consistent acts of aggression can be a major detriment to your foreign relations. My hostility against the Spanish Netherlands made relations amongst France and Holland break down. The Dutch had just battled the Spanish for ages to secure against an intrusion of their nation. They had no aim of enabling me to represent a similar danger by involving the domains on their outskirt. The outcome was war in the Netherlands from 1672 to 1678, amid which I by and by exhibited the viability of French might. In a broad battle, I nearly prevailed in regards to overcoming Holland. To ensure themselves, the Dutch opened their dams, overflowed the field, and transformed Amsterdam into an island essentially. The end of the war marked an all-time high in my power, yet it came at the cost of putting the vast majority of Europe against me. The assault on Holland created grave outcomes for my country when Dutch leader William of Orange eventually progressed toward becoming King William III of England in 1689. Despite the powerhouse of a nation that I created, the way minorities and masses were dealt with harmed France’s economic status to an extreme degree. My way of Catholicism did not prompt for religious harmony and acceptance. From the early points of my rule, I endeavored to implement changes by destroying Protestant places of worship and schools and by permitting Catholic viciousness against the Protestant group of people. In 1685, I had also renounced the Edict of Nantes and restricted Protestant love. Following this, around 200,000 Huguenots fled France instead of changing over to Catholicism. They resettled all around the world, however, most went to Holland and England, where they were welcomed as saints. The loss of numerous very gainful subjects discouraged the French economy. However, I suspect that your want of keeping politics completely secular will ensure that no such discrimination will occur. In the end, I fortified the central government’s control over the various areas of France, consolidating my regional additions into a unified state. Then again, I had also incited discussion when I reestablished Catholic religious solidarity by renouncing the Edict of Nantes and subduing Protestantism. Unfortunately, a significant number of my strategies, both local and foreign, placed incredible hardship upon individuals, a large number of whom endured starvation, fled their country, or lived in dread of mistreatment. Take my lead as a wakeup call; sciences should be of high importance for both your military and financial situation. Additionally, the issues that emerge from the absence of social and religious resilience and the negative impacts on foreign relations due to one’s over aggression are missteps to look out for in your road to a successful empire. Godspeed,  Louis XIV of France