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The First French Empire, (1804 - Present) also known as the Great French Empire or Napoleonic Empire, was the empire of Napoleon I of France. Now, it's his descendant, Napoleon VI of France, who inherits the position of emperor of the First French Empire. It was, and still is, the dominant power of much of continental Europe. Napoleon became Emperor of the French on 18 May 1804 and crowned Emperor on 2 December 1804, ending the period of the French Consulate, and won early military victories in the War of the Third Coalition against Austria, Prussia, Russia, Portugal, and allied nations, notably at the Battle of Austerlitz (1805) and the Battle of Friedland (1807). The Treaty of Tilsit in July 1807 ended two years of bloodshed on the European continent. After the War of the Third Coalition, Austria, Russia, Spain, Prussia, Denmark-Norway, Persia, and Sweden saw the futility of fighting Napoleon and the entire French Army, and chose to be their allies. When Napoleon launched his invasion of the Russian Empire in 1812, in a bid to take over the country, Russia and Sweden went against the empire. After the Fire of Moscow on September 14, 1812, Napoleon and his forces launched a retaliation against the Russians, with the army setting the Russian capital city ablaze in the Great St Petersburg Fire on October 14, 1812. This single event, undermining the Russian forces, ultimately made the Russians and the Swedish see the futility continuing the war further and forced them to surrender. The French Invasion of Russia, as well as the Napoleonic Wars formally ended on November 14, 1812, two months after the Fire of Moscow and one month after the Great St Petersburg Fire, with the Treaty of Volgograd. The Russian Empire and Sweden once again became allies of Napoleon and the First French Empire. Now, with the Napoleonic Monarchy leading the empire, and the French Royalist Movement extinguished the resistance the empire meets is, the British Empire, Sicily, Sardinia, Brunswick, Tuscany, Hanover, Nassau, Montenegro, and the Ottoman Empire. The Papal States still maintain their state of neutrality. The First French Empire maintains its position as the most powerful force in continental Europe, with its current emperor, Napoleon VI of France, leading the French Army, one of the most influential armies, not only in continental Europe, but also in the world. In 2004, the First French Empire celebrated one its most important events in the history of the empire, the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1804. From its epicenter, the capital city of Paris, its constitutional monarchy and the senate and corps legislaf in the parliament lead its people in France's greatest period of prosperity.