Noricum was a province which was poor and downtrodden prior to their annexation. However, afterwards they boomed as the Romans discovered many new and important resources in the soil. Noric Steel, a metal which was adopted after seeing the wonders it did in Germania, was known for its hardness and quality. Salt, silver, gold, and iron were rich in this country of rather barbaric people. They began to settle near the new areas which were becoming fertile and plentiful in food. The rich supply of cattle was also important to the Noric economy. The Military Governors of Noricum rotated so often that there was not time to create a list. It was considered a step in the course of honors for generals to govern Noricum for at least or around a year.