Nouio was the richest and most influential of the four major Gallic cities. Its relativity democratic process, combined with its high trade rates, proved effective in generating wealth and political influence. It was the first Keltoic State to have an organized army, and before the Keltoic Unification war - which Nouio started and won - it was the most expansive Keltoic state. Like its sister nations, it was officially dissolved in 13 AD after the war, but still served as the capital for the newly formed Keltoic Empire.
The formation of Nouio was largely dictated by Enchar - the man largely regarded as the first centralizing figure in Gallic history. He led Orleans long before it became a nation, through a combination of wealth and dominance over local trade. Eventually, he was able to amass enough power to officially declare himself the monarch of Nouio. This declaration went over surprisingly well with the populace - Enchar was a popular figure and considered responsible for Nouio's wealth. In order to soften the blow of creating a monarchy, a senate was also created to represent the populace.
After decades of essentially remaining a city and the surrounding farms, Nouio decided to go on a mission to expand. The bulk of this expansion was angled to the southwest, along the bend of what was commonly called the River of Nouio. Not only was this land easy to access, but its plentiful land and fertile soil allowed several smaller towns to arise and Orleans' population to increase massively. This led to an increase of influence for Nouio, as it allowed them to recruit more soldiers, trade more and in general, become more successful as a nation.
Keltoic Unification War
As the State that started the war, Nouio was by far the most successful state in the war, pretty much by default. In fact, after the battle in Paris, the war had a very limited effect on the citizens, and even measurably improved their economy. Heldarc proved a deadly effective leader on the battlefield, winning every battle he had the chance too. Off the battle field he was also successful, raising the moral of the city and keeping domestic issues in order. The war would catapult Nouio to a much more powerful position over its neighbors, and would allow it to influence the emergence of Germanic states. Ultimately, the Keltoic Unification War would move Nouio from the position of a relatively powerful state in Northern Keltoia, to the position of a great power across Europe.
Because of the early creation if a Senate, Nouion politics surprisingly favored the populace more than the royalty. While this was a delicate balance - after all, the Monarch always held veto power - it was largely maintained because of the monarchy's fear of losing their grasp on power. Then put most of the day to day decision making in the hands of the senate, whose fifty members tried to improve life as much as possible. This model was extremely successful in both the short and long term, and ultimately allowed Nouion to take over the other Keltoic States.
Nouion society was probably the most aggressively capitalist and trade focused of all the Keltoic States. Even once farming became a more viable option, it was looked down upon in favor of more lucrative professions, such as trade, or various forms of craftsmanship. Despite this extreme capitalism, poor people were generally cared for, or at least received generous donations from the wealthier class. Much of the population fell into a sort of middle class, with their jobs primarily relying on trade or farms.