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Paris was probably the poorest and weakest state of the four Gallic Cities. Its motto - "the golden city" - was very misleading, as it actually had almost no gold in terms of currency or trade. This was becasue gold was heavily taxed by the King, making trade of it unprofitable in the region. In general, the poverty and econmic weakness of Paris limited its influence. Although it would later have its fortunes changed for the better when the Gallic Empire was formed, it was still comsiderd a backwater of the new nation.
Paris was probably the Gallic state formed under the worst circumstances, with poverty and homelessness runnign rampant across the city. The hope was, a stable government would help allibiate the worst of these effects, and allow trade to go more smoothly. This hope was soon squashed as Arthoc took the throne, and his inept and heavy handed polices ripped apart the already weak economy. Even when a senate was set up, it was weak and unpopular with the people, making no real improvement overall, and thus Paris was off to a bad start right from the get go. Small revolts soon followed, but these were largly ignored, and were somehow unsuccessful anyway, mostly due to a lack of political will.
Gallic Unification Wars
The Gallic wars possibly hurt Paris more than any other state, and it was damage that would never really be repaired. Due to their economic and social situation, Paris never really stood a chance against the onslaught of Orleans. They did manage to hold out for six years, which is mildly impressive considering their predicament. After they were captured, their territory would serve as a death trap for Norman and Brittoric troops, and a fair amount of Parisians would even fight with the Orleanian army. The Gallic Unification War was a catastrophe for Paris, and one they would never really recover from.
The politics in Paris were notoriously useless and ignored, and got very little done. At best, they were able to regulate and tax trade - and then waste the taxes on trying to enforce others. This did little to help the population, and as such, most activities were done, with very little government intervention. Even the military was largly outside the governments control, and even when it was, it tended to be bankrupt. Overall, the government did little to nothing, and what it did was more harm than help.
Because of the lack of any sort government, crime and poverty were rampant across the nation. This lead to an overwhelmingly pessimistic and poor community, with many struggles. The main was the fact that without a stable government, the main authority was the possibly the even more corrupt military. This lead to massive recruitment, although most of it was to prevent the military from harassing their families. This lead to a culture stricken with fear, and a very ineffective economy.