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Louis was only nineteen and France was on the edge of bankruptcy, but we're guessing there are good times ahead…? Nope? Okay then.
France had been unofficially supporting the U.S. for two years, but they finally started admitting it—and hey, they can afford it right?
Hmm…turns out they really can't.
France's finances had finally gotten so bad that the king is willing to try asking a representative body to meet and solve the problem for him.
Things didn't go well. It turns out the privileged classes weren't willing to raise taxes on themselves and they could outvote the lower classes every time. What's a Third Estate to do?
After being locked out of their meeting room for declaring themselves the National Assembly and actually trying to fix France's money problems, the Third Estate met in the King's indoor tennis court (ooh, fancy!) and promised to write a constitution.
Angry mobs in Paris broke into and burned down a prison in a somewhat misguided attempt to get weapons and release political prisoners, neither of which were housed there.
Finally getting something done, the National Assembly agreed on basic rights and a direction for that constitution they'll eventually get around to.
An angry mob demanding bread marched on Versailles and forced the King and his family to move back to Paris where they're placed in a state of house arrest, the National Assembly relocates too.
Using the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen as a preamble the French representatives finally agreed on a constitution making France a republic. Unfortunately, it doesn't last very long and they burn through two other constitutions as the Revolution became increasingly violent.
After a trial in which he was found guilty of conspiracy, Louis was sent to the guillotine. The queen was also beheaded about nine months later.
After leading the French military in several victories, Napoleon returned to France and mounted a successful coup ending the French Revolution.