Starting Population 11,240 % of Worldwide 36.4%
Population Starting Income 183,899 % of Worldwide 28.6%
Income Starting GDP 1,886,902 % of Worldwide GDP 30.5% Starting Surplus 16,748 % of Worldwide 51.3%
Comments: France is the most ancient kingdom in Christendom, under a line of anointed sovereigns unbroken since the time of the Romans. In earliest times inhabited by the Celtic Galli, the country was brought under Roman rule by Caesar himself, after ten years of war, in the generation before the coming of Christ.
For centuries one of the greatest provinces of the Romans, beginning in the late 4th century it was repeatedly invaded by various barbarians. The Franks arrived in the 5th century, and under Clovis (481-511) established a unified, Christian kingdom centered at Paris. The kingdom grew, and under Charlemagne extended from the Elbe to the Ebro. Partitioned soon after the death of Charlemagne, the western Frankish kingdom remains in the hands of the descendants of Charlemagne. Over the last two centuries the kings have pursued a vigorous policy of centralization, after centuries of splintering (Louis VI, who reigned 1108-1137, barely ruled the Ile de France), and, although there remain many strong dukes and counts, the kingdom is more unified than at any time since Charlemagne, albeit that many provinces retain their own estates and rights.
There are many great and rich cities, numerous Archbishops and Bishops, and several famous universities. The kingdom, the most populous in Europe, has much commerce, banking, manufacturing, and shipping, as well as a rich and diverse agriculture.