Between 1698 and 1704 the Empire settled into a period of quiet growth. Many had grown to enjoy the reign of their new Emperor, which brought peace and prosperity, though the first was usually through blatant use of force. Then, in 1704 stirrings of trouble began to rise in the Empire. By this time the Enlightenment had not only begun but was slowly creeping into the minds of the middle class. Generally the Imperial government widely supported the middle class, as it provided an excellent ally against the common enemy of the Feudalist nobility. In summer of 1705 the middle class began demanding guaranteed rights that were constant throughout the Empire. Despite attempts to centralize authority, the Empire had not centralized law. This led to “Middle Havens” such as Bordeaux, Paris, Köln, Luxembourg and other large cities and cities in the New World. Middle Havens were cities where the middle class had substantial guaranteed rights. Other cities, especially in rural regions, did not have the same rights granted to non-nobles.
Emperor Nicolas I sympathized with his subjects and in 1705 called together civil leaders in Köln to set right to the problem. Over the course of one year and one month they crafted the “Imperial Bill of Human Right” which made the Empire one of the last Western nations to have a bill of rights. However, as well as drawing from the Magna Carta, the Imperial Bill of Human Rights went beyond its peers and guaranteed further rights, such as the right to peaceful protest, and the most shocking, the freedom of religion. This settled the issue for the middle class, but caused alarm in areas still under the totalitarian rule of local nobles. The Empire enforced that all the rights be recognized and enforced, which made a major push away from the Aristocratic government of old.
This whole thing seems a little bit out of nowhere and too perfect for the empire.
But that's my only complaint, other than that it was a very good update. Looking forward to the massive war you promised.