The natural result of such a regime is increasing indebtedness.
Stourm, Les Finances de l'ancien regime et de la revolution (1885); F.
To some extent the real level of military expenditure has been masked by the separation of certain payments into " extraordinary " expenditure, a course which, it is understood, has not been followed in the budgets of the " new regime," and which will not be revived.
As for autonomy and political reforms it has already been remarked that the change from the old regime was only superficial.
When Nicholas an influential deputation from the province of Tver, which had long enjoyed a reputation for liberalism, ventured to hint in a loyal address that the time had come for changes in the existing autocratic regime, they received a reply which showed that the emperor had no intention of making any such changes.