Estates General

The Estates General is a legislative assembly of the First, Second, and Third Estate that meets when called upon by the king. There are three rooms, where each of the three Estates meet. Each Estate gets 300 representatives and for a law to be passed it requires two out of three Estates to agree. The Estates General was a failure from the beginning. A common law that was debated by the Estates General, was the taxation of the Rich.

: Should the Rich Be Taxed?
    First Estate: After much debating: No
    Second Estate: After much debating: No
    Third Estate: After much debating: Yes
Overall Decision: The Rich should not be taxed.
    Why?- Even though the Third Estate voted "Yes", the First and Second Estates voted "No" so the overall action is no.
                    As a result, nothing was ever accomplished by the Estates General.

Demands of the Third Estate

In May of 1789, King Louis XVI assembled the Estates General to try to fix the economic situation in France.
The Third Estate refused to attend unless their demands were met:
  1. Third Estate should have two times more representatives (King gave Third Estate 600 Representatives)
  2. All voting should be done in one room (King said this would be done, but it never was)
The Third Estate met in May, but nothing could be accomplished, and the People of France got angry.