The global chaos following Peloran Contact collapsed many economies and revitalized others. The arrival of the Shang and Roderan further complicated matters as they sought to make new trade and defense treaties. France became one failed government when corrupt politicians fought each other to profit from the new arrivals. Jean-Claude Pierre Charles Napoleon (the Ninth) of the House of Bonaparte had other ideas. He suspended the elected government and declared the Fourth French Empire open for business with any and all alien governments.