When the new Napoleon suspended the French government, most people thought it was hilarious. No single man could take over just by saying he was going to, could he? But his claim was based on something his father said a century and a half before. The canny Napoleon VIII did not technically step down as Emperor as most people had thought. He had officially raised a new elected government to represent him and then retired to a nice home overlooking a pretty river. Napoleon IX merely stated that the elected government no longer represented the House of Bonaparte and dissolved it. It was not truly that simple of course.