Russia was the most populous nation after expanding on the Baltic and Black seas, full of natural resources. Disliked by the people because of it's autocratic government and excessive expansion. Landowning nobles rejected any idea that would hurt their privileges and put the middle class in a tight spot. A majority of the people were serfs, which mostly consisted of peasants who led insufficient lives. The Tsars constantly tried to oppress them but the people scared them, making them fearful of potential riots.