Louis XIV truly consolidates France into an absolutist state. He required nobles to compete for his favour and created a new class of “robe nobles” by selling political positions. This independent revenue source allowed Louis XIV to fund wars without raising taxes. This also gave him the freedom to run the country without calling on the Estates General.
Militarily, Louis XIV created a professional standing army, a policy which was subsequently adopted by many European nations. The strength of the French army and the many wars fought under Louis XIV, who wanted new territory, french dominance, and personal glory, shifted the balance of power in the continent away from the Habsburgs in favour of France.