The Estates General of the French government is where the clergy, nobility, and the commoners have their say in the governmental policies of the monarch. It functioned as an institution representing the will of the people, not just the nobles and the monarch. With Louis XIV’s absolutist policies, he considered himself a relic of god sent to this earth, and thus considered his decisions a precedent over any others’ opinion. By closing the Estates General, Louis XIV was able to consolidate more power and effectively enforce his expansionist policies. The Estates General didn’t meet again till 1789, when France goes too much in debt after supporting the American Revolutionary war.