After the death of his father, Nicholas II took reign over Russia in October 1894. Feeling unprepared for the position as Tsar, Nicholas was unsure how to properly run a nation as large as Russia. At the time Nicholas first took control, industrial progress continued to grow, however agriculturally they struggled and the political system remained the same. It was not until after the first World War that the true commotion began to happen. WWI fueled a fire that united the Russians, however, drained them of resources. Riots and revolts began to break out to try and abdicate Nicholas II from Tsar. Being the weak ruler Nicholas was, these tactics worked and on March 15th, 1917 he abdicated the throne.