During the 18th century, France, Great Britain, and Hapsburg Empire each formulated new political, financial, and military goals to suit the era. During this time period, many countries decided to abandon foreign interests, such as wars, and concentrate more on refining their own society. Britain was mainly focusing on internal affairs and perfecting the society within their own country. The Hapsburg Empire was attempting to expand into the Ottoman Empire and Germany and also altered some internal policies. During this period, France was mostly fighting small wars trying to expand its borders and constantly engaging in skirmishes with the British. Britain's political policies during this period were very different then other countries. Britain was mostly focusing on improving the situation within its own country, portrayed by a quote from their Prim Minister at the time "Let sleeping dogs lie." Britain was able to accomplish this goal of not interacting with other countries because of its vast overseas holdings. The British Empire expanded through 4 continents, giving them access to resources in the Indian peninsula and North America. Britain could also supply the labor for all of its colonies because of its territory in Africa, which was used to supply slaves for free labor. One of the things that greatly improved Britain's prosperity during the time was its method of tax collection. Compared to the systems of France and other nations, Britains revenue service included very few middle men and provided for very efficient tax collection, with little loss. This was displayed very obviously during the time of the Napoleonic war, when Britain (with a population half that of France) raised more revenue from taxes then France. In the context of military matters, Britain was fairly stagnant during this time period. Their only goal was to mainly keep France in check, so that it would not expand and cause problems for Britain itself or other European nations. During these short term wars, Britain raised vast amounts of money (especially from 1793-1815 see Table 1) from issuing bonds. This created some debt, owed to its own citizens, but was slowly paid off by Britains efficient taxation system. Even with Britain's effective taxation system, controlling the debt took more then half of the countries income at times. France's policies differed from Britain's, in that France was not focused on internal affairs as greatly. France paid much more attention to the expansion of it's own empire, which it greatly paid for in fiscal matters. France had overall greater assets available to it, in the matter of more citizens to pay taxes, but its taxation system was very inefficient and was therefore detrimental to its effectiveness during wartime. The taxes were collected by the use of many different levels of tax collectors. Each of these collectors would take their own "cut" and therefore the state itself would receive much less money that it needed to sustain itself. In order to be successful in its attacks, France employed bonds as a major part of it's economy. As was previously stated, France depended greatly upon bonds to support its wars, but once again, their lax public finance system was very evident. In the late 1780s, Frances (215 million Pounds Sterling) national debt was nearly the same as Britain's (220 million Pounds Sterling), yet France's interest payments on its bonds were nearly twice as much. These figures further demonstrate the shape that Frances financial system. The Hapsburg's goals during the time were similar to that of France. The Hapsburg's were looking to expand into Germany and the Ottoman Empire's territories. Even though the Hapsburg Empire had controlled religion for a long time, they began to support religious toleration within their borders. Along with trying to expand their current territory, the Hapsburg tried to consolidate their own territories. Their holdings had always been very spread out, giving them much trouble controlling and protecting all of them. During this period, the Hapsburg neither gained nor lost very much land, despite their efforts. The one territory that they did lose was Silesia, which was taken by the Prussians. Overall, this period was fairly stagnant for the Hapsburg. This time period provided the opportunity for many countries to develop and polish their empires. Some, like France and the Hapsburg, changed very little despite the little hostile interaction. Others, similar to Britain, simply kept to themselves and cleaned up their own borders.