During the War of the Austrian Succession, Maria Theresa had never found an adequate general.
She also to struggled to find capable men to align themselves with the Habsburg Empire, with the exception of a few administrators she had managed to appoint.
Instead, Charles VI allowed his daughter to marry for love.
Subjects of her crown lands—the Austrian duchies and Netherlands, and Bohemia and Hungary—were quick to accept Maria Theresa as their empress.
But Maria Theresa immediately faced resistance to her succession from European powers who had previously agreed to her father’s Pragmatic Sanction.
Over the course of that decade, the estates would pay the central government yearly taxes.
Additionally, Maria Theresa reorganized several government functions, combining them in a centralized General Directory.