A Cheshire Exile
Louis XIV was known for two things: Creating a royal army and with Mazarin's help founding the modern French bureaucracy. Two things that made French nobles basically obsolete: The king no longer needed their bannermen or their administration. So when the revolution came, the nobility had been already castrated a century earlier, its power only coasting on via centuries-old pieces of paper of laws and rules, and not by force of tradition and customs, that were by then dying. The middle-class bureaucracy/proto-bourgeoisie and lower-class conscripted royal army mass joined the revolutionary intellectuals. The nobles were completely powerless, both militarily but also culturally, from preventing that. Game, set and match.Yeah we are seeing the beginning of it already with that Logan lady a few turns back trying to micro manage her nobles and they pushed back hard. Which might yet turn into a bit of a civil war if she does try to replace nobles for the heinous crime of not bowing to her every whim. Things are going to get interesting as better coms make many noble postions less and less necessary and harder for them to get away with crap without getting caught. And each time like you say a bad noble causes problems its another nail in idea they are a good idea at all.