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France did not always rely on a colonial relationship with its regions. In the Early Middle Ages, the balance of power flowed in the other direction. The vassals of France were far more powerful than the state itself, and politics was an uneasy balance between the interests of the Kingdom and its clients. States such as Flanders and Brittany were powerful and de facto independent, and other regions such as Lorraine and Burgundy were not even considered part of France yet.