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Caesar had several motives for establishing his reforms They varied from increasing the stability of the Roman Government to furthering his own ambitions His reforms were wide ranging and covered areas dealing with the provinces administration the economy and public works The colonies and provinces were a major focus of Caesars legislation The provinces were increased in their status and were made more important In 49 BC Caesar enfranchised the province of Transpadene Gaul and the Legio Aluandae which he had raised in Narbonese Gaul Franchises were also granted to friendly cities such as Lisbon and Cadiz Caesar also made a rule which granted Roman Citizen status to any colony with a large number of Roman Settlers Caesars readiness to give the upgraded status to the provincials showed that he wanted the Empire to encompass all of its members not just those who originated in Rome The citizenship status was much sought after and provided for many rights the most important of which was the right of appeal against Roman magistrates The provincials who received franchise or citizenship felt more a part of the Roman system than before and therefore was less likely to cause dissent due to political motives Caesar saw that many politicians viewed the provinces as a large money-tree awaiting harvest To halt the exploitation of the provinces he enacted two reforms The taxation system was to be scrapped Caesar also fixed the tribute payable by Transalpine Gaul and he also replaced the tithe system in Asia and Sicily with a fixed land tax Thus the need for middlemen was eliminated along with that part of the exploitation problem The terms of promagistrates and provincial governors were also shortened to provide for fairer government Caesar had thus shown that he had motives for improving bilateral relations with the provinces Caesar drafted a bill to establish 20 overseas colonies He also had the intention of expanding and repopulating dying colonies such as Carthage
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