The Nine Years’ War began in 1689 and lasted until 1697. Jean Colbert, adivsor to Louis XIV, had been replaced by the Marquis of Louvois, who’s policy was that of expansion. The Nine Years’ War began as France expanded into the Holy Roman Emperor. Originally France had had no difficulty taking small pieces of territory from Germany because the Holy Roman Emperor was preoccupied with the Ottoman empire. But once the Holy Roman Empire managed to push the Ottomans away from their boarders, they could focus on France. England, Spain, Sweden, Bavaria, Saxony, the United Provinces, and Palatinate formed the League of Augsburg against Louis, eventually inducing a stalemate.