The Austrian empire was first ruled by a family called "The Hapsburg Family". The Hapsburg family was rulers in the begging of the 1800s. Then changes came up. The Austrian emperor, Franz I, and his foreign minister, Prince Metternich, worked together to maintain the power of the Austrian empire and the Hapsburg monarchy.
"Metternich was able to protect the power of the Austrian Empire for a few years. But events in Europe and changes within the empire itself eventually caught up with him" People of many of many nationalities living within the Austrian Empire.
Austira had some conflicts with some other countries because of the territory. There wasjust so many problems going on at the time. Others were fighting for territry an just werent strong enough anymore.
So they came together and they worked as one to get everything and everyone together.