Good day Dominique,
Thank you for your interesting and detailed response. Your English is far better than my high school and 'Tecumseh' French would ever be.
I am getting a better understanding and it does seem that the way of paying Emperors and Kings did not differ that much from country to country as I see it.
I have just one last question on inheritance.
This is not historical but let us say that Napoleon died in 1812 and for whatever reason the French Government chose a Bourbon for the throne and not the King of Rome. Then everything that Napoleon held as the Emperor would go the Bourbon King and not to any of his family unless this new king awarded something to them. All that the King of Rome would receive would be whatever Napoleon had saved from his personal pay and any lands that Napoleon had bought outright as Napoleon Bonaparte? The same for the others of his family?
Thank you, again.