About this time Maximilian's ally, Ludovico of Milan, was taken prisoner by Louis XII., king of France, and Maximilian was again compelled to ask the diet for help. An elaborate scheme for raising an army was agreed to, and in return a council of regency (Reichsregiment) was established, which amounted, in the words of a Venetian envoy, to a deposition of the king.
He gained a temporary victory when the diet of Augsburg in 1500 established a council of regency (Reichsregiment), and in 1502 persuaded the electors to form a union to uphold the reforms of 1495 and 1500.
In 1500 the Reichsregiment met at Nuremberg and began at once to treat for peace with France.
The constitution and powers of this Reichsregiment were the chief subject of difference between Charles and the princes at the diet.
Before the suppression of this rising the Reichsregiment had met with very indifferent success in its efforts to govern Germany.
But the Reichsregiment had taken one step, although this was of a negative character.