Geneva has a rich past which has shaped its current culture deeply. Before the common era, this city was a guarded fort belonging to the Allobrogian tribe. This area was taken over by the Romans in 121 BC after a war between them and the Allobrogians. As it was under the control of the Roman Empire for a very long time, Christianity was introduced when the Empire adopted the religion. Till the middle ages - about late 15th century - Geneva was a part of the Holy Roman Empire. However, the effects of the Protestant reformation in other parts of Europe also affected this area, when the rule of the existing kingdom was removed, and Geneva ended up joining the old Swiss Confederacy in the 16th century. It remained under the protestant influence for well over two centuries. During the 18th century, when the French monarchy started to have increasing influence within the area, it again fell under Catholic Influence. After the French Revolution in 1798, Geneva was annexed and made part of France. However, after the end of the Napoleonic wars, Geneva was absorbed into the new Swiss confederacy which became the modern state of Switzerland. In the 20th century, many international organisations such as the League of Nations and later the United Nations were based out of here due to Switzerland's neutrality.
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