Gleichschaltung, which was the process by which the whole of the organized life of the German nation was to be brought under the single control of the Nazi party. It basically “Nazified” the entire German society. Numerous new legislations were introduced to the new Nazi society to impose Hitler’s authority upon the Germans, thus consolidate his power. An example is the Law against the New Formation of Parties, the KPD and the SPD were officially banned, all other political parties, except the Nazis, were declared illegal. Other institutions lost their independence and dissolved themselves, by that means Hitler had no other political opposition in the Reichstag now, which meant that he secured his authority. In January 1934, Hitler abolished the provincial assemblies of the Länder. He replaced them with his own Nazi governors (Reichstatthalter), and made Germany for the first time a centralized, unitary state.