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Thomas More believes he has discovered the ultimate living situation for all mankind He goes into detail about the problems being faced in Europe in the 16th century and his solution to each problem The outcome is the country of Utopia More describes such problems as the centralization of the kings in this country religion and the punishment of thieves These problems show the differences between Europe and Utopia and how Utopia is not a European book The king has the utmost power over his country there is no reassurance that this means the people living there will lead complete and happy lives Kings have the ability to make war and send the people off to fight and maybe lose their lives because he wants more land or is bored with his country Kings should focus mainly on the community and ways to make it better rather than ways to overtake new lands that he may not even have the time to govern By going to war the king neglects his people and the problems in society People go hungry and are forced to steal and then they are punished for that even though the king had been the cause But the king ignores this and punishes the people and goes on with his war over land In Utopia if a war in necessary they go to war but only to avenge wrongdoing to themselves or their allies More believes being a king is a full time job The king is supposed to build up his people and do things for their well being rather than keep them poor to maintain peace all around The poor will then have a reason to rebel against the king The king wants to keep his subjects poor so he may always have the ultimate power If certain people become rich the king will not be the only with money and power More believes the king should lead his
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