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Confucius - The Sage of All Time

Confucius was born K'ung Fu-tzu in the village of Zou in 551 BCE. His family was minor nobility and as a young man he went to the capital of Zhou to study. He returned to his country of Lu where he became a teacher, then later when Lu was defeated in war he escaped to Qi, a neighbouring country where the Duke of Lu often came to him for advice. Some of the Qi nobles plotted against Confucius so he returned to Lu but things were no better there so he bowed out of public life and concentrated on teaching and studying.

When he was 50, the King of Qi asked for his help in defending his country against a rebellion, but he refused and the new Duke of Lu made him a city magistrate. Under his guidance the city flourished and he was promoted ending up, at the age of 56, as Chief Minister of Lu. Neighbouring countries were jealous of Lu's power and sent messengers with presents and dancers to distract the Duke. The Duke abandoned his duties to receive the messengers (and dancers) so, disgusted with what he considered dereliction of duty, Confucius resigned and left the country.

For the next five years he and some of his followers wandered the country looking hopefully for a government position. As he began to become established in each court, nobles would start plotting against him so he frequently had to escape. Once he was imprisoned for five days and, when he was 62, had to appeal to a sympathetic king to send an army to rescue him from pursuing soldiers. He finally returned to Lu when he was 67. He was welcomed back but not offered a job. He spent the rest of his life teaching and writing and died at the age of 73 in 479 BCE.

He wasn't a religious leader and, during his lifetime he wasn't powerful or particularly famous. However today he is known as one of the most famous teachers ever produced in China and his ideas still influence the Chinese today.


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Tax Office
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Tax revenues are increased without loss of popularity

This benefit raises the tax rate for all levels of tax from Very Low to Outrageous by 2. This means the rates become

  • 05% - Very Low (up from 03%)
  • 08% - Low (up from 06%)
  • 11% - Normal (up from 09%)
  • 14% - High (up from 12%)
  • 17% - Very High (up from 14%)
  • 20% - Outrageous (up from 18%)

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