The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:|
soil in a state of active cultivation, full of trees and fruits, its
natural products, to such officers he adds other territory, adorning
them with gifts and distinguishing them by seats of honour. But those
officers whose land he sees lying idle and with but few inhabitants,
owing either to the harshness of their government, their insolence, or
their neglect, he punishes, and making them to cease from their office
he appoints other rulers in their place. . . . Does not this conduct
indicate at least as great an anxiety to promote the active
cultivation of the land by its inhabitants as to provide for its
defence by military occupation?
 Lit. "by those who guard and garrison it."