There are 3 elements essential in the matters of the State, Food, Military equipment, and Confidence of the people in the ruler.
Of these 3, Military Equipment is the least important, Food being the 2nd important, and Confidence of the people being the MOST important.
All men rather die of starvation than in war, but nevertheless all men do die of old age.
Lacking in Confidence from the people, a state cannot survive.
Quotes, by Confucius