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A State is a name given to any form of government, usually in a negative connotation. States have several different "branches", each utilized for a different purpose. Despite this difference, they each maintain the same goal: keeping the State alive. States also maintain a police force, and a standing army for the protection (and sometimes the subjugation) of it's citizens. 

Libertarianism generally calls for the shrinking of the State's power, as to grant higher freedom to the civilian. Some schools of thought even advocate for the complete abolishment of the State, as they see the State as a tool of oppression. The general consensus amongst Libertarians, however, is that the State must be put in check, for only then can the people be free.

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