King of Prussia. He followed his father, Frederick William's military policies when he came to power. However, he also softened some of his father's laws. With regard to domestic affairs, he encouraged religious toleration and legal reform. According to his theory of government, he believed that a ruler should be like a father to his people. Supported religious freedom, reduced censorship, promoted education, challenged the powers of the junkers (Russian nobility), called himself the "first servant of the state"