The concept of Mandate of Heaven had several effects in countries like Korea, Vietnam also. There countries were within the influence of Chinese culture. The rulers had to act responsibly as they had the fear of losing their position if they were not just to the subjects in the country. It was believed that the capable and wise emperors ruling in China respected Heaven and were cherished, respected by the subjects. The subjects had respite that God was with them. It was unlikely for an emperor to inflict misery and pain to the subjects perennially (Glanville, 2010).
Another major important part of the mandate of heaven was that the ruler need not be of noble birth only rather the emperor might be someone who had a common birth. This aspect showed that there was no difference among the people based on the legacy. A very common man also had similar right to be the king.
The mandate of heaven is similar to the European rights of the kings as it was also used to legitimize rule using divine approval. The Chinese mandate of heaven was far superior to the European rights of the kings as in Chinese mandate of heaven, the subjects had the power to overthrow the empire if the emperor was corrupt or unjust. This helped in bringing revolutions. Another difference was that mandate of heaven was with all the people in the country irrespective of the fact whether they are noble birth or the common birth. This was not the case with the European rights of the kings. In this God granted permission to only one family to be the ruler regardless of the ruler’s behavior (Wesley, 2008).