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~3rd Person Perspective~
The leader of the Kingdom of Ernia is supposed to be King Ernia, but Sicily’s father, the king, is now too sick.
So the command of the country was carried out by the council of three officials.
One is the Marquis of Bartonia, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom.
The other is Marshal McRanger, Commander-in-Chief of the Kingdom’s Army.
The third is Maxis, the crown prince.
Although they governed national affairs together, there has been no record in this country that the Prime Minister, the Commander-in-Chief, and the Crown Prince ever being in a harmonious relationship.
The three were always in a foul mood as soon as they faced each other.
――Although they were in quite the foul mood, they didn’t really get into a fight. As expected of the leaders in their respective domains, they never got into fights or ignored each other.
They will continue to discuss national affairs on behalf of each of their domains.
First, the Kingdom Prime Minister, Bartonia, advises easing the taxes on the people.
The suggestion is, of course, hampered by Marshal McRanger.
“Tax cuts are outrageous. The military budget is already in the decline. Tax cuts will hinder us from buying the new weapons.” (McRanger)
The “new weapons” are guns that have become popular these days.
In this world where magic is the weapon of choice on the battlefield, the wave of “gunpowder weapons” is steadily increasing.
“There is an estimate that if we increase the number of soldiers armed with guns, we can reduce the number of magicians on the battlefield.” (McRanger)
Bartonia envisions that the reduced budget can be used for “medical care” and “construction”. The national power will be enriched. However, conservative soldiers couldn’t believe such reasoning.
“ What if we do something unprecedented and our national power decreases? That’s what the Astorian Empire wants!” (McRanger)
With that one point, he just repeated the ridiculousness of the tax cuts.
Rather, he argues that the tax should be increased instead.
In his mind, Bartonia chided him (…… you war monger), but he did not argue against his point any further.
The agenda changed from domestic affairs to war.
“As of now, the eastern part of my kingdom of Ernia is occupied by the Astoria Empire. The sacred and inviolable territory of His Majesty the King is being invaded by the enemy.” (McRanger)
“It’s an abominable situation.” (Bartonia)
Bartonia says with all his heart. Because he can imagine the following words of McRenger.
“The Authority of the country cannot be maintained as it is. We should send an army to recapture the land.” (McRanger)
Bartonia was quite taken aback, but before refuting, he saw Crown Prince Maxis.
He also tried to determine if he was in favor of military action, but he didn’t seem to have any particular opinion.
It seems to be true that he has a favorite high-class prostitute these days. When this man is preoccupied with a woman, he doesn’t talk about national politics.
Bartonia, didn’t want to equate national politics with women, he thought it was better than having the crown prince, who was naturally incompetent, interfere in this and that, and he agreed with McRanger’s opinion for going to war.
“You are again against the idea, no matter how much you lack courage, but you are also overly cautious…” (McRanger)
Marshal McRenger’s words stopped halfway because Bartonia’s words were surprising.
When he listened carefully, Bartonia was not against it, but in favor of it.
“… Well, you agree? You rarely agree.” (McRanger)
“Oh, anyway, the territory must be reclaimed.” (Bartonia)
“ Well, you’ve finally found your courage and chivalry, that’s good.” (McRanger)
McRanger is really happy and begins to mutter about who the commander of the operation should be.
Bartonia, who heard it, says:
“Although I agree to the expedition, only one brigade can be sent out.” (Bartonia)
“That’s ridiculous!” (McRanger)
McRanger gets angry when he hears the words from Bartonia.
“The occupied territories have become the enemy’s strongholds. Those have been fortified.” (McRanger)
“There are estimates that say that tens of thousands of troops are needed to capture it. You want to send only a brigade of only a few hundred men to capture it?” (McRanger)
“Yes. That’s the limit of this year’s budget.” (Bartonia)
Bartonia says so and offers the budget report. Certainly, the budget was in the red. They can’t afford to send out an expedition.
When he does this, McRanger will either be incensed or discouraged, but Bartonia knew that, so he budgeted to deliver a hundred state-of-the-art guns to the army. He approved it himself.
McRanger was forced to accept a compromise, and he decided that it would be a good thing to get the guns, then he left the Prime Minister’s Office.
In the carriage, he is trying to find a division to deploy the guns, when a soldier interrupts him.
“We have decided to go on an expedition after a meeting. Which brigade should we put forward to spearhead the operation?” (Soldier)
“That’s what I was thinking. We have to dispatch someone at least as a formality.” (McRanger)
What was decided at the meeting had to be followed by the book. He thinks it’s bureaucratic especially for him, but McRanger asked his follower.
“Which unit do you think we should send?” (McRanger)
The soldier bows respectfully.
“Then I wonder if the Libra Brigade led by Princess Sicily would be okay.” (Soldier)
“That’s what was just recently formed.” (McRanger)
“Yes sir.” (Soldier)
“But we can’t send the princess’s troops to their deaths, can we?” (McRanger)
“You’re absolutely right, but there’s another way to look at it. If the princess succeeds in retaking the occupied territories, it will be a credit to Marshal McRanger.” (Soldier)
“Of course, because I was the one who selected her.” (McRanger)
“If the princess fails, that’s normal. Your fame won’t be damaged.” (Soldier)
“Hmm, indeed.” (McRanger)
“Even if she dies in battle, no one will be angry. The princess’s birth mother is no longer with us. On the contrary, His Highness Prince Kerich, with whom she has a bad relationship, would be delighted.” (Soldier)
It’s not a bad idea to flatter the potential future king, the squire said, and it wasn’t a bad idea for McRanger.
“… Hmm, whether she succeeds or fails, it doesn’t matter. Hmm, fine.” (McRanger)
McRanger said that he would recruit the Libra Brigade for this mission.
The follower who heard it bowed respectfully.
In this way, the first expedition of the Libra Brigade was decided, but this was not a coincidence.
The information came from a man who had infiltrated as the secretary of Bartonia. He received a large number of gold coins.
When I found out that the possibility of going to war was going to be on the agenda at the conference, I contacted McRanger’s followers. I gave him a large amount of gold as well and persuaded him to give his Lord the advice he had just given him.
The kingdom leaders danced in the palm of my hand.
It was exciting, but this was something that only, the maid, Chloe knew.
I didn’t want to show Sicily that I was quite the devious strategist.
However, even if the operation was successful, Chloe was skeptical.
“We did as you said, using our agents and turning the leaders against each other, but are we really going to go alone with just the Libra Brigade? I’ve heard that the enemy’s base is solid.” (Chloe)
“Then don’t worry. I’m not going to put the princess in danger. I will make sure that she will be promoted to a position of prominence.”
I couldn’t tell if she believed my words or if she liked my serious expression, but she thanked me by pouring me a nice cup of tea.
The hot tea made by the beautiful maid tasted two, maybe three times better than the ones I made myself.
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