Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukokusaikenki

Chapter 3 – Negotiations E

“W, why do you think so?” asked Jeanne as she recomposed her expression.

“… I’m going to be saying this off-the-rec… I mean, no mention of this to anyone please”
“… Understood”

Jeanne gave the Imperial bureaucrats a look, they stopped their busywork for a moment and quietly left the office. I as well shooed the Royal bureaucrats out and had Aisha stand in front of the door watching for any surveillance. Only Jeanne, Liscia, Hakuya, Aisha, and I remained in the room. I looked at Liscia next to me who was recording the meeting minutes.

“Liscia, you stop writing too”
“… all right”

Liscia put her pen down, so what goes on now won’t be recorded in the minutes. The room fell quiet as if the hustle and bustle earlier were only a lie. Jeanne shrugged.

“Good grief … I wonder what kind of bomb you’re going to bring out”
“Sorry. What I’m going to say is likely going to be protested against as discrimination. If it leaked outside, it may even cause a rebellion”
“… Let’s hear it then”

“The way I see it … I can’t tell the difference between this world’s animals and demonic creatures,” I said, choosing my words.

“Furthermore, I can’t really tell the difference between races like beastmen and dragonewts with the demon race, either”
“What!? But that’s …”
“I know, I know. They’re going to yell at me saying Don’t put us in the same category!

Previously, when I couldn’t tell the difference between Mystic Wolves like Tomoe and Mystic Foxes like Kaede, I said “Well, why not call them all Mystic hounds and be done with it?” Then Liscia scolded me saying, “Mystic hounds refer to Kobolds so make sure you never ever say that in front of those people, okay!” At that time, I consented, thinking well, I suppose that’s how it goes, but then what is the difference between Mystic Wolves and Foxes and Kobolds.

“Do you know what the difference between Mystic Wolves and Foxes and Kobolds, Jeanne?”
“Well of course. Mystic Wolves and Foxes have tails but their faces and bodies are in no way inferior to humans. On the other hand, Kobolds have the faces of dogs”
“But there are beastmen with animal faces, right?”

Like, for instance, Georg Carmine. If that Lion guy appeared in Japan he would first of all be probably considered a demonic creature. When I pointed that out, Jeanne crossed her arms and nodded.

“Well, now that you mention it … h~m … ah, right. Kobolds have furry bodies. Which means where beastmen are humans with animal parts, then Kobolds are dogs that stand on two legs like humans, I suppose”
“… then how do you tell apart demon races with short or no fur? If that’s how your reasoning goes, then Orcs and Minotaurs with human bodies should be beastmen, right?”

Being retorted to, Jeanne pondered, then finally raised both hands, “I give up”

“I’ve never really thought about what makes humanity different from demons. Now that you’ve pointed it out, I noticed that we’ve been distinguishing demons and humans by feeling”
“You’re right … now that you mention it, I can’t find any telltale differences”
“I wonder why we never noticed …”

Liscia and Hakuya also nodded. Everyone in this world probably was the same.

“Conversely speaking, you can say that the people of this world differentiate humanity and demons by feeling, right”

Speaking of Japanese sensibilities, even if we love shellfish miso soup, we don’t even want to look at slugs, which were the terrestrial equivalent of shellfish, most of us do. Also, people would watch in shock at Australian Aboriginals eat grub they found inside of trees as they calmly eat peeled shrimp (raw ones at that). It’s likely that the sensibilites of the people of this world were along those lines.

“Well there were only humans in the world I was in. Since I lived in a world without Elves or Beastmen or Dragonewts or Demons, I don’t have those sensibilities. Which is why that in my eyes, the demon races are just the same as any other race on the human side”
“Y, Your Highness! … d, do you hate Dark Elves?” asked Aisha, who was standing in front of the door, with eyes like an abandoned puppy.
“Not at all,” I answered and flashed her a grin.

“Dark skinned Elves are cute, right. Of course, classic human beauties, too”

The former was for Aisha, and the latter Liscia. “Really!?” said Aisha with a brightened face as I said that while Liscia brusquely went “Yeah yeah, sure, thanks”, but not at all dissatisfied, judging from the grin on her face. Seeing the two, Jeanne wryly smiled.

“You’re loved, aren’t you”
“I have it too good …”

As I said that, Jeanne leaned against the back of her chair.

“I’m glad you said to keep a lid on it. If we continued as we were, I might’ve had to kill off our country’s esteemed buraucrats”
“… that’s dangerous. Was it that bad?”
“It’s that bad. If what we’re talking here leaked out, it’s not only King Soma’s reputation that’ll go down. The continent might go up in a riot. Am I right, Lord Hakuya”
“It is as you say. I wish he mentioned it to me sooner”

Hakuya nodded and sent me a reproachful glare. Eh? That bad?

“Please listen Your Highness. If what you said about ‘demons and beastmen being hard to differentiate’, countries like the Human supremacist Amidonia and High Elven elitist Holy Kingdom of Gerlean will use it as material to discrimnate against other races. They’ll cast doubt on whether or not beastmen and dragonewts were demons after all or colluding with the enemy, and might clamp down on them with injustice”

The Holy Kingdom of Gerlean, the island country to the northwest of the continent, huh. It had a big and small island but it seems that the small island and part of the large one had been occupied. All rumors, because this country is particularly insular and not much information could get in. High Elves, who had a high tendency of having beautiful women and men even among Elves look down on other people, believing that they’re god’s chosen people and despise mixed blood. This never changed even now after the demon race invasion.

Well, countries like the Principality of Amidonia and the Holy Kingdom of Gerlean would take this information as proof of their race’s superiority. In fact, Amidonia made their own country easier to govern by fanning hatred towards Elfrieden (and blaming any slip-ups on the actions of the Kingdom). This was only turning the hatred against the other races. Jeanne also concurred.

“It’s as Lord Hakuya said. Also, this is not an external matter for multiethnic countries like ours and yours. If that recognition was widespread within our countries, it would be cause for antagonism between races domestically. If we had internal threats in addition to the ones from outside …”
“… sorry. I didn’t think this through”

I honestly bowed my head. These two were right. This is not just a matter of my own honor. I had to have a better sense of crisis. However, Jeanne shook her head.

“We wouldn’t have noticed had you not pointed it out. It’s quite a problem, but this is better than it suddenly erupting without us realizing it. We can make preparations for it, too”
“Thank you … but that said, I can’t think of any countermeasures right away”
“I know. The Humanity Declaration prohibits exile and persecution against other races but only among countries. We could still intervene with discriminative national policies (say, by making it an order from a superior), but for the common people, we could only help supervise those countries”

That’s not going to be effective, and you can’t just deal with each and every individual case, either. If it gets buried in the dark then it’s over. Anyway, since we couldn’t get any good ideas right now, the Empire and the Kingdom should continue to deliberate this later.

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We called back the bureaucrats we sent outside and continued the conference well into the night. Naturally, it was then time to fill our stomachs. Since Jeanne was a VIP from another country, we ought to have had stopped the meeting for dinner but both Jeanne and I felt it would be a waste of time so we continued conversation over food; something that we could eat while working. Therefore, I decided to treat Jeanne and company to some bread that we were investigating whether we could popularize in the country or not. Jeanne’s impressions were:

“Well this is something! While it looked mismatched to put a staple food on top of another, the two different textures when you sink your teeth into it makes for a best match. The sourness of the tomato sauce works well, too. Also, being able to eat something that you normally had to eat with a plate and fork on bread and with one hand, this is a novel idea I’m taking my hat off to! Magnificent!”

She openly praised me. Huhuhu, you’re thinking it’s a sandwich? Too bad, it’s a “Napolitan bread” 1! … well, I actually wanted to make yakisoba bread but I couldn’t reproduce that rich sauce no matter what. Which is why I used the pasta and tomato sauce that already existed in this world and made napolitan bread.

“I doubted the sanity of it when I first saw it, but it was really good”
“Bread and pasta aren’t something new, and yet a new texture is made when you put the two together”

Seems Liscia and Hakuya also liked it. We’re all but done dealing with the food problems, so it might be good to introduce Earth cuisine alongside novel foods like zelring udon. We could also acquire foreign currency by having a unique food culture. Anyway, the one who took to these unique menus, Aisha, was:

“Whom nom nom, huff!”

She was standing behind me as guard, but while doing that, was intently tossing the napolitan bread into her mouth. In fact, Aisha, how many have you eaten already? The mountain that was on the plate had turned into a small hillock. The hungry Dark Elf was operating normally even now.

“Phew … now then, we should get started on the matter of the occupation of Vannes”

After having a breather after eating the bread, Jeanne broached the topic.

“The Empire wishes to uphold the Humanity Declaration and will not recognize border changes through military action. We would like Elfrieden to return Vannes and its environs to the Principality of Amidonia”
“The Kingdom could not accept that wish. It was Amidonia who attacked first. We have the right of it, don’t you think?”
“Some would see them as the first to be induced to doing it, though?”
“It was an intervention by all definitions. It’s unreasonable to complain when the attacker becomes attacked instead, no? Is the Empire okay with this? The signatory and non-signatory nations will make light of the Humanity Declaration if you allow this attack”
“That is true. Which is why the Empire would have Amidonia pay the appropriate indemnities. As far as the Empire is concerned, both parties are at fault in this matter”

… well, I suppose she’s right. As a signatory of the Humanity Declaration, the Empire would have to stand by Amidonia and press Elfrieden for repatriation of territory. But that said, if they pardoned Amidonia’s attack, they would invite tyranny by the signatory nations and backlash from the non-signatory nations. Which is why they would give harsh sanctions on Amidonia, making them a warning for the signatory nations. The Empire is powerful enough to do so. I sent Jeanne a testing look.

“… If we do not comply, would you escalate to military force?”
“We would prefer not to … but yes, if necessary. Currently, the Empire only brought enough ‘numbers’ to be on par with the Elfrieden military, but we believe we have the ‘strength’ to crush both you and Amidonia together”
“I suppose. We would also like to avoid a fight”

I rested my elbows on the table and folded my hands over my mouth.

“Therefore, let’s first sort out each other’s intentions”
“Sort out …?”
“The Empire does not want to recognize the border change, so you would have the Kingdom return the occupied territory. Am I correct?”
“… yes. That is right”

Jeanne nodded. Having confirmed the Empire’s intentions, I continued.

“As for the Kingdom, we would like to completely crush Amidonia who had continually attacked us again and again. We would also want to have them pay indemnities for attacking us. We took Vannes as that indemnity”
“… I see. You mean you it doesn’t have to be Vannes in particular, right. So in other words, while you won’t return Vannes free of charge, you would be willing to return it if Amidonia pays compensation for it”

As expected, the talks are going smoothly. I nodded and Jeanne breathed a sigh.

“Do you want Lord Julius’ head?”
“While we would be glad if you did that for us, it does not hold any particular value to us”
“So … it’s money after all, then”
“… I suppose. If Amidonia would pay us monetary indemnities, we’ll return Vannes. I can also say that the Empire could also demand payments from Amidonia, which should be about right, no?”

Looking at the long term, handing over land with buried riches for some temporary funds is a minus. However, considering that it was Amidonian territory until recently and considering relations with the Empire, it wasn’t so bad a deal. At the same time, the Empire would accomplish their just cause of restoring territory to Amidonia, and also make a warning of them to the other signatory nations that if they did something like the Amidonians did, they would return their territory but make them pay indemnities. That also means gaining the trust of non-signatory nations. Jeanne took a breath and said.

“Lord Julius is going oppose …”
“No sympathy for the wicked. Ah, make it in Imperial gold coins please. Julius seems hopeless at economics. He’s going to be considering using inferior gold coins for payment”
“You want to get our country involved, are you …”
“You have managerial accountability for Amidonia’s actions this time. You could at least take that responsibility”
“… I have nothing to say to that”

Jeanne smiled wryly and shrugged. She then suddenly looked serious.

“There’s something I want to ask King Soma. Why won’t Elfrieden sign Elder Sister’s Humanity Declaration? If you did, the Empire and the Kingdom would not have been standing at odds on this matter…”

Jeanne gave Liscia a glance.

“I feel bad to say this in front of princess Liscia, but the reason the previous King Alberto did not sign the Humanity Declaration … well, I could somewhat understand the reason. That’s because … the reason he didn’t sign …”
“Because he couldn’t decide whether to sign or not. He’s indecisive like that”

Jeanne seemed to find it hard to say, so Liscia clearly said it in her stead. Jeanne looked slightly apologetic as she said “that’s correct”

“However, I would think that King Soma understands the threat that the Demon King Army poses, and how important it is for humanity to band together. And yet why would you not participate in Elder Sister’s Humanity Declaration?”

She said that while looking straight at me. Well this is awkward. I didn’t want to tell her the reason yet. But if I lied and said I decided without due consideration, relations with the Empire were going to sour. I thought for a while and slowly began talking.

“Well … there’s an ‘old story’ in my world. Once upon a time, there were the two gods of the East and the West”

◇ ◇ ◇

The god of the East said thus:

“The world shall be equal. Therefore, O Mankind, ye shall all till the fields together, and all take equal part in its bounties”

On the other hand, the god of the West said thus:

“The world shall be free. Therefore, O Mankind, ye shall each till your own fields, and each partake in its bounties for as much as ye have worked for it”

The god of the East said to the god of the West:

“Thy way will make those who have prospered even more prosperous, and the impoverished even more impoverished. The world will be wrapped in strife between the rich and the poor”

The god of the West said to the god of the East:

“If man were to gain the same bounties no matter how hard he worked, he shall be deprived of reason to work. Thus the fruits of their labors would also decrease, and all of society shall be poor”

And thus the gods of the East and West opposed each other. The fight between the gods swept up the countries that believed in them. We are right and they are wrong. The countries of the east and west glared at each other. The ones troubled by it were the countries in the border.

Once the countries that believed in each of the gods began fighting, we would be the first to suffer. Our homes and fields will fall to ruin. Now, what are we to do. The people living in the border countries thought, and came up with an inspiration.

“That’s right. While there is nothing we could do against them opposing each other, we shall place rules to prevent a fight”

Then the people of the countries near the borders, together with many of the countries of the east and west together came about with several rules.

“First, to disallow border changes through military action”
“Second, to allow every country equal rights and self determination of their peoples”
“Third, to foster good cultural exchange with the countries of the east and west” 2

◇ ◇ ◇

“What manner of story is that!?”

After I had said that much, Jeanne raised her voice. She looked at me suspiciously when I suddenly began telling a fairy tale, but as the story went on her eyes went wider and wider. Jeanne had been composed up to that point, but having gone this far, she seemed to have lost her composure. Liscia and Hakuya also had the same look on their faces (Aisha had a dumb look, not understanding what was going on). Jeanne hit the table hard.

“Never mind the story, but the rules are just the same as the Humanity Declaration! How does it end!?”

Jeanne wanted me to cut to the chase, but I silently shook my head.

“What happened next … I still can’t say right now”
“King Soma!”

“I do, however, know how the story ends”

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  1. TN: Not to be confused with Neapolitan bread (Pane cafone), which is actual Italian bread. Napolitan is a dish made in Japan by a Japanese that happens to be pasta-based. Kind of like yakisoba bread but with pasta. 
  2. TN: Clauses 3, 8, and sort-of-9 of the Helsinki Accords. 

87 thoughts on “Chapter 3 – Negotiations E

    1. …the sad part is that this is actually a cliff hanger for me, despite the clear allegorical sources.

      Damn it American public school system. Why could you not be bothered to teach me ANYTHING after WWII in history class? The only other time I ever heard anything past that was in lit class with black history month, which stopped in the 60’s and preteneded it was all solved with that too…. (that is obviously its own can of worms I don’t want to get into).

      I am severely limited in my knowledge of cold war era politics. Especially involving the treaties of the neutral nations.

      1. Man, I have no idea where he’s going with the Helsinki Accords and I did learn about them.

        So this wasn’t a treaty first of all. A treaty is a binding document between countries and this was just a declaration signed by all European countries, including the USSR and excluding Albania, the US and Canada.

        Secondly, this declaration actually worked. It led to NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The Eastern and Western European countries had more interaction and that helped weaken the Soviet Union’s hold over the Eastern bloc.

        I don’t see how this plays into the story though. There is seemingly no analogous countries to the East and West here. There’s one country that’s dominating the treaty, the Empire, and that’s it. The only opposing nation would be the Demons, but they’re not signatories to the treaty. So that doesn’t really fit.

        Earlier in the story Souma said that there’s a fatal flaw in the treaty, but its real life counterpart really didn’t have one. Of course, I’m no expert and I could be wrong. If anyone can tell me what I’m missing, then I’d really appreciate it.

      2. the actual helsinki accords had 10 clauses (the decalogue). this one only has three of them

      3. Right now, i’m searching the analogy of what King Soma has mention… I believe it refer to something historical… but i didn’t get anything until now

      4. Just wanted to correct one part of my statement. I don’t know why I said that the Helsinki Accord led to NATO and the Warsaw Pact because both of those happened decades before. I meant to say it led to increased cooperation between countries belonging to either group.

      5. I’d say the east corresponds to The Chaos Empire while the West is Elfriedan. the demons may factor in but we don’t know enough information about them at this point to draw a conclusion (note that souma also doesn’t know anything about the demons ideology at this point in the story.)

        Most people aren’t considering Elfriedan because its a kingdom but it has been confirmed more than once that it will become an Empire within the time Souma’s reign. Souma’s style of leadership is more similar to Capitalism his actions so far have been very focused on growing the economy, his creation of roads help the economy and port city help stimulate trade.

        The Chaos empire is mentioned earlier on the story as to be to big the only reason it still exists is the threat of the demons. Before that the Empire was eventually going to break apart since it had to much land and the territory’s under the control of the empire were finding no real benefit as remaining as part of the empire.

        The Empire just takes things by threat of their military might while Souma focuses more on Give and Take in other words the economy eventually the Chaos empire will fall apart and divide since people won’t stay loyal to it when theirs no benefit to them. the country that last is the one who is of benefit to its people.

        Sorry ahead of time if this doesn’t make complete sense since I’m really Tired.

      6. It seems you all are missing the biggest clue here..
        Its not about what the communist side or the capitalist side in this story, but it is about the consequence of the treaty’s clause.
        The consequence will be clear several chapters ahead. 🙂
        I have read the some “google-translated” raw chapter some times ago.
        *sorry for spoiler…
        *kabuur…. :p

      7. @CrackpotTheorist In that scenario I can’t find many reasons for Soma to not sign the treaty. If he was party to the treaty, then he could attack other nations economically and culturally, and vassalize the country after their internal politics shifted in favor of Elfrieden. He could even do the same thing to the Chaos Empire after it collapses.

        The risk of course is that the same happens to his country, but with all the populist reforms he’s doing it seems unlikely.

        The only reason I can see for him not signing the treaty is if Soma plans to militarily conquer the other nations. That seems like something a realist would want to keep in his pocket. If he’s able to conquer all the members of the treaty, then the treaty is worthless.

      8. @SightlierGravy thank you for your response after looking at my theory after reading your critique I realized I had been going about my theory the wrong way by trying to assign countries to the East and West. After that I Tried taking a different approach by analyzing the similarities and differences between the story and the cold war (focusing mostly on the differences between the Treaty and the Helsinki accords.) and developed a much more concrete theory.

        1.“First, to disallow border changes through military action”
        Looking at the first law of the peace accord a major flaw is that it only disallows border changes it doesn’t prevent a country from using military threats or brutality to achieve what they want.

        In looking at the Helsinki accord the most noticeable law not under any of the three laws of the Chaos Empires treaty in the sixth one, which is Non-intervention in internal affairs. Non-intervention in internal affairs prevent other countries from indirectly controlling or puppeting other countries.

        In this agreement there is only one super power namely the Chaos Empire in control of managing the matters of the treaty. Unlike in our world where two superpowers were in a stalemate and could keep each other in check to make sure the laws were handled fairly and there was no infringements.

        I believe that with the current rules set in place the signatories will eventually lose trust in the Empire since there is no true measure to stop the signatories from becoming puppet states. This is shown with how they’re dealing with Amidonia they seem reluctant to make Amidonia a puppet state (by directly interfering with internal affairs in order to get their reparation money back because Julias is incompetent) but are left no choice since unlike in our worlds cold war example there are non-signatory lands bordering the signatories meaning that there isn’t a total deadlock in the movement of borders thus creating this incident. This incident will probably end up shaking the signatories faith in the Empire and make them paranoid of being fooled into becoming puppet states.

        This alone might not be the only reason why the treaty will eventually fail but is sure to be a major factor into the treaties eventual dissolution.

      9. While it’s touching that so many readers of this LN have interest in the Cold War era, I don’t think we need to delve too deeply into the actual Helsinki Accord and related documents.

        The Cold War was a conflict that essentially split the world into two, and in their desperation the country’s wrote up a treaty that forced everyone into a stalemate/DEADLOCK.

        The leftover enmity and suspicion, coupled with the loss of a way to vent aggression, led to the development of Nuclear Deterrence strategies. Countries stockpiled nuclear weapons in the thousands, and it was all coming to a head.

        There was a period of time when the End of the World was very real and imminent, and it would happen by our hand. But by some miracle, nations regained their reason and put a stop to this nonsense.

        Souma is alluding to a point in history when humanity split itself into two and almost annihilated itself. He believes that now Humanity and Demonkind are about to reach the same crossroads.

        He wants Jeanne, Military Commander of the Empire, to think very carefully about the potential consequences of the treaty. He eventually wants to broker peace between the two groups, maybe with Tomoe as ambassador.

  1. According to Wikipedia:

    “This in turn led to the formal dissolution of the USSR in December 1991 and the collapse of communist regimes in other countries such as Mongolia, Cambodia and South Yemen. The United States remained as the world’s only superpower.”

    So in this scenario, who is communist, who is capitalist?

    1. Communism and capitalism are ideologies which mainly comprise of ideals some of which is far from reality. Communism being classless and the trickle down economy for example. As a realist , he doesn’t want to be involve as conflict will surely rise concerning ideologies as they bound to oppose each other.

    2. If I have to guess :
      Communist : the Empire and it’s Humanity Declaration
      Capitalist : The Demon King Country.

      1. More likely the different nations themselves. The demon king country are the nazi germany or axis forces. Before the cold war , the capitalist and communist didn’t fight because of a common threat (nationalist and communist in china for example.) Once the threat is gone, they are on a cold war and start of proxy war. In that world, at least two sides will emerge. If he sign now , he would force to choose sides.

    3. Since the humanity side’s countries are the signatories, I think the issue isn’t so much “who is who” as much as it is the fact that one side will collapse, right?

      I have no idea what happened or what the history is, but it sounds like the issue with the pact is that some countries aren’t able to cope with the seemingly harmless policies.

      1. Everyone seems to be missing the fact that the Empire plays the role of the mediator in the allegory (with the Humanity Declaration / Helsinki Accord) rather than either side. 😀

        Empire = UN

    4. I think the problem here isn’t who’s who, but the fact that it lock people on one side of the conflict.
      Soma is prolly aiming for cooperation with both here.

      1. I don’t think he “aims” for cooperation, not at all. He is more like at the side of the show, just seeing how it’ll go.

        And the fact that it locks people is a given, however, in here once, and if, the threat of the demon king disappears, what will happen to those with the declaration side? Not only that but, though they can’t change their borders, I didn’t see anything regarding to pillaging. Contry B, a member of the declarations, may not change his borders BUT he still could attack country C, which isn’t a member, and pillage some of its cities, and the same could be done to B as long as they don’t change their borders.

        But, in a way, everything will, most likely, go down once the threat of the demons disappears OR, as he himself said that they may be such beings like the Mystic races – only unknown until now, the demon races end up joining hands with humanity.

        And not only that but we have to keep in mind that the border countries, the ones closest to the demons’ territories, will end up exhausting their own resources and will have to count with those that aren’t in a direct threat. Will they really give all they can without raising their prices even if it does mean putting their own economy at risk?

  2. Augh, cliffhanger! You’re evil! :V

    Well, maybe I”ll practice my Japanese and go read ahead…

    1. Those two things lie on the same end of the political spectrum, and it’s socialism. More apt examples would be capitalism vs socialism or liberalism vs conservatism.

  3. hmm, I’ve read the Helsinki accords but since I’m not that informed with western world war history I still have no idea how its a weakness

    1. The countries that were part of the Soviet union used the only peaceful change of borders to leave to change side to the more individualistic US without fear of being invaded which left the Soviet Union to collapse

  4. Why the hell this cliffhanger about communism vs capitalism hurt me more than a MC in a pinch 😦

  5. Hmm. Actually, how DID our world’s discriminatory views start to decline?

    I was never good at history so someone correct me, but my simplified understanding of it is that people were sick of war after World War II and everyone received a big shock after learning about the Holocaust. The consequential backlash led to racism and its relatives just becoming touchy subjects.

    1. Never did, just change of who the oppressor and whois the oppressed. The decendant of the oppressors are now the oppressed and the deed of their ancestors are used as an excuse. Discrimination against the whites (excluded from affirmative action, no assistance in scholarship. There is also men with VAWA(they arrest the male even of they are one beatened ) , rape laws(by definition they can’t be raped) etc, .. If anyone try to adressed these , they cite the deeds of other living or not.

    1. Hey, if my history teacher presented course content in the form of an epic other world fantasy novel, I’d be through the year’s doorstopper textbook within the month.

  6. Auuuuu as much as I love this series the cliffs are the steepest…

    Thankee for the chapter!!

  7. This is one of those part I wish Yukkuri Oniisan doing the translated. Your translation is not the problem but I really want translation note on it (the extream kind). I have an inking ideas on this but not that much. I’m science grad so my history is at best ‘meh’ level. I do know history but it is something like Albert Einstein almost flip the table when talking with Neil Bohr over quantum physic …. that kind of things.

    Well, to be fair I hate his comment section because I can’t comment on it with my existing ID. I did have google account but I used it mainly for works. Guess I’m a dick to any translators haha.

    1. The translator pointed out that he’s referring to the Helsinki Accords. So obviously this story is about the cold war.

  8. I guess since the declaration is similar to helsinki accord then that means it also have the same loophole which is done by both side during cold war in changing the borders.

    1. That’s a really flawed view on the events though. The Helsinki Accord never allowed the Eastern bloc to cut ties with the USSR. It wasn’t even a treaty and had no legal binding. What allowed those countries to change sides was the Soviet Union’s weakening in the late 80s. Their Premier took a very laissez-faire stance on the Eastern bloc politics and focused on domestic policies instead. They just didn’t have the money to concern themselves with another country’s politics at that point.

  9. Maybe Soma, thinks more about the actual hegemony of that have USA in the whole history… because those actions can make weak one side of the balance, that goes so well with the most powered and resourceful country… something like that…

    Thanks for the chapter…

  10. Wow, i’m surprised that a lot of readers know the tale is an analogy of Cold War. It looks like education in my country need to move up because they only taught about things in Kingdom era (around time when Spices found in Indonesia, right before Colonialism in south-east asia) until the end of World War II.

    Thank you for the chapter~ Gotta go and read that Helsinki Accords and history around Cold War.

  11. -The humanity declaration is helsinki accord,which is not a bonding treaty
    -the story is about the cold war
    -empire is probably like soviets because they control through fear,while soma is capitalist,because he control through give and take
    -my guess is he didn’t sign it because there is something missing in the declaration,maybe the internal dispute non-intervention thing?because the rebellion is basically internal dispute right?
    -there is also no territorial integeity of states clause added so the leaders of each city can be negotiated to join other nations
    -and there is also the probability of him getting an agreement with the demon king,maybe the demon king is a girl?(my personal preference)

    A little side note:
    My history teacher is an old lady who only focus on her stinking laptop playing facebook and while she’s explaining,she uses weird examples,and when she said a during lessons,it’s b when it’s time for test,F*CK HER!
    I gain more knowledge playing games and reading novels than studying with her

    1. Be careful though since history on games may or may not be altered to fulfill whatever agenda they may have especially now those social justice warriors are pushing for their politically correct way to the game industries.

      1. They also self censor(not just pron bit also political, religious etc) to make certain countries(you know which ones) allow its distribution.

      2. Or to simply make the game more spectacular.

        Amazing how the US is always “heroic” in these games….

  12. Thx for the chapter o/
    i am so going to ask my frinds which are good on history to the awenser xD

  13. Thanks for the Chapter~!!!
    I wish i knew what was going to happen, i mean i know that its referencing something but i have no idea what….. well i guess that’s another thing to chalk up to the american school systems

  14. capitalist (souma elfrieden) and communist (empire)?
    the question is why Souma didnt spit out the answer to the story end?
    Does he want to see how the Human declaration will be in the end?
    Thinking that maybe it will end not like the story….?
    Or he’s just make it so mysterious that it piqued the interest of the Empire princess?
    thank you!

  15. Rather than the first clause about border change I think the biggest flaw would be the clause about respecting the rights of all ‘people’ in every nation. Like it was stated in this chapter “What is the difference between beastmen and demons?” And couldn’t the demon country also be counted as a nation?

  16. Huhuhu, you’re thinking it’s a sandwich? Too bad, it’s a “Napolitan bread”

    i see JoJo reference

  17. I sort of disagree when people say the demon empire is one of the factions in the example. They’re not signatories of the Declaration and this seems to be more of the internal consequences of the Declaration than any effect on the party they are banding together to defeat.

    More likely, since there is talk about discrimination, the Declaration locks in place existing “racial supremacist” country’s government and does not recognize the non-human races as a country, so it ties the hands of external intervention and aid and legitimizes discrimination as they end up supporting a government that does whatever it wants internally.

    My guess.

    Or they can end up with proxy wars as other countries start “supporting” racial groups for independence.

  18. I’m not native and my english is not that good, if i can i want to just merge all the parts and publish it as a single chapter weekly (like in skythwood).

  19. ARIGATOU!!! Thanks for the chapter!! This is such an EXCELLENT story!! But that cliff though!! Although since it’s my 3rd year studying economics I do kinda know what he’s gonna say…. 😀 It leads to a pretty complex system with a lot of clutter along with a war to get to this mess in the first place, caused by the clash in ideologies. I.e. the modern society. There is definitely a much better way to implement the ideals of western freedom through the use of chartered companies like there were in the olden days. There is enough freedom for the companies to work the way they want while also letting the people have a say in which companies should continue to exist. TLDR; This book is ultra awesome and uses realistic economics and management. Thank you SO MUCH for translating this!!! Can’t wait for the next chapter!!!!!! XD

  20. “Second, to allow every country equal rights and self determination of their peoples”

    Self determination is a bitch and could topple the treaty. If the people of Vanes wish to join the kingdom the Empire must allow it otherwise it would undermine the treaty, and since it’s the people’s will it isn’t a military change of territory.

  21. Wow 1 chapter release and the whole comment section explodes with political opinions. Awesome!

  22. What this meant was that the people who lived under these systems — at least the more courageous — could claim official permission to say what they thought.”

    so Empire gonna collapse because everyone who signed that treaty gonna claim everything what they thought.

    For Example.. Territory around Empire gonna claim they want indenpendence.

    1. All the satellites of the Soviets with the possible exception of the Bulgarians want to break the shackles of the Warsaw Treaty, but they cannot. Then their only hope is that which the Helsinki document allows them, that is, to strengthen their friendship with the United States of America and the West, to seek investments from them in the form of credits and imports of their technology without any restrictions, to allow the church to occupy its former place, to deepen the moral degeneration, to increase the anti-Sovietism, and the Warsaw Treaty will remain an empty egg-shell.

      Satellites = Kingdom Around the Empire and more.
      US = Elfrienden
      The West = Demon King Territory

      The more Kingdom seek help from Souma, the empire gonna lose his SUPERPOWER.
      And Souma going to be Empire and have more SUPERPOWER

  23. No one got that DIO reference from the napolitan bread part really? Anyways thanks for the chapter.

  24. So this is why souma won the people of Vannes ,winning non-military way(1)[charisma over Vannes residents], self determination of their people(2) [freedom of speech, freed from amidonia mindset], good cultural exchange(3) [“renaissance” period in vannes].

  25. Lol a bunch of nerds reading this series I mean this in the most positive manner xD with all the informations in the comments alone I dont need to do my own research. thanks everyone xD. I knew that sounded familiar.

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