Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukokusaikenki

Chapter 6 – In Which I was Baiting Sea Bream with a Shrimp but Caught a Shark D

“Hold on a moment!”

As I froze upon hearing Roroa’s sudden marriage proposal, a flustered Liscia ran down and pressed on to Roroa.

“You’re Amidonia’s princess, right! What are you saying!”
“Whut do ye mean whut? The same as you, big sis”
“Big sis!?”

On the other hand, Roroa was still at ease.

“Big sister Liscia is Elfrieden’s princess too, aye? The reason fer ye to marry Soma-han was at first to give him a case to govern Elfrieden, no?”
“H, how did you!?”
“Dinnae be underestimanting merchants. And then I’m the same. By marrying me, Soma-han gains a case to rule Amidonia. He’d somewhat lessen the chance of rebellion by the people”
“Well … yes, but even if it’s that way in the beginning, but I’m now completely doing it to support Soma’s rule. There’s my feelings for him too. Not just for giving him a case. Me, Aisha, and also Juna, we all chose to stay by Soma ourselves!”

Being sort of confessed to so loudly made me, who was listening from the side, feel embarrassed. However, even having listened to Liscia’s proclamation, Roroa said with a grin,

“Ah—, naught a problem then. I like Soma-han plenty myself.”

that easily.

“Back when I was sheltering in Nerva, I saw the Royal Broadcast. That was revolutionary I say, and there’s still a lot of uses for it, too. Ye could make a fortune depending on how ye use it. Let’s see … both the Kingdom and Principality have Purveyors, aye? The one where the highest quality items they present gets a seal of approval from the government? That is simultaneously a guarantee of the quality of the item and publicity for only the guaranteed goods. So whut about taking just a wee bit of time on the Royal Broadcast to publicize these goods for a fee? Big merchants who want to publicize their goods will be willing to spend a lot of money for it I think.”
“Ah, I see. You want to air commercials”

That was a blind spot. Currently the Royal Broadcasts were airing public broadcasts. I haven’t thought much about commercials at all. Because I didn’t think that the idea of becoming a TV sponsor exists in a world without TV. But just like Roroa said, there are merchants like Purveyors who do trade by publicity. They’d be willing to part with money if we gave them a place to advertise. Using that for programme production costs would help lighten national expenditures.

As I was thinking, Roroa flashed a grin.

“Soma-han looks like ye could bring both Elfrieden and Amidonia together to a more prosperous era. I think there’s going to be a lot of fun things if I stay with ye. I’ve always thought that it’s better to marry someone fun”
“Roroa … are you sure you’re alright with me?”

I looked Roroa straight in the eye. This is something I must ask of her.

“I’m the man who killed Gaius … your father”

The air froze as I said so … or so I felt. Unexpectedly however, the only ones who are tense were people from the Kingdom. Roroa only calmly shrugged.

“If ye’re going to say that, then I’m the one who drove out brother. I used the merchant’s network to cause many riots to happen at the same time”

Ah … so the simultaneous riots really were this girl’s plan.

“About Lord Faither, ye neednae lose sleep on him. Or would ye prefer a girl who glares at ye saying ‘how dare ye kill my faither!’ ?”
“Um, it’s not about preference …”

Seeing me baffled, Roroa breathed a sigh.

“… well, not that I didnae feel anything. He’s still my faither after all. But, he was also going to kill ye as well, aye? A battlefield is where ye kill or get killed. That is something that cannae be helped anymore. Ye’ve also kindly returned his body, so there’s nought left for me to say”
“Well … it only shows how much we dinnae get along that I only felt this much.”

Roroa said with a somewhat lonely look.

“Lord Faither and brother were so obsessed with revenge to the Kingdom, they couldnae see the reality. Amidonia is a poor country. We have mines, but that’s all we have. We’re also not food sufficient. The ones to make the people suffer isnae the Royals or the people of Elfrieden, but hunger and poverty. What we really need are jobs and food. We, that is me, Colbert, and the officials, desperatly tried to raise money, but Lord Faither puts them into army spending right away”
“We managed to reduce the number of people that are starving, the girls selling themselves off, the children who had to be sent away. Fueling hatred for the Kingdom to suppress dissent isnae healthy. Someday it’s going to fail. But even so … Lord Faither never lent us an ear. I wonder when it began … when did I stop thinking of him as family …”
“Roroa …”

Roroa shook her head, pulling herself together, and made a grin.

“My family is already old man Hermann and ‘big brother’ Colbert, and also the uncles and aunties living in town. The ones I want to protect isnae the family only connected to me by blood, but the ones important to me”

She wants to protect not the family only connected by blood, but the ones important to her. Back when we negotiated post-war arrangements, Julius cast Roroa away, thinking she would become a political opponent. And now, Roroa is also abandoning Julius. It should’ve been even, but somehow, I felt more filial piety in Roroa. Probably … unlike Julius, Roroa understands the importance of family.

“One more thing. The insurrection in north-western Amidonia the other day, causing Julius to come cracking down, is that also your instigation?”
“I’d never do something like that!”

For the first time since Roroa was here, she was angry.

“In fact, I made it so that the rebellion happens at the same time to avoid that. Rendering brother immobile so he dinnae oppress the masses”
“So the insurrection in the northwest happened on its own?”
“That’s also wrong. Judging by the location, what’s near the northwest where it happened? Was there anyone who acted strangely?”
“! Holy Orthodox Empire Lunaria!”

The Holy Orthodox Empire Lunaria was to the northeast of Amidonia, and they sent troops to the border in order to take care of their believers within Amidonia. Roroa made an annoyed look and nodded.

“Religious affairs go beyond borders. Being so close to the Holy Orthodox Empire, that area had lots of Lunarian believers. The Orthodox Empire probably instigated the believers with a papal commandment. They dared send in troops and call it protecting the believers”
“But the northwest isn’t a prosperous land, right? What would the Orthodox Empire gain from it so much as to cause an insurrection there?”
“Whut they want isnae land, but people, believers. True believers, no matter how much they suffer, willnae latch away from the Holy See. Troubles and hardships are a trial from the gods. Therefore the country never has to think about the people’s well being. They get support so long as they observe the rites. That’s why the country is happier the more believers they have.”
“Nothing quite as troublesome as that, huh … speaking of which, you sound like you really don’t like the Lunarian Church, Roroa”
“I dinnae care about the Church itself. Whut I hate is the bastards using religion for politics, filling their own pockets while causing suffering.”

Hmm, I guess mixing religion with politics does cause trouble no matter what world you’re in. You’re using something that was supposed to heal people’s hearts as justification to do what you want. Interpretation of dogma is left to the powers that be, condemning people under the name of god for being heretics, for not espousing the same creed as themselves. Really, there’s nothing quite so troublesome.

“I’d rather avoid having anything to do with any of it if I could”
“But ye cannae do that, aye? That country’s going to contact you eventually”
“Why!? I’m not a believer”
“Because that country detests the Star Dragon mountain range and the Grand Chaos Empire”

The Star Dragon mountain range is obvious. It is the (de facto) country of intelligent dragons, and the faith of the Mother Dragon that inhabits it is one of the two great faiths of the continent along with the Lunaria Church (though it’s unknown what they believe in the Demon King Territory). That’s why the Orthodox Church would obviously detest the Star Dragon Mountain range, being the seat of the faith of the Mother Dragon.

“Ye ken that the Empress Maria is called the ‘Holy Maiden’, aye? The citizens that were saved by her relief policies called her that on her own. In the Lunaria Church, the right to name Holy Men and Maidens belong to the Pope. The Lunaria Church actually has someone they call the Holy Maiden. Which is why to the Orthodox Empire, Lady Maria is someone who sullies the title of Holy Maiden.”
“Since it’s the people who called her that, Lady Maria did nothing wrong, right?”
“They dinnae care. A religious country seeks charisma over everything else. It’s a slight on their honor for a Holy Maiden to just spring up on her own. Which is why after absorbing Amidonia and expanding your power, ye cannae expect the Orthodox Empire to leave ye alone. They’d try to probe you out somewhere. They may even slap a Saint title on ye and drag ye along in their fight with the Empire.”

Uwaa … it’s scary how likely that is. The secret alliance with the Empire, with it being secret and all, cannot be publicized to other countries (in fact, since it would be a problem if it were ever found out, both countries’ intelligence bureaus work around the clock to keep it under wraps). I have seen how the Church stabilized their own influence by giving the powers that be a spiritual position, back in the histories of Earth. They could possibly start calling us Holy Elfriedenian Empire and set us up to head the fight against the Empire.

But that said, it’s not easy to just antagonize them. The problem with religion is that even when you crush their home base and kill their leaders, their believers will remain. The more you suppress the believers the more united they become, and the leaders you killed will be revered as martyrs. Furthermore, most of these believers are common citizens. It would be just short of a genocide to eradicate all believers. I can’t join or antagonize them. Seriously, such a pain.

Wincing back from the bad imaginings, my shoulder was stroked by Roroa, who switched the topic.

“Well, let’s leave the matter about the Orthodox Empire for now. What ye should decide now is about our marriage”
“Soma-han… Do ye want me, or do ye not?”

A straight-ball question. A pair of big round eyes looked straight at mine, looking like the puppy from “What to do, Aif○l?” 1. Well, since you asked like that, then the answer is obvious.

“I do”

There were just too many benefits to marrying her I desperately want to reach out and grab her. Firstly, marrying Roroa would reinforce the legitimacy of the Amidonia merger. Secondly, she was attractive from a personnel point of view. She had the economic foresight to come up with a source of revenue in advertising, and independently establish a mercantile network. It was also well that she understands the tricks that nobles use, which is something that Hakuya and I had overlooked. Both she and Colbert are talented people I want to have at all costs.

Furthermore, I have a good impression of Roroa’s way of thinking. Her downtown merchant spirit, or rather, the way that even when she’s a realist that screams “The world, it’s money!” she was still aware of duty and humanity. The money she earns for the people, she uses for the sake of the people, even though it didn’t come to bear fruit thanks to Gaius’ actions. She had the guts to butt heads with her own brother for the people she cares about. To top it off, there’s nothing to complain about having such a cute girl wanting to marry me. If there’s a problem … that would be what Liscia thinks. She’s the princess of a longstanding enemy country, after all.

“What do you think, Liscia?”
“If Soma thinks she’s necessary, then I’m okay with her”

Said Liscia, bluntly. I couldn’t see any ill feelings in her face. What’s weird was that she was slightly miffed as if saying, “what’s that look for?”

“She looks like a capable girl to me as well. I think she has what it takes to be received as a Queen Consort. If Soma would manage inheritance rights later, then there’s nothing more for me to say.”
“Liscia … thank you.”
“Naturally, you’ll still care for the rest of us, right?”

Really … such a good girl. I’m really glad about having Liscia as my … fiancée. Roroa then interjected with a somewhat good mood.

“Ah, sorry for barging in on your sweet world for two, but ye dinnae have to worry on that front. I dinnae care about the crown”
“Really ?”
“Aye. … in return, there’s something I want to ask of ye, Darling.”

Darling? … well, okay. Roroa then looked up at me with upturned eyes and a face like a child begging for something.

“Something you want?”
“Ye see, I always wanted a company of my own”
“Aye. Ye see, Darling, I wanted te see how much I can change the country with the money I earn for myself. Your policies have foresight, but they canne meet the budget every time, right? You’d have it hard to spend treasury money on high risk or seemingly useless things, aye?”
“Well … you’re not wrong.”

Now that my authority had gotten stronger, I can easily assign budget on things that I can explain the merits of relatively easily, like road construction to improve the circulation of goods, or building a new city, but on the other hand, it’s hard to budget for things whose effects cannot be seen immediately or that are seemingly meaningless. Like for instance, funding for specialized research. Experts can understand “We can’t be left in second place,” but non-experts aren’t likely to understand.

“And so, if ye have some measure that ye want to take and dinnae have budget for, ye can talk to me. I’ll back ye up with the money I earn from the company.”
“That’s … reassuring, but are you sure? For a Royal Consort to be doing a merchant’s work, you’re going to look as if you have no authority to the people.”
“I’ve thought about that too. I’ll be working behind the scenes, and leave the front to … let’s see … the owner of the Silver Stag Shop in Vannes I’m friendly with, Sebastian”

Sebastian of Silver Stag Shop 2 … ah, the one Juna and Tomoe went to. The name left an impression on me, like, doesn’t it sound like a butler’s? Then that means the ‘really cute small racoon type client’ he was talking about would be Roroa. Well, he sure did seem like a reliable, nice middle-aged tradesman. He’d have what it takes to represent a company.

“Um … if I may have a word as someone entrusted with the treasury.”

Colbert cut in with a difficult look on his face.

“What’s wrong?”
“If you have that kind of money I’d rather have it in the treasury, but …”

Ah, yeah. I get what Colbert is saying. The Kingdom was at the brink of bankruptcy until recently, too.

“” But I refuse! “”
“Why are you two suddenly in sync!?”
“It’s fine. It’s something I’ll be earning with my own skills”
“It’ll be much easier for domestic affairs if we have the budget for it, too”
“But Your Highness …”
“Now now, I willnae be wasting it away like Lord Father did, see. This is what ye call division of labor. I’ll be earning, and ye’ll be saving. Then everything will be alright.”

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The later setup of King Soma adopting extraordinary policies, Roroa providing financial support out of amusement, and Colbert counseling him against it, had now been established. They both support King Soma in financial affairs, but due to the difference in their statuses, they would each come to be called Arsonist Roroa and Extinguisher Colbert.

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Then Roroa slithered up to me and wove her arm around mine.

“And then when a child is born to Darling and me, they will go on to succeed the company. Since they’re my child, they probably won’t be interested in the crown.”

Well, sure, a child born to “I want to live in peace” me and “I hate boring things” Roroa and took to our personalities wouldn’t want to be a King, what with it being a lot of work. … speaking of, I suppose the only ones who’d be willing to inherit the throne would be “I will do my duty” Liscia’s children maybe? “Musselbrain? Can you eat it?” Aisha and also “Ufufu” Juna would be like “It’s better to be able to move freely,” and hope to be side queens.

… Is this going to be an inheritance war? People fighting because they don’t want to inherit? I have to make sure Liscia works hard and give birth to a successor with a good sense of duty if I’m to avoid this. Though, if I asked her directly she’s going to get mad at me and say “don’t act like it’s somebody else’s problem!!”

“Sebastian got himself a daughter not long ago, if we had a boy then we could have him marry into that family, but if we had a girl, well, let’s think about it later”
“You’re moving too fast! Actually, will you get your hands off Soma already!?”

Liscia tried to pry her off in a fluster, but Roroa used my body as a shield and clung to me alternating between my left and right hands.

“Aw don’t be so stingy big sister. Ye’ve been all lovey dovey with Darling all this time, aye? Let me have this bonus turn”
“We haven’t! We’ve been so busy we didn’t have time for things like that!”
“Really big sister? Could ye actually be still …”
“Yes I’m ‘still‘! Got a problem!?”

As Liscia said that in a frenzy, Roroa turned towards me with eyes full of cold.

“Darling … that’s …”
“No, hold on … (why the hell is the blame on me now!?)”
“That’s right! This happens because Soma won’t take care of things properly
“Well, that’s, umm … (They’re teaming up!? Is this that!? The appearance of a common enemy!?)”
“Um … I, uh … would like you to take care of me properly too”
“Ugu … (Et tu, Aisha!?)”
“Huh!? … (D, did I just feel the hand of someone who’s not here on my shoulders just now!!?)”

In the blink of an eye, I was wrapped in the rowdy mood of my four (?) fiancées. Cold sweat dripped unstoppably from me, and the retainers watched resignedly with wry smiles.

Several days later, the Principality of Amidonia had merged into the Kingdom of Elfrieden, becoming a new country, the United Kingdoms of Elfrieden and Amidonia, or Friedonia Kingdom for short. Since around this time I had come to be called the Great King who expanded the territory in under a year, or the Great King of Friedonia. I don’t think too fondly on this “Great King” title, it gives me the impression of a squid or an isopod or something … aaaaalso …

Since I took the princess of Amidonia, Roroa as my wife, there were rumors that “King Soma becomes stronger (territory expands) every time he gets a new wife” or “He’s a lecher that even overthrew an enemy country because he wanted the princess (Roroa).” Sheesh, how did it turn out like this …

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One thing led to another and thus it came to the top level conference between Lady Maria and I over the Royal Broadcasts. I had just now finished explaining to her how the Amidonia merger came to be.

“… and that’s what happened”
[That’s really … no … pffft]

On the receiver set, Lady Maria was covering her mouth and her shoulders were shaking. Sounds like it tickled her funny bone. Still, since it was officially a conference site, she held herself back (and she looked cute doing that too). Though I thought it would be better if she had laughed out loud.

[Fufufu … Lord Soma, you sure can put one’s mind at ease]
“Yes. It looks like I caught a shark when I was fishing for bream with a shrimp”
[Do take proper care of the fish you caught, okay]
“I can’t really release them now, can I?”

Maria continued to chuckle for a little longer, but then regained her serious look.

[Now, about the Lunaria Orthodox Empire’s manoeuverings …]
“According to Roroa, they disliked that you have taken the name of Holy Maiden”
[That is true. They requested many times that I don’t call myself Holy Maiden … protested, actually. But even so, I wasn’t the one calling myself that, so there’s nothing there for me to do]
“It would be weird if you tell the people not to call you Holy Maiden, after all. … in that case, the Empire would continue to be a latent danger the Orthodox Empire. They might try to come in contact with me just like Roroa said”
[Lord Soma, don’t you think you’re … throwing away the Orthodox Empire’s authority?]

She was trying to probe me with that question, so I answered with a clear shake of the head.

“Please don’t joke about that. I’m trying to lead the world into a new era here, spare me the theocracies”

I don’t need a Girolamo Savonarola in my country. Lady Maria seems reassured by my clear denial.

[The Empire also considers the Orthodox Empire a big headache. There are a lot of Lunarian believers in the Empire, as well, so the Humanity Declaration have no power against religious groups. In fact, I fear they might make use of the loophole Lord Soma pointed out.]

Something like, the religious groups within the country declaring independence. Once the religious adherents grouped together they’d be hard to eradicate. They’re more likely to blow up the more they were put under pressure. The only way for her to handle them would be to round up those who scheme for independence before they could form up into groups, or maybe throw away the Humanity Declaration and promptly attack and destroy the Orthodox Empire.

“Will the Empire still not renounce its leadership of the Humanity Declaration?”
[No. Humanity can’t afford not to stand together at a time like this. There needs to be a flagwaver for that, and the duty falls to the Empire. The Orthodox Empire should understand that as well. If humanity fought with one another and the Demons came in and destroyed us, then it will all be for nothing. I do believe they won’t do anything rash at this time.]
“… I wonder about that.”

I don’t think it’s a problem you can look at with that kind of optimism. The more chaotic the times are, the more religion shows its true worth. The reason was the hearts of the people who wish to ‘be saved’. Despair caused by society and the times drive people towards religion. Nowadays, with the threat of the Demon King Territory, some people had already thought of this as the end times. If this despair were to be allowed to run rampant, it will become food for the Orthodox Empire, leading to them gaining incredible power.

In order to avoid that … we need to show the people a ray of hope. We need to have the people believe that the world will not come to ruin, that tomorrow will come no matter what, and that the coming future will be something greater than today. For that …

“Lady Maria”
“So long as you, the Grand Chaos Empire, espouse the ideal of humanity becoming one, then we, the Kingdom of Friedonia will walk alongside you.”

The Empire … Maria, is the ray of hope for humanity. In the meantime, the Kingdom will steadily advance the progress of the times. For humanity to not lose hope. For us to rise up by ourselves without having to cling to the divine even in despair.

“I believe that if we cover for each other, we can deal with anything that may happen.”
[Yes. I wish, if I may, that this oath will continue on for eternity]

If one continually looks up towards an ideal, one will stumble on the rocks by one’s feet.
But if one were to only look down at reality, one will lose sight of the path to one’s destination.
That is why we walk together.

The two of us looked at each other’s face through the screen and smiled.

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«Elfrieden Classical Idioms Course»

[To catch a shark while baiting sea bream with a shrimp] … proverb. Meaning to catch a shark with a lot of untasty 3 parts as one tried to use cheap shrimp to catch valuable sea bream. Denotes the disappointment of having something unexpected happen when one tries to expend the least effort for the greatest result. Furthermore, since even untasty shark has valuable shark fin, it also denotes the fact that there was something good that came along with the disappointment. Similar idioms on Earth would be “Don’t count one’s chickens before they are hatched” for the former, and “Jewel in a dunghill” for the latter. King Soma uttered this phrase upon being disappointed that he had to merge the whole of the poor lands of Amidonia when he wanted to only annex Vannes (and as for the latter, the shark fin would surely be Princess Roroa).

TN: It’s election day and I can finally have some time to finish this up! Apologies for going missing all this time. Funnily, one of the candidates in my area is the incumbent governor who is being sued for blasphemy for saying what Roroa and Maria is saying in this chapter: that political opponents are using religion to take him down and further their own agendas. It only proves his point IMHO.

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  1. TN: A series of commercials from Aiful corp. featuring this guy here 
  2. TN: Yukkuri has “Silver Deer Shop”, but I like the added alliterative appeal. 
  3. TN: Apologies but I think that damn mimic doppleganger is rubbing off on me. 

137 thoughts on “Chapter 6 – In Which I was Baiting Sea Bream with a Shrimp but Caught a Shark D

  1. Thanks for the Chapter, man Soma understood what is good having the princess as a wife very fast. also the girl is amazing as a personality, finally, seems there is no fear of war between the girls, oh they will lead Soma by the neck easily. XD

      1. where’s the proof LOL.
        its not that simple you know.
        and to make it worst since currently its chaotic time where religion shine the most thus its even harder to blame them since they have too much believer at other country.

      2. It’s not that easy. It needs proofs and something that make the church can’t “dodge” from the proofs. Calling something like that could make the believers hate you instead. But with believe, you can brainwash them easily.
        Believe is called double-edge sword for that reason after all.

      3. It is not that simple, if it were that simple, we won’t have the same problem with Christian, Islam, etc here in real world.

      4. The worst enemy’ of religión is:
        1) Prosperity for the masses
        2) Good Education for all

        The objective Is that the leaders loose power, not the destruction of a belief or Church. But that the leaders cannot move everyone easily.

        People tend to not go blindly to their death, or Jeopardize what they have, if they have something decent to live for (House, family, work and stable way of life)

        In resume, educate and make prosper your people, dont be hated, be feared a little, and you hace nothing to fear from a pope or two. (At least in internal strife)

      5. I dunno, imho the enemy of religion is entertainment. Like, you get glued to your tv/pc/consoles and forget god even exists sometimes.

    1. i fuckign hate religion it a joke
      it was for religion humanity would have evol to a point we could colonied space live in other planets
      and we could have cure all our illness and not age

      1. I’m sorry to dissapoint you, but before industrialization era, religion is tied to education. In other world, before there’s specific departement for education, religion institution is the one who take up the role to educate people. And being religious didn’t make you stupid, just look at who think up Algebra or Azimuth.

      2. I also second to Wahyu. Religion in my opinion is a tool to try and understand something that trancend our limitation. Tho rationally speaking it is useless to dable in something outside our limitation as those very thing dictates our boundary, it still bring a unique perspective and wisdom.

        Nevertheless, as any tool, I also must admit that Religion can be utilized for agenda outside its intention. Its not like Religion it self is wrong, it is just us humans who grows smarter to understand its working system, guided with growing greed to obtain more than we need.

        I do believe that we must guide ourself, don’t let anything else guide us. This live is ours, we must have a hand on it.

      3. Nop. When se put all blame on someone or something, Is exactly when se dont know what happened exactly.

        Religion afected diferent regions In diferent ways. The middle age in europe or the actual middle east movements are “dark times” but cannot reflect the all. The Islam in the past fostered its people to greater heigths un science and knowledge.

        Some of the greatest discoveries in science Is from religious people (medelegev for example)

        Lastly, religion Is most of the time a tool used for others (missused if I can say) to manipulate people… But if not use the religion, it can be by forced of arms, fear, hunger, polítical indoctrination ir simple obliteration. Its a mean, how it suported humanity ir waged it down. In the end Is humanitys fault for ir. If not religion, any others of the means can be employed. Soo religión Is not the problem, humans are the problem.

      4. Its so funny in this 2019 i read science is the real religion,hating religion but said science is the real religion and added to the utter irony the he’s not even scientist.

  2. thx for the chapter
    i live in same area you live
    like Soma said “mixing religion with politics does cause trouble no matter what world you’re in”

    1. Now it’s getting more and more like a certain state empire. I wouldn’t be surprised if they would used their military inline with the company.

      1. Serangan Fajar sdh obsolete/ kuno. Oknum lagi pake alasan birokrasi dan prosedur yang belepotan. Berharap masyarakat bisa maklum dan menyerahkan hak pilihnya. Hak2 pilih yang terlepas ini yang dibeli oleh oknum2 ini.

        Jangan menyerah Jakarta! Perjuangkan aspirasimu, jangan maklumi birokrasi yang bobrok! Tapi temukan dan perbaiki!

        Kita semua berharap Jakarta bisa jadi contoh cita2 luhur demokrasi yang bersih. Langkah awal agar NKRI bisa berdiri sama tinggi dengan negara maju.

  3. Now we know why the separation of church and state is so important. Here in America we take it even farther bu not wanting to teach religion in public schools. There have been several cases where teachers sneaking religion into their courses have been put on trial. The Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case occurred when it’s directors who were young earth creationists took their view of the origins of life and started to teach it in school disguised with the term Intelligent Design because they did not like the concept of evolution and did not think it was real. Eventually they had been sued by a bunch of angry parents and the case was taken to court. The school district lost and intelligent design was banned from being taught there.

    1. Good for you bruh. I see Religion as a tool myself. Use it for good it breed goodness and vice versa. And if you observe carefully, Religion is a form of Propaganda. Take it by faith, pain came for unbeliver, joy for the faithful. The difference is Religion promise something in the Afterlife. But dude seriously, you cant demand a refund when shiets happens and you already dead…

      1. Whenever humans organize, propaganda and thought control quickly follows.

        You either unify the World to 1 organization or else conflict will remain.

  4. Yap. I’m sure now that you are Indonesia. And you know, i really hate politics. Especially The Ex-Leader of Indonesia. You know who is it right?

  5. Thanks for the chapter!!
    I thought ur dead man, and u give us great chapter!!
    Please dont abandon us man..

  6. Great work! While I don’t like turning kansai ben to scottish, that’s what ff7 did so meh. Conquering countries for the women… Now where have I heard that before. Rance? Chihaya? Basically anything by alicesoft.

  7. Chapter kittaaa~

    Heals my heart everytime I read this. Also a big factor that Soma is a guy who can say “I Want You!” instead of beating around the entirety of the world’s bushes before giving an answer. A man who can say he wants the woman.

    Cheers for the chapter~

  8. “They’re more likely to blow up the more they were put under pressure.”
    i wonder if there’s magic to self destruct. If so then this sentence becomes so much more relevant

    thanks for the chapter

  9. wow so you life in jakarta?that crazy ***t
    me too.
    fiances 1 souma -1 because he doesn’t do it properly.

  10. Long time lurking on your site never know you are orang Jakarta.

    Yeah Religion used as Politic really pissed me of, but luckily people not stupid.

  11. “…I’m trying to lead the world into a new era here, spare me the theocracies”

    I dunno why, but I love this line.

    Plus, I’m glad he captured (was captured by) Roroa. She’s a girl worth having…and incidently, all Souma’s fiancées are specialized heroines here.

    Personally, I have issues with free market capitalism, but Roroa’s attitude and duty as a royal puts me at ease there…long story on why the system irritates me, but suffice it to say that boils down to how easily it devolves into a market into an enabling pit for idiots that makes it easy to rationalize putting the cart before the horse…but that’s not just the system’s fault so much as being a greedy moron….economics is irritating like that, eorse when ideologies come into play…

    Speaking of…this chapter goes to show whg religion and politics should NEVER be in the same room…but again, another long and mildly irritated rant so nevermind.

    I just hope Lunaria isn’t going to try something too stupid…

    1. Based on our history the papacy is lead by few self gratifying elites who trying to make fool of the population while completely believed they were the god messenger or technically the god themselves.

  12. “The Holy Orthodox Empire Lunaria was to the northeast of Amidonia, …”
    northeast -> northwest

    Большое спасибо!

  13. Thx for the chapter o/
    Great chapter and we finaly see Soma interect with Roroa, now if only there was more Maria~~

  14. To counter religion, universal education is the key.

    Soma can just somehow find a way to make schools pop up all over and religious organizations will be hard pressed.

    1. Logic triumphs blind devotion,should work,but in a generation or two,if yoy want to rip it from the roots immediately,make the religion looks evil,or just give benefits to the poeple more than the church,from what I learn from histort classes people always flock to the ones that profit them most

      1. People always have a need for religion. If one get branded as evil, they will have to find another. If there’s none, they will invent one. That is why universal education is key to counter religion because it doesnt aim to to supplant or replace it but raise the minds of its believers. There is a reason Puritant movement start after the number of intellectual men get to a threshold, which of course thanks to the printing machine, a powerful tool to universal education.

    2. Look at the setting, before 1800 religion instituion and education is a single entity. rather than separate it, incorporating it is better, because you can gain masses easily.

    3. Another way is just printing Bibles and let people decide how to follow it induce individuality of worship

  15. ugh i hate it with the first part of the chapter Souma been made to look dumb just because to make Roroa a bit shinier. yes he can miss the part for commercials, but for the others i’m not so sure..

  16. TN: To be fair, I heard that the public organization who tried to put the guy in jail is an extremist side with great dislike for those who aren’t of the same religion anyway. Either way, those kind of guy never make sense to me.

    Well, thanks for the chap

    1. Yep,even tho i have a religion,my country is not the type to heavily enforce religions,its a free religion country after all,we are pretty much free from peoples advocating stuff of religionism lol

      1. My country is the embodiment of the phrase “Unity in Diversity” even in this age of globalization but when it comes down to politics of any and every level we face religious outrages all year round.

      1. that’s just cause it’s a developed nation and almost a celebrity nation. But it doesn’t have the population like we have. High population is a bonus for religious chaos. My country boasts of world’s second most population. Pangs of a developing nation.

  17. Now I wish this series was R-15, or turn R-15 later on; it’d be nice if Souma’s wives became assertive enough to actually advance their intimacy level with Souma, even if they don’t actually choose to get pregnant until much later.

      1. R-15.

        It doesn’t need to go to such lengths(R-18) since the Author can just skip the giggidy parts, like other authors do.

        Anyway, it would be nice if he graduates sometime soon though. Maybe when they get a breather from all the politics.

      2. Now he is a King. He would get a breather from politics only when he’s breathless. But that won’t mean he would never have some personal time, because for a King, even his chamber is political battlefield.

  18. Hmm…the country development is growing steadily in good aspect, I love this political engagement, but this time secularism is what I disagreed about, well I hope this arc finished early and doesn’t take longer story than bfore

    1. Secularism should be implemented,religiom will only give wakcos and madmen reason to do what they want to people in a national dan international scale,you can’t under estimate those religious wacks,they really bite you in the ass

    2. I can not see a Religion that dabbles in Politics as a Religion anymore. They just become another Political Party with another political agenda with religious facade.

      When a Religious leader going politic, it just going to be promises in afterlife for any political support and authority rendered. Many time Religious figures who came from so called Religious Political Party fail his holy tennet and succumb as easily as any politician to easy power gained from his follower.

      Rather than some one promising a majestic castle in heaven. I prefer someone who actually work his @ss off to help me live in a good environment regardless Religion background.

      A corrupt politician is a common political hazzard we have laws for them, but corrupt religious leader is a proof of his religion failure, not to mention the disgusting hypocricy when they cower behind their common justification to proof their innocence. I know, bcause my country is currently plagued by this fermin. Revolting.

  19. Ah,you’re in jakarta,right?
    Be careful,turbulent times might be coming,be prepared for an exodus

  20. Souma should start a new religion himself. Or maybe more along the lines of a spiritual movement (so not something that worships any deities or anything at all, although it may acknowledge the existence of “higher beings”).

    As he said, the more uncertain the times, the more attractive religion becomes, because it offers answers and order/structure.

    Science is good and all, but religion is often a lot easier to digest, since it can offer very simple answers, which do not require any other knowledge to understand. That means it can spread much faster.

    Instead of fighting that religion head on, they should instead make it difficult for it to gain any momentum.

    1. He just need to make his country prosper, or maybe make the people busy enough, so that they wouldn’t despair and cling itself to be a fanatics…

      … well, he already create a new “religion” though, something that worships some prima lolerei 😅

      1. i must agree with you. all hail prima lolerei goddess Juna doma,
        even just basic need such as food in that time (medieval) are more crucial than faith, if they can sleep all night with full belly they can’t easily be swayed by theocracy.

  21. Maan, reading this chapter right after election (and it’s antics with religions) really feels so damn weird 😅

    1. Sadly, yeah. Udin and me alongside others have to bear with it. There are a lot of people think god actually need their protection…


  22. The story is just forcing a harem, only the first marriage has political meanings. The riots were to join his Kingdom and be free, so why would he needs to marry this bitch to “stop” the riots?

    I’ve been questioning whether the author is retarded or not for a while now, especially after that fiasco about the head beast man guy who staged a military uprising in order to capture the disloyal nobles when they were already trapped inside his city, he even planned to kill himself for it while deliberately confusing the rest of the leaders by claiming this new king was a fake.

    None of it made sense, marrying a princess of a fallen country that already wants to join your kingdom makes no sense, just the author being a retard.

    I have to drop this.

    1. Dont forget your “Brain”, you seem to drop them even before you drop the Series.
      “bye bye”

    2. By marrying the princess he gained unquestioned reign over the annexed population as well to reassure that the merger did not carrying occupation intention that would make the Amidonia people as a second class citizens. Changing the name of the kingdom is also for this sake. They are enemies for a hundred years no way they could have completely reconciled immediately.

      And the beast fiasco is designed to draw the flies so they could cull all the corruption in one go including all their contact networks, who their sponsors is and where the majority of their assets hidden.

    3. Yes, this is the harem gathering arc. But I believe it isn’t forced in any wayway, just a choice.

      He is accepting Roroa’s proposal in order to quell the elitist (if that’s the right word for it) that want to push Souma the King of another country away. So instead, he chose to become the Husband of the Legitimate Heiress-cum-Merchant instead.

    4. Political marriage is what is best when it comes to gaining trust in human political relationship.You can see many example through out history and even now, ranging from big one like royalty marrying other royalty or influenced noble to small one like big company’s head marrying talented individual. Human cant trust other on pretty words alone so a kind of way to tie people is needed.Not to mention their new king is someone just pop up out of nowhere.

      The lion general’s choice is efficient .He did that to give the excuse and rat out the rotten old noble while giving the new king opportunity to gain merit and control to military.No matter how good the new king is, he cant kill the old noble off without just cause and military support.And you cant gain military support without sufficient merit even if the old leader is taking the king’s side.It is also his way to test the new king’s capability.The method is reckless and painful, yes, but the time is really dire with enemy on all all side that can threaten the new king.And since it involves other country too, you cant simply dismiss it as some double agent act since it will give hole for the other country to take advantage.So he need to be “dead” officially.

      When the country is merged, the merged one will need something to reduce their tension (cant blame them since a part of them still worry that they will be treated worse than the original country’s citizen) which will easily be taken advantaged of by people with bad intention.Marrying their princess and giving some authority to people/noble from old country will give them insurance that the new king think of them as part of his country.

      That is really easy to understand politic. You may want to look for OP MC or cultivation novel instead since they are powerful enough to do everything on their own without caring a bit about consequence it will bring.This novel here doesnt have that genre.

      The only lacking in the novel to me is that the past is a little bit lacking for such good MC that have such good eyes and selfless personality (he isnt ambitious and he has a cool head that can think logically but a soft heart that is pained by his sometime cruel action). Maybe something like a tragic past like Shirou in Fate/Stay Night will be a good addition since it gives him perfect reason why he is lacking in self-consciousness.

    5. Wawawa is a solid example that “Retardation.” towards other is very strong tag invite equally strong response. Did not give any constructive feedback after “Retardation.” just left awfully like a fart for others.

      Could anyone who no longer have any interest can kindly leave silently and never come back, without sh!ting in others lawn. No one like other sh!ting on their lawn.

  23. Thanks 4 the translation!

    Dealing with religious fanatics is a pain. You can’t reason with them. They’ll even betray their country in the name of their religion.

    1. one way of dealing with them is researching about the religion itself(know your enemy) and move accordingly based on your understanding whether domestically(find loopholes religion has divine laws) or violently(act respectfully to gain respect or other psychological maneuvering)

  24. Thanks for the chapter! I have a feeling Roroa will make Soma’s virginity dry up quickly. She actually pounces, unlike the others.

  25. Thanks for the chapter. I look forward in Soma meeting the other Holy Maiden.

  26. Those titles of the princesses sure tickle my funny bone XD

    Cheer for the chapter!

  27. Ah bet ya got delayed from all those Scottish accent, didnae? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Anyway, thanks for the hard work larvyde

    1. Nope, the first 5 arc aren’t in Pixie. Only the has those arcs.
      It took quite some playing around with that website, before I finally finish those.

      1. I think you might be thanking the wrong guy with that reply…. lol..
        anyway, they are rather busy with their RL at the moment so the current pace is unknown.

        I don’t make it a point to rmb their interval as I don’t think it’s nice to rush them just because they broke their usual interval. They are doing it at their free time after all.

  28. Religion is not to be blamed, but the people who “used” the religion as a tool is the one to blame. I believe that’s why a countrywill be hardpressed when religionis was mentioned, especially where the religion have lots of believer on their side.

  29. Ada yang tau larvyde masih hidup atau gak?
    Is there anyone know that larvyde still alive or not?

  30. I’d like to point out a nother couple of problems with the Humanity declaration, Slim’s loophole could be used, if one were so inclined, to have two countries destroy each other and with a tiny added little clause, bring them under rule. The clause would be something​ like, by accepting our aide you’ve accepted our rule, but worded sneakier.

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned earlier or not😆

  31. The Empress seems more like Souma’s real soulmate than his current number one fiancee.

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