061 Letter From the Principality (second time in 29 days)
Author: Hatago Bunraku (旅籠文楽)
Translator: Lilia v3.0
Editor: AYA Translation
“Kingdom spies do a pretty good job.”
The morning of “Summer Moon 32nd”, the third day after the migration of Nildea citizens to the new city (Yuritania) began. In addition to the usual report from “Nashiko”, reports from those who were originally “secret spies” in the kingdom have been delivered to Yuri from this morning.
A total of 102 sneak thieves in the kingdom were previously captured by the “Yuri Empire”. Actually, there were 208 people, but 106 of them became the nutrients of the children of “Kuroyuri”. So now only women are left. All 102 of them were released from the underground prison facility as of yesterday and were welcomed as “quasi-citizens” of Yuritania.
Of course, it is called “quasi-citizen”, so the treatment is inferior to “citizen”. First of all, as a general rule, they will be asked to take a job prepared by the “Yuri Empire” side, so they do not have the freedom to choose their profession. They have the right to refuse the assigned job, but another job will be prepared by the Yuri Empire. The prescribed amount of salary is normally paid, and the living environment is also normal. There is no difference between “citizens” and “quasi-citizens” in this area. However, “quasi-citizens” do not have the freedom to leave Yuritania. Since they are not given a “citizen ID” bracelet, they cannot pass through the “boundary barrier” and can never leave the city. However, it seems that there is no such penalty because ordinary citizens do not leave the city so much.
Furthermore, if they commit a criminal act in the city of Yuritania or commit a suspicious act equivalent to it, the “quasi-citizens” will be “imprisoned underground for the rest of the life” this time.
The spies who have been “trained”, loved and played underground by the children of “Kuroyuri” who are sadists to those who are not their interest. Is engraved with awe deep inside the body. It is unlikely that they will act against Yuritania in the future.
Twenty-four of the spies were given the job of “railroad carriage coachman”, and the remaining 78 were given “cleaning activities on the streets” for the time being. Honestly, no matter how much the stalls’ business locations have been expanded, the number of cleaning staff should not be so large, so Yuri plans to change jobs if there is something that she wants them to take charge of. In addition, while engaging in daily work, they need to submit a report once every two weeks of what they noticed or had trouble with living in Yuritania, problems in the city and suggestions for improvement. Since 102 people submit it once every two weeks, about 6 reports arrive every day at Yuri’s hand.
Because they actually live in the city, the contents of the reports sent by the spy people include a lot of “awareness” from a perspective closer to the eyes of the citizens. In addition, since they had only been a spy in the kingdom, the report they submit is spelled out in very easy-to-understand sentences, and the city improvement plan described in the report is also described as “Let’s do this”, not just the dream of “I wish it was”, but also the manpower and cost required to realize it are assumed. They are submitting things that Yuri can evaluate as “doing a good job”.
…Well, if Yuri judges that they are “incompetent”, she will immediately send it back to the basement and warn them in advance that they will be imprisoned for the rest of their life. It can be said that they are desperately writing a report to protect the freedom given in the present situation.
“— Hime. It seems that another messenger has come from the Principality of Silesia.”
Tonight’s “love duty” and Serikana, who will be the escort for today, came into the office and simply told Yuri that way. Calling Yuri “hime” is a characteristic of the children of “Red Rose (Enclaise)”. On the other hand, if you call Yuri a “princess”, it will be the children of “Estia”.
“There is no need for the landlord to respond to the messenger from the enemy country. Please receive the letter on your behalf.”
“Yes, I understand.”
Yuri, who monitors the entire city with the magic of [Space Grasp], naturally already knows the messenger of the Principality of Silesia who arrived in Silesia around yesterday evening. Same as last time, there are only two knights as messengers from the Principality. So this time too, she can see that they are just the ones who have been entrusted with the delivery of the letters.
Originally, even a messenger who just came to deliver the letter should respond accordingly. But she doesn’t feel the need to thank the Principality of Silesia, who sent a letter that was too rude last time. Rather, even though it was a proxy, it could be said that it was still a good response just by receiving the letter properly.
“…Hee. A quiet old bird is singing in the guild of sweepers huh…”
After Serikana was instructed to leave the room, Yuri was reading the reports from the spies again. That fact was also mentioned in one of the reports.
The monsters in the territory of the “Yuri Empire” have been almost completely subdued by “Destroyer”. The monster will be resurrected next month, but it will also be subdued by next month’s “Destroyer”. In addition, the range of “destroyer” has been expanded due to the increase in the territory of the “Yuri Empire” and the permission to subdue monsters even in the land of the Holy Land of Nimun, which has established a friendly relationship. In the Yuritania and neighboring cities The risk of encountering monsters on the move is almost eliminated.
Before, when moving between cities, it was necessary to hire a sweeper as an escort to prevent monsters. In today’s Yuritania, that’s not really needed either. The children in “Destroyer” are asked to dispose of the bandits as soon as they are found, so the bandits who were active in the neighborhood are being forced into a state of devastation. Therefore, as far as the vicinity of Yuritania is concerned, even if you move without hiring an escort, there is almost no danger of encountering not only monsters but also bandits. The catastrophic decline in escort demand has left the Yuritania Sweeper Guild lonely.
―――― Well, it doesn’t matter at all. From the history so far, the “Sweeper Guild” is recognized as a de facto “enemy” by Yuri. She doesn’t feel the need to care if their profession is no longer viable.
“I never thought that I would also affect the brothel…”
However, it was completely unexpected that the number of brothels has decreased, and as a result, even the brothel, which is open in the city of Yuritania, is losing customers and becoming empty.
Nildea, a key city, was originally the second largest city after the capital even under the control of the Kingdom of Eldard. So, of course, there are stores like “Brothel” in the city. Yuri does not have a bad image of “Brothel” or “Prostitute”. Of course, She’s not thinking about eliminating them, so she’s preparing a “Brothel” store in the new city (Yuritania), which is about the same size as Nildea, so that they can move without problems.
However, according to the report, the main users of “Brothel” were manual workers with a certain risk — that is, those who lived in “soldiers” and “sweepers”. Brothel, which was once actively operated in the city of Nildea, was severely cut down by the customer base when Yuri killed the soldiers when occupying the city of Nildea, and the business was suddenly tilted. More recently, the disappearance of sweepers from the city has added to the rush, and it seems that the number of customers visiting the brothel has dropped to nearly 10% of its heyday.
Of course, that wouldn’t be enough to manage the brothel. The number of brothels, which used to be more than 10 in the city of Nildea, has now decreased to less than half, and the prostitutes who have lost their jobs are bargaining on the streets at night.
(… I wonder if I should provide some kind of support)
Because the money that Rostine Shokai paid for the purchase of monster meat is surplus, the national treasury of Yuritania is very moist even though it is a tax-free city. Therefore, it is quite possible to arrange support money for prostitutes and brothels.
However, even though Yuri thinks like that, as the landlord, isn’t very supportive. From the general public’s point of view, Brothel will be a store that doesn’t seem very pleasant. It is difficult to judge whether it is “appropriate” to invest money for them.
“I’m in trouble because they’re not here when I want to talk…”
It seems that a solution to such a problem can be obtained relatively easily by consulting with the merchants Rubetta and Ados. Both of them have left for the kingdom. Even if you bring a consultation about Brothel to a priest, Badantere High Priest, it will probably only bother him… Having no one to talk to was a very annoying problem.
“… I wonder if I’ll let the spy people support me for the time being.”
Indirect support will not be a problem. Yuri thought so, and created a notice to the spy people to “use the brothel at least twice a week”. Of course, the usage fee for the brothel is paid by “Yuri Empire”.
The spy people have the experience of being “trained” by the children of “Kuroyuri”, so they are disciplined in how to interact with women even though they are women. In the current situation where there are few customers, the brothel side will not refuse even if the customers are women, and it will be some sales support.
When Yuri was thinking about that, the escort Serikana returned to the office. A letter with a wax seal was carried in her hand.
“Hime, I have received a letter from the messenger of the Principality of Silesia.”
“Let me read”
Receive a letter from Serikana and remove the wax seal. Take a quick look at the letter inside ―――.
“Hmm … Ahahahahaha!”
Involuntarily, Yuri laughed out loud on the spot.
“Hi, Hime !? What happened?”
“Oh, you should read it too. It’s a lot of fun.”
Yuri replied so and handed a letter to the upset Serikana. The letter from the Principality of Silesia said:
“— To the empress of the Yuri Empire, who became an enemy of the Principality due to unfortunate misunderstanding.
At the beginning of next month, a night party will be held in the Principality of Silesia to commemorate the founding of the country.
I would like your country to participate in order to eliminate unnecessary croaking between the two countries. ”
At the end of the letter is the signature “Grants Drapon”.
In other words, the sender is the same as the letter from the Principality that Yuri received before.
“Last time, while taunting the princess so much, it’s good to have a good time … !!”
“It’s a strange letter that I can’t think of as a letter written by the same person who accused me of being a ‘stupid barbarian woman who declare herself as Empress’.”
In contrast to Serikana, who read the letter, revealing her anger. While squeezing and killing laughter, Yuri felt like she was about to get angry.
“I’m even impressed by the fact that while sending a letter that quarrels with all their might, they can say that the process of turning the Yuri Empire into an enemy is “unfortunate misunderstanding.”.”
“Isn’t the King of the Principality crazy, to say the least?”
“Ahaha! It’s rare for you to rot that much.”
It is rare for a child of “Red Rose” who always keeps their cool to despise others so blatantly. It was kind of funny, and Yuri got angry.
“Well, because you wrote such a funny letter. It might be interesting to accept the invitation.”
“Do you respond? I think there is a possibility of a trap …”
“If they have a trap that can manage me, that’s what I’m interested in.”
The most different point of “Yuri Empire” compared to other countries is that the landlord is the strongest. Unlike the kings of other countries, Yuri is not just decorations that symbolize authority. Even if in terms of ability, she is overwhelmingly the “Empress (top)” of the Yuri Empire, so even if a trap is prepared, she has the power to trample openly. If the other party set up an invitation, it would be fun to dare to ride it.