28 June 2016

Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukokusaikenki. Arc 2 Epilogue

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Conquest Arc
Epilogue
The True Opening

Before we entered the Amidonia Dukedom’s Capital City Van, I gave an order to the entire army.

We will now be entering Van , however, this land is already Elfrieden’s territory. Therefore, the people who live in that city are already our Kingdom’s citizens, so I absolutely forbid any killing, raping, or pillaging. If there are people who disobey this order, then regardless of their status or position or the nature of the crime, they will be beheaded and their head will be put on display at the gates. Bear this order in mind.(Souma)

After I gave this order, I secretly called Ludwin and handed a memo that had been prepared beforehand.


Track down the 5 people who are written on this, behead them and put their heads at the gates. The official reason will be They had broken into a house of Van’s citizens to pillage.(Souma)
! What did these people……(Ludwin)
This is a souvenir from Georg that was given through Glaive. They are members of the Army, however during their stay in the Carmine Duchy, they had broken into a citizen’s house and committed crimes of pillaging, rape and murder. At any rate, sooner or later they will be executed, so let’s use them to serve as a warning in this place.(Souma)
……By your will!(Ludwin)

Presently, there were five heads lined up near the gate. Next to that head was a board with their “crime” written onto it, Pillaging Attempt, that made the soldiers who passed through the gate brace themselves. As a result, the Kingdom’s Army, that entered Van, did not commit any arson, plunder and rape, and didn’t even dare to fight back if they were being pelted by stones from the citizens who didn’t accept the loss. On the other hand, it also would instill a sense of fear in the Amidonian populace.

After they had secured the safety of the path, I entered Van. This time, not in a carriage, but instead I entered the city while mounted on a horse, since it seems that a victorious King who enters while inside a carriage wouldn’t look good in public. I was just barely able to ride a horse until recently, but since Aisha held the reins, then it should be alright. While Liscia rode her horse beside me, I looked at the cityscape of Van.

Amidonia Dukedom’s Capital Van. A military city established as the foothold of the militarist nation of the Amidonia Dukedom to launch an invasion at the Elfrieden Kingdom and to stand as the front bulwark against the Kingdom’s invasion. In addition, as if Amidonia’s own spirit didn’t want to lose against the Kingdom, the city’s size rivaled that of the Kingdom’s Capital, Parnam. After entering Van, I had an impression that it was a hybrid city in structure with an utilitarian appearance, however if I can speak frankly, it gave off a mismatched impression.

The citizens’ residential areas are crowded and the roads were also complicated. As it is, the layout could even be called as a Labyrinth City.[1] To head towards the Castle, we needed to make turns to the right and left repeatedly. The mansions that seemed to be the residence of nobles were dotting inside the residential areas. When I saw that the nobles’ locations were higher (the height, not the land price) than the citizens’ quarters, I realized the meaning of this city’s layout. Perhaps during the war, the enemy soldiers who had broken through the gate would find themselves scattered by this Labyrinth City and then, by using the nobles’ mansions as strongholds, Amidonia would perform a counterattack.

……How excessive, to do it to that extent, was what I felt. This city’s layout was harsh towards enemies, yet it also didn’t kinder towards the citizens. It was also inconvenient to move around, and conflagration in these crowded buildings would be scary. The idea to do the unexpected impediment removal made my head hurt. This is, I have no other choice than to redevelop the entire area, right? Kukuku, a city that is extremely worthy for a redevelopment project. I have a hunch that the domestic affair’s tasks would form a huge pile after this, come on, I am thrilled from waiting!

Souma? Why are you grinning like that?(Liscia)
……No, nothing in particular.(Souma)
?(Liscia)

Not good, not good. Liscia, who rode the horse beside me, looked at me coldly. I need to put my mind together.
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After we entered the Royal Castle in the center of Van, I sat on Gaius VIII’s throne in the throne room. Gaius seemed to be someone who cared about having a majestic appearance. Although I heard that Amidonia’s financial situation was rather dire, this throne room was quite splendidly constructed. Perhaps it cost even more money than the one in Parnam Castle. If they had that much money, then they should have circulated the money on other places more, and it made me want to ask the no longer existing castle lord about this.

Beside me, who sat on the throne, was Liscia, and behind us was the bodyguard Aisha, who stood in waiting. The other retainers were standing by on the carpets below the steps. It was the King-like scene that I hadn’t had since some time ago. I ordered each of you, give a report, and the reporting turn started from Ludwin.

First, this is regarding Gaius VIII’s family members inside the city. We couldn’t find them. The eldest son, Julius, escaped from the battlefield, and while there is one other daughter, she hasn’t been seen since several days ago. Furthermore, starting from the Minister of Finance, most of the important bureaucrats couldn’t be found, so I believe they had left this city several days before we arrived at Van.(Ludwin)
Apart from the daughter, it was troublesome if there are no bureaucrats. Quickly contact Parnam and ask Marcus to dispatch some. Also, ask Hakuya to come as soon as he is finished with the Crimson Dragon Castle Town.(Souma)
As you wish.(Ludwin)

Ludwin bowed his head. Next, was Poncho’s turn to report.

I-I want to make a report about the Treasury’s situation, yes. This might be something that we had feared before, but there are barely any funds and emergency rations. Instead, for some reason, there are an abundance of weapons and the likes, yes.(Poncho)
If they don’t have any emergency supplies, then how do they plan to hold during a siege?(Souma)
Ah, no, there is a 3 month supply if we only count the number of the Castle Guards. But the amount will only last for about one week if we count the entire city’s population……(Poncho)
As if saying, ‘deal with it yourself’[2], to the citizens. Really a militarist nation…… Sell the weapons and turn them into funds. Then, distribute food rations until the city’s situation is settled, however, is it possible to transport food from the Kingdom?(Souma)
There is not much surplus in the Kingdom, so it’s possible if it’s only to some extent. Since this place is close to the Kingdom, then as long as there is a security guarantee along the way, then we can do it, yes.(Poncho)
I will arrange for the security to be maximum priority. Next, Glaive.(Souma)

Hulbert’s father and the one who currently leads the Army, Glaive Magna, made his report.

Perhaps because the “example” is effective, the soldiers maintained their discipline. However, I am afraid that if this restricted lifestyle continues, then there might be an accidental outburst sooner or later. If there are soldiers that make a scene with the citizens, then I believe that the populace’s sentiments would immediately deteriorate.(Glaive)
So there is also this problem, huh? This city must have taverns and “red-light” establishments, right? With the money we have, negotiate with their proprietors to arrange alcohol and women.(Souma)
Will this be alright?(Glaive)

Glaive raised his voice in surprise. Did I say something strange?

This way, the citizens on the street wouldn’t be inconvenienced, right?(Souma)
No, it’s not that. Is it alright to let the soldiers idle like this? With our current momentum, isn’t it possible for us to annex all of Amidonia?(Glaive)

Ah, so it’s about that matter.

Our assault ended at Van. We will not be waging war any further.(Souma)
Is that so? But I believe we need to strike at the potential enemy……(Liscia)

Liscia, who was beside me asked me a question, but I shook my head.

This is enough. No matter how much we expand our territory, no matter how many cities we conquer, once the Empire moves, then all of it will amount to nothing. Let’s avoid the situation since the only result we get is the loss of our men’s lives in a futile endeavor.(Souma)

When I mentioned this, the temperature of the room froze up. Liscia timidly asked.

The Empire…… will move?(Liscia)
Well, there isn’t any doubt that they will move. Since the Amidonia Dukedom, a signatory of Humanity Declaration, had its borders changed by military means. As the leader, the Empire must move to deal with this.(Souma)

The Anti-Demon Humanity Coalition Declaration (or Humanity Declaration for short)that was advocated by the strongest country on the continent,Grand Chaos Empire, had three major clauses. One of the clauses is No Recognition for Border Changes due to Wars or Military Action between Humans, and since we clearly contravened it, so as the leader, the Empire needs to move in favor of the Amidonia Dukedom. At first they will make negotiations, but if necessary, then they won’t hesitate to do military sanctions as well. By the way, the difference in military power between Elfrieden and the Empire is roughly similar to that of between Japan and the US.

But the one who attacked first was the Amidonian Army, even so we will be blamed?(Liscia)
That’s how international treaties work. Amidonia can claim It’s Elfrieden’s side’s fault for not participating in the declaration.』」(Souma)
Ugh…… If it’s like this, then wouldn’t it be better if we also participated in the Humanity Declaration… eh, a~re(huh)?[3] By the way Souma, why we didn’t participate in it? If we fought with Amidonia without participating in the declaration, you knew it would have ended like this, right?(Liscia)

I laughed when Liscia pointed this out.

Because we can’t participate in it. That declaration has an unthinkable pitfall.(Souma)
Pitfall?(Liscia)
Yes. It seems that the Empire also hadn’t realized it.(Souma)

If they had realized it, then they wouldn’t have drawn that clause. At any rate, that hole is a dangerous article that might cause the collapse of the Empire. I couldn’t sign a declaration with a defect like that. Then, I stood up and addressed everyone in the room.

Well now, let’s deal with the postwar management until the Empire moves.(Souma)

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Arc 2 END
Arc 3 Begins!
The fun just start now…




[1] Are you sure Van’s name in the future is not Orario? You get the reference right?
[2] Or “Bugger Off”

[3] Japanese for *huh*?

56 comments:

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    1. Links to the raw should be in the ToC.

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  2. Oh yeah, Yukkuri sama, the table of contents for this page is linked to "lucky (mo**) draw 40 billion and transported to other world". Please fixed it~

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  4. Thx for the chapter.

    Now then, any idea what is this "pitfall" means? I can't come out with anything.

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    1. They themselves cannot attack other countries? Or borders can be changed through "other means" like marriage or buying land?

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    2. ... I just had a thought...

      Human countries. Elfrienden isn't a "human" country in a sense, they have fox people and elves and their generals are beastmen and dragonewts, so the treaty is non-binding to the country anyway.

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    3. I also can't come up with anything. The articles are from vol.2 ch.1 "Hide a Knife Behind a Smile"

      First, to allow no change in borders due to wars or military operations between humans.

      Second, to respect the rights to equality and self-determination of all peoples within every nation.

      Third, for countries far from the Demon King Territory to support the bulwarks that are the countries near the Territory.

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    4. Oh! I think I got it. The article 2. Self-determination of all people means that they should be able to split of from the nation(an movement for forming a independent nation by a minority)
      This is obviously a problem for an empire which grew big by conquering different countries and has a tendency to have a lot of minorities with resentment inside of it.

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    5. Ya, I was thinking article 2 meant that the minority people could technically be allowed to immigrate to other countries. Because the Chaos Empire is on the front lines, I'm sure a lot of people would want to immigrate to countries in the back so that they can avoid the war or avoid being drafted into fighting the demons. If a lot of citizens in the Chaos Empire do this then the Chaos Empire won't have the human resources for their armies or their economy.

      Article 1 causing the collapse of the Chaos Empire would make sense if the Chaos Empire was technically not a fully human nation like Elfrieden. But even then, what human country would want to pick bash out the meat wall between it and the demons? Not to even mention, that the Chaos Empire is apparently the USA in terms of military spending compared to other countries.

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    6. I think a referendum is the pitfall here, since it's not a military operation and equality means royalty's voice carry the same weight as a commoner. Also imagine what would happen if the citizen of empire knew of this.

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    7. I see. Then let say that souma manage to stabilize Van and charmed the citizen. If the citizen willing to be absorbed into the Kingdom, then the Empire won't have a right to interfere.

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    8. I see. Then let say that souma manage to stabilize Van and charmed the citizen. If the citizen willing to be absorbed into the Kingdom, then the Empire won't have a right to interfere.

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    9. in order:
      first order: borders CAN change to any non-war, and non-military action, like peaceful negotiation, marriage, or business transaction.

      second order: " to respect the rights to equality and self-determination of all peoples within every nation." as in, all people have equal worth and control, so if a majority decide to oust the previous rulers, no one else can interfere, and as far as i can figure, there's nothing explicitly stating that there's a restriction of influencing actions taken by other countries. additionally; once the chaos empire wins, or loses really, the demon empire would be equally in control of this aspect of the contract.

      third order: once the war is over, there's nothing pushing the outer nations to continue to support the military spending causing all of the foremost countries to collapse under their economy's inadequacies.

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    10. Just like svnhddbst said, all of these 3 points have loophole, in case Souma's country, the third point is the worst because currently they have bad economy and food shortage.

      But the weird part is, the Amidonia should've empty treasury and food shortage, but they also bound to support the Empire too, so the question is, from where the hell those food and money came from when both treasury and food storage is empty?

      Well now, we just have to wait and see how the author think about this.

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    11. first order can also be broken through the second order, have your non human citizens form their own independent army, and then have them wage war...

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    12. Second order empowers minority groups who engage in Identity Politics to begin Separatist Movements pushing for secession.

      The Grand Chaos Empire will either have to keep their word an allow it, resulting in their own fragmentation or refuse to recognise such movements and prove themselves untrustworthy hypocrites who don't keep to the treaties they advocated.

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  5. thanks for the chapter, was there ever shown the contents of thr decleration

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  6. i can't believe that i didn't notice that they literary can't defeat the demon empire. "No recognition of change of borders..." meaning, they can only defend against the demons, and never go on the offensive as long as the treaty stands.

    ok, sure, they CAN go on an offensive, but it would break the treaty to make advance bases on demon controlled land, meaning that they would need to invade ALL the way during one campaign, or at the very least crush the demon army during that time period...

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    1. also, i do believe that the empires are in charge of supplying troops, in return for supplies? meaning, the armies fighting will not be able to win unless the empire has extream population growth (unlikley during a constant war), the terms are altered and more countries are supplying soldiers (the mercs hired are unlikely to be enough, after all. they don't count as supplies).

      If the treaty is defining what the different countries are doing, they are likely to be to inflexible to win the war as well... unless the empire are loopholing that supplies include money to hire merc warbands from their own countries.

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    2. No change of borders only due to wars BETWEEN Humans. That treaty was meant to prevent the Human countries from attacking each other, nothing prevents them from attacking and claiming Demon territory.

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    3. "No recognition of change of borders due to military action between humans" if it's against demon it should be fine.

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    4. what if soma take control of the demon country before the empire does? rofl they signed the contract so they cant attack them xP

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    5. Well takumi168, the bad news is Souma didn't sign the treaty, so even if Souma conquered the demon country before the empire, that means nothing to current status quo.

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  7. I was sure that the Princess would appear here but I guess not?

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  8. I think the pitfall is the words "between Humans". The treaty practically restricted what the participants can do. They can't attack and expand their territories, even if it was a retaliatory action. But NON-participating members can attack and encroach on their territories. Imagine playing blackjack/poker but you aren't allowed to keep other player's chips and only allowed to take back the chips you throw in. No one's going to want to play that game, since you can only lose money. The clause might be better stated to use the words "between participating countries" that way there's an incentive to join the treaty as it would imply protection from being attacked by members yet still allow you to wage war.

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  9. Tbanks for the chapter!
    Ps: From what anime is that gif from???

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    1. Manly singing magical girls: the anime.

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  10. The case of the missing princess who is good with money. MC has money troubles. I smell something in the air.

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  11. That decision to just "punish" the 5 just like that o_O
    Also, I didn't know Souma had that urge to upgrade.
    Why is he being so helpful to Van's citizen though? He's going to leave later on anyway right?

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    1. He trying to prevent an angry mob of hungry people. if they aren't fed it's going to create problems eg increased crime and even more hostility towards the occupying army.

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    2. Souma need to keep the citizen calm or there will be riot, which lead to worse situation for economy, development, post-war management, and food.

      Also, Van's citizen have become Souma's citizen when the city captured.

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  12. Thanks for the chapter!
    If I may, I'd like to request the PDF or E-Pub of the two volumes. It is definitely an interesting read and the translation is great.
    Thanks again for the chapter and the translation.

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  15. First, to allow no change in borders due to wars or military operations between humans.

    Second, to respect the rights to equality and self-determination of all peoples within every nation.

    Third, for countries far from the Demon King Territory to support the bulwarks that are the countries near the Territory.

    The mistake 1 : Who not participation this RULES, can still attack another kingdom.Empire cant attack another kingdom, only negotiation. Why?( Because they make this rules, if they break it, how the other kingdom will view them as the leader ? it will make empire lose his backingup and lose the power to rule small kingdom. No one gonna believe the Empire anymore.
    The mistake 2 : Every citizen can have his way to voice their choice to "change kingdom" like democracy with more "Minority can choice what they want without need to follow majority"
    The mistake 3 : Souma only need to pay tribute or tax to Empire/The kingdom near Demon Territory.

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  16. Thanks for the chapter! I can't wait for the next arc!!

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  17. Thanks for the chapter.
    Really, the author is sure love cliffhanger. damn!
    *(well, the wait is worth though).
    :)

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  18. end of the arc 2, come to me arc 3 !!!!

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  20. Thanks for the good translation

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  21. Thank you very much!

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  22. Thank you very much for the chapter. keep up the good work.

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