Minasan Oidemasu! This is Yukkuri demasu!
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Louria Kingdom, Capital City: Jin-Haag, Haag Castle, Underground Barracks
In the corner of the room, illuminated by dim candlelight…
The flame flickered from the minute movement of the air and made the shadows of the men reflected on the wall sway back and orth.
「Fufufu…… Finally the decision has been given! It has been a long time.」
A slanted-eyed man was speaking with a robe-wearing man.
「Yes. It really has been a long time.」
One section of the robe-wearing man’s hand had been degenerated and was festering.
Immediately after the Royal Council session, the order to form the subjugation army was transmitted to the lower echelons. However, since they already finished their preparations before the session’s decision, it was really just more of a notification.
Adem, who had been selected to become the second-in-command of the main force of the Eastern Subjugation Army, sported an eerie smile while looking at the flickering flame.
「The demihumans ought to be exterminated. That I could participate in the subjugation campaign of the worthless country that grants rights for those trash, even more, to be in the frontlines…… is an honor……! I will──」
Adem’s slanting eyes slightly opened and changed into ones of fury. But, he immediately close his eyelids.
「── No, it’s nothing. In this world, the weak are the meals of the strong. Powerless people are only meat waiting to be eaten. The corpses of demihumans…… Nay, the lives of my parents and siblings had taught me this law of the word. And this time, I can teach this law to those demihumans…… I am rejoiced in this bliss!」
「My Monster Users Corps are unrecognized shadows that have never seen the light of day. The Knights and the Nobles looked down upon us and continued to throw abuse on us. But even Monster Users like us had been given a place in this operation, so I am also in supreme joy tonight!」
That day, each person took their meals with alcohol and held a pre-war party. That tumultuous party continued late into the night ──
Qua-Toyne Principality, Japanese Embassy
The sun showed its face on the horizon and the eastern sky became brighter as the birds started singing. A pleasant wind and humid air flowed into the room from the opened window.
The career diplomat from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanaka, awakened from his sleep with a nice feeling and took a really deep breath.
Qua-Toyne Principality didn’t have cars, factories, or airplanes, so the background noise were the songs of the birds, the murmurs of the streams, and the clattering of the horses. Compared to Japan, his sleep was unimaginably good.
「…… It seems today will be a busy day.」
It was something he muttered out of the unpleasant premonition he had, but this was proved to be true.
The staff knocked at the door to Tanaka’s room.
(What happened so early in the morning?)
Tanaka was a bit puzzled while opening the door.
「Good morning. Is something wrong?」
「An official from Qua-Toyne Principality’s Foreign Ministry suddenly visited without an appointment saying that there is emergency information that he needs to convey.」
In the communication between countries, visiting without an appointment, meant that there was a tremendous emergency situation happened. Or perhaps, this was the normal way of diplomacy in this other world. Tanaka thought about this while he hurriedly changed his clothes.
After a quick face washing, his suited-figure opened the door to the reception room, 15 minutes after the staff had knocked at the door of his room. Inside was the troubled face of Yagou, the official from the Qua-Toyne Foreign Ministry.
「Good morning, sorry if I have made you wait too long.」
「Tanaka-dono, please excuse my rudeness to visit so suddenly in this early morning. But there is a worrisome development that I must inform you.」
Yagou stood up and deeply bowed. Tanaka said, 「What happened?」, while trying to reign in his private relief that even in this world, it’s common sense to visit by making an appointment.
However, that relief was broken in an instant.
「I think you already know about the Louria Kingdom west of our country. As the result of careful investigations of information obtained from many channels, we are certain that the Louria Kingdom is approaching to invade our country.」
「The Louria Kingdoms soldiers already gathered in the west, towards the direction of the city, Gim, 20 km from the border. If I can be honest, if the war begins, then we couldn’t export the food in the agreed amount to your country. We are truly apologetic for reneging on the treaty……」
Tanaka was speechless when he heard those words.
Since being severed from Earth due to their country suddenly transferred to this world, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been assigned with a task so that the citizens don’t starve. They had established friendly diplomatic relationships with the Qua-Toyne Principality, that possessed huge farmlands, and the Quila Kingdom, that possessed confirmed Japan’s ill-needed resource deposits that covered most of the country (although until they could mine it, Japan needed to get by with what they had in the strategic resource stockpiles inside the country). It was a miracle that they could obtain the food and resources that were needed by the Japanese citizens. But right now, there was a possibility that that absolutely indispensable food import will cease. If the food import from Qua-Toyne ceased, then in less than 1 year, hundreds of thousands…… No, perhaps millions of citizens will starve to death.
「Can your country still do the export somehow……?」
Although he understood that when the flames of war enfolded the nation, it’s not a situation where they could worry about other countries, but Tanaka, who didn’t have any power to decide this serious situation, could do nothing but inquire.
Yagou grimaced and cast his eyes down.
「The Louria Kingdom has the largest military power in the Rodenius Continent. They already concentrated such forces at the border, and it seems that they keep reinforcing that force. In any case, because the number is too great, when the combat begins, even though we have the local advantage, we need to be resigned to losing several cities. If that happens, then ensuring the movement of goods like we’re doing right now, will be an extremely difficult ordeal.」
Yagou made a fleeting upward glance as if to await Tanaka’s expression.
「It would be helpful if we could have reinforcements……」
Yagou remembered the AirFest that he observed when he was dispatched as a delegation member to Japan. The tremendously strong metal-dragon’s powerful figure had been seared into his eyelids, even to this day.
If they received Japan’s reinforcement, he intuitively concluded that this country wouldn’t be annihilated in this war.
「Japan…… has renounced the use of military force as means of conflict resolution between states in her constitution. I am really sorry to say this, but a military reinforcement is……」
Of course, Yagou already heard about this military power renunciation when he was dispatched to Japan. He asked since there was nothing to lose in this situation and so Tanaka gave a frustrated answer. Even though Yagou had expected this, he dropped his shoulders in disappointment.
「Then, this is unfortunate, but there is a high possibility that it will be difficult to export the food. Since I have no right to say otherwise in your country’s domestic matters, I have no choice but to relinquish this request……」
To obey the constitution and have thousands starve, or to have a 『very broad interpretation』 of the constitution and save the citizens and the Qua-Toyne Principality from this crisis.
After the information of the suspension of food export was received by the Japanese Embassy, in an unprecedentedly swift response, 3 weeks later, Japan decided to send their troops overseas for the first time after World War 2.
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution
(1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
(2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.