03 April 2018

Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukokusaikenki. Arc 4 Chapter 5B

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Minasan oideyasu. This is Yukkuri demasu!

Another chapter!

DISCLAIMER: There is no guarantee that my translation is 100% correct. Please correct me if I was wrong.

Author:
Dozeumaru(どぜう丸)
Translator:
Yukkuri Oniisan
Editor:
Online Grammar Editor

Enlightenment Arc
Chapter 5 As a Person B

…… that’s why I am going to hold an audience with the Lunaria Orthodoxy State’s Holy Maiden tomorrow.(Souma)
I see……(Maria)

In the display on the quasi-receiver of the Royal Voice Broadcast, the beautiful visage of the Empress of the Gran Chaos Empire, Maria Euphoria, started to show sorrow. Even for the Empire, the strongest nation of the Humanity, the Orthodoxy State’s Holy Maiden would be still a troublesome opponent.

This place was the Royal Voice Room in Parnam Castle. It had been several days after I was informed that the Orthodoxy State’s Holy Maiden had entered our country and yesterday, there was a request for an audience from that Holy Maiden. And tomorrow, I would be scheduled to hold an audience with that Holy Maiden. In response to this situation, I asked Hakuya to inform Maria-dono’s imouto Jeanne-dono, in order to established this emergency leader summit with Maria-dono.

I didn’t think that the Holy Maiden would visit just for mere small talks. I didn’t know yet what her purpose was, but it certainly was not a something that will benefit the Empire, who they viewed as an enemy country. This is the reason why I wanted to reinforce our cooperation as the leaders of the secret alliance. I didn’t want the Empire to have any distrust when one day they know that I met with that Holy Maiden. I then asked Maria.

Even for the Empire’s “Holy Maiden”-dono, you have difficulty in dealing with the other Holy Maiden?(Souma)
…… Please don’t call me Holy Maiden. Oh, “Great King” of Friedonia.(Maria)
Ugh…(Souma)

What a superb counter. Well, for the one who didn’t desire any praise, the people who praise them would be annoying…… I am neither Ika[1] nor a Giant Isopod[2] nor Dedede[3]. When I was thinking about this matter, Maria sighed in a coquettish manner.

I couldn’t say much about Orthodoxy State’s Holy Maiden-sama since I never met her personally…… But I am troubled since when the citizens called me Holy Maiden on their own accord, she threw complains on me.(Maria)
…… Was there no inquiry from the Orthodoxy State? If I was someone from the Orthodoxy State, if Maria-dono has acquired a fame so high that you are referred as a Holy Maiden, rather than pushing someone from my side to become Holy Maiden, wouldn’t it be faster to just officially ordinate Maria-dono as a Holy Maiden?(Souma)
Ah…… Which reminds me, there was a talk about that, wasn’t there? But, I refused it.(Maria)

Maria-dono replied as if that talk had nothing to do with her at all.

Did you refuse?(Souma)
If, in reverse, you are the one being asked, will Souma-dono accept it?(Maria)
I absolutely refuse.(Souma)
See?(Maria)

Maria had a soft but slightly wistful smile.

What do I need to do if I become a Holy Maiden? Just to whom, what kind of order I need to give? The Orthodox State touted justification, saying to protect the weak, while driving people into conflict. I don’t want to become a glorified banner of such thing.(Maria)
Maria-dono……(Souma)
Although my station is that of an Empress who govern over the Empire, in the end, I am just a human. Rather than being worshiped as a Holy Maiden, I want to be loved by other people, as a human, as a person.(Maria)

―――I want to be loved by other people, as a human, as a person.
I inscribed her words deeply into my heart.

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Lunaria Orthodoxy State.

This country, the headquarters of the Lunaria Orthodoxy, is governed by the Pope of Lunaria Orthodoxy. It is a religious state whose history is about as long as Elfrieden Kingdom. It was said that during the Continent’s Chaotic Era, in contrast to Elfrieden Kingdom, where its Founder King, a Hero, brought together many races and unite them into one nation, Lunaria Orthodoxy State was united by the religious force. It’s doctrine Save the Weak , seemed to be codified based on its experience of that era.

Originally Lunaria Orthodoxy is a religion believed by a tribe, the Moon People: Lunarian. The so-called Lunarian tribe was a tribe that not originally reside on this Continent, but came from outside. Whether the outside that they referred to was some islands like the Nine-Headed Dragon Archipelago or they came from a different world just like me, I don’t know. However, in the legend, they came from the moon on the sky, hence their name.

The object of the Lunarian faith is their old home, the Moon, that they worshipped as the Moon Goddess: Lunaria-sama. Since Lunaria-sama is shining high in the sky as the Moon, it is prohibited to make idol statue of her. Furthermore, in the Capital City of the inner sanctuary of the Lunaria Orthodoxy’s Central Church, there was the so-called Moon Stele: Lunalith where the Moon Oracle was engraved.

Initially, it was only believed by the Lunarian, but in that Continent’s Chaotic Era, it penetrated even to the other Nations and Races as their mental support, therefore the number of believers increased. Thereafter, there was a sectarian conflict within the same faith. There were also disputes about which was accepted belief and which was heretical, but when the dust settled, the current Lunaria Orthodoxy had took form, a major religion that was believed by one-half of the Humanity in the Continent together with the Mother Dragon Faith.

As for the doctrine, they touted Save the Weak and Mutual Aid. “When there is trouble, everyone will help each other”, perhaps this simple doctrine was the reason why it gained new believers. Just like its doctrine, the believers will do acts like fund-raising for impoverished people or distribute food for poor people. It would be easy to comprehend that Lunaria Orthodoxy and its believers were harmless. However, when it comes to Orthodoxy State, something stinks.

It was said that they used the believers living in each country to intervene in the politics of that country or to encourage rebellion. I say this once more, the believers themselves are harmless, there are people who are truly dedicated to saving the weak. We mustn’t control them by treating all the believers as one same entity, and in the first place, the more you suppress a religion, the more it blazes up. No matter how powerful the military power a country has, if the soldiers believe in Lunaria Orthodoxy, then the national stability will deteriorated as soon as that country becomes hostile to the Orthodoxy State. That’s why, a religion that is so intertwined with political power to such degree like that is troublesome.

Then a Holy Maiden from that troublesome country, Lunaria Orthodoxy State, was currently, stood before me. Right now, there were only a few people in the Parnam Castle’s Audience Room. It was because the Orthodoxy State’s side hoped for an audience with a small number of people. From the Orthodoxy State’s side, only the Holy Maiden alone requested for the audience. That’s why, on both sides of my throne, there was the First Queen Consort Candidate, Liscia, and the Second Queen Consort Candidate, Aisha, who also acted as my bodyguard and was armed. Then, the Prime Minister, Hakuya, was the only person who stood between the Holy Maiden and me.

Well, even if this girl was an assassin who pretending to be a Holy Maiden, since Aisha was here, it would be fine. But…… looking at the girl standing on the carpet few steps below the throne, that worry is undue. When I saw her appearance, I thought:

(…… I see. Certainly, she is the Holy Maiden…… )

Well, perhaps there was no word better to describe the girl, other than Holy Maiden. Her age is about 18 years old. She has a beautiful face and alluring dark eyes. Her silver hair was tied into two bunches. She was a bishoujo(pretty girl) who even made Aisha spoke out her admiration unintentionally. Her figure, clad in a priestess habit, could be said as the exact depiction of a Holy Maiden itself. If I hadn’t built my resistance, thanks to Liscia and others, I would be overwhelmed just by meeting her eyes.



…… But, I wonder why. In contrast to her high spec appearance, I didn’t feel any charm from her for some reason. On the contrary, I felt a strange sense of discomfort when I saw her. Though, I thought she is a cute girl……. Something was bothering me. While concealing this sense of discomfort inside my heart, I addressed the Holy Maiden.

Welcome. The Lunaria Orthodoxy State’s Holy Maiden-dono. I am, Soma Kazuya, the one who has been asked to govern over this country.(Souma)
Greeting and good tidings, Your Majesty Great King of Friedonia. My name is Mary Valenti. Today I visit as an envoy from the Lunaria Orthodoxy State. Despite the sudden request, to be granted an approval for this audience, on behalf of the Pope-sama, let me offer my gratitude to Your Majesty from the bottom of my heart.(Mary)

The Holy Maiden Mary bowed in a gracious manner as she spoke this. Mary…… The pronunciation of her name is similar to Maria-dono.  Since she was titled Holy Maiden, I thought that she would say, You must believe in our God in a condescending manner. Well…… As expected, it wouldn’t do to take a lofty attitude like that for the first meeting with a King of a country.  Mary raised her face, and then looked straight at my eyes before she spoke up.

The tales of Your Majesty's accomplishment had even reached Lunaria Orthodoxy State. In less than a year after being summoned as the Hero, Your Majesty had rebuilt the Elfrieden Kingdom, defeated Amidonia Dukedom and then annexed its territory. Truly a feat of a Hero.(Mary)
You are regarding too highly of me. I had not done any Hero-like deeds. That I could rebuild this Kingdom, it was all because I am blessed with good subordinates. I had repulsed Amidonia, but annexing it was just how the course of event flowed.(Souma)
How the events flow is a fate beyond human comprehension. Your Majesty might have the God’s Blessing.(Mary)

God’s blessing, huh? …… What a religious-like opinion. I couldn’t agree with her, though.

No, this course of event, in the end, had been orchestrated by one person. The person who you should extol is not me, but the Amidonia Princess who made that once in a lifetime decision.(Souma)
Roroa Amidonia-dono, is it? Though she still young, she was able to draw out greatest benefit for the citizen by bringing the two nations into negotiations. As fellow women, I truly admired her.(Mary)
………(Souma)

But I believe Roroa will dislike you. When Roroa’s elder brother, Julius was still the Duke of Amidonia, the Orthodoxy roused the believers in the Dukedom and caused a rebellion. Although Julius had suppressed the rebellion, Roroa was angry that her fellow citizen was spilling each other blood. Actually, as the Third Queen Consort Candidate, I wanted Roroa, who manages this country’s finance, to be here in this place. However, considering her animosity towards the Orthodoxy State, I had her to wait with Juna-san and others in the Office Room. Even if she isn’t a girl who will let her feeling showed on her face…… I don’t want her to endure this needlessly.

However, just how much truth is in this girl’s words? Her tone was flat, so it was hard to read any particular emotion from her. She didn’t seem to be playing any tricks. If she could speak like this after knowing what her country had done, she would be a hypocrite liar, but there was also a possibility that she was just “pretty flower” who didn’t know anything…… No, if either of these is true, then her emotion should be more apparent. If the former is true, then as a liar, she would give more ‘I am sincere’ appeal to deceive her opponent. If the latter, then she should have a more enthusiastic feeling, as if she came here with righteousness on her side.

However, this girl was too flat. It was as if to say that her visit was normal and natural. This might be how a country’s envoy act in the first place, but in this girl’s case, I felt that this was too extreme…… The discomfort inside me became bigger.

Then, Mary-dono, what brings you here today?(Souma)

I tried asked straightforwardly so that I wouldn’t let that sense of discomfort showed in my expression. Then, without losing any of her placidity, Mary slightly bowed her head.

Ara, that’s right. As a Holy Maiden of Lunaria Orthodoxy, today I have a request to your Majesty.(Mary)
Request?(Souma)

I asked while having a bad feeling about this, and Mary replied with a completely non-malicious smile.

I would like to ask for Lunaria Orthodoxy to be the state religion of Elfrieden Kingdom.(Mary)

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Religion is always a sensitive political matter.
Next chapter will be as fast as I could translate!

Also, if you spot a mistake, mention it and I will immediately fix it (at least in one month time :D)



[1] Ika-daiou (イカ大王 / Great King Squid) is a character from a NHK sketch show: LIFE ~人生に捧げるコントwhich had been airing since 2012. You can watch an example here:
Ummm… I blame USA for nuking Japan twice……
[2] In Japanese, Giant Isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, is called : 大王具足虫 Daiou Gusokumushi! Great King Armored Insect!
[3] Dedede-daiou or Great King Dedede is the antagonist from Kirby series.

50 comments:

  1. First! Hmmm religious governments are pretty much just as suckish as secular govt. They just use "Odin" or "Thor" as their reasons to do the "right" thing. But...in isekai settings the gods will come down on you if you tarnish their names... Muahaahaaha

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    1. Yup humans can be huge dickheads to their humans beings.

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    2. Except if the gods/godesses themselves are dicks and cunts. Makoto would testify to that.

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    3. which Makoto you're talking about ? Makoto from Tsukimichi ?
      thats just a BUG, a big annoying BUG

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    4. No if you want to find a Dick/Cunt of a god look at the god from Arifureta. That god's about as bad as I've ever read about some are as bad and a lot come close but not seen one yet that top's him (maybe that's a good thing though).

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  2. Right were they a secular nation beforehand?

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  3. This is why i love this novel so much. It's the normal slice of life where a typical beta Jap MC either starts out completely OP, or is misunderstood but is in reality completely OP, so there is zero sense of conflict and the MC is free to wander around, gathering pretty girls by the dozens and spend his time recreating soy sauce. I'm 100% looking forward to how Soma deals with the Orthodoxy bitch!

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  4. Okay, this will be pretty chaotic. If Souma agreed, the Lunaria Orthodoxy would have a way of influencing the decisions of the country, threathining Souma's position and power.
    But if Souma refuses, he would be the enemy of millions of people by rejecting their faith.

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    1. Here's the thing, he would not be "rejecting" their religion or their believers any more than any secular nation in the world today is "rejecting" the Vatican or Mecca or any other Holy Land. A secular state simply is a state where various beliefs can practice openly and it favors (in principle) no one religion.

      Of course I fully expect the Lunarians, like with any other fundamentalist mindsets, to interpret that as being "against" their religion. It's always the case with those who try to push their religion onto others with or without consent, if you reject their attempts, you're "against" them.

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    2. They already most likely have some followers in the country, so they could already create some chaos.

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  5. Lunaria Orthodoxy to be the state religion of Elfrieden Kingdom

    A little bit confuse with this

    So something like Aceh province in Indonesia? State Religion inside Secular Country. Or They want Elfrieden to convert to State Religion?

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    1. The latter.
      They want Friedonia Kingdom to make Lunaria Orthodoxy as the State Religion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_religion
      ).
      More like Pakistan and Iran, than Indonesia or India.

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    2. From what I can tell, more of the later. You seem more familiar with Indonesia, so it would be similar to what FPI wants. A majority of Indonesian are Muslim, but the government is secular. FPI wants to change Indonesia into a Muslim state under Sharia law. Something similar is happening here. I'm guessing that a majority of the human population of Elfrieden would be a follower of the Orthodoxy. The "Holy Maiden" wants Elfrieden to turn the Orthodoxy into a state religion with everything that that would entail. As the HQ of the religion the Lunaria Orthodoxy State would have more influence on the kingdom. They would olse expect the kingdom to suppress other religions and depending on how they view non humans (I forgot how they view non humans), maybe turning non humans into second class citizens, or worse.

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    3. Personally, I see it more as 'religious pride' than anything practical. Just because someone declares a 'state religion' does not mean everyone in the country will automatically convert, if it were, then the Palestinians would all have become Jewish decades ago. The only 'good' a sudden declaration of 'state religion' can do is simply to split the country into 'believers' and 'unbelievers' and any country split into 2 is never a good thing.

      But then I do understand that when you admire something, you want to try showing it off to as many people as possible, so I do get why people would like a 'state religion', just that sometimes, it's just the wrong way to show off. It's like somebody else's vacation photos, the people who were there love the place, the people that were not there try to avoid yawning in the other person's face. lol.

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    4. Religion is a fickle thing. There will always be people who would use it for their own benefits. One example would be child crusade.

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  6. Thanks 4 the translation!

    That "Holy Maiden" seems like an experienced politician for one so young.

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  7. What is this url http://please-wait-warmly-girls-are-preparing/.

    How about create a special page where you can always redirect every 'upcoming' untranslated chapter.

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  8. 「I would like to ask for Lunaria Orthodoxy to be the state religion of Elfrieden Kingdom.」(Mary)

    [ya about that how about no] (Souma)

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  9. Yukkuri can we get an update on Our New World?

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    1. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tsa4Ct3MzcLrJ1kx5yCnRO31AQO_3xm1Ba6KmkEcpVU

      Hadn't finished writing it yet...

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  10. Great King Souma Kazuya and Sorcerer King Ainz Ooal Gown.

    They would make a great pair.

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    1. the only thing that came into my mind is that both of their subordinate nonstop saying SASUGA xxx-SAMA

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  11. Religion is a harmless thing, it is only people managing that belief that led to the chaotic upbringings throughout history. An object can be a tool to save lives or can be a tool to cause harm. It is up to you to choose how you use it.

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    1. Sure, I agree with the second part of your first sentence. But under that concept, religion is neither harmless nor harmful. It's in the intent of usage and effects of application that determines whether it is/becomes harmless or harmful. Still, as common practice, if it causes more harm than good (or vice versa) (quantitatively and/or qualitatively) due to empirical probability of past events and occurrences, then the object in question is still commonly perceived to be of either classification.

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    2. Anon, the problem with such categorizations is that only the high profile 'bad' or 'good' religions get publicity or is even remembered. Some religions that believe in isolation, people do not even remember exists. Only the high profile ones and the really bad stuff gets remembered, the mild ones get forgotten.

      Not to mention popular misconceptions being passed around due to agendas. For example 'Crusades/religion causes the most wars/kills the most people'. This one was popularised by the Arab states to be anti-west in the past but got co-opted by the atheists too. The highest body counts in history were the 2nd World War (50-75 million) and the Mongol Invasion (50 million) vs the Crusades's maximum of 1 million. But then, try telling a Muslim who was brought up with 'the Westerners are all butchers' that.

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  12. Wow😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆wow

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  13. Thanks for the chapter! What a cliff tho!
    For now, I've got two things:
    1) Here is a linguistic error I've noticed with my low editorial skills.
    ...since Aisha was her, ----> since Aisha was here
    2) In the previous post, you said something about being three days late. Do you actually have a schedule?

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    1. Well... since Saturday is my free time so I aim to release the chapter by that day

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    2. Thanks for the reply. I wish you the best in your work.

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  14. I'm betting the "discomfort" Souma is feeling, is that she has become nothing but a puppet to the Orthodoxy. They are using her to combat against Maria, and forcing her to be a figurehead for the religion.

    Secondly, she may be suppressing her actual personality in order to appear favorably to Souma. After some research, the Orthodoxy could have figured that a sensual, bubbly person would be immediately dismissed. I believe Souma is feeling discomfort because she is not matching up to the social norms (i.e., "something is wrong with that person" kind of feeling when you see someone with a mental instability).

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  15. Thx for the chapter o/
    can't wait for the next one~~
    finally some good political intrigue!

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  16. Man I almost forgot about this novel, thanks for the chapters!

    I feel dumb, but do you really use an online grammar thing or is that someones name lol
    heres some edits that I thought up, but they're probably useless

    "I didn’t think that the Holy Maiden would visit just for mere small talks. I didn’t know yet what her purpose, but it was certainly not a something that will benefit the Empire, which they viewed as an enemy country. This is the reason why I wanted to reinforce our cooperation as the leaders of the secret alliance. I didn’t want them to have any distrust when one day they know that I met with that Holy Maiden."

    > I didn’t think that the Holy Maiden would visit just for mere small talk. I didn’t know yet what her purpose was, but it certainly was not something that will benefit the Empire, who they viewed as an enemy country. This is the reason why I wanted to reinforce our cooperation as the leaders of the secret alliance. I didn’t want them to have any distrust when one day they find out that I met with that Holy Maiden.

    " But I am troubled since when the citizens called me Holy Maiden on their own accord, she laid complains at me.』"
    > But I am troubled since when the citizens called me Holy Maiden on their own accord, she laid complaints on me.』

    "If I was someone from the Orthodoxy State, if Maria-dono donated has acquired a fame so high that you are referred as a Holy Maiden"
    is 'donated' suppose to be there?

    "『Ah…… Which reminds me, there was a talk about that, wasn’t it? But, I refused it.』"
    > 『Ah…… Which reminds me, there was a talk about that, wasn’t there? But, I refused it.』

    "The so-called 『Lunarian』 was a tribe that not originally reside on this Continent, but came from outside."
    > The so-called 『Lunarian』 tribe was a tribe that did not originally reside on this continent, but came from outside.

    "it penetrated even to the other Nations and Races as their mental support, that the number of believers increased."
    > it penetrated even to the other Nations and Races as their mental support, therefore the number of believers increased.

    " Thereafter, there was a sectarian conflict within the same faith, there were also disputes about which was accepted belief and which was heretical,"
    > Thereafter, there was a sectarian conflict within the same faith. There were also disputes about which sect was the correct belief and which was heretical,

    "perhaps this simple doctrine was the reason why gain new believers."
    > perhaps this simple doctrine was the reason why it gained new believers.

    "I say this once more, the believers itself is harmless,"
    > I say this once more, the believers themselves are harmless,
    or
    > I say this once more, the belief itself is harmless,

    "Your Majesty Great King of Friedonia. My name Mary Valenti."
    > Your Majesty Great King of Friedonia. My name is Mary Valenti.

    "Despite the sudden request, to be granted an approval for this audience, in behalf of the Pope-sama, let me offer my gratitude to Your Majesty from the bottom of my heart.」"
    > Despite the sudden request, to be granted an approval for this audience, on behalf of the Pope-sama (and myself?), let me offer my gratitude to Your Majesty from the bottom of my heart.」

    "However, just how much truth in this girl’s words?"
    > However, just how much truth is in this girl’s words?

    thats all I could find and try to fix but yeah again these are probably useless

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    1. Thank you.
      The donate came from the autocorrect Dono, I think, can't really trust that autogrammar thingy. I think I missed when I do a third pass check.

      If you found that I miss 'it', this was because I usually forgot to put impersonal pronoun 'it' or because of my mother tongue is a prodrop language, so I sometime forget to put the pronoun/subject

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  17. All Souma needs to do is to ban the Lunaria Orthodoxy and establish a new religion "Hero's Light" with him as the savior. He's already revered by the people. Rather than some bullsh*t of another country that no one can see, it's much more convincing if one's own King with stellar achievements is a messenger of some god. It's extra easy to brainwash his populace too, given that he has the powers of technology and media propaganda.

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    1. I think our MC is politically savvy enough to know he does not want to end up with another Haiti or North Korea, which had governments where leaders were deified. This is a completely different animal from having a theocratic government, and thus far hasn't turned out well for anyone.

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  18. I hear major difference between this WN version and LN version is that LN version rearranges events into a chronological timeline, while WN events are more scattered. Can anyone confirm this?

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  19. thx for ur hard work
    i really want to know what will souma do about this state religion coz religion is something troublesome also irl

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  20. Большое спасибо!
    "the more you suppress a religion, the more it blazes up..." - wrong opinion- if there is another religion or something else as a substitute.

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  21. Then he says “yes” and Lunarian Orthodoxy became the state religion from that day on.

    ��

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  22. This novel is getting better and better.Hope that they post another Chapter soon.

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  23. I always felt anger and despise when a religion is used as a tool in politics. Religion should never be used in a politics! Religion is not a tool to be used, but a set of rules to be followed! Religion is not to be forced to people, but to be taught!

    Sigh... I feel like butchering those who use religion as a tool. They are worse than a maggot who live honestly by consuming dead bodies.

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  24. Thank you very much for all the hard work

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  25. Political use of religion gives good God a bad name.
    & she just tossed that landmine in his lap without a trace of emotion.
    Does the Lunies attempt to emulate the Borg?
    Thanks for the chapter

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