23 May 2018

Nihonkoku Shoukan. Volume 1. Chapter 2 Part 5

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Chapter 2
The Kingdom’s Miscalculation
Part 5


Central calendar Year 1639, Month 4, Day 25. Evening.

Port Maihark was in a great clamor like a madhouse.
Everyone raised their voices in wonder and admiration. The citizens living nearby, the soldiers, and the sailors altogether were gazing at the direction of the sea.

What a huge thing!
Unbelievable, is that really a ship?
Is that a mountain floating on the sea?

There were many shouts and yells.
Bruay was also doubting his own eyes. On the offshore, there were several unbelievably large ships lined up.
Just by measuring with the eye, one of the ships had an implausible estimated length of no less than 250m, which gave off a bizarre presence. There were talks about how when the warship Pima made contact with Japan, it boarded a 250 meter long ship, but he thought that they were just lying to exaggerate their accomplishments. However, the reality was: ‘that ship really existed’. Despite being anchored far away on the offshore, it was still absurdly large in appearance and had no sails.
Eventually, something flew away from that large ship.
He had eyesight good enough that he could see that there were people riding in it, so he understood that it was some kind of vehicle. On the top of the vehicle, there was something like an elongated board spinning around in high speed.
Although he previously had received a message about how he would be picked up by the other party, when Bruay actually saw this other way to fly in the sky that wasn’t a Wyvern, he was at loss for words. As it approached, there was an unfamiliar ringing sound and a loud unnatural flapping sound which put fear into the surrounding people. Eventually, a violent wind began to blow as if it could blow away anything nearby.
When the vehicles had landed in the plaza, the wind and the sounds gradually abated. A door on the vehicle’s side opened, a man appeared from it and started to move with a steady gait towards the gathered crowd.
Bruay stepped forward and the man standing in front of him saluted.

Good day, I am Tsukasaki of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s Qua-Toyne Principality Deployment Force. For this occasion, we have received an instruction to pick up an observation officer from the Qua-Toyne Principality.

Bruay replied in a hurry, while also being a bit impressed by Tsukasaki's prompt behavior.

Nice to meet you, I am Bruay, the operations staff of the Qua-Toyne Principality Navy’s 2nd Fleet. I am grateful for the current reinforcements from Japan.
Umm, I believe that you had been informed in advance, but have you finished your preparations for boarding?
Yes. I will be in your good hands.

Bruay held his the luggage and timidly boarded the vehicle ──something that was called a helicopter, MCH-101[i]. There were no decorations inside the aircraft, but the seat was fluffy and comfortable to sit on.
Once again, the helicopter’s engine speed accelerated and there were a strange sensation of floating. Although it was somewhat slower than a wyvern, there were no jerky vertical movements caused by flapping, and the smooth ascend of the helicopter astonished Bruay. This vehicle could fly without almost no shaking and was much more comfortable than a wyvern, moreover it could transport large numbers of people or goods.

This is…… amazing. Just how this vehicle works is beyond my understanding……

While in the middle of the flight to the mother ship, he kept admiring the usefulness of the helicopter.
When the helicopter approached the carrier anchored offshore, he was overwhelmed by the size of the mother ship that was incomparable when seen from the faraway shore.

(What’s with this ship size‼ …… Ah, I understand, if the ships are this big, then a large number of personnel could board it, and so when it becomes a melee fight, they could capture the enemy ship one by one through overwhelming numbers. As the number of captured ships increased, the fighting power will also be quickly increased, so this one ship alone would certainly be able to deal with dozens of ships.)

Using his own knowledge and logic, he was trying to make sense of the helicopter destroyer.

Helicopter Destroyer Izumo
Total length - 248 m
Standard displacement - 19,500 tons
Construction cost - 114 billion yen[ii]

It was the largest destroyer[sic] of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force that could handle the arrival and departure of five helicopters at the same time.[iii]
Bruay alighted on the ship deck that was wide enough for a cavalry battle.

(The floor is hard…… This is…… made from iron? How could it float in the sea? What kind of magic is this? A ship should be constructed from wood……)

With the incomprehensible fact of an iron ship floating in the sea as the beginning, Bruay’s confusion kept increasing.
As he was told by Tsukasaski, he entered the ship’s interior.

(…… The inside…… is bright. Did they burn something? No, light magic? Is this a Magic Ship?)

After being guided into the ship interior that was so wide that it felt like an illusion, Bruay arrived at the bridge and met with the captain.
This time, Bruay saluted without any delay.

I am Bruay, the navy operations staff representative of the Qua-Toyne Principality. We are grateful for the reinforcements.
Nice to meet you, I am this ship’s captain, Yamamoto. This might be sudden, but we have already located the position of the armed insurgent ships. It’s about 500 kilometers west from this location. Their speed is very slow, about 5 knots[iv], but they are heading towards our direction. So we planned to leave tomorrow morning and issue a warning to the armed insurgents to turn back. If they don’t abide, then after we fire a warning shot, we will eliminate them entirely. So please relax yourself inside the ship until tomorrow.
Eliminate them entirely...... Eliminate, entirely?

How absurd. There were only 50 Qua-Tonean ships and 8 Japanese ships. Only 58 vessels couldn’t possibly confront 4,400 vessels.

Ah, no. Of course if the enemy turns back, or begins to surrender or escape, then we will refrain from attacking.
That's not what I meant…… Certainly our country’s fleet has prepared 50 ships. Will we perform this operation with only 58 ships? This might be rude to ask, but have you been informed of the enemies’ number?

Bruay was concerned that Japan hadn’t been informed of the enemy’s size.

We have been informed of the number of the armed insurgent ships. We have already informed the staff that there will be no need for escorts from the Qua-Toyne Navy, so we will ensure Bruay-dono’s safety. Please be at ease while performing your duties.

Bruay was surprised again. The Japanese intended to challenge a huge fleet of 4,400 ships by themselves without cooperating with the Qua-Toyne Navy.


Bruay’s diary of that day

I boarded the Japanese ship safely as the Qua-Toyne Principality’s citizen.
The flight until the ship was extremely comfortable, the interior of the metal ship with a size beyond the norm also had a fixed temperature. In addition, it is bright even at night. Although I should be in the middle of the sea, the swaying of the waves are inexistent. Everything is out of common sense and so, I am very astonished.
In my meeting with the captain, when he told me that they will challenge Lourian’s 4,400 warships with just 8 ships, I at first thought that they were suicidal. But after I observed this ship’s interior, its size, and then its metal construction, then I understood that fire arrows or ballista wouldn’t be able to damage it for sure.
On the other hand, the ship's deck is so high, so the arrows fired from that higher altitude will surely hit the enemy ships. There are no fixed-installed weapons like a ballista, but it is highly probable that the weapons are portable and will be deployed when they enter battle preparations. Although for a moment, I was in despair that there were only 8 ships, there is a possibility that enemy’s attacks won’t be effective against this ship. Japan seems to possess absolute confidence in the battle.
To be this nervous as an observer officer, this is the first time I’ve felt this way ever since I had been born.

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Japan is being Yandere.

Also Qua-Toyne. Japan have a different meaning of rear line support. You may mean guarding the logistic, but Japan understand it as: to rain hell and brimstone upon your enemies.

[1] The The 7th Division (7師団 Dai-Nana Shidan) is one of nine active divisions of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The division is the only armored division of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. They have 3 Tank regiments equipped with Type 90 MBT, 1 Mechanized Infantry Regiment with Type 89IFV and Type73 APC, 1 Artillery Regiment with Type 99 155mm SPT, 1 Anti-Aircraft Regiment with Type 81 SAM and Type 88 SAA, 1 Combat Engineer Battalion, 1 Signal Battalion, 1 Recon Company with Type 87 ARV, 1 Aviation Squadron with UH-1J and OH-6D, and 1 Logistic Support Regiment.
In all, the armored division had about 6,500 men, 230 tanks, about 350 Type 89 and Type 73 armored personnel carriers, 40 self-propelled howitzers, 48 mortars (81-mm and larger), 12 106-mm recoilless weapons, 40 35- and 40-mm self-propelled air defense systems, along with other armament and support systems, making it the most well-armed Japanese division


  1. Thanks 4 the translation!

    The rear line support will be raining death at the invaders.

    1. This like Modern weapon in another world
      When artillery battalion equipped with MLRS and all kind of Wheeled-artillery tanks rained down barrage of Thermobaric rounds which instantly killed 30.000 soldiers.

    2. .....
      I'm not even sure where to correct the western propaganda.
      Thermobaric rounds are no more efficient than normal explosives, they just don't mix an oxidizer into it so it uses oxygen from the atmosphere, that is all. It's not in any way better than Composition 4 or TNT flakes.

      As for the 'inhumane suffocate the enemy', that is even more bullshit propaganda, the medical condition is called 'Blast Lung' and it happens with ALL explosives. The 'Thermobaric = better + evil' is a media manipulation.

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    4. Meh, it's probably because thermobaric weapons sound exotic. They're efficient in not needing their own oxidizer, but that also limits how they are used. NATO doesn't stock much of them, but Russia has man-portable thermobaric rockets, so there's also that.

  2. So it's ground artillery this time. Both sides won't know what's even happening besides the jdf

  3. Thanks! Nepu!!!
    . ∧_∧. ∩
    (*・ω・)/ Total
    (つ  ノ Annihilation
    しーJ Noda!

    1. and you already join the war by throwing bombs

  4. i cant wait for the fascinated reaction of those generals

  5. This is the same as chap 1 part 5 -_- Maybe you are tired yukkuri oniisan

    1. Seriously, click the button. The black big button.

    2. Aaaaarrrrgghhhhhh thank you, thank you very much.

  6. Yukkuri Thanks for the chapter!
    We will be waiting for the next chapter where we will laugh at our ally and enemy alike.

  7. Something is wrong with the author's division numbers. A -brigade- is already about 10,000 men, a division definitely can't be that few men.

    1. There isn't really anything wrong with those numbers, as JSDF divisions range from 6000 - 9000 personnal.

    2. Different nations have different organization of their armed forces.

    3. It is a problem in that there simply isn't enough men for it to function as a working 'Division'. If the equipment list is correct then the only thing that formation could be is a 'holdings' formation where they use it to keep equipment and train on them. These formations are not combat worthy in that you cannot throw them straight into battle. I bet if war comes, this division is going to be scattered out and loaned to the other army units as support.

  8. Louria Kingdom's soldiers face artillery, yet they have no air support.
    This will be a massacre.
    Thanks for the chapter.

  9. Replies
    1. They already held a meeting before in Japan teritory. Perhaps, there was some exchange of information over there.

    2. Qua-Toyne and Japan already had working diplomatic missions to each other. However, since Japan is beyond their common sense, most of the QT government are dismissive about the report.

  10. The general must be very stupid i mean his know the japanese population is 120 milion yet his still think that japan is week. Dont his know that the strength of a country proportional to it population at least in medieval time

    1. Well he only knows the number but not the structure of the country his identifying in weakly terms. There are countries with huge population but doesn't mean have massive military forces. So that General see in that way but he'll know soon once Japan fired off a warning then if the enemy didn't retreat, massacre unfolded again like what happen in the sea and in the plains where the demi-humans were moving far away from the battle until Japan Ground Force and Air Force hammered down to those enemy cavalries.

    2. Slime is correct, even if the whole country is not military, conscription solves that very fast. A nation's military power IS dependent on population especially since it can tap the manpower very fast like conscription in the US in WWII or Vietnam. A medieval society should know this most of all. It's just a plot hole. 120 million for a medieval society puts them in the superpower bracket easily.

      To give an example, the British Empire, who at that time controlled an empire WORLDWIDE, had a total population of 412 million people. Compare a worldwide empire of 410 million vs a single country of 120 million. Japan can easily dominate a continent through manpower alone.

    3. Rogue Ascendant in medieval time at least the country population show how strong a country is. I mean to maintain a country with that amount of population without civil unrest show the country has a very strong military and economic power and even if the country doesnt has it on standing army and use conscription system with that amount of population their can create a very large army even if their only conscript 3% of their population and that is more than 3 milion people.

    4. It's not that. The General is complaining, how Japan only send 6000 men to QuaTOyne when they have 120 million population, "are they really want to wage a war or not?". In his mind, Japan should send several ten thousands or even a hundred thousand.

  11. Yukkuri Thanks for the chapter!
    We will be waiting for the next chapter where we will laugh at our ally and enemy alike

    more chapter please......

  12. If its the US military, they would notice about this medieval general arrogant personality and true intention in mere glance. Japan is too pacifism of themselves even in a new world. Either way, it just gonna end a massacre for the enemies of their army even if fired a warning shot since morality and values there are pretty low in a time where civilization is still mediocre, uneducated and full of bloodshed.

    1. No they wouldnt. The term 'rear line support' in medieval ages means shame and is supposed to used as an insult, saying 'you're too weak/we don't need you'. In modern 21st century, however, the term 'rear line support' means fire long range artillery to decimate regiments and divisions/weaken them in order to relieve the stress for the front line.
      The US army would see it as a request of help not as an insult.

    2. Unless you're implying that the US army is retarded and always wants to be at the front where they risk the lives of thousands of soldiers. If that was the case not many soldiers would be coming back from afg and syr.

    3. Yeah sorry about that, my bad. I end up mistaken thinking about that and I won't assume the US retarded. I know very well how conduct they are when in comes to tactical and strategic plans. I just mistakenly see that how verse they are in frontlines when going back in WW2 not the modern criteria I'm assuming.

    4. Even in WWII, the US isn't THAT stupid. The US Marines were the ones who coined the saying 'Never send a man when you can send a bullet'.

  13. I think that after the volume is finished you should put all parts in a single chapter into a page so it's a full chapter.

  14. I like how General Nou is written as a character. He isn't your fawning sycophant or straw obfuscating bureaucrat - he doesn't like them for reasons that make sense from his point of view.