Chapter 53

Translator:NovelMultiverse | Editor:NovelMultiverse

The Abolishment was not the only thing Fioria implemented as the Prime Minister.

She also compiled family registries, enacted tax reforms, organized the traffic network, and standardized common law.

She ran many reforms simultaneously. Many aristocrats had much to say about all of this.

“It’s much too hasty. She’s bound to make a mistake. I doubt women can even govern competently.”

This was the kind of cold attitude she faced from them. However, as these reforms were implemented, they all ran quite smoothly.

“It’s quite impressive, Fioria,” said Vincent.

It was the summer after three months had passed since the Abolishment, and Vincent was visiting Fioria’s office.

“You really are exceptional,” he said.

“It’s not all my work. We have the staff that I brought from the Duchy of Florence to thank,” said Fioria.

Twenty years ago, when Fioria was serving as the governor of the Duchy, she established educational institutions. She had created a training school of bureaucracy and governance.

Time had passed, and now, things had changed. The people who had been reared by her school of bureaucracy and governance were now supporting her many-faceted docket of reforms.

“I heard about all of that from Lex… You were thinking about reforms for the Tristan Kingdom since I was a child. Everything’s going according to your plans, I suppose,” said Vincent.

“No, not really,” said Fioria.

She then sat on the sofa in her office and faced Vincent. She began tying up her golden hair with a calm demeanor.

“If I’m being honest, these reforms were supposed to occur more quickly,” she said.

Needless to say, Annerose was the main reason why the reforms were delayed. It was the poison-induced coma she was in. That had truly thrown a wrench into Fioria’s plans.

“However, a twenty-year preparatory period was created, and the new bureaucrats got more than enough time to mature, so I guess it wasn’t such a bad thing, after all,” said Fioria.

“You’re right. It wasn’t a completely bad thing to happen,” said Vincent. A smile spread across his handsome face as he nodded.

“If things had continued as they were originally going, you would have probably been married to Oswald,” he said. 

He was referring to the firstborn son of the king at the time, Oswald. He was an old man now, but back then, Fioria was his bride to be. If nothing had happened, Oswald would have become king, and Fioria would have taken the throne as a queen. However, the young lady named Annerose had seduced Oswald, and many people’s fates were changed because of it.

“In a way, it’s thanks to Annerose that I became King and that you’re here at the palace today as the Prime Minister. For that and only that, I am thankful to that toxic woman.

“You’re right. As the person at the top of the country’s power structure, you’re much more qualified for the job than Oswald. The reason why the reforms are going well now is also thanks to you being the King. You really could say that that’s all thanks to Annerose,” said Fioria.

“Well, no – that’s not really what I was trying to say…”[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]

“What were you trying to say, then?” asked Fioria, squinting her emerald-colored eyes and shooting Vincent a playful look.

“Well, let’s save the answer to that question for another time. There are more important matters at hand,” said Vincent.

Fioria had a stack of papers tied up with a string on her knees. She handed it over to Vincent.

“It’s information on the rebellion that Count Sain started the other day. I had Lex look into his background,” said Fioria.

“Ah,” said Vincent, nodding very interestedly. He flipped through the papers. 

“Just as expected, it looks the meddling of other countries was involved,” said Vincent.

“Not only that, these are countries that are outside of the Belgaria continent altogether… Do you know about this Atora Kingdom?” she asked.

“It’s a militaristic nation in the west,” he said.

“Yes. Since that country became the nation that it is now, it’s been building up its military non-stop. I’ve heard they are planning to invade the Belgarian continent,” said Fioria.

“I’ve caught wind of that information, as well. I heard that the King himself has been agitating his people. He says things like, ‘Our country Atora’s people once lived on the Belgarian Continent and were chased out of our homelands by demons in the Black Forest. The people that live in the Belgarian continent now are people who came to the land afterward, and they form a filthy nest there. We must wage a holy war on them to take back our country.'”

“Well, what the Atoran King has been saying is about half true,” muttered Fioria, looking away as if she were remembering something from the distant past.

“Twenty years ago, demons came flooding out of the Black Forest. The people that fled the Belgarian continent at that time became the people in the West and created the Kingdom of Atora… Of course, the people who never gave up on fighting the demons and stayed in this land are the ancestors of today’s Belgarians,” said Fioria.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that, even though I pride myself on knowing my history. Where was that written?” asked Vincent.

“I don’t remember. Maybe I was there to see it myself,” said Fioria.

“That’s a funny joke, Fioria. That would make you more than two thousand years old,” said Vincent.

“Yes, you’re right. Just tell yourself it was a joke, please,” said Fioria, shrugging in a show of ignorance.

“Either way, I don’t like this Kingdom of Atora that starts crying out about some holy war. I actually want them to start a war. Then, I could prove myself against them and build my reputation,” said Fioria.

“…I didn’t start talking to you about this to give you good news,” said Vincent as he cleared his throat.

“Next month, an emissary from the Kingdom of Atora is supposed to visit. They are desperate to start diplomatic relations with the Tristan Kingdom… I’m sure they’re going to come to us with some ridiculous demands. Ultimately, they’re going to try to start a war with us,” said Vincent.

“Ah, I can’t wait,” said Fioria, with a slight smile on her face.[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]

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