" Therefore the State Affairs (夏官, ka-kan)
branches everywhere in the kingdom maintain supply departments. If troops
are sent to regional riots, they receive supplies from the supply departments.
However, if it is in a foreign country, and at the midst of a military
rebellion, the supplies departments would surely not provide supplies,
so you must bring all the supplies with you. Before considering how to
transport, do you believe you can prepare at once the amount of food needed?"
" That is impossible in Kei."
" Even if we can turn all the supplies departments in the kingdom
upside down for all the supplies stored, supplies departments only store
the minimal amount of supplies in the first place. Also, Kei has no ship
that can carry so much supplies and soldiers. How are we going to Tai
" I see..."
" It is just impossible for Kei to send armies to other kingdoms
in the first place. First of all, it is clearly stated in the Heavenly
Commandments (大綱, taikou) that invading other kingdoms is prohibited."
" This is not invasion, right? We are not trying to occupy Tai."
Kantai tilted his head.
" Oh... That might be the case."
" Moreover, if that is the case, what am I going to be? I enter Gyouten
(尭天, Kei's capital) because the Imperial Army of En helped me defeat
the false emperor (gi-ou)!"
" That is also true."
" So all we can do is to find Tai-ou
" Where are they now?"
" Nobody knows. -- How about this? How about sending one ryou
(両, a military unit) of our air force (空行師,
kuukoushi) that have flying kijyuus for searching?"
Kantai tilted his head.
" Just twenty five soldiers will simply not work. At least a whole
sotsu (卒, a military unit) is preferred.
Given 100 soldiers, they can split among themselves to search faster."
" A sotsu of our air force..."
That is not impossible. However, no official will agree. They will definitely
question what she is thinking at a time when everything is in lack within
Kei. Youko propped
her head with her hands, and sank into thoughts for a while.
" ... It makes a big difference whether the emperor is at the throne,
Youko mumbled, and Kantai's expression turned sober.
" You are right. Leaving aside what kind of character Tai-ou is,
with the emperor missing, Tai's people must be under a harsh time. Furthermore,
winter in that country is just bitter. I might not put it right, but it
might be better if Tai-ou were dead."
" If Tai-ou were dead?"
" If the emperor is dead, some time another emperor will ascend to
the throne. The people only need to put up with the harsh time gap, that
is what I mean. If the emperor is a fool, the Heavens will take back the
throne. The people only need to put up with harsh time until the next
emperor is chosen. Now the emperor is not dead, but is missing from the
throne. This might be the worst case in some sense."
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