Fun Territory Defense of the Easy-Going Lord - Chapter 48
Nobility and the New Chamber of Commerce
When establishing a chamber of commerce, one can receive various preferential treatment if one gets a recommendation from a nobleman who has a large territory.
They could open stores in multiple towns in good locations, preferentially purchase materials from magical beasts defeated by the Knights, or even become the preferred supplier of the lords of each town themselves.
Moreover, stores that receive the recommendation of senior nobles could have a brand image, and furthermore, they could gain the backing of the nobles.
In other words, the higher the nobility, the stronger and larger the merchant association.
“But the royal warrant is foul, isn’t it?”
When I mentioned this, Bell and Rango let out a sigh. Well, the word “purveyor” has a different meaning, but it seemed to have somehow gotten through to them.
“In effect, the Mary Chamber of Commerce could open a store in any city in the kingdom and choose a pretty good place to open a store. To top it off, large magical beasts defeated by the Royal Knights and captured slaves and criminal slaves taken prisoner after the war can also be preferentially bought and sold.”
“Incidentally, it is rumored that Mary Trionf, the first president of the Mary Chamber of Commerce, was formerly the fence flower of His Majesty the previous king.”
Fenced flower, was it a cover word for mistress?
“This is getting worse and worse.”
I raise my eyebrows. Where in the world could such a newly formed business association open a store if it was being watched by a Chamber of Commerce that could have its eye on every town?
No, in the first place, if it was found out that someone who had a problem with the royal family’s merchant association was going to establish a merchant association, there was a possibility that no one would recommend them.
However, I suddenly realized something important.
“Ah, but the headquarters of the merchant guild is in another country, and it’s a huge organization with roots in many countries, including ours. So, I think the guild will allow us to establish a merchant guild as long as the conditions are okay.”
“Yes, that is true. Thanks to you, we have received a real store and money is not a problem. However, the recommendation from the nobility…”
He glances at us as he answered.
No, I can’t get my father’s permission, you know. Because I have to seriously abstain. I love Brother, but I don’t have a title.
It would be best if I had a title, but I can’t get one unless I did something really good.
I let out a sigh and open my mouth.
“My family connections are no good. So let’s say I get Viscount Panamera’s recommendation. She’s my only ally in nobility at the moment. I’ll see what I can do about it.”
When I told them this, they looked at each other, opened their arms, hugged each other and were happy.
“No, we’re still in the begging stage, right? Excuse me? Hey.”
No matter what I said, they remained overjoyed. No, I think this was a moderately bad request…
“Hmm. A recommendation for the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce. No problem.”
Panamera was concerned about this matter, but when she heard about the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce, she agreed to it with immediate approval.
“What? Is that okay?”
Panamera laughed and put her hands on her hips.
“Think about it. I, a newly emerged aristocrat, who is just a mere fly on the wall, will not be harmed if I approve the establishment of a small merchant association with only two merchants. In fact, if they put pressure on that, the prestige of the royal family will be shaken.”
Does the royal family have a royal reputation? However, they might harass me in a way that could not be seen, but could that be because my roots were that of a commoner?
“Besides, in order for me, who has neither a fiefdom nor an order of knights, to aim even higher, it is important to act flamboyantly so that the common people will gossip about me. So, this offer will be a good one for me.”
Saying this, Panamera laughed happily.
“After all, an upstart with just a hundred men in his private army is going to enter the royal capital after defeating dragons. There’s no way he won’t be the talk of the town.”
Panamera shook her shoulders and laughed. Surely no one would expect a remote village to have the facilities to slay a dragon.
“That’s good. I can pretend that Viscount Panamera did it all, and I won’t have to worry about my own family being aware of it.”
This way, even if I sell something as conspicuous as a dragon, my parents won’t find out about it.
I was pleased at the thought, but Panamera snorted exasperatedly.
“You’re a guy with a weird sense of humor, aren’t you? It’s a rare occasion to take down a dragon. I’m sure they’ll ask a lot of questions, and I’m sure some speculative information will get into the ears of the higher nobility, and even if I declare that I’m the one who defeated the dragon, they will surely trace it back all the way to you, boy, if they find out anything.”
They would ask about the method of defeat in light of the material, and they would ask about the number of people who participated in the battle, the location and the damage.
In addition, even if Panamera was the strongest god of war, a military genius, etc., various recruiters, such as royal knights and military advisors, could come after her.
Incidentally, heroes with such titles as “god of war” and “god of the army” had existed in the past, and they were described as such when they emerged as outstanding beings.
” I will be in trouble. I was kicked out of my family for being incompetent, but what if I’m called back? I am having so much fun building my village.”
As I was muttering to myself, the hell-eared Panamera raised the edge of her mouth and gave me an evil smirk.
“You worry like a runaway child. No, you actually ARE a child. Well, if you depend on me, I’ll teach you a technique that will ensure you’ll never be taken back. ”
“Huh? Is there such a thing?”
I tilted my head in surprise, and Panamera sneered.
“Get a title. Simple, isn’t it? Just get a noble title and start your own family. Start a new house.”
Panamera had said, without missing a beat.
No, what are you talking about, as if I was renting a new apartment?
I was about to retort. But Panamera seemed to be serious.
“You can pretend that all the dragons were defeated by you, my boy. In fact, all I did was stall them.”
“No, no, no, that would be a different story. Besides, wouldn’t that make me stand out a lot?”
When I complained, Panamera crossed her arms to emphasize her ample breasts.
“What are you complaining about?”
No, I am not complaining about those breasts at all.
But the core of it all filled me with anxiety.
I don’t know what Father will do, and that nasty second and third son are likely to harass me, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable becoming an aristocrat before my gentle oldest brother.
With these blurred feelings, Panamera curiously stroked her chin.
“At the age of eight, you will be known as a dragon slayer, and you will be awarded a title for your efforts. In addition, you will get a large sum of money and a trading company of your children. All good things, I suppose. However, I can understand your apprehension. When I was just ordained, I had more enemies, and there were people who wanted to take advantage of me.”
There, she breaks off her words, narrowed her eyes, made a wicked smile, and talked again.
“But I reduced them all to ashes.”
“Mm. So, boy, when you see an enemy, don’t hesitate to shoot your ballista. After a dozen corpses pile up, no one will dare to oppose you.”
I was told a terrible trick of worldly wisdom.
I nodded vaguely, and a question suddenly occurred to me.
“But if I take all the credit, Panamera-san will lose any foothold in your career.”
When I mentioned this, Panamera laughed as she exhaled.
“Boy. Did you worry about me, this Panamera Carrera Cayenne? No way. I don’t live my life in such a way that a mere eight-year-old should be worried about me, did I hear you wrong?”
Panamera laughed like a ferocious beast.
“No, not at all. I’m not worried at all. In fact, I’m worried about my own safety. Please don’t eat me.”
“Ha ha ha! Boy, you always have a hilarious turn of phrase. Rest assured. I will not eat you for another five years. In order to make the boy bigger, I’ll give you credit for defeating a dragon this time!”
Saying this, Panamera laughed aloud.
Apparently, Van had only five more years to live. What a mess.
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