Volume 4 Strictly speaking, without the authentication of Duke Stantine, all the land the lords controlled in the Stantine Duchy were considered illegal.
So according to this, over 80% of the land that Count Wein controlled now was illegal.
Count Wein was only a small lord back then, but now he had stolen land from the other lords. This was the silent rule of the Stantine Duchy, whoevers fist was bigger and could steal it belonged to that person, no one had ever questioned it.
But now, Duke Stantine had announced that he would be giving land that belonged to Lord Wein to Xu Yi.
In theory, there wasnt a problem because Duke Stantine could grant all the territory of the Stantine Duchy to whoever he wanted.
But by doing this, this was without a doubt a slap to Count Weins face.
Giving such a large piece of territory to Xu Yi was clearly trying to instigate the relationship between Count Wein and Xu Yi.
The most important issue is that territory was important to any noble of the Sines Continent, it could even say that how big a territory represented everything about a noble.
Duke Stantine doing this now was clearly throwing bait to let Xu Yi and Count Wein fight over it.
If Xu Yi and Count Wein really fought over this territory, naturally they would fall into Duke Stantines plan.
Count Wein was this forceful and the most important reason was the support of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. If he had a falling out with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, losing their support, this would be a fatal blow to Count Wein.
Like this, Count Wein that was already strong enough to threaten Duke Stantine would become nothing to worry about.
Even if Xu Yi and Count Wein didnt fall out because of this territory, the ownership of this territory would place a deep thorn between them and would affect their relationship.
It had to be said, Duke Stantines move was very wise, making full use of his identity as the duke. He effortlessly took care of the threat that Count Wein had posed for him.
He made it more absolute by sending the news of Xu Yis new territory all over the Stantine Duchy, letting all the lords know about this matter.
So the other lords of the Stantine Duchy all stretched out their necks and waited.
The Frestech Chamber of Commerce and Count Wein working together was too terrifying. If their relationship was not destroyed, the other lords of the duchy wouldnt be able to see any hope.
However, Xu Yi and Count Weins reactions to this greatly surprised everyone.
First, Xu Yi very quickly accepted Duke Stantines orders and even expressed that he would accept this territory.
Then what surprised everyone the most was that Count Wein didnt have any objections to this.
After Xu Yi expressed he would accept this territory, Count Wein immediately removed all his subordinates from this territory.
Not only his army, even the people that were in charge of managing the territory were moved out. It was clear that he was completely ceding control of this territory.
Then the Frestech Chamber of Commerces guards entered the territory, followed by the Amrit Chamber of Commerce. They began building many factories as well as staff residences with the Frestech Chamber of Commerces symbol, symbolizing the Frestech Chamber of Commerce was officially taking over.
During this entire process, there was no conflict between the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and Duke Stantines side at all. Rather when the Frestech Chamber of Commerces guards met Count Weins troops, both sides were quite friendly to each other. There wasnt the smell of gunpowder at all.
This performance had shocked everyone.
Count Wein was invincible in the north of the Stantine Duchy. Everyone thought that with his arrogance, he would tolerate someone stealing territory from him.
But when facing the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, he didnt resist at all, he didnt even say a single word of opposition.
Could it be……he feared the Frestech Chamber of Commerce
No one knew what Count Wein was thinking, but everyone knew about Count Weins actions afterwards.
Perhaps he felt that his territory had dropped, but after this matter, Count Wein attacked two other lords. In just a single month, he defeated those two lords and took their territory as well.
The territory of those two lords were much bigger than the territory Duke Stantine had given Xu Yi. Calculating it, Count Weins territory had rather increased by quite a bit.
Half a month later, Duke Stantine played the same trick. He gave another part of Count Weins territory to Xu Yi and this territory was far from Xu Yis existing territory, with a large part of Count Weins territory in between them.
However, Count Wein didnt object either this time. He removed all his subordinates from this territory and even gave the territory that separated the two pieces of territory that Xu Yi had, letting Xu YI connect them all together.
Like this, Xu Yis territory already surpassed a shocking two thousand square kilometers.
Count Wein who lost more territory targeted other lords again. This time he was even fiercer, using less than a month to defeat three lords, expanding his territory once again.
After these two times, Count Weins territory already reached close to twenty thousand square kilometers, even not being far from the amount of land that Duke Stantine controlled.
Moreover, because he defeated those other lords, his army had increased. It suddenly broke the fifty thousand limit and was only ten thousand soldiers less than Duke Stantines army of sixty thousand.
If they were to compare battle strength, Count Weins fifty thousand soldiers with their experience from battles after battles and were equipped with the Frestech Chamber of Commerces military magic machines, they were actually stronger than Duke Stantines soldiers.
This was a fact that the lords who had fought with Duke Stantine had experienced countless times.
With this contrast, there were many people that believed that Count Wein would replace Duke Stantine as the new duke.
In this duchy, the only one who could resist Count Wein was probably Viscount Anklo to the south
However, thinking about how Count Wein and Viscount Anklo displayed this might, it was because they were being supported by the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
The other lords had lost the military magic machines of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, so they couldnt resist these two lords with the military magic machines at all.
Just based on this, what would decide the fate of the Stantine Duchy was not the two lords, rather it was the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
Or perhaps, it would be Xu Yi.
In the summer night, the Stantine Duchy seashore was still hot. Even if it was already dark, the beach was still filled with people.
Today was the Frestech Chamber of Commerces set weekly holiday. After the Frestech Chamber of Commerce staff got off work, they didnt even eat anything before changing into swimsuits to head to the ocean.
This public beach had been greatly invested in by Xu Yi, so now it was a very popular summer vacation destination.
There was a storefront by the sea that was filled with various stores. They were brightly lit every night with all kinds of roasted goods and wine.
When night fell, the giant Magic Lamps that were in the square of the beach lit up, brightly lighting up the entire beach. People went in groups and laughed as they walked around this nightless city near the beach,
Xu Yi and Still were taking a stroll on their personal beach and looking at the distant beach filled with people. Still couldnt help saying in an emotional voice, “I remember when we came here a year ago, this beach was still bleak and there wasnt a single person after dark. But now that it has become this lively, it can even compare to the night scene in Anvilmar City.”
Xu Yi revealed a smile, “What You miss Anvilmar City Isnt the New Moon Troupe going to Anvilmar City to perform in a few days If you want to go, you can go with them.”
Still shook her head, “No, I was just feeling emotional. Actually, to the current me, Anvilmar City is actually quite backwards, there are many places where it isnt as convenient as Banta City. Not mentioning anything else, even now, Anvilmar City still doesnt have a complete public transport system. Whenever Im in Anvilmar City, it is very inconvenient to travel around.”
“Theres no way there, the public transport system is a welfare program and it cant be used to make money. To have a complete public transport system, you need to invest a large amount into it. Although the Lampuri Kingdoms finances are getting better now, they dont have the free finances to spend on this.” Xu Yi said with a sigh.
Still looked at Xu Yi, “You understand the troubles of her majesty quite a bit.”
Xu Yi looked at Still with a smile and tapped her nose, “What Are you jealous”
Still gave a soft snort, “I wasnt jealous when you hugged her so tightly last time, why would I be jealous now”
Xu Yi laughed. He thought about how when he carried Seveni down the cliff, he met Still and the others waiting there. Still of course didnt say anything, but she clearly cared about this in her heart.
“Alright, its impossible for anything to happen between me and Seveni, you should know that.” Xu Yi took Stills waist as he spoke in a soft voice.
“Then why does she want to do this” Still rolled her eyes, “Dont think that I cant see it, her majesty is actually interested in you. Although she hides it well, I am a woman as well and can see the thoughts in her heart.”
Xu Yi knit his brows, “Youre thinking too much, right With her personality, if she was interested in me, she wouldnt do those kinds of things in front of you. Perhaps she really was just acting that way last time because she wanted to discuss with me.”
“No, you dont understand.” Still shook her head, “If a girl doesnt approve of a man in her heart, she definitely wouldnt do something this intimate. Could it be that you think that her majesty is a frivolous person”
“She isnt a frivolous person, but in the end, it is impossible for the two of us. She is the Lampuri Kingdoms queen and I already have you as my wife, so its impossible for us to be together.” Xu Yi shook his head, “Still, just treat it as her being willful, alright”
Still gave a shrug, “I dont care. If my husband can even move the heart of the queen, doesnt that mean my eyes are good But Xu Yi, you really dont care about this Dont forget, there have been many reports in the newspapers of the Lampuri Kingdom discussing the successor to the throne.”
“Successor to the throne” Xu Yis heart skipped a beat.
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