In the southern part of the Great Yan Country was located a small country, the Yue Country.
Similarly to this country, there were also other small countries around that were neither regard as very rich nor powerful. That was because the majority of those countries’ territory were mostly compose of mountains forest, the soil in the field was poor and unsuitable for grazing or production. The citizen’s livelihood was mainly hunting and selling silkworm.
However, contrary to their poor and feeble assets, the territory of the Great Yan Country was vast and full of natural resources. Unfortunately, it was greedily eyeing by the Yue Country like a treasure and occasionally, they would cross the border to rob.
Usually , they would forcefully robbed the basic commodities and some food. After all, their country had no means to support them.
Compared to the other regions in the Northern region which was swift and fierce, the military soldier had several times kept the country border under control . When the Yue country took action, it was like a child holding a branch and trying to tickle a person. Although their doings were uncomfortable, the military troops had no means to strike back because their land was mainly compose of mountain forest. If that happens and the Great Yan military troops tried to retaliate, there might be trap because of their poor geographical location and come back empty hand.
There were already several episodes before like this.
As soon as Zhu Feng heard about the Yue Country, his heart started to boil with rage.
“What did they do again ?”
Jian Ruocheng said.
“The present situation explained that they crossed the border, partially burned down the Yong province, looted 500.000 liang of grains and some citizen were killed and injured.”
(Tln:1 liang equal 0,05 kg)
The words were not finish when, suddenly, a sharp sound of bone breaking was heard as Zhu Feng clenched his hands tightly..
Jian Ruocheng had seen him this angry before so he decided to stop talking for the time being.
Nan Yan thought of something and immediately retreat at one side as she wanted to give him a cup of tea to drop his temper. Xiao Shunzi, who has been standing behind His Majesty from the beginning, also came to help since Zhu Feng was gloomy, he only gaze at her and coldly spoke.
“No. I do not want to drink tea.”
Nan Yan had barely touched the cup, abruptly stopping her gesture.
Xiao Shunzi was shocked too as he looked at her and stare at the Emperor. He wanted to say something, but in the end, he did not dare to open his mouth.
The Wu Ying Palace was engulfs silence.
After a while, Zhu Feng only coldly said.
“Yong Province is Jing Wang’s fief.”
Jian Ruocheng replied.
“Since Jing Wang wrote a letter about the current situation, what else did he say aside from that ?”
“Jing Wang also said that the city is damaged, the reconstruction will need at least 10.000.000 taels of silver. Furthermore, he requested horses and soldiers to strengthen the defense of Yong Province.
Zhu Feng angrily sneered.
“He is a Prince yet, every year, he demands to the Royal Government over thousands of thousands liang of grain, thousands of silvers, horses, silk, tea, and even another Prince’s guard. Now that half of the city of the Yong Province has been burned, he ask assistance from the Royal Government again.”
As he spoke, he turned to look at the ‘Big Yan Tong Treasure’ that had been placed on the side table and smile contemptuously.
“It seems that the new money that Zhen cast is for them to use.”
As Nan Yan has been listening at one side, she slightly raised her brows when she heard him say this.
In the past, she was just a Female Attendant, acting as a palace maid. She did not know much, but it turned out that the Royal Government was actually burden so many things. The Royal Government is like an oxcart with haystack that needed to be push, yet there were people who only sit on it, to live comfortably.
Ye Zheng hurried over and softly spoke.
“Your Majesty, please calm down.”
Zhu Feng waved his hand, seemingly not upset, but the veins on each side of his forehead were bulging, without a doubt he was enraged.
He suddenly said:
“Right Assistant Minister Jian, since you reported this matter, what can you say ?”
Jian Ruocheng pondered for a moment and finally said.
“This Minister does not dare to make a false statement and drive a wedge because of this kin’s wrongdoing.”
End of the Chapter
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