236 Country lord and brother

"Brother, I've captured the assassin.
...... You're here again?
Here he is again. People tend to be flowing into our country, so maybe they're feeling even more disturbed. ...... It's really a punishing thing.

 Dirigarn Sahu Rezed.
 I'm not sure what to make of this.

 He has the same silver hair and light purple eyes as me. I'm not proud of it, but both D'ri and I are quite good-looking. I've been coveted by the opposite s*x, though I think there's a higher power because D'Leh is more popular than me.

 Because my brother, he's awesome. He's 15 years old, one year younger than me, and I think he's much better than me, not only in domestic affairs but also in military affairs. He's smart, and even though he's the younger brother of the king, he's able to catch the assassins who are trying to kill me.
 I'm so weak that I don't think I have the dignity of a brother. I'm so weak that I can't do anything without being protected.
 Every time I asked D'ri if she wanted to be the king, she never nodded. But he never nodded at all. It's a mystery to me why he loves me as his brother when he can do so many things. I don't know what a genius thinks.

 As for the lords who didn't even listen to my opinion after the extraordinary meeting, they still provide goods to the kingdom and don't kick out the people who are staying and playing around. And as a result of trying to look good for the kingdom, people are flowing to my country and other countries that don't do that.
 Basically, I try to accept people as long as there are no problems. Of course, I have to talk to the lord and nobles of the other country. I mean, some of the small countries have really stupid policies, and they are about to starve to death even if their people stay. So, we have to talk them down and accept that they are coming to us. Also, it's easy to come and go within the confederacy. There are times when people stay here without permission. That's more of a problem, so I try to accept them formally.
 And then, even though they show that they agree with me, they say, "Less people, less taxes! And then, when you're trying to convince them that you're okay with it, they'll try to kill you with something like, "It's my fault that my country doesn't send goods to the kingdom like other countries. ...... What the hell is he talking about?

 It's really a pain in the ass to be the lord of a kingdom, and I want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out. I'm sure you'll agree.

I'm not sure what to do. If the kingdom was stable, we wouldn't have to start talking about stupid things, and our house would be a little more stable.
"Not for a while. The divine child has such a high level of influence. The godson who protected him was a fake, the king was killed, and the new king is still young. It's still a mess inside. Besides, there's a civil war going on in the Kingdom of Migga, and the aftermath of that may be coming too. I've heard that the slaves are in revolt.
...... I really appreciate how well-informed D'ri is. I'm not sure how you know about the country across from the kingdom of Fairytlov.
We're doing our best to gather information for you. Well, we'll protect him. You should think about what you should do from now on. It's hard to stabilize the kingdom now. Maybe you should take over the country that's doing something stupid. Or even better, he could unite all the suffragettes into one country and become the king! If you want to be the king, we'll be happy to go along with it.
"No, wait, wait, wait. No, wait, wait. Why should I do that when even a small country's lord has his hands full? No, I don't want to. If you want to unify and become one big country, then let D'ri be king.
Why would I do that when my brother is here?
...... Why do you say that with a straight face, really ...... D'ri is ......
"Brother, don't look so foolish. But the fact is, if the Kingdom's problems go on much longer, the Safer Nations will have a lot of problems. The neighboring countries other than the kingdom haven't had any problems, but the longer it goes on, the more likely they are to lose their territory. It's a good thing that half of the country is bordered by forests instead of people. If we had been surrounded by so many different countries, it would have been very difficult to deal with the problems between nations.

 The Kingdom of Migga, the Kingdom of Fairytorff, and the United State of Saf are all located in a huge forest that borders the land of three countries. The forest, which stretches far and wide in the middle of the continent, is a dangerous place, filled with dangerous demons and poisonous plants.
 Because of its proximity to the forest, demons can infiltrate the allied nations. There are people who lose their lives in such cases. My country, the Kingdom of Resed, is a land adjacent to the forest among the Safer Nations. That's why there are many demons in the land. I'm not sure if you've ever heard of it, but I'm sure you've heard of it. ...... I'm too weak to defeat even a small demon.

That's right. I'm not sure I want to do this, but I think we should at least prepare for the worst case scenario. ...... I don't want this coalition of nations itself to fall together, and I have a duty to be born into the family of the country's lord.
Right. I knew you would say that! Don't worry, I've already made preparations.
...... You're going ahead on your own again. Well, that's okay. If you can move faster and more deliberately than I can, then maybe it's better that D'ri be king.
"You're so persistent, brother. There's no way I'm going to be king when you're here. There's no one more qualified to be king than you. I want to support you while you're the king!
"......... Oh, I see.

 It's not that I'm not happy, but my brother's trust in me is too great.

 Yeah, but when people have this trust and expectation in me, I feel like I have to respond to it. Well, that's why I'm still the head of state.

"Yes, you're right. Brother, we'll do anything for you, just tell us now!
"Oh. ......

 D'ri looked at me straight in the eyes, knowing that I would never do anything to undermine her trust or expectations. He trusts me and he knows I'll do it.

 --That's why I know it's a pain in the ass, but if it happens, I have to move.

 --Lord and brother.
 One of the heads of the confederacy has a conversation with his brother. And he wants to live up to his expectations.