RW Chapter 202

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Chapter 202 The road to development

Roland took a sip of his tea, then said: “In addition, I intend to set up a primary education system in Longsong Stronghold, which will be the examination project that decides whether you will continue serving as the administrator or not.

 

Hearing the word “examination”, Petrov’s ears immediately stood up, “Primary education system?”

 

“Yes,” Roland nodded with a smile. Now, after the church had been destroyed, the High Priest killed, and the Church’s forces weakened by more than half, it was a good time to start the fight over ideological positions. He didn’t expect to transform all believers into potential workers who met with his standards; he only hoped to weaken the Church’s influence even further. In case the Holy City wanted to meddle in Longsong Stronghold again, Roland had thought about many ways to keep them away; they shouldn’t even think about building a new church here.

 

“The primary education should be attainable for all of Longsong Stronghold’s residents under the age of forty, regardless of whether they are men or women. The training will include reading and writing, simple calculation, the spread of natural knowledge and also ideological education.” Roland waved his hand, holding off the other’s questions, “Rest assured, the cost will be deducted from the tax paid to Border Town. From the beginning of the next month, you only have to pay 20% of the tax; the remaining 10% will be used as special education fee. With it can you recruit a few scholars from King’s City, or hire local nobles, knights or squires, but these people won’t need so much money. 10% of the tax are at least 1000 gold royals, so you have to do much more than just hire people with it.”

 

After thinking for a moment, Petrov opened his mouth and said: “Your Highness, do you mean to say, that I should use the money to motivate the civilians to attend the education courses?”

 

This guy’s mind is indeed very sharp, Roland laughed, “That’s right, with the exception of the children, most people have to earn their livelihood during the during the day, so their education courses have to be held in the evening, allowing them to carry out their work during the day. And after being busy the whole day, instead of resting, no one wants to come round only to hear other people’s nagging them, not to mention using their brain to learn how to read and write.

 

“Because of this you have to lure them with some means to learn, such as providing them a dinner that has meat, or if they are able to speed up the learning process they can also get a monetary reward, etc., and of course, a bright and spacious classroom is also essential.” He paused, “In short, you must try every means to popularize attending the education courses to all the residents of the stronghold. As I said, this is also your examination: After one year, more than 50% of the stronghold’s population needs to have reached literacy.”

 

“But Your Royal Highness…” Petrov hesitated. “No matter if they are scholars or belong to the nobility, they fundamentally have no experience with teaching civilians how to read and write, even less teaching them natural knowledge and ideological education,” he had to read the hard to pronounce noun of the parchment. “In fact, even I do not quite understand the words myself. By employing these people, I am afraid you cannot achieve your desired result.”

 

“Do not worry, I have already taken all that into account,” Roland paused. “I’ll send a group of officials from Border Town’s City Hall to help you realize it. Furthermore, all the books you need for the education will be provided by Border Town. They have a wealth of experience in how to teach, so they can show the people you recruit how to teach, and then, your personal will have to start to educate the residents. At that time you and they will have comprehended all the necessary details, the specific arrangements will be done when they arrive.”

 

This way, as long as Petrov wanted to keep in control of Longsong Stronghold, it was inevitable that he worked together with the Prince’s staff, and by placing his aids at critical positions within the Ministry of Education, news reaching or happening in Longsong Stronghold could also be passed on to Border Town in the first moments.

 

Seeing that Petrov didn’t show any objections, Roland began to explain his final command: “Thirdly, I plan to build a road between Longsong Stronghold and Border Town to shorten the traveling time between the two locations for pedestrians and caravans.”

 

“Your Royal Highness, don’t we already have a way between those two?” Petrov asked in surprise.

 

A mud path created by people walking over it can be counted as a road? With a width less than two meters, filled with mud by the rain, and furthermore, with all its holes, it will never be suitable for high-speed carriages.

Roland shook his head. “I want to build a road that can accommodate at least two carriages side by side. A road that is flat and straight, and won’t be covered with water during rain, exactly like the road in Border Town.”

 

“You mean a macadam road?” the Acting Duke looked a little surprised, “The costs of such a road isn’t low, it requires the mason to cut the stones and then they have to pick out the stones with the right sizes which can be used together. A gravel road to Border Town would at least cost five thousand gold royals, and with all due respect Your Highness, we will never get so much money without a tax increase.”

 

“The stronghold only needs to provide the workforce.” The Prince stated bluntly, “You will issue a recruitment notice throughout the whole Western Territory, not just Longsong Stronghold, including all of the other noble’s territories. The monthly salary will be six silver royals, with that sum, I believe there should be plenty of applicants.”

 

“For laborer, six silver royals are quite a high salary,” Petrov nodded, “may you tell me how many people you want to recruit?”

 

“At least two thousand people,” Roland replied.

 

The monthly cost for such an amount of handymen wasn’t a small sum, together with masons and gravel workers, in the eyes of others, it would definitely regard as a ridiculously high costs. Very few Lords would be willing to put their money into building something which seemingly wouldn’t provide and return. This thought process could also be seen in Petrov’s expression. But now, with Border Town being able to sell steam engines, and to maintain the balance between income and expenditure, putting the remaining money into upgrading the infrastructure was undoubtedly the best choice to make. After all, Roland never intended to store all the gold royals in a vault, which was often the desire of many of the newly rich.

 

The construction of a high-quality road connecting the stronghold and Border Town was of the highest importance, not only to facilitate the trade between both places, but was also a prerequisite for the rapid deployment of the armed forces. If the trip is an inconvenience, even if I receive the news of an attack on the stronghold at the earliest possible moment, I would only be able to reach the stronghold in three days, I am afraid that by that time, the enemy’s banner will already be flying over the highest tower.

 

“I understand,” Petrov said.

 

“Now that you have so much to do, I will soon return to Border Town. Do a good job, ‘Mr. Ambassador’, don’t let me down.”

 

“What do you plan to do with the people held in jail, Your Highness?” Petrov asked, after a moment’s pause.

 

For the first time, Roland didn’t know what to answer, and after a moment of silence he spoke, “Contain them, they won’t be able to live for long anyway.”

 

 

Climbing onto Little Town, the Prince embarked on his homeward journey.

 

“You do not seem to be in a good mood?” said Nightingale after appearing next to him. “Is it because of the civilians?”

 

“They were all forced by Timothy,” Roland sighed. “If they hadn’t taken those pills, they would not act like his minions at all and wouldn’t have to die on an unfamiliar land.”

 

“This is not your fault.” The Nightingale reached out and held his arm.

 

“Of course not,” Roland said without hesitation, “If I hadn’t stopped them, Border Town would have become the victim of Timothy’s desire for power. And of course, the Church that made those pills is also one of the culprits.”

 

“That’s the reason why you will wreck the Church, to end the dispute, so that people no longer have to kill each other for such senseless reasons, right?” Nightingale asked with a smile, “No matter if they are ordinary people or witches, under your rule, they will all live a happy life. ”

 

“…” Roland looked into Nightingale’s shiny eyes and gently nodded, “Ah, that’s a promise.”


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  • Zeth

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  • SanitaryCockroach

    Education is the greatest weapon any civilization can have, it promotes communication and innovation in the populace, and increases development overall, which in turn increases strategic prowess and weapons technology as well.

  • BannedDueToRudeness

    i see what is happening….Plot development!!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Gatsby Francisco

    wth i just finish chapter 201 a couple hours ago and now new chapter so awesome super thank you!!

  • Nantoka

    Thanks for the chapter :3

  • Neko

    I am curious with the reaction of the Church’s and his brothers/sisters. ^^
    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  • Xegqu

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Kuq Ku

    I wonder if Roland will ever lose? the problem with winning all the time, it can create a kind of sense of invincibility, people might get so use to winning that they get lax, overconfident, he might need to lose a battle to win overall.

  • Kharil Hasan

    To improve network, will Roland introduce Morse code/telegram/telephone?

    • Chiki Amara

      Maybe he will made them.. since soraya now can coat copper cable.. at least they still comunicate woth light type morse code.. the first planted cable link between BT and LS while they also build the road..

  • Sage Verdurous Sea Turtle

    thanks for the chapter!

    I curse the bastard who gave unwanted spoiler about the harem some chapters before! curse you!!

    Nightingale…

    u-u

  • Nezi Kaile

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Chiki Amara

    Waiting BT have the first naval army with biggest ship at their time.. like to read how people amazed by it size.. and ofc its heavy weaponry.. and some arc that actually hunting garcia pirate ship..
    I think this still can be achieved with steam engine as main power..

    And its time for roland to research on how to make a warhead.. thats way the alchemic workshop will be bussy on researching the material for white phospor.. 😀

    Lastly own the whole world..

    • megaply

      Titanic used stream engine. So Roland can build biggest ship in the world too.

  • Stupidity

    thx for the chap.

    i wish the author would do more SCIENCE! and ohh… Civ Sim!

  • crashwiz

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Puru.The.Great

    Nightingale getto?
    Thanks for the sweets at the end~

  • MondoX

    How many people does Timothy have? He is fighting his sister, brother and the Church.

    • Lamia Fetish

      Well he controls the capital and being treated as the king (usurper) and the ministers all follow him so he has the resource.

      • MondoX

        It would make sense against his siblings, but the Church is a bigger organization then his kingdom. Timothy suffered losses against Garcia and Roland, and the Church has not started a direct confrontation against Timothy. Timothy is spreading his sources too thin and has yet to earn a victory.

        • Lamia Fetish

          Plus his reducing his man power by Using those pills.

  • ambi

    Thanks for the chapter, Roxerer, KitKat, and Jan D! It’s funny how all the sides are probing Roland, yet they have nearly no information on him still, whereas every time they do so Roland learns a lot about what their plans are.

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    Will that last be a lie?

  • Yash

    I can’t wait to see his siblings reactions when they know that he defeated an army of 1500 superhumans with only 500 peasants….huhuhuhu….Damn, I need to learn chinese. also, japanese and Korean.

    • Almost everybody here wants to learn those 3 languages, but those who succeed is as rare as phoenix’s feather and qilin’s horn.

  • Puru.The.Great

    Good job Roland. Timing it right is important.

  • Nahim Kerman

    Oh! For God’s sake Roland just annex Longsong Stronghold adm to Border Town’s Hall already!

    And give some nice sounding bureaucratic title to Mr. Petrov like “Hand of King/Prince” of whatever…

  • “Lord Roland! We’ve won another battle!”
    “I told you my compulsory education system would lead us to victory!” 😆

  • VerneJules

    Poor Timothy, now he’ll be the one to suffer from the Church’s GPA and bioweapon while Roland happily develops the Western Territory. Hopefully when the Church’s bioweapon is used on Timothy, Roland gets enough info of it to make countermeasures.

  • Danis

    F*ck off church !!!

  • Kuq Ku

    With this Roland will need to force changes at LS how can he not, with the base of the church destroyed, he can go in and do what is needed there increasing his influence and change the situation. He may even need to stay there for a time to oversee the progress, but I dont think so, LS to me always seemed like an outpost for Border Town.

    What does he need to do to secure faster mobility, A rail system would be too much resources right now but a good road and bridges between the 2 would help considerably, a communication network, not pigeons, I know they were used for a long time even into the modern era, but there is no need, I think they can set up a simple telegraph system

    I want radios made lol go dig up them quartz crystals baby!

    • Herloct

      I thought he going there using his bathtub boat, which is a lot faster than any sailing boat there.

      • Kuq Ku

        Im not sure if there is ferry access to LS

  • mllhild

    “…they shouldn’t even think about building a new church here.” o/ That the way!
    Rip the power out of the Churchs hand!

    Lets hope we find a new witch in LS.(I know that is not likely since we didn’t even cleared the one already with Roland)

  • Rico Sebastian

    Let’s continue the development part :3

  • Aldrich Castillo

    I dont know… I feel like the church would doubt that message considering the one who sent it was under Roland, then think he was trying to frame timothy.

    • mllhild

      The belivers of the church probably already send messages out on the day that LS was taken by Timothy. This would be at least 7 days before this chapter. So the church will get the news from the believers that Timothys man broke into the church and then left the city.

      So then Petrovs message will confirm the previous message and add the part of the pills giving Timothys motive clear. Therefore thrust worthy in the eyes of the church.
      Also with the head of the local church dead there is none to coordinate information gathering to inform Hermes of the details.

      • Aldrich Castillo

        But that’s assuming they were not completely annihilated. If they were, that message was sent by timmothy, trying to frame rolland…. Such a fun family hahaha

        • frenzy85

          Your guess that the messages could be stopped is even more unlikely.

          Who would stop them? Timothy’s men are now dead.
          How would they be stopped? They wanted to capture Longsong, not destroy it. They still had to let people go in and out. The place isn’t a prison. and so on and so forth.

    • Kuq Ku

      Why wouldnt they.. Timothy really did do it lol

    • Kin

      Thats why roland gave that pill and maybe then timothy will blame the church for his army disapearance.

  • MOHLT

    Church’s reaction should be fun, maybe they even misunderstand disappearance of their envoys as handiwork of Timothy?

    • mllhild

      Possible, this would be hilarious. To be exact it wasn’t Rolands action anyway.

    • Wrandral

      It might be possible though given how they came from different directions ( and the church’s envoys had no reason to make a detour to the stronghold ) i’m not certain the church will go for that explanation.

      • Reald Dormond

        They could have been caught up in it, those days it’s not exactly a safe route.

        They were a decent sized force with a mid ranking Priest, if Timothy was gunning for church’s stuff and saw that they could be killed to be silenced. Add in that Roland still appears to be communicating with them and Timothy has gone dark and they could buy it.

        Or at least, give him a few more months to work with.

    • Herloct

      Only if longsong stronghold church is the only one they attacked.
      It would be meaningless if they already destroying other western church using Roland’s name.

      • MOHLT

        I meant envoys killed by Ashes. Sending Nightingale to wreck churches in Timothy’s territory could work out too.

  • Tadsapon Thakonviroj

    With Fire and Pen!!!!
    Thou shall rule the World!!!!!

    ***i adjust from word With Fire and Sword : movie and novel

    • Isn’t the way is now on real life?? Just add TV XD

      • Kaiser_Nephilim

        then, was fire supposed to be the internet?

        • Tadsapon Thakonviroj

          Fire mean Gunpower weaponry

          • Kaiser_Nephilim

            well… in the present era, internet is more terrifying than a gun…..

    • Diggydawg

      With GUNFIRE and PEN!!!

      ^_^

  • Just a Potato

    Release the Kraken!

    • Feras Al Harbi

      let loose the dogs of war!