the youngest son withdraw.”

He did not say much.

His youngest son is less than ten years old!  He is less than ten years old!  Love him more! 

There were many things I wanted to say, but I swallowed those words and pasted a smile on my face instead.

“No, my father has nothing to do with it.
I’m just worried about my own territory.”

Count Venturi and Daddy’s eyes grew sharper as I told them this.

“This is a crisis of national security.
You’re not going to spare us the trouble of protecting a small village that’s about to be blown to bits?”

“You may be a child, but your perspective is too narrow.
No matter how much you defend your own small territory, if Scudetto is invaded as a base, you will be in an even greater predicament.
I hope you realize that much thinking.”

The two uncles exude anger.

I nodded with a light laugh, taking their anger in stride.

“I understand that much.
On the contrary, do the two of you understand my position? You two great nobles who showed up with an army in a crisis of national defense, don’t you have any idea what it’s like to be the lords of a tiny village?”

Van you’re angry.
You’re really pouting.

I had intended to say something with or without such a thought, but their faces became grim, as if they were about to say something.

But His Majesty stopped them.

“Well…if you insist so much, why don’t you tell us why you are not participating in this battle?”

Thank you.
You are the best, your Majesty.

I look around at everyone with a single cough, and open my mouth.

“Thank you.
First of all, I was appointed as a lord in a really small, about-to-be-crushed village.
I happened to have three knights, a retired old butler, a maid, and a slave boy who came with me himself, but other than that, I had no other help whatsoever.
But I did my best, and in about a year I made the village bigger and stronger.
Now we are not in need of food or clothing.”

When I first told the story, everyone’s eyes turned to my Daddy, who looked down at me with a pout.

With that at my side, I continued my explanation.

“But even so, it is still a small village now.
I have taken out a newly formed knighthood from that village and hired many adventurers to come here.
If my village were to be attacked by the Kingdom of Jiernetta in such a situation, we would have no chance of winning.”

He makes a tacked-on excuse.

His Majesty and Panamera, who are aware of the situation in the village, laugh a little, but the rest of us have no information, so we can’t immediately object.

With this in mind, I was about to open my mouth, but Panamera, as I had not expected, raised a question.

“Why do you think that Jiernetta might be targeting Baron Van’s territory…If it is a fortress in Count Ferdinand’s territory, it would have strategic value.
But is it honestly worth sending troops into a small village like Baron Van’s?”

At this question, everyone’s eyes turned to me.

I responded by saying, “It’s only in the realm of my imagination.”

“…They launched an offensive against Scudetto, which they had been unable to capture for many years, and quickly conquered it.
If you think about it from the perspective of the Kingdom of Jiernetta, this is different from the skirmishes they have been involved in.
I can only assume that they are taking on this challenge with a great deal of determination and confidence.
If they are serious about crushing the Kingdom of Scuderia, they will not only attack Scudetto, but also other important bases immediately.
For that reason, it is essential that we do not allow them to siege the castle, which will take a long time to capture.”

As I spoke, Panamera raised one eyebrow and reacted.

“…In other words, the nearby villages and towns that will be used for resupply?”

“Just make them unusable as quickly as possible.
In other words, we’ll burn them down.”

When I told them this, they all scowled and shushed.

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