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Chapter 398- Picking up a Burden

Chapter 398- Picking up a Burden



Translator: ryangohsf
Editor: Nora



After listening to Baiqi, Ouyang Shuo thought about the matter and said, "Men!"

"Present!"

"Bring a group of men over to Yanluo County. Bring Yanhuo Yaonie and Bao Shuya to Leishan City."

"Yes, lord!"

Fan Zhongyan's eyes focused, "Lord, are you going to make Leishan City the main governing area of Leizhou?"

"That's right!"

Out of the five Houses, Leishan City and Yanluo City were both located in the middle of Leizhou, so both were suitable. However, compared to Leishan City, Yanluo City was better built.

It was totally unexpected for the lord to choose Leishan City.

The governing body of an entire prefecture was really important.

Ouyang Shuo did not bother to explain his decision and said, "Receive my orders, Bao Shuya will be the Leizhou Prefecture governor, Zang Wenzhong the Lianzhou Prefecture Broken Blade House prefect, and Zhou Haichen will move over to become the Leishan House prefect."

A light bulb lit up in Fan Zhongyan's mind, so that was the reason.

Bao Shuya taking the position of governor was not too unexpected. He had ample ability to rule a Prefecture. Of course, this was partially due to the territory lacking talents.

Even so, they had to appoint him away from Yanluo County. As a result, they had to sacrifice Yanluo County and not choose it.

Governance was just so cruel.

At the same time, the lord sent Zhou Haichen, who he trusted, to Leishan House. He would keep an eye on Bao Shuya.

He trusted him but also kept a lookout on him.

It seemed contradictory, but it was a genius idea.

Ouyang Shuo continued, "The other four prefects will be chosen from Leizhou civil servants. Of the twenty-two county magistrates, half will be from Leizhou, while the other half will come from Lianzhou."

"Yes, my lord!"

With that, they had solved the local interests, while promoting officials from the main camp at the same time. Some of them would also bring over the ruling methods of Lianzhou Prefecture.

Based on Fan Zhongyan’s words, Leizhou Prefecture had a group of decent officials. They were appointed roles in their original territories and were the right hands of their lords.

Ouyang Shuo would naturally make use of these officials. Of course, he could not avoid the most basic criss-cross appointment. Apart from that, the Internal Affairs Department would strictly investigate and monitor them.

At this point, Ouyang Shuo had settled the prefecture matters in just a few sentences. It might seem casual, but he had actually already set up the basic structure and principle.

The Administration Department would perform the necessary tasks. Fan Zhongyan certainly had the ability to implement these matters.

After discussing the official matters, financial director Cui Yingyu took over.

Ouyang Shuo raised his head. When he saw Cui Yingyu's bitter face, he roughly guessed that the economic situation looked bad.

"Originally, the economy of the Leizhou Prefecture could be called barely passable. However, this whole battle made the situation worse. Without mentioning the destruction of the territories, the worst part is that the lords brought all their gold with them when they left. Now, there is not a single copper left in the treasury of all the Leizhou territories."

After she spoke till this point, she sighed, "The Financial Department roughly calculated that a hundred thousand gold is needed to restore the economy and infrastructure.”

As her words landed on their ears, everyone present gasped.

Ouyang Shuo's face also grew darker and darker.

Shanhai City had already spend over a hundred thousand gold even before the Battle of Leizhou started. In addition to the compensations to the families, the expansion of army and the retrenchment of soldiers would require another huge sum.

Ouyang Shuo thought that he could obtain a gold mine after occupying Leizhou. Who would have thought that he would receive a burden instead?

"Is it really that bad?"

Cui Yingyu nodded affirmatively, "This is also the most conservative calculation. Apart from repairing the cities, if the five Houses need to expand and build outer walls, it would look even worse."

The five Houses definitely needed to expand. Especially Leishan City, which would become the prefecture grade governing city. If it did not reach a hundred square kilometers, it could not take the role.

When she saw Ouyang Shuo's face turn cold, Cui Yingyu carefully said, "Of course, the economy of Leizhou is pretty good. As long as we tide past these times, the financial income is really sizeable."

"Additionally, Leizhou is besides the sea and can replicated the well-developed ship building and salt industries. We can also move over industries like the colored-silk."

"That's not enough." Ouyang Shuo shook his head, "Only moving over industries is not going to cut it. The Financial Department must develop the territory’s potential and develop new industries and open new sources of income."

"Understood!"

Ouyang Shuo's expression relaxed slightly, "At this point, we can only try to raise funds. We will borrow all the necessary gold from the Four Seas Bank. If it is not enough, let's just obtain the needed gold from the various Chamber of Commerces."

As the Four Seas Bank continued to grow and develop, they had started to hold a huge amount of savings.

Ouyang Shuo's so-called borrowing used the future income of Leizhou Prefecture as down payment. He would also return the money with a certain amount of interest.

It seemed preposterous, but it was a normal action in modern day society. Four Seas Bank treasurer Meng Zhida was a huge financial personnel, so he could definitely handle this matter.

"Chamber of Commerce?"

"That's right." Ouyang Shuo nodded, "Tell the various Chamber of Commerces that we will allow them to set up branches in Leizhou if they are willing to help us get through these tough times."

Ouyang Shuo believed that the various Chamber of Commerces would be able to see the development potential of Leizhou Prefecture.

As long as there were profits to be made, the Chamber of Commerces would be willing to help out.

Furthermore, Ouyang Shuo was just borrowing from them, and he would return the funds with interest. He was not asking for donations.

Cui Yingyu's eyes brightened up, "No problem." She was thinking about whether she should ask her father to make the Cui Chamber of Commerce loan a huge sum to them.

With the help of Lianzhou Prefecture and Yashan City, the Cui Chamber of Commerce was doing exceptionally well.

When he saw Cui Yingyu's excited expression, Ouyang Shuo sighed.

He was helpless.

If he told others that Shanhai City needed to borrow money to survive, none of his allies would believe him. Shanhai City was the richest amongst the rich in their eyes.

It seems like he needed to speed up the development of Yazhou.

Ouyang Shuo also needed to find other ways to increase the sources of money.

Lastly, Internal Affairs director Wei Yang reported on his investigations into Leizhou Prefecture.

After they took down Leizhou Prefecture, under the iron fist of Wei Yang, the unstable elements on the surface were completely wiped out. The difficult part was the hidden powers that tried to blend in using the chaos.

It was not easy to deal with these people.

Out of them, there were a few loyalists of their old territory, merchants that lost everything, and civilians that lost their families.

This job needed the Internal Affairs director to persist on for the long haul.

Luckily, with his ability and leadership, it would be a relatively simple matter. Anyone who tried to sow chaos and cause problems would be cruelly treated.

On this aspect, Ouyang Shuo had a very strong stance.

After Wei Yang completed his report, the entire meeting came to an end.

In the next few days, Ouyang Shuo personally stood charge at Leishan City and met a host of generals and officials. He paid special attention to the newly appointed major generals and prefects.

On a particular day, while Ouyang Shuo was meeting Weizhang, a system notification sounded out in his ear.

"System Notification: Congratulations War-Snow Rose mercenary group led by Snow Rose for passing the public mysterious region, South Mountain Cave, for the first time. Rewarded ten thousand reputation points, congratulations player."

……

Compared to the week that Lin Jing promised, they were a full month late. It seems like the elite squad faced some problems when killing the final boss.

The moment the notification sounded out, the adventure gamemode players exploded. Just the words ‘public mysterious region’ were enough to drive them crazy.

It was a public mysterious region, the first one since the system opened mysterious regions.

Players asked around to find out the exact location.

Naturally, people asked members of the War-Snow Rose mercenary group the most. Unfortunately, Yazhou remained a huge secret, and normal members did not know about it.

However, one person with connections managed to find out that South Mountain Cave was located near Yashan City.

All of a sudden, Yashan City became the center of attention.

When players wanted to teleport over, they found out that the teleportation formation was restricted to certain people only.

As for riding over on a boat, don’t kid me!

All of a sudden, the forums were sent into an uproar.

Players grumbled and insisted that Yashan City be opened to them. Some people even scolded. These people acted like Yashan City should naturally be open to them.

Toward this, Yashan City kept silent.

Without Ouyang Shuo's instructions, they would not open the teleportation formation.

The next day, Ouyang Shuo ordered that the current city only open itself to members of the Shanhai Alliance guild alliance. As for other players? Not at the current moment.

Ouyang Shuo was not a philanthropist.

Based on Lin Jing’s words, the South Mountain Cave dropped strategist equipment.

Coincidentally, Qingfeng Pavillion and Tingyu Floor were mainly composed of strategists. War-Snow Rose Mercenary group had almost every occupation, so they also had many strategists.

At such a time, they naturally had to meet their internal demand first. Such alliance benefits would help to increase the members sense of belonging to their guilds.

One could foresee that in the future period of time, the three guilds would have many members swarm into Yashan City. To take care of this, Ouyang Shuo sent a letter to Song Jia to let her take charge of Yashan City. She would be in charge of adventure gamemode player matters.