125 Dark clouds
“…The numbers are strange. Compared to what they were in the past, imports and exports have decreased.”
Staring at the file, I pointed out the parts that bothered me.
“Why is that…it’s not commonly used products, but imports that were referred to as luxury items. What’s more, the decrease is only in the east.”
“…You saw the patterns.”
One of the members of the financial division spoke up, eyes wide.
“Although it’s a bit embarrassing, I didn’t realize it at all before Dean pointed it out.”
Hearing him say so, I couldn’t help but smile in exasperation.
“What did you think? Would I have realized it on my own, or did you think that I wouldn’t?”
“Are you testing me?”
“I don’t know. I was just a bit curious as to how my subordinates viewed me. Back on topic. If it was Dean who realized, then there should be a report on this completed already. How has that gone?”
“There isn’t a report yet. Dean is looking for a reason as well, and is sending people to the east. He said if it were you, you would definitely notice things like these. And he told us to hand you the documents while he was gone.”
“Ah! Then I’m being tested by Dean.”
I couldn’t help but chuckle.
“Not at all. Isn’t this interesting…what could the reason be? I’ve looked at the other information we have currently. It’s not a decrease in population, or a decrease in the desire for consumption among the population. The prices have even went up a bit. None of the other regions have seen this change…is someone manipulating this from behind the scene?”
I said this as I flipped through all the other documents in the room.
While I looked through them, the waiting official observed me in silence.
“Call Sebastian over for me. Thank you for your report.”
I gave Tanya an order, and dismissed the officials.
When Sebastian came, I immediately issued an order to him.
I wanted him to bring me all the reports from the Eastern region.
There were docks in the east.
Historically, they’ve always been an affluent area.
Since I became substitute leader, I expanded the dock and reorganized things, putting a lot of effort into our interaction with other countries.
It was an important area for income…so I took it perhaps a bit too seriously.
If I couldn’t figure out the reason behind this change, I wouldn’t be able to relax.
Although only a portion of products were affected, there was no promise that it wouldn’t eventually spread to everything else.
“Dean, I’ve received a report already. How have things been going?”
I said, as Dean walked in after a quick knock on the door.
“Honestly, with our current situation, there hasn’t been any progress made. What remains is for us to wait for the reports of those who have been sent to the east. Still, something bothers me…”
“You say that no progress has been made. Is there nothing odd other than the numbers for the region?”
“Yes. It’s too quiet. Even when they receive reports of accidents on the shore, no merchant guilds have gotten out of hand. Speaking of which, when it comes to a decrease in imports and exports, the guild hasn’t raised any opinions or talks. They’re the ones affected, but haven’t spoken up about anything. That alone is quite amazing.”