The great war
On the precipice of victory, the Monarchy of Endalm has dug deep into the borders of Toki in this seemingly never ending war. However, the Republic of the People of Toki had one more trick up its sleeve, an overwhelming effect on the world's economy. If Toki falls, the kingdom of Badigadi would lose almost 80% of their economy as well, so the kingdom of badigadi is prepared to back up Toki in this war at all costs. Their leader, Shion, is currently working with Galena and me.
Galena was once a member of the Monarchy of Endalm, but she defected after witnessing her countrymen being forced into slavery. She saw firsthand how the Monarchy uses humans as slaves, how they disfigure them, and even makes their skin into armor. As a result, Galena now defends those who are innocent and fights against injustice.
As the new ambassador for Badigadi, Galena is sent to Toki's capital city, Saitama, in order to build an alliance to defeat the Monarchy of Endalm.
The prime minister of Toki, Tamas, greets us as we enter his office. "Welcome Galena. It is a pleasure to have you here." He shows us around the building of further operations while showing off his lavish room. We also get to meet the other members of the government along with some of the city's people. They welcome us warmly. After the tour, we go out onto the balcony where the view of Toki is spectacular.
"So, tell me about your mission," the Prime Minister asks as he pours us each a glass of wine.
I take my time to answer his question. "Well, our main objective is to stop the Monarchy of Endalm before they can conquer any more territory."
"It sounds like it will be dangerous."
"Indeed, it will be. What is your strategy?" I ask.
"We've been doing everything we possibly can to prepare for when the Monarchy attacks. Although, with our lacking military strength, it would be best for both of us to build an alliance so that our combined forces can accomplish our similar goal." the Prime minister replies.
"That's what I'm trying to do. I don't want to fight either. So, please help me convince Toki to join us. Together, we can defeat the Monarchy of Endalm."
The Prime Minister thinks about this for a moment. "I think I understand your goal, but may I ask why you're asking me to help? You know that the Monarchy of Endalm and Toki have been at war for years."
"Yes. But, I can't say I've ever met anyone from Toki before. So, I thought it might be nice to introduce myself."
"If you're going to make that kind of request, then I suppose there's no harm in it. I'll try contacting my counterpart in Toki and see what I can do." The Prime Minister nods.
A few hours later, the phone rings and the second Prime Minister picks it up. "Hello?"
"It's me, the senior Prime Minister of Toki. Are you free right now? If so, I'd love to talk to you."
"Sure thing, let me just put down what I'm doing and I'll be happy to chat." After hanging up, the Prime Minister walks over to me and takes a seat.
"What did he want?"
"He wanted to confirm that I was indeed speaking with you." The Prime Minister smiles. "I told him yes. I haven't spoken with anyone from Toki since coming here. It's quite refreshing actually."
"Yes, it is. I wonder if I could speak with the King of Toki"
"No such king exists, we are a democratic republic with 2 Prime ministers, one Senior and one Junior" The Prime minister replies to the clearly uninformed ambassador.
"Oh, I didn't realize that. I apologize. I hope I didn't offend you. I'm not used to this type of culture."
"No need to apologize. In fact, we're glad to have someone from another kingdom visit our country. It's good to see different cultures interacting with each other."
"Thank you. I am grateful for this opportunity." The Prime Minister tells us.
"What's the status of your army?" I ask.
The Prime Minister looks at me with surprise. "You mean you don't know? Well, that is certainly unusual for an ambassador. Usually, they already know everything about the kingdom they're representing."
"Well, I am only a few decades old. I guess I don't really know anything yet."
"Well, first of all, we have approximately 14 million citizens. Of course, most are civilians, but we have about 12,000 soldiers. We have 3 divisions of 5,000 each. Our main base is near Toki's border. We also have 3 regiments of 1,500 each stationed in the east, west, and south respectively."
"Wow! That is impressive! I'm impressed by how young you are. To think you have such a large army. I wish we could have an alliance between our countries. I'm sure that would benefit both of us."
"Don't think too humbly of your country, it is not befitting of an ambassador. I, however would love to form an alliance with the kingdom of Badigadi" The Prime Minister says.
"Yes, I agree. You seem like a great person. I would love to work with you."
"Good, because we are in the middle of a battle right now. Would you mind if I call you back tomorrow?"
"Of course, just let me know what time works best for you. Thank you!" The Prime Minister hangs up and turns to me. "Looks like we've got ourselves a deal."
"It does look like we do. I'll make the arrangements and contact you again in a few days. Is that alright with you?"
"Absolutely, I will be waiting."
(End of Chapter 1)
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