These documents only had a small matter on them. They said that there were some villagers in the surrounding villages that wanted to work in the Stantine Duchy, so they were reporting it to Banta City ahead of time, keeping their identity as Banta City citizens.
There were some matters like this before, but Count Stagg didnt care that much. He just authorized them according to the customs from before.
But seeing the same document again and again, Count Stagg suddenly had a strong sense of crisis in his heart.
After carefully thinking about it, he noticed why this strong sense of crisis had appeared.
The reason was very simple, it was related to the Banta City tax revenue problem that he had been worrying about.
Because the Frestech Chamber of Commerce left and the other companies following them, as well as the business department suddenly giving out free trade rights, this years Banta City tax revenue would return to the level of several years ago.
Losing the revenue that came from the large companies, it was equal to someone taking a large chunk of Banta City away.
And now, the citizens of Banta City were actually leaving Banta City. For a traditional noble like Count Stagg, this was basically shaking the foundations of Banta City.
When Count Stagg recalled the documents from a few days before, he found a shocking fact. The citizens that were leaving Banta City were actually normal farmers from the villages outside the city.
For Count Stagg that placed great importance on agriculture, these normal farmers were the foundation of Banta City.
One or ten farmers leaving wouldnt affect anything, but if a hundred or even several hundred left, it would create a shocking effect.
Recalling the documents over the past few days, Count Stagg was shocked to find that in a short time, there had been close to a hundred peasant families that had put in their applications.
If this trend continued, wouldnt Banta Citys foundations be shaken?
Thinking of this, Count Stagg looked at the document in his hand again and found that several villagers wanted to leave Banta City. They wanted to work in the Stantine Duchy, all of them were going to work on the land that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had rented.
To put it in other words, they were changing from farming in Banta City to farming in the Stantine Duchy.
In the past documents, the other farmers had given the same reason. Thinking of the Frestech Chamber of Commerces recent actions, Count Staggs eyes turned cold as he gave a strong snort.
"That damn Xu Yi, you actually dare steal the most important old and experienced farmers from me. You want to dig a hole for me?"
Count Stagg thought about it before denying this application.
Although in theory he didnt have this right, as the Banta Citys City Lord, he had many methods to force the normal farmers to stay.
When he finished replying to the document, there was a soft knock on the door to the office.
Based on the frequency, Count Stagg could tell that it was his trusted subordinate manager Chekhov, so he let him come in with a deep sounding reply.
After Chekhov came in, he gave a bow to Count Stagg, "Lord Count, the Frestech Chamber of Commerces chairman Xu is here for a meeting."
Count Stagg was stunned, turning to look at the dark night outside.
Why did Xu Yi come for a meeting at this time?
Ten minutes later, Count Stagg saw Xu Yi in a small room in the City Lord Manor.
"Chairman Xu, it really is rare for you to visit this late at night."
Now that the City Lord Manor had received the three thousand agricultural magic machines from the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and finished the fall harvest, Count Staggs attitude when meeting Xu Yi had greatly changed.
Xu Yi saw that after the first confrontation, Count Stagg always revealed a polite manner when meeting him and this time wasnt an exception.
"Lord City Lord, Im very sorry for bothering you this late." Xu Yi said with a faint smile, "But I might set off for the Stantine Duchy in two days, so I wanted to discuss some things with the Lord City Lord ahead of time."
Hearing the words "Stantine Duchy", Count Staggs face sunk, "Very good, chairman Xu, since you took the initiative to raise the Stantine Duchy, I have something to ask you. Since your company has rented land in the Stantine Duchy, why dont you employ local Stantine Duchy workers to help you develop it, why are you poaching our Banta Citys old and experienced farmers? Do you know how much impact this will have on our Batna Citys agricultural development?"
Xu Yis smile didnt change, "I do know about this, so I specially came to discuss this with the Lord City Lord to solve this problem."
"Solve this problem?" Count Stagg gave a cold snort, "You make it sound so easy. Do you know how important these old and experienced farmers are to Banta City? If you take them away, can you take responsibility for the crime of affecting our Banta Citys grain yield?"
"Of course I cant take responsibility." Xu Yi honestly said with a smile, "Grain production is a large matter in our Lampuri Kingdom, even if I am bold, I cant do something like this. But Lord City, if I may, although grain yield is closely related to people, you dont need this many people."
Count Stagg knit his brows, "What? Are you here to sell me your theory of replacing manpower with magic machines?"
Xu Yi gave a shrug, "I dont feel like theres a problem with this theory. If with the help of magic machines, people can do more things, isnt this a good thing?"
"Humph, magic machines are dead things in the end and people are living. There are many things that magic machines cant replace that humans can do."
Xu Yi revealed a faint smile. There were also many things that magic machines could do that humans couldnt do.
But he didnt come to discuss this problem with Count Stagg. He thought for a bit before saying, "Lord City Lord, no matter what, I think that you should admit that without the help of the agricultural magic machines, our Lampuri Kingdoms grain yield wouldnt have increased this much, right?"
Count Stagg was silent.
No one could deny that the agricultural magic machines had helped raise the grain yield of the Lampuri Kingdom, even the conservative faction led by the Stagg Family couldnt deny this because they were one of the greatest beneficiaries.
Just based on this, although Xu Yi and the Frestech Chamber of Commerce supported her highness Seveni, it was the reason why they could stay safe.
"Of course, I didnt come this time to take credit from the Lord City Lord. I want to tell you the reason why our Frestech Chamber of Commerce is bringing the Banta City farmers to the Stantine Duchy." Xu Yi said.
Count Stagg looked at Xu Yi before giving a slight nod, "Speak."
Xu YI gave a sigh. He thought that even if Count Stagg was against himself and the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, when it was related to Banta City and his interests, he would still be willing to listen to his suggestions.
"Lord City Lord, I think that youre worried that by bringing Banta City farmers to the Stantine Duchy, it will affect the grain yield of Banta City, right?" Xu Yi asked.
"Nonsense!" Count Stagg said with a cold snort, "Banta Citys farmers are limited and if you take some away, it would be strange if it wasnt affected!"
Xu Yi revealed a confident smile, "I feel that the Lord City Lord doesnt need to be this worried. First, we are currently planning to recruit no more than two thousand people from Banta City. I think that compared to the over forty thousand farmers outside Banta City, it isnt considered much, right?"
"Only two thousand people?" Count Stagg was surprised, "Didnt your Frestech Chamber of Commerce rent over a hundred thousand hectares from the Stantine Duchy? How is two thousand people enough?"
"According to our contract with the Stantine Duchy, we have to recruit no less than five thousand local workers."
Count Stagg slightly knit his brows, "Even with five thousand people, isnt this not enough? Its over a hundred thousand hectares. According to my estimates, you could barely have enough with ten thousand people."
Xu Yi shook his head, "Lord City Lord, to be honest, the people of the Stantine Duchy are a bit..lazy. So Im not counting on the five thousand people to be of any help because their abilities will be worse than the two thousand people we recruited from Banta City."
Count Stagg gave a soft and proud snort, "The Stantine Duchys people are very lazy, I know this. Your company is insisting on investing in a place like that, youre already skilled if you dont lose money."
"Many thanks for the Lord City Lords concern." Xu Yi said with a faint smile, "Lord City Lord, what I want to say is that for this hundred thousand hectares of land, according to me estimates, just the two thousand people from Banta City would be enough."
"This is impossible!" Count Stagg firmly said, "Our Stagg Family has several hundred years of experience with farming, we understand this better than you. According to my experience, you need at least ten thousand people for a hundred thousand hectares of land. Just two thousand people? You dont even need to consider it!"
Xu Yi revealed a faint smile and suddenly said, "Then Lord City Lord, how about we make a bet?"
Count Stagg revealed a vigilant look, "What bet?"
"If our Frestech Chamber of Commerce cant open this land with just these two thousand people, then our company will return these two thousand people to Banta City and pay the corresponding compensation to them. At the same time, well pay the City Lord Manor five hundred thousand gold coins as compensation for decreasing Banta Citys grain yield. What does the Lord City Lord think?"
Count Stagg looked at Xu Yi in a daze, "Are you serious?"
"Im very serious." Xu Yi nodded, "If the Lord City Lord doesnt believe me, I can sign a contract on behalf of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and the City Lord Manor."
Count Stagg looked at Xu Yi in a bewildered look and asked, "How can you consider it reclaimed? What is standard for this?"
"Its very simple, what decides whether it is reclaimed or not is the grain yield. The Stantine Duchy is suited for rice paddies, so well use the standard of two times the output from Karma City to decide this. The hundred hectares of land should produce around two hundred thousand tons. If it is lower than this number, itll be considered my loss."
"You really want to do this?" Count Stagg looked at the serious Xu Yi with a look of disbelief.
To him, it wasnt easy to open up a hundred thousand hectares of land and Xu Yi wanted to accomplish this mammoth task with just two thousand people, this was simply impossible.
Of course, this didnt matter to Count Stagg. After thinking about it, he asked Xu Yi, "Then what if you accomplish this task?"
"That means I win and I hope the City Lord Manor will agree to my request." Xu Yi said.
"What request?" Count Stagg asked in a curious voice.
This Xu Yi knew that he was targeting him and the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, but he came here to discuss him agreeing to a request. Did his brain burn out?
"This request is actually beneficial to Banta City. Its like this.."