"Dont look at me like that, I know what you are thinking."
When Seveni looked at the smiling Xu Yi, she couldnt help rolling her eyes at him.
"Relax, I came this time not to ask you why you stopped cooperating with the magic machine industry management department. Rather this isnt your first time doing something no one can understand, Im already used to it."
"Oh? Is that so?" Xu Yi was a bit surprised, "Since you arent here for this matter, dear highness, what did you come all the way to the Stantine Duchy to see me for?"
"Other than official business, I cant come and see you?" Seveni snappily said.
"Private business?" Xu Yi was more confused, "What private business do you have with me?"
"Because its a matter of my territory, it can be considered my private business." Seveni replied, "Didnt we reach an agreement last time that you would help me build a small production base in my territory? I didnt have time before when I was the Banta Citys City Lord, so now that Ive resigned from being the City Lord for half a year, there shouldnt be a problem. So arent I here to ask you when youre planning on officially starting?"
"Oh? This, its simple." Xu Yi nodded and said with a relaxed look, "Our company is very skilled in building production bases. Your territory isnt big and there arent many citizens, so there arent any strict demands. It should be easy to build one. But Seveni, have you thought of the most important choice of the production base?"
"Un, Ive already considered it very clearly. My territory doesnt have rich resources, so it isnt good to process materials. Moreover, I dont have many people, so I cant work in components that require a lot of manpower. So after thinking about it, Ive decided that this is the best. Take a look.."
Seveni took out a document and Xu Yi was surprised when he looked it over.
"I say, your highness..you are planning to steal business from me?"
This document had Sevenis plan to create a large fruit production base on her private territory, then she would build a large canned fruit factory and a large fruit juice factory.
Only the Frestech Chamber of Commerce was involved in these two businesses because the other companies werent interested since they thought the profit margins werent high.
Now that Seveni wanted to join these two industries, naturally it was equal to stealing business from the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
"How can this be considered stealing?" Seveni revealed a rather sly smile, "Dont forget, youve said many times to me that we shouldnt let people snatch pieces of the same cake, rather we should make his cake bigger so everyone could eat their fill? Im joining now not to steal this cake from you."
Xu Yi shook his head with a bitter smile, "Alright, then how about you tell me how I can make this cake bigger? Right now the Lampuri Kingdom has a limited average living standard, theres no increase in demand for canned fruits or fruit juice and the market of a rich city like Banta City is saturated. We went all out in expanding the market, but we have no ways."
"The Lampuri Kingdom is saturated, then we should look outside the Lampuri Kingdom. Dont you normally do this?" Seveni asked back, "Dont look at me like this, I know that your Frestech Chamber of Commerce doesnt have the right to sell goods to other countries, but I am different. I am the princess, I still have this bit of privilege."
Xu Yi couldnt help muttering, "Damn privilege."
Seeing Xu Yis unconvinced expression, Seveni couldnt help laughing before giving a sigh.
"Who told you to give up your title as a noble? Moreover, you broke the contract on your own and stopped cooperating with the magic machine industry management department. Your Frestech Chamber of Commerce enjoyed many benefits, but your decision has angered many people in the Lampuri Kingdom. Even I cant talk to them for you."
"I know that you would be unable to let this go." Xu Yi shook his head and gave a sigh, "Alright, since you cant help mentioning it, then Ill explain. When I chose to cooperate with the department, it was because the situation forced me and because I already decided to transfer the technology to develop the magic machine industry in the kingdom. This was something that I think that you should already know about."
"Un, I know your desire." Seveni said with a look of regret, "But its a pity that big brother Eric and many people in the kingdom cant understand your ideas. Even if they didnt force you, you would have released this technology sooner or later. Now that they have snatched this from you, Im very dissatisfied and Ive complained to big brother Eric many times."
"Many thanks for your care and help." Xu Yi nodded with a faint smile, "But these two arent the main reasons. The main reason I decided to cooperate with them was because our Frestech Chamber of Commerce wasnt prepared before."
"Not prepared?" Seveni knit her brows and looked at Xu Yi in surprise, "This means..that youre prepared now? So you decided to break this cooperation? Xu Yi, do you know the seriousness of this? Do you know that because of your decision, many nobles behind those ten companies suffered large losses. The powerful people in the kingdom have decided to use forceful methods against your Frestech Chamber of Commerce."
"Forceful methods?" Xu Yi gave a laugh, "You think..their methods before were gentle? Although it was considered cooperation, how was it any different from stealing?"
Seveni was silent for a while before saying with a sigh, "No matter what, Xu Yi, youre too impulsive this time. I dont know what youve prepared, but youve offended the most powerful people in the kingdom this time. Your companys days in the kingdom will be very hard, it might even be possible..that you cant stay open anymore."
"Is that so?" Xu yi didnt look worried at all. He spread his hands and gave a shrug as he said in a strangely relaxed voice, "Its fine if we cant stay open. If they feel that this is for the best for them and the Lampuri Kingdom, I dont care."
Seveni deeply knit her brows, "Xu Yi, what are you thinking? Wasnt the Frestech Chamber of Commerce single handedly created by you, the treasure in your palm? Could it be that youre giving it up?"
"No, no, no, Seveni, I think youve made a mistake." Xu Yi shook his finger, "Im not giving up on the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, rather the Frestech Chamber of Commerce in the Lampuri Kingdom. Do you understand the difference?"
Sevenis expression became a bit ugly.
"Are you really planning on giving up on the Lampuri Kingdom? No! You cant do this! Xu Yi, dont forget, Banta Citys prosperity was brought by your Frestech Chamber of Commerce. You giving up on the industry youve set up in the Lampuri Kingdom is giving up on the people of Banta City!"
"Youre exaggerating too much. The Frestech Chamber of Commerce is just a normal company and Im just a normal merchant, I cant take that heavy responsibility. Moreover, as for giving up" Xu Yi gave a cold laugh, "Your highness, compared to how you gave up, this cant be considered anything, right?"
Seveni trembled and her agitated look calmed down, as her expression became more pale.
After a while, Seveni gave a long sigh.
"Xu Yi, youve finally said your true feelings. Youre not happy that I gave up the throne in the end, right? You hate me in your heart, right?"
Xu Yi slowly shook his head, "That isnt accurate. I am unhappy since I have imagined many times that after you took the throne, with how you supported the magic machine industry, my dream would have become a reality. However, you gave up the throne just like that, how could I be unhappy? As for hatred..it isnt that far."
"Really." Xu Yi gave a serious nod, "Ive said it, no matter what the decision is, it is your decision, I dont have the right to interfere. If youre talking about hate, there are many people in the kingdom more qualified. But at this time, I have something that I cant help asking. Seveni, when you made this decision, did you really not regret it?"
Seveni had a pained look on her face. After struggling for a bit, she shook her head and said with a sigh, "I dont know.."
"You really dont know? Xu Yi asked back, "Your highness, Im afraid youre just not willing to face the truth, right? How Banta City has changed compared to when you were the City Lord, I dont think you dont know. Think about it, if our Frestech Chamber of Commerce continued staying in Banta City, what would it look like now?"
The pain on Sevenis face deepened and she struggled to refute, "I think..no matter what, it is better than having civil strife"
Xu Yi gave a sigh and shook his head, not willing to continue discussing this.
The position he had was different from Seveni. To him, if the Lampuri Kingdom wanted to become stronger, it had to change. The most possible change was Seveni taking the throne, supporting the development of the magic machine industry to change the kingdom.
But to Seveni, she didnt want to cause civil strife and put the stability of the kingdom first.
It cant be said that this idea was wrong since now that Eric had taken the throne, the kingdom had fallen into the control of the stubborn nobles that had supported him to the throne.
The so-called support of the magic machine industry was to gather wealth for them through those ten companies.
It was impossible for Seveni not to see this, but she didnt have the decisiveness that Xu Yi hoped for.
Of course, if she really had this character, she wouldnt have given up on the throne in the first place.
Comparing Seveni to Anklo he met just a few days ago, Xu Yi couldnt help sighing.
If he could combine the personality of the two together, that really would be perfect.
Of course that was impossible. Xu Yi could only dream about this, but he gave up on this fantasy. He looked at the sky outside before standing up.
"Alright, lets not talk about these meaningless things. Seveni, its about time, lets head out together. For this joint operation, you are the commander in name."