Tensei Shite Inaka de Slowlife wo Okuritai

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Ch. 6 - The Overly Composed 4-Year Old
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@jonsmth

I think you are going at this from the asian perspective, where emperor had absolute power and important people were given offices or land to govern for him. What is shown in this manga is your typical European feudal system, where land is given to the person. Centralized rule vs decentralized. King owns only Crown Lands (often including major cities), which are his personal property. It is also main source of income for the kingdom treasure, from which he pays his private soldiers and all different other things that he needs. Rest of the kingdom is property of his "vassals" which means people that gave promise of vassalage and in return were given the land they own by the king. They have to recognize king as their master, serve and protect him and his family, but they are powerful enough in their own way, sometimes even more than the king. But it wasn't that often they revolted for 2 reasons :
1. They had to break their official pledge, and everyone would know that
2. Other nobles would come and help the king
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@Simpleton
> The "liutenants, ministers and magisters" will by definition have power
Sorry, I meant not as much power nor protection as a regular lord - they can only act as representatives at the most. They don't own the territories they manage.
Perhaps there might be a situation where a lord would have been tasked to manage a territory of the king, but that territory is still the king's and not the lord's fief.

Delegation can happen regardless of vassalage. Mere governors are still distinct from lords as lords take ownership; governors are appointed to govern a land, lords are given land. If the king could help it, he would rather keep all the fiefs for himself, and then appoint governors/ministers/magistrates to manage his lands and collect tax. Alas, the feudal ties are older than he is, and he has to keep his family's vassals happy.

and btw, I wrote "magistrates" and not "magisters" in case you misread that.

Right, differences everywhere. I would guess that this isekai's kingdom is one where the lords are practically powerless, or the king is extremely powerful - almost as if it was an empire.
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If you want to let the first pages flow better I guess the idiom of "This is why I love the countryside so much!" could instead be translated into "I could live on this and rice alone!" (meaning I would find fulfillment in life and not need anything else).

@jonsmth The "liutenants, ministers and magisters" will by definition have power, else they'll get robbed or disposed of by people who do. Also, kings who wouldn't share the wealth would often fall to an alliance of people following someone who promised more equal treatment. (Hence why royalty always tried to mooch on local divinity - "going against me would be going against god", that kind of thing. Didn't help a lot of them.) But yea, differences everywhere, it all depended upon which alliances and customs were going on, and which kinds of people were currently holding which positions.
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@timesen
I always supposed that the agreement between lords is that the vassal would help fight his liege's wars in exchange for being given fiefs. Lords come with soldiers and connections, and sometimes even their own land, which are very much more valuable than having them pay tax. Sometimes, a vassal can be just as powerful as the king himself, and imposing tax on them is impossible. Even then, a disgruntled lord can be more a threat to the realm than a foreign invader is. If all the king wants is to fill his coffers, he could just keep the fiefs to himself! Managing lands? Leave that to the lieutenants, ministers, and magistrates! Lords can employ such people without giving them any power.

But I suppose this is the type of kingdom where the king has enough power to impose taxes like this. Historical kingdoms are no stranger to enforcing some arbitrary taxes. As long as the lords would and could agree to it, the king can tax them any which way he wants.
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In the WN, I think the direct translation "distracted by wife's butt" was localized to "henpecked by your wife."
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@timesen It’s weird how you think you’d be fine without things till it happens. I moved to an area with bread and potatoes served as sides instead of rice (I’m asian so I grew up with rice 1-2 times per day) and it made daily meals feel unbelievably weird almost as if, like you said, they weren’t proper meals. I had a day where I ate just under 4 cups of rice (regular meal for normal person I think would be 1-1.5) in one meal because it was the first time I had it in just over a month. As hard as it may seem for others to comprehend it it’s a unbelievably weird sensation (kind of like drinking a different soda rather than your favorite, like a “this isn’t quite right” feeling).
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@jonsmth thats pretty normal in a feudal society. Very simplified : Citizens pay tax to baron, baron pays taxes to duke, duke pays taxes to king. If no middleman present(like baron directly under king) they pay taxes to the crown. And yes you could describe a baron/duke etc. as kind of a governor. The king can not controll all the land in a centrilized manner. So he gives huge parts of lands to a bunch of people in excance for taxes and manpower/soldiers. They can not controll all that land. so they also give parts of the land to a bunch of people in excance for taxes and manpower. And so forth untill the landowner becomes a farmer who pays a part of his harvest as tax. And those positions are normaly inherited to the children of the lord or if there are none to a family member.

@metaldog564 yeah I too always found it weird untill I had to live for a month without bread. My meals never felt like they were a "proper" meal.
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what? the royal capital taxes its vassal's territories? i'm surprised none of the vassals stabbed the king in the back yet.

or are the lords basically just governors who inherit their position? the translation literally uses the term "feudal lord's son". this setting is weird.
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awesome that it got picked up again!!
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how did he know?

also rice... hope he doesn't find it.
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what? Why did he talk about that man's wife's butt? And how it that supposed to be calm and composed?
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Mm... I can't suspend my belief that much. None of the sons in this manga act their age, but everyone is okay with this. Uggh.
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This one is generic but pretty nice
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Thank you thank you thank you for bringing this one back from the dead
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YASSS!!! LHtransltions picked this series up. i wonder when the releases are gonna be like
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So glad this one is back love me some slow life.
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Ah, Japanese and their rice addiction
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I didn't think I'd be seeing this one again. I'm glad to see it's back.
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Yaaaaaay. I missed this little slowpoke!
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LHTranslation, Thanks for taking up this series
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