Zhao Han stopped his movement in front of his throne and sat down. "Report." There wasn't any particular urgency to his tone but all the background seemed to die off in it's wake.
"The price of grain remains stable and the farmers are predicting that if all remains well there may even be a surplus your majesty." The minister of agriculture was a fussy little man who had been unfortunate enough to go bald before his thirtieth year. As such he tried to remove attention from it by wearing the most ridiculous hats.
"Shipping from the city of Dian Jong has been picking up nicely in last year sire. The trading ventures sponsored by the crown should turn over a tidy profit." The youngish man that held the position of minister of finance was not so much running to fat but vaulting, leaping, and diving towards obesity.
This parade of information stretched on for several hours. With the Emperor interrupting and asking questions as he felt necessary. The military advisers waited until the end to give their own reports.
The senior staff officer that was addressing the council had a pile of reports in front of him and he was reading them almost verbatim. "Goll Nansu has been relatively peaceful for the time being, mostly friendly skirmishes with the Chernogivans and.."
"Friendly skirmishes?" Zhao Han raised a single eyebrow.
"Yes my lord, prisoners are always returned and full quarter is given by both sides, and according to the officers they aren't really trying that hard to actually hit us anymore. They seem to think it's mostly a show for the URCS spies in the area. So far there has been no activity on the URCS border thus far."
The Emperor nodded, he'd have to take steps to create a more permanent allience with the Tzardom. "What about the broken lands?" It was well known that the first Emperor had ruled almost the entire homeland and it was the duty of imperial family to retake the lands that had broken away.
"We are ready to mobilize on your word highness. The Hao Warlords are the greatest threat at the moment. They have attempted several small raids into western Liengto though the damage has mostly been contained to the hill tribes." A voice like two mill stones grinding together. It came from a man in full ornamental armor standing next to the throne. It was such a dark green that it could easily be mistaken for black. "We should make an example of them soon highness."
The Emperor closed his eyes. "Thank you Oni, where is the Prince of Ravens at the moment.
Oni gave a slight bow. "Prince Attila is currently with elements of the imperial army that have been assigned to stifle the raids highness."
"Very well, this meeting is over. Good night gentlemen." Zhao Han said with a tone that left no room for discussion. Shortly there was no one but the emperor in the throne room excepting the Deathwatch Guards.
Emperor Zhao Han meets with his ministers about the state of affairs in the Dominion.