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Volume 6 Chapter 137 - Strategic Cooperation
The declaration that Xu Yi had made on behalf of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had spread across every country on the continent as fast as possible.
In just a single month, thirty five large and small companies expressed to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce through various channels that they were willing to cooperate with them, building the standard magic machine industrial system that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce wanted.
For these countries, there were only benefits to cooperating with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
Because the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had promised to help those countries lay down this system, completing the most basic industrial reforms in those countries. The most important among them were agricultural reforms.
The Frestech Chamber of Commerce had given a standard for these agricultural reforms, which was that they would use agricultural magic machines to reclaim, harvest, and process agricultural products.
At the same time, the Moon Shadow Chamber of Commerce would be working with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce to build fertilizer factories in those countries cooperating with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, providing them with fertilizer and guaranteeing that they would have a large increase in grain yield.
This was enticement that no country on the Sines Continent could resist.
It had to be known that on the continent, because of the low grain yield, a country that could let all their citizens eat their fill would already be considered a very excellent country.
Even for a stable continent like it was right now, over half the country had people starving each year.
Now that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had the ability for them to feed everyone, this was no doubt welcomed by all the countries.
Just based on this, there were many countries that rushed to cooperate with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
Of course, it wasn’t that every country wasn’t able to meet this basic condition. So beyond the agricultural industry, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had plans for countries other than the ones that had free land for agriculture.
For example, in the first batch that wanted to cooperate with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, there was a small country to the southeast of the Candra Empire by the sea named the Winnes Duchy.
Because this country was filled with various tropical rain forests and rivers, there wasn’t much land that could be cultivated in the Winnes Duchy.
Although by depending on the rich vegetation and prey in the forest, as well as the fishes in the lake, the people of the Winnes Duchy didn’t need to worry about feeding themselves, it had never had a way to improve their living conditions, so they went looking for help from the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. They hoped that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s magic machines could change this.
For this situation, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce gave an initial plan to the Winnes Duchy. They would first use the Magic Log Splitters to cut a path in the rainforest while also building five roads in the Winnes Duchy, creating a basic highways system. They would also gather the lumber and water resources of the Winnes Duchy to create a harbour in the southern seas, allowing them to transport these resources on the seas to other countries to sell.
Therefore, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce would build three logging sites, six river harbours, and one ocean harbour. At the same time, they would also be providing twenty small river Magic Ships and fifty two large transport Magic Cars, unifying land and sea transportation, enhancing the transport in the Winnes Duchy.
This was the basic industrial structure plan that was proposed to the Winnes Duchy that was apart from agricultural industrialization.
The Winnes Duchy approved of this plan very much and after their first negotiation with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, they immediately invited the Frestech Chamber of Commerce staff to come and inspect the Winnes Duchy.
The Winnes Duchy was a bit bigger than the Stnatine Duchy, so their positive att.i.tude wasn’t unexpected. It was very likely that they would be the first country that would start cooperating with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
Of course, not all countries were this positive.
Other than the countries that had limited communication, so they didn’t know about the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and the military magic machines, so they were doubtful of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s cooperation plan, the Marlow Empire and the Candra Empire, the two largest empires on the continent weren’t too positive about this plan either.
When the Frestech Chamber of Commerce proposed this plan, it was mainly led by the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and the other countries just cooperated with them. This was something the two empires couldn’t accept.
As the two largest empires on the continent, how could they let a small company make plans for them? Even if they did cooperate with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, they should have the leading power.
But that didn’t mean that they weren’t interested in the military magic machines. After the Frestech Chamber of Commerce announced this plan, the two empires sent people in secret to contact the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
Although they weren’t planning on accepting this cooperation plan, the two empires did indicate that they could buy the military magic machines from the Frestech Chamber of Commerce for a high price. At the same time, they would reduce the tariffs on the magic machines other than the military magic machines, as well as giving them other benefits.
Other than this, the two empires were once again very interested in producing military magic machines, saying that they could pay for the Frestech Chamber of Commerce to transfer this technology to them.
The Frestech Chamber of Commerce didn’t directly reject them, but they used a stalling method. Although they indicated that they could sell military magic machines to the two empires, they stated that since they didn’t have enough production capacity, they couldn’t satisfy their needs.
The two empires were helpless towards this and were forced to accept.
But because of the influence of this incident, the two empires opened more of their domestic market to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and gave them even more beneficial conditions.
The Marlow Empire already had a happy cooperation with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, so now they took advantage of this to openly invite the Frestech Chamber of Commerce to invest in magic machine factories in the Marlow Empire.
Although they didn’t partic.i.p.ate in the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s strategic cooperation, with the ma.s.sive power of the Marlow Empire, this kind of development was still building a magic machine industrial system.
As for the Candra Empire that had an awkward relationship with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, they weren’t as direct as the Marlow Empire.
But even if they didn’t openly invite them, they still secretly opened quite a few restrictions.
The most obvious one was that when the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s caravans and transports entered the Candra Empire, the inspection they received had weakened. It was no longer as strict as it was before.
The Frestech Chamber of Commerce naturally welcomed this change, so the vigorously promoted the strategic cooperation and contacted the two empires as much as possible, trying their best to go even deeper into the two empires.
However, when the Frestech Chamber of Commerce used the influence of the war between the Sack Kingdom and the Lampuri Kingdom to expand their own influence on the continent, the Magicians Guild suddenly jumped out.
When October came, there was an announcement from the Magicians Guild headquarters that was sent to the Magicians Guild in each country.
This announcement was different from the ones that were spread by them before, rather they were clear orders from the Magicians Guild that they wanted everyone to know.
The content of this announcement attracted everyone’s attention.
The Magicians Guild had declared that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had hidden facts in their cooperation with the Magicians Guild, which meant that they didn’t want to help the Magicians Guild in what they wanted them to do.
According to their investigations, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s Frestech Academy’s curriculum was unrelated to magic, which was unable to help the Low Grade Magicians further their study of magic. Rather they were forced under the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s guidance to learn something that was unrelated to magic.
This seriously went against the agreement signed by the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and the Magicians Guild, so the Magicians Guild announced that they would be revoking the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s t.i.tle as a cooperating company. For hiding facts from the Magicians Guild and harming the interests of Low Grade Magicians, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce would be listed as a watched company, warning all magicians to be wary against the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
Once this announcement was released, the continent stirred.
Not long before, the Magicians Guild had a happy cooperation with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, but now this had completely disappeared in an instant and they were publicly denouncing them?
The Magicians Guild had a long history on the Sines Continent, having been pa.s.sed down for several thousand years, so it was an organization that always had a high prestige.
Now that the Magicians Guild headquarters had suddenly made this announcement, the people who didn’t know would believe the Magicians Guild and denounce the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
After all, in the minds of most people, merchants were sly.
However, in the eyes of the people who knew the facts, the Magicians Guild denouncing the Frestech Chamber of Commerce was something that they gave a cold laugh about.
The Magicians Guild’s announcement also reached the Lampuri Kingdom, the Rudson Kingdom, and the Stantine Duchy, but the Magicians Guild branches in those countries didn’t take any other actions even though the headquarters had given this announcement.
The Stantine Duchy Magicians Guild branch wasn’t something that needed to be mentioned. The Lampuri Kingdom’s Magicians Guild had announced in the «Anvilmar Times» and the «Lampuri Weekly» that they had been in close cooperation with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce for many years, investing quite a bit of money in the Low Grade Magicians of the Lampuri Kingdom, benefitting many of them.
For the magicians of the Lampuri Kingdom, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had an immeasurable contribution.
This announcement to others looked like they were simply going against the Magicians Guild headquarters.
However, what made the real decision wasn’t the support of the Magicians Guild branches including the Lampuri Kingdom’s branch. Rather it depended on the core people in this incident, the Low Grade Magicians who were affected by this.