The Young King's Country: 1 [The Young Lord's Studies]

Long ago and far away, there was a small but peaceful country.
Though not a rich country, the people still enjoyed their lives.
One day, their kind king passed away from illness and a younger
king took his place. But he was a cruel ruler whom everyone hated,
for he worked his people like slaves.

"Old Man Petro's 26 Kingdom Tales"

The Young King's Country: 2 [The Young Lord's Studies]

No matter how much the people asked and begged, the king did not
lessen their workload. Fearing they would soon perish from
exhaustion, the people rebelled. When the king was captured,
he spoke thus: "People of the same land should not kill each
other over a thing such as this." But despite his words,
he did not resist as the people dragged him to the guillotine
and removed his head from his shoulders.

"Old Man Petro's 26 Kingdom Tales"

The Young King's Country: 3 [The Young Lord's Studies]

The whole country rejoiced at their newfound freedom.
Yet while they celebrated, a nearby nation launched an attack.
The people panicked at first, but soon realized their cruel king
had stockpiled plenty of food and weapons. Additionally, all of
their work had made them strong, and they easily defeated their
invading neighbor. Ashamed at the shallow thinking that led them
to kill their king, the people set about building a statue to
honor his memory.

"Old Man Petro's 26 Kingdom Tales"

Talent [The Young Lord's Studies]

Understand there will always be a right person for a job and
employ that idea for oneself.

It is impossible for a king to excel in all areas of wisdom and
wit; one must know and acknowledge what one lacks,
gather retainers to fill gaps, and rely on them unerringly—for it is a
waste of energy to attempt to bury one's shortcomings.

"Notes of an Imprisoned Political Thinker"

Solemnity [The Young Lord's Studies]

One cannot spur a people to true action on power alone; one
must never grow so conceited as to think they can sway their
secret hearts.

In order to cause a people to act, a king must first lead through his
own example and will. Only then will a people see fit to follow him.

"Notes of an Imprisoned Political Thinker"

Honesty [The Young Lord's Studies]

Trust vassals who offer counsel that is difficult to hear. Honest
advice requires great courage—far more than saying what a regent
wishes to hear.

As for the king, he must not allow emotion to intrude on state
politics, instead focusing on concrete truths.

One must not be shackled to personal gain and feelings when it
comes to national policy.

"Notes of an Imprisoned Political Thinker"

Purity [The Young Lord's Studies]

So long as one sits on the throne, one must be honest;
to do so is to not make oneself greater than life.

A king must acknowledge ignorance and shortcomings in his
abilities, ask for teachings from a wise mentor, and constantly
seek to reassess himself—for a king that continuously grows
rules a land that does the same.

"Notes of an Imprisoned Political Thinker"

Experience [The Young Lord's Studies]

In order to learn the unchanging fundamental rules and principles of
the world, one must ask questions of an aged master.

Much of what our elders say are truths backed by history, and one
must willingly accept such wisdom.

For though they may lack physical prowess, the aged master will
have matured wisdom and years at their disposal.

"Notes of an Imprisoned Political Thinker"

Devotion [The Young Lord's Studies]

The closer a compatriot, the more courtesy they must be treated
with. A king must treasure vassals above all else; the more this is
done, the greater the vassal's devotion and eventual patriotism.

Remember that a king is only as strong as the weakest person who
serves under his rule.

"Notes of an Imprisoned Political Thinker"