Magic Industry Empire - Volume 5 Chapter 76




Whether Xu Yi’s ambition was big or not, it wasn’t a problem for the others of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.

Rather it was the opposite, the high level members of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce wanted to know that their sir chairman had this kind of ambition.

Because ambition from another angle was called big thoughts.

Compared to a sir chairman who had no ambition and limited views, of course they wanted a sir chairman with ambition and future plans.

As long as it was like this, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce would continue quickly developing like it was now. Not only would it become a first class company in the surrounding countries, it would become a first class company of the entire Sines Continent.

As the Frestech Chamber of Commerce became stronger, naturally the top level members of this company would receive the same shocking benefits as the company.

Not to mention that based on the views of their personal benefits, as long as they followed sir chairman and spread the magic machines across the continent, wasn’t that already enough for them?

The last month of year 3875 passed quickly and after the New Years, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce started recruiting workers again.

This wasn’t strange, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had always been recruiting workers in the past two years. They had never paused in their demand for this.

But this recruitment was different from before, they mainly focused on recruiting for resources gathering workers.

And there was a very strict condition, which is that they wanted workers who would be willing to work away from home, going to a place that was a thousand or even two thousand kilometers away.

At the same time, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce stated that the work would be very hard in the beginning and it wouldn’t be easy to go home, so they would have to know how to suffer and bear with loneliness.

This requirement attracted the attention of many people because when the Frestech Chamber of Commerce recruited people, they gave very good conditions, but now they said that the work would be very hard which was rare.

But when comparing what this requirement was to the wage that was advertised, it suddenly became unimportant.

At least three hundred gold coins a year!

This wage wasn’t considered that high in the current Banta City, but whether it was in the Lampuri Kingdom or the Rudson Kingdom, it could be considered a truly high wage.

It had to be known, when the Frestech Chamber of Commerce fired eighteen thousand workers at once, the other companies had fought over these people. It caused the wage in the magic machine industry to suddenly increase, so for normal workers, twenty gold coins was already considered a good wage.

Not to mention that although the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s wages were never higher than the other companies, their benefits were always better than any other company.

According to some private views, when working for the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, working for a wage of ten gold coins per month was better than working at another company for twenty gold coins per month.

Now that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce was offering three hundred gold coins to recruit workers, not only did this break the convention of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, it might even raise the average wage of the magic machine industry.

When this news was spread, there were countless people that swarmed to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s recruitment points in the various countries.

But a month after New Years passed, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had only recruited two thousand people, which was much lower than the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s expectations in the beginning.

This disappointed Xu Yi a bit and he was also a bit confused.

Although working on a small island on the endless seas that was one or two thousand kilometers away from their hometowns made people uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be that hard to accept.

There were over twenty thousand people who came, but there were only two thousand that were willing to go. It was less than 10%, which was just too little.

Moreover, even if there were two thousand people, it didn’t mean that they could all go.

To open up resources on the endless seas, it required them to control the sea area. Xu Yi cared very much about this, so not only did they need to trust their workers, they needed special qualities.

For example, they needed to be able to endure loneliness, being able to live on a tough island, and other qualities…...

According to Xu Yi’s estimates, of the two thousand people recruited, it would be good if only a fourth of them went to the island.

The true main forces would come from the old workers of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.

But if they chose from these old workers, there weren’t that many workers who were willing to accept.

Xu Yi could of course forcefully transfer them to the islands, but in terms of stability, so Xu Yi wasn’t willing to do this.

“It seems like this plan can only be delayed.” Xu Yi looked at Kennard giving him the recruitment report and he couldn’t help giving a sigh.

Kennard on the side looked at Xu Yi and after hesitating a bit, he said in a deep voice, “Sir chairman, actually…..if you’re willing to raise the salary a bit, for example going from three hundred gold coins to four hundred gold coins, I think that there wouldn’t be a problem.”

“No.” Xu Yi decisively shook his head, “Setting this wage isn’t only about the salary structure of our company, but also the entire industry. If we suddenly raise it, it would be hard for the other companies.”

Kennard gave a bitter laugh and shook his head.

He really wanted to say that these companies didn’t have any scruples in using higher wages to take people from the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, so we shouldn’t have any scruples either.

But after working with Xu Yi for so long, Kennard was very clear on the goal in Xu Yi’s heart. He knew that the most important thing for Xu Yi was the development of the magic machine industry, he didn’t care if he let the Frestech Chamber of Commerce suffer a bit from this.

Moreover, Xu Yi was also right. Even in the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, if the wages of the workers who were sent to the seas were too high, it would affect their internal salary structure which would create internal chaos.

The Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s salary standard had been reset after the mass downsizing, so to break it in just less than a year wasn’t right.

Xu Yi thought about it before saying with a smile, “Alright, thinking about it carefully is also good. We can’t be too rushed in developing these islands. Not mentioning anything else, at least we don’t have that many Magic Ships, right?”

Kennard nodded, “Yes, sir chairman, we currently only have eight large transport Magic Ships, we can’t support mass marine transport yet. Also in terms of fighting Magic Ships, although we have enough for two fleets, we don’t have enough skilled people. To control the giant southern seas now would be too difficult.”

“Un, we’ll do this then. We’ll do it step by step, first we’ll develop the seas near the Stantine Duchy and then advance to the continent’s southern sea step by step. At the same time, we’ll train more people and build more ships, we have to prepare a strong enough guard fleet soon.”

Kennard looked at Xu Yi with a pensive look, “The fleet under Viscount Leslie isn’t enough?”

“Of course.” Xu Yi didn’t have any special expressions, he just gave a nod without explaining.

Although Leslie was now in name under the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s guards, leading their guard fleet, Xu Yi knew that Leslie wouldn’t stay under him for long.

When the time comes, he will likely leave the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and build a fleet that belongs to him.

Xu Yi gave him command of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s guards first because of their relationship and second because of Leslie’s abilities, as well as the resources he had inherited from the Stagg Family.

Him leading the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s guard fleet could be considered a cooperation between Xu Yi and Leslie because both sides needed to accumulate experience on the sea.

Since the situation had changed, Xu Yi and Kennard changed their plans accordingly.

Because before this, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had carefully explored the islands around the Stantine Duchy. They had a stats on the resources of these islands, so they were a good starting point for this plan.

According to Xu Yi’s plan, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce would set up a small base on these islands and arrange a few defenses. Then they would link up these islands to become a line of defensive islands for the Stantine Duchy.

If a situation where the Sack Kingdom and Count Wein worked together to attack the Frestech Chamber of Commerce appeared again, they would have to break through the defensive line of islands before attacking the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s base.

After that, Xu Yi’s plan was to extend the island chain to the seas south of the Rudson Kingdom before reaching the Candra Empire. In the end, he would create a half circle in the southern seas of the Sines Continent, completely wrapping up the southern coast.

To achieve this goal, it was clearly not enough to just have some islands with various resources, they also needed to use strategic islands.

Like this, the investment of this entire plan reached a shocking amount.

Xu Yi and Kennard had a rough estimate that the total investment for this plan would be over a hundred million gold coins.

“Alright, sir chairman, this plan can’t be accomplished in just a year or two, we can only do it slowly.” Kennard said with a sigh.

Xu Yi revealed a smile, “Of course, I never thought that we would be able to complete this plan in a short period of time. In short, we just need to work hard in this direction.”

Kennard also revealed a smile. When he was about to speak, there was a strong knock on the door.

Kennard knit his brows slightly before saying, “Come in.”

The door opened and Kennard’s secretary came in with a very strange expression on his face. He looked at Kennard before seeing Xu Yi. Taking hard breaths, he finally said in a strange voice that was filled with panic, shock, and confusion, “SIr…..Sir chairman…...We just received news that her majesty Seveni…..has officially announced that she is pregnant…..”

Kennard’s mouth dropped in shock, but he didn’t say a thing as he turned to look at Xu Yi.

Xu Yi was stunned. He turned to look in the direction of Anvilmar City in the northeast and he didn’t say anything for a long time.