Emperor Hiroshi sat in the meeting chamber waiting for a response from his advisors. Apparently the costs of running the Imperial Navy were higher than previously expected. It was pathetic really thought the Emperor that an island empire had no navy worth a damn. He had set out to change that, but like all things execution was more difficult than imagined. On the bright side the Imperial Navy was beginning to have an effect on the pirate nuisance. Unfortunately it was slow progress. Finally one of the new advisors, *name to be determined*, began to speak. Heika, we originally planned for half the size of the fleet and with the expansion to the Docks to make a formal home for your Imperial Navy costs turned out to be higher than expected. Emperor Hiroshi nodded his understanding, then motioned for *name* to continue. We are already working towards improving revenue through a number of means, but as a stop gap we believe we should place some the ships in a reserve. They would be maintained and ready to be used, but not active. This should assist in alleviating some of the problem until other situations improve. Good, so then its simply a very short term problem then. Emperor Hiroshi rose and dismissed the advisers. Once they had gone he walked out to his private residence along with the ever present Imperial Guard. As he walked through the Imperial Garden he saw his family having lunch under their favorite sakura tree. He walked over to the Empress Izumi and his children Prince Yuuki and Princess Kiku walking around the garden under the watchful gaze of the attendants and the Empress. Kiku had just ripped up a bit of grass and was busy watching it fly away on the breeze while Yuuki had fallen, for the second time since Emperor Hiroshi had begun walking towards them, after trying to climb the sakura tree. How is the meal? Asked Hiroshi as he approached. Wonderful as always since Saki is so talented. Answered Izumi. Hiroshi sat next to his wife and looked out over the peaceful garden. It was the only place he could forget all of the troubles he saw on the horizon. They would come and be beaten back as they always were since the beginning of time. But the current storm was home brewed and could engulf the changes already being completed by the Chrysanthemum Throne. The Daimyo had to be brought into line and the restoration of the Chrysanthemum Throne completed. He looked over at his wife who was now picking up Kiku to make her eat. Hiroshi motioned for one of his servants over. Get me the calligraphy kit. I wish to write since I have been inspired by this excellent afternoon. The servant ran off to fulfill the command. Hiroshi waited leaning against the sakura tree. A few of the petals fell and fluttered on the light breeze. It was strange to watch the path of the petals on the breeze. They went all over and yet in the same general direction. Much like how Hiroshi imagined his ultimate goal for the Yamato Empire and how he could take many paths to get there, or like the one petal he saw go off course from the rest he could cause it all to fall apart.