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One day, you find yourself transported to fantasy world. After adjusting to the world, you embark on many adventures. You eventually overthrow an evil overlord and become ruler of that kingdom. You now engage in generally amicable politics with the neighboring kingdoms.

One day, a kingdom much more powerful than yours invites you to feast with their king. You accept and, as is custom, bring gifts to exchange with the king of the land. Your gifts include rare local spices, barking mushrooms and fire crystals. You reach the kingdom and share a magnificent feast while discussing the improvement of trade between your kingdoms. When the time comes to exchange gifts, the king presents you with 15 beautiful slave girls, which is unfortunately legal in that kingdom. How do you respond?
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Accept the slaves and free them when I'm back in my kingdom.

Then put reduction of and an eventual end to slavery in my diplomatic policies with that kingdom.

Was that a trick question? What were you expecting - "Awww yeah, harem party" as a response?
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I believe the best answer would be to graciously accept the gift, and once back in your own kingdom, release the slaves. As a benevolent ruler, I believe some job training or apprenticeship program would ensue.

Other options would be to refuse the gift and possibly insult the neighboring king, or accept the girls as slaves and add them to one's harem.

For what I would do? As me not being in that situation, but imagining that I am, I imagine I would take the high road on that one. You never know though, they say power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so no telling how I might change if I were king.
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Build a vacation home in his kingdom.
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Get all prissy about slavery laws, assassinate the king and lead a force of paladins to slaughter the unholy heretics.

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Take the slaves, give them freedom and let them have some luxury for a few days, and then offer them a choice:

Leave and/or become a citizen and live your life how you choose.

Be trained into an elite guard of badass knights to stand by my throne. (or if they want mages since this is fantasy; or espionage agents).

Either choice they'll be given full amenities and provided with the necessary resources and training to start whatever they decide to pursue.

I'd also try to negotiate the kingdom to abolish slavery, however, they probably won't, so when that falls through, I'll begin making deals with other nations, preferably non-slave countries, who trade with the kingdom to embargo them, as well as build military alliances in case the kingdom tries to attack me for it.

If he attacks me, I've got an order of badass knights to run around leading attacks on caravans and slave trains. I'm sure those freed slaves would be happy to sign up and kick his ass with us. Hopefully with them, my own armies, and fellow alliances we can keep him too busy on too many fronts to try and overwhelm any of us and we slowly whittle him down.
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Accept the slaves, head back to kingdom, release slaves. This is obviously gonna be the most posted answer, but let's be honest, who has a morality so low that they'd keep the girls as slaves? On the other hand if you refused the other king will probably take it as an insult and the girls won't be freed so that isn't a good option either .
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I would explain the customs of my kingdom (no slavery), as the king either was ignorant of my kingdom's customs or knew and was presenting them anyway to try my reaction and response in order to gauge my standings as a diplomat and ruler. After the explanation, if he still insists on the gift, I would graciously accept, with the explanation that the women would become free upon entering my kingdom, and those who so desire may have employment and board in my palace or other locations in the kingdom where they would be of use (training included). This way, the king's offering would be of use and benefit to myself and my kingdom.
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CasualObserver wrote:

Accept the slaves and free them when I'm back in my kingdom.

Then put reduction of and an eventual end to slavery in my diplomatic policies with that kingdom.

Was that a trick question? What were you expecting - "Awww yeah, harem party" as a response?


No, actually I would do pretty much the same thing you would. As for expecting, I was interested to know the variety of responses people would come up. That's the best part of discussion.


MidoriNoTora wrote:

Get all prissy about slavery laws, assassinate the king and lead a force of paladins to slaughter the unholy heretics.



Lol!
Posted 10/23/16
Well, I wouldn't be king in the first place, screw that.
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jtjumper wrote:
How do you respond?


That depends. Does his country have oil? -.-
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jtjumper wrote:

One day, you find yourself transported to fantasy world. After adjusting to the world, you embark on many adventures. You eventually overthrow an evil overlord and become ruler of that kingdom. You now engage in generally amicable politics with the neighboring kingdoms.

One day, a kingdom much more powerful than yours invites you to feast with their king. You accept and, as is custom, bring gifts to exchange with the king of the land. Your gifts include rare local spices, barking mushrooms and fire crystals. You reach the kingdom and share a magnificent feast while discussing the improvement of trade between your kingdoms. When the time comes to exchange gifts, the king presents you with 15 beautiful slave girls, which is unfortunately legal in that kingdom. How do you respond?


I accept them accept them and give them there lives back.
Posted 10/23/16

CasualObserver wrote:

Accept the slaves and free them when I'm back in my kingdom.

Then put reduction of and an eventual end to slavery in my diplomatic policies with that kingdom.

Was that a trick question? What were you expecting - "Awww yeah, harem party" as a response?


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stars201 wrote:


CasualObserver wrote:

Accept the slaves and free them when I'm back in my kingdom.

Then put reduction of and an eventual end to slavery in my diplomatic policies with that kingdom.

Was that a trick question? What were you expecting - "Awww yeah, harem party" as a response?





jtjumper wrote:


CasualObserver wrote:

Accept the slaves and free them when I'm back in my kingdom.

Then put reduction of and an eventual end to slavery in my diplomatic policies with that kingdom.

Was that a trick question? What were you expecting - "Awww yeah, harem party" as a response?


No, actually I would do pretty much the same thing you would.
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Posted 10/23/16 , edited 10/23/16

runec wrote:

That depends. Does his country have oil? -.-


What happens if I say yes?

What happens if I say no?

What happens if I say they all have horrible french accents?
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