As a lifelong merchant, I have known the fleets of all nations, at sea and port. Believe me: there are none more functional than the Royal Navy of the White Queen. It’s not just the vessels, nor their sailing capacity. It’s the perfect coordination, among their many ports and regiments of naval infantry, the Sea Guard, whose training would put Sonnstahl’s Imperial Guard to shame. It’s the feared espionage and oversight of the Grey Watchers, regarded as the eyes and ears of the Queen herself, known from Tsuandan to the Virentian colonies. For very special missions commissioned directly by the Pearl Throne, small Queen’s Guard detachments lead the naval troops against the worst enemies of the crown. Such a vision of martial prowess is both terrifying and fascinating, even for a career man like me.