2.11

Chapter: Wagin War 2.11
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Translation:

On the other hand, the proximity of an army causes prices to go up; and high prices cause the people’s substance to be drained away.

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Commentary

If the army has to buy provisions from other countries, then the additional demand on limited resource will make the price go up. Merchants may also take advantage of an army who has no other alternative.

When the army buys provisions and when prices go up, those who would normally buy those same provisions may find they cannot afford the new prices and so start to dislike the army that they might once have admired.