"Alright," said Cheviot. "I'll tell you what I know. The state treasury has taken a big hit recently due to the many costs associated with the preparations for the late Emperor's funeral. State finances are recovering, though the funds recovered so far have been minimal. In order to finance as large of a standing army that we need, we'd have to tax the citizens of the Commonwealth territories as much as those living in the Capitol, which I imagine won't go over well with them."