Kingdom is in huge debt and people are not willing to pay.What do you think about a tournament. It could invite Takaran and Kian soldiers too. This could serve as a moral booster for general public like Romans used in bad times.it may make public trust government and pay some more taxes.some seats could be sold for expensive costs. It can also help people like Cazz who do not seem to be having much chances to progress after war.fame from winning tournament could also help to gain swordmaster or grandmaster seat.
I have spent most of stats on soldiering.so i need something to defeat or my mc will be chopping flies.
Maybe a private club of knights or something.where members challenge each other with bets of money or lands.
I know paul you can not change everything on every suggestion.as you said its not power fantasy. But i can try to search what i want