I Am A Corrupt Official, Yet They Say I Am A Loyal Minister!


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In the dangerous world of high martial arts, Lin Beifan traversed and found himself bound to a corrupt official system.

It seemed that the only way to become stronger was through corruption – a ridiculous notion, but one that he had to follow nonetheless. He found himself embezzling, accepting bribes, and using his power for personal gain, becoming a despised and hated corrupt official.

Yet, secretly, he distributed his ill-gotten gains to the people, leaving nothing for himself. He carried the weight of his bad reputation while still trying to make the world a better place.

The empress, who knew the truth, shed tears and said, “My dear, I’m sorry for the injustice done to you. Come to my palace tonight.”

The intelligent and beautiful women who knew the truth declared, “No matter how the world sees you, we are willing to stand by your side, through thick and thin!”

The martial women of the Jianghu who knew the truth vowed, “If they want to take down Lin, they’ll have to get through us first!”

Others were left in shock, “He’s clearly a corrupt official, why are you all protecting him?”

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New fangyuan rated it
December 6, 2023
Status: Completed
Not a bad novel to idle read as long as you dont have high expectations for it. Plot is simple, some parts are funny/witty but lack depth. Ending is kinda rushed but its like whatever.
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New IncognitioMode rated it
November 17, 2023
Status: --
It's your run of the mill novel to turn your brain off. Very generic, extremely generic. It sort of feels like its the author's first novel with the general plot, not saying that it is bad, everyone starts somewhere, but feels beginner-ish. The system would be interesting if it actually had consequences instead of all the female leads defending him like he's the president. The novel is severely lacking in tension in that regard. If you have time to burn and waiting for the novels in your reading lists to... more>> update, its a passable read. <<less
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Tesha rated it
April 22, 2023
Status: --
The empress (can't remember the name) directly appoints the MC (can't remember the name) as an official after his predecessor's corrupted ass was found out. The empress, rightfully miffed about said corrupt official, doesn't want to be cheated anymore and orders the MC (as that corrupted guy's replacement) to lead a team to ransack that official's house.

The empress means this to be a test of the MC's character, to find out whether he's like his predecessor or not. But isn't this testing the MC's intelligence instead?

Everyone and their mother knows... more>> it's a test. What idiot would still cheerfully go on taking baits and falsifying records when it's obvious their heads will literally fly if they're found to be even a bit suspicious?

The MC of course.

Oh, he's got the corrupt official system, so it's not his fault? But it doesn't seem like the system is forcing him?

The first thing he does after getting the system is pocketing the equivalent of 2 million in gold, silver and jewelry, then telling the archivist to "give the scraps to the empress".

I mean, what? A little earlier, this guy was complaining about how his corrupt predecessor was too greedy, as the empire's yearly revenue was 10 million. But the next second, this guy, who is aware he is still under scrutiny, goes and sweeps away 20% of the country's yearly revenue?

Well, his system will wipe his ass for him, so he's sure to level up and become OP, or get strong enough that his blatant disrespect for the empress, an absolute authority, will be ignored.

That's not what happened.

He did get stronger, but he's only a few steps above ordinary people. Yes, it's "impressive" how quickly he gained that strength, but don't tell me there's no one stronger than him backing the empress?

He's such an idiot he even went and distributed the entire 2 million to the "poor and destitute" around his house. Because his heart couldn't bear it, the reason was.

20% of the country's revenue. Distributed to the people around his house. Couldn't he spread it out a bit more? Those "poor and destitute" people around his house are now filthy rich. Won't be a problem at all.

The empress, what does she do, hearing of this idiocy? Apprehend this dangerous idiot so he wouldn't harm the country anymore than he has? Torture and then publicly behead him so no one treads on the same path?

No. This is a harem novel. And as a woman in a harem novel, the empress will do what women in harem novels do when the MC so much as breathes, or succeeds, with much effort, to not go and take a dump in the middle of a crowded road.

If you skipped all of that, just know that I don't recommend reading this. <<less
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Triarkdown rated it
April 17, 2023
Status: --
Edit:This author is giving me bad vibe he wrote the first girl and then threw her away to focus on irrelevant girl he introduces at prostietute district part of story.

Which is why this has so low score I guess. Annoying really some of the CN authors. Rather you should go read the novels on here in recommendations. They are better. This novel will destroy your braincells
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Psy0 rated it
May 22, 2023
Status: c100
This story starts off great with interest concepts, but it suffers from the same problem like all other Chinese novels in the last 5 years.

The stories run on repeat the idea of scamming/robbing the rich and donating to the government, Stealing other people's ideas and poetry (reincarnation trope), Bashing Buddhism, and Promoting communist party ideals. Everything is justified as long it's for the people and country (aka the Party). All of this is cultural transformation. Chinese novels used to be so much better till they started sneaking nationalist ideals into... more>> it. I'm not even joking. The government even took down good novels because it didn't promote the party's ideology enough.

The author even hinted to the readers how China will conquer other nations. 1. Military might. 2. Make them dependent on your trade goods. 3. Transform their culture with your ideology. Look at China right now and you see exactly what the author is trying to tell you. <<less
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TideSlayer rated it
August 18, 2023
Status: c285
(My rating is actually 4 stars I miscl**ked and it won't let me change it)

This novel is exactly what it seems like from the description, and if you go into this novel will the appropriate expectations you will have a good time.

If you're here expecting unique gripping plot, incredible world building, or deep characters then you will be disappointed like a lot of these low reviews. However, if you're just looking for a light read to put a few smiles on your face then this is pretty good.

The... more>> whole book is just the main character being humorously greedy and screwing over his enemies (cliche CN cultivation young masters and nobility) as well as using modern knowledge to improve the empire he's a part of. There are no real stakes and main character rarely ever fights (and when he does

it's always instant annihilation because he's hiding his martial skills and just playing Robin Hood

). Main character has modern knowledge and tactics so nobody ever outsmarts or genuinely challenges him. The only character capable of threatening him is his close ally and friend (and who knows if she'll still be stronger by the end of the story).

I would definitely recommend this is you're just looking for something funny to eat up some of your time <<less
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Kracko rated it
April 7, 2023
Status: c6
I wished that those that rated 1 star at least review their experience. Their rating just look empty and void.

The first chapters are not bad, and at first glance the novel could have a theme of stealing the rich and revealing the corrupt in court, meanwhile acting like he an evil magistrate.

The only downside of this novel is that the system uses upgrades based in other works and stories, that I have never heard in my life.
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Trane rated it
April 19, 2023
Status: c48
There are many tags missing.

Palace, politics, greed, kingdom, wuxia, xuanhuan, poor protagonist etc...

The protagonist binds corrupt official system and exposes others while he becomes Robin Hood. There are misunderstandings, comebacks, comedy and a very shameless MC.

... more>> The system gives rewards based on wuxia novels, mainly the well known Jin Yong.

The chapters will bring you many smiles and/or laughs.

The grammar is pretty good with many errors and some words missing, giving me mixed thoughts on whether I should keep reading, since many with similar quality abruptly stopped translating.

I do hope to see more releases and better grammar if possible👍 <<less
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AcceptingTanuki rated it
April 15, 2023
Status: c355
This novel borrows the setting of many other Chinese web novels in that the main character becomes overpowered with the aid of a system and his knowledge from another world. However, if you go into this expecting the main character to engage in big fights, face slapping, and romance, then you'll leave disappointed, because there's none of that in this novel. Instead, the novel's true nature is a ridiculous comedy where each chapter sees the main character becoming more shameless and greedy than the last (in the funniest way possible).

Highly... more>> recommended for some laughs as long as you don't take it too seriously. <<less
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ClemCa rated it
August 2, 2023
Status: c233
A very fun novel. It definitely doesn't deserve the rating it got.

You could nitpick on a few things, and it does have some minor flaws, but ultimately my rating comes down to the novel having personality.

When I read a novel, I want to enjoy the experience. It needs to feel different enough from other works that interest is born, and it does it perfectly.

... more>> Any score from 4 to 5 stars is well deserved imo. Not everyone can just ignore its flaws, but they are certainly not major.

PS: That commenter seeing propaganda everywhere forgot that the MC's method of conquest is closer to the US's methods than China. There's a reason US imperialism is a (middle school & higher) subject of study basically everywhere in the world. Just ask any European. <<less
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Cactiii rated it
May 19, 2023
Status: c345
So to start this novel isn't one you should take too seriously. I wouldn't recommend reading it for a developed romance or strong plotline, its more just for a guilty pleasure read. The plot focuses more on the main character being corrupt and just creating funny scenarios in how he obtains wealth. There are issues with the novel but its a very simple one that you can read and at least for me none of these issues I found to be a big enough issue to where it impacted my... more>> enjoyment.

Don't take this novel too seriously, there are a few inconsistences like how money fluctuates. The nations yearly budget is 100 million taels but almost every minister or enemy has sums of upward to 10 million at least making the national budget seem very small. (Although this might just be some kind of tax issue with ancient china) but if your able to overlook this and just think of it as him obtaining a large sum then the novel is enjoyable.

Response to Tesha's review:
So while a lot of your points are somewhat valid to correct some things, the empires yearly revenue is 100 million so it would be 2%, not 20% that he took, and yeah this is like what I said above with the national budget being really low, and he does later steal amounts that add up to the national budget so this is an issue but at least for the part your complaining about its not that much.
The empress part though you are actually very wrong on

At this point in the story the empress is essentially running a collapsing country. Every high ranking minister is corrupt, the nation has 3 essentially dukes who are all aiming for the throne and there are hostile nations surrounding them waiting for an opportunity. The reason why she doesn't execute him at first is because he gave it to the poor (Which as a correction he did to get rid of the wealth, since his home might be checked. He cared about stealing it rather than having the wealth) which to her implies that while he did steal it he at least has the common people's interests at heart since he gave it all away rather than having it for himself, implying that he is not actually greedy. He has also not harmed the country whatsoever at this point, that wealth was from a corrupt person so its barely changed anything other than it going to the treasury, which is later shown that would just be stolen again. Plus your line about torture and publicly beheading him is not something in this novel... Killing him would be the worse and I stated the reasons about why she did not behead him. Overall I think that your taking this novel too seriously and getting the tone wrong, this is a light hearted comedy type, not a realistic bloody type. There's no torture or public beheading, the worse punishments is execution or jail, and nothing like torture. I think you would enjoy this a lot more if you don't come at it from the approach that its a super realistic high-stakes novel and instead a comedy on a guy scamming money.

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Novel Casanova rated it
April 12, 2023
Status: c35
Its actually decently good. Tho I believed there would have been more of a wait in the heroines finding out that he was secretly doing good stuff. Cause it gets revealed to them very directly.

Also of course the robinhood like distributing the riches to the peasants is okay but they need more than just money, the MC doesn't really educate them how to use this excess money. They could use it to buy better farm equipment or get the medical treatment they so needed, or send their children to education,... more>> which would be smart, but they could also just use it to buy s*upid things that don't help them move upward in the ladder like alcohol or splurge on a totally pointless object or in a brothel or anything. This dichotomy of how the peasants are using this money doesnt get addressed but then again that would have been 11 out of 10 thinking.

Another part, the descriptions sometimes are weirdly lacking. Like in the first scene he's supposed to raid an official's house and its supposedly a simple job. So simple that the author didnt even bother describing the process and simply ended it with "they found stuff worth X gold coins in total". Should have expanded on it a bit more than just that.

These really are tho, minor issues in the face of the whole novel. Its really exactly like the title and synopsis says. He becomes an official but his 'system' forces him to do evil deeds. The power he gains from the system is qi (level up exp) along with skills (like movement technique, swordsmanship, etc), its from fictional characters from other pop culture stuff like journey to the west or smth. That is what the other reviewer was talking about. Its a weirdly indirect way of the MC gaining power.

But really there are too few chapters to tell. Maybe later on he does really just make better use of the money, like establish an orphanage or provide education or resources or vocational training, anything really. But as of now its progressing decently good.

EDIT/UPDATE: I mentioned it but I failed to emphasize that 1 thing. There really is absolutely zero tension in the heroines finding out that he's "good". There is no moral dichotomy, that hes doing good deeds but via bad methods. Its very much black and white and the MC is firmly in the 'good' side. Also the heroines often find out instantly as soon as they are introduced. And he's already bed one of them in a scene that possibly couldnt be more lackluster. Lacking any sort of emotional weight as she just falls head over heels for him. I'm dropping this at chapter 35 <<less
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Ydhsk rated it
October 5, 2023
Status: c42
I don't recommend it, I mean I know it has 400+ chapters and what I've read is only about 10%, and that maybe it will get better later, but I'm not willing to put up with it, so far it's pretty bad.

MC has to be corrupt to be rewarded by the system, ok, but MC doesn't even bother to hide his corruption, making it obvious that even the empress knows he's corrupt, but since the empress is one of the brainless characters, then "it's ok, he gives the money to... more>> the people, he's a good person" like, wtf? So it's okay for him to embezzle millions and millions that could be properly managed in building the kingdom just because "he's a good person"?

Besides, MC is pretty s*upid and a good submissive b*tch, I mean, the guy has the support of the f*cking empress and he literally married a random woman just because random people who spend all their time in brothels pressured him to do so.

The most impressive thing is that a few chapters later he starts insulting and getting into conflicts with many ministers and high-ranking people, like, a few chapters ago you bowed your head even to people from brothels, and now out of nowhere you've become brave and want to go out and make trouble? Do you have a personality disorder?

If you're paying attention, you'll also notice some little inconsistencies that aren't that relevant, but if you're obsessed with that kind of thing, it'll piss you off. Things like "oh, he was bitten by a snake, luckily it wasn't poisonous" and a few paragraphs later "let's forget about that incident with the poisonous snake".

The introduction of new characters is also very random and very fast, the relationship with one character isn't even developed and then another one appears, and literally out of nowhere, like MC is going to work and then a girl appears in front of the carriage, and unbelievably, this girl is a foodie princess and wants MC to feed her, like, wtf?

Maybe this is a good read if you can turn your brain off for a moment. <<less
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Drake888 rated it
May 3, 2023
Status: c32
The story is silly and fun but the low quality writing keeps breaking the immersion. If you can ignore the problems with money and value, you might be able to enjoy this.

What I mean by "money and value" is that the empress is desperate for money but is able to hand over enormous sums as a reward. 10, 000 is an incredible amount one chapter but numerous children of rich officials carry more than that in later chapters. If that kind of thing doesn't bother you, then you should have... more>> no problem enjoying this story of a silly MC easily using his system to get stronger. <<less
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reynaldosh rated it
October 3, 2023
Status: c300
Being an official is like living on the edge of a cliff. One wrong step will bring you down to oblivion. It only happen when a nation is controlled by a righteous monarch. In reality, most of our government today is led by a corrupt person, so being a corrupt official is a must. Human is essentially greedy, so you will met with many gray individual who are corrupt but also benevolent at the same time to keep their images. This practice is not much different since ancient times.

I hope... more>> the author can step up and become an official, lead his/her country to prosperity. With his vast knowledge I know he/she will become a good official. I have a dream when I'm still a student to become an official, but reality itself is harsh and won't let it happen. So, I just become a salted fish, sleeping and waiting for my demise. <<less
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Aathma17 rated it
November 2, 2023
Status: c210
It's different from the CN novels I have read. Well not so different but yeah. It's not focused mainly on cultivation but MC's corrupt system and his cleverness and shamelessness. He is bit decent though and mostly humorous.

It will be a fun read if u don't expect too much.
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Dudeman rated it
May 26, 2023
Status: c113
This stuff is comedy gold man. There is nothing repetitive about it and there are new and innovative ways of being corrupt. Did not expect it to be like this based on the title.
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ChillSir rated it
October 7, 2023
Status: c456
Overall a fun story, though as is often the case with CN novels, female leads are often handled very poorly.

But if only focusing on the MC and the Empress then its quite fun often. MC is compelled to be corrupt and the lady finds out. But, before she can kill him he actually donated the gold he stole to the people while hiding his identity.

But again, the Empress has secret forces and she found out. And decided she likes having at least a single official trying to benefit the people.... more>> Though she later makes him give her the gold while hiding the fact that it is her. And thus he stays safe (with her hidden help) and he keeps harrasing the other corrupt officials for gold and treasures at every turn while constantly expanding his scope while the Empress gets progressively richer and happier at every turn.

Not the best but quite fun if you only mind the overall plot. <<less
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insanemaelstrom rated it
October 7, 2023
Status: Completed
Good novel, excellent translation work. The novel follows Lin Beifen who gets a cheat that the more money he earns through corruption the stronger he becomes. So he decides to be a Chinese robin hood. One thing that I really liked about this novel is that unlike most Chinese novels, the main character actually does care about people and the various characters. A lot of the novel is about him making life better for the common people. The novel is also mainly about him using his brain (and a... more>> lot of plot armor) to make things go his way. There are very few scenes where he fights himself, rather he is usually in command of troops. There are few romance scenes, which are pretty average and short.

The main positive of this novel has been the translator. A good translation work with more than consistent updates (getting 3 chapters (well sized ones at that) a day was very common) is rare and commendable. Thanks for all your hard work. <<less
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