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  1. Having listened to @Tagmatium Rules delegate Narses speak Julia thought for a moment, "Well I have a suggestion maybe when it comes to people signing the treaty" she began to explain, "Those of us in the position such as my own will sign the treaty and that means as of the moment we've signed it we're committing our nations to do everything reasonable to hit these targets. Those of you in a position similar to yourself can sign it "in principle" it means your publically throwing your support behind the treaty which will hopefully send a message to your homelands that this is something we should be doing. It also then means your capable of placing it before whatever individual or body needs to approve it." She hoped this would be acceptable. "As for things we've not considered please feel free to make any suggestions you think would be worth us following. I can't speak for the others but I'd prefer to get this right first time and I'm in no rush to get things finished if it means we can get a perfect treaty."
  2. Julia looked around at the various delegates before turning to the @Rihan delegate, "I think at the moment asking for people to make a perscribbed contribution based purely on their GDP would be a mistake. Some nations who will be members of this agreement will be in a position where they will need to use the funding internally in their own nation. I'd hope nations would however consider making a kind of annual voulentary donation to show their commitment to this. As for how it would be funded." She turned to face towards Talya from @Tikva "As for people funding their commitment to this not everything requires bags of money" she smiled, "Cutting down food waste, I'll give you an example of something we're trying in Morheim, we launched a mobile phone app where if you have some food your not planning on using you take a photo of it, post it on the app and anyone in your local area can message you and claim it. It cost our government nothing but has seen for example some smaller baking companies giving locals the about to go stale bread at the close of the day, they get put on the app and someone uses them, as such its less food going to waste. Will it help us reduce food waste by 50%, of course not, but its a start and it costs nothing to do. A lot of the targets can be moved towards with simple measures such as that or just clever legislation. Reducing plastics, ban certain types of packaging, green spaces in urban areas you can achieve by insisting new developments feature gardens such as a roof top garden or something. We then pass the responsibility onto construction companies not just ourselves. I'm excited to see what ideas the general public of Morheim come up with if they know the government are likely to support good ideas." She was rather positive about how all this was going. "So unless there are any further questions, suggestions for an edit or additions then would people like me to prepare a signing ceremony?"
  3. Having listened to the various people around the table Julia scribbled down a few things as they spoke. "If I can first address the comments of our @Tagmatium Rules guest." she turned her body to face Narses. "I think we can accomodate some kind of permanent body, be that a Council or liason group, call it what you will. Maybe we can make the Institute I suggest making have a multi-national team of researchers but each nations team lead by a person appointed by their government. That institute could have a permanent HQ somewhere, I'd be happy to find a place in Thale if need be. They could then be kept informed of the latest research and this could mean we have a very well informed council of sorts capable of reacting to situations that require attention." She paused for a moment, "Now as I think the best approach is a target driven treaty it makes it hard to include anything about protecting specific animals or plants. However I think in a roundabout way thats taken care of. For example by creating extra woodland that creates new habitats, by cutting down things such as ocean acidity that means habitats such as coral reefs will be protected and thus ensure life thrives. Plastic is a great killer of wildlife and cutting that down will protect many species. Now that doesn't mean we can't do more. Another idea I've had bouncing around is the creation of a kind of international agreement on animal protection, perhaps even creating a NGO to investigate and tackle the trade in endangered species. That is maybe something if you have an interest too that we can create together in addition to this. I just felt specific targets on animals would be difficult to create in a manner that all nations could be monitored and scrutinised." She hoped her explanation had satisfied the representative. She next turned to the @Rihan representative. "It is my hope we see lots of larger companies and wealthy individuals keen to cement a legacy helping us. However I think tying a commitment of nations to match fund or even go further and multiply the contributions of private donors could be problematic. If we have less wealthy nations sign up then would it be fair to place this burden upon them while they are also trying to fulfil the targets. I think however perhaps we should all commit to some kind of GDP linked percentage being a minimal annual contribution, I'd be open to any suggestions on that front." Julia gazed at the others hoping for some suggestions on that front.
  4. OOC- Sorry for the delay folks, had a new internet provider and apparently they can't work a calendar so been without WiFi for a while. The Queen listened to the various points and discussions being made. "What I think the best approach to take will be is not one entrenching one method over another or one policy to fit all nations, that would be unreasonable. Each of us sat here today faces different challenges and barriers, but what we also posses are different ideas and examples. I am confident that between those of us sat here we can achieve great things. I am naturally aware of the reliance we have on oil at present but we live in a world now where the prospect of a life without the stuff is not a chance any more it is a certainty, and the nations who can best prepare for that day are the ones who will be the best placed to thrive following its demise. Now just as a drug addict is not safe to go cold turkey we too can not just stop our dependency on oil overnight. So what I suggest is a target driven initiative. This also will take onboard the fact we all start from very different foundations, and seeing as financial concerns are playing a role perhaps they can be reassured this way. Therefore I would like to present you with this draft." She opened a thick leather folder and handed around copies of a document she'd typed up a few days earlier. Recognizing that our world is currently dependent on non-renewable resources Understanding that a time will come in the future when these resources are depleted Convinced that climate change is a man-made phenomenon Concerned that levels of pollution of all kinds are raising The signatory nations of this agreement agree to do all that is within their powers to fulfil the following aims. 1. Limit global temperature increases to within 2.0C (3.6F) of those recorded during the 19th Century. 2. Limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally by 2070. 3. Remove 75% of plastic packaging by 2025. 4. Remove all fossil fuelled road vehicles by 2040 5. Reduce pollution caused by air travel by 35% by 2030. 6. Create 3million square km of new forests by 2040. 7. Remove at least 40% of plastic from the oceans by 2040. 8. Nations with a GDP per capita of $40,000 or more to produce at least 70% of their electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2050. Nations with a GDP per capita lower than $40,000 to aim for 50% by 2060. 9. Reduce pollution caused by public transport to zero by 2040. 10. The amount of green spaces within urban areas to increase 10% by 2030. 11. Reduce food waste by 50% by 2040. 12. All students to receive education on how to better protect the environment by 2021. 13. Halt or reverse the trend of ocean acidification by 2030. 14. For each nation to have 10% of their Exclusive Economic Zone protected as marine reserve by 2050. In order to help nations achieve these aims the following shall be established I - An Environmental Bank . It is expected but not compulsory for signatory nations to make an annual donation to this bank. The Environmental Bank may also accept funds from philanthropic contributors of all kinds. a)This Bank shall be overseen by a committee made up of one representative of each nation. b)Any nation, including non-signatories, may approach the Bank for an interest free loan to fund any project designed at meeting the aims of this treaty. c) The committee shall vote on whether to approve the funding and a simple majority shall be needed to release the funds. d) Nations receiving funding are required to present regular reports on the progress of funded projects. II- The Environmental Review Conference - All signatory nations to meet every two years to review each nations progress towards these aims and share research. This conference shall be open to all non-signatory nations. Furthermore targets may be adjusted by a majority vote dependent on new research. III - The International Environmental Institute - An institute made up of members of all signatory nations who shall undertake research projects on behalf of the members. It shall have a seat at the Conference and act independently of national control. It shall be free to make any recommendations that it wishes. It shall also spread best practice between all nations. IV - The Technology Exchange - This programme shall accept donations of equipment and repurpose it to other nations in need. This shall allow poorer nations to access significant support in improving some of their systems. This treaty shall come into force 30days from signing.
  5. Julia was rather excited, her Queendom hadn't really engaged much in global politics, content to stick in the past to trade and research. Now she was welcoming the first delegate from @Rihan to visit Morheim as far as she was aware. "Good Morning" she said with a smile. "I truly hope we can form some kind of agreement, but also get to know each other rather better. I know Morheim has rather been absent from international affairs and as such neglected international relations. I hope I can kill two birds with one stone." She paused suddenly realising the words she'd said, "Maybe just not birds from this island." She said rather red faced. "If you'd care to head inside I'm sure they've a fire going." A junior Army Officer from the Light Scouts escorted Jovis tr'Anaka inside and found him a place in what looked like a large lounge with sofas arranged in a horse shoe around a roaring fire the sweet smell of the wood filling the room. The officer brought him a cup of tea and some ginger biscuits while outside Julia began greeting the next delegate. "Talya Shoshan of @Tikva" an aide whispered in the Queen's ear. It was one advantage of using the island, they could control who landed in what order and the Queen knew exactly who would be stepping out. It gave the youngster a small boost of confidence being able to apply the briefing details so directly. "Thank you for attending" the Queen began, "I'm glad your nation have attended I understand you've begun taking measures already to use renewables, its something that may come in useful during the talks." She commented remembering the details from the dark brown cardboard folder her Secretary had given her this morning. "If you pop inside Jovis tr'Anaka from Rihan has already arrived, I look forward to joining you shortly." She watched as a second Light Scouts officer took Talya inside, introduced them to Jovis and brought more tea and biscuits. Finally it was the turn of Paulos Narses of @Tagmatium Rules, "Welcome to our island" Julia had been told this would be the final helicopter for the time being, she was rather disappointed that it would be just the four of them but from "small acorns giant oaks grew" she remembered one of her father's favourite phrases. "I had hoped to be knee deep in delegates by now" she added as she personally escorted Paulos inside. "But we'll just have to be the trialblazers" she smiled reassuringly as they entered the lounge. Julia made sure everyone was introduced and sat down next to Talya and poured Paulos a tea from a white china pot that stood on the centre of a low table, she then poured one for herself before offering the plate of biscuits around. "Well I must say I'd hoped this lounge would have been packed with delegates by now, but a nice little gathering can probably get things set up far easier than a mighty gathering of nations. We can then work together to spread whatever we agree on across the globe and then hopefully see a second conference in a few years time swelled well beyond this." She began hopefully. " Now if I can begin by explaining my vision for this gathering and then fingers crossed we can get a few more people in here by then." She hadn't been informed of anyone else being inbound but was hopeful they may pick one or two up later. "What I hope to do is get a series of targets on matters ranging from food waste to fossil fuel use, to protecting fishing stocks to reducing green house gases. Now once we've got some targets on the table we need to look at how we can support each other to achieve them, be that technological advice, sharing best practice, carrying out research or student exchanges. I also have an idea for what I'm provisionally calling a Green Bank, a multi-national fund that would support research by small companies into such technology such as cleaning up the oceans, cutting down on fossil fuel use or even such projects as one company in Morheim trying to develop a bacteria that will eat plastic. Many great ideas are being left behind because of a lack of funds." She could feel herself on the verge of beginning to wander with her thoughts and so stopped. "The reason I picked this island is its the most perfectly green place I can think of. The people of this Holy Island live as green as anyone I'm aware of on the planet, they love nature, revere life and see themselves as the Guardians of Gods creation. Now I know you won't have the same religious outlook as us but the way this island is could be a dream for the whole world's attitude. So does anyone have any ideas for our talks beyond setting some targets and establishing a Green Bank, and maybe more importantly, how do we get more people to support whatever we agree on here today."
  6. The Isle of Laren may have seemed an odd choice for a series of talks on the environment but in Queen Julia's mind it made sense. The purpose of the conference was to discuss and set some targets about how to ensure that the world was protected for generations to come and the fact that at least to her faith it was here on this Isle that all creation began. The isle was off the southern tip of Morheim and despite its rather large size it was home to just 1000 people. The island already had strict controls over what could be done there and the people who had elected to make the island their home, people often referred to be Morheimians as The Caretakers because of the way they tried to live in harmony with the nature present on the island. The royal family had built a retreat here in the 1700's and Julia could actually count on the fingers of one hand how many times she'd visited. The staff had arrived a week earlier and spent the time sweeping out the cobwebs and making the place look more lived in. On the day the conference would begin the lawn behind would be used as a helicopter landing pad to which delegates would be ferried by Air Force helicopter as they arrived at Thale International Airport. The arrangements may not have been the most practical but the venue would serve to illustrate some of the issues that Julia hoped to bring up and that could be a rather useful technique. On the morning put aside for the meeting it was the Queen's brother Prince Isaak who greeted the arrivals. He was five years older than his sister but in Morheim the throne passed down the female line as after all it was women's blood who nourished the new born thus ensuring the families blood remained pure as it passed down over the generations. He was actually happy as Prince, he had few royal duties beyond shaking hands and could concentrate on his career flying in the Air Force. A band made up of Marines stood ready to play the national anthems of the nation arriving and as each deplaned at the airport Isaak saluted them, shook their hand and made small talk with them as they were shown the way to the waiting helicopter. It was one of the fleet of five that served the royals and from the outside may look like it was ready for a combat zone but inside large leather seats, air conditioning and a smiling Air Force steward awaited. It was only a thirty minute flight but the pilots ferrying the guests to the island as soon as they arrived at the airport made sure to keep low giving stunning views of the Morheim coastland and the strip of ocean leading to the largely untouched island. As the aircraft touched down on the back lawn Julia waited, a trademark black pin stripe suit, white shirt and plain Morheim blue tie as usual. Once the blades stopped spinning the Air Force steward opened the door and flicked the steps down before saluting his monarch. The Queen returned the salute with a nod before making her way to greet the first arrival. "It's a pleasure to welcome you to the Laren Environmental Conference" She said with a hand outstretched.
  7. BYE BYE PLASTIC BY 2025 Plastic shopping bags are soon to be a thing of the past as it was announced today that Queen Julia The Younger has approved a series of environmental targets for the nation. The targets where put forward by the People's Congress. The targets aim to make Morheim a more environmentally aware nation and cut down pollution of all kinds. It is hoped that no unrecycleable plastic waste is used at all within Morheim by the year 2025 and many leading supermarkets have already announced steps to try and cut down their own waste. One will no longer sell potatoes in plastic bags instead committing to switch to recycleable paper bags by the end of 2019. The move prompted several other outlets to announce measures including some banning plastic bags at checkouts. One spokesman for a leading store said, "We see millions of bags used each year and if you're like me you've a plastic bag full of plastic bags. For the first week of January we will be giving all customers canvas bags as a gift from us. It is hoped they will then bring these with them each time they come and thus not rely on the plastic bags that end up in landfill." The measures were applauded by the 20 year old Queen who said, "The People's Congress have drawn up a comprehensive plan of how to cut down waste in our nation and set some ambitious goals. I'm delighted to have been able to approve them and I aim to go even further. Our planet has a finite amount of resources and as such we need to ensure we look after them and can maintain our way of life. It is my intention therefore to try and get as many nations as possible to also set targets, if not the same as ours at least as ambitious and meaningful." It was confirmed that in the coming days the Queen would invite nations from across the globe to come and discuss ways of protecting the environment and oceans. Among other key targets are to remove diesel vehicles, cut food waste and create new woodlands. AIR FORCE TO GET NEW TRAINER AND LIGHT STRIKE HYBRID With the nations aging trainer fleet reaching 40 years of age this year the Air Force are soon to take delivery of a new aircraft to fulfil both the training role as well as being able to be used as a light ground attack aircraft. The AX-11 is expected to be delivered at the end of February and around 80 are thought to have been ordered. The aircraft features a unique pusher design and is capable of carrying a significant amount of fire power. The aircraft will be built by Terrafe Aviation who traditionally have been more adept at building UAV's. The two seater aircraft is also being made available for export in the coming months.
  8. To Elegy Institute for Statistics and Opinion Research [EISOR] We are delighted to be able to confirm your application is successful and that you have been allocated one of the facilities which was formally part of the whaling industry. This facility should be of suitable size and be easily converted at your leasuire to suit your purpose. We thank you for your investment and wish Menin Industries a long and happy future in Morheim.
  9. ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS EXPERIMENT "PARTLY SUCCESSFUL" Following a recent military exercise which saw soldiers using bio-elecrical implants for the first time the Ministry of Defence have called it "partly successful". The exercise saw 30 members of the Royal Lancers volunteer to have a device implanted just beneath the skin which connected with satellite navigation systems and illuminated to help point the direction of travel needed. One of the volunteers was Sergeant Calhana a 15 year veteran of the Lancers. "The implants took some getting used to, for the first two or three days it feels like something burrowing under your skin and that freaks you out, the skin feels tight but soon it feels natural. When you connect it to your units sat nav you see it light up blue and then as you move towards your objective or along the pre-determined route it flashes red in the direction of travel. Its very useful." According to the Sergeant however there are some downsides too, "After a while it became quiet warm, like holding your arm on a radiator, we found the best way to get over the discomfort was to pour water over it but obviously on live operations that could be in short supply. The light was also a lot brighter than I thought it would be and could illuminate yourself rather conveniently for the enemy." During the exercise the units with the new devices found themselves reaching objectives quicker than their no equipped counter-parts something Calhana put down to not having to take map stops. "When you navigate through what could be enemy territory you move to a waypoint, check the map again, then move off, stop again to check for movement, have another look at the map, then go again. We simply programmed the route to start off with and just had to worry about checking for the enemy ahead." The CEO of Zenith Data Systems, the company pioneering the technology said, "This was our first test and the feedback is invaluable, we've removed the sensors from the voulenteers and we're looking at including ways to dim the lights so its only just visible. We're also going to see what we can do about the heating issue, that's something we didn't consider." The Ministry of Defence declared themselves pleased with the results and have approved further tests and have asked ZDS to look at further "Biological Upgrades", something ZDS explained could include cochlea radio receivers, HUD contact lenses and even RHIF chips to control equipment remotely.
  10. ZENITH DATA SYSTEMS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR MILITARY EXPERIMENT Morheim based Biotechnology company Zenith Data Systems has been given approval to test a sub-dermal implant for use in the military. The device which has yet to be given an official name is currently being called Project 0001 and is what the company have described as "an internal sat nav". The system will be implanted in a group of soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lances who have voulentered. The group will take part in an annual Morheim military exercise alongside members of their unit who have not been implanted with the devices, following completion of the week long exercise the performance of the two groups of soldiers will take place. One of the Lancers being implanted is Sergeant Alina a ten year veteran of the Light Armour Unit. "The device feels strange and a little bulky at first but after a while you don't notice it until its working. Then you see lights through the back of your hand which is a little freaky." Project 0001 essentially connects the soldiers navigation system to the implant and lights up in order to keep them on the route assigned to them meaning the days of needing to read a map while moving is over. Sgt Alina explained, "When your bouncing around in the bowels of a light tank reading maps can be a little tricky and the implant will mean you literally just glance at your hand, the fact it buzzes too when you need to change direction also helps. I've yet to try it out at work but I did use it for getting around Thale by connecting it to my mobile phone and it worked a treat." If the exercise goes as well as ZDS believe it will then they say they hope the military will place a large order. Their CEO Peter Simiod explained, "I think what we call Biohacking could be the future for human evolution and we have a whole host of devices we think could be useful for the military lined up on our drawing board. We're a new company and landing a major project like this would set us up to expand rapidly. We'll have our fingers crossed that all goes to plan." The implants were inserted by an Army Nurse under local anaesthetic and took thirty minutes for the procedure, it is expected the devices, which can be charged using Inductive Charging methods will be removed once the experiment is over and that this process will take only thirty minutes. Peter Simiod explained, "I had a very basic version of Project 0001 for three months and had no issues before having it removed as we'd developed well beyond it in that short time. I think those with them will find no issues as I didn't and the new implants are smaller, lighter and more comfortable."
  11. Julia had a good look around the church before returning to the host. "Perhaps you'd care to start discussions soon?" she asked.
  12. To:- Murway-Kirk Electronics of @Sancti Imperii Catholico and Kulv Textiles of @Aluxia We are delighted to be able to confirm both of your applications. Being successful you have been allocated one of the facilities which was formally part of the whaling industry. This facility should be of suitable size and be easily converted at your leasuire to suit your purpose. We thank you for your investment and wish both of you a long and happy future in Morheim.
  13. The Queen was a religious person but didn't find faith massively important in her everyday life. Yes she prayed and yes she made offerings when needed to the four deities but she wasn't like some of those at the Royal Palace who every other word muttered something about an omen or the like. She was surprised that her host had brought her to a Christian Church, it was hardly a faith native to Neo-Enclave and she'd have prefered to see something of the culture of her hosts rather than some global influence. "So why did your people choose to build a Church dedicated to Saint Patrick? Why not some other saint?" she asked as they entered the Church.
  14. The Queen sat herself in the limosine and waited for her Minister to settle in beside her. "I look forward to that" Julia commented as Cynthia talked about showing them the sights. She was a student of History and Archaelogy, at least she was trying to be but in recent weeks her studies at Royal Thale University had been sadly neglected as royal duties took over her time. Her mother was still ill and since her abdication had spent most of her days seated in the Palace study watching the goings on in the plaza below only occasionally offering her young daughter advice on what to do. "So what sights shall we see?" Julia asked keen to try and get her head around who her hosts where, her lecturer at University, the well respected Professor Von Merrima always said you could understand a nation by the things it preserved and Morheim was obsessed with preserving its past, especially the old ancient libraries that dotted the country, especially the Holy Land of the Isle of Laren´╗┐. She hoped anyone visiting would see the nations love of knowledge and literature and judge them by that and not the old vast forts that sat along the coast. "Perhaps you could give me some insight into your nations attitudes towards trade?" Julia asked hoping for any insight that may prove helpful.
  15. Queen Julia was a little disappointed, this was a major diplomatic visit as far as Morheim were concerned and yet the nations Head of State wasn't there to meet them, it however wasn't going to be something that took away her intentions. What was a little more concerning was the mass military presence, she understood some nations where a little more militaristic than Morheim but to have a dozen soldiers accompanying an official welcome was a little off-putting. It made Julia consider what exactly this nation was about. They had however travelled quiet some way and so Julia and Joachim would do their best to at least come away with something. "The flight was like any good flight, uneventful" Julia responded. "I'd like to present your nation with this token of friendship" With perfect timing Joachim handed her a small light brown polished wood box. Inside where four small statues each carved out of different mineral stones of different colours, black, brown, blue and red. "They represent each of the deities of our faith, its considered good luck to have all four within your home" she closed the lid once more and handed them over to her host. "Thank you for extending your invite."
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