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  1. Faramount

    Law of the Sea Convention

    Perhaps as an alternative to a schedule, then, we should just get separate threads going? We can leave the arrivals thread up, and people can post on it as they get the chance. And then we can start a separate thread to actually begin the negotiations.
  2. Faramount

    Law of the Sea Convention

    No worries, Tag, we can take this slowly. In fact, if its good with everyone, maybe we could schedule this out. 1. Arrivals. We set aside the next fourteen days for participants to post the arrival of their delegation. 2. Opening ceremony. SSI can then optionally do a post describing the opening ceremony. I figure this can be a nice clear break point, plus it'd give SSI the opportunity to showcase high culture in his nation in this period. 3. Negotiations. We can jump from there directly into negotiations. I figured if it was alright with everyone, I'd play a NPC representative of the group of legal experts that would've developed the original language. This character would identify the major issues of contention, then open the floor for commentary. We'd just negotiate from there until we reach consensus. I will note -- international law is developed via consensus, so literally everyone present will have to agree. So if there are differences, this might take time. Conversely, if we find quick agreement, maybe only a few weeks. 4. Closing/Signing Ceremony (with discussion of separate ratification). We'd then conclude with a closing/signing ceremony. SSI would again post the first post of this, so as to break up the thread, and then we'd all post our signing (and discuss subsequent ratification). 5. Wiki. I'll then create an article on the wiki for the convention, as well as for the International Maritime Organization. And we can then have an OOC discussion about the mundane work the IMO has been doing since the convention (none of which we will want to actually RP, but which I will incorporate into the article).
  3. Faramount

    The Laws of the Sea

    The socialist victory in Faramount's 1953 elections sparked a transformation of the national government, a tectonic shift that had fundamentally shaken Faramanian society. Yet while the socialists undertook many ambitious domestic programs, the change in governance was perhaps nowhere more visible than in the area of foreign affairs. Under the Fara regime, the Republic of Faramount had been little more than a quiet echo for @Limonaia, rarely involving itself in foreign affairs except to support its patron. But under the socialists, the republic had taken an outside role on the world stage, particularly in the area of the budding development of international law. Indeed, Faramanian diplomats and academics had contributed a great deal to the development of the proposed Convention on the Law of the Sea, despite the country having little maritime interests itself. To some extent, this is why the Faramanians were able to make such contributions -- they were seen as a neutral, disinterested power, giving them some legitimacy. But mostly, it was simply their awe-inspiring commitment to the process. Where most nations had sent junior diplomats to the pre-negotiations, Faramount had dispatch an official of ambassador rank. The Faramanians maintained this high-level commitment when it came to the conference, dispatching their foreign minister, Giordano Savio, to represent the republic. Savio arrived aboard the Tigre, an aging coal-powered ship that would have been an embarrassment to most nations. But Faramount had acquired the vessel just five years prior from Limonaia, and considered it the pride of the nation's fleet. And admittedly, compared to the 1890s-era frigate it had replaced, the Tigre was a powerful weapon. But the honorable reception it received in harbor was the butt of many a joke amongst foreign sailors -- and indeed, amongst the Faramanian ship's crew, as they more than anyone knew that the ship was hardly a vessel worthy of foreign praise. The king's decision to be standing off of the red carpet was thus particularly significant in Savio's mind as he approached the monarch. The Faramanian diplomat was clothed in the finest Limonaian threads, of course, wearing a luxurious brown three-piece suit that suited his tall, thin figure. But still, arriving on a thirty year old ship to represent a backwater country, Savio felt particularly touched by Tomasso's gesture. And as he walked across the red carpet to the king, Savio openly expressed that gratitude. "Your majesty, it is a great pleasure to be welcomed here, particularly by yourself. My people had not expected such an honor, and on behalf of my nation and its government, I thank you dearly." One of Savio's aides stepped up, bearing a box. The foreign minister took it, and turned to the king, opening it. "Your majesty, we bring you a gift to show our gratitude for your hosting this conference, and for your most respectful welcome. This bronze artifact from the ninth century was once a...good luck charm of sorts...that would have been placed on a fishing vessel of the Fara people, our dominant ethnic group. We present it to you out of recognition of your nation's maritime history, and out of recognition for the role your government has placed in producing this treaty. We hope it can be a foundation of a continued friendship between our nations as we negotiate this new law of the sea."
  4. Faramount

    Law of the Sea Convention

    Yep! I'll get a post up in the next couple of days. Sorry, been a little swamped at work, so couldn't post.
  5. Faramount

    Dniester Civil War

    The Democratic Republic of Faramount would recognize the monarchy, and if there were international funding available, would probably be willing to deploy some troops in its support. Otherwise, it'd just be diplomatic support. The People's Republic of Faramount would recognize the communists, but that's all.
  6. Faramount

    Law of the Sea Convention

    Alright. SSI, do you want to start up a thread? I imagine you could just start with the opening of the conference itself. We'd already have done all the preliminaries well in advance (the text of the treaty having been almost completely written in advance).
  7. Faramount

    A Trifle of Stipend

    Terrome offered his hand even as he nodded. "It is a pleasure to be here. Yes, a secure location would be good." He looked back at his bodyguard. "Stay with the helicopter. I should be quite safe here." The bodyguard nodded, taking a seat back inside the aircraft, as Terrome and his aide followed Yazhu.
  8. Faramount

    [SSI embassies] One World Center

    The Democratic Republic of Faramount is happy to accept.
  9. Faramount

    Wiki Pages

    Well, I don't want to decide it alone -- what do other people think? Anyone want to weigh in here?
  10. Faramount

    Wiki Pages

    We should probably do budget both in percent of GDP and in actual numbers. I'd suggest against combat personnel, non-combat personnel, and branches. I understand a lot of people like to discuss the former two as an indicator of a military's competence, but different organizational structures can yield completely different breakdown in these percentages, nullifying their use without context. They're just not useful statistics when you're comparing nations at the highest level; you'll notice they don't appear anywhere on wikipedia (and none of the major tracking orgs, like the World Bank, keep track of that). Branches similarly are unnecessary -- whether a nation has a "Marine Corps" is meaningless, as a marine corps might literally be 10,000 men or 300,000 men. I'd suggest budget both in percent and in actual numbers for paramilitary, too.
  11. Faramount

    Wiki Pages

    Name (e.g.: "Faramanian Armed Forces"), number of personnel, and budget seem like a starting point for sure on the military.
  12. Faramount

    Law of the Sea Convention

    Great! I'm glad to see there's so much interest. I'd thought that maybe 1959 would work as a year. As for location, I suppose @Orioni's largest city, Zuidhaven, would make sense, as he is an island nation, and also a major economic power. If that sounds good to everyone, we can create a thread to begin the convention. This would likely be attended by a one-off character (special envoy), though those countries especially interested might send their foreign minister. I do have a proposed text for the treaty, but rather than expect anyone to read it, I figured the best approach would be to provide a summary of the particularly controversial points. The in-game explanation would be that an assembly of international legal scholars had proposed the initial text, and the national delegates are just discussing what's actually significant. So here are the controversial points of the International Convention on the Law of the Sea: Grants a nation complete economic control of its Exclusive Economic Zone, defined as the area extending from its baseline to whichever is further: 200 nautical miles or the end of the continental margin (aka: where the seabed drops off and the real ocean begins). This is a controversial provision as previously, no such zones existed. It gives natural benefit to nations proximate to fishing/undersea resources, and particularly to those with extensive continental margins. Some powers instead wanted an international authority to control all areas outside international waters. Creates an exception to the above powers for "innocent passage", essentially allowing a ship (including a warship) to travel anywhere as long as the ship is genuinely just innocently passing onto another port. A ship of any state can thus sail through any other state's waters (including through, say, a strait, but not internal waterways like rivers or canals), subject to only limited maritime regulations (that must apply equally to the coastal state's ships and to foreign ships). This is probably the biggest change -- before the 1950s in real life, you could only travel into a nation's waters with its permission. Contains some general environmental protection provisions. This is mostly toothless, but it'd still be groundbreaking in the 1950s as at that point, modern environmentalism was in its infancy. There are four tag-alongs with the convention. The First Optional Protocol, which seeks to stop the slave trade. Only nations that ratify it would be bound by its provisions. The Second Optional Protocol, which seeks to stop the illicit narcotics trade. Only nations that ratify it would be bound by its provisions. The Statute of the International Maritime Organization (WIP), which would be an international organization dedicated to promoting the peaceful and safe use of the seas. We would use this organization's existence as a way to explain away the existence of the many smaller, less important maritime treaties (e.g.: "we know ships have to honk their horns at each other when passing because the IMO in-game has promulgated a recommendation to that extent.") The Statute of the International Maritime Court (WIP), which would be an international court to hear maritime disputes. We don't have a world court in our world, so this would be needed. Plus, in real life, they created one of these because there are so many maritime disputes, and they didn't want to overwhelm the general world court. Does this sound reasonable to everyone? And are there any OOC questions about the provisions before we launch into an in-game debate about any of it?
  13. Faramount

    A Trifle of Stipend

    "We're approaching the island now, sir." The pilot of the small, four-seat helicopter reported over the intercom. Gastone Terrone waived his hand dismissively, continuing to revise the economic report he had been reviewing during the flight. The Minister of Economy's assistant, sitting to his left, remarked on how beautiful it was, but Terrone took no notice. The son-in-law of Faramount's dictator held an appropriate title -- in being responsible for the nation's oil, gas, and coal industries, he was personally in charge of over half of the nation's gross domestic product. Given that immense burden, Terrone had neither the time nor the patience for such trivialities as natural beauty. There was plenty of that at home in Faramount, anyway. Well, less now. The oil and gas projects that Terrone had made happen over the last fifteen years had certainly come at some cost to the environment. But such was the way of progress. No one had complained about the air pollution emanating from the factories in Variota during its industrial revolution, or of the water pollution from the steam ships in Limonaia during its golden age. And similarly, Terrone had no interest in hearing the complaints of the locals and the leftist hippies who complained about the oil and gas that was Faramount's lifeblood. Progress was everything to Terrone -- he was intent on bringing his country into the second world, if not the first, by the end of his lifetime. The Minister of Economy had travelled to this small island today to ensure that future of progress for Faramount. Anyone that knew anything was aware that the president was weeks, perhaps months at best, from death. And when that happened, one of two men would take over the country: the president's son-in-law, Terrone, or the president's long-time mentee, Minister of Defense Raymond Fouquet. Both men had sizable political followings, diplomatic connections, and financial resources. But above all else, both men had sizable armed forces at their disposal -- Fouquet the military, and Terrome the security services. Yet while the security services outnumbered the military 5 to 1, Terrome deeply doubted their ability to win in a fight. The Faramanian Security Services were infamously corrupt, incompetent, inefficient, and undisciplined. They outnumbered the FFRU something like 100 to 1, and still couldn't beat them. Terrome didn't like their chances alone. And that's what brought him to this small island, South of @Iverica -- the opportunity to even the odds. If these former @Seylosian troops were what were described -- if this Monarch could provide a sizable force for "training" (read as: special operations once the president dies) -- then it'd put Terrome in a position where he might actually win. The Minister of Economy was so lost in thought that he only realized that the helicopter was landing when he felt the thud of the chopper hitting the ground. Terrome's bodyguard got out of the front seat first, then opened the door for Terrome. The two -- followed by Terrome's aide -- then made their way to meet whomever was waiting for them.
  14. I've been working on a draft of a simplified version of the major conventions pertaining to the law of the sea. I'll get into specific provisions later, but this would provide a baseline for maritime law, allowing us to operate for the most part based on the real life rules. My thought is we could RP this convention occurring (and actually debate the couple of interesting noteworthy issues), and then just establish that the many smaller RL maritime rules were subsequently adopted by the international organization created by this convention. My thought is that this convention should happen 1-2 decades after a major global conflict, and should be based in the main port of a major maritime power. Would people be interested in participating? Any ideas on when/where the convention should occur?
  15. Faramount

    Karillian Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    The Honorable Agalia Sobot Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Karilla [[Street Address]] Trebzon, Grand Duchy of Karilla, [[Postal Code]] Your Excellency, The Democratic Republic of Faramount seeks friendly relations with all peace-loving nations. With this in mind, I humbly reach out to you to propose an exchange of diplomatic missions, so as to facilitate a good relationship. If you agree, I will have my staff reach out to yours to make appropriate arrangements. Thank you, Minister of State Artur Domiani 4th Floor, State Ministry Building New Limone, Faramount 00001
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