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  1. Kipanese Imperial Palace, 1974 The economy was booming by leaps and bounds -- the preceding decades had been one of painstaking reconstruction and development following the turmoil of the Thalassan War. The then-Emperor of Kipan, Toba, had been investing heavily in the nation's infrastructure and building foreign relations with the myriad states of Aurelia to the east. Though those opportunities were growing, they wouldn't be sufficient for the level of production that existed -- more markets were needed. Unlike other nations, Kipan had not experienced the same shocks that occurred in the events of the Second Argic War and if anything, the Islands were gearing up to take on the reemerging Sunset Sea Islands, its former partner in the Thalassan War. The Emperor was seated at his office to the side of the throne room. It was relatively utilitarian. He only used the throne room for ceremonial or dedicated viewing sessions with appointed representatives and high-ranking advisors and military commanders. There was a knock on the door and the stranger was instructed to enter. "Wise Emperor," said his recording secretary, "this communique just arrived this morning," handing it to him. Toba began to review it, allowing him to speak on it. "the Orinese monarch is seeking interested island nations to discuss closer collaboration, best practices, and address wider economic concerns that impact sovereign island states." "A Group of Island Nations," commented the Emperor, he leaned back in his chair, putting it down on the desk. If such a group were to come to existence, he wanted Kipan involved. "Bring me Economics Minister Taro Nakada and Foreign Minister Matsu Takashima." His aide bowed and left the room. A few minutes later both would arrive and get their formal orders. Kipan would get ahead of the curve and extend an invitation for the various nations to have such a dialogue as set out in the Orinese telefax, on the islands. === From the Wise and Honorable Emperor of Kipan, Toba To the Island Nations of Eurth By now, many of us have probably received similar correspondence from the Orinese monarch about the wider economic fallout from the conclusion of the recent (and now Second) Argic War. While many nations both on the Argic continent and others on this side of the Eurth have had an easier chance of recovering, it is fair to say that many of our nations bared a far higher level of economic pain than any of us expected. Her Majesty, Owa Nabérrie, is right. We must meet and discuss how we can use our collective brainpower and resource potential, to generate economic opportunity and growth. I formally extend the invitation for us all to meet in the city of Nakazami on the Kipanese island of Matigu.
  2. @Orioni: Let's use Nakazami as the host city for the session to be held on my islands. I'll post my response and issue a general expression of hosting the meeting.
  3. I'm happy to host the first informal meeting. Since Kipan is under the Emperors at the time, he'll appoint someone to represent his interest - most likely his economic advisor.
  4. "...today marks the near-open borders between the Kipanese Islands and the wider Aurelian League with the elimination of most border controls between the bloc nations. It is the first of many integration steps Kipan will be taking over the next few months as the State's connection to the League solidifies. President Yamazaki spoke to the National Assembly saying that their involvement in the preeminent southern organization would bring untold prosperity and strengthen Kipan's role as a diplomatic player...stocks went up 10% upon the Government's announcement. Samura Heavy Industries and Sato Corporation saw the highest gains." "...five members of the Kaizoku were arrested last night after National Police officers busted an illegal pornography operation in the seedier Gozu District. Though not nearly as an expansive as the Hogosha or as violent as the Onikanabo, the Kaizoku have been increasing their presence in the capital. The events of last night have only further reinforced National Police urging the Assembly to increase their resources to clamp down on organized crime. Their budget requests have been rejected on more than one occasion and even when the Emperors were in power, rarely gave more than was needed to maintain general law and order. Additional police units have been allocated from elsewhere in the capital to reinforce units based in Gozu. The Kaizoku, besides illegal porn, have gotten involved in bookmaking and match-fixing (of which ten people have been arrested and locked up for violating the country's new gambling laws), and prostitution."
  5. Kaishū Gaimushō Kipanese Foreign Ministry To: Sebon tr'Riog, Aurelian League From: Foreign Minister Masaki Kaneda There is no need to apologize for the slow congratulations concerning our entry into the League. We recognize our Islands are in a weird geographic position that while they lie on the Aurelian tectonic plate, many of the people are Oriental and Thalassan-facing. President Yamazaki has said that building a productive relationship with the nations of the Continent is important. Members of my senior staff have been dispatched to Dartha to meet with their counterparts at the League to develop an integration schedule that ensures the Kipanese Islands complies with the major tenents and regulations of the League including reduced market restrictions, freer travel, and discussions pertaining to defense. Regarding to the matter of Antargis, I am glad I was able to provide a rational argument as to why the League felt the way it does on the issue and I am equally confident that deliberations between the League and the EOS will only lead to closer partnership and opportunities down the road. As per my directive as Minister, I'm appointing myself to the task of helping you and others to formulate the strategy on those talks. The President is still determining a formal representative for Kipan's interests in the League and will transmit that name upon confirmation by the National Assembly. May the relationship between the Continent and the Kipanese Islands be one of mutual friendship, brotherhood, and prosperity for all.
  6. Kaishū Gaimushō From the Kipanese Foreign Ministry To: Ismail Tian-Han, Secretary for Foreign Diplomacy, Worker's Republic of Fulgistan From: Foreign Minister Masaki Kaneda Our respective lower echelon officials have been conversing back and forth over the past month to set up all the arrangements for the historic state visit by the General-Secretary this month. I am pleased to convey that our deliberations have been fruitful and I am confident that the sessions between our two leaders will lead to a major step forward in our shared relations. Assuming that you share a similar sentiment, I think it is fair to state that we are in a position to have the visit occur during the last week of month before he flies out to Oyus to cheer on the Shukuro at the Aurelian Cup -- he expects they will make it through to the Best of Four and ultimately, be the victors. I look forward to your response at your first opportunity.
  7. OOC: Yes, let's talk.
  8. Papyrus is an equally as painful a font as Comic Sans.
  9. This certainly is something I'd be involved in. Nothing like grey market rackets and Yakuza...
  10. Masaki Kaneda had taken an overnight flight from Miyako to the Entente's headquarters on an island off the western coast of Orioni. He was still extremely exhausted as he had attempted to sleep during the plane trip but the information that had been given to him about the conditions in the Bainbridge Islands only kept him up. The only sleep he had gotten was a quick twenty-minute power nap in the back of the vehicle that had been provided to him to get to the council session. A staffer in the chamber handed him a coffee as he took his seat and was more awake by the time the first agenda's item relevant resolution was finished being read in full. "The Bainbridge Islands are very, very far away from the Kipanese Islands. I spoke with President Yamazaki while I was on my way over here and he was very reluctant to get involved, however, I have since gotten him onboard with supporting a trade embargo and no-fly zone over the island chain. The commitment of Kipanese soldiers to get involved in a formal military operation onto the Islands will be a massive lift because it would have to involve changing the very mission of the armed forces - since the conclusion of the Thalassan War, the Emperors [when they were still in power] committed to keeping them for strictly defensive purposes. But I wouldn't be lying to you by saying there aren't just a few members of the Assembly or a few of the major keiretsus that would want this shift in policy to occur."
  11. 10:35h Kaneda had been listening attentively to the presentation by Hackney. Given the Kipanese lack of involvement in the initial undertaking of the treaty, this segment of the meeting was more or less for his own information gathering. However, the larger reason for his attendance was for the second part of the deliberations - the matter of Antargic zone management. Masaki had been informed of the Aurelian League's consternation of not being invited to the meeting and could see where they were coming from. He wanted for her to finish reminding those gathered the exact language based in the agreement before sharing his opinion. "I want to say that I am very happy to see this cause moving forward, the environmental protection of the Great South is imperative to long-term environmental stability of Eurth. Although the nation I represent a mere observer of the EOS, I cannot help but stress the importance of engaging other organizations and states in this larger mission than just the ITSC and the EOS. I recognize that the various nations of Aurelia are not at the table, I do think, in an effort to getting them to buy into larger environmental and international cooperation, that the EOS should consider them to at least be involved in managing the zones that align with their timezones. Yes, this is a tremendous departure from what is already been discussed but they lie much closer to the South than all the nations listed in the treaty and in this room today."
  12. The State of Kipan, as an observer of the Entente of the Oriental States, will be in attendance for this important session. Foreign Minister Kaneda will be present as the nation's representative.
  13. "...the Kipanese national football team, the Shukuro, have been formally invited by the Aurelian Football Association (AFA) to participate in the 2019 Aurelian Cup in Oyus in Late March. Coach Tadao was happy and shared with the press that his players are ready to show the continent why everyone in the SATAMFC League Cup was terrified of them. Star striker Yanagi Ochiyo was already seen practicing his kicks at the Shukuro's training facility in a quieter ward of Miyako. The newer members of the national team are expected to have greater playing time during this competition. The Kipanese team is one of the highest-ranked UENA teams in the world..." "...Kishiro Technologies has acquired Tikva cybersecurity company, Covertix, for 1.9 billion Ken. This is the fifth acquisition by the corporation this year but the most predominant in the last two years. CEO Keiji Okuda said he was confident that Covertix would line them up to become the penultimate cybersecurity force in the marketplace. Kishiro stocks rose 15.1% upon the announcement of the deal. The purchase closes at the end of May..." "...the National Assembly has taken up legislation that would permit recommence commercial hunting of whales. Whaling has had cultural significance on the outer Kipanese islands of Posku and Orieku. The timing of the debate in the legislature comes at a time where the price for whale meat is low and trends showing only further decline. The members presenting the bill make up the more ardently conservative elements of the Rikken Party. President Yamazaki's office said that the original ban had been instituted during the late and final Emperor Ozu. He had made the declaration in the name of protecting the waters surrounding the island chain and wider Thalassan maritime region. Additionally, there is an ongoing environmental conference ongoing in Morheim. Foreign Minister Kaneda issued a brief statement saying that 'Kipan can expect international condemnation if such practices are permitted to resume.' NBK will keep you up-to-date on this story..."
  14. As a newly-minted EOS Observer, Kipan needed to begin showing, slowly, its influence and its relative position in Eurth international affairs. Foreign Minister Masaki Kaneda decided to participate directly in the Antargic Council session in Orioni. His wife had accompanied him and while she was happy about their nation's joining the EOS, she would have much rather spent some time on vacation than him in a board room. Kaneda knew she wanted to visit Orioni's beaches but the meeting was important. Masaki quietly walked into the room as the session began. "I apologize for my tardiness," he said, taking his seat. He realized that it didn't matter as the meeting hadn't gotten very far. "President Yamazaki wanted me to convey that he is genuinely interested in whatever research and data that has been compiled to-date from entities operating in the Antargic."
  15. I do plan on participating in this meeting - I'll have a chance to write a response this weekend.
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