It had been over 12 months since the Antargic Treaty was signed. A historic moment for all nations and organisation taking part. Individual nations such as @Girkmand and Eurofuhrer. And international organisations such as ISTC and EOS. Notably absent from the discussion were ATARA and the newly formed Aurelian League.
The original Antargic Regulation Treaty of Human Activities (ARTHA) established the ground-rules for operating on Antargis. The treaty included a clause of dividing the continent into spheres of influence. But the participants never discussed it where exactly those spheres would begin and end. That would become more clear now.
EOS Island HQ
Mrs Anna Hackney was still the EOS permanent representative from Orioni. Her fourth year on the job, actually. She had presided over the first meeting and would do so again now. That much was sure. Her working relationship with Sir Andrew Pipkin, the councillor of foreign affairs, was still good. And this year‘s elections would be a good moment for her promotion to a higher position. Depending of course on how well this conference would go.
All signatories to the Antargic Treaty were invited. Mrs Hackney was glad to see them again. Some still looked tired from their long flight to southeastern Europa. But a good dose of morning coffee would surely reinvigorate their wits.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Anne opened, “Welcome to this second meeting of Antargic Council. The signing of our original Antargic Treaty in 2017 was a major milestone in many ways. Not only did it provide an opportunity for wide-scale international co-operation in physical sciences. Its Antargic activities provided encouragement for an international treaty setting the continent aside for peace and science.”
“1st item on the agenda: research report. Since our first conclave, some first actions have already been undertaken. Two Antargic research stations were established. Slavia-1 was established by @The Eurofuhrer. And Simon station was built by the ISTC. We look forward to a scientific report from both stations on their experiments and findings.”
"2nd item on the agenda: zone management. I would like to open up article 05 of the Antargic Treaty for discussion. This article includes:"
05 - Zone Management
The Antargis Continent shall be defined in 24 zones, each representing one timezone of Earth. Within these zones, a Nation, Organization or international cooperation shall be appointed Responsible for the environmental protection of the said zone and securisation from non-scientific or illegal activities, along with respecting the Venège Convention and basic human laws.
By The Eurofuhrer
In a surprising move to many, Eurofuhrerian scientists are directing new scientific efforts at the colony of Antargis.
Minister of Sciences, Natalia Shermadini, then took the podium
This is the first unveiling of our eventual interfacing to reach the cold, harsh continent of Antargis. The benefits of this expedition are many.
It is a better opportunity to study the effects of climate change due to greenhouse gases and the deterioration of the ozone layer. We can help make our world a much better place. It is an amazing opportunity to observe the biological specimens in Antargis and other surrounding pieces of land. Geological finds would be remarkable! A potential discovery of new minerals or even elements. As you can see, these are just some of the remarkable benefits we would receive.
And now, the moment of truth, the vote. Eurofuhrerian Scientific Committee, Yay or Nay. "Yay" in a 99 to 1 vote to begin advancement into the new continent of Antargis.
Early plans for shelter are enclosed:http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/wm/live...f1/p01df1sv.jpg
The ship that will transport supplies will be the Nova Slavia
Our estimated timetable for completion, approximately four years optimistically. Development will start immediately, but this is such a groundbreaking expedition on so many fronts that a lot of new infrastructures will have to be created.
Our explorers and scientists will be the best in the Euroführer, so only experienced scientists with extensive qualifications may apply.
Hereby establishes the Bureau for Antargic advancement
(OOC discussion is located here.)
EOS island HQ
With the Orioni election of 2015, and the strange events that followed it, Anna Hackney had found herself both in and out of a job.
For many years she had served as deputy to Sir Pipkin, the councillor of foreign affairs. Her loyalty had been rewarded... by being restationed. No more international flights with her old boss. She would forego the banquets and balls. Sir Pipkin had been very understanding of her wish to be stationed closer to the home island. Anna had told him she wanted to start a family.
And that's how she ended up becoming Orioni's permanent representative to the Entente of Oriental States. For the past two years, she had shuttled back and forth between EOS island and Nordhaven. She loved her new job. And she loved her little boy back home.
Mrs Hackney walked into the circular conference room that was reserved for large format discussions. Her staff had been busy preparing for another event. The number of participating representatives was not yet clear. Some would probably login via remote video connection. While other were still on their way by aeroplane.
The topic of discussion could hardly be ignored. With three separate claims in only 24 hours, the "Scramble for Antargis", as certain media called it, was quickly becoming a flashpoint for international politics. As one of the parties involved, the EOS council agreed to host this conference. They wanted to avoid at all cost that this claim and counterclaim for Antargis would turn violent. A peaceful framework needed to be established.
Such an exciting time to be involved with politics!