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From: His Imperial Majesty's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jan Utikar
To: The @Variotan Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Trade, et cetera

Greetings and well wishes cousins.

In accordance with our obligations to begin suppressing the international trade of slaves and bonded men, we would like to request permission to carry out routine patrols through your territorial waters and through the Keelpijp and beyond. Our vessels would be carrying out standard stop and search of merchantmen and privately owned vessels in order to ascertain if their cargoes were Human or not. We would of course also deal with any activities of an illegal nature that we would come across. Ships found to be carrying out smuggling operations would be reported, boarded, and then handed off to the relevant authorities in whatever country they were attempting to compromise so as to help and uphold the law.

We would also like to inquire as to whether or not it would be possible to refuel our vessels from your ports and whether we will be able to hand off slaves to your government until we can organise for them to be transported. Due to the nature of our warships, it would be most difficult to transport large numbers of slaves aboard them. As such, we would require places for them to be left in care while we organise for proper transport vessels so that we may process them in an organised fashion.

Finally, we would like to offer you a set of emergency frequencies which shall be attached to this message. If a vessel comes under attack from pirates or is in immediate distress, emitting a distress signal on these frequencies will alert all Imperial vessels in the area who will in turn be obliged to render aid. As our vessels will hopefully be spending a good deal of time in these waters, we have felt it prudent to give you these.

Thought for the day;

Peace is Hell.

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