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The Rihannsu, though not participants in the earlier Thalassian War, they were still recovering from the effects it had placed on their maritime trade. The conflict had forced many traders to sail the long way round, sparking anger and frustration among the aristocracy over the lack of luxuries as supplies would run out. It had also put a strain on the Republic's finances as the extensive trade diversions had lowered the profits that the Trade Corporation would have been able to make on selling the nation's wares. These challenges, however, would lead to some to prompt an invasion of Enolia, to the southeast, as a means of not just diverting attention to the economic situation but give the Republic a better position in international commence.

At the time, none of this was so clear. Praetor Mrian was in power at this moment in time and knew that while the Republic's Expansionist Period was slowing down, it did not mean that they were going to be isolated on the foreign policy stage. He had received the word from the Sunset Sea Islands that a conference concerning the Laws of the Sea was to be discussed, drafted, and ratified. Recognizing the Republic's role as one of importance, he would dispatch Ninson, one of his loyalists in the Senate, to represent Rihannsu interests. He and his family, the latter of whom had never left Rihan (as was the case for many at this period in time), would couple this with a larger international trip. The group would sail to the islands on the Araram, a swift trading ship. Also, three members of the Republican Trade Corporation would accompany him.

The voyage was largely uneventful though Ninson's wife had several bouts of seasickness due to some choppy waters from a weather front passing into the region from Marenesia. The Rihannsu ship and her passengers entered the harbor of Sunset City and saw the Faramanian vessel already docked. The harbormaster directed them to the quay and they were met by the King of the Islands, Tomasso. Over the trip, Ninson had prepared for this meeting, and what to say to Tomasso.

The gangway was set up and the passengers disembarked, Ninson in front. "It is an honor and a privilege to be here. I think we will get much accomplished at this session and once and for all settle one of the largest questions befalling the world. I look forward to the impending discussions." 

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The Mauridivian delegation was angry. Very angry.

After the traumatic experience that was the Thalassan War, a conflict which had scarred an entire generation of Mauridivians, they were appalled to hear that the Sunset Sea Islands would be hosting such an important international convention. The Mauridivian government had actually considered boycotting the convention altogether; after all, it's not like they'd be missed. However, the liberals within the government had convinced king Richard II to send a small delegation to represent mauridivian interests at the conference. After all, international maritime law is important, and all that.

The king had not actually sent a liberal delegation though, he had sent a considerate one. Considerate in this case just means "veterans who are also racists", so when they were told that they were going to the Sunset Sea Islands to negotiate an important international treaty, they nearly exploded with rage. That rage was nothing new; it had filled this men in one way or another ever since the War, but now it had really come out in force.

As their relatively small ship approached the harbor of Sunset City, Tomas Gonzalez, the leader of the delegation, tried to keep his composure and ordered his subordinates to do the same.

"Why should we act all fancy for these salaos*?" whined Solomon Tuvor, the main secretary.

"We're showing them some kindness. If we just walked in as if we owned the place, although I agree that we rightfully should, these pescaos* would probably riot like there was no tommorrow. We're saving them from having to waste time thinking about how inferior they are to true-blooded Alharuns." replied Gonzalez.

"Well spoken, boss" said one of the aides. The rest of the delegation quickly nodded in agreement.

"Besides, there will be people actually worth the air they breathe here, and as you may recall, not all of our brothers-in-arms think in the same way we do." added Gonzalez.

"Never doubted it. If we all thought the correct way, the king would be properly empowered, instead of a liberal sock puppet!' shouted Tuvor. The delegation exploded into laughter, and the rest of the way to the dock they talked to each other in mocking voices, moving their hands and pretending that they were the evil liberals control the rightous monarchy.

Finally, the ship came to a stop, and the delegation began to dismount unto the red carpet. Several boys carried the men's papers as they walked towards the Sunset Sea Islandian monarch, who was standing off the red carpet as some sort of gesture, but that went completely unnoticed. Gonzalez approached the king and extended his hand for a handshake while presenting himself.

"We are the delegation from the Serenísimo Reino de Mauridiviah. We hope that this conference will not be disappointing."

After Gonzalez, each of the men in the delegation shook the kind king's hand with ever increasing levels of cold stares. So far they had managed to keep everything together, and they hoped that it would last.

 

*these are racial slurs used to refer to Sunset Sea Islanders.

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