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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.

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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.

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