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Welcome to all foriegn delegations who have ventured to Dew Point. I hope that you had a relaxing trip. Now to the issues at stake.

 

1) The fate of the two islands off the coast of Area #82

a ) Are they part of Area #82?

b ) Can they be claimed by any nation, regardless of population limits set forth in the rules of the maps?

 

2) The Rules of the Map

a ) What are the territory limits to any nation, in the 'in between' areas (ie, land caputed during the war, islands, etc)

b ) What are legitimate reactions by other nations? Should there by any limitations.

 

We, the Allied States of Meteorola declare the Dew Point Peace Accords (DPPA) offically open.

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the diplomatic mission of Zek Berroso has arrived at Dew Point.

 

"We thank Meteorola for hosting these negociations and for there hospitality in housing our 15 person delegation. We contend that the Cenepa isles are not part of plot 82 and that population is not a determining factor for the claiming of non-ploted territories. We must turn down Orioni's suggestion of disscusions at their tables, we see Dew Point suitible. We agree with the newly instated population/expansion rules and will conform to them from now on. Our occupation, which we now formaly announce as an annexation, took place before these rules were made and we do not think that these rules apply to this incident"-Zek Berroso

 

 

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The Supreme Jaihuian Council has sent a delegation along with King Jaihu the Great to Dew Point for this Conference. Upon arrival at Dew Point, King Jaihu the Great issued the following communication.

 

"The Holy Empire of Jaihu has been greatly discouraged by the recent animosity and accrimony that has been taking place over this matter. Europa's reputation as a region of peace and serenity is at stake, we owe it to all the peoples of Europa to negoiate a settlement to this dispute that is fair and equatable to all the partys involved.

 

The Supreme Jaihuian Council and myself are deeply disturbed by the posture that numberous nations have taken in this matter and would like every everyone to... for the lack of a better word... Chill.

 

The initial position at these accords of the Holy Empire of Jaihu are as follows:

 

1) The fate of the two islands off the coast of Area #82

a ) Are they part of Area #82?

b ) Can they be claimed by any nation, regardless of population limits set forth in the rules of the maps?

 

We believe that as a starting point at these discussions these islands should be placed under the administration of a disinterested 3rd party and that a peace keeping force made up of forces from that disinterested 3rd party. The Jaihuian people believe that while these islands are being administered by this disinterested 3rd party that there should be ongoing discussions between those nations that have a vested interest in the future of these islands. We would not like to be considered as the sdministrator of these islands.

 

The Supreme Jaihuian Council contends that the plots on the map are more of a guide than written in stone, consideration must be given to geopolitical interests as well as the needs of individual nations. For instance, Argenland chose plot 45 which is considerably larger in land mass than plot 40 which was chosen by Baltirow-woud... Argenland has a population of 136 million, whilst Baltirow-woud has a population of 207 million currently... Surely Baltirow-woud should be able to annex suitable lands from the surrounding area unclaimed by others to increase the land mass of their country to the benefit of their nation. Sure Baltirow-woud knew the size of his chosen plot prior to chosing his homeland, but he chose it prior to these rules coming into effect. If these rules had been in effect he may have chosen a more sizable plot to allow more growth. Which bring us to the second point under discussion at these accords.

 

2) The Rules of the Map

a ) What are the territory limits to any nation, in the 'in between' areas (ie, land caputed during the war, islands, etc)

b ) What are legitimate reactions by other nations? Should there by any limitations.

 

Even though the Holy Empire of Jaihu is a relatively new nation in Europa and does not practice democracy at home we do believe that in the community of nations that is Europa that there should have been a vote regarding these rules. If there had been discussion among the membership regarding these restrictions to plots on the map which resulted in a free vote among the community of Europa then I and the Supreme Jaihuian Council would be in agreement. The Holy Empire of Jaihu does not consider these rules to be just and are not valid until such time that there is a free vote among the community of Europa.

 

Our position is that there should be no territorial limitations placed on any nations If a nation can justify annexation of any territory than that nation should be free of all limitations. (OCC: If you are against the expansion of a nation then rp, if the argument is won in rp than you can prevent the annexation.)

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The Tamurin minister of defense has arrived and thanks Meteorola for hosting these talks.

 

"Tamurin believes that discussions about rules are futile. The rules exist and when we decided to join Europa we decided to live according to these rules created by the major powers in Europa (OOC: meaning founder, mods etc.; this leaves an RP-solution for this situation).

 

Tamurin believes in the power of the people and there's just one way to determine who should be in charge of the invaded islands: The people who live there should vote.

 

This was done in the past before and it's a proven practise.

 

Tamurin proposes the following possibilities for the people of the invaded islands:

 

1.) Independence

In this case, all foreign troops have to withdraw from the islands and never return.

 

2.) Protectorate of Europa

In this case, the islands will become a protectorate ruled by a united council consisting of 50 % natives and 50 % delegates from Europa.

An international peace force, consisting of soldiers from those nations who have delegates in the united council, shall be the only armed force on the island.

 

3.) Part of ekainak

If the people of the invaded islands wish to be part of ekainak, then we have to accept this vote as we would want ekainak to accept a different one.

 

The vote should be prepared and controlled by an international commitee consisting of all major european powers.

 

 

Since Tamurin is not a major power in Europa, we can't play a leading role in this process, but we are willing to help according to our possibilities. This includes our continueing recon flights, which are accepted by ekainak - thank you for that and thank you all for your attention."

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We believe that as a starting point at these discussions these islands should be placed under the administration of a disinterested 3rd party and that a peace keeping force made up of forces from that disinterested 3rd party.
The UN could be a way to go, as delegates I have the contacts that are neede to form a UN peacekeeping-force, consisting of different EU-nations that are member of the UN.

 

Tamurin believes in the power of the people and there's just one way to determine who should be in charge of the invaded islands: The people who live there should vote.

 

This was done in the past before and it's a proven practise.

 

[...] The vote should be prepared and controlled by an international commitee consisting of all major european powers.

This is also a good way to come to an agreement.

 

I have thought of another solution for this problem. Ekainak get's to keep a settlement on a part of the island, let's say the northern part. The southern part would be controled by a multinational force a (major) European nations, with the intent of peacekeeping and protecting the indigenous population. This peacekeepingforce would stay on the island for limited time untill the nation of Ekainak is large enough (> 500 mln), after which the leadership would be handed over to Ekainak. (OOC: Like when Britain handed over Hongkong to China.)

IF Ekainak agrees to this proposal, it has to claim no other land then this when it reaches >500 mln.

 

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Even though the Holy Empire of Jaihu is a relatively new nation in Europa and does not practice democracy at home we do believe that in the community of nations that is Europa that there should have been a vote regarding these rules. If there had been discussion among the membership regarding these restrictions to plots on the map which resulted in a free vote among the community of Europa then I and the Supreme Jaihuian Council would be in agreement. The Holy Empire of Jaihu does not consider these rules to be just and are not valid until such time that there is a free vote among the community of Europa.
These maprules were created in light of this dispute. The claim of Ekainak dates from before the rules so is legitimate, but I believe that RP'ing is still required for this claim. These rules were implemented by myself and our RPmod and are based on the rules that are used in several other regions. We believe that these rules are just and fair. We mean to:
  • prevent an explosive increase in claim by nations that already have a lot, and
  • try and keep the number of nations that have to be removed from the map to a minimum (Byzantium Nova can tell you all about the hard work to keep the map up to date).
The above answer of Tamurin says it best: "when we decided to join Europa we decided to live according to these rules created by the major powers in Europa (OOC: meaning founder, mods etc.; this leaves an RP-solution for this situation)."
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I have thought of another solution for this problem. Ekainak get's to keep a settlement on a part of the island, let's say the northern part. The southern part would be controled by a multinational force a (major) European nations, with the intent of peacekeeping and protecting the indigenous population. This peacekeepingforce would stay on the island for limited time untill the nation of Ekainak is large enough (> 500 mln), after which the leadership would be handed over to Ekainak. (OOC: Like when Britain handed over Hongkong to China.)

IF Ekainak agrees to this proposal, it has to claim no other land then this when it reaches >500 mln.

 

According to that, though the islands in question are worth the same as a lot. They would take the place of a lot when Ekainak's population was sufficent to claim another numbered area. This would in effect be changing the rules of the map and make it so that a nation could not invade another nation (and hold the territory, as the presumed goal is) unless it was of population to claim another lot.

 

Also disputed territory/borders would have a confusing path to go.

 

We have to think of it that way as well. What rights is a nation given to expand? Does a nation have a right to expand?

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Zek Berroso-"my delegation would like more information regarding an election on the island. considering that many of the more powerful nations in europa are opposed to my action, why should we let this election be controlled and determined by these countries? your response could determine our stance on this matter. Although we agree with the rules established for expansion, and are interested in a sort of "caretaker" situation on the islands (A.K.A. Hong Kong), we do not accept that the islands be considered the plot that Ekainak will eventually be able to claim. Phil IV stated in "Ekainak Expands", based on the rules, that: "all un-numbered islands were the property of whoever wanted them". that being stated we refuse to see these islands as a plot, as they are not a plot. We are willing to meet a compromise on this matter, though. The idea of temporarily partitioning the island until we reach a certain population appeals to our leadership. We have a proposition. The island will be split between ekainak and the international forces composed of all interested parties. After Ekainak reaches 500 million people, all foreign troops would exit and the islands would be considered part of ekainak. We see claiming that the islands are on par with a plot is, in itself, breaking the rules. We will agree, though, to pospone any new territorial aquisitions until we have reached a population of 600 billion. All previous claims to maintaing defensive forces on the island unless there exists threatening conditions will stay in effect."

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Argenian Government has has sent a delegation along with Prime Minister Gabriel Costa to Dew Point for this Conference.

 

Prime Minister in the Conferece:

We thankful to Dew Point for his hospitality and your attencion for the solution in this problem.

In "Ekaniaks expands" Orioni said: "Why does Ekainak need to expand? The nation has only 193 million citizens. Orioni didn't expand untill it has well over 1 billion. Your island seems to be quite large enough." Later, in this Conference, Tamurin said "when we decided to join Europa we decided to live according to these rules created by the major powers in Europa".

In my point of view, Ekaniak goes to this islands for colonization. The marihuana plantation is an excuse. And we don't know what is the opinion of the natives or the true resistence. We don't know if Ekaniak is censorship the information or not. May be the natives don't like the Ekaniak Government and don't have the military power to go in a revolution. In this islands may be happens a lots of things but we don't know.

Argenians delegates supports the Orioni proposal. Currently, we think that this is the best solution to solves the problem.

Good days.

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IF Ekainak agrees to this proposal, it has to claim no other land then this when it reaches >500 mln.

(1) According to that, though the islands in question are worth the same as a lot. They would take the place of a lot when Ekainak's population was sufficent to claim another numbered area.

 

(2) This would in effect be changing the rules of the map and make it so that a nation could not invade another nation (and hold the territory, as the presumed goal is) unless it was of population to claim another lot.

 

(3) We have to think of it that way as well. What rights is a nation given to expand? Does a nation have a right to expand?

(1) That is what I mean by that, yes. But Ekainak is free to abandon this claim and choose another path for it's future.

 

(2) A nation may try to invade another nation but I believe that the other nations in Europa will prove to be a formidable enemy to anyone who tries to make it on their own. (In mean in RP of course.) Chances are slim for the solo-adventurer. And if we play a truly realistic RP then the total population of a nation counts as well, because a nation of 100 million can never have an army of 50 million soldiers, which seems more realistic for a nation of 1 billion.

 

(3) I believe we all know what the problem is with this issue (an unnumbered claim), but why don't you yourself suggest another solution?

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Zek Berroso-"We will explain the political situation on the islands. Before Ekainak's occupation of the Cenepa there were only two kinds of people on the island: drug smuglers and natives. The drug smuglers, we don't how many, run a drugs-smuggling ring, heroin and marijuana. They used the island as a base to manufacture and distribute these substinces to certain countries in the vicinity, which we learned from some of the detained persons. The drug-smugglers carried no papers, but some spoke with foreign accents

The native people were compelled to help cultivate for the smugglers, through intimidation, of so said the tribal council we met with last week. The tribal leaders did not were not fully- happy with the power change that has occured as approxamitly 18 have died, with 73 having suffered injuries. These occured and were perpetrated in figherfights between our forces and the smugglers, and lamentably we probably caused some of these deaths. And we have promised to compensate all of their families. with our force of 500 soldiers, this guerrilla conflict will go on, and we will see more loss of life on all sides. We have offered a area of the islands were they may either stay living as they did before, integrate with ekainak, or do both to a degree, maintaing a degree of self-government that would recieve help from Ekainak to develop its own industry (not drugs, but true industry).

when we said that the only other alternative was death, we meant that only for the drug-smugglers, not for people who have a right to live peacefully.

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Zek Berroso-"We will explain the political situation on the islands.  Before Ekainak's occupation of the Cenepa there were only two kinds of people on the island: drug smuglers and natives.  The drug smuglers, we don't how many, run a drugs-smuggling ring, heroin and marijuana.  They used the island as a base to manufacture and distribute these substinces to certain countries in the vicinity, which we learned from some of the detained persons.
During a press conference at the People's Regime HQ Chairman Joaquin was quoted as saying "This action should not be seen as military agression, our pupose is peaceful.  We plan to settle this island for the cultivation of marijuana, because it's climate suits that plant much more than our islands.  Also the territory now known as the Cenepa islands will be vital as a sea port for commerce with southern Europa.

 

(Source)

After comparing your previous statement to an earlier one by your national leader, it seems to me that Ekainak's only purpose for this island is to try and monopolize the international drug trafficking from Cenepa to (southern) Europa. blink.gif I don't think Orioni wants that.

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Zek Berroso-" that is a great misrepresentation of my countries statements. We don't want to smuggle drugs illegaly into countries. if a nation would like to buy ekainako products from ekainak, be it marijuana or blow-dryers we would sell it to that country. still, I do not believe we would sell marijuana even to countries were it is considered legal as, most likely, it would already have a domestic market. At the present moment we, ourselves, import no foreign marijuana and the Cenepa cultivations will lower the presently existant scarcity brought about by expensive indoor operations. We would not and will not smuggle drugs into countries that councider it illegal, that would only mean war and an gross undermining of their state. We are slightly insulted by this molding of two different and separate reasons."

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(Tribal Champion Marcus Lobonsky of the Mongol-Swedes, a nation known for general pacifism and such, takes the floor to discuss his nation's view on the marijuana cultivation issue that the Ekainaki appear to be strongly pushing).

 

"What I am not clear about is why the Ekainaki would prefer to settle on a pair of islands teeming with illicit drug trafficking if their intention is to set-up their own cultivation program of marijuana, rather than simply join the multilateral MMRTA, renowned for its reputation as a peaceful organization whose member nations have long since maintained steady and productive relations in the research and controlled trade amongst themselves of various forms of marijuana."

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Zek Berroso-" my previous statement should tell you about the economical reasons for our marijuana interests. it is mainly an issue of supply and demand. We think this supply must go up to make it available to a greater population, after all, are not a docile citizenry easier to administer? we believe so. Before this incursion we had no idea of the illegal trade and the armed forces there, but now that the opposition exists, we see this as an opportunity to better train our military leadership for real-combat situations.

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Before this incursion we had no idea of the illegal trade and the armed forces there, but now that the opposition exists, we see this as an opportunity to better train our military leadership for real-combat situations.

 

Erm...I'm sure your military was quite eager to test their new "cool" weapons on some drug smugglers, who have more or less nothing to strike back. It's like an advanced life-fire exercise, hm?

 

Although this is a quite interesting topic, it isn't useful in developing a solution.

 

To sum up the last proposals:

 

- Tamurin does not support the idea of dividing the islands into an ekainak zone and an international zone. We would like to see the islands united. (OOC: No more West-Germany/East-Germany, Northern Corea/Southern Corea; it never works out).

 

- The elections for the future of the island should be, as we said, controlled by an european commitee, that should consist of the major powers in europe and ekainak. So ekainak could see that everything is OK and nobody is "pulling" something.

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Meteorola would like to propose the following:

 

That the islands be turned over to an international force.

 

That Ekainak withdraw all claims to the islands until they possess a large enough population to assume responsablity for the islands.

 

That no other nation will be allowed to claim the islands unless Ekainak clears the claim.

This will prevent the partition of the island and still allow Ekainak the oportunity to control the islands when they are of sufficient population.

 

 

That members of the MMRTA be the ONLY producer AND consumer of drugs.

This would prevent the importation and exportation of drugs in unregulated countries. It would help prevent the illegal trafficing of drugs, such as is occuring on the islands.

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Meteorola would like to propose the following:

 

That the islands be turned over to an international force.

 

That Ekainak withdraw all claims to the islands until they possess a large enough population to assume responsablity for the islands.

 

That no other nation will be allowed to claim the islands unless Ekainak clears the claim.

This will prevent the partition of the island and still allow Ekainak the oportunity to control the islands when they are of sufficient population.

 

 

That members of the MMRTA be the ONLY producer AND consumer of drugs.

This would prevent the importation and exportation of drugs in unregulated countries. It would help prevent the illegal trafficing of drugs, such as is occuring on the islands.

Tribal Champion Marcus Lobonsky"After conferring with the Tribunal of the allied tribes I represent today, The Socialist Tribal Alliance of Mongol-Swedes seconds the proposition of the Meteorlian government.

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Zek Berroso adresses the floor:

 

"Tamurin: What new cool weapons... our military leadership? If you would like Ekainak to stop its justifications for our actions, as you seem to be saying this is not the place for it, we will. The reason for these discussions, then, can be infered to be the finding of a solution. We agree that a solution be the subject of the Dew Point meetings. But in our agreeing to stop our justifications we will expect other countries to stop what we consider mud-slinging by various nations towards Ekainak, as these commentaries are bringing us no closer to an end of this` dispute and only causing us to make our case to the world. I will refrain from explaining the reason why Ekainak's military has suffered casualties on the Cenepa islands as this would only be a justification in response to mud-slinging.

 

Argenland: We have no interest in plot 82, only the islands near this plot. To possess such a large land mass that far from Ekainak-Proper would be unwanted.

 

SAoMS and Meteorola: Ekainak fully agrees with the objectives of the third element in Meteorola's proposal, but doesn't think that nations were it is legal, yet are not part of the MMRTA should be penalized for its stance. We would agree to MMRTA members being the only nations consuming MMRTA drugs. Ekainak plans to join the MMRTA, so this statement comes only from our principals of self-determination.

In Meteorola's proposal it is stated that the island would be turned over to Ekainak after reaching a sufficient population, but as this isn't a plot, population shouldn't really come into play. But, for the sake of progress we agree to discuss a population mark for complete ownership by Ekainak of the islands, as long as it would have no effect on Ekainaks legitimacy to Expand into plots once we reach the population nessesary for legal expansion, legal expansion being the forum rules.

 

And last, we would agree to an international force on the islands of which we were part of. Equal amount of personnel and firepower for each country."

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The minister of defense adresses Zek Berroso:

 

"You said, that you saw the existing opposition on those islands as an "opportunity to train your leadership".

 

This indicates, that you see the inhabitants of these islands as a kind of 'advanced training dummy' for military training.

 

We won't comment on this any more, since it speaks for itself.

 

Tamurin can accept the proposal of Meteorola, that the Social Alliance of Mongol-Swedes and ekainak support."

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That the islands be turned over to an international force.

 

That Ekainak withdraw all claims to the islands until they possess a large enough population to assume responsablity for the islands.*

 

That no other nation will be allowed to claim the islands unless Ekainak clears the claim.

This will prevent the partition of the island and still allow Ekainak the oportunity to control the islands when they are of sufficient population.

 

 

That members of the MMRTA be the ONLY producer AND consumer of drugs.

This would prevent the importation and exportation of drugs in unregulated countries.  It would help prevent the illegal trafficing of drugs, such as is occuring on the islands.

 

Tamurin Social Alliance of Mongol-Swedes and Ekainak have given support to the above proposal.

 

*Ekainak has requested that the annexation of the islands not limit thier option to expand when they have sufficient population, but instead it be a threshold for thier receiving control of the islands.

 

Those nations who support this resolution post "In Favor of" or "Not in Favor of" below. If "Not in Favor of" is your post, please state what amendments you wish to see.

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      Evangela took another sip of tea. The Megas Kritissa had been voted into the position in 2016 as a reaction against the regime of Kommodos Iakoumos, as she had been in the election six years before that. The old woman was one of the few of the Lipotakai, the Deserters, still actively involved in the politics of the Hexanisa. She had been repeatedly elected because she was seen as taking a hard line with Tagmatika. There was still an arrest warrant out for her in the Megas Agios Basileia, even though it had been over sixty years since the events at the end of the Long War which had caused the Hexanisa to break away from Arhomaneia. It looked like the relationship between the islands and the mainland were warming up in the reign of Theodosios VI but his death at the hands of an assassin and the civil war that followed had halted that.
      At the time, some of the other Kritai had considered throwing in their support behind the cabal of naval and army officers attempting to revive the Navarkhokrateia but that scheme had been stopped by the then Megas Krites, Ioannes Hegesinos. It just would have meant a vengeful Kommodos landing forces on the islands and bringing them to heel by force. Some of the defeated rebels had tried to flee to the islands in the aftermath of the civil war but they had been turned away, most of those disappearing further east or south. There were rumours that the new regime in Tagmatika had shot dozens, if not hundreds, of rebellious officers. Handing over any refugees would have been as bad as murder even if it would have meant that Tagmatika might have warmed up to the Hexanisa.
      The pot of tea was empty and Leotykhidissa stood to her feet, using the arms of her chair to help her get there. One of the Skouterioi stepped forward to take her arm but the old woman waved him off. The big dog stood up and followed the old lady at her heels as she started on the walk towards her official residence. It wasn't too far away from the harbour and the cafe. Gournaion was not a bustling metropolis by the standards of most nations, even New Wurld ones, but it was the largest city of the Hexanisa. The other people walking the streets knew the Megas Kritissa by sight and waved at her as she passed. Many other heads of state would use a car to get around but the size of the capital meant it was unnecessary and Leotykhidissa also loved to see the city. It meant that the old lady felt like she was more in touch with the ordinary people of her country than others in her position might be. And she could see the effects of the policies that she enacted or the repercussions of wurld events.
      In recent years, the numbers of boarded up shops were more noticeable than ever before. As she walked through the cobbled streets of the port, it was obvious where the road surface had become worn or damaged and been replaced with cheaper tarmac. The Great Europan Collapse had not impacted the islands as badly as others – the government hadn't fallen apart due to economic ruin like in many other countries but the primary industries of fishing and logging had taken a hit. The tourist trade had been nascent but starting to bear fruit, with southerners coming to see the relatively unspoilt landscapes, although others came to see the remains of the battlefields of the Long War. Those were mainly Tagmatioi and their money was as good as anyone else's, even if the Hexanisoi didn't like their government. However, that had dried up and the tourist board of the Kritakrateia just didn't have the money or the pull to try to attract more people to the islands. Foreign faces were now entirely uncommon on the islands.
      The Megas Kritissa got to the official residence of the head of the islands. It was no towering edifice but a low villa, almost in the classical style, if not for the modifications made to the architecture to take into account the frigid winters. A pair of guards in the dress uniform of the Taxiotai, the island's paramilitary police, stood either side of the door. Their faces were slightly reddened from the cold and their breath clouded in the early morning air. Leotykhidissa would make sure that the guards changed over a bit earlier than scheduled to get them out of the cold. The big dog walked up to the nearest and sniffed at the gendarme's boots.
      “Arkadios, come.”
      The dog stopped sniffing about immediately and trotted after the old woman and into the building. It was a comfortable enough building, if slightly more grand than many others in the city. It was the old seat of the Exarkhos, the governor, of the Hexanisa, back before the Long War had dashed that all to the winds. It was, imaginatively, known as the Palati tou Exarkhou, the Palace of the Exarkhos, although “palace” was far too grand a name. Arkadios' nails clicked on the tiles in the hall. The vestibule was cold and a draught blew through it, even with the front doors now closed by the Taxiotai on guard. The only real nod to being in the building was when an aide stepped forward to take the Megas Kritissa's coat and held out a warm indoor robe. Waving the aide away with a gesture, Leotykhidissa took off her coat and changed into the offered robe.
      “A cup of tea to warm you up?” the man asked. He was almost as old as Leotykhidissa and had the air of a trusted retainer about him.
      “Yes, thank you,” replied the Megas Kritissa, giving him a thin smile that still managed to be warm. “Can you take it through to the study? There are some papers I wish to go through before I get anything else done today.”
      “Of course,” he sketched a quick bow and stopped to give Arkadios a pat on the head before he did so. “Anything for this boy?”
      “No, he's had a pastry already this morning,” Evangela said, looking down at the big dog, who was in turn looking up hopefully at the aide with big eyes. He was trying to suggest that he'd not been fed at all today, despite what was being said. “He sat patiently outside, waiting for the service to finish. He's been a good boy.”
      Arkadios' tail wagged at the words.
      “I will bring the tea through when it is ready, Megas Kritissa,” said the aide, finally stopping rubbing the fur on top of the stheneloser's head and walking down the hall. “The heating's on, so the study should be nice and warm.”
      “Thank you, Leontios,” the old lady said and walked further into the residence.
      One of the main changes from the traditionally designed Arhomaiki home was that the study wasn't in a commanding place in the building, open to both ends to allow a good view throughout. Instead, in a nod to the cold weather, the room abutted the kitchen, to allow it to take warmth in from the ovens in the walls. That, along with the underfloor heating, made it one of the most snug rooms in the depths of winter. For an elderly person, it made it very liveable. Arkadios padded into the room and went straight over to the dog bed that lay in between the desk and the door and curled up in it. His eyes were on the Megas Kritissa as she pulled out the chair behind the desk and took out a pad of paper. She looked ahead almost blankly for a moment before taking a fountain pen from the mug of pens on the desk and started writing. It took a long time for the words to start properly coming and the cup of tea that Leontios placed on the desk was stone cold before she took notice of it. Eventually, the big dog had started to fidget and whine slightly, making it known that he needed to go out to go to the loo before Leotykhidissa finally stopped her fitful writing and looked down at the words on the page.
      She sighed and made the sign of the cross in the Aroman fashion – thumb, index and middle finger together, going from right to left – before sitting back in the chair. Of course, as she herself was not a despot, Leotykhidissa would put it before the other five Kritai to see what they would think. Personally, it seemed to be the only way to guarantee the fate of the Hexanisa but she had no idea whether it was the right choice. She was just tired of seeing her beloved nation rot and its people suffer like they had been doing for the last few decades.
      Her status as a Lipotakissa and her stance on Arhomaneia meant that she would probably be the only person who could propose a reunion with the Megas Agios Basileia without it being immediately shouted down and the proposer being arrested for high treason. It was certainly shocking, even to Leotykhidissa, but perhaps it was time for her country to come in from the cold.
       
       
      OOC: It's time to get the ball rolling on the first part mentioned here.
    • By Tagmatium Rules
      As Droungariokomes (Commodore) Sofia Ooryfaina looked the bay and the town of Basilikolimanion that was nestled around it, there were several things that struck her.
      The first was that was a good, sheltered anchorage for ships, and the concrete wharves that jutted into the bay would make the unloading of equipment easier. So long as they were still in good condition, although they likely wouldn't have been used intensively for decades. They could well be corroded and weakened by years of being battered by the elements and unable to take much heavy equipment moved across them.
      The second was that the large cathedral and equally large palace were incongruous amidst the dilapidated and crumbling houses and industrial buildings. They were from a significantly more prosperous time, when the Hermitages were at the centre of Arhomaneia's whaling industry a century ago. The islands where then, briefly, used for coal and iron ore mining until the Long War made it too dangerous for ships to cross. An attempt was made thirty or forty years ago to restart the mining, but it was deemed uneconomical to ship it across the Sea of Storms. She couldn't tell what state the wharves were in from out where her ship was. Or the palace and the cathedral, as they were just dark silhouettes against the the bare rock and small patches of vegetation that made up the hinterland behind the main settlement of the Hermitages.
      The third was that it looked bloody cold out there. The wind was whipping off the tops of the waves and it looked like there was snow in the air.
      “No sign of any life?” She asked the ship's captain, or Droungarios in her nation's naming conventions, taking her binoculars from her eyes and turning to her left to look over her shoulder. His name was Eufemios Kamoteros and he looked like the typical Basilikoploimon officer – smartly turned out in his black uniform, with a dark beard that was starting to show edges of grey. He was of below average height, not much taller than Ooryfaina herself. Both of them had regulation short hair and were wrapped up against the cold, despite being on the bridge of the command ship of the mission.
      “None from the Foussatores or Vestiaritai, Kyriossa,” came the reply from the officer standing at her left shoulder. The Border Guard and the Financial Guard respectively, they were only on the island to protect what little Arhomaneia considered to be of worth on islands. Which was little. “The monks, though, have acknowledged our approach. I've asked them to get in contact with the others.”
      Droungariokomes Ooryfaina gave a heavy sigh. The need for secrecy and the speed at which the operation was assembled meant that it hadn't been able to contact the remote stations that kept the Tagmatine claims to the faraway islands alive. It also didn't help that the islands were considered such a backwater deployment by the organisations in charge of them that it would probably have taken weeks for them to contact their subordinates on the islands. It was considered by the Epistrategaion to just contact them once the flotilla was close enough to the island. It could well have been something of an oversight on the part of the High Command.
      “Well, keep having your people try them, Droungarios. I don't want any unfortunate accidents taking place.” The Droungariokomes turned away and walked over to the windows on the bridge's starboard side to look at the handful of vessels that were following the cruiser BPP Trapezon she was on.
      Three tenders, filled with supplies and equipment to establish a proper base on the island, as well as a troop ship with a Apelatai regiment on it. Although it had initially been deemed a risk to withdraw a unit from the western border, the elite infantry were equipped and prepared to deal with the harsh conditions this far north. There were two corvettes and a destroyer accompanying the flotilla, watching for any ships or aircraft that might have suspicious intentions. A pair of submarines lurked nearby, acting as an unseen screening force. A conspicuously civilian vessels with too many antennas lurked between the tenders and the troop ship. It was from the Arhomaiki Noimosyni Dykton and other than its presence and its immediate movements, no one had explained to the Droungariokomes what it was going to be doing.
      Ideally, the attention of the Gharoi would be on both Corinium or the Prognostikator watching them in the Thalassa ton Kataigidon, the Sea of Storms. No one should really have seen anything as the Tagmatine ships slipped anchor in the various ports on the Kentriki Thalassa, the Central Sea and then amassed on the eastern side of the island of Vanarambion. They kept to international waters as best as they could as they did so. The vessels then made their way north by slipping through the Fillipou Thalassa, the Kosscow Sea and between the islands of the Hexanesa under the cover of darkness. Nights were still long at this time of year and this latitude. The flotilla was approaching from the east, in order to try to further escape any possible prying eyes from other countries. The few ships they had seen were trawlers, although you could never be sure.
      It seemed a good enough plan to the Droungariokomes when she'd been briefed on it but it was clear that it could spark off something, especially as the Seilosioi (@Seylosians) and the Iberikoi (@Ivericans) had tried to block Gharoi (@Haruspex) plans for Corinium. Only partially successfully, as the Gharoi pretty much now controlled the northern entrance to the Adlantic. There was a good chance that the northern barbarians were eyeing up the Hermitages, probably to create naval bases and despoil of their natural resources. Which was something that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion wanted to avoid, as it would entirely put the seas surrounding Arhomaneia at their mercy.
      As the Droungariokomes ruminated on the chances that Arhomaneia might kick off something bigger with establishing direct control to the northern islands, another officer leaned over to the Droungarios and muttered in his ear. He nodded and turned to Ooryfaina.
      “It looks like we still can't get a hold of anyone but the monks, Kyriossa, but they've sent someone over to to warn the Foussatores and the Vestiaritai,” he said, a frown on his face. “Apparently it's common, or at least common enough, that someone's radio goes down and they rely on the others to communicate.”
      Ooryfaina grunted. “Good start.”
      The other officer shrugged. “As good as any, really. I suppose it can't be expected that this out-of-the-way shithole would be up to scratch. They have to get everything sent up to them and it's not like any of them are trained military.”
      “Well, two of them are law enforcement of some sort,” the Droungariokomes said, shaking her head and walking over towards the windows in the bridge that looked towards the islands. “The buggers should really have their shit together a lot more. Especially out here.”
      “It'll be a shock when two-odd thousand pissed off soldiers start stomping around the island,” replied the captain, a grin showing through his beard. The smile disappeared and was replaced by a more serious look. “The monks also suggest that we use the eastern wharf, as the western one is a bit degraded.”
      “What's 'a bit degraded'” the female officer asked her subordinate, turning towards him, eyebrow raised.
      “They didn't really say,” the other replied, with a shrug. “I suppose that we'll have to see as soon as we get there.”
      Both of them turned to look towards the island. It was low down towards the sea but rose up towards the north east to a hill. A glacier covered the mountain and below that, bare rock. They were much closer now, able to see the individual houses that made up much of the settlement, as well as the walls of the fortress. Most of the houses were little more than ruins. The palace and the cathedral were easily seen.
      “They call it the Palati ton Oston,” said Kamoteros. “Pretty ominous. Apparently, they made much of the flooring and door frames out of whalebone, from all the years of hunting.”
      Again, the more senior officer grunted in reply.
       
       
      The BPP Trapezon was too large to moor directly alongside the wharves, as it was much bigger than the colliers and iron ore cargo ships it had been designed for, some seventy or more years ago. That didn't bode too well for the plans to bring the port itself up to the standards necessary for acting as the Europan end of the Argic trade route. But, Ooryfaina considered as she stood in ready to climb out of the ship's boat she had left the cruiser in, it was likely already known by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. The iron rungs of the ladder from the water level up to the top of the wharf were slippery, corroded and occasionally missing. She almost lost her grip a couple of times. Getting a dip in the frigid Thalassa ton Kataigidon was not something that she was planning on doing today. As she hauled herself onto the top of the wharf, a band struck up the Arhomaiki national anthem.
      Badly.
      The smell of incense wafted over the sea air and was whipped away by a strong wind and she looked towards where the music was coming from. The band was made up of ten musicians, half in the winter uniform of the border guard and half in that of the financial guard. It did not sound like they had every practised together. A group of monks, well wrapped in winter gear, were waving thymiata and carrying holy relics to bless the new arrivals. Striding towards the Droungariokomes was an elderly-looking priest carrying a crozier and with a mitre perched on a woolly hat, followed by what must be the two senior officers of the enforcement agencies that occupied the Herimitireia. They seemed to be having a typically Aroman struggle over who would greet her first in their order of seniority. The border guard could trace their roots to the forces that conquered Europa and Amutia whilst the financial guard were, strictly speaking, a unit of the Tagmata. Thus the two officers were surreptitiously trying to step in front of the other. Soon it was likely going to come to elbows jabbed in ribs.
      “Welcome to the Herimitireia,” said the Arkhiepiskopos Dorothios Maliasenos, vapour from his breath curling away in the wind. He gave an appraising glance over Ooryfaina's rank tabs. “It is rare that we get anyone from the Basilikoploimon here, let alone a droungariokomes. Usually, it's a ship chartered from a civilian firm that drops of supplies for us. A supply tender for them comes from the navy but it's never someone of such a rank.”
      The archbishop punctuated the last part of the statement with a jab of a gloved hand over his shoulder. The two behind him had finished their bickering but waited until the archbishop had finished talking to the naval officer. The statement of the archbishop seemed to be a bit dismissive of the other two officers but she couldn't quite tell.
      “And now you arrive with that,” he said, giving a nod towards the flotilla sat in the bay.
      “Yes, your beatitude,” replied Ooryfaina. “The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has decided that it is time for the Herimitireia to truly become part of Arhomaneia again.”
      A pretty pompous line. The naval officer winced internally almost as soon as she said it.
      “Some of it has already been explained to me by a communication from emailed over to me,” the archbishop said. “I am not sure I wholehearted approve, for many reasons. For one, we have got used to the peace and tranquillity of these islands. I rather it wasn't disturbed by building work, ships or soldiers.”
      “I believe that will come a bit later, your beatitude,” the Droungariokomes replied. “I'm not sure when but I think that, considering what the Gharoi and Seilosioi have done, I imagine it will be soon. I'm not in charge of the building work, just securing the islands.”
      Again, the expression on what little of the archbishop's face was visible between his beard and his woolly hat was unreadable. He turned on his heel without another word and started to walk back down the wharf towards his waiting entourage, who were still waving incense and chanting. Ooryfaina found herself staring after him, frowning. She hadn't been told anything about the Church disapproving of the increase in activity on the islands but, as she had said to the archbishop, that wasn't really her problem. Her job was to stop any other nation to trying to meddle in the affairs of the island.
      Another woolly hat bobbed into view, but this with a tall domed hat crammed on top of it.
      “Tribounos Pankratoukaina Tzamplakonissa of the Foussatores,” said the well wrapped little shape that lay under the hat. From the name, Ooryfaina guessed that the speaker was female but the amount of clothes rendered any physical appearance hard to discern. And in order to nip any pretensions of the other officer being anything other than inferior to the speaker, they continued. “And this is Komes Theognostos Maroules.”
      The other officer narrowed his eyes at the slight but gave a half-bow towards the naval officer.
      “Welcome to the edge of the Eurth, Droungariokomes,” the shorter figure said, with unnecessary dramatics. “We'll get you and your staff somewhere warm.”
    • By Iverica
      Wow its been a minute, ammiright, but hell last 2 times we expanded it was like Bang, you know what I'm sayin'? No? I'm not high I swear. I'm just making this as cancerous as possible at your expense.

      Ok for real, I'm gonna do this proper before anyone thinks I'm getting sweet bootylicious clay just by virtue of being staff. In this post I'm going to:
      Show the community how my previous expansions have gone (hence: why I deserve to be trusted on this one). Tell you why this isn't actually a really big expansion (or even much of an expansion at all) Tell you what I'm planning and seeing if anyone has anything to say about it. Explain why all this makes sense unless you're a smooth brain. 1. Big Boi Numba Wan: Ivy-wyvy's messy wessy expansions UwU
      a. Ultramares (we gots a tiny island kawaii)
      What Happened: Iverica got it via referendum. Made a couple of (decent detail) news posts (more below the linked one) for it back when the regs weren't so strict. But we have been using it in actual RP like in the Asta L'Vasqqa Part 1: State of the REEEeepublic (link below). Its also been used in more news since then and is used in my iiwiki pages.
      b. The MADDAFAKKIN IBERIC FEDCOM BYATCHES (or: Iverica writes 2 novellas OwO whats this?)
      What Happened: THIS Boi and This THICC BOi. Capping it off with a little encyclopedia style post. Basically the Iberic states become one thicc glubal EU like power and it gets used like a ton of times. Yes it has a pretty basic iiwiki page as do all the states of the FedCom with individual pages.
      2. Its Not Really An Expansion Tho >.> eat my socks omnom
      The areas we want are super duper uuper tiny my dude and they like-totally like have no:
      a. Permanent Population: Anyone live there?
      XxxDOUBTxxX.
      b. Resources: at least none that we would exploit. Point: deees monies not gonna go into de borsa nononono seniorrrrrr.
       
      3. Whats the Plan Stan? The big idearr, the buzz in yer bumper, the bulge in your Blitzkrieg, the bung in your bumho—
      So you may have seen some posts talking about a certain project. Project Adlantis: North and South. The goal is for Iverica to build some bootylicious bases on bumfuck nowhere places because—strategic value? Trade route security? Investor confidence? Political posturing? Increased glubal committment? Smol stuff like that. Nothing important. 
      New Phone, Where dis?
       
      Lighthouse Island, Corinium
       

      Diego Gracias Island, N of @Gallambria
      THE Plan: IC'ly Iverica will be coordinating with local governments (Gallambria and South Corinium) and rapidly put military infrastructure down on the islands. Lighthouse Island will likely be leased with permission from the S. Corinium ( @Seylos) government given that Iverica only recognises the Southern government ( perhaps @Haruspex may have some IC ideas how this will go down since its contested territory). As for Diego Gracias, no one lives there last I checked. I've also talked to Gallambria about this. No issues so far. 
      To solidify the expansion with posts I only plan to do a few RP posts briefly going over what we're building. Since these are so tiny and this is hardly an expansion in terms of size or resource value, I suppose those will suffice. I've got my ears open to any com-mentos though.
      To make this whole song and dance worthwhile, there will be some secondary attempts Iverica will make at putting down supply stations ( a max of 2) on close by reefs (1 north, and 1 south probs) and not in anyone's exclusive economic zone or even contiguous zone so don't you worry your little head.
      Heads up: Some of the work (like building some prefab stuff and gathering equipment, I will write to have happened a couple months back already. Why? Because I'm not waiting a full fucking year for the bare bones of two naval bases thanks.
       
      4. SO WHATS IN THE BOX MAN??! WHATS IN THE BOXXXXXX/X///1/1EQKLWNJ
      NO SERFS, NO MONIES? Whats in it for Ivy? El simplicado my amigbro: 
      a. OOC Reason: Closer to the action. Its really expensive and hard to justify constant naval expeditions into the Adlantic. These bases will mean we have an anchor to make our RPs in the area more realistic and more realistic.
       
      b. IC Reason: [1] I think its important to realise that ships don't normally operate waaay outside of waters near a friendly base that can render aid or supply. If your ship gets into a boo-boo 3,000 km away from a friendly base of allied nation, who's going to help you? The ooga-boogas? Bruh, they're more likely to sell your organs. Enjoy the free ice bath that comes with it. Logistics are the foundation of operations—no logi=stupid ops, stupid commanders. [2] Another thing: with growing trade with @Tagmatium Rules, Iverican pledges to support Polar activity, and not to mention Iverica's part in securing Corinium. All these reasons equals galaxy brain: we have skin the game mudderpuckerrrr.
       
      Additional Hypothetical FAQ:
      Q: Iberica, how u appord dis?
      A: With a budget.
      Srs: I haven't even dented infrastructure budget in years. Even if I decreased my military spending by 25% we could still afford this. In the posts I've already made, I've shown that Iverica wants to hire local businesses to support the projects.
      Q: Won't the closest indigenous groups hate you?
      A: Maybe. But we're hiring them. So they can hate us while they help us.
      Q: IBURCA, how u justipie dis? Politikally.
      A: Seecuuuuuuuring trade and Polar Roooooooooooooutes, diplomatic committments, the fact that Europa is flexing and TRIDENT was founded precisely to pre-emptively unfuck the fucked up shenanigans that are certainly coming.
      Q: C'est très irréaliste, honhonhon, vous paysan, vous ne savez rien de la géopolitique!!! Mon dieu!
      A: Really? Try China string of pearls? Nine-dash line? Ring any bells. Remember the only reason why people are really incensed are because the the UNCLOS territorial overlaps. Not the actual bases. Further, people have been doing this for decades like the Diego Garcia atol among the scores of other islands. 
      ---
       
      OOC: damn son, you gotta try this organic shit. Also, I may have misspelled some stuff. idgaf. I dunno man. I'm just tryinna haff fun. Fancy a shag?
       
      Also: if there are complaints while I'm doing everything I just mentioned up there, I am not gonna hear it. If you don't like the way I twerk, you better say so soon or forever hold your piece. If you're concerned make sure you read it. Mwahahahaha, now you see the genious of making the whole post cancer. Now you have to reread it.
       
       

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