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Zhao leaned back in his chair contemplatively, his tongue pressing against his cheek in a gesture of contemplation that revealed his peasant origins. This was a natural response to his own question, and an answer from all parties would be necessary if the provisions agreed that morning were to ever develop into a reality. It was, Zhao decided, time to speak from the heart.

"I will begin, if I may, with what I do not see in our nations in the 21st century. I see no more devastating famines, or outbreaks of preventable diseases. I do not see any mothers wondering whether they can afford to support their children. No dirty air, no beaches littered with trash. What I do see, however, is a continent that for the first time stands up together, unafraid, to the bandits and vultures that come to exploit it. What we have achieved today is a moment that will resonate through the history of the wurld. If we are to do our duties, in time it will be a much greater achievement than our own puny contributions to the matter.

As for Fulgistan itself; my duty is to serve the people. I was a farmer before I became a government official. In that way, I came to understand the importance of real democracy, real willingness to pitch in and do the job that you have to do. So in the case of my own countrymen-- I'm not sure if this saying is understandable, but: I cannot guide the tiller, I can only draw the map. What those who follow me choose to do is not my decision; and certainly, I hope I'll be retired thirty-six years from now! But it is my hope that as a result of our doings here, the Fulgistanis who follow me in office will be better able to care for their own people, and to extend that hand of relief across Alharu to our sister states who are less advantaged. Of course, one must count on Northerners like us to always have fiery hearts; I expect that the Worker's Republic will take a continued interest in the defense of herself and her allies. In time, I believe that this will prove the chance for my people to reunite our Huang cousins under one flag, and truly realize the visions of our revolutionary forebears. However, as in all things, there will be much work to do."

Zhao reached for a bottle on the lazy Susan, a gold-stamped bottle of Jintou plum wine. Traditionally, it was aged and sold in the miniature clay pots used for rice wine, but both the bottle and the ostentatious label were a concession to changing tastes, especially among the bureaucrats who got to serve the good stuff more than once a year. He filled three small cups with the honey-colored liquor and stood, lifting one of the cups toward his guests. 

"Would you join me, then, in a toast to new beginnings?"

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"Rather inspirational that is. I rather agree." the Kera said in response to Chairman Zhao's continental vision. Oyus had for the most part always held such a view, but it differed in how it acted and worked to accomplish it. The Kera, and those that preceded her, always worked towards one or all of what he mentioned to resolving. The issue for Oyus was never that it was not capable of accomplishing those things. It was more than capable. Oyus simply lost focus, as many did. Oyus would make decisions that would only have it regress when it came close to achieving the utopia-like setting it once had centuries ago under an ancient kingdom. It was time to change that and steer the isles in the right direction.

She stood, clearing her throat. "If Oyus finds its friends, it can turn its potential into reality. Stable rule once more and becoming the shining nation on the hill to be emulated. A nation of compassion and respect. Proof that there is more than one way to achieve the ideal nation. In the future Oyus will have little use for a standing military force. Its only army, an army of diplomats. A nation which needs not worry for itself but for others."

Miary paused catching herself for a moment before continuing on, "With cooperation with the likes of us all something meaningful can be forged. Where we are proficient we can help those that are deficient. A continent far and wide willing to stand together will achieve far more for its people than one that stands apart from each other. This a painful lesson Oyus has been taught but not learned several times over. Not only together to help ourselves, but together against those who hold ill intentions and maligned goals towards our sovereignty and peoples. I see that together, with others in the future, Oyus can ensure the safety of others from obstructionists and allow us to guide our nations properly." She took the cup poured by the Chairman and held it in her hand, distracted for a moment by it. She took a whiff of its smell, an interesting one she'd not expected despite what her face said. She stood once more silent gathering herself, her thoughts before speaking once more,"Gentleman, if we are to forge something here today, let it be something that will last for the ages and stand the test of time. I see ourselves in each other, even if our ideas might be different." She raised the cup with Zhao, high, "A toast to new beginnings and lasting friendships." she said, before taking a sip of the liquor.

"If I may say though, when I say I see myself in you gentleman, I don't mean I could see myself as man." she giggled, taking another sip.

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