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To: Their Excellency, Kevin McPherson, the Minister of Trade of the Kingdom of @Seylos

From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion

 

Your Excellency,

It is perhaps time that our nations began to discuss the possibility of a trade agreement between them. Such an agreement would do a lot to strengthen both of our nations, at a time when it would truly benefit each other. Both of us face the looming spectre of New Anglia, especially as they tighten their grip over much of Europa. Equally, both of our nations have worked closely together in a manner that has not just benefited our nations, but the rest of the wurld, too. A trade agreement would go a long way solidifying this close cooperation, as well as helping to strengthen our nations at a time when both the Kingdom of Seylos and the Greater Holy Empire of Arome could do with a boost in trade. It is also good to know just where one's friends are, although your kingdom, your people and your king have ably demonstrated that they can be considered a friend of Arome.

Although in some ways, the economies of our nations could be considered competitors, this is truly unlikely the case. Whilst shipbuilding does play a role in the economy of Tagmatium, this seems to be mainly focussed on Europa and the Seylosian shipbuilding industry is pointed towards Argis. This, it is felt, is something that we should not necessarily touch upon. Instead, we should point towards areas where our economies are complementary. The example of this is our agricultural sectors – there are numerous fruits and vegetables that the Seylosian climate can produce that the Tagmatine one cannot. Equally, my nation is able to supply grain, especially wheat, in volumes that your kingdom cannot.

As can be expected, therefore, I suggest that we begin discussions to reduce any tariffs and import duties that might exist between our nations. I realise that some may not be politically viable to reduce but others will be. Or, indeed, it will be beneficial to competition in both of our nations to do so. I know that, for example, the Alba region of Seylos manufacture an alcoholic drink distilled from grain known as whisky. There are parts of Tagmatium that also make a similar drink, made from distilling grains. I do not doubt that, were tariffs and duties reduced on those, that the differing would stand on their own two feet, rather than be washed away by foreign imports.

Through the above stated reasons, the Holy Imperial Government would be keen on the Seylosian government opening certain aspects of its markets to imports from my nation. This would ideally be realised by reducing tariffs, import fees and customs duties against certain products, or the products of certain industries. This would, of course, also be reciprocated. My ministry has studied your nation's economy and produced a non-exhaustive list of areas that Tagmatium would be interested in seeing the aforesaid duties and fees reduced. This list has been adjusted to areas where it is felt that your nation's economy might be open to foreign imports in a manner that would not adversely affect domestic producers or manufacturers. It is not, however, exhaustive.

The list is as follows:

  • Biofuel, especially biodiesel
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Renewable energy technology, whether for domestic or industrial purposes
  • Raw material, such as iron ore
  • Luxury goods, such as but not limited to wine, brandy and whisky

Similarly, please see the following list for items and products that it is felt that Tagmatium would be interested in importing, or that the market may well further develop:

  • Service industry, especially telecommunications related
  • Seylosian cotton, raw or processed
  • Fruit, such as watermelons, tomatoes, peppers and more
  • Rocketry
  • Luxury goods, such as but not limited to wine, brandy and whisky

It is hoped that these will give us options to start the discussion between our nations. However, it is envisaged that this will not be the be all and end all – some of these may be taken off the table, so to speak, and others placed upon it.

Any food products or others that are imported to the Greater Holy Empire will have to meet the safety standards of my nation. Undoubtedly, the reverse is also true. The safety and health of the population of Aromania is one of the primary concerns of the Holy Imperial Government and from what is known of King Aidan, the same is true for Seylos. If products do not meet the laws and standards concerned, then our governments may need to come to an agreement over them. Tagmatium prides itself on having some of the highest standards for health and safety on Eurth, as well as wurld-beating environmental laws. It is hoped that those of Seylos will mirror those of the Greater Holy Empire or, hopefully, beat them. It is, after all, our responsibility to protect the Eurth that was gifted to us.

Further to that, this is the reason why Tagmatium is proposing a reduction in tariffs and taxes on renewable energy. It is known that the Greater Holy Empire is one of the wurld leaders and it is hoped that the Kingdom of Seylos will join Arome in that.

Another discussion point could be visas between our nations. It is not to be doubted that student visas would benefit both Tagmatines and Seylosians, enabling the youth of both of our nations to learn from each other. Our nations score amongst the highest on Eurth and opening our education systems to each other would definitely help to spread understanding. This ought to include tourist and working visas as well.

Recent events have shown the fact that if our nations work together, the northern Adlantic can be a safe and prosperous region. After all, between Tagmatium and Seylos, peace was brought to Ceris. No other nations put together such a force as to push the Sentists back as ours did. It cannot be doubted that in the future, if the threats we face are shared, those will be pushed back, too.

May God see to it that this will bring our nations closer together.

Takitos Khalkeos

Megas Logothetes, Grand Minister

of the

Logothesion tou Kommerkiarionikou, Ministry of Trade,

of the

Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion

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FROM: Kevin McPherson, Minister of Trade, Kingdom of Seylos

TO: Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion @Tagmatium Rules

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It is without a doubt that stronger trade relations between Tagmatium and Seylos should exist. Our fears of western Europa becoming more volatile have been proven true time and time again, and it is now more than ever that Seylos needs a reliable ally in the Occident. It is clear that the friendship between our nations has continued to grow, despite out differences. We can only hope that such progress will continue to make not only our two nations stronger, but the whole of the wurld.

We understand that both nations contain significant shipbuilding capacity, and for Seylos it has proven to be a massive economic boon, mainly in the civilian shipbuilding sector. The companies involved in production at the Norfolk Yards are of course mainly concerned with production needed for New Wurld needs, and under request from our government, they have no plans to expand that marketing to the Old Wurld. However of course cooperation between our two nations in naval knowledge can only hope to expand knowledge for us all in the future.

It would of course be massively beneficial to both countries to begin negotiations on agricultural exchange. As you have already stated, Seylos is capable of producing much of the tropical crops desired in the Old Wurld, but its climate is not very suitable for mass production of staple crops like wheat. We must admit, despite our tropical home, bread continues to be an important part of Seylosian cuisine. And when it comes to the production of alcohol we understand that we overlap in certain areas. Of course Alban whiskey is a different beast than their counterparts. Marketing and distillery practices have set Alban whiskey apart in foreign countries as more of a luxury good, and we believe that any reductions in tariffs on it within Tagmatium shouldn't harm popular consumption of Tagmatine whiskeys.

To directly address the list put forward by your government:

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  • Biofuel, especially biodiesel
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Renewable energy technology, whether for domestic or industrial purposes
  • Raw material, such as iron ore
  • Luxury goods, such as but not limited to wine, brandy and whisky

Each of these is acceptable to the government. Especially when it comes to the realm of renewable energies and raw materials. Seylos, while blessed with being a hub of trade, was not blessed with an abundance of natural resources.

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  • Service industry, especially telecommunications related
  • Seylosian cotton, raw or processed
  • Fruit, such as watermelons, tomatoes, peppers and more
  • Rocketry
  • Luxury goods, such as but not limited to wine, brandy and whisky

Agriculturally, such crops are easy to begin increased production of and can be fit into any trade deal with Tagmatium with little effort. We are pleased to see Tagmatium acknowledge Seylosian skills in telecommunications, and it is with this in fact that we hope to be able to reach an agreement for additional underwater fiber cabling to be laid between both our countries. In the event of conflict between Seylos and the OCA, we believe that a stronger telecommunications presence with Tagmatium would benefit the wurld greatly, as much of the fiber infrastructure from the two sides of the wurld passes through Seylos. With the continued loss of the Sunset Sea Islands, laying the grounds for redundancies is greater than ever before.

As it pertains to rocketry, the SSAA would be ameniable to cooperation with Tagmatium as further rocket technology is developed from our space program. The SSAA has continued to the exceed expectations of the Seylosian scientific tradition so far.

It is without a doubt more profitable agreements between our nations can only help bring forward more positive relations and continued growth to our respective economies. Tagmatium and Seylos should stand together in the field of international relations.

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