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"If Alvonia wishes to slough off the perception that Romania loves brushing it as to the rest of its allies and Europe, it has to work hard to ensure that the dishonest paint it's coated in is to be shed so the real Alvonia can shine through," Dragojev replied before taking another sip of his drink, "I am not asking Alvonia to get on its knees and beg for mercy nor am I asking to kiss ass around the Eastern Bloc, I am asking for Alvonia to work hard to shed its incorrect perception mantled upon its shoulders by Romania. All good things are never easy, Director, and it will take hard work to ensure that the true Alvonia can finally shine through."

 

The Kralj sighed as he rubbed his neck, "Promise me that at least, Director, and you shall have a mutual defense pact with the usual economic clauses to benefit our peoples and countries. That is my promise."

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"Again, as I said, I'm not saying it won't be done. I want my state to not be a pariah just as much as you do. I can't help it if there's some who fail to see anything other than what Romania or others say." Wilding shuddered, almost as if he could predict the future and disliked what he saw. "I can promise you that work will be done. I'll think of something."

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Dragojev smiled at the Director as he snapped his fingers, a dignitary of his quickly handing him a folder, whereupon he took out a piece of paper, quickly signing it before passing it towards the Director along with a pen. "I trust you'll find everything is in order, Director."




Central Powers

In the interest of a stable and prosperous relationship, the sovereign nations of Alvonia and the Kraljevina Jugoslavija agree to participate as Central Powers, with all the benefits, privileges, requirements, and regulations outlined in this agreement.

Article I. Trade Pact
Central Powers shall undertake appropriate steps, actions, and policies to encourage and facilitate increased trade between the two. Such steps, actions, and policies include, but are not limited to, the reduction or elimination, whenever applicable, of tariffs and other protective barriers, with exceptions for certain industries as determined by the signatories.

Article II. Non-Aggression
Central Powers shall not undertake any aggressive or otherwise hostile actions against each other in any form. Such actions is defined, but not limited to, illegal espionage and destabilizing actions. This clause shall not be construed as to restrict or otherwise prohibit healthy debate or productive disagreement. Central Powers agree to engage in dialogue with each other should a disagreement arise.

Article III. Basing Access
Central Powers posses the right to request access of the other signatory's military bases and/or ports in an effort to effectively protect the signatory, their goods in the area, or project their influence in the region. This request will allow the signatory to station troops, naval-craft or aircraft within the bases and/or ports granted to them along with the bases and/or ports themselves being considered officially as part of the signatory's territory for the duration.

Article IV. Mutual Defense
An attack on one Central Power shall be viewed as an attack on the other party, and they must respond accordingly if requested. When third parties are involved, this chaining of treaties becomes encouraged, but does not become mandatory.

Article V. Aggression
Whenever any nation, or union of nations poses a clear and present danger to the Central Powers and is designated a threat by leadership of each signatory, each signatory unless bound by treaty to non-aggression or neutrality shall jointly respond. Such response shall only be sufficient to contain and eliminate the perceived threat and deter future threats.

Article VI. Cancellation
Powers who no longer see their fellow as a Central Power have the right to either discuss these issues or submit a willingness to cancel this treaty, whereupon in seventy-six hours it shall become annulled.

Signed,
For Alvonia,
Markus Wilding, Director of Alvonia

For Kraljevina Jugoslavija
Dragojev Belojevic, HM Kralj
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After taking some time to read through the treaty, Wilding pulled out a pen and proceeded to write -

 

Markus Wilding, Director of Alvonia

 

Placing the pen back in his jacket pocket, he looked back up and grinned. "This is the start of something good, Kralj. Is there anything else you feel important to discuss while we're here?"

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Dragojev took back the piece of paper, quickly rereading it before placing it back in the folder. "I'll have a copy sent through encrypted channels towards the Alvonian government as soon as possible, Director. Outside of that, I do imagine that the port and military base that was leased to Alvonia is now considered official Alvonian territory for the duration of the lease, I highly recommend making the most out of it, Director," he replied before grinning widely.

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"Koper will be put to very good use indeed. I'm sure the Marines there will be thrilled to hear they're back in Alvonian soil, if divided slightly. Regardless, whatever storm may come, I fully believe we shall be ready for it."

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"The Kingdom urgently requests for a diplomatic meeting as soon as possible. Issues have to be discussed behind private walls, the Kingdom is more than available to coordinate the meeting at a time of Alvonia's choosing but please do not post-pone needlessly."
 
Respectfully,
HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

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A response would be sent stating that a meeting in either Vienna, Munich, Prague or anywhere in the Kingdom that Kralj Belojevic felt appropriate could be arranged.

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To whom it may concern,

 

Director Wilding has requested a high-level Yugoslavian representative in Stuttgart at the earliest possible convenience. Please advise on arrival time so proper preparations can be made.

 

Foreign Minister Finn Powers

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"I will personally arrive in Stuttgart by plane, do expect me to arrive in a few hours."
 
Respectfully,
HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

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In Stuttgart, the stage had been set with Head of Government Karoline Dressler having made sure the arrangements were perfect and exactly as Director Wilding ordered. A Heer honor guard would display the Yugoslavian and Alvonian flags on the runway while a convoy arrived to pick up Kralj Belojevic and take him to Schloss Solitude  Upon arrival there, Belojevic would be taken to a large meeting room, a relic left over from the castle's use as a military academy and university, where a selection of Yugoslavian and German food would be laid out with refreshments as needed, and of course Frau Dressler herself in the room. "Kralj Belojevic," she said, extending a hand, "A pleasure to finally meet you. Director Wilding sends his sincerest apologies that he was unable to be here personally, other commitments have required his full attention. Is there anything that you or your entourage need to eat or drink?"

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Kralj Belojevic would nod, allowing the rest of his aides to order what they wished but in moderation, while he simply ordered a cold glass of water. The Sovereign took a light sip of his beverage before moving into matters, "I understand that Alvonia wished to discuss things of an urgent matter and the Kingdom is present to discuss such matters."

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"Of course," Dressler said, "Simply put, we're concerned about the situation in Bulgaria. Many years ago, and recently, your nation came to use and showed us sense when we were too blinded by idealism and zealotry. This problem in Bulgaria is escalating to proportions that only match what we've come across with the East Bloc, and more recently, Nordic Hammer. Many times in our dealings with Hungary-Slovakia and Belarus, it was Yugoslavia who urged calm and negotiations in favor of military action. We're returning the favor here. While we won't make any demands, we do strongly recommend courses of action. Greece has asked us to assist in a humanitarian mission in Bulgaria, and we're working to organize it. We in Vienna are asking Yugoslavia to seriously consider, and make progress towards, negotiation with Greece over Bulgaria. No good will come out of conflict over this area."

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Dragojev Belojevic blinked not once, not twice but thrice as he heard the Alvonian representative speak. The Kralj stared at the representative before grabbing his beverage, taking a sip of his water and calmly placing the glass back on its coaster. He thought long and hard on his response, the spirit of the words ringing true to a certain point.

 

"The words do ring true, Madame Dressler, of that you can be reassured. The Kingdom has no issues with humanitarian missions into the region, however there are differences that do need to be highlighted that make this one very different from the situation between Alvonia, the former remnants of the Eastern Bloc and the Nordic Hammer. As such I will ask this question: Has Alvonia lost soldiers to Hungary-Slovakia, Nordisk Rike, Belarus or the Northlands recently? You can start to see why the Kingdom sees things a bit differently, Madame Dressler."

 

"The Kingdom was in this for the long haul once it lost lives of men and women at the hands of those terrorists, snuffing out the light of fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Greece as it stands wants to negotiate with terrorists and let me tell you something, negotiating with terrorists never work because at their core, they will always go the path of least resistance and commit heinous acts of the highest order to get what they want which is what Greece is pushing for in its calls of calling them 'freedom fighters'. The Kingdom has fought criminal factions in Romania long before we were allied, Madame Dressler, and one thing you never do is negotiate with them or terrorists."

 

"Greece has restricted the air space in a flagrant extension of their own sovereignty in land it has no legitimacy to do so. The Kingdom has and will not pursue such a flagrant over reach of its sovereignty as we are not there as invaders but to protect our brothers and sisters, regardless of the few who are ungrateful and lashed out, successfully crippling their own brothers and sisters, taking away water and electricity to two-thirds of the city of Sofia."

 

"The Kingdom is always open to negotiation but one thing is that we will not leave Bulgaria and that is clear, we can negotiate to the air that we breathe in if it pleases the Greeks but the Kingdom shall not leave its brothers and sisters alone to the whims of such extremist terrorists."

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"I recognize, and admit that while we thankfully have not lost any airman, soldier, or sailor to the Nordic Hammer, however I must reject that this is a different situation. The actions being taken here are only escalating, escalating to a point that we in Vienna are not entirely comfortable with. We're concerned, not only for our Yugoslavian brethren, but also fearful that a conflict will only extend to engulf the entire area, which will put Alvonian marines in the line of fire. We've lost 295,926 soldiers and civilians in our nation's history in fighting against the Northlands, the Eastern Bloc, the Triple Alliance, and ourselves. Nearly double that wounded, and the number missing changes every day. I would much prefer not to wake up tomorrow morning and have to add more to that number."

 

"I do agree with you, Kralj Belojevic, to a point. Yes, one must never negotiate with terrorists. If we were speaking of Social Sovereignty types, ultranationalists, or Bolsheviks, I would promote wiping them out entirely. From what the BND has reported on in the situation in Bulgaria, this is a revolt of the people against Yugoslavian rule. Regardless of where a military force goes, there will be opposition to them, even if they are native to an extent. I remember giving the order to execute the Bolshevik Wenceslaus and The Voice, both of them terrorists and traitors to the state. I would never give it a second thought if given the chance to do it again, but this is a situation that calls for calm over rashness. What is happening in Bulgaria is effectively dividing families among lines, lines that may never be lifted or crossed for generations after."

 

Nodding, Dressler added, "I have been assured by the Greek ambassador to Vienna that the Greek no-fly zone extends to any force, and not just Yugoslavian. That assurance, along with an invitation from Athens, led us to assist them in enforcing the no-fly zone to any, I repeat that, any, aircraft that violates it, Greek included. The Luftwaffe is coordinating with specific Greek units that are assigned to enforce the zone and will stop any Greek unit that is not authorized to be there."

 

"We in Vienna believe that this can be worked out between the Greek and Yugoslavian states, so long as it doesn't come at the barrel of a gun. Negotiation will not, and never will happen, unless both Greek and Yugoslavian forces withdraw and are replaced by neutral peacekeepers."

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Dragojev snorted, "I do not trust the Greeks for shit, if we're going to be honest, Madame Dressler. They outright slandered and accused the Kingdom of impossibilities without evidence and now you are willing to trust their word over ours?"

 

The Kralj frowned as he did his best to calm himself from lashing out, "This is not a revolt of the people against the Kingdom, of that I can personally assure you or if you wish, I can have Alvonian representatives personally ask members of the Bulgarian Defense Force what they think of the terrorists who are committing crimes and depriving them of their rights. We have no reason to lie nor reason to be dishonest, the Kingdom has always been honest to everyone it has encountered even to our detriment. I would have figured Alvonia of all countries would remember this."

 

"What is happening in Bulgaria is that a terrorist organization is being labeled as freedom fighters and receiving a false narrative that the entirety of the population supports their movement by two nations, one we outright used to consider as a friend in the region. In addition, as I'm sure you must have heard but the Kingdom will not support nor respect such a flagrant over-reach of Greece's, Malta's and now yours sovereignty over Bulgaria when it has no legitimacy on doing so. Hell, not even we would think ourselves so arrogant in over-reaching in such a manner."

 

"I will say this. If Alvonia will consider shooting down Yugoslavian aircraft, effectively choosing a deceitful nation over one of their longest allies, then there is nothing more to discuss here, Madame Dressler."

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"Kralj Belojevic, we in Vienna don't trust anybody's word when it comes to Bulgaria. We trust what our intelligence tells us, and right now the BND is saying that any further escalation in Bulgaria - by either side, mind - will lead to a conflict Alvonia can neither participate in or prevent. I, and others in Director Wilding's cabinet, know that Yugoslavia has no reason to lie, however we see no reason for Greece to be dishonest either. Tell me, Kralj - have there been any Yugoslavian-led investigations into the Greek insinuations or charges?"

 

"I don't wish to argue over what is happening in Bulgaria, Kralj. I do not enjoy our efforts at lasting peace being thrown back at us as arrogant and illegitimate. Both of our nations, at different times and for different reasons, have worked to try and secure peace and prevent conflict in Europe, and we have been working even harder recently to maintain an image of Alvonia being peaceful and able to compromise. Yugoslavia is famous in Alvonian diplomatic circles for this, and we recognize the loss of brave men and women is disheartening, but their lives will not be honored by sending more to be attacked and killed."

 

"The Luftwaffe has strict orders only to engage if there is no other option available. I hope it never comes to that, because there's always a chance for peace to prevail so long as cooler heads remain. If you wish, we can host mutual discussion between Greece and Yugoslavia in Vienna if that would be preferable."

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"Yes, the Kingdom's forces did have an investigation personally lead by the Supreme Commander of the forces within Bulgaria, culminating with no evidence being found and a conference that was delivered personally by him. I don't know about you, Madame Dressler, but I trust the word of my general; the grandson of Josip Broz Tito, Leon Broz, implicitly."

 

"For the record, it wasn't intended to be thrown back at Alvonia, merely intended to illustrate the point that there is a false narrative being pushed by both Malta and Greece, one that Alvonia is now pushing as well," the Kralj said as he stood from his chair, disappointment clearly written in his face. "I sincerely wished that Alvonia hadn't parroted the same falsehoods from Greece but it's clear that Alvonia is no longer a friend to the Kingdom and it makes me wonder how long it's been like that," he shot as he turned to leave the room, not particularly caring anymore.

 

"Alvonia may consider this its 'notice' being served of our treaty being cancelled, you have twenty-four hours to order your men to vacate the premises of the Yugoslavian port of Koper or we will forcibly remove your forces," he announced grimly as he opened the conference door, "I wish I could say that you have a good day, Madame Dressler, but I don't have it in me to lie to anyone," he said before exiting the room without waiting for a response.

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"The Kingdom believes that it is time for a diplomatic meeting as soon as possible. Issues have to be discussed with the honesty that the Kingdom and Alvonia can provide behind private walls, the Kingdom is more than available to coordinate the meeting at a time of Alvonia's choosing but please do not post-pone needlessly."
 
Respectfully,
HM Kralj Dragojev Belojevic

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August Piontek has been sent to Beograd to meet with Yugoslavian officials, with a response sent that indicated Herr Piontek has the full diplomatic power that Director Wilding would have.

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Upon the Alvonian representative's arrival, he and his entourage would be escorted all the way from the airport with diplomatic honors befitting a foreign dignitary within the Yugoslavian White City to the Alvonian Embassy. The Representative and his entourage would go through the standard procedures before being allowed entry to their embassy.

 

As they were ushered into the primary conference room, they saw the Kralj of the Kingdom standing in front of the window with his hands clasped behind his back before he turned and smiled at the entourage, "It's a pleasure to meet for the first time, Ambassador Piontek," he greeted as he gestured to the table, hoping his guests would sit in order to get the meeting on track, "I hope you'll enjoy your stay within the famed White City of our kingdom."

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"Dobry dizen, Excellency. It is a pleasure to finally be in the Kingdom, and I already love the state of the city." Taking a seat and encouraging his entourage to do so as well, further commented "I understand that Yugoslavia has asked for this meeting, yes? How can Alvonia be of assistance?"

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"First of all, the Kingdom wishes to know the reasons as to why Alvonia pushed the way it did when the nation of Greece was still a quite alive and breathing construct before it collapsed. Secondly, the Kingdom also wishes to know what lead to the temporary collapse of the Alvonian state just a few weeks back."

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"Well, I can't speak to Director Wilding's state of mind during the Greek debacle as I wasn't in the government when that happened. What I can speak to, however, is the fact that the foreign ministry, and many in the government included, saw Greece as a powerful counterbalance to the Nordic Hammer, Landfall included. Sadly, both are gone now. As it stood in the halls of the Reichstag, there were a lot of people who were convinced that, when it came down to it, Greece and Landfall would help defend our alliance when and if the Nordic Hammer came."

 

Taking a sip of water, August continued. "Now, as to what happened last month. Evidence has shown that Hungary-Slovakia is responsible. We still don't know how, but we suspect the why is to annex Austria, and recreate the Austro-Hungarian empire, with Budapest as the capital. Why they didn't anticipate our military response, I don't know. Only the Prime Minister of Hungary-Slovakia can answer that. It explains a lot, really - it explains how they were able to act so fast, knew first, and their immediate plans for what to do with our country."

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