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Long ago, after the Silver Revolution was complete, came Kaiser Martens' first major conquest as leader of Germany, back then when he was, in fact, not a Kaiser at all. When Germany had solved most of its inner problems and the Mainland Germanics had decided to unite, the Eye of Berlin had turned to gaze to the east, to the many lost cities of Germany's east.

A great conquest was about to start, and Polan had been in no position to defend after having been occupied by Communists for the second time. There had been a group of people in Thorn/Torun, a city in former Prussia that realized what was coming at them and decided that Warsaw's optimism regarding Germany's resurgence was not appropiate. This city declared independence from Poland, and less than a momnth later, Martens invaded, annexing all of Poland until many decades later when it was granted independence. The Polish of Prussia were resettled forcibly and after a most bitter of fights for every inch of terrain, they were resettled to what today is Poland Proper, the place where the Polish still dwell for the most part, currently within Nordic Dalmatia. This is what led to the northern half of Warsaw still being in Germanic Union's control, and, in fact, called Martensheim after the conquest.

But Torun had not been Poland then. They had been spared such fate. Although they were annexed, they remained as an independent, autonomous entity so long as they provided a small number of soldiers to the Great Reichswehr. Still, they had not fought against Germany. Initially regarded as Traitors, eventually they were the link that reunited in friendship both peoples, and many of them were the first to propose a Nordlandic Ideology to create the first Nordland, in order to hold back both Western and Eastern threats. Today, "Thorn" is a Slavic Reservoir - one of the last ones - in Germania, the only bigger one being in Vladizapad, Nordheim. Although the people had, much like the ancient sorbs, largely integrated into Germanic Culture, they had still retained their identity. It was the last reminder of the distant past.

When Germanic Union seized a large amount of Polish that had basically invaded Norsvea, the majority were sent over to Poland itself. But a number of them, the ones not deemed a risk, were allowed to join the others in this city, still an autonomous city, like Hamburg. Eventually, the city folk seemed to wish to be considered its own nation, the Free City of Torun, a city which would be protected by the German Fatherland instead of attacked, a great city indeed, just as today's Poland and Germany had been allied for so long, would Torun and Berlin remain twins although the locals there would now be free to seek their destiny and occupy a place on the map.

If all went well.

Lord Martens would visit Torun himself to see what they had to say, to see if the rumors about the city wanting its freedom were indeed true and not simply something a bitter Pole may have decided to go with. Would they be able to come up with a good enough offer, would they have a means of obtaining a Government so as to be recognized?

They have a chance.

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OOC: Just be like "o hi we wanna be an independent nation, can we have your protection?" And I'll be like "DA! But you must send Wodka!" - that's basically it.

IC: Martens arrives quickly yet without hurry to sit at a large table with the leaders of Torun, which for the most part seemed to be Polish, like most of the local population. Perhaps surprisingly, he actually speaks in Polish to them.

"Ladies, Gentlemen, hello. I understand that you have taken some of the wandering Poles that got caught up in the Baltic conflict. They had been used by their king without understanding what really would happen. I wanted to assure you that there will not be any questions raised about these immigrants. But I have also heard that this Free City wishes to have a higher degree of autonomy, such as, let's say, independence while under our protection?"

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The Town Elders handed Leader Martens a goblet full to the brim of the finest quality Torunian Vodka. "Sir, the Eldest of the Elders began, stumbling to find the right words... We would be honored to be under your protection as an independent Free City but we should discuss it in more detail and formalize some form of official treaty. This all seems so fast, Can we show some hospitality to you and your party first?

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"Do pardon me if I seem to be in a hurry, for I have none. I guess that as of lately we seem to do things quickly. Ask the Norsveans..." He grins and takes the goblet very carefully, sipping already so to not risk spilling the "little water" that it carries. He lets it linger in his mouth for a while and later swallows it, nodding in approval. "This is the real deal. Thank you. Hmmm. Yes, let's speak of the treaty when you feel like it. Either way it will be done."

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He takes his time, sipping on several other opportunities. Eventually, he nods and speaks.

"I have brought with me a Charter of Foundation for the Free City State of Torun. It is almost the same as every other document through which we had granted independence to other nations such as Austria or Norsvea, only that due to the geographical differences, this charter of foundation serves as, essentially, an one-way MDP from ourselves towards you, and a second clause states that you might contribute in defending Germanic Union but only optionally unless you would prefer otherwise. This is to have you plausibly exist without others taking advantage of your small territory and also to give you freedom enough proper; being able to choose whether if you want to fight or not. Other than that, you can do anything that any nation would do, even find territory far away to make your own also, even sign pacts. In any case, we'll always have your back unless something crazy such as a nuclear holocaust were to take place."

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"Although the Vistula, excepting for the part running through Torun, is to be considered our sovereign territory, we will not restrict your vessels from moving back and forth through it in any way. This means that you can eventually reach the Baltic and then the Oceans. We are also prepared to offer you a loan in order to construct a port facility for you at the spot where the Vistula ends, so that you will be able to create ships that are not necessarily restricted to Riverine Weight. We were going to build it ourselves, "Falkenhafen", but maybe now it can be Port Sokol instead."

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"Will do." He drinks on.

Some time later, the document is produced by an assistant.
Its points were as follows:

[quote]1.Germanic Union recognizes the sovereignty of Torun as a Free City and Nation
2.Germanic Union protects Torun
3.Torun has the option to protect Germanic Union
4.Germanic Union grants Torun usage of the Vistula
5.Sokol, a town-port will be constructed where the Vistula ends as a sovereign part of Torun.
6.The loan needed to build Sokol (20 million of Silver Nordmarks) is payable: Within 10 years, without interest. For every year after the 10th, with 1.5% interest every year.
7.The part of the Vistula running through Torun is considered to be a part of Torun. The rest is not.[/quote]

"Please good Sir see if that seems appropiate."

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