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It had been over a month since the Arctican ambassador in Johannesburg notified the central government in Oceana that the government of the Republic of Transvaal, led by its new Staatspresident, had ceased to exist. The status, whereabouts, or disposition of the highest levels of government in Transvaal have been unaccounted for, and reports have already reached Arctica of anarchy taking hold. The local and regional governments have so far been unable to control these outbreaks, and the country, left without strong leadership, is devolving further into chaos every passing day.

Therefore, on June 14, 2011, the Arctican government has formally recognized that the Republic of Transvaal is no more. Contacts with the outlying regional governments have been inconclusive, foreign powers are already taking over Transvaal's island holdings, and therefore it had been determined that decisive action must be taken to protect the Transvaler people. On the afternoon of June 14, a contingent of 12,000 soldiers of the former Arctica-Transvaal Defense Force, now the Mobile Mainland Defense, or MMD, have moved in from Mozambique and northern South Africa, quickly securing Gauteng Province and making preparations for a provisional civilian government as well as pacifying riots and looting, reminiscent of the duties they did after the first nuclear attacks on Pretoria.

With 2,000 soldiers staying behind in Johannesburg and a further 1,500 moving to secure Gaborone, the remaining force has moved into the Free State province, taking position in the cities of Welkom, Klerksdorp, and Bloemfontein.

5,000 MMD soldiers that had stayed behind in Maputo were being loaded onto troop transports and escorted by the Third Fleet to Cape Town. They were expected to arrive within several days.

Zambian border guards took command of all Zimbambwe-Zambia border crossings the same day, and several teams of special forces have been deployed to protect Kariba Dam from terrorists.

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In Oceana, the Foreign Minister, Alain Ramiaramanana, issued an announcement later that evening.

"It has come to our attention that our neighbor and ally the Republic of Transvaal has dissolved as a unified state. The government has been missing for weeks, and foreign powers are already beginning to annex outlying islands. The lack of government combined with foreign opportunism and possible criminal elements taking root in Transvaler cities has created a regional security risk. Pursuant to this, earlier this afternoon, elements of the Mobile Mainland Defense have crossed into South Africa and secured key cities in Botswana, Gauteng Province, and Free State province. Border defenses along the Rhodesian frontier have also been strengthened.

Cape Town is expected to be reconnoitered and secured by MMD forces within the week. With these movements, the government of Arctica declares South Africa and Lesotho to be under the formal protection of the Union of Arctica, and pending further decisions, may be granted status as an integrated part of the Union.

Queries may be addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. That is all."

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In a private message to Novak, the Foreign Minister has invited a representative of Novak with plenipotentiary powers for an official visit to Lusaka to discuss regional security.

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[quote name='Vedran' timestamp='1308073568' post='2731217']

In a private message to Novak, the Foreign Minister has invited a representative of Novak with plenipotentiary powers for an official visit to Lusaka to discuss regional security.
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**Private Reply**
Novak's longest serving official and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Srant Mali, will visit Lusaka to discuss regional security.

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After arriving at Lusaka International Airport with the appropriate honors given to a foreign dignitary, Minister Mali would be driven by limousine to State House, which was the governor's residence. The governor, being the host, would give Mali a brief tour and lead him to his office where the Foreign Minister was before excusing himself and leaving him alone with Ramiaramanana.

The Arctican Foreign Minister stood and shook Mali's hand before returning to his, or rather the governor's, seat. "Thank you for agreeing to visit me on such short notice, Minister. But the matter I mean to discuss with you is one vital to the security of Southern Africa.

As you know, the government of Transvaal has been missing for some time, and we have been unable to contact them. A few days ago, Arctica moved its troops in to restore order and safety in South Africa and Lesotho. However, as with the nuclear attacks several months ago, we are unable to secure the entirety of the country. Back in that time, Arctica was able to make contact with the provincial governors and ensure that day-to-day life was preserved..." Ramiaramanana took a breath.

"However, this time we have been unable to contact the regional governors in Namibia, Botswana, South Angola, and Zimbabwe. In addition to this, foreign powers have already begun moving into Transvaal's island territory. While I doubt that they will attempt military takeovers of the provinces outside of South Africa proper, I cannot help but think that, unless something is done, these provinces will suffer anarchy and great economic harm.

What I propose to your government, Mr. Mali, is that Arctica and Novak make Namibia, Botswana, South Angola, and Zimbabwe into a joint protectorate to prevent foreign powers from taking it while at the same time creating an environment where local movements could apply for independence. Would this be acceptable to you?"

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[quote name='Vedran' timestamp='1308184274' post='2732086']
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What I propose to your government, Mr. Mali, is that Arctica and Novak make Namibia, Botswana, South Angola, and Zimbabwe into a joint protectorate to prevent foreign powers from taking it while at the same time creating an environment where local movements could apply for independence. Would this be acceptable to you?"
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"Since Novak's formation, we have always let the influence of Southern Africa remain under Transvaal , a nation who we rarely had any contact with in any fashion, and Arctica. With the stability of Transvaal no longer an influence, Novak will work with you on protecting the land. African stability has been a cornerstone of our foreign policy for decades as you very well know. While I agree local movements can apply for independence, I also believe these movements should have the backing of the population which will be under their control. If that isn't the case, we won't be able to approve the government. Does this arrangement suit your government as well?"

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Ramiaramanana nodded. "Indeed, they must be popular movements to be granted independence, not warring factions competing for international recognition or some similar entity. Being Arctica's foreign minister for several years now, I can say that most of my government's relations with Transvaal have been geared toward peace and stability in southern Africa. Our people have had differences in ideology and even racial makeup, but at the level of government we have always remained united in our goal.

With Staatspresident Botha dead and Van Haesten's successor government gone, I hope that Novak will become our partner in ensuring regional stability given your presence here as well as your status as a long-lived nation."

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[quote name='Vedran' timestamp='1308189175' post='2732130']
Ramiaramanana nodded. "Indeed, they must be popular movements to be granted independence, not warring factions competing for international recognition or some similar entity. Being Arctica's foreign minister for several years now, I can say that most of my government's relations with Transvaal have been geared toward peace and stability in southern Africa. Our people have had differences in ideology and even racial makeup, but at the level of government we have always remained united in our goal.

With Staatspresident Botha dead and Van Haesten's successor government gone, I hope that Novak will become our partner in ensuring regional stability given your presence here as well as your status as a long-lived nation."
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"Across Novak's different forms of government, each one had two goals. The first is the stability of Novak, which came in to place after a theocratic dictator attempted to control the nation; the second is the stability of Africa and an Africa-for-Africa mentality. It's served us well in the past, it has also made our paths cross over a variety of issues. I believe a partnership will not only benefit both of our nations, the goals we have and the regions we will protect, but also benefit the entirety of Africa."

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A letter was written to the Arctican government. Summarized, it said that the Transvaal government authorized land for the Hiley-Tintagyl estate to live on several years ago. In the years since, the estate has been an integral part of the surrounding community and the grounds even became an informal park for children to play sports at. The years of living there has included many parties and get-togethers, celebrations and more than two generations of family. While the Transvaal government left the land alone for the most part, the estate is worried that new governments may not be so kind or willing to let the family, who has been a stabilizing part of the region, stay in the home that holds so much for them.

The estate, in essence, was stating that it wished to be the sole owner the land in political terms. The estate would own the land and void from any protectorate land turnovers in the future, and in return the estate would invest millions of dollars in the surrounding community.

[[OOC: I even had a thread titled [b]exactly[/b] the same as this one here <.< ]]

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[quote name='Sargun' timestamp='1308276223' post='2732793']A letter was written to the Arctican government. Summarized, it said that the Transvaal government authorized land for the Hiley-Tintagyl estate to live on several years ago. [/quote]

[color="#000080"]The estate was located on the outskirts west of Bloemfontien. However I do not recall it had any sort of extra-territorality. Basically, the former government and local authorities just left the residents alone.[/color]

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[quote name='Botha' timestamp='1308338809' post='2733179']
[color="#000080"]The estate was located on the outskirts west of Bloemfontien. However I do not recall it had any sort of extra-territorality. Basically, the former government and local authorities just left the residents alone.[/color]
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OOC: "While the Transvaal government left the land alone for the most part"

Maybe you misinterpreted what I said - I never meant to imply that it was not a part of Transvaal or anything; I was only stating what you just said above.

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[quote name='Voodoo Nova' timestamp='1308193218' post='2732186']
"Across Novak's different forms of government, each one had two goals. The first is the stability of Novak, which came in to place after a theocratic dictator attempted to control the nation; the second is the stability of Africa and an Africa-for-Africa mentality. It's served us well in the past, it has also made our paths cross over a variety of issues. I believe a partnership will not only benefit both of our nations, the goals we have and the regions we will protect, but also benefit the entirety of Africa."
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"We are in agreement then. Not only will the creation of this protectorate provide for regional security, but also allow for popular movements to gain their independence with approval from us, as well as make Africa as a whole more secure by only allowing those movements that are not likely to go on a rampage to gain independence.

Shall we, then, finalize preparations to induct Namibia, south Angola, Botswana, and Zimbabwe into a joint protectorate?"

[quote name='Sargun' timestamp='1308276223' post='2732793']
A letter was written to the Arctican government. Summarized, it said that the Transvaal government authorized land for the Hiley-Tintagyl estate to live on several years ago. In the years since, the estate has been an integral part of the surrounding community and the grounds even became an informal park for children to play sports at. The years of living there has included many parties and get-togethers, celebrations and more than two generations of family. While the Transvaal government left the land alone for the most part, the estate is worried that new governments may not be so kind or willing to let the family, who has been a stabilizing part of the region, stay in the home that holds so much for them.

The estate, in essence, was stating that it wished to be the sole owner the land in political terms. The estate would own the land and void from any protectorate land turnovers in the future, and in return the estate would invest millions of dollars in the surrounding community.

[[OOC: I even had a thread titled [b]exactly[/b] the same as this one here <.< ]]
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The letter would be replied to by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It stated that the Hiley-Tintagyl estate, known to be a law-abiding and beneficial presence by the residents and city government of Bloemfontein, would be welcome to continue its arrangement with the Arctican government. The estate will be granted special status within Arctica. It will be part of the Union only nominally, and will not be required to pay national taxes, nor will its members be conscripted in the case of a draft necessitated by a large war. It will, however, be an integral part of Bloemfontein and will need to adhere to city regulations and pay city taxes in return for use of utilities and other such benefits. The estate will still be subject to the protection that is granted to all territories of the Union from external and internal threats, and if Arctica ever loses control of South Africa, the estate will, if it wishes, retain this extraterritorial status and protection much like an embassy enclave. If members of the estate are found to be engaging in criminal activity such as racketeering, this status may be revoked at the discretion of the Foreign Ministry.

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[quote name='Vedran' timestamp='1308443863' post='2734285']
"We are in agreement then. Not only will the creation of this protectorate provide for regional security, but also allow for popular movements to gain their independence with approval from us, as well as make Africa as a whole more secure by only allowing those movements that are not likely to go on a rampage to gain independence.

Shall we, then, finalize preparations to induct Namibia, south Angola, Botswana, and Zimbabwe into a joint protectorate?"[/quote]

"One other stipulation, the population must approve of the movement as well. This should prevent minorities from claiming to be a popular movement against the majority. Other than that, we can proceed on finalizing the joint protectorate.

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