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Released to the world today is the American Treaty Organization, signed in good faith by the undersigned nations, hoping to usher in a new age of American stability and prosperity.

[quote][font="Palatino Linotype"][size="5"][center][b]The American Treaty Organization[/b][/center][/size][/font]

[center][b]I. Preamble[/b][/center]
We, the undersigned (henceforth known as the Signers), do come together on this day, June the 21st, year 20XX, to sign on to the American Treaty Organization (henceforth known as the Organization). We the Signers come to proclaim loudly and in one voice that the American powers once again stand united across continents. We the Signers come together to say that the Americas were a victim of colonization for too long, and it shall not happen again. We the Signers come together to say that American affairs will be dealt with by Americans, not dictated by foreign powers.
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II. American Sovereignty[/b][/center]
We, the Signers, believe that America should be for Americans. The Signers pledge to do everything in their collective diplomatic and military power to prevent any further expansion into the Americas by foreign powers. We, the Signers, also pledge to prevent any future foreign territorial foothold from forming in the Americas, save for military bases agreed on by treaty partners on an undersigned’s sovereign territory.
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III. Signatory Sovereignty[/b][/center]
The Signers of this treaty agree to respect the sovereignty of the other Signers.
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IV. Organization Executive Council[/b][/center]
Each Signer shall submit one Representative to sit on the Executive Council of the Organization. These Representatives will make decisions for the Organization on behalf of the Signers.
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V. Signatory Intelligence Sharing[/b][/center]
The Signers agree to share any and all intelligence pertaining to the future safety and security of the American continents. Failure to do so can be used as grounds for removal from the Organization.

[center][b]VI. Mutual Defense[/b][/center]
Should any Signer’s American territory be attacked, either by another American or foreign nation, the other Signers agree to aid the aforementioned nation by any means necessary, including diplomatic, military, and through the use of MAD policies.

[center][b]VII. Military Action[/b][/center]
Should a Signer wish to use the bloc for aggressive military action, they must have their Representative bring the proposal before the Executive Council of the Organization. Aggressive military actions on the American continents must be approved by a unanimous vote of the Executive Council. Use of this Organization to initiate aggressive military action outside of the American continents is prohibited.

[center][b]VIII. Superiority Clause[/b][/center]
Signers to the Organization agree that in matters regarding an attack by a foreign nation on American soil, or an attempt by an existing foreign power in America to expand, this Organization will hold superiority over any other treaty Signers hold. This Clause will not apply to actions taken outside of the American continents or aggressive military action taken by the Organization.*

[center][b]IX. Adding New Signers[/b][/center]
New Signers may be added only with a unanimous approval vote by the Executive Council. This is to ensure that all Signers of the Organization are comfortable defending and being defended by any new Signers.
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X. Leaving the Organization[/b][/center]
A Signer, at any time, may leave the Organization by notifying the Executive Council of their intent. A Signer will then have one week before their membership in the Organization is null and void. A Signer may also be ejected from the Organization at any time by a unanimous vote by the Executive Council, excluding the vote of the Signer up for ejection.

*Aggressive military action is defined as action taken by the Organization with no previous provocation. Attacking foreign power trying to establish a foothold in the American continents or a foreign power trying to expand their current land holdings in America are not considered aggressive military actions and will fall under Sections II, VI, and VIII.

We, the undersigned, do hereby accept and pledge to uphold the tenants of the Organization as long as we are Signers:
For the Empire of Pravus Ingruo,
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Emperor of Pravus Ingruo, Captain (Ret.), PhD., Lord Sovereign of the East Coast

For the Republic of Texas,
Michael Croix
Chancellor
Gabriel Valcoste
Vice-Chancellor

For the Holy American Empire,
Lord Admiral Andrew Wiggin, Emperor of the Southern Rim

For the Holy Empire of Ursalia,
James Norton, Imperator
J Thomas Christopher, Grand Vizier

For the Cajun Federation
HRH the Prince of Acadia, Henri Broussard

Signing for La Republique du Quebec, her Citizens and her National Assembly, in the Name of Christ Our Lord,
His Excellency, Maxime Vigneault, President of La Republque
The Right Honourable Alexandre Picard, Prime Minister of La Republique [/quote]

Questions and comments can be directed to the Organizations press office.

OOC: Two points to whomever gets the musical reference in the thread title.

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[quote]
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II. American Sovereignty
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We, the Signers, believe that America should be for Americans. The Signers pledge to do everything in their collective diplomatic and military power [b]to prevent any further expansion into the Americas by foreign powers. We, the Signers, also pledge to prevent any future foreign territorial foothold from forming in the Americas,[/b] save for military bases agreed on by treaty partners on an undersigned’s sovereign territory.
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So the ATO is comfortable with allowing previous expansion? You're only concerned with any further expansion? Either there's a typo in your treaty or your organization's ideals are a bit flawed...

Nonetheless, congratulations on unifying.

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[quote name='Biohazard' timestamp='1309198277' post='2742799']
So the ATO is comfortable with allowing previous expansion? You're only concerned with any further expansion? Either there's a typo in your treaty or your organization's ideals are a bit flawed...

Nonetheless, congratulations on unifying.
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"We do not seek to eradicate every bit of foreign influence in the Americas. That would be impossible (and not to mention, several nations had tried it in the past, and utterly failed). Rather, we seek to prevent any foreign nation currently holding land in the Americas from expanding any further from what they currently holds."

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[quote name='Biohazard' timestamp='1309205585' post='2742878']
So you [i]are[/i] content to allow foreign powers hold onto Americans, so long as they don't expand further. Indeed. A noble quest, if there ever was one.
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The flaw in your idiotic, uninformed, utterly incompetent logic and insinuation is that any foreign powers that do have land in America have already been either approved or vetted in the past - otherwise they would not be there now.

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[quote name='Sargun' timestamp='1309214842' post='2742961']
The flaw in your idiotic, uninformed, utterly incompetent logic and insinuation is that any foreign powers that do have land in America have already been either approved or vetted in the past - otherwise they would not be there now.
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"Hm...

Non-American countries that have land holdings before the formation of the ATO [b]is acceptable[/b].

Non-American countries that have land holdings after the formation of the ATO [b]is not acceptable[/b].



Is that what I'm reading?"

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[quote name='HHAYD' timestamp='1309223019' post='2743048']
"Hm...

Non-American countries that have land holdings before the formation of the ATO [b]is acceptable[/b].

Non-American countries that have land holdings after the formation of the ATO [b]is not acceptable[/b].



Is that what I'm reading?"
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"Once again, the purpose is [b]containing[/b] foreign expansion. Existing foreign land holdings are acceptable, providing that foreign nations expand no further into the Americas from what they currently hold. Foreign nations not currently holding land in the Americas are prohibited from establishing land holdings in the Americas.

Is that so hard to comprehend?"

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We note the signing of this treaty with optimism and hope for a safer and more peaceful future in the Americaa. In particular we congratulate our allies in the Holy Empire of Ursalia and the Republique du Quebec on signing this pact and trust that their wisdom and level-headedness will ensure the success and prosperity of the ATO. While we support the mission of the ATO, we hope that its purpose is not subverted and used as an excuse to create a hegemonic rule over the New World. With nations such as the Tahoe Republic, history shows us that such a move would be unfavorable and harm the very core principles upon which this treaty was founded.

GREENLAND MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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