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[b]A message to the heads of state of the Serene Republic of Vaule, the Khaganate of Marscurian Siberia, and the United Socialist Republic of Siberia[/b]

[b][center]From the Desk of the Grand Chancellor of the State[/center][/b]

We at the Chancellery of Cyrantia, among many other things, believe in respecting our neighbors, diplomacy, and friendship. All three of your nations have expressed interest in diplomatic ties to us and have treated us warmly and respectfully. For that we thank you, and would like to indeed discuss diplomacy among us - however, we'd like to make that diplomacy among all four parties, and not just one on one.

We live in chaotic times, times where war-mongering and hostility sometimes reigns supreme over simple decency. Luckily, we currently all reside in one of the calmer regions of our world. Unfortunately, that fact could change at any time - a very serious dispute involving all of the nations in Asia is a possibility every day we co-exist on this continent.

Conflict is unavoidable, but huge free-for-all hostilities are easily evaded. As four states connected by common borders, we can face two situations. The first is violence and pain caused by our land position, and the second is unity and protection. I'd personally prefer the second.

Thus, it is my pleasure to cordially invite you all to Cyrantia's capital city, Xavier, for a diplomatic summit to discuss the forging of ties between our nations. I encourage you all to attend, in the spirit of community. I'd like to request only one condition of you. If you decide to attend, which I hope you will, bring a companion experienced in diplomacy and foreign affairs. Thank you.

I await your responses and hope that you all will come to meet and discuss.

[b]Signed,[/b]

Sergei Aleksandrov
Grand Chancellor of the State

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[quote][b]To the Desk of Sergei Aleksandrov, Grand Chancellor of Cyrantia[/b]
The USRS will be more than welcome to attend this summit on pan Siberian security, however, the United Federation of the East holds significant territory that is considered Siberian by Cartographers worldwide. Furhermore they are a massive regional influence in the East and its the USRS's belief that they too, should also recieve an invite to this summit.

Signed
President Malenkov Sergeievich Alexandrei [/quote]

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Thank you for the response, President Alexandrei. I agree the United Federation of the East is a major power in the region, and did not invite them only because their mainland is not directly bordering us (though two vassal territories are). If the other invited parties wish to include the UFE as well, we will certainly invite them.

-Sergei Aleksandrov

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A Tu-160 which had been converted for Government use, callsign Blackbear 1 cruised to the Cyrantian capital of Xavier carrying Malenkov and his most trusted advisor, Govorov Kapustin. On landing both were ushered out of the aircraft by the personal bodyguards and into heavily armoured cars and driven to the meeting.


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Malenkov and Govorov both took their seats in the conference room, their bodyguards remained outside the building with the Limos to avoid insulting their hosts.

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[quote name='Domingo the Honored' timestamp='1309991636' post='2750753']
Brilliant, we shall be glad to receive him. The only remaining step is waiting for the Serene Republic of Vaule. Also, what is Marscurian Siberia's opinion on the UFE attending the summit?
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The UFE is a great partner for all Siberians and a force for good in the region. It would be beneficial to invite them to the summit.

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The Vaulian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Antonov arrives to represent the Serene Republic. After greeting the hosts of the summit and the representatives of the other nations, Antonov discreetly makes a request to Grand Chancellor Aleksandrov for a private meeting after the summit is concluded. The Deputy Foreign Minister would reveal that this meeting would be primarily about the withdrawal of Vaulian peacekeepers.

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High Chancellor of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Garin entered the conference room. He greeted the representatives of the Serene Republic and the United Socialist Republic and took his seat, leaving the Grand Chancellor's empty.

[i]"Gentlemen, I'd like to thank you for attending this summit. As you know, a representative from Marscurian Siberia is due to arrive soon. You of course notice the Grand Chancellor is not yet here. He would like to apologize for not immediately coming in, but it is with good reason. You've all approved of the United Federation of the East receiving an invitation to this summit, and the Grand Chancellor and I agree. He is at his desk drafting an invitation to them as we speak.[/i]

Grand Chancellor Aleksandrov sends an invitation to the United Federation of the East. He explains the summit, who will be attending, and the circumstances of the UFE's invitation in a letter much alike the first one he sent. He also agrees to a private meeting with the Serene Republic after the conclusion of the summit. He then enters the conference room with the others.

[i]"I bid you all good day. As Mr. Garin has undoubtedly explained, I have drafted and sent an invitation to the United Federation of the East. Now all we must do is wait for their reply, and for any other representatives to arrive, and we may commence.[/i]

[b][OOC:Consider everything after this to also include Triyun and the UFE.][/b]

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The Grand Vizier of the United Federation of the East would attend the summit for the August Imperator. Wei Hai walked into the meeting casually, as he had done in many foreign summits before. He was dressed conservatively in a charcoal grey suit, white shirt, and red tie. Setting down his brief case he leaned back in his chair. "So gentlemen, what do we have on the agenda for today?" Wei asked.

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Grand Chancellor Aleksandrov thanked the Grand Vizier for attending and reached the short distance to shake his hand. High Chancellor Garin, who sat next to him, also introduced himself.

[i]"Well, we were waiting for Prince Vladimir of Marscurian Siberia to begin our meeting, but I'm unsure when he'll be arriving, and I certainly wouldn't want too long of a delay. I'm sure we could simply begin and then brief the Prince on what's going on when he does get here, but I don't want to be rude. After all, rudeness and diplomacy don't co-exist very well."[/i]

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[quote name='Domingo the Honored' timestamp='1310052503' post='2751375']
Grand Chancellor Aleksandrov thanked the Grand Vizier for attending and reached the short distance to shake his hand. High Chancellor Garin, who sat next to him, also introduced himself.

[i]"Well, we were waiting for Prince Vladimir of Marscurian Siberia to begin our meeting, but I'm unsure when he'll be arriving, and I certainly wouldn't want too long of a delay. I'm sure we could simply begin and then brief the Prince on what's going on when he does get here, but I don't want to be rude. After all, rudeness and diplomacy don't co-exist very well."[/i]
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Vladimir ran into the room, bursting open the doors. Standing in the doorway completely out of breath, he scanned the room for his empty spot. "I'm here," he exclaimed.

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A small chuckle echoed throughout the room at the sight of the clearly spent representative entering the room in such a manner. As the Prince took his seat, the Grand Chancellor began to speak.

[i]Prince Vladimir, thank you for coming. Now that all of our representatives are in attendance, we may begin our discussions. I'd like this to be an event where each participant has an equal voice, so feel free to voice suggestions, criticisms or agreements. As the host I believe I will start.[/i]

The Grand Chancellor took a fairly deep breath, feeling oddly anxious even though he was among good men.

[i]As I said in the letters of invitation I sent out, I believe the key to safety in the chaos of today's world is unity. I doubt any of you will disagree that the formation of alliances unifies their members militarily, economically, and diplomatically. Thus, I think the most simple and direct route to Siberian unity is the formation of an alliance among us.
This alliance could offer protection, economic relationships, and diplomacy as one entity, and not five nations. Of course our abilities to act as individuals would not be very hindered either, so we could still act on our own as well.
To put it simply, the Chancellery of Cyrantia proposes an alliance of our five nations. As stated before, please don't hesitate to voice your opinions. We must all have equal importance here.[/i]

The Grand Chancellor sat back down, feeling good about his proposal and awaiting the statements of the other representatives.

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"Well whilst a noble and admirable goal, what benefits would such an alliance bring to the regions, for example what would it's goals be? Is it a simple five way mutual defence allianc or would it be optional defence?, what clauses would you propose are included in the treaty and why?"

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"Well whilst a noble and admirable goal, what benefits would such an alliance bring to the regions, for example what would it's goals be? Is it a simple five way mutual defence allianc or would it be optional defence?, what clauses would you propose are included in the treaty and why?"
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[i]Fair enough. Its first goals would be the unification, protection and strengthening of our member states, that's all. I believe it should be a mutual defense alliance, rather than optional. The goal of defensive protection is defeated if 4 of the 5 nations use an "Optional" clause to save themselves from conflict. Of course in the case of aggression I believe it would be quite right to include an optional clause, thus if a signatory commits an irresponsible act of aggression on another nation his fellow alliance members may not get involved.

I'd say we ought to include economic freedom among our nations as well as an agreement outlining freedom of movement between our nations, pertaining to naval and aerial moving.
Of course there will be disbandment, withdrawal, and entry clauses as well. We could always include other clauses or agreements that all of you deem fit.

As for the benefits, I think they are fairly obvious. In situations of conflict, the member states would help each other. Economically, the member states would grow from free trade between them. We gain the benefits of protection, economic growth, and movement.[/i]

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"So essentially a defensive alliance with open borders, open airspace, open territorial seas and reduced tarrifs on trading?" he said before taking a drink from a bottle of water and continuing.

'The USRS isnt comfortable with an open airspace and seaway policy. Whilst I could agree to naval traffic sailing through our EEZ, I see no reason for for example, a carrier battlegroup to sail within twelve miles of our coastlines, allied or not unless the ally held a naval base in Siberian territory. Furthermore an open airspace policy allows to much aerial freedom with airforces, and I wont lie, even if our most loyal ally had a flight of bombers or strike aircraft traversing our airspace it would make me nervous. Whilst I dont object to allowing military traffic through specific air corridors in Siberia if permission is requested through the proper channels, an open airspace policy is too far."

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[i]Your simplification of the alliance was spot-on, and I can understand if you'd be uncomfortable. Those clauses aren't necessary and can be adjusted or removed to make sure all signatories are quite satisfied with the end result. If military traffic makes you uncomfortable, would you object equally to the same traffic of civilian nature?[/i]

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"Once again, I must object, that would give criminals, terrorists and other unsavoury people the option to simply drive anywhere in East Asia and Siberia. It would also allow illegal immigrants the chance to simply cross the border and operate illegally within the country, which would cost the Government billions in lost taxes."

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[i]Yes, I see. Your points are well-constructed and reasonable, so perhaps we should omit that section of the treaty. I'd like to hear the opinions of the United Federation of the East, the Serene Republic of Vaule, and Marscurian Siberia on this clause, and if all parties are willing to form an alliance at all.[/i]

The Grand Chancellor sat back, waiting for the responses from Prince Vladimir, the Grand Vizier, and the Deputy Foreign Minister.

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"While we do definitely favor closer relations, and some agreements on cultural and economic exchanges, the USRS and Cyrantia are simply too new and unknown at this point to dive into a defensive agreement. Also, Marscurian airspace has never been closed, and airplanes wishing to make international journeys need simply announce their intentions to fly overhead for safety purposes."

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Wei leaned back in his chair, he smirked at the USRS representatives comment about making it him nervous with craft traversing his air space. "I propose, that craft traversing USRS air space take steps not to be detected by the USRS as a amendment to this treaty, therefore we solve the problem of USRS nervousness." he replied dryly.

"As the UFE holds military alliances with Vauleyo and Mascurian Siberia, we have little objection to these two states being in an alliance with us, but we already are in that situation. With regards to the newer states though... I do wonder. First I think that regionally speaking, it is proper to think of any sort of broad regional block as East Asian rather than just Siberian. Secondly I think that a block must be based on certain factors:

1) Is the trust of all parties towards one another.

I do not approve of blocks which merely give you preference based on geographic location. The North Americans just showed us the danger of this sort of bloc. I think the best form of a bloc would be one based on mutual interest.

The world is chaotic, but Asia is hardly so with the exception of the Koreans, who have been dealt with with the proper measures. Creating a bloc only to find it destabilizing would create more chaos in Asia than it would bring.

2) What are the capabilities of the bloc and can they be coordinated?

The worst thing we can do is have a bloc like Red Dawn was, where it expanded to add people like the British who lacked the where with all to follow through on military goals. If there is a regional bloc it needs to have the capability to act as a group and not ride on the investments in peace and security made by the stronger members.

We have other concerns but those two are paramount." Wei finished.

OOC: Please remember the accurately displayed Siberia is a much smaller land area than on the map we have.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Antonov took a few notes before voicing his opinion:
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“I must begin by saying that the government of Vaule is almost always skeptical towards the idea of joining a bloc. We believe that unity, solely for the sake of unity can never be constructive. Additionally, we must ask: why must Siberia be unified?

While I understand the motivations behind the idea, I must also express my skepticism and pessimistic view regarding the fate of such a proposal. As a nation, the Serene Republic of Vaule prides itself on its independent foreign and economic policy and strong border controls. I will state clearly that the government of the Serene Republic of Vaule shall never enter into any agreement with any nation that permits freedom of movement across our nation’s borders. Regarding aerial and naval freedom of movement, we believe that our existing practices are required for security concerns.

Regarding economic cooperation, we are willing to agree to a significant reduction of tariffs and import duties. We are not however willing to commit to free trade. It has been a longstanding policy of ours that Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are only signed in exceptional circumstances and only with individual nations.

Regarding military cooperation, we would prefer to start with an Optional Defense Agreement. We are reluctant to sign a full-on Mutual Defense pact given that we have not had sufficient time to see how your nation and the USRS handle themselves on the international stage. We would be willing to revisit this idea after some amount of time has passed."
[/i]-Deputy Foreign Minister Antonov

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"I'm also of the mind that optional defence would be a better alternative to begin with. As for the UFE suggestion, that would certainly be an option, not being detected usually works, but its not the point. The aircraft is still there, and like I said, so long as permission for a flyover is requested down the proper channels and the aircraft stays in the assigned flight corridor, there is no problem."

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[i]If all parties would consider a downgraded Optional Defense Pact between our nations as has been suggested, I would most certainly comply. I suggest that this agreement be devoid of any extraneous clauses, and only be a small defense pact. In my opinion, it would serve the purpose of mutual protection as well as build up trust between us and prove that our nations will not fold. Later on we could determine if we wish to upgrade, keep the agreement as it is, or perhaps end the agreement altogether.[/i]

[b]OOC: Back from illness... I get a lot less creative and unwilling to write longer things when I'm sick, so now that I'm better I can contribute again.[/b]

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