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Burying the Hatchet


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As newly elected president of Greenland, Eyvindsson reclined the armchair in what was now his official office. It was pristine and picturesque, clearly due to the exquisite care and dedication Californian had put in maintaining the working space of the president of one of the largest nations in the Arctic circle. It was one piece of a legacy Californian had created to assert Greenland onto the world stage, even as a nascent state. So many newly formed countries were weak and put into vassaldom or spheres of influences of other nations, but Californian had been able to elevate Greenland as a fully independent and sovereign nation in its own right.

It had come at a price of course. Greenland had developed a great deal of tension with some select nations after refusing to stand down on certain occasions. One of Eyvindsson's priorities was to at least normalize relations with these nations, including Pravus Ingruo and the Kingdom of Cochin, who were undoubtedly regional powers and major players in the realm of geopolitics.

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[b]TO: Kingdom of Cochin
FR: Federal Republic of Greenland
RE: Normalization of Relations[/b]

Your Highness;

This letter may come as a surprise, given Greenland and Cochin's recent interactions, however I write in the hopes that we can change the direction of the relations between our nations from their currently bleak nature. The instabilities and hostilities in the Atlantic have largely disappeared and the time has never been better for us to resume normal, if not friendly relations, with one another. I know you need no history lesson, but Greenland was once a close ally of your Kingdom, and if there is even a small chance to rekindle that flame I would very much like to take that chance and at least try. If you are willing, I am personally prepared to engage in talks to begin relations anew between our nations.

Respectfully,

[i]Kristjan Eyvindsson[/i]
1st Lord Protector of the Republic

[b][right]Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Greenland[/right][/b]
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[quote]To:
Kristjan Eyvindsson,
1st Lord Protector of the Republic,
Federal Republic of Greenland

Greetings,

It is indeed a pleasant surprise to receive a message of this sort. Any attempt to bring greater friendship and peace in the world is a good step. While there have been differences between our nations there is no reason why we should not indeed try to make amends and go forward. I extend an invitation to you to come to the Kingdom so that we may have a meeting so that the hatchets may indeed be buried. I welcome you to Kochi City, home of our ancestral family so that we may make an attempt to mend relations.

Yours,

Kerala Varma,
The King of Cochin[/quote]

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With the positive response received from Cochin, a reply would be sent by the Greenland government confirming the President's visit to the Kingdom of Cochin. The day before the agreed upon time for the meeting Kristjan Eyvindsson would fly from Greenland to Kochi City via Ascension Island. After a full day's flight the large and rather undistinguished diplomatic jetliner would touch down at the airport in Kochi City.

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The President of Northern Republic would be received at the Nedumbassery International Airport in Kochi by KP Varma, the Minister of External Affairs who would then escort him to Tripunithura in an waiting King's Guard Bell 212 helicopter. Arriving at the helipad of the old Hill Palace outside of Tripunithura the two statesmen would drive up to the heart of the Royal Town to the King's ancestral home.

Situated by the banks of the river Chitrapuzha, the small bungalow is rather modest by the usual standards of the Kingdom. The King of Cochin, His Highness Kerala Varma would meet them by the river side where some chairs are arranged.

"Greetings President Eyvindsson and welcome to Tripunithura, the ancestral home of the Cochin Royal Family. We are indeed much honored by your presence. Much hurt and bitterness exists between our nations. However most of that is, I believe, subject to healing by the ultimate healer, Time. I am quite intrigued by your proposals of renewing friendship between our two nations," Kerala Varma would speak.

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Eyvindsson was impressed by his reception and greeted the foreign minister at the airport. He struck up a conversation with the man as they traveled to visit the king. Minister KP Varma was renowned as one of the world's finest statesmen and almost all interaction between Greenland and Cochin had gone through this man, so Kristjan was interested to learn more and interact with the man as brief as it might be. Eyvindsson was also impressed with the weather. He had once visited Tenerife on vacation and had expected the meeting to take place in the sweltering weather he remembered. However this was not the case as they arrived at the small bungalow and he made a mental note to never discount the joys of living in a moderate climate without the freezing winters of Greenland.

"I'm extremely honored to finally meet you, Your Highness, and I thank you for all the hospitality you've shown me on this visit thus far. It's truly a humbling experience to be here in Tripunithura, full of such calm and peace. Truly a paradise on Earth." He took a moment to pause and gaze out at the luscious portrait-like view of the running river and shoreline nature.

"I appreciate your willingness to meet and mend the relationship between our nations and I too share the optimism that this is more than possible. I too hope that enough time has passed for us to bury the hatchet and move forward, and I think our meeting today is a testament to that.

I did not come here with a strict agenda of what I planned to do or offer. I came here with the idea, the hope that Cochin and Greenland would be better off as friendly neighbors, if not allies, than the current shared environment of animosity and hostility. Cochin is one of the largest and most technologically advanced nations on the face of the Earth, there's no doubt that Greenland would have much to gain. And Greenland is in the unique position of being both an Atlantic nation and a gatekeeper to the Arctic, regions that I'm sure would prove lucrative to an increased Cochin presence. I'm interested to hear what you have to think."

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"We are greatly interested in this offer of peace. Our interests in Ascension and Tristan da Cunha arose primarily out of a need for logistical backbone. As a nation that gives predominant priority to trade and commerce it is only vital that we are able to reach all corners of the world with great ease. A good logistical backbone would also help us in projecting power globally. However past is past and we have moved on from our interests on Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Our territory of St Helena is a prospering trade hub in Atlantic Ocean and our two Mobile Offshore Bases have more than offset the needs we saw for those islands. "

"But then again what is the point of having all this logistical network if one does not have friends with whom to trade with? Fundamentally we are nations with not much conflicts of interest. The Ascension and Tristan da Cunha issue was in our opinion an aberration in what could be a healthy and prosperous alliance. Perhaps we can work our differences out so that we share our resources, share our assets so that a mutually beneficial relationship can be built up. We are as you may have guessed greatly interested in North American and Arctic markets, regions where your influence and goodwill would be of great benefit to us and we are one of the largest and vibrant markets in the world, markets which are wide open for your industries to engage with and technologies we could trade to our mutual benefit."

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"Noting the numerous benefits of such an arrangement, increased trade between our nations would be quite agreeable. In order to facilitate such trade between the numerous private entities, perhaps some sort of trade pact would be possible between Greenland and Cochin."

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"We are certainly open to a Free Trade or a Preferential Trade Agreement. Perhaps in the interests of building foundations for a future alliance between our nations would you also be interested in engaging in Joint Military exercises?"

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