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The People's Liberation Army was now ordered on full mobilization both along Zargathia, with 350, 000 soldiers ordered into Zargathia to surround the bases of the Zargathian Army as well as move into Shenyang and Harbin. The hour was late for Zargathia indeed.

The Federation had grown weary of Zargathia and its constant overt hostility. Its queen especially had become a source of increasing irritation.

Jia's position was quite reasonable, the Zargathian's had overtly now on several occasions seemed to be soliciting aid in a future coalition against the Federation. Jia was impressed by the Cochinese refusal, and appreciated it from his allies but the fact was was that the Queen of Zargathia had [i]asked[/i]. On top of this was the solicitation of the Papua delegation, which Zargathia had thanked for backing them and was seeking to increase relations with. Finally was now the explicit words "nefarious schemes" spoken to UFE vassals. This painted a clear and consistent picture. Zargathia was behaving as if it was looking for a way out of the terms either through coercion or threat of coercion against the UFE.

This clearly was not acceptable. Zargathia had been given a chance to try diplomacy and re-engage the UFE. It had clearly chosen the [i]exact opposite path.[/i]

Jia was irritated as he had his chief of staff come in to inform him that the Queen of Zargathia was on her way in. He sighed, "Very well send her in."

It was time for one last set of words before what increasingly looked like inevitably needed to be done be done.

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The aircraft would land, and Amyante would walk out, followed as always by the observers that were shadowing her as much as basic decency would allow it. She would briefly stop at the doorway, overlooking the scene before walking down.

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The woman would be coldly escorted in the Imperator's Office. He sat behind a dark wood desk, reclined in a modest size wooden chair. Jia's fingers were pushed together in a triangle as he leaned forward saying nothing for several moments, before opening his mouth.

"It appears, that you are either someone who is wholly unaware of the effect that their actions have in your position as a leader of a nation, OR you are attempting to put on a facade. Now to be honest, that really matters very little to me." Jia said calmly.

"Instead what matters is the safety of China and its people. And the fact is time and time again, I see you specifically, as someone who seeks to stand in the way of and retard the peace and security of the Chinese People."

Jia paused reflecting for a moment, "In such a scenario, the most logical thing to do is neutralize an opponent. Now we've been trying to do this out of courtesy to our allies through purely peaceful mechanisms. However you seem intent on trying to figure out ways to slip around... understandable... but more importantly to gain foreign support against the Federation... I suppose understandable but you've gone about it in a stupid way and it would be equally understandable for me to demolish your nation as a result.

When you were given these terms, you had an opportunity to attempt and make nice, show us you weren't a threat to regional security, instead, I am seeing that you've kept the same grand strategy of hostility and used different tactics. So I will not beat around the bush... this has gone on long enough.

Is there a single thing more you have to say to show me that you actually intend to be friendly and not threaten the Federation in the future should you have the capability? ... Because right now I see no way around this fact. I don't want platitudes or excuses, I want something actually god damn meaningful."

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Amyante crossed her arms, choosing to remain standing. She still had a great amount of irritation and anger on her own face, but the sharp edge had subsided from her voice enough that she felt she would not start yelling at Jia. That would only serve to escalate things further.

- "August Imperator, we have accepted the terms of the Qingyuan Diktat, allowing your observers complete access to all Zargathian matters. When however they insisted on intruding upon my personal life i was and still am irritated, and the 'nefarious' was me being sarcastic. You and i both know the treaties binding the Lu Empire to you, you have a Steward there, you have veto power over their decisions and can exercise some control over their military actions. It is highly unlikely that they would ever turn against you even if these measures were not in place, as happy as they are to have a nation again. This is why i felt i could make that comment, intended more to shock the observers than to paint you as an example of all that is evil in the world."

- "I'll be completely honest. The Qingyuan Diktat strikes me as a black stain upon the history of Zargathia, and the memory of being forced to sign it under threat of war sickens me. I spent most of the trip coming here talking myself down from punching you in the face. Yet, despite all that, the document bears my signature and the terms it mentions i will not break. As you likely already know, within a few weeks' time there is a meeting planned between Zargathia and Cochin, long term ally to the both of us. It is my intention to go there not as a head of state, but as a person and vent my grievances concerning the Qingyuan Diktat, knowing that Cochin is level headed enough to not have it negatively impact its relations towards either of us. That is why i had my Secretary probe for the possibility of a meeting at the Stahl Ball. What I seek, plain and simple, is to have someone i trust listen to what i have to say without consequences, in private, so i can get this off my mind and not end up irritated enough to end up repeating this conversation in another two days or so. If relations between us are to ever normalize i need to talk to someone, i need to get rid of this anger where everything UFE related feels like dangling a red flag in front of a bull."

- "Zargathia has never condoned war in its entire existence, with the exception of a brief escapade into Yuktobania and, more recently, Korea. We have never taken up arms, not even against those that sought to do us harm. Your observers and troops will have told you that our military has neither the mindset, the technology nor the experience to ever be a threat against all but the most under equipped armies, which as we both know the UFE is not. In short, Zargathia is not and likely never will be a threat in the militaristic sense, and your nation knows this."

- "Lastly, Grand Papua. During the events leading up to the Qingyuan Diktat, the Grand Papuans [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=104355&view=findpost&p=2781523]encouraged a cessation of hostilities[/url] and later on [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=104355&view=findpost&p=2782483]protested against the sanctions[/url] imposed upon us, and so, during the Ball, we thanked them for their support. This does not automatically mean we will be mailing them a blank piece of paper titled 'Alliance' the day after tomorrow with our signatures at the bottom. Zargathia does not have the naval facilities for anything other than economical ties with Grand Papua, even then depending on the calculations of our economic analysts, and the most we can ask of them is a Non-Aggression Pact to facilitate trade like we have done with North American nations in the past."

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OOC: the Conversation has been continued on IRC.

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[12:35am] Jia: The fact is here what you say and what the reality is are two seperate things. Perhaps you are honestly ignorant of the threats you pose, but the fact is they are there, and I find it hard to believe that you as a leader could ascend to lead a nation without also realizing these strategic truths. Now in regards to the war in Korea, Korea stated its intent to attack the Federation and you helped a faction which expressed hostility towards the UFE. Further you refused to honor your MDP with the UFE and allow a land invasion, instead forcing a amphibious invasion, which inevitably would cost hundreds of thousands of more lives if the war dragged on. This is to put it bluntly disgusting.
[12:35am] Jia: Secondly
[12:37am] Jia: The fact is that you approached Papua which has been inexplicably hostile towards the United Federation of the East about friendship, this regime which seems to name its leaders after nazis. You did this after we dealt with the issue of you supporting Japanese fascists who glorified Japanese action in the second world war, do you honestly think we would not see a connection there. You personally seem to have absolutely zero capacity to avoid the obvious points of collision with the Federation. I personally kept your nation from being rolled on at least 3 occasions, you seem to be going out of your way to push me towards invasion now though.
[12:39am] Jia: I am afraid
[12:44am] Jia: My government no longer has faith in your abilities as Queen or your cabinet. The only remaining solution, short of the complete dissolution of Zargathia, is one country two systems, similar to how we ruled Hong Kong for some time at the dawn of the 21st Century... However, you and your cabinet would not be part of this.

[01:06am] Amyante: "Zargathia is not a nation that was built for war. We simply had it as a goal to ensure we shared treaties with all of our neighbors, and trust on those to ensure we would not be attacked. Call it naive, if you will, but i have seen civilians die before, and i became a leader that wanted to avoid that at all costs."
[01:06am] Amyante: "One thing however that Zargathia has been clear on is that it will never condone the use of nuclear weaponry, and the Korean War saw such a nuclear proliferation on both sides that we wanted nothing to do with it. Even one of your coalition partners backed out in disapproval."
[01:06am] Amyante: "We were also vehemently opposed to the nuclear bombing of civilian population centers, forcing us in a position where we could not join the coalition, both because we lacked the military power and had strong moral objections to its conduct."
[01:06am] Amyante: "Upon establishing a buffer zone however we found a faction opposed to the government, and supplied it with arms and have them overthrow their government in our stead, doing our part to increase public support for the rebels by stopping the nukes from falling. We were not active combatants or part of the coalition, but we were doing our part still."
[01:06am] Amyante: "Any POWs the rebels caught was transfered to us in return for these supplies, and put in White Cross-led POW camps within Zargathia. As we do share a treaty, upon the end of the conflict and our declared neutrality the UFE would have had permission to inspect these camps for the presence of government officials."
[01:06am] Amyante: "Again, we try our best to honor our treaties, yet it is not our nature to take military action, and so, our path is usually the less traveled one, calling for diplomacy and a cessation of hostilities, sometimes against all odds. Japan, Korea, Mongolia, the examples are as numerous as they are consistent."
[01:06am] Amyante: "One might say that we are a nation of... stubborn pacifists. And so, when the UFE invaded former Zargathian territory, it was seen as an insult to the very core of Zargathia, the one central pillar of what we are. It is why we reacted as strongly as we did, only to be faced with sanctions... and it all went downhill from there."
[01:07am] Amyante: "It is... incredibly hard to [i]want[/i] to improve ties with a nation that threatens us with war if we do not accede to their demands, that seems to insult us at every opportunity it gets, especially when we so strongly believe we have a right to do so. It created a situation where relations could only worsen."

[01:09am] Jia: Except you forget one major major fact. The Rebels were opposed to the Federation, were until very recently part of the GKF regime, broadcast their opposition to the Federation, and have been opposed to this day. Your leaving out this detail. Secondly, Korea introduced the use of nuclear weapons, not us. In such a scenario it is only prudent to destroy your opponent as rapidly as possible.
[01:09am] Jia: Now
[01:11am] Jia: In regards to the rest, you've not done well enough, and at this point the fact is, I simply don't trust you, because while you say one thing the functionality of your actions is completely different. You say you are supporting humanitarian missions, but your supporting armed groups hostile to the UFE. You say you are against nuclear war but you block a invasion route which would end any war much more rapidly. You say you are a peaceful nation but you sympathize with neo-nazis and neo-japanese imperialists. You've just simply been dishonest.
[01:11am] Jia: So I will say this.
[01:12am] Jia: My government is willing to allow some part of your state survive through one country two systems. But we will not allow a base to our north, to be used, that could be used to launch more genocidal attacks against China like the ones you've shown sympathy for in the past. That simply cannot happen.

[01:25am] Amyante: "When we supported the rebels, our primary concern lay in removing the ability of the current Korean government to gain access to its nuclear arsenal. The policies of the rebels concerning the UFE was not known to us at that time, but they were the most available means to achieve our primary objective."
[01:25am] Amyante: "Also, what 'neo-nazis' would we be symphatizing with? Referring to the... peculiar.. surnames of the Grand Papuans these were not known to us, nor did we even know what kind of government they had. Therefore, we simply walked up to them and asked, it was as good an occasion as any."
[01:25am] Amyante: "Having said all that however, we are wondering how Zargathia, given its military inexperience and pacifistic mindset, could ever be used as a staging area for attacks into the UFE. Until the Qingyuan Diktat, the only foreign troops that had ever set foot within Zargathia did so under the invitation of Joint Exercises."

[01:29am] Jia: Zargathia frankly should have known. RSVP invites were available to anyone. Frankly the only reason I did not veto their inclusion was for intelligence purposes. In regards to the rebels the UFE had assembled a coalition of the largest most advanced militaries in the world, Rebel Army, Vauleyo, Athens, Sri Lanka, itself. Do you really think a bunch of HOSTILE rebels who suddenly organized themselves would have been a better force than the most powerful coalition ever assembled to capture these nukes?
[01:29am] Jia: I do not.
[01:31am] Jia: In fact, there are two glaring problems, the first is that there is no guarentee these groups would know how to handle such materials, and if they did there is no guarentee they wouldn't steal them for their own means... thus creating a major terrorist nuclear proliferation incident on your watch. Its incompetence on a magnitude which I have no memory of. We had the single most powerful coalition the world had ever seen ready to do the job, and you chose rebels who could use the nukes themselves.
[01:32am] Jia: Zargathia's sheer irresponsibility, and your brazen attempts at deception and lack of respect for observers suggest to me that your incompetence alone would pose a security threat. Threats do not come just from large organized standing armies, but also from chaos in which terrorists and criminals, the scavengers of this world can take root. On that alone Zargathia poses a threat. I would further say though on the issue of armies...
[01:36am] Jia: In regards to Zargathia's threat. Zargathia has shown itself incompetent at controlling its own borders. It has shown itself incompetent at recognizing extremism. That alone is a threat. Internal chaos and a safe haven for terrorism is all that is needed to pose a threat to the UFE, not just standing armies. On top of that we have the issue of you seeming, and I remain convinced you are, looking for diplomatic support to throw off the Qingyuan Diktat.
[01:36am] Jia: It is entirely possible in my eyes that you intend to comply with it until you find allies whom you feel can coerce us to rescind it. I won't allow it to advance that far.

[01:50am] Amyante: "Neither do we, which is why we felt that, should these rebels end up turning against the coalition, it would have no trouble dealing with them. Our forces advanced with them, any nuclear material would have been taken into custody and the fighting itself would have been a distraction to the government firing nuclear missiles at your troops. You know our nuclear policy, we would not allow these
[01:50am] Amyante: missiles to be fired."
[01:50am] Amyante: "On the observers, we were under the impression that they would only be present during the affairs of Zargathia, not my own personal ones. You are married yourself, if you spend a weekend away with your wife would you see it as a state visit? The UFE perhaps, but Zargathia would not, which is why we voiced strong opposition by the UFE enforcing its rules over Zargathian territory."
[01:50am] Amyante: "It is true that the Qingyuan Diktat is a thorn in our side, and we would celebrate the day it is rescinded. Denying this would be a lie. Yet what i said about Cochin is true, i need someone to talk to about what is bothering me to break the cycle or this situation will only keep repeating itself."
[01:50am] Amyante: "If Cochin manages to coerce you then so be it. If not, that is fine too. That is not the goal with which i intend to hold the meeting.... On an off note, what is this 'one country two systems' you mentioned earlier? It sounds... horribly ineffective by contradition."

[01:51am] Jia: ... I'm sorry did you just say if Cochin manages to coerce the UFE? You are open to and even receptive to the Kingdom of Cochin using force or the threat of force to the UFE, and see that as one of the outcomes of a meeting. I'm sorry but you just signed your own warrant.
[01:52am] Jia: I am going to pick up the phone and order my forces to move now. You can resign and accept this system, or my forces will move to wipe your nation out. That is the end of this, you've confessed.

[01:54am] Amyante: "No, you claimed i was 'looking for diplomatic support'. As the only actual meeting we have scheduled with a nation was that of Cochin, i logically assumed you were talking about them. Nowhere did we state they would use force or diplomatic pressure nor did we expect them to."

[01:54am] Jia: Coerce does not mean suggest, coerce has a specific definition.
[01:54am] • Jia brings up a dictionary
[01:54am] Jia: 1. to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
[01:54am] Jia: 2.
[01:54am] Jia: to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience.
[01:54am] Jia: 3.
[01:54am] Jia: to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.
[01:55am] Jia: Again
[01:55am] Jia: I find this hard for you to not know, as a world leader.
[01:58am] Jia: The United Federation of the East is willing to allow Zargathia as a autonomous imperial republic with a First Minister and loyalty to the Yuan Family and be member states with some limited internal autonomy so long as it does not violate major tenants of our state. However, Zargathia is simply both too incompetent, and now demonstrably too hostile to continue in any sort of foreign affairs or military affairs especially with you running it.

[02:04am] Amyante: "Here, see? This is the main issue i have with you. Could we please. Have. A conversation. That does NOT involve ramming something down my throat under threat of war? I asked what this 'one country two systems' thing you mentioned earlier was. Could i please get an answer?"
[02:08am] Amyante: "Furthermore, you have completely overshot the point by taking our hypothetical situation concerning Cochin literally. We both know it is not Cochin's nature to coerce anything on either of us."

[02:09am] Jia: One country two systems as I said would involve Zargathia rejoining the rest of China, and it would be granted some degrees of internal autonomy. It would be permitted a independents elected (but approved) First Minister who would serve in the cabinent of my Grand Vizier. You would be, except in occasions contrary to the Foundations of the Federation's principles, allowed to maintain internal autonomy. However, foreign relations and national security would be handled by the UFE national government.
[02:10am] Jia: In regards to Cochin, you again miss the point, it is not if Cochinese choose to or choose not to, it is the fact that you are looking for allies to coerce. The fact that the the King of Cochin said no, is a thing I am glad about, but the issue are your actions in this, not his. If you asked Athens or Austria I would be equally offended even though they are extraordinarily close to the UFE. The issue for you, is the asking, not whether or not they say yes.
[02:14am] Amyante: "As i have already stated several times, i do not intend to ask anything of the Cochinese, aside from the request to meet them as a friend i can talk to about what is bothering me, primarily the issues between Zargathia and the UFE. If you want, i can even record this conversation for you so you will hear for yourself that i will not be asking them to take actions against you."
[02:18am] Jia: And as I have said several times you have given me decreasing reason to trust you, and do not believe you. If its not going to be the Cochinese who you get help from you'll just ask someone else. Your credibility on the issue is dead, and for whatever reason, you presume me a moron to think its beyond the capacity of a politician to lie.
[02:19am] Jia: Your word hold no weight here. I've given you the offer, rather than talking in circles, we can discuss its implementation, or do this the old fashion way. This has been a long time of your own making.
[02:20am] Jia: There is no going back for you.

[02:27am] Amyante: "I do not presume you a moron. If my goal was to gather support there would have been official visits rather than personal ones. Is the concept of venting one's anger truly so alien to you that you fail to understand the need for this? Do you have so little faith in Cochin, your own ally, that you believe them likely to tear up your treaties after a single meeting with me, despite your observations
[02:27am] Amyante: of my foreign affairs?"

[02:29am] Jia: I have faith in my allies, but I do not have faith that you would not ask non-allies later on. Again the guilty is not the one who answers, but the one who asks the question. Further personal visits are much easier for making covert pacts, official ones broadcast intention. Tactically anyone would go with a personal rather than official visit. Lastly you are a head of state, if you cannot handle these responsibilities and must vent to foreign leaders thats your issue, but that just shows you are an amateur and further reinforces my earlier conviction.
[02:30am] Jia: Now I grow tired of circles, and coddling.
[02:30am] Jia: What is your decision?
[02:34am] Amyante: "This time, i will have terms of my own. First, what are the tenants of your state? Second, i will need a copy of the Foundations of the Federation's principles. I do not want any surprises after this."
[02:40am] Jia: The tenants are: 1) The United Federation of the East is a Pan-Asian Commonwealth, it believes in a united East Asia with the strength to resist outside powers. 2) The Commonwealth is guided by the Zeonic Socialist Party which provides the guiding principles of the revolution. 3) The Commonwealth is governed by a meritocratic bureaucracy which all citizens shall have equal opportunity to join and ascend. 4) The Commonwealth is protected by one People's Liberation Army, which serves the people as a revolutionary army.
[02:40am] Jia: 5)
[02:41am] Jia: The August Imperator acts as the supreme guardian of revolutionary ideals, the August Imperator and his line is not to act as daily administrator of the Federation, this is the role for the party and the meritocracy, but rather to provide strong leadership, and lead the People's Liberation Army
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[02:43am] Jia: We are willing to budge some on gradual economic traditions, but the implementation of a unified military and foreign policy, as well as Imperial Oversight is a must.
[02:44am] Jia: Ah our breakfast has arrived.

[02:45am] Amyante: "And as a one country two systems state, what would our liberties and obligations be towards the UFE? Would it be similar to the status of the Lu Empire in the Federation?"

[02:48am] Jia: You would be a member state of the Federation, not a vassal. As such your citizens are protected by the Federation constitution which gives them the rights to: education, health care, food, clean water, housing, occupational criticism. Your managing of discussion regarding your state and local level management will be up to you, national discussion shall continue to be run by the central government. The Federation allows for freedom of religion so long as they do not meddle in politics or public policy issues.
[02:48am] Jia: Are there any other questions in regarding liberties?
[02:49am] Jia: As we will manage military and foreign affairs, there are no obligations, other than a requirement to register for the selective service, which is run by the Central Government, but currently the military is all volunteer.

[02:51am] Amyante: "That is good to hear. Will Zargathians volunteering for military service be exclusively stationed within Zargathia itself?"

[02:52am] Jia: No. The Commonwealth defends the Commonwealth. Those who serve in the military will serve alongside all groups and everywhere in the Federation.
[02:53am] Jia: Thais defend Korea, Russians defend Taiwan.
[02:53am] Jia: This is not negotiable, it is part of being a united community.

02:56am] Amyante: "I see, which follows up to my next question. What of the treaties Zargathia is a signatory of, but not the UFE? Specifically the Axioms of War and the White Cross, but other treaties as well."

[02:58am] Jia: The UFE runs its own foreign policy. Our medical logistic capacity exceeds the White Cross and is thus irrelevant. In regards to any treaty of war, the UFE shall not sign it. Those who wrote it are idiots, and we understand how to conduct operations better than they. The best way to prevent war is to be strong and the best way to lower casualties in war is to win fast, we do not accept any limits on conducting warfare other than UFE policy. If people followed UFE policies regarding war, there would be no nuclear war, and wars would be won much faster.

[03:01am] Amyante: "Next, the status of the Crown."

[03:03am] Jia: Its gone.
[03:03am] Jia: You abdicate, as I've said.
[03:03am] Jia: Maybe the scots will give you one.

[03:04am] Amyante: Would the UFE be willing to allow the Crown to take a symbolic role, not connected to the government?

[03:05am] Jia: No because there is only one China, and it has been this way for thousands of years. The nation is united under the Yuan Dynasty. All other symbols are of warlordism and civil war. This is not acceptable. If you wish to live as a private citizen, that is fine, but you will be banned from politics or any role that can be translated to political influence.

[03:07am] Amyante: "Our line is related to that of the Lu, which rule the territory formerly occupied by the Xinyan Republic. That in itself brings with it some political influence."

[03:09am] Jia: The Lu family we have a separate arrangement, however, I again don't really... care. You will be a member state of the UFE, not a vassal. Member states of the UFE have one crown... well its not a crown, more a lapel pin, but its not one you will have.
[03:09am] Jia: That is the end of this topic, its not negotiable
[03:09am] Jia: To be honest, I'm willing to not prosecute you, and thats a big concession.

[03:12am] Amyante: "Oh, that wasn't the reason i asked, it was mainly to see if i would still be capable of meeting my cousin, as Lu Zhou is a head of state. Also, i take it that all three premises currently owned as my private property will continue to be such?"

[03:14am] Jia: You may retain non-historic residences. However, just like my private apartments in the Beijing Forbidden City are owned by the Chinese people, so will any with major heritage significance which belong to all Chinese people. As far as who you visit privately as a private citizen, that is your own business so long as you stay out of politics.

[03:20am] Amyante: "Hmm... Come to think of it those would be four residences, there aren't really any historic residences in use that i know of, they're all on the list of national monuments. Speaking of, those and our national reservations we will still be able to manage as being an internal matter, correct?

[03:22am] Jia: So long as they are properly managed and given unrestricted access for all Federation citizens, further if I so much as hear one word about sympathy to any fascist regimes of past... you should be able to guess by now how I'd respond.

[03:24am] • Amyante nods
[03:25am] Amyante: "And the Qingyuan Diktat will end, replaced by the treaty binding Zargathia to its new form as part of the UFE's member states?"

[03:25am] Jia: Correct.

[03:26am] Amyante: "Very well, set up the document then."

[03:26am] Jia: It shall be done.
[03:27am] Jia: I pre-emptively congratulate you on your citizenship, and look forward to my autopen signing your passport.


[03:27am] Amyante: "And i look forward to once again having normal relations between the UFE and Zargathia."


[03:28am] Jia: The UFE has normal relations with itself

[03:28am] Amyante: Was refering to Zargathia that is currently existing up to the moment it will take into effect

[03:29am] Amyante: Stilll need to sign it as head of state

[03:29am] Jia: Yes, just be aware the Qingyuan Diktat will only be repealed as part of this being signed.

[03:29am] Amyante: Fully aware of it[/quote]

With the agreement concluded, draft language would be made available to the Zargathian Queen, which had been prepared by lawyers, it was quite large covering everything from foreign affairs to patent law. But it was done. The PLA was ordered in to disarm and absorb the armed forces of Zargathia, national security would now be completely within the UFEs control.

Flags would lower the Zargathia flag, and fly it underneath the flag on the People's Republic of China and the United Federation of the East.

In the coming days Manchuria and Inner Mongolia would be admitted as autonomous regions within the PRC (for Manchuria) and Mongolia (for Inner Mongolia) and made de-facto member states with ties to each other.

The North had been reunited. The August Imperator would announce he was to address the entire nation by the end of the week. There would be many details to iron out in the coming months. But for now all was well. China was whole again.

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A speech featuring the Zargathian Queen would follow shortly after the publication of the agreement, and timed so that the recording would be broadcast on all Zargathian channels around the same time Jia made his announcement to the UFE. The change to the flags would be done after the announcement to prevent provocations with the more patriotic of Zargathian citizens, but with all personnel instructed beforehand, the day after the announcements were made all governmental locations formerly flying the Zargathian flag would include those of the People's Republic of China and the United Federation of the East alongside it.

- "Dear citizens. Currently, i am sure many of you are feeling that the inclusion of Zargathia into the fold of the United Federation of the East was completely unexpected. You were all aware of the number of times we were threatened, insulted, every action seen as an attack or provocation upon the UFE. Many of you believed our two nations would be on the brink of war, and you would have been right."

- "However, what happened in Qingyuan today was in fact a wonderful victory of diplomacy, breaking a vicious cycle of hostilities that would have made war unavoidable. It is true that upon signing this document, Zargathia as you know it will become a federal state rather than a nation, though with a degree of autonomy to ensure that the changes you will notice are minimal, and Zargathia will be able to continue to provide the standard of living you all currently enjoy. All current policies with the exception of military and foreign affairs will continue to be unchanged. In addition, the Qingyuan Diktat will be made invalid by this treaty, allowing peace and much needed calm to prevail over UFE-Zargathian relations. We have truly achieved the most we could get out of this situation."

- "The most important of the changes is, i regret to say, my own abdication as sole ruler of Zargathia. As soon as i sign this document, preparations for elections will get underway, after which i will no longer be participating in the world of politics in an official manner. I do so however with a light heart and a clear conscience. My goal when i created Zargathia was to create a place free from war and strife. During its long existence of over thirty years (July 2009), we have seen many nations rise and fall together, rulers be replaced by others, and recently seen the resurrection of the Lu Empire at our western border to come full circle with our origins. And never did the flames of war cross our borders. I leave you now with a raised head, knowing that in these long years, no Zargathian citizen has ever faced the horrors of war within its border."

- "My final request to you is that you think back with pride to this great nation, that you tell your children and their children that you were once a part of Zargathia, a nation that did not know war during even the most troubled of times. Zargathia was not born from war, Zargathia did not live through war, and so it is only fitting that Zargathia does not end through war or anarchy. In the complete history of our planet only a scarce few can ever make that claim, when you think back, please remember us for it. It was an honor, and a pleasure to enjoy your continued and faithful support, from the start to the very end."

After she would put her signature under the document, effectively ending the Zargathian monarchy, Rebecca would handle the day to day affairs until elections could be held. Amyante would retire taking some members of her staff with her, the only political influence she would have beyond that point would be her right to vote as a Federation citizen.

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A speech featuring the Zargathian Queen would follow shortly after the publication of the agreement, and timed so that the recording would be broadcast on all Zargathian channels around the same time Jia made his announcement to the UFE. The change to the flags would be done after the announcement to prevent provocations with the more patriotic of Zargathian citizens, but with all personnel instructed beforehand, the day after the announcements were made all governmental locations formerly flying the Zargathian flag would include those of the People's Republic of China and the United Federation of the East alongside it.

- "Dear citizens. Currently, i am sure many of you are feeling that the inclusion of Zargathia into the fold of the United Federation of the East was completely unexpected. You were all aware of the number of times we were threatened, insulted, every action seen as an attack or provocation upon the UFE. Many of you believed our two nations would be on the brink of war, and you would have been right."

- "However, what happened in Qingyuan today was in fact a wonderful victory of diplomacy, breaking a vicious cycle of hostilities that would have made war unavoidable. It is true that upon signing this document, Zargathia as you know it will become a federal state rather than a nation, though with a degree of autonomy to ensure that the changes you will notice are minimal, and Zargathia will be able to continue to provide the standard of living you all currently enjoy. All current policies with the exception of military and foreign affairs will continue to be unchanged. In addition, the Qingyuan Diktat will be made invalid by this treaty, allowing peace and much needed calm to prevail over UFE-Zargathian relations. We have truly achieved the most we could get out of this situation."

- "The most important of the changes is, i regret to say, my own abdication as sole ruler of Zargathia. As soon as i sign this document, preparations for elections will get underway, after which i will no longer be participating in the world of politics in an official manner. I do so however with a light heart and a clear conscience. My goal when i created Zargathia was to create a place free from war and strife. During its long existence of over thirty years (July 2009), we have seen many nations rise and fall together, rulers be replaced by others, and recently seen the resurrection of the Lu Empire at our western border to come full circle with our origins. And never did the flames of war cross our borders. I leave you now with a raised head, knowing that in these long years, no Zargathian citizen has ever faced the horrors of war within its border."

- "My final request to you is that you think back with pride to this great nation, that you tell your children and their children that you were once a part of Zargathia, a nation that did not know war during even the most troubled of times. Zargathia was not born from war, Zargathia did not live through war, and so it is only fitting that Zargathia does not end through war or anarchy. In the complete history of our planet only a scarce few can ever make that claim, when you think back, please remember us for it. It was an honor, and a pleasure to enjoy your continued and faithful support, from the start to the very end."

After she would put her signature under the document, effectively ending the Zargathian monarchy, Rebecca would handle the day to day affairs until elections could be held. Amyante would retire taking some members of her staff with her, the only political influence she would have beyond that point would be her right to vote as a Federation citizen.
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Emperor Lu Zhou offers refuge for the Queen of Zargathia and her staff, only if they would agree to this kind offer that out Emperor has given them.

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"There is no cause for concern, the current administration of Zargathia will remain intact, with the exception of the Queen. In her place there will be a President, elections for which are to be held soon. The Queen also wishes to thank Emperor Lu Zhou for his generous offer, but she is in no way expelled from Federation territory, and is currently making a farewell tour through Zargathian cities, to be concluded one day prior to the elections. The two candidates are both experienced in matters of government so there will be no loss of knowledge when, as per the terms offered, the Queen will not be given the position of adviser."

"One thing we do wish to point out however is the nature of China itself. The Chinese are quite tolerant when it comes to integration, when a stranger thinks of him or herself as Chinese, then they are. The same goes for Zargathia: As long as there are people that feel Zargathian in their minds and hearts, Zargathia will never truly die."

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