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[quote][b]To:[/b] The Office of the King of Norway
[b]From:[/b] Swedish Ministry for International Affairs and Trade

[b]Subj:[/b] Formalizing Diplomatic Ties

[i]Salutations,[/i]

My friends from the west, as you are undoubtedly aware, Europe appears to be in a growing state of chaos at this moment with the outbreak of political revolution in France, and the possibility of destabilization there. Although it appears that there might not be progress made in a Nordic Council, we would like to seek to formalize diplomatic with our Norwegian brethren whom we share Scandinavia with.

This could benefit both of our nations militarily, as well as economically, and provide a solid Scandinavian front should conflict arise in Europa. We would like to invite a delegation from Norway to Gothenberg, to discuss these possibilities.

[i]Best Regards,

Christian Nyquist
Minister of International Affairs and Trade
Leading Foreign Representative of the Swedish Parliament[/i][/quote]

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[b]TO:[/b] Swedish Ministry for International Affairs and Trade
[b]FROM:[/b] Haakon VIII Magnusson, King of Norway and Denmark
[b]SUBJ:[/b] RE:Formalizing Diplomatic Ties

Christian Nyquist,

I would be honoured to attend a meeting to disscuss the possibility of closer diplomatic ties. We have long held our swedish brothers in high esteem and hope that we can from a good relationship to see our nations into the future. I myself will attend, along with Statsminister Steffan Ovesen and Foreign Minister Marius Bergfalk. We look forward to meeting with you soon.

Haakon VIII Magnusson Yngling,
[img]http://i909.photobucket.com/albums/ac292/aggressivenutmeg/king-1.png[/img]
King of Norway and Denmark
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The delegation from Norway-Denmark would arrive in Sweden's secondary city, Gothenberg, finding the bustling city to be alive with prosperity and liveliness, despite the winter that seemed to be creeping in on the region. The Swedish Government Building, which played host as one of the main venues in the country to conduct foreign meetings, overlooked the bustling port of Gothenberg, which was alive with ships from many different nationalities, as well as warships, their guns covered and riding lazily at harbor. Even a few pleasure craft still braved the cold waters to sail through the channels of Gothenberg's inner harbor.

The building itself was a new generation style of building, mostly glass, taking as much advantage from natural heat and light as possible, and adding a touch of futuristic architecture amongst many of the old buildings surrounding it, a symbol of progress in and of itself in this old city. Greeting the Norwegian Delegation would be the newly-crowned Head of State, Queen Caroline, of the House of Bernadotte, as well as the Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Ericsson, as well as Christian Nyquist, who had addressed the letter to the government of Norway.

Upon their arrival, the young queen would greet their Norwegian brethren herself, "Your Majesty, it is a pleasure to finally meet you in person, I am Queen Caroline, and this is my Prime Minister, Mr. Ericsson, and Minister of International Affairs, Mr. Nyquist, who corresponded with you. Welcome to Gothenberg, and Sweden!"

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'The pleasure is all mine your Majesty, Haakon Magnusson.' Haakon replied offering his hand before moving on to the Swedish ministers. 'This is my Statsminister Steffen Ovesen and my Foreign Minister Marius Bergfalk. Thank you for welcoming us to Sweden. Mr. Ericsson, Mr. Nyquist.' Haakon acknowledge, shaking their hands. 'Shall we begin? It is rather cold out here.'

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"Welcome Mr. Ovesen, Mr. Bergfalk," nodded Caroline, moving to shake their hands after shaking the Norwegian Monarch's hand.

"We can begin right away," nodded Nyquist, ushering them inside the warmer venue after exchanging pleasantries. They would meet inside one of the venue's many meeting rooms, which was dressed for the occasion with Swedish and Norwegian flags running the length of one of the walls. Coffee and tea would be offered to the delegates as they sat down around a large table.

"Where to begin?" grinned Ericsson, "As we both know, your Majesty, the breakdown of the Nordic Council occurred, and now Europe seems to be fractured, very little cooperation occurring as of late. We've seen these fractures and disagreements come to Scandinavia as well, I think it is high time that we mend relations with our neighbors. Given the fact that Finland's actions continue to fluctuate as well, we don't feel like forming a full formal relationship with them is in our best interests right now. That being said, Norway has been a bastion for stability, and I feel it is high time that we formalize the the relationship we have with your nation," he would say, sipping a mug of coffee.

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The Norwegian delegation would leave their great coats by the door with the [i]huskarls[/i] of the Royal Household Guard. 'It is indeed sad to see that the Nordic Council came to nothing,' King Haakon began, 'I had high hopes that it would bring prosperity to northern Europe.' Sipping his coffee.

'We too are concerned with Finland as off late, their recent troop movements in the north and their mobilization in support of the French rebels, leaves us a bit more then uneasy.' Statsminister Ovesen continued. 'Sweden has much potential and I'm sure it will have a great future. As you can imagine, we would like to be part of that future.'

'Unity and peace in Scandinavia is paramount in our opinion, we are quickly becoming the new balkans, the [i]"Powder keg of Europe"[/i]. I for one, would like their fears to be unfounded.' Haakon concluded.

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"It seems that France has quickly diverted those attentions away from Scandinavia potentially becoming the Balkans," remarked Caroline lightly, as she took a sip of tea. "Although these newest elections could be promising."

"Indeed, one of our feelings was that the Nordic Council was going to be used by [i]some[/i] of its would-be members as a means to an end, and such use of nations such as our own in those endeavors is ill-advised at best. We do recognize that regional bonds [i]must[/i] be made however, and I feel that securing an agreement between our two nations is a great way to start out. Maybe even eventually paving the way for some semblance of the Nordic Council to return," nodded Ericsson, looking at the young Queen, then back at the Norwegian-Danish Monarch.

"Although we see some merit to the French Communist movement, the transition of government, if it is to be made, should be made through elections and democracy, this direct action business [i]is[/i] quite unsettling," added Nyquist, taking a sip of his coffee. "Solidarity between Sweden and Norway-Denmark could pave the way for at least Northern Europe being able to right its currently unsettled affairs."

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'We are inclinde to agree. I feel that a military and economic agreement would benefit both our nations greatly, even if it is meerly a non-agression pact, it would pave the way for a closer relationship. A united front in Northern Europe would also be benificial to the stability on the continent.' Bergfalk replied.

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"I feel that we could do much better than a [i]non-aggression[/i] pact, Mr. Bergfalk," said Nyquist, sipping the last of his coffee, before looking at Ericsson, who seemed to be in thought for a second.

"A Mutual Defense Pact, along with a preferential trade agreement could certainly be arranged, if Norway is amenable to such accords?" nodded Ericsson, looking at the young queen, who nodded her own assent.

"A Mutual Defense Pact [i]would[/i] send a rather clear message," added Caroline, as she settled back in her own chair.

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"I would believe that this agreement would cover such parameters," nodded Nyquist, producing the copy of an unsigned treaty for Haakon to view.

"It is assured that we could pass the ratification of this treaty in the [i]riksdag[/i]," said Ericsson.

[quote][b]Preamble
[/b]
[i]Under the pretext of friendship and mutual understanding, the governments of Sweden and Norway-Denmark, in good faith, do ascertain, by signatures of their governments, that they shall accede to the following Articles.[/i]

[b]Article I. “Statement of Neutrality”[/b]

Section 1: The governments of both contract parties of this document shall maintain a state of peaceful relations between one another, and shall not engage in any behavior with one another, or in the company of a third party that will lead to aggression.

[b]Article II. “On Common Interests[/b]

Section 1: The governments of both contract parties shall maintain close contact with one another, to ensure smooth relations and to keep the other party appraised of any common threats or conflicts that may arise.

[b]Article III. “On Conflicting Interests”
[/b]
Section 1: The governments of both contract parties shall, should either find themselves at conflicting interests with one another, work through diplomatic channels, and if necessary joint arbitrary committees, to ensure peaceful resolution of said conflicting interests.

[b]Article IV. “On Mutual Defense”
[/b]
Section 1: The governments of both contract parties agree to that if one or the other is engaged by a third party in an act of belligerence, the other is mutually responsible to respond with appropriate force to protect the other.

Section 2: The governments of both contract parties shall work together to maintain the readiness and effectiveness of each other’s armed forces. This proviso includes, but is not limited to; preferential defense contracts, training and technical assistance, joint military exercises, and stationing of one another’s troops within the boundaries of each other’s territories.

[b]Article V. “On Trade and Economic Assistance”
[/b]
Section 1: The governments of both contract parties shall work with one another to lower trade tariffs and encourage private trade and capital to flow freely between each nation, including preferential trade for the others signatories' government.

[i]Signatures[/i]

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Signed for the Kingdom of Norway and Denmark

[img]http://i909.photobucket.com/albums/ac292/aggressivenutmeg/king-1.png[/img]
Haakon VIII Magnusson Yngling,
King of Norway and Denmark

[img]http://i909.photobucket.com/albums/ac292/aggressivenutmeg/primeminister-sig.png[/img]
Steffen Ovesen,
Statsminister of Norway

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