Evangeline Anovilis Posted January 8, 2012 Report Share Posted January 8, 2012 While Croatia had attained its independence, the current port of Senj was a rather small town. Having only a bit over 8,000 inhabitants, it was enough to fit the many fishing boats, as well as the current Navy of 3 corvettes. However, Croatia was looking to create a proper naval force, especially as relations with Großdeutschland and the Athenians seemed peaceful enough to make the only threat one from overseas. And with the recent stories of Indians occupying Florida, as well as Australians attacking South Africans, this was not to be taken lightly. Additionally, with the current economic situation, the country was dependent on imports from the Athenians or the Germans, unable to host any real merchant vessels. This was unhealthy for the trade, as well as for the diplomacy. Ban Milan had always loved the sea, but most of his travels were either in large ships from outside Croatia, or his own little Yacht in the Harbor of Senj. And even if he now had the income of a 'nation' at his disposal, it was by far not enough to expand the small village to a size, right for a surface fleet. And as all major ports in the region, namely Triest, Koper, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik were in foreign posession, he sent out a letter. [quote][b]To: Emperor Valerio Moretti de Bourbon of the Athenian Federation From: Ban Milan of Senj, Regent of Croatia Subject: A port for our people[/b] To the Emperor of the Athenians, On behalf of my country, I today write you this letter, in order to adress a grave concern and problem of the Duchy, which we in the National Council view as important to solve. Croatia, altough once a great nation, has in its current borders only limited access to the seas. Our largest port is build to allow fishermen to do their work and find a safe harbor to return to, but it is by far not able to allow for any proper merchant vessel to anchor there. This not only prevents the creation of a fleet adequate for the protection of the Duchy from opportunistic navies, but even more, it forbids us to import and export goods, without the need to do so via your or Greater German lands, which is not only a problem for our national souvereignity, but also it burdens our economy with wares having to pass two borders, instead of one. I do not know how Athens views on this matters are, but we hope that we can address this issue soon, either per mail or also with a personal visit of yours in Karlovac. Of course, should Athens asks for it, I can also visit you. As long as we know that, our problem is not where to meet, but to increase the standarts of living and national freedom in Croatia. With regards, [i]Milan[/i] [b]Ban of Senj Regent of Croatia[/b][/quote] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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