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[quote][b]From Christopher O'Connell
Minister of Foreign Affairs of
The Kingdom of Ireland[/b]

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[b][u]Addressed To The English
Government and Crown[/u]
A Formal Invitation to Dublin[/b]

Your Majesty, Parliament, and English Officials,

These Islands in which we inhabit are unique in it of themselves - let alone how special Europe is. The nations here and throughout this continent are carved partially from previous borders that have stretched back nearly one thousands years in history. These Islands are no exception. After being settled by primitive man a long time ago we have come a far way from lighting fire for the first time or beating each other with sticks and stones. Now today, we have the opportunity more then ever to achieve harmony, peace, and lasting tranquility between Ireland and England. I will be the first to admit that there were hardships along the way to where we are now - both in Ireland and Great Britain. What is different now is that we having nothing to be corrupt over, nothing to hold us back from friendship, and nothing to stop us from working together to make these Islands the middle jewel in the economic crown of this world. It is now only a matter of time before we achieve greatness.

On behalf of His Majesty, King Anthony of Ireland, I extend a formal diplomatic invitation to King Dominic of England and or any officials he would like to bring along with him including members of parliament or any other sector of administrative government. If you so accept His request, the meeting is to take place in Dublin near the capital.

Until Then,

[b]Christopher O'Connell
Minister of Foreign Affairs[/b][/quote]

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In order to prepare for the coming of another King safety preparations had been taken. Civilians would be cut off from certain streets as the King's motorcade would bring Dominic to their meeting place near the capital. Certain businesses and shops would be closed as well so that no civilians inside structures either could pose any threat. While the meeting would be going on the Coast Guard would keep a careful watch around the port in Dublin to make sure no one from the Isle of Man or anywhere else in the Irish Sea would try to cause any trouble. Even the air force, with routine helicopter flights, would be on the look out to protect the meeting at all costs.

Minister Christopher O'Connell of Foreign Affairs would meet and greet King Dominic at the air port. From the air port they would drive to a modestly built building that had Irish flags hanging from the front. Inside of the armored building King Anthony would be waiting along with plenty of food and drinks for all of them to enjoy. Upon King Dominic entering the room, Anthony would extend his hand for a shake, "It's an honor to finally meet you. Take a seat?" Several butters were waiting to service whatever needs any of them needed when it came to dinning. Since the building had been recently built a small bathroom with only a toilet and a sink would also be open to service them.

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"Mr O'Connell, thank you, its a pleasure to meet you too" Dominic replied as he sat down after shaking Chris's hand.

"So what is the first item on your agenda Minister, because mine is quite important. After your war in England against the former German Government, your military caused considerable damage to English infrastructure, amounting into billions. Myself and Parliament both agree that Ireland should take responsibility for this damage and compensate my Government for having to repair or rebuild the damaged infrastructure. I wont lie, its a rather large sum over just under twelve billion pounds sterling. Would Ireland be willing to pay the requested amount?"

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Minister O'Connell took his seat after King Anthony did and looked to the King, seeing if he wanted him to talk. The King was in his black suit with a bright green tie and white button down shirt. The royalty of Ireland had crowns however, especially for the King, a sash with three stripes, green white and orange, would take it's place. The eight-teen year old King sat forward and folded his hands, "Well I wanted to talk about creating a lasting alliance and peace between Ireland and England so the rest of Europe can calm down that their are three of us in these islands now - but if you think that matter is more urgent then by all means we'll handle that first." Anthony got up looked out of the window in their small meeting room. It was transparent for them but a black wall to anyone looking from the outside. A busy street of Dublin was able to be seen.

"We are on the edge of the financial district of this part of Dublin. Granted Belfast is bigger and London makes Dublin look like a drop in a lake. Same goes for our GDP... In fact the east coast of this island is the most developed. The farther west you go the farther you go back in time here in Ireland." Anthony noticed a small black smudge on the edge of the window and he pointed at it, "This is a new building but that glass was made somewhere around Galway and they apparently did not clean it very well..." King Anthony looked over to Christopher and pointed, "Do you know what that is Christopher?" Christopher replied in slight confusion, "No sir." King Anthony nodded his head, "I am sure our guest may not know either; let me explain. Hours before the Reichtenberg government tried killing me, a coal mine in the west imploded, trapping hundreds of minors and cutting off Ireland's biggest supply to heating and fuel for it's citizens - not mentioning electricity... That black mark is ash because a four mineral resource factories exploded right next to the mine because of the tremor the collapse caused."

Anthony pointed at that and sighed, "That is one of the other two things that has the Ministry of Culture riding up my back. This winter Ireland will have to face the fact that we may have entire villages enduring freezing temperatures without any source of heat to put in their chimneys because the post office is the only building with electricity. Don't ask me why but some of them choose to live isolated and happy like this in their own little enclave of our society. So what does that mean? That means that when power usage starts to spike in the east because everyone suddenly decides to use their heaters, their will be a shortage of coal because Ireland's ability to extract, manufacture, and distribute coal has dropped and fluctuated between forty to seventy-five percent." Anthony pointed his finger in the air and said, "And so we have come down to this inevitable conclusion in the Irish Government. Focus government resources that could be educating our young or securing our borders to mine coal and bring it in stock here to Dublin and Belfast... You would think we had reserves of fuel for emergencies like this right?"

Minister O'Connell remained quiet, "We did. It was in the form of gasoline and oil reserve in containers in an disclosed area. The problem is that we had to use most of that reserve fuel to engage Reichtenberg and get our troops into Great Britain to defend Ireland so that we would not be squashed out of existence..." Anthony turned around and headed towards one of the food tables, "So because we had to protect ourselves from the British-Germanesque government known as Reichtenberg, hundreds of people will freeze to death this winter.. But you have not heard the best part - this entire Kingdom, generals, doctors, police officers, and teenagers in all are too proud to accept foreign aid. I would bet my life if you dropped a truck load of even German coal in Dublin not even the rats would touch the stuff..."

Anthony picked up an apple and threw it to Christopher who caught it, "What's the second reason the Ministry of Culture is riding my back, Minister O'Connell?" Christopher calmly set the apple in front of him, "Food sir... Meat mostly." Anthony noted, "Ah yes! Food!" Taking a seat in a different chair Anthony folded his hands, "Crop failures during and after the war led to another conclusion. Since the market is low native meat and the farms were either scorched or attacked by disease, we are possibly facing famine. The cold kills old people, but famine kills everyone and everything - it does not discriminate." Anthony finally sat back and folded his arms, "So this is what I am faced with Your Majesty. An estimated 250 people will freeze to death this winter and as much as 2,000 people may starve leaving another 5,000 pretty damn hungry until Spring comes along. We are hoping the Carolinas sympathize with us and give us some secret aid that I can hopefully force into the market without civilians noticing..."

"All the meanwhile I am making the Treasury lie to six million Irish citizens and say that we are overflowing with cash while really I am using the money to save as many lives as I can..." Minister O'Connell spoke some of his first words all night, "That is where you come in, King Dominic." The King nodded, "That's why I keep Christopher around, he knows his stuff. Yes that is when you come in. I want to stop people from dying and I want to keep this country safe. There is not a value you can put on human life... but I value an alliance with my neighbor almost more then anything in this world - a friend is better then a thousand weapons because two minds can defeat a challenge better then one mind with a pointy stick... What I am getting down to, Your Majesty, is that I want to achieve friendship between England and Ireland - no matter the cost. If it means giving money that I could be using for even my own people, then this is the only time I would make that exception because I know it will help the rest of them in the long run. If it is vital to our relationship, Your Majesty, then I will give you that money. But if you can get past the damage to English infrastructure then I would be very grateful and I think a couple thousand people would be happy to be alive." Anthony pulled out a check from his wallet and filled it out, signing it swiftly. "The most I can give you is the ten billion in pounds... I wont blame you for either decision you make; just know that I want England and Ireland to work together to make this place great and nothing will stand in my way for us to do so."

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"Well then your Majesty if that is the case the most I can give you is this ten billion... I understand that England is weak right now and needs Irish support so I will do whatever I can to support our Anglo neighbors to the east. However I want to make sure this money is spent accordingly so I expect a budget to be handed over to the Irish Government and I can send observers to make sure that work is being done on at the appropriate places. In addition to that I will not be giving you the money in a lump sum but two-billion dollars at a time. When you get close to running out of our money to rebuild, just make another request to my office of the Treasury and you have my word we will give you up to two-billion over time. I can assemble a team of civil engineers to go home with you right now if that is okay with you... In addition I don't see why you could not sign even a non-agression treaty with me? I would hope we do not pose that much of a threat."

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"Sirs, I would rather I did not have to ask for Englands money as and when we are running out of it, I would prefer the lump sum. I am also aware that Ireland will struggle this winter, so as a gesture of good will, England will provide gas and oil for Ireland at a discounted rate to make it cheaper for your citizens until it gets better. If a lump sum can be delivered, and without observers, as our word should be a good enough guarantee, I will sign a NAP with Ireland, with a clause to alter the treaty as the relationship progresses."

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Anthony nodded. It could be noted that he was not having a good day but this did not put a damper in it. He was happy to make peace with the English, even though they did seem to have oversized egos at times. "Agreed" he said as he shook the King's hand. "But I still want a budget I can show the Treasury department and the fuel can work... so long as it's not charity."

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"The fuel will not be charity, but it will be charged at a far lower rate to help the poorer citizens in your Kingdom cope with fuel costs in the winter months. As for a budget, I will have one dispatched to your Treasury once the survays are completed".

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"Yes, including non aggression." repeated Dominic, visibly irritated by the lack of clear understanding from his Irish counterparts.

"Mr Ambassador" said Dominic nodding at Chris's direction, "Sir" he said nodding in the direction of the King. "Is there anything else you wish to discuss?"

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