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Tiberius was quietly relaxing in the gentle heat of the sun outside his residence in southern Uruguay. Weeks had passed since he learned of the fall of the Imperial Commonwealth of Umbrella. Upon hearing the news from one of his servants, he simply nodded and returned to reading his book. Many of his friends and associates were surprised at his silence on the matter. They had thought he would jump from his seat in joy, and dance around the room upon hearing the news. Instead he sat quietly everyday since, tending to his garden, reading his books and hosting small parties for his friends and family. But that was until this day. As he sat in the garden he called for Pedro, one of his few remaining loyal companions, to fetch something.

[i]" Pedro, my friend, get me a piece of paper and pen. I wish to write a letter."[/i] said Tiberius. [i]' Of course Sire.'[/i] replied Pedro. Once Tiberius received the necessary tools to craft a letter, he began......

[quote][i]Señor Presidente Ignacio de Ardanza[/i],

[i]Allow me to introduce myself. I am Ramón Castilla, better know as Emperor Tiberius Manus I of the Peruvian Imperium. Much time has passed since I last set foot on my native soil. The Imperial Commonwealth declared I was never to return to my beloved Peru. They sent me into exile for the remainder of my days on this fair planet of ours. But now that they have been swept away into the abyss of history, I beseech you to allow me to return to my native Peru. I ask that you give me a chance to rebuild my country. To restore its honour and glory, and to return it back to its former golden age.

I pray you grant me your permission to do so. And I pray that I may meet you in person, once I have returned to Peru.

Yours Sincerely,

Ramón Castilla[/i]
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Another letter was sent to Patricia Espinosa of Mexico.

[quote][i]Señora Patricia Espinosa,

I am Ramón Castilla, former Emperor of the Peruvian Imperium. I send you this letter with the best of intentions and a humble request. I ask that you will grant me your permission to reestablish the Peruvian Imperium in South America, with all its former territories. I ask that you will give me a chance to restore Peru's honour and pride. I ask that you will allow me to return Peru to her former glory. And I pray that you will grant me my request. For I intend for equality and prosperity to be brought to the former Imperial territories.

Yours sincerely,

Ramón Castilla[/i][/quote]

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The arrival of the letter to the Narino Palace would be met with some surprise by Ignacio de Ardanza and his foreign staff, the installation of a friendly government in Peru, allowing for self-determination would offset the hardships endured by the Colombians in the short but vicious insurgency against their protectorate government in Eastern Peru. [b](OOC: Yet to be roleplayed, I'm going to roleplay it out as being back in the timeline.)[/b] Ignacio would pen a quick response to Ramon's letter, and send it back to be hand delivered by a foreign ministry diplomatic courier.

[quote][i]Saludos Senor Castilla[/i]

I am well aware of your plight as the former head of state of the Peruvian Imperium, and it would fill us with joy to see a government determined by the people once again rise in Peru, to see another member of the Latin American community rise from the ashes. On that note, I would like to meet with you in Lima at a time of your choosing to discuss the future of Peru if it is to be released to a government led by yourself. Our Ministry of Home Affairs will begin the process of holding plebiscites about Peru to gauge a return of your governance in the meantime, I look forward to personally meeting you myself and hope that our meeting results in a new Peru rising from the crisis that plagued it not so long ago.

The Latin American community is reforming its long neglected self, and your nation's involvement in that honorable community would be greatly pleasing to our government, and I'm sure the governments of others.

Until our meeting in Lima.

[i]Best Regards,

Ignacio de Ardanza
President of the Republic of Greater Colombia[/i][/quote]

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Having received President de Ardanza's reply, Tiberius went about making the necessary arrangements for a meeting in Lima. After sending the date, time and location for the meeting Tiberius traveled to the city. Two days later in the Palacio Legislativo, Tiberius met President de Ardanza.

[i]" Greetings Señor Presidente! It is so nice to finally meet you in person. I hope your trip was pleasant? Come, sit down. Have a drink. We have much to discuss before this day is over no doubt. I look forward to it all. My absence from politics has left me hungry for discussion and diplomacy."[/i]

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After receiving word of the location of the meeting, Ignacio would make the flight to Lima about forty eight hours after receiving former Emperor's message. The former capital of Peru and now the seat of the Colombian Republican Dependency of Peru was bustling, but with the lack of a government in the town, it wasn't as busy as it normally would be. The Presidential Republican Guard had deployed a full company to the capital ahead of the President, and had reinforced Colombian National Army armored cavalry and marine units providing security, and formed the nucleus of the security around the President's vehicular convoy that would make its way from the airport to the Palacio Legislativo.

The younger Ignacio would be accompanied on his visit to Lima to meet the former Peruvian leader with Deputy Foreign Minister Xavier Diaz, and when he was greeted in the foyer of the Palacio Legislativo by the Peruvian, he would nod lightly.

"A pleasure Mr. Castilla," he said, lightly, "And yes, my trip in was uneventful, which is always a good thing. This is my Deputy Foreign Minister, Xavier Diaz, he'll assist in our talks here today." A Republican Guard Officer would lead them into the building to a conference room, where the Colombian Foreign Ministry had arranged some light refreshments and alcoholic beverages. As Ignacio selected a bottle of whiskey, and poured himself a small tumbler, he would speak.

"I understand that it is your desire to see your nation once again with you at the helm, Mr. Castilla, if I'm not mistaken by what you wrote in the letter you sent me?"

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Tiberius was impressed by the Presidents security force which followed him to Lima. A fine show of force. It made Tiberius feel comfortable to have such a stable force in South America. After having greeted the President and the Deputy Foreign Minister, he walked with the Colombian President to the conference room. He poured himself some tea and added some cream and sugar. Sipping it lightly he began to talk.

[i]" Yes, that is correct Presidente de Ardanza. I wish to restore the Peruvian Imperium to its former glory. As you probably already know it collapsed due to the Peruvian-Commonwealth war. My decision to invade Uruguay was not very wise, and I see that now. All I want now is to restore the pride and honour of my people, and to rebuild the Imperium. A new one, which will be prosperous, lawful and just. An Imperium where equality reigns for all. No doubt you can understand such a desire Presidente. I hope you can."[/i]

Tiberius stirred his tea, waiting for a reply.

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Another letter was sent to Patricia Espinosa of Mexico.


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[quote]Ramón Castilla

Mexico will not grant the land to your nation until such a time we can meet, discuss the future of the Peruvian people and why we should approve a dictator with a history of aggression to rise up in Latin America. We would like to request your presence in Mexico immediately to ensure the people of Peru will be secure under any future government.

Secretaria Patricia Espinosa.[/quote][i]
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[quote]Ramón Castilla

Mexico will not grant the land to your nation until such a time we can meet, discuss the future of the Peruvian people and why we should approve a dictator with a history of aggression to rise up in Latin America. We would like to request your presence in Mexico immediately to ensure the people of Peru will be secure under any future government.

Secretaria Patricia Espinosa.[/quote]


[quote][i]Señora Secretaria Patricia Espinosa,

I would be more then delighted to travel to Mexico for a discussion on the matter of Peruvian renewal. No doubt you will have many questions to ask, and I will answer them all to the best of my ability when we finally meet in Mexico City. Until then I wish you the best of health and happiness.

Yours Sincerely,

Ramón Castilla[/i]
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Tiberius immediately set about organizing travel arrangements to Mexico City. The next day he was on a commercial flight to the Mexican capital. When Tiberius finally arrived at the city he waited to be collected and brought to Secretaria Espinosa's government offices.

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Tiberius was impressed by the Presidents security force which followed him to Lima. A fine show of force. It made Tiberius feel comfortable to have such a stable force in South America. After having greeted the President and the Deputy Foreign Minister, he walked with the Colombian President to the conference room. He poured himself some tea and added some cream and sugar. Sipping it lightly he began to talk.

[i]" Yes, that is correct Presidente de Ardanza. I wish to restore the Peruvian Imperium to its former glory. As you probably already know it collapsed due to the Peruvian-Commonwealth war. My decision to invade Uruguay was not very wise, and I see that now. All I want now is to restore the pride and honour of my people, and to rebuild the Imperium. A new one, which will be prosperous, lawful and just. An Imperium where equality reigns for all. No doubt you can understand such a desire Presidente. I hope you can."[/i]

Tiberius stirred his tea, waiting for a reply.
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Ignacio listened to to the former Peruvian leader, his appearance, although youthful, also appeared to be one of weariness, and he took a seat at the conference room's table shortly after Tiberius began to talk, staring at the portrait of José de San Martín, one of the Libertadores, and the first President of Peru, above the mantle of the expansive fireplace. It might even appear that the Colombian wasn't even listening, but as Tiberius finished, Ignacio took a sip from his tumbler, before turning to look at the Peruvian leader, whilst Diaz sat down a few seats away from his national leader, giving the man a wide berth.

"I do know that, and your decision to embark on a war of aggression against Uruguay [i]was[/i], indeed, an unwise choice you made, you talk of restoring the pride and honor, in restoring glory. Let me ask you, when did you realize your decision to invade Uruguay was a bad one? After your forces were defeated? After you were exiled? Before this meeting? Just now?" asked Ignacio, in an even tone.

"How can I be assured, that you will not embark upon such a campaign again? When you speak of returning glory, of pride, in what fashion do you mean?" he added, to the list of questions he bombarded the Peruvian with. "I can understand a desire to ensure the restoration of equality, of pride to your people, to lift their chins again when they have faltered downwards, to provide them with governance, law, and order."

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[i]" You must understand Señor de Ardanza, I am not a warlike man. My desire has always been for peace among the South American nations. But my advisers pressured me into declaring war on the Commonwealth. Political divisions were rife at the time. We needed something to unite the country......and they suggested war. I thought it would be short and quick, but my ignorant advisers overestimated the Commonwealths response. How could we have expected a nuclear counter attack? Anyway, when I was sent into exile I learned the error of my ways, and now I vow never to commit such an act again. Unless under the most extreme circumstances."[/i]

Tiberius rubbed a spot over his left eyebrow. A headache had fallen upon him. Perhaps the memory of the war had ignited the pain plaguing his head at this very moment. He had matured faster than others of his age after those stressful days. He was fifty years old, though looked seventy. The saucer and cup started to shake. He placed it down on the table and continued.

[i]" You ask how I will restore the glory and pride of the Peruvian people? I will tell you how. Through hard work, loyalty and dedication. Together we will forge a new Peru by reorganizing the transport system. By building hospitals and schools of high quality throughout the Imperium. By ensuring equality and law will rule forever throughout the Imperium and her territories. That is how Señor de Ardanza."[/i]

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Ignacio listened to the man's words without interruption, listening the whole way through, his eyes now watching the former Peruvian Emperor with an enigmatic, stoic look, his expression unreadable, but focused. Once he finished, Ignacio stood up, and slowly walked over to the unlit fireplace, his eyes once again enamored with the portrait of José de San Martín, the silence only pierced by the echo of his footsteps.

"That is all well and good, but part of your regret seems to be losing the war, Tiberius, tell me, if you had won that war, would you feel the same way you did now?" he asked, simply, when he finished his query, he would turn to face Tiberius, the intensity of his eyes the only indication of how much value and gravity the question held to him.

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[i]" To tell you the truth, I will never know how I would have felt if victory had been obtained by my Generals. I can only say that even after a successful war the internal trifles of the Imperium would have continued, and civil unrest would no doubt have been strongest in Uruguay. Such resistance combined with that of other factions in the Imperium would have caused great destruction or even collapse. So I believe I would have still been regretful."[/i] Tiberius quenched his thirst with more tea. He could feel the eyes of Presidente de Ardanza throughout the entire conversation upon him. Like the eyes of some moral hawk, judging everything he said.

Tiberius met the eyes of the Presidente, hoping for some effect as he said the following words. [i]" But now all I can do is rebuild Peru for her people. By doing this it will be my way of saying sorry to them. Sorry for my foolishness. Sorry for their ruin. Sorry for our ruin. But give me a second chance, so that I may rebuild what we lost, and bring something we never had. Wisdom."[/i]

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"What of your affairs with others? How do you foresee your country fitting in with the rest of South America? My country, for instance, is part of a growing regional movement that is recognizing our regional and continental cultural heritage, blending history with the present to build on the experiences of others who have governed in the past. Do you see Peru fitting in with that growing community?" asked Ignacio, sipping lightly from his tumbler of whiskey.

"On top of that, what kind of external economic, diplomatic, and strategic goals would you foresee your country having?"

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[i]" I believe that Peru could commit itself to the cultural and historic movement you speak of. Unifying and developing South America is something I encourage. It is something I hope to see in my lifetime. As for economics and foreign relations, South American economic and political sovereignty is key to me. Grassroot political participation of the population via popular votes and referendums is also something I favor for my people. Economic self-sufficiency is also a desire of mine. As is instilling people with a national ethic of patriotic service. Equitable distribution of the vast natural resources of Peru and South America as a whole is another thing I wish to see. Finally, eliminating corruption in government and society is also a desire of mine. Basically everything that is Bolivarianism, I support."[/i]

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Ignacio continued to listen to the man's words with an almost expressionless face, something he had slowly come to master as a national leader and having to continually deal with politicians from various political allegiances. Although his eyes could give away some of his feelings on a matter, it was still hard to know what he was thinking or what he thought of an idea unless he decided to let his emotions show. It was a painful process for the man to keep his emotions from showing, but it was one that was necessary at times to keep his thought process private.

Instead of praising, cajoling, or otherwise showing any response to Tiberius' last question, he would continue his bombardment of questions with hopefully one of the final ones, "How willing are you to allow for Colombian military forces to be based in Peru? Are you willing to allow for Colombian companies that have already set up here in Peru to stay without any modifications to how they conduct their business?"

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Tiberius moved uncomfortably in his seat. [i]" Colombian military forces based in Peru? Hmmmm."[/i] He stood up and walked over to the window, placing his right arm upon the windowsill and his left behind his back. He gazed out onto the streets of Lima, watching the people walk by. [i]" That is a lot to ask Señor de Ardanza. But so is asking for the independence of a people."[/i] Tiberius turned around to look at Ignacio.[i] " Lets agree not to lie to each other. I don't like the idea of troops in Peru who are not of my own. Though I could possibly spare a military base for, say, 10,000 men. And as for Colombian companies already based in Peru, I say do not worry about them. But they will be monitored for any foul play."[/i]

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Instead of Ignacio speaking, Xavier Diaz, nearly silent up until this point would suddenly interject, but with Ignacio's expressed permission through a nod, and he would speak to the former Peruvian leader as Ignacio nursed his tumbler of whiskey. "Our military has established a number of bases and garrisons throughout Peru, and our Ministry of Defense currently wants to continue with the presence of eighteen thousand front line combat soldiers in Peru, along with associated support personnel. Our presence will be limited to Fort San Martin/Joint Forces Base Los Portales, which also serves as a naval and air forces base, south of Lima, Fort Apache at Junin, and Fort Stalwart at Iquitos. Units stationed at these bases will be allowed to transit the roads of Peru without interference, and Peruvian airspace and territorial waters will be open to both our air and naval assets," he said, in a businesslike tone.

"On the topic of Colombian businesses, so long as proper police investigations in accordance with fair jurisprudence are conducted in cases of foul play, that is acceptable to us," he continued, in a curt manner.

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"Perhaps," said Ignacio, with a light nod, as he stood up from the table, lightly shaking Tiberius' hand, as a member of Diaz's diplomatic staff suddenly laid out a piece of heavy handcrafted parchment on the table, and stepped aside.

[quote][center][b]The Lima Concordant[/b][/center]

In conclusion of successful negotiation, the República de Gran Colombia hereby releases the nation of the Peru to a the Peruvian National Transition Council, effective September 8, 20XX, and hereby withdraws its Governor General and Protectorate Staff from leading the nation. Peru is hereby granted sovereignty over its' domain, and will be released as a free and independent state. This agreement is made with the tacit knowledge that the newly-independent nation of Peru agrees to all of the following criteria to effect its' release, and the violation of one of these articles will result in steps necessary to ensure Peru adheres to criteria in the articles listed below.

[b]Article I:[/b] Peru is to establish a representative government, with at least one legislative body, and will hold free and fair elections to effect this goal. This election will be monitored by the Colombian Ministry of the Interior's Electoral Commission.

[b]Article II:[/b] Peru will take steps to establish a government with checks and balances to ensure the equal distribution of powers amongst its government, to ensure that no branch can supersede the other unless in terms of national crisis.

[b]Article III:[/b] Peru allows for all Colombian business ventures that are ongoing in Peru to continue without national, state, or municipal interference, provided they follow all legal economic parameters set down by the nation of Peru.

[b]Article IV:[/b] Peru allows for the continued basing of the [i]Fuerzas Militares de Gran Colombia[/i] in Peru, utilizing three bases; Fort San Martin/Joint Forces Base Los Portales (Los Portales), Fort Apache (Junin), and Fort Stalwart (Iquitos). Colombian personnel levels in the country of Peru are to be the discretion of the Ministry of Defense, and are subject to change, and all Colombian military assets are allowed to conduct movement of supplies and troops freely between their outposts.

[i]Signatures[/i][/quote]

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Tiberius penned his signature to the document placed on the table before him:

[font="Garamond"][size="4"][i]Ramón Castilla[/i][/size][/font]

[i]" Thank you Presidente de Ardanza for allowing Peru to rebuild herself."[/i] he said. Tiberius fixed his tie and walked out of the room. [i]" And so it begins."[/i] he said to himself.

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Tiberius immediately set about organizing travel arrangements to Mexico City. The next day he was on a commercial flight to the Mexican capital. When Tiberius finally arrived at the city he waited to be collected and brought to Secretaria Espinosa's government offices.
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A diplomatic escort arrived at the airport. As is custom, three dark green SUVs arrived with a police escort. Tiberius would be placed in one of the three SUVs before being driven to the Secretariat.

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[quote]A diplomatic escort arrived at the airport. As is custom, three dark green SUVs arrived with a police escort. Tiberius would be placed in one of the three SUVs before being driven to the Secretariat.[/quote]

Once Tiberius arrived at the Secretariat he was directed to Patricia Espinosa's office. He entered the room and stood before her desk. [i]" Señora Patricia Espinosa, I am Ramón Castilla. It is a pleasure to meet you in the flesh. I am here to discuss the possible Mexican contribution to the reestablishment of the Peruvian Imperium."[/i]

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Tiberius penned his signature to the document placed on the table before him:

[font="Garamond"][size="4"][i]Ramón Castilla[/i][/size][/font]

[i]" Thank you Presidente de Ardanza for allowing Peru to rebuild herself."[/i] he said. Tiberius fixed his tie and walked out of the room. [i]" And so it begins."[/i] he said to himself.
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Shortly after Tiberius penned his own signature on the agreement, Ignacio would pick up a fountain pen, and deftly print his own signature on the document before them. He appeared to be a little relieved, a little less tension in his figure, his movements less stiff than during the negotiations.

[quote][font="Comic Sans MS"][i]Ignacio de Ardanza[/i][/font]
President of the Republic of Greater Colombia[/quote]

"We look forward to seeing your country with a new self-determined government, I personally wish you the best in your endeavors," he said, with a polite smile, exchanging glances with Diaz, who nodded approvingly as the Peruvian lead departed.

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[quote name='Chancellor Patrick' timestamp='1347139366' post='3028669']
Once Tiberius arrived at the Secretariat he was directed to Patricia Espinosa's office. He entered the room and stood before her desk. [i]" Señora Patricia Espinosa, I am Ramón Castilla. It is a pleasure to meet you in the flesh. I am here to discuss the possible Mexican contribution to the reestablishment of the Peruvian Imperium."[/i]
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"Please sit down. In my last correspondence with you, I detailed what I wished to know. You may begin explaining now."

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[i]" Of course. Thank you."[/i] Tiberius sat down in the seat before the desk and took out two cigars. He offered one to Señora Espinosa. Tiberius lit his own and inhaled deeply. [i]" Señora Espinosa, I wish to restore the Peruvian Imperium to its former glory and independence. I want to the right the wrongs and rebuild the Imperium. But this time with greater democracy and freedom. With rights and equality for all. I want to build high quality schools and hospitals. I want to reorganize the transport system. I want every citizen of the Imperium to enjoy life within it."[/i] Tiberius inhaled once again before continuing.

[i]" As you know, former lands of the [url="http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x324/PADDYD15/PeruvianImperium-1.png?t=1347223974"]Imperium[/url] are now under the jurisdiction of your fine country. I would like to request your permission to merge these lands back into the Imperium. And I would like to ask for your blessing or approval in the restoration of the Imperium."[/i]

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