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With the national elections secure, there were a few promises to see to, and with his new ascension to the post of President, a confident Lech Sikorski, would board a Polish government transport aircraft for the Norse Kingdom. It was a celebratory mood in Warsaw, and throughout much of the country, as the Polish aircraft took off. A fresh snow had fallen on the ground, and the ground below the President and his small staff would be a blanket of white in the early morning sun as they flew northwest.

 

The plane would establish a flight plan with the proper officials before leaving its territory, the modified military transport decked out in Polish Government livery. With a destination of Copenhagen, the newly-anointed President would take the time to read the newspapers and enjoy the scenery of the Central European Baltic coastline and landscape.

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Once the jet reached Copenhagen, the ceremonial duties of the Danish Life Guards Regiment would take over and President Sikorski would be greeted with full military honours. An armoured car would deliver him safely from the airport to the Royal Enclosure in central Copenhagen, a formidable fortification that would was guarded by the Life Guards in their dress 2's. If Sikorski looked carefully at the buildings surrounding the enclosure, he would see fully armed soldiers in over watch positions and a heavy police presence on the streets around the enclosure for full security.

 

Once inside, he would be shown to the Kings office at the rear of the longhouse and offered a selection of hot and cold beverages and a small buffet table which was filled with sandwiches and various meats.

 

"President Sikorski, welcome to Copengahen" came the voice of the King as he entered the room at the opposite end.

"I hope your journey was comfortable and that my countrymen have made you feel welcome, please have a seat" he said after he offered his hand.

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Sikorski would afford the military honor guard that greeted him at Copenhagen a stiff salute as he passed by, and greeted his escort with the usual exchange of pleasantries. He would settle comfortably into the car, and interestedly watch as he would be transported into Central Copenhagen, a little astounded by the amount of security afforded to him by Life Guards and local police. He supposed in an age where terrorism could strike, and from several arenas, not just religious extremism, people didn't want an incident staining their reputations. It was with a silent prayer that he hoped his country would never have to endure such acts of violence for little to no gain, except inflicting pain and suffering on families.

 

Following an aide into the bowels of the royal longhouse, he would observe his surroundings in an interested manner, before arriving and be left to his own devices in the office. He had just poured himself a small tumbler of Whiskey when the door opened, and he smiled politely.

 

"Thank you, your highness," responded Sikorski, as he stepped forward, tumbler in tow to shake the king's offered hand. "My journey was quite comfortable, thank you for asking." He would add, and move to a seat. "Its very new for me to arrive at an airport, with a private car already offered, and a military honor guard awaiting me, most of my visits have been amongst the regular people of the world. Bustling about, trying to get from one place to another, shuffling through security gates and whatnot."

 

"I'm going off on a tangent, I apologize," he said, with a chuckle, before affording the King with another polite smile. "Thank you for inviting me to your Kingdom."

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"It pays to make good first impressions Mr President, and we are all just regular men elevated to positions of authority, its not been unheard of for me to simply dress down and take the kids out to the park without telling my security detail. If i keep my hood up, its usually a good hour or so before people notice. Makes me feel human again" he said with empathy.

 

"Do not thank me, I feel duty bound to extend the hand of friendship across Europe, especially those states that suffered under the jackboot of the German Empire as we did. It fills me with joy to see more states arising across Europe and I wholeheartedly hope that Poland succeeds as a nation and as a people" he finished, taking his seat.

 

"So before I begin, is there anything you wish to discuss first, as a guest it is customary".

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"I'm sure that I'll be doing something similar here in not too long, the government is already reforming a special protection service for government ministers and foreign dignitaries," chuckled Sikorski, a little wistfully, as he settled back in his chair. "I'm going to need to, because I'm sure spending time in the Presidential Palace, and just my government service is going to make me want to go back to normal life after some time."

 

Sikorski would take a sip from his tumbler and affix an even stare on the King, "Poland has not forgotten its past, something I'm surprised for the life of me, given that independence is something the Polish people are quite unaccustomed to. I think many people are glad to see Germany having receded, and a new Prussia in its place, I'm looking forward to opening a dialogue with them at an early convenience."

 

"At the moment, I don't really have any questions for you, but I will state that I hope to see these negotiations result in some sort of formal arrangement that will draw our nations closer together. Small accords can turn into lasting partnerships on the long term," stated Sikorski, with a confident nod.

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"Indeed they can Mr President, indeed they can. Well first and foremost I should like to invite Poland to the conglomerate of nations in Europe, made up of ourselves, Britain and the Prussians who participate in proactive green and renewable energy research in order to cut down dependance of natural gas, coal and oil reserves" said Frederik.

 

"We Norse have so far had great success and 40% of our nations energy comes from renewable and reliable sources, 40% of nuclear power and 20% from coal and gas fired power stations, of which are being slowly decommissioned in favour of cleaner sources."

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"Our nation is always looking towards energy security, and having reliable and efficient sources of energy are certainly something that Poland can invest time and money into in the long run. I'm aware that there are already Polish scientists that are planning on drawing power from nuclear sources, something we are looking closely at as we seek to reduce our coal-fired plants. We have significant natural gas reserves in the southwest of Poland, which will be a reliable source of home heating fuel for the foreseeable future, and our government will continue to utilize our resources," nodded Sikorski, producing a tablet from a bag he had been carrying, and reviewing a few notes.

 

"It is good news that you have been able to to convert your own energy sources to such reliable sources of energy, what kind of renewable sources are you using? Poland might be quite interested in such a conglomerate," he continued, looking back at Fredrik with an even stare.

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"Our nation is always looking towards energy security, and having reliable and efficient sources of energy are certainly something that Poland can invest time and money into in the long run. I'm aware that there are already Polish scientists that are planning on drawing power from nuclear sources, something we are looking closely at as we seek to reduce our coal-fired plants. We have significant natural gas reserves in the southwest of Poland, which will be a reliable source of home heating fuel for the foreseeable future, and our government will continue to utilize our resources," nodded Sikorski, producing a tablet from a bag he had been carrying, and reviewing a few notes.

 

"It is good news that you have been able to to convert your own energy sources to such reliable sources of energy, what kind of renewable sources are you using? Poland might be quite interested in such a conglomerate," he continued, looking back at Fredrik with an even stare.

"Tidal sources, wind sources and solar, although our solar program is somewhat running at a loss so to speak because frankly, we don't get the sun as often as southern Europe and Africa. I am hoping that when my administration and Iceland complete their own talks, I will have secured a solid source of sustainable geothermal energy".

 

"The Norse contribution to this multinational effort is also spearheading research into Cold Fusion energy and Hydrogen based energy sources. Thanks to previous documents seized after the fall of Germany we got a significant head start and progress is moving at a steady pace, however, with the Norse contribution also providing most of the Funding until we get a significant breakthrough, it is very costly. Prussia is hesitant to put more money into the program until more results are ready for analysis and with Britain just getting onto its feet again, providing investment or a greater share if financing wont be raised with them until our next annual relations review. The same principle will apply to Poland as well, I wont be asking for money today." Frederik said with a laugh at the end.

 

Standing up and lighting a cigar, he moved to the window.

"Help yourself to a cigar if you want."

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"Tidal sources, wind sources and solar, although our solar program is somewhat running at a loss so to speak because frankly, we don't get the sun as often as southern Europe and Africa. I am hoping that when my administration and Iceland complete their own talks, I will have secured a solid source of sustainable geothermal energy".

 

"The Norse contribution to this multinational effort is also spearheading research into Cold Fusion energy and Hydrogen based energy sources. Thanks to previous documents seized after the fall of Germany we got a significant head start and progress is moving at a steady pace, however, with the Norse contribution also providing most of the Funding until we get a significant breakthrough, it is very costly. Prussia is hesitant to put more money into the program until more results are ready for analysis and with Britain just getting onto its feet again, providing investment or a greater share if financing wont be raised with them until our next annual relations review. The same principle will apply to Poland as well, I wont be asking for money today." Frederik said with a laugh at the end.

 

Standing up and lighting a cigar, he moved to the window.

"Help yourself to a cigar if you want."

 

"It's good to see such multilateral efforts going on amongst the nations of Europe, where does your coalition figure in with the Athenians? And how extensive is this league beyond just energy cooperation? I must say it seems like something that Poland might be interested in, in terms of being involved in clean energy research and production, but like Prussia, I am hesitant to sink money into projects unless we can have tangible results from them. My nation is just starting out, so getting the various sectors of our economy is a top priority for us at the moment, the top priority," he said, with a nod.

 

He would excuse himself from taking a cigar, "I gave them up years ago, and my wife would kill me if she found out I had even one."

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"It's good to see such multilateral efforts going on amongst the nations of Europe, where does your coalition figure in with the Athenians? And how extensive is this league beyond just energy cooperation? I must say it seems like something that Poland might be interested in, in terms of being involved in clean energy research and production, but like Prussia, I am hesitant to sink money into projects unless we can have tangible results from them. My nation is just starting out, so getting the various sectors of our economy is a top priority for us at the moment, the top priority," he said, with a nod.

 

He would excuse himself from taking a cigar, "I gave them up years ago, and my wife would kill me if she found out I had even one."

"Admittedly, we are waiting until more progress is made before discussing it with Athens, that and I want to show the world that several small nations can make contributions to the world just as much as one superstate. Like I said, I wouldn't ask you to sink money into the program, but the option is there for donation or investment from private companies of course, not to mention job opportunities for the top Polish scientists and engineers and such."

"This 'league' as you describe it, at the moment is mainly based around clean energy, sustainable fishing and the oceanic environment of the North Sea, and a universal set of safety standards for oil exploration in the North Sea to prevent accidents and spillages. Ourselves and Prussia are presently undergoing an enormous infrastructure upgrade for our power grids, joining them into one large grid. We have an extensive student exchange program and our law enforcement work together extensively along the border which include joint operations and such. Myself and Chancellor Muller have been meeting every year since our Independence you must remember so our relationship will be closer than our relationships to Britain.

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"Admittedly, we are waiting until more progress is made before discussing it with Athens, that and I want to show the world that several small nations can make contributions to the world just as much as one superstate. Like I said, I wouldn't ask you to sink money into the program, but the option is there for donation or investment from private companies of course, not to mention job opportunities for the top Polish scientists and engineers and such."

 

"This 'league' as you describe it, at the moment is mainly based around clean energy, sustainable fishing and the oceanic environment of the North Sea, and a universal set of safety standards for oil exploration in the North Sea to prevent accidents and spillages. Ourselves and Prussia are presently undergoing an enormous infrastructure upgrade for our power grids, joining them into one large grid. We have an extensive student exchange program and our law enforcement work together extensively along the border which include joint operations and such. Myself and Chancellor Muller have been meeting every year since our Independence you must remember so our relationship will be closer than our relationships to Britain.

 

Sikorski would nod gently, "I see, it must be a project of some national pride considering your stance on it, that said, I will certainly make mention of this cold fusion program when I return home to my Home Minister. Most cash for large projects such as the one you are describing would probably come from the Polish government if it to were take an interest in it. As you must understand, the Fourth Republic is working to get its economy back on the right track, so companies are saving money to really be able to invest in their own operations, something the government is pushing at the time being."

 

"Your agreement sounds pretty broad and interesting, and I'm sure that fostering bilateral relations through increased law enforcement cooperation and student exchanges are a very important aspect that will make a positive impact. That said, a lot of these projects seem to do with things that Poland really doesn't have a stake in, considering fishing laws and oil exploration and drilling in the North Sea," noted Sikorski, with a nod.

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Sikorski would nod gently, "I see, it must be a project of some national pride considering your stance on it, that said, I will certainly make mention of this cold fusion program when I return home to my Home Minister. Most cash for large projects such as the one you are describing would probably come from the Polish government if it to were take an interest in it. As you must understand, the Fourth Republic is working to get its economy back on the right track, so companies are saving money to really be able to invest in their own operations, something the government is pushing at the time being."

 

"Your agreement sounds pretty broad and interesting, and I'm sure that fostering bilateral relations through increased law enforcement cooperation and student exchanges are a very important aspect that will make a positive impact. That said, a lot of these projects seem to do with things that Poland really doesn't have a stake in, considering fishing laws and oil exploration and drilling in the North Sea," noted Sikorski, with a nod.

 

"The projects that you refer to, are of course outside of the scope of Polish interest I would imagine. However a student exchange program and the promotion of investment by Norse and Polish companies in our respective nations would go far in creating the beginnings of a strong working relationship. I have also been considering the framework for a police organization to tackle organized crime in Europe, pretty much based off the former Europol organization. My staff are currently drafting up proposals and invitations to European dignitaries for a meeting next year to discuss it at length and propose our ideas to the European community as a whole. We have a similar program going with Prussia at the moment and I was curious to know if you would be interested in supporting such a proposal?"

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"Poland would certainly be agreeable to such offers, fostering closer relations between younger people is certainly a way forward in helping to foster future relations beyond the present. Youth friendships can blossom into cooperation, and will cement friendships as our neighborly relations continue to expand. I'm sure that Polish companies and corporations would be interested in further investment opportunities abroad, whilst earning investment at home," remarked Sikorski, swirling the last contents of his tumbler around as he looked at the Norse monarch.

 

"As for security cooperation in terms of tackling regional constabulary matters, I'm sure that the Polish State Police would be amenable to cooperative framework. Including an extradition treaty in any diplomatic agreement signed here would probably make them quite happy. Furthermore, I'm sure that some cooperation between our Ministries of Defense would be welcome as well, I would say it would be premature to sign any mutual defense treaty at this time, but offering to increase interoperability and training opportunities would be welcome," added Sikorski. "Of course we would be amenable to discussing regional goings-on at a summit of leaders as well, we can support such a venture."

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"Poland would certainly be agreeable to such offers, fostering closer relations between younger people is certainly a way forward in helping to foster future relations beyond the present. Youth friendships can blossom into cooperation, and will cement friendships as our neighborly relations continue to expand. I'm sure that Polish companies and corporations would be interested in further investment opportunities abroad, whilst earning investment at home," remarked Sikorski, swirling the last contents of his tumbler around as he looked at the Norse monarch.

 

"As for security cooperation in terms of tackling regional constabulary matters, I'm sure that the Polish State Police would be amenable to cooperative framework. Including an extradition treaty in any diplomatic agreement signed here would probably make them quite happy. Furthermore, I'm sure that some cooperation between our Ministries of Defense would be welcome as well, I would say it would be premature to sign any mutual defense treaty at this time, but offering to increase interoperability and training opportunities would be welcome," added Sikorski. "Of course we would be amenable to discussing regional goings-on at a summit of leaders as well, we can support such a venture."

"I'm glad to hear that Poland would be interested in such ventures Mr President, I am positive that our aids can draw up a sufficient treaty to cover all the bases. However, I must decline an offer of a military alliance at this time. Such a thing must be built over many years, you must understand. However, I can agree to signing a non-aggression pact with Poland with provisions in the treaty which allow for annual amendments if we decide to continue to work together. It would also mean that rather than a righteous military alliance, it allows time for preparations to be made for future amendments which could include joint training exercises, base leasing and other such military affairs that my Chief of Staff would be far more comfortable talking about. I was but a junior Officer during my time in the German Army so I am not clued in too much about strategic affairs. Been nearly ten years now since I was last part of a large exercise." he said, looking at his old Platoon picture on his desk.

"At present we operate several large scale annual military exercises, with two massive joint war games exercises between ourselves and Prussia. We also enjoy training programs which allows Norse soldiers to train in Prussia and visa versa which better integrates our military forces and familiarizes our command structures. I propose that with a NAP agreement, we leave provision for improvement and further amendments based on the natural progression of our relationship over a period of time by monitoring its progress by annual meetings".

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"As I noted, a military alliance between our two respective states would be premature, and I'm sure that we could leave some provisions within any agreement here to increase cooperation as time goes on. I am quite amenable to such an agreement, and I'm sure it would pass through the Polish National Assembly without any issues," Sikorski remarked, with a confident nod.

 

"I'm sure that our two respective militaries could eventually benefit from increased cooperation with our neighbors, but that can be decided as time goes on," he added, as he polished off the rest of his tumbler.

 

"I might ask, especially since there are pending discussions to be had with other Baltic States, are there taxes or fees levied on ships transiting the Kattegat?"

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"As I noted, a military alliance between our two respective states would be premature, and I'm sure that we could leave some provisions within any agreement here to increase cooperation as time goes on. I am quite amenable to such an agreement, and I'm sure it would pass through the Polish National Assembly without any issues," Sikorski remarked, with a confident nod.

 

"I'm sure that our two respective militaries could eventually benefit from increased cooperation with our neighbors, but that can be decided as time goes on," he added, as he polished off the rest of his tumbler.

 

"I might ask, especially since there are pending discussions to be had with other Baltic States, are there taxes or fees levied on ships transiting the Kattegat?"

"No, it is an open waterway, although we do advise that notice is send ahead when military ships need to pass through. Whilst not required, it means that we have time to clear the waterway of our own military and civilian vessels to ensure a safe passage and avoid collisions. It was discussed at length by Parliament, but it was decided to breach the right to free travel in international waters, which brings me to the next point. The Kattegat, whilst being an international waterway, is also, in places Norse territorial waters, which makes the international waters corridor contract and get quite narrow. Because of this, our Department of Transport has downloadable maps for sailors to plot non-intrusive courses out into the North Sea."

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"No, it is an open waterway, although we do advise that notice is send ahead when military ships need to pass through. Whilst not required, it means that we have time to clear the waterway of our own military and civilian vessels to ensure a safe passage and avoid collisions. It was discussed at length by Parliament, but it was decided to breach the right to free travel in international waters, which brings me to the next point. The Kattegat, whilst being an international waterway, is also, in places Norse territorial waters, which makes the international waters corridor contract and get quite narrow. Because of this, our Department of Transport has downloadable maps for sailors to plot non-intrusive courses out into the North Sea."

 

"Well thank you for such an extensive answer, I must say that I am relieved to hear a reaffirmation that the old fees and taxes are not imposed on trade vessels anymore," remarked Sikorski, sitting back in his chair as he affixed the Norse king with an even stare. "Well, that pretty much clears up anything I can think of, do you have any other matters of business that we can discuss?"

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