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From Unnar Ragnarsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

To Madam Kendal Mayers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The United Republic of Ireland

 

Madam Minister,

 

On behalf of King Mars, I would like to invite Grand Chancellor Kennedy to the capitol at Akureyri to meet with His Majesty and establish formal, diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Iceland and the United Republic of Ireland. The King said that he was very interested in discussing military cooperation, commerce and the establishment of political ties and made it unequivocal to me that Ireland and Iceland are geographically and culturally able, and should be, in a state of friendship. 

 

I hope to hear back from you madam, thank you for your time.

 

Unnar Ragnarsson 

Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

 

 

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TO: Unnar Ragnarsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

FROM: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Republic of Ireland

SUBJ: RE: Diplomatic Meeting

 

Minister Unnar Ragnarsson,

 

Grand Chancellor Leonardo Kennedy has agreed to travel to your capital of Akureyri to meet with His Majesty, and establish formal diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Iceland and the United Republic of Ireland. A delegation will accompany him including myself and Secretary for European Affairs Mr. Nathan Wilsey.

 

 

We look forward to a very productive meeting,

 

Madam Kendal Mayers

Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

 

The Irish delegation would board a government jet to fly to Iceland. Once the plane reached Iceland's airspace, it would request clearance to land at the designated airport. Once the plane landed, it would taxi and prepare for the Irish delegation to disembark. Grand Chancellor Kennedy would then walk out of the plane and greet the Icelandic delegation that would greet them.

 

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Grand Chancellor's Plane

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Two F-15s from the 5th Royal Air Squadron would meet the Irish flight in international waters and escort them to Akureyri to land. Iceland's geography was far different in certain areas than it had been in the past two-hundred years. Constant volcanism and environmental efforts to restore Iceland to her prehistoric beauty had actually lead to the island once again being covered in trees in many places. In the south, forests of Northern Birch covered the landscape while in the north towering evergreen trees groomed the landscape and were covered in snow. Only around the occasional volcano would trees be sparse but even there nature was fighting with itself to achieve equilibrium. 

 

Akureyri had also changed - drastically. The once small city was now a bustling metropolis and home to one of the world's tallest structures - Kingdom Tower - which was also the capitol building of Iceland. The city of nearly 14,000 became a city of 500,000 in a matter of two years. Drastic renovation, construction, and expansion resulted in once of the biggest urban-expansion undertakings in modern history. The project still wasn't over yet, however, because thousands of people still had plans to make it to the city while hundreds of thousands more in the wilderness began to understand that non-urban life wasn't all it's cracked up to be in Iceland especially because farming most crops were impossible on a majority of the island. Although it had gone through rough patches, the city was doing very well for itself and even officially opened its own major port for shipping around the world. Akureyri was quickly becoming one of the main cultural and economic centers of the Kingdom.

 

When the Irish delegation would land, the Grand Chancellor, Foreign Minister, and Secretary of European Affairs would be given visa's with a special gold trimming around the laminated cards which read Diplomatic Immunity. Iceland's new visa policy had just taken effect and even foreign leaders were no exception to the program - however the Irish delegation was lucky enough not to have to wait three weeks to receive their cards because they were of course there on political means. The others on board the flight would receive normal visas which had been rushed because of their diplomatic status. 

 

The Royal Guard, which was the elite branch of Iceland's armed forces, had the distinct mission of protecting the capitol and Royal Family of Iceland. Though King Mars claimed to have no family, rumors were abound that he did have a wife, a son, and two daughters however they were somewhere in Europe and not in Iceland itself. While that was unconfirmed, the Royal Guard did take their job of protecting the King and the capitol seriously - they also were very disciplined. After the diplomats took their visas, an honor guard in full-dress uniform wielding rifles and bayonets affixed onto them would play the United Republic's national anthem which would give time for the delegation to walk over to King Mars and Foreign Minister Unnar Ragnarsson. 

 

Once they met, the King would shake hands of both of the men and Unnar would do the same. "Welcome to Iceland gentlemen. I hope you don't mind the crowds but this is the first time in a very long time that foreign diplomats have come to visit, follow me and we can head on over to the capitol." Hundreds of curious civilians and plenty of press photographers were around snapping pictures of the men shaking hands and making small talk while they all loaded into a limousine which was given an escort by the Royal Guard in front and behind. Inside it was stocked with various types of alcohol, sodas, teas, and also water to accommodate anyone's drinking needs. Ahead, intersections already had the military posted for when the delegation drove by to ensure that no one would try to pull any funny business while they passed through the bustling streets of the capitol. 

 

Once inside the city, the towering landscape of skyscrapers and cranes constructing new structures came into view revealing the city of Akureyri. It itself was a symbol of the industry and progress Iceland was making after a long period of stagflation and a dormant economy. The signature feature of the city itself, however, was the Kingdom Tower which was exactly 167 stories, or 1,000 meters, tall which was the Kingdom's capitol building. Outside were even more press and interested civilians cheering for the King and the presence of the Irish who had been projected to be the upcoming largest trading partner of the newly opened economy of Iceland. They entered the lobby of the tower and ascended to the 167 floor to a small meeting room where refreshments and comfortable seating arrangements were to be found.

 

Once they were situated, the King would begin. "Chancellor Kennedy, as customary here for meetings I am the one which have called it but before I begin is there anything you would like to discuss?"    

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"Well your Majesty I would first like to say Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries' on earth! And I am confident our two countries will become very close in many aspects. i would first like to discuss economic cooperation and trade. Ireland has recently opened the Regional Business Center in the city of Cork in order promote trade and manufacturing. The center is currently used only by domestic entities, however we are looking to expand it to international ones as well. Ireland focuses on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry and investment. We would like to see Icelandic companies to invest in it so that they may have easy access to Irish markets. Any thoughts?"

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OOC: If you actually make a thread for the Business Center I'll post in it :)

 

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​"Thank you Chancellor, I appreciate it. The Ministry of Environmental Protection has been working very hard to keep it that way." The King would listen to what the Irishman had to say about Cork's Regional Business Center and became excited, "I think there are plenty of Icelandic companies that would want to invest in the Business Center. I know that there are a lot of manufacturing companies starting up all over the island that could surely use a market like Ireland's. Off the top of my head? I'd say Fjord Industries, Aegir Brewing, Meli Automobiles, and Grimsey Inc. would be your best bets to put in some major investments. I'll ensure that they get into contact with the Regional Business Center if they are interested - though I'm sure they'd love to see some international expansion. Fjord Industries specializes in assembling ships of all kinds and manufacturing steel, Aegir Brewing obviously makes the finest ale in Iceland, Meli Automobiles is one of many Icelandic automobile companies - however the government trusts Meli to supply us cars - and Grimsey Inc. is the Kingdom's biggest mining company."

 

Mars sipped on a soda and looked over a small sheet of parchment with an agenda he wanted to discuss, "Before I move on to a few things I wanted to discuss, I also wanted to mention that Iceland is in dire need of agricultural imports of all kinds. A flat import tax of 1% exists for all foreign imports but I'd be happy to specifically waive that tax for any and all food products from Ireland. If you think you can get food here to my country, I would be extremely grateful. Now, onto other business. I want to get right to the meat of our military discussion. I've discussed things over with the leaders of the armed forces here in Iceland and I believe that it would benefit both of our countries if we built a SOSUS and radar system, maintained it together, and shared the data received from both ends of the system..." The King paused and lifted his head, "There is one thing I would like to request from you though. There's a particular island under the protection of your government that I want to be turned over to Iceland with no strings attached; the Isle of Man. I of course would never give a demand to a friend, but I can only ask this as a favor of you. I would never want a people to be forced into a different nation against their will, which is why I would accept the results of some type of democratic referendum as to if Mann would want to be under my reign. I know this may come as a surprise, Chancellor, but its simply something I wanted to ask of you. Regardless, I think we could form a very good military system together that could help both Iceland and Ireland be aware of their surroundings."

 

"Furthermore, I think it would be smart for us to establish formal political relations such as implementing and utilizing embassies, military cooperation, and - if you think your government would be willing to consider it - a mutual defense pact. I believe without a bit of doubt that Iceland will be importing and exporting A Lot from Ireland and hopefully Ireland will have a healthy economic relationship with Iceland too which is why I know that it is in both of our best interests to work together... What do you think Chancellor Kennedy?" King Mars would go back to enjoying his soda and the view from the top of the world's tallest capitol building (it played in his favor that January 19 was a remarkably cloudless and fogless day for Akureyri). 

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OOC- http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/119807-regional-business-center/?hl=%2Bregional+%2Bbusiness+%2Bcenter

 

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The Grand Chancellor would listen intently as the King spoke. When finished he would reply, "I am sure the Ministry of Interior can make arrangements for food distribution and shipments to Iceland, this should be no problem. I personally support the establishment of a SOSUS and radar system between our two countries. I am sure the Ministry of Defense can spare some techies to man the thing!" Kennedy smiled and laughed a little. He would continue saying, "Now concerning the Isle of Man. I cannot give it to you without strings attached per say. It is under the direct control of the United Republic and cannot be handed over to a foreign power without anything in return."

 

"Permanent diplomatic posts in our two capitals is very important and hence the reason I have brought along Secretary for European Affairs Mr. Nathan Wilsey. I have decided to name him ambassador to your country. He has a wealth of experience in diplomacy and European history. He has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for at least 20 years. I hope you will accept his credentials. In terms of military cooperation I believe it is agreeable to conduct joint military exercises and officer exchanges. I believe it may be a bit early for a Mutual Defense Pact, but I do believe a treaty is in order that is hgher in importance than a Non-Aggression Pact."

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"Perhaps 'no strings attached' was aggressive wording on my part. My intended meaning was that we could perhaps have some type of mutual agreement. Is there something you think could compensate for such a trade?" the King would also be happy to hear that Wilsey would be ambassador the Iceland seeing as foreign relations had not be established with other countries yet. "I look forward to working with you Ambassador, I'll see to it that Minister Ragnarsson finds a worthy and qualified individual like you to go and serve in Ireland as an ambassador from Iceland." 

 

Mars would turn back to the Chancellor and nod his head, "I would like to see our armed forces become more comfortable with each other so I think joint military exercises would be a very beneficial thing to conduct. I also am aware of the very large and diverse Navy that Ireland wields. While we do not have such a colossal and magnificent fleet I am hoping that we can begin construction on a couple of destroyers in months to come - perhaps even have them built in the Belfast shipyards if an Irish company or the government would be willing. And I think I could have something written up after our meeting and sent back to Ireland for your government's approval regarding non-aggression, economic cooperation, and perhaps something along the lines of shared intelligence. I think that would be a good start to a blooming friendship." 

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"Well your majesty I am sure our company, AquaTech can accommodate any future ship building that your military may deem necessary. I believe an optional defense clause is appropriate in a future treaty draft as well. In order for Iceland to govern the Isle of Man, it would have to agree to allow Irish naval and marine corps presence to remain on the island.It would also have to agree to limited Icelandic military presence on the island itself. Iceland would also have to agree to purchase at least 60% of its military technology from Irish companies. If you find these preliminary terms agreeable then we can start to consider allowing Iceland to politically govern the Island of Man."

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"Well I'm not sure exactly how we could accurately measure 60% of our military technology being purchased, but our military needs a major revamping and new technologies. I would like to see Ireland heavily assist in the modernization of Iceland's armed forces so long as prices stayed fair. I'm sure there's plenty we can learn from your military. Also, while I don't mind there being an Irish military presence on Mann, the populace might. I would hate to see the island resemble a Cold War outpost when really it would be best for us to keep it as demilitarized as possible. I don't think more than 500 Icelandic soldiers would ever be needed on the island so I hope that could encourage there to be a minimal presence of Irish troops as well for the sake of the people living there and hopefully, once we garner your trust, no presence at all. But I am open as to what makes your government feel comfortable. And yes, I agree that an optional defense pact would be a good idea too." 

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"I agree that we should eventually demilitarize the Isle of Man, but for now a small task force of naval ships and about 1,000 marines will be stationed at Naval Station Isle of Man located in Dover. I encourage you to contact the appropriate military contractors and companies via the regional business center."

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OOC: I'll write up the treaty tomorrow and send it over to you in this thread. Until then, enjoy your night! 

 

"Well then I am happy this has been a very productive meeting between the two of us. I'll have the proposed treaty sent over to Ambassador Wilsey soon for evaluation, and with your approval we can get things rolling." The King turned to Wilsey and Unnar, "If you would like to begin your diplomatic stay soon, ambassador, I can have a building readied here for you to use to represent Ireland. I assume you may have family or some things you may want to bring here but when you do return we will be awaiting your arrival. Until then, I'll send you the treaty for you to review and hopefully pass on to Chancellor Kennedy here." King Mars stood and shook their hands, "Thank you all very much, for coming..." he sipped his soda again and then put it down, "I'll escort you back to your aircraft." 

 

If that was all the business the Irish wished to conduct, the King would take the Chancellor, ambassador, and their diplomatic entourage to the airfield. The Royal Guard would escort the Irish into international waters and keep them under their protection until the Irish air force could take over. The Icelandic media praised the meeting as very productive and multiple interviews with the King were scheduled after the treaty between Iceland and Ireland would be signed. 

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Before they left, Grand Chancellor Leonardo Kennedy would interrupt saying, "Before we go I would like to discuss European Security with you. As you well know the mainland European continent is embroiled in armed conflict. Where does Iceland stand?"

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King Mars folded his hands behind his back and thought for a moment, "I personally believe Poland is the aggressor and clear belligerent in this conflict however the position of of the Kingdom of Iceland stands strong - we are on the side of peace and will remain neutral unless an act of war is brought upon us." 

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"I see," replied Kennedy.

 

"Well I would like to thank you and your country for being very hospitable and kind to our needs during our stay here. I look forward to signing that treaty!"

 

After the Irish delegation finished saying their goodbyes, they would board the plane and fly back to Dublin. Now Ambassador Nathan Wilsey would remain in Iceland and coordinate any future agreements.

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OOC: I hope that was a good, "I see" lol. Iceland has no real political stance on the conflict other than it's a perfect time to send humanitarian aid and make themselves look good.

 

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Minister Ragnarsson would send the treaty to Ambassador Nathan Wilsey who was provided with a suitable building in Akureyri to use as the Irish embassy.

 

 


The Treaty of Islands

In the mutual interests of Iceland and Ireland

 

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Preamble

 

The two Island Nations of Europe, the Kingdom of Iceland and the United Republic of Ireland, will do their best to maintain and defend the words of this treaty and uphold the dignity and honor of each other. 

 

 

Article 1 - Peace

 

Both Iceland and Ireland pledge a state of constant and continuous non-aggression between each other. Neither nation will conduct espionage, invade, blockade, embargo, share false intelligence, withhold important intelligence or otherwise harm the other. 

 

 

Article 2 - Optional Defense

 

Section 1 - Defense

 

If, at any time, either nation is invaded, spied on or attacked in any way, the other is highly encouraged to act in the vocal and physical defense of the victim but is not required to. Neither nation, however, will side with the enemy of the other vocally or physically.

 

 

Section 2 - Military Development 

 

The Icelandic armed forces will receive render assistance from Ireland in the development and building of its technology, capabilities and vehicles. The government of Iceland may willfully purchase and use military products from Ireland. 

 

Article 3 - Economic Cooperation 

 

Both nations will fairly engage in commerce with each other and will not embargo or impose unfair tariffs unless it be on products prohibited by law. Neither nation will conduct trade with a foreign nation that is at war with one of the signators of this treaty. 

 

 

Article 4 - Intelligence

 

Both nations will share gathered intelligence if it pertains to the national security of the other on economic, political, counter-intelligence or military terms. While not required, both nations are encouraged to share all noteworthy intelligence with each other; especially that regarding Europe.

 

 

Article 5 - The Isle of Man

 

Section 1 - Governance

 

The United Republic of Ireland will hand over the Isle of Man to the Kingdom of Iceland for it to be annexed.

 

 

Section 2 - Military Presence

 

Unless later terms are made, the armed forces of Iceland will keep its military presence on the island to no more than five-hundred armed and equipped soldiers and one squadron of fighter aircraft at the most (one squadron being five aircraft). The armed forces of Ireland may keep up to one-thousand soldiers on the island and a reasonable task force of naval ships present. Either nation may allow the other to temporarily maintain a greater presence on the island for a specific period of time.

 

 

​Article 6 - Amendment and Withdraw 

 

​Section 1 - Amendment 

 

In order to amend this treaty, both nations must be in agreement on the idea and wording of the change.  

 

 

Section 2 - Withdraw

 

Either nation may withdraw from this treaty at any time but must give a forty-eight hour notice of such an action to the other but must have valid reason. Both nations recognize that even if this treaty is nullified or if either nation withdraws, Article 5, Section 1 will remain in effect. 

 

 

Signed, 

 

 

On Behalf of The Kingdom of Iceland 

 

King Mars Graves 

The Kingdom of Iceland

 

Unnar Ragnarsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Kingdom of Iceland

 

 

On Behalf of The United Republic of Ireland


Leonardo Kennedy
Grand Chancellor of the Republic
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Ambassador Nathan Wilsey would review the document before forwarding it to the Office of the Grand Chancellor. After the proper officials reviewed the document an electronic signature would be sent to the ambassador to add to the treaty.
 

On Behalf of The United Republic of Ireland

 

Leonardo Kennedy

Grand Chancellor of the Republic

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From Unnar Ragnarsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

To Leonardo Kennedy, Grand Chancellor of The United Republic of Ireland and Nathan Wilsey, Ambassador From The United Republic of Ireland 

 

 

Gentlemen, 

 

The military movements to the Isle of Man, which we alerted you of earlier, had another purpose other than securing the island. While I still can not share every detail for reasons of national security, I wanted to let the two of you know that the Royal Guard conducted a rescue mission for members of the Royal Family who were being held captive on Mann. Because the group that was holding members of the Royal Family captive was believed to have a high knowledge of communication and far reaching ties throughout Europe, the King's Government could not risk sharing intelligence of the situation with most of the Icelandic government let alone the Irish government. Time was short and a decision had to be made quickly. I can confirm that we have stayed within the promises of our treaty and did not use more than five-hundred soldiers and a squadron of fighter aircraft in the operation. I can also confirm that the government of Iceland had not known the family was on Mann before or during our meeting at the capitol.

 

King Mars wanted me to personally thank the Irish government for their understanding of our secrecy in this operation. He will be speaking with Iceland's press to release further details of the operation but he thought it would be best for me to relay the most important information to you.

 

Unnar Ragnarsson

Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

 

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TO: Unnar Ragnarsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

FROM: Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Ireland to Iceland

 

Minister Unnar Ragnarsson,

 

My government appreciates this notification and wishes the Royal Family well. The Ministry of Defense would like to dispatch 50 soldiers from the elite Army Ranger Wing to assist and train along side Icelandic military forces on the Isle of Man. Grand Chancellor Leonardo Kennedy has expressed interest in possibly attending the anointment ceremony of the Royal Family in order to show Ireland's commitment to strong ties with your country.

 

- Ambassador Nathan Wilsey

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To Nath Wilsey, Ambassador From The United Republic of Ireland

From Unnar Ragnarsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

 

 

Ambassador Wilsey,

 

I am sorry for the delay in appointing an ambassador to Ireland, however I now have the qualified candidate who will be going. Ano Nealson will be making his way to the Emerald Isle in the morning. I hope you can accomodate an embassy for him to hold, but if that will take some time the government will pay for him to stay in a hotel in the meantime. 

 

I thank you for your patience, 

 

Unnar Ragnarsson

Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

 

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TO: Unnar Ragnarsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Iceland

FROM: Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Ireland to Iceland

 

I will forward your appointees name to Grand Chancellor Leonardo Kennedy. An embassy building will be provided and a public announcement will be made shortly.

 

- Ambassador Nathan Wilsey

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