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Frankreich to Alvonia


Markus Wilding
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The following message would come to the French foreign ministry not long after the conference in Berlin.

 

 

Esteemed Leader,

 

It is the opinion of Alvonia that the German situation could have been handled better, and we realize now our folly in not only failing to communicate with other nations such as yours, but in simply opening up diplomatic relations with a fellow European power. Therefore, under the orders of Director Wilding and the foreign ministry, I hereby invite a representative of your government to Vienna to discuss mutual interests and potential treaties. We hope that this meeting will lead to a fruitful future.

 

- Foreign Minister Edmund Tresler

 

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To Foreign Minister Edmund Tresler,

I would be delighted to send a representative to our new neighbors in Alvonia. Greater communication could certainly have made the situation far more manageable for both parties, though it was resolved well enough in the end. Having a political precedent with which to work with Alvonia would certainly make all dealings in the future easier, especially if we make any possible treaties as all encompassing as possible.

~Francoise Ouibliant

 

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It was a two hour flight to Vienna from Orleans by nonstop flight, which allowed the Foreign Minister some time to get his thoughts together to speak with the nation France had recently become intimate neighbors with in one of the most sensitive areas of their territory. Everything had worked out well, moderation from both sides had been surprisingly high, no one'd been hurt when forces met each other even.

 

When he landed and stepped off the plane onto the tarmac he was accompanied by four men, two of them were aides, and two were guards.

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The French foreign minister would be met on the tarmac by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Lucas Wolff, flanked by two Heer soldiers that were both lightly armed. As the French foreign minister stepped forward, Lucas would as well, extending his hand. Upon the Frenchman taking his hand, Lucas would say in perfect French, "Welcome to Vienna, Mr. Foreign Minister. A convoy is waiting to bring you to the Reichstag where we will meet with Foreign Minister Edmund Tresler." Motioning for the French delegation to follow him, he would say, "He desperately wanted to meet with you personally here, but events conspired otherwise, I'm afraid."

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"I understand his inability, he must be a busy man after all." Francoise smiles and follows, "I hope you don't mind the escort, events in the Pacific make foreign delegates around the world worry about their safety and the Prime Minister insisted that I be protected. We mean no slight by it."

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"No, we understand completely. One can never be too safe in this world. Not too long ago entire governments were destroyed because they disrespected a Tianxian diplomat." From there, the French would be shown to the convoy, and the 20-minute trip to the Reichstag would begin.

 

The Reichstag itself, remodeled from the Austrian Parliament building, sat on Ringstraße boulevard and featured more or less what was originally on the Austrian Parliament building, except of course replacing the Austrian flags for Alvonian ones. The French would be led into the building and through it's massive halls into a conference room that housed a buffet of light food, mostly of French and German cuisine, and refreshments, as well as Foreign Minister Edmund Tresler. As the French delegation entered, he would stand and extend his hand, saying "Welcome, welcome. Help yourself to anything you like. We must thank you and your government for meeting us here. Very rarely do we have guests from another European power in the Reichstag."

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The Minister grabs some food without much hesitation, but doesn't take much, not wanting to take long eating it before they begin to negotiate, "Thank you for providing this, I didn't eat anything before I left, probably should have but alas. And you shouldn't thank us for meeting you, it's the least we could do after having such contact through Germany."

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"Even so, committing to meet with a nation you only had diplomatic contact through a crisis isn't the best foot to start off on," Tresler said, chuckling. Politely waiting for the French to finish their food, Tresler looked for the agenda he had set for the meeting. Upon finding it and upon the French finishing, he began, "Now, Alvonia's wishes for this meeting are clear and simple, that being increased economic ties and potentially security cooperation. Economic cooperation is certainly somewhere to start, given that we suddenly find ourselves to be neighbors now. Any thoughts?"

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"France is always willing to become more economically linked with its neighbors." Francoise says, smiling, "Militarily we are always looking for allies in this rough world. You can never have too many friends, militarily and economically, especially since we now find ourselves in a position to make quite a few enemies from all around the world. But we should start with economic before we begin talking about the possibility of security cooperation, the latter topic of conversation is always the more touchy one I find."

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"Indeed," Tresler said, smiling. "At the minimum, Alvonia seeks to lower or eliminate tariffs and encourage free trade between our two nations. Before we start signing off on opening trade borders, is there anything illegal in France that we should know about?"

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"Most weapons aren't allowed in the civilian populace, we disallow most of the more harmful drugs although some of them have looser restrictions than others. That's essentially it, so long as those don't cross the border under the guise of legitimate trade there should be no problem."

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"I see, thank you very much for clearing that up. I just wanted to ensure that there were no issues before we set this in stone." Tresler slid over a document to the French minister. "Would this be acceptable to the French state? This is a copy, so feel free to make any changes you so desire."
 

 

The Vienna Accords

 
Article I: Open Borders
Alvonia and France (hereafter referred to as "the undersigned" or "the signatories") hereby agree to reduce limitations on trade and travel between their borders.

Article II: Free Trade and Economic Cooperation
The undersigned hereby agree to reduce limitations on trade between their countries. This includes, but is not limited to, tariff and tax reduction. Either nation may remove limitations as they see fit. The undersigned also agree to cooperate economically wherever and whenever possible and beneficial.

Article III: Investment Streamlining
The undersigned hereby agree to streamline the process on foreign investment to more easily allow the signatories' international corporations to invest in corporate ventures in each other's nations.

Article IV: Cancellation
Should the undersigned decide that this treaty is no longer in their best interests, a one-month grace period is requested to allow for bureaucratic readjustments to be made to the signatories' economies. This may be unilaterally cancelled as long as notice is given first.

For Alvonia,

For France,

 

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"Wonderful," Tresler said as he watched Francoise sign the document. "Now, moving on to security concerns, I will be forthcoming - Alvonia is not willing to commit to a military alliance with France. Concerns of imperialism are at the forefront of our people's minds and the intervention in Germany certainly didn't help ease the minds of some of our citizenry. As far as law enforcement and intelligence sharing goes, we are more than glad to enter into an agreement of that sort, even potentially an officer exchange program for our armed forces. However I have been instructed by Director Wilding to inform you that a military alliance of any nature is out of the question. I hope this doesn't offend you or the French state."

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"Entirely understandable, I don't think the French people would be entirely pleased about it even if we did come to such an arrangement." he says, "Military alliances are things which should be entered into with caution, especially with the tension between the civilian elements of our nations. As for the things you mention which are possible, I suppose we could do those. International crime is something that all nations should be concerned about so cooperation is key, especially for nations so intimate as ours. Unfriendly borders are the easiest for criminals to escape across after all."

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"Great. Let me see...I know I had a treaty for that around here..ah, there we go." Tresler slid over another draft. "Again, feel free to change any articles you wish."

 

 

French-Alvonian Treaty on Security

 

Article I: Functions of This Treaty

Alvonian and France (hereafter referred to as "the undersigned") do hereby agree to promote and coordinate with their respective security agencies. All mentions in this treaty of "home country" and "nation" refer to either the French or Alvonian state and do not apply to any third party unless this treaty is modified to allow for such.

 

Article II: On Criminals

Should a citizen of either country be found in violation of the laws of one of the undersigned's nation, it is the duty of that undersigned to arrest the suspect, inform the other signatory, and make provisions for either that suspects' trial, release, or extradition. Should said citizen be found to be a serious lawbreaker (as defined by the laws of the nation he is currently in) then provisions are to be made for their immediate arrest and holding.

 

Article III: On Terrorists and Outlaws

Citizens defined as a terrorist or outlaw (as defined by the laws of that citizen's home country) are to be immediately arrested and returned to the other signatory's nation.

 

Article IV: On Security Cooperation

Should intelligence be gained by the various intelligence agencies of either signatory, the knowledge of which would assist the other in preventing an attack, criminal activity, criminal escape, location of a wanted criminal, or other such act that violates the laws of that state, it is the duty of the signatories to provide this information to one another.

 

Article V: Cancellation

Should one signatory find that this treaty is no longer in their best interests, a one-month grace period must be established and declared to allow for bureaucratic readjustments.

 

For Alvonia,

 

For France,

 

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