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To: Romanian Department of Foreign Affairs

From: Office of the Empress, Imperium of Japan.

 

Greetings,

 

As The Imperium has finished its reconstruction and begun to look outwards, we are interested in working together with the nations of Europe to ensure that Imperium interests in the region are unharmed and to provide additional markets for both ourselves in Europe, and for Europe in the Asian Pacific region. If my vision of a future in which the nations of Asia and Europe work together to promote a more prosperous union amongst the two largest populated regions of our planet, write back to me and I will come personally to visit your nation and discuss our shared future.

 

Signed,

-Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Hoshiko, Sovereign of Japan and Joseon Daughter of Amaterasu, Prophet of Takamagahara, Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure.

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The letter would be forwarded to the Queen, who would read it, wonder what Japan wanted of Romania, but in the end, she would send a letter back, because why not.
 

To: The Office of the Empress, Imperium of Japan
From: The Private study of the Queen, Kingdom of Greater Romania

 
Salut!
 
It is good to hear that your country finally finished its reconstruction. While our person has no clue whatsoever what Japanese interests in Europe are, besides maybe commercial ones and the safety of its ally in Paris, we are fine with receiving your person in the Castelul Peleș, to discuss such and any further interests you might have, so we may or may not take them into consideration in our future movements, depending on their nature.
 
With regards,
M.S. Maria I al România, By the Grace of God, Queen of the Romanians, Protector of All Romania, Domnitor of the United Principalities of Moldova and Țara Românească, Grand Princess of the Ardeal, Duchess of the Bucovina, Grand Master of the Order of Carol I, Grand Master of the Order of the Crown, Grand Master of the Order of the Star, and a few good titles we ommitted out of humility
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  • 4 weeks later...

OOC: after reading your thread with Rudy, I'm game to actually try this since with our sarcasm combined hilarity should ensue.

 

It had been months since the Romanian response, the letter being dropped behind a desk in the Empress's office accidentally by an inattentive hand maiden. When the desk was moved during a routine sweep for bugs and other spy devices it was discovered and said hand maiden soon found herself out of a job.

 

 

Most Honorable Maria I,


I write to you with the sincerest of apologies regarded the lack of promptness from myself in reply to your message, it seems difficult to find good help these days. Your observation is correct that the majority of our interests lie with the security of our ally and of course economic interests. The Eastern Mediterranean has changed significantly in the past few months, but our desire to cooperate with you has not waivered, if you will still have me I will set out at your earliest convenience to Romania to discuss a mutually agreeable future.

Yours faithfully
Empress Hoshiko

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Confidential

 

While Maria had already given up on the letter having ever reached its destination, she was surprised to see that it actually had. As a first course of action, a letter would be written to the secret police, to inform them that while earlier investigations already found that the letter clearly had left Romania according to schedule, with this last piece of evidence, the Director of the Royal Romanian Post would no longer be under observation by Romanian law enforcement and could be cleared of all charges and be fully reinstated. Naturally, following this rectifying of the largest postal scandal of the Greater Romanian nation in recent years, which could have cost the Director his head, a reply would be sent to the Japanese Empress.

 

To: The Office of the Empress, Imperium of Japan
From: The Private study of the Queen, Kingdom of Greater Romania

 
Salut again!
 

We are glad to see the letter did actually arrive in your hands, for we already had abandonned all hope for it. While much time has passed and circumstances may have changed, my reply to your message is pretty much the same, apart from one notable exception - As we are currently in the western regions of our fine country, I would move the proposed meeting place to Castelul Săvârșin. While Romanian interest in Asia has been notably low, we think that talks still might be fruitful.

 

With regards,

Maria I al România R.R.

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Kazuko had hoped to see the Capital, but everywhere in Romania was new to her so she supposed it would still be an enjoyable trip, and it was always lovely to have the chance to make friends with other female leaders.

 

Travel information would be forwarded and the Mitsubishi SonicStar would arrive when scheduled, flying nearly directly north from Tokyo, over the arctic circle to Romania.

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The aircraft would be guided towards Arad International Airport in the western Crișana region of Romania, as it had been determined to be best suited for the landing, being able to both handle the aircraft, as well as being close to themeeting place at Săvârșin. Once the Japanese aircraft had landed and was taxiing to its assigned place, the Royal Guard Regiment "Mihai Viteazul" assembled next to the red carpet that was rolled out, connecting the stairway of the aircraft with a baldaquin, under which the Queen of the Romanians awaited her guest, sheltered from the Romanian sun that could be rather harsh. A good dozen or so royal servants stood ready, waiting to move the baldaquin, should the monarch move, or to offer a parasol, should it be asked for. To Maria, the whole ceremony was an ordeal of sorts, an activity she rather avoided, but that was what came with being royalty. Ceremonies and ordeals, ceremonies that were ordeals, a whole procedure that was just a pain and which was only needed to show respect. In fact, Maria thought, she was now standing here, on a field of concrete, for no other reason as to show respect for a foreign monarch, whom she did not know and who was at home on the other side of the goddamn planet. Honestly, had this been Mr Powers, the Alvonian imbecile, she'd have sent Vlasceanu or some minor servant to pick them up and bring them to a meeting. Maybe even the meeting would be chaired by Vlasceanu or Constante, because it was a waste of time to talk to Mr Powers. But as it was... she was to greet the foreign monarch personally, with a smile and with the necessary grace and demeanor that was to be expected from a monarch. Standing here, in one of her typical scarlet red dresses, white gloves and a baldaquin thankfully preventing the sun to hurt her fair skin. God, how horrid would it be if her refined skin would take damage from the sun and weather.

 

But all such thought was carefully kept hidden, behind a friendly smile and two warm hazel-coloured eyes. And who knew, what could not all come from such a meeting. As the door of the aircraft opened, the military music band in the background would start playing Kimi ga yo and the guards would all stand still and salute the foreign monarch. Maria would wait in the shadow, until the anthem had ended and the Empress hopefully had made her way to across the carpet, before greeting the foreign guest. "Good day and welcome to Romania. We feel honoured to receive your Majesty. One would hope you had a pleasant journey?"

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Only two of the Empress's guard had come with her, along with her two preferred hand maidens, ensuring that the Empress not have to rely on their host for trivial matters. Guards taking position upon either side of the Staircase she would exit followed by her two hand maidens. Bowing slightly to her host upon her. "Thank you for receiving me in your country, Our journey went by quickly and safely. I am honored by your reception, but if you don't mind we can move on at your leisure, I have been looking forward to seeing a Romanian Castle up close after the dossier had shown me how beautiful they are. Unless you'd prefer to hang out with me upon this hot tarmac, of course, it'd certainly make any negotiations go by quickly." She teased with a warm smile, always prefer a light banter to begin such conversations, she had hoped her host had a sense of humor, as well as shared her disdain for these receptions that were called for by tradition but it seemed every leader disliked.

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"I'd rather not rob you of the opportunity to see a royal residence.", Maria responded with a friendly smile. Gesturing to the Romanian servants to follow, the Queen turned around. "If you might follow me, please."

 

The airport was not large, mostly some provincial one. It was also not used as much for passengers, than for freight, but a runway was a runway and an aircraft could land there anyway. But naturally, without a great deal of obstacles, the group would find itself quite soon at the parking space, where a small convoy of vehicles awaited them. While the servants would have to make do with travelling in some Dacia Logans, Maria would guide the Empress to an old, but well-maintained Chaika, opening the door on the right front, before entering herself on the driver's side. "It won't be a long drive. But sadly, we have hardly any airports close to our castles. Would also be quite an ugly sight."

 

Once everyone had entered, the convoy would head towards Săvârșin.

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The Empress nodded as she got in the car, "Thank you." she said politely as she got into the car managing to close her own door., it made sense to not want an airport right next to a beautiful location, although the majority of Japan was urbanized there was plenty of locations still preserved from the noise of modern life. "I don't mind a bit of a drive, even within Tokyo it is still a decent length to get to either of our airports, of course steel and concrete is a bit harsher than the countryside we'll be headed through. It is refreshing to see another leader able to drive themselves around however, my security detail despises when I do so but it gets so tiresome sometimes to be treated essentially as a child. I sometimes feel the crown makes your citizens believe you are somehow unable to perform the same tasks as everyone else is." chuckling for a moment she'd continue, "Sometimes I think I can do their jobs even better than they can, I'm sure you've felt the same way on occasion, hundreds of people surrounding you and yet you have to watch over THEM in order to make sure they're actually doing their job."

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While Maria would keep her eyes on the street to avoid any issues, she would still respond to her guest. "You got no idea. Sometimes it's like one is surrounded by incompetent fools, a matter though, that has not the least to do with royalty or not. It's just, this planet seems to be full of them on all levels. Naturally, I drive myself around, because god forbid I give any of these morons the keys to my car. And honestly, I think noone of them really wants to risk the consequences of potentially damaging my Chaika anyway." For a moment, Maria would be quiet, given, it would most likely not reflect well had she stated the planned punishment for anyone breaking the car. "I at times find that people don't quite like to be reprimanded and scolded for their errors, but honestly, if one does not show a firm hand, they'd just all get lazy and indifferent and we'd never get anywhere. And what nation would we be if we'd just degenerate into a corrupt and lazy mass of morons. I at times wonder what these people would do without me."

 

Outside, the hilly landscape of the Ardeal would pass by, with a few farms, smaller villages and lush forests. At times, herds of cattle could be found next to the street, at times some rural Romanians looked up and upon witnessing the convoy would most often take off their hats in respect of their sovereign. There after all weren't that many people driving escorted Chaikas.

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As the landscape passed by, it was always fascinating to her the way most of Europe remained so pristine, the majority of locales within the Imperium had the highest population density in the world, where they had seen perhaps a dozen Romanians so far, that number would be hundreds of times that within her own lands. "That reminds me of a discussion I recently had with one of my sparring partners, they expect me to train to ensure that I will be able to defend from assassins and what have you, and yet, those who they select to spar with me are always so passive, as though they don't want to hurt me. I can't imagine I am getting good training from such treatment, no assassin is going to wait their turn to strike, they will do so without warning."

 

Realizing that her paranoia of being murdered probably wasn't the best topic to discuss at the moment she switched gears. "As for my own people, I seem to be hold them together with a promise of a bright future, but I have no doubts they'd get along perfectly fine without me, just as separate countries. We have far too many cultures thrown together with hundreds of years of historical hate for one another, not unlike your neighbors in Yugoslavia in fact. I have been impressed with the willingness to stand for your fellow Europeans, most around the world see Romania as the leader of the Eastern Bloc, is that how you picture yourself though?"

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"Heh... My combat skills are not too fancy. I normally have guards and otherwise, there is not too much I fear.", Maria would state, as she remembered the lessons on the sole weapon she ever learned - the dagger. And Maria kind of felt the dagger the sole weapon befitting her. It was maybe not the kind of elegant and strong-looking weapon that could strike down a foe with strength, but it was the ideal weapon of the politician. Easily concealed, good for mostly killing through deception and in a manner that would draw less attention. And for delivering the coup de grace to those who had already been battered by other means. But mostly, Maria had studied other matters, as she saw herself more an administrator than a warrior. Guards were there for a reason and as a Queen, she had plenty.

 

"I'd not say that we are the leader. Naturally, as the country with the largest military in the Bloc and the greatest diplomatic clout, there's no helping such a perception and at times, certain responsibilities do fall to us, however, I do not see myself as the leader of our Bloc. Most matters are decided in frequent meetings and it is because of our ability to draw in external allies, that when it comes to action, Romania is kind of a coordinator of common Bloc actions.", Maria chuckled for a moment. "Believe me, if I was the 'Leader' of this Bloc, quite a few things would look different. But we make do with what we have. And so far, our allies have been mostly fine. Even with some centuries of historical relations between our countries in Europe, not solely positive in nature, the promise of a bright future keeps the region quite peaceful and somewhat united. Even on the Balkans. Though, I am quite happy to only be Queen of the Romanians, not of god knows whom else, as I find it easier to care about my own people, instead of heading federations like your country or our neighbour Yugoslavia. It makes me content and it helps ease relations with neighbours, to define ourselves as a nationstate."

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