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While Carthage had been of little importance to Romania, as had been most of the Mediterranean, given Bucharest trusted in Sparta to preserve order, while Romania focused on continental European matters, with Sparta's collapse, this logic kind of collapsed. Without the security guaranteed by Sparta, Romania had to create a new policy towards the Mediterranean, with new ties to established powers. And first and foremost, that would be Carthage.

 

Within shortest possible time, Ion Iuliescu, a long-standing and upright member of the Romanian diplomatic corps and of Wallachian boyar roots would be travelling to Carthage, having received the blessings of the Queen for such an undertaking as well as instructions on Romania's political visions, designs and other matters, to enable Iuliescu to properly conclude anything that may come from the meeting.

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Upon his arrival at the International Airport near Carthage the ambassador was welcomed with the respect and ceremony befitting his status. Opting to take a scenic route he would be taken to the Palace of Kings. Once there he was further escorted inside and taken to the office of the King.

 

"Ambassador Iuliescu, welcome to Carthage. I hope your trip went well" Anysus said as he walked to the man and extended a hand.

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Ion Iuliescu would quite enjoy the sight of Carthage. And it was quite interesting to witness, as while the name of Carthage to most would be associated with antiquity and a legacy of millenia, the city itself had evolved into a monument of progress towards the future. Quite different from at home, where the capital was less being modernised, than being transformed from a monument to communism to a monument to the Romanian nation and its monarch.

 

As he was greeted by the King, he naturally would bow slightly to show his respect, before accepting the handshake. "Thank you, your Majesty. My trip was splendid and I would think well worth it, even if just to see such a great city. I would hope your country is faring well, despite the recent troubles?"

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Anysus nodded before motioning for a servant to provide the Romanian something to drink. "I am glad to see you have enjoyed it" He said before taking a seat and motioning for the Romanian to do the same on the other side of the desk. "Sadly preparing for war has become quite common to the Kingdom recently and the loss of our mutual ally has not made things easier but yes Carthage is faring well. I do hope Romania is doing well as well, especially in light of the despicable terrorism brought to your allies by the Milanese"

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The Romanian ambassador would readily accept the offer and take a seat and have something to drink. He'd mostly go for some juice or water, lest he'd be a poor showing as a drunkard, however, in the heat of North Africa, from which he just came and to which he'd return, once leaving the palace, drinking would be quite important. "The Milanese are gone, in no minor part thanks to action by your forces and our common ally Sparta. We are very grateful for that, as no doubt, their actions did no minor damage and were despicable. It is kind of a miracle not one attack was conducted on Romania proper, so we are fine, but we have pledged to assist our hard-hit allies in Hungary with aid in monetary and technical assistence. They after all have been quite devastated. It is our hope to not see such madness in Europe ever again, but well... Hope alone does little, if not backed by a determination to actually do something to realise it." A short pause ensued, as Iuliescu found the topic deserving of one, given the destruction was not minor at all in Budapest and Western Hungary. "In this light, it is sad to hear that your country is preparing itself for war this often. Not that it is not understandable, however, we would hope, the region would be more peaceful and stable. Doubtlessly, the fall of Sparta, leaving a gap in the Eastern Mediterranean hardly helps in this regard."

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"Sadly yes, the fall of Sparta has necessitated a complete overhaul of our position towards both the Mediterranean as well as Europe. As I am sure it has done for you too. Where first stability in the Eastern Mediterranean was guaranteed by Sparta it is now up to other powers to take that place. What I can say is that I see Romania as a natural partner in this. After all while you may not directly border the Mediterranean the free flow of trade and lack of war is of just as much importance to the Romanian state as it is Carthage. It is my personal hope that this business with the Yugoslavians can be settled as soon as possible so we may finally have a moment of silence in this troublesome sea." Anysus responded while taking a sip from his glass of water.

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Iuliescu nodded. "Romania had put its trust in Sparta to preserve peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Turkish Straits, which has worked for about as long as the Lacedaemonian state existed. Sadly, with their collapse, such an arrangement no longer exists and our maritime trade and freedom, which you acutely observed hinges on free passage through the Straits and the Mediterranean, is no longer secure. It truthfully is to us the greatest crisis in recent years to see the Spartan state fall, given the utter devastation it could potentially bring to our national security. In this regard, we do perceive Carthage, with its ability and willingness to preserve stability as a potential partner. The swift response to Milanese rogue actions has reinforced this opinion. Yet, politicians in Bucharest are cautious. There are still two open questions that occupy their minds, namely, what the situation between Carthage and Yugoslavia is like, given that due to geographical proximity, this naturally is of some importance to us, but even of greater importance, the security of Romanian interests in free access through the Bosporus and Dardanelles. Both matters are in our opinion hopefully settled swiftly and preferably peacefully, but at least the latter issue is one where an unfavourable settlement is too detrimental to our security to be ignored. Carthage's opinion on the matter is naturally appreciated." As he finished his explanation, hoping to have somewhat established the urgency of Romanian access to the rest of the world's seas, Iuliescu would take a sip from his glass, as he awaited the King's response.

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"Carthage is a strong supporter of the freedom of the seas and we will not make any move to damage the free flow of trade through the world seas unless it is because of a direct threat to our security with no other satisfactory alternative available. As such we will not interfere with Romanian shipping going through those mentioned areas. When it comes to Yugoslavia I have my hopes that we may be able to resolve our dispute peacefully and should this not be possible and war becomes unavoidable we will not seek anything beyond holding our ground. Carthage has no ambitions on Yugoslavia, we seek only to protect the people we allied as we pledged through treaties with Sparta. I hope this answer is satisfactory to you and your queen of course" Anysus responded.

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"It is very much so. While we do understand your determination to defend the people of Greece, we are glad to see that diplomacy is being used first and that no territorial demands against current parts of Yugoslavia are being brought forward. In our understanding, Romania has no issue with Carthage or Carthaginian defense of Greek lands, but Yugoslavia has proven a somewhat stable nation and has up to now, apart from some vocal protest, not caused any greater trouble. Thus, should Yugoslavia fall, it more than likely would be replaced by a less stable regime, than a more stable one, right at our border.", Iuliescu explained. "The Balkans must not be unecessarily destablised, so we are thankful for the contribution Carthage is making. Then, if I may ask, to what degree would Carthage be inclined to agree to economic and security partnership with Romania? Are there any concerns that might be adressed?"

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Anysus nodded at the question "Well when it comes to trade specifically I am afraid Carthage no longer has the ability to conclude such an agreement itself, in general however I would strongly support letting military and civilian ships from both our countries travel through our respective waters without any kind of toll being imposed. This will guarantee Romania free access to the Atlantic and Carthage the ability to move into the Black Sea. I also support some kind of security initiative including such elements as defence where there preferably is a mutual obligation rather than option"

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For a moment Iuliescu paused, thinking the matter over, before stating. "Well, Greater Romania would be willing to sign a binding security agreement, given Carthage is a very respectable and up to now reasonable power, which we would trust to properly communicate any possible concerns. However, free passage through the Straits would be a bit difficult." Again, the ambassador paused. "While civil shipping is not a problem, we are not too keen on having military shipping of any country freely pass through the Straits, given that we see unnecessary military presence in the Black Sea as more of a destabilising factor, than a contribution to security. As it stands, we preserve the right to close off the Straits to nations at war, so that our waters will not become another battlefield. While such would mean that any Black Sea nation at war may be de facto land-locked and no longer as vulnerable to naval operations, the reverse is also true, as they would no longer traverse freely through our Straits. The matter is, there live over 20 million people in the area, which is almost half of Her Majesty's subjects. It'd be quite troublesome to see them threatened by unnecessary military attention..."

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"I understand your position, in that case I propose we restrict the free movement to civilian vessels not in the employ of armed forces as that should limit the risk of your citizens getting involved in a conflict you did not ask for" Anysus responded to the position. "Is there anything else you feel we should include in an agreement?"

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"Thank you for your consideration. I would not know what more to add at the current point of time, given that matters of economic nature shall be discussed with the African League, but we find the current agreement quite acceptable", Iuliescu responded to the King. "Would you happen to have a draft, or shall we write one up?"

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"Sure, give me a minute." Iuliescu would take out a pen, then write up a document. Waiting for a short moment to let the ink dry, he would hand it to Anysus. "I would hope such is acceptable, otherwise, if you'd want to discuss any changes..."

Carthage-Romania Security Treaty

 

Preamble

 

Recognising the value of pece and stability in the Mediterranean Sea and the contributions of both Carthage and Romania towards this noble objective, these two countries (henceforth referred to as the signatories for the rest of the document) agree to cement their cooperation with a security agreement, in order to strengthen their ties and to further cooperation between the two signatories.

 

Article I

 

The signatories agree to work towards peacefully resolving any conflicts that might arise between them and to respect the other signatory's political sovereignity and territorial integrity.

 

Article II

 

The signatories agree to cooperate in the area of intelligence, by passing on intelligence deemed crucial to the security of the other signatory.

 

Article III

 

The signatories agree that in the case of one of them coming under attack by a third party, the other is obliged to come to their defence and both signatories shall not agree to a seperate peace agreement, but only work towards a peace agreement involving both signatories.

 

Article IV

 

Both signatories agree to allow the other signatory's military and civilian shipping safe passage through their waters in the Mediterranean and to not impose any tolls or fares on the other's shipping within their waters. The Black Sea, the Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles are exempted from this agreement for military shipping, given the special circumstances surrounding it, however, Romania guarantees the security of Carthaginian shipping in the Black Sea.

 

Article V

 

The signatories can amend the terms of this treaty if both signatories agree to the changes proposed. To cancel this treaty, any signatory may invoke this clause on their own, but needs to inform the other signatory three months in advance (OOC: one week).

 

Signatures

 

For Carthage,

 

For Romania,

 

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"That agreement is entirely acceptable to the Kingdom, a pleasure doing business with you and I look forward to a prosperous future for both our states" Anysus said before placing his signature at the bottom of the document.

 

His Royal Highness Anysus I of Carthage, King of Carthage, Protector of the Realm, Speaker for the Gods, Lion of Africa

 

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"Likewise. I thank you for your hospitality and hope Carthage will continue to prosper.", Iuliescu would answer, before taking back the treaty and placing his own signature below.

 

Ion Iuliescu, Romanian Ambassador to Carthage and Plenipotentiary of Her Royal Majesty, Maria I de România, Queen of the Romanians
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