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Arabia and Japan: Diplomatic Relations


Peter Ilyich
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The region of Arabia had for a long time been in anarchy, as well as both political and economical dissolution. The region, now beginning a new era for both the region and it's population. The nation of Arabia had now been founded.

 

Jahanmehr Maswaa, an ambassador from Yemen, would finally get the opportunity to respond to the nation of Nippon, or Japan, in regards to there request for a diplomatic session. A new politician, new to not just the world of politics, but the world as a whole. Maswaa was actually only aged twenty seven years, and the desperate need for leaders in the new nation gave him the opportunity to enter the field as a high level in the government. Maswaa was not just ambassador, but he was also the provisional head of state in Yemen, the highest level of authority in one Arabian province. and, leading such a crucial part of the Arabian chain of supplies made him need to ask for advice from more seasoned men. This is why he invited a Saudi Arabian diplomat to join him in the diplomatic session.

 

To The nation of Japan

From Jahanmehr Maswaa of Arabia's Yemen

 

I come to you in response to your diplomatic communique with a clear response to the request. That is that I wish for you to join me and my Saudi counterpart to a meeting in the Arabian capital of Kuwait City. I await a formal response and an on-time appearance in the previously stated location, and I am excited for an availing meeting to come.

 

Maswaa

 

Maswaa would make his way, by aircraft, to Kuwait City and leave his assistant, Ramyar Mana, in charge of Yemen. He would also await his Saudi counterparts arrival to the rendezvous point.

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As the Prime Minister at this time was required in Japan as supreme commander in the ongoing war effort in the Pacific, a high-ranking envoy would be sent in Akiyama's stead. Akechi Mitsuki, one of the more illustrous politicians of the Japanese Empire, former Minister of Foreign affairs and ambassador to Maratha until its demise, as well as part of the conservative elite, was dispatched from Tokyo to Kuwait City, in order to meet with the representatives of the Pan-Arab and Iranian state.

 

While on her flight over the Indian Ocean, Akechi was looking forward to the meeting, which she hoped could improve her prestige at home, a chance that sadly did not manifest in India, despite the diplomatic cooperations that had been envisioned. Although not too old, Akechi's career had suffered quite a bit after the disaster that was the Albertan crisis, when the American Commonwealth managed to force Japan out of North America. But with the ongoing war and a good record here, her name could be redeemed.

 

Despite her conservative and rather nationalist nature, given it was an overseas meeting, Akechi exchanged her wafuku for western-style business clothing and awaited her hosts once landed at the airport.

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Given the severe delay from the other Arabian diplomats, Ajay Bashir would arrive in Kuwait city to takeover the meeting.

 

"Apologies Ms Mitsuki, I'm afraid the other representatives have been delayed. I am Ajay Bashir, elected Prime Minister of Iraq and Kuwait, honored representative of the Arabian nation."

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"It's no issue, Mister Bashir.", Akechi responded, after standing a while under the Arabian sun, wondering what to do. "I'm Mitsuki Akechi, here as representative of the Japanese Empire, as you most likely already know. Prime Minister Akiyama extents her greetings. We are looking forward to constructive talks and hopefully good relations between our two states."

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"I am honored, truly" Bashir also taking in the harsh heat began to walk toward a motorcade outside the airport, "If you'll follow me, we can escape this heat". 

 

As the Prime Minister and the ambassador entered a limousine they would head toward the Kuwaiti exchange building. On arrival they would be taken to a large conference room reserved for the meeting. Bashir would show his guest her seat while he walked over to his chair, "Is there anything we can get you? we have several refreshments on hand"  

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As Akechi took her seat, she thought for a moment before answering. "Some juice or alternatively water please, if that's possible."

 

"The establishment of such a large nation in the Middle East was quite surprising, to say the least, but I would hope that your country will be a good steward of its people and bring stability to this region that has been plagued by so many issues in the past." the envoy stated, to start off the talks. "If one may ask, how is Arabia faring these days? There wasn't much one heard of it until recently and the new union is also still something of a mystery in a country as far away as Japan. One would hope there are not too many problems."

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Bashir brought his guest a glass of water before responding. "The start was actually fairly easy, alone we struggled but by coming together we found ourselves stronger than we could ever imagine. It's not easy now, what with the various political powers residing in one country with such power. But we have always found a way to keep things relatively civil and orderly."

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"That is good to hear.", Akechi responded. "The region has much potential, even if much of it is harsh in its climate. Natural ressources and the strategic location can cause Arabia to become quite a regional power, if it is harnessed well. Or the object of other's aggression, if not protected well. But well, I'm here to try to negotiate a friendly and cooperative relationship, not to make ominous precautions for the future."

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"That is good to hear.", Akechi responded. "The region has much potential, even if much of it is harsh in its climate. Natural ressources and the strategic location can cause Arabia to become quite a regional power, if it is harnessed well. Or the object of other's aggression, if not protected well. But well, I'm here to try to negotiate a friendly and cooperative relationship, not to make ominous precautions for the future."

 

"Indeed, what is your nation interested in? Obviously we can achieve much through cooperation. But excuse me if I may ask what Japan really wants out of Arabia?"

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Akechi smiled wryly, before responding. "Mister Bashir, as you might already know, our Empire is seeking to expand its trade ties and cooperations, given that as it stands, while Japan posesses a presence in the Pacific that can no longer be described as negligible, our position within the current global structures is hardly noteworthy and barely above the status of a minor power. It is our hope thus, that maybe we can discuss the establishment of potential trade ties, which I think would be mutually benefitial, given especially your country's natural riches which we lack, while we can trade to your country all sorts of high-tech goods and appliances. And maybe, if you'd be inclined, discuss some security cooperation, at least in respect to the trade routes between our countries and if possible to assist each other in preventing the spread of radical ideologies that are a fundamental threat to both our regimes."

 

Akechi then pondered for a second on something, before adding a question. "Also, if I may ask... Japan has been long surrounded by Tianxia and Russia, but we had cordial relations with Tianxia for a good few years now. Arabia however seems to be surrounded by an Athenian Federation in upheaval, the Russian Empire and the new Central Asian socialist or whatever state of Azadistan, neither of the three I'm aware of has real ties to you. How does Arabia see this situation? I would be quite worried, would it be Japan that was encircled by potentially hostile forces like this."

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"We would enjoy trade and security cooperation with Japan, of course we would have to set a unit price for oil drums and discuss the semantics. Arabia would definitely benefit from receiving technologies from Japan that we lack" 

 

Bashir stroked his beard pondering about the other question asked, "It not healthy to worry about what if scenarios, but rest assured Arabia has been keeping tabs on our neighbors, the Federation's civil war, the rise of the Union and of course we keep an eye on the Russians and the incursions they launch just North of our borders. As for Tianxia, they have military bases on our soil and need to leave but that's another conversation for another time."

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"Well, I'm sure we'll find an agreement. We would be interested in a more long-term business, given we see this also as a matter of energy security."

 

Akechi then came to the second point, where she wondered what to say, given her position and the Arabian position, with all their differences. "Well, it hardly is healthy to neglect potential threats either, given that neglect can lead to rather disastrous consequences. Japan has for years kept up its vigilance in its dealings with other states and I would think it is one reason why our country still exists, compared to most of our rivals. While our country sees Tianxia rather positively, given that they for many years ensured stability and prosperity for our people, it is naturally not for us to interfere in this matter. As personal advise, I'd deem a limited local presence of Tianxia for the sake of ensuring the safety of trade routes a minor matter, which could be utilised to improve relations and maybe establish military cooperation. Compared to the Russians, Athenians and Azadi, Tianxia has no border with Arabia and better positioned to help defend arabian sovereignity, more than any other country. Though, as stated, such is only my personal advise, the Japanese Empire has no intention of interfering with this matter. Though of course, this matter does highlight one issue for us, which would be... Does Arabia have the capabilities to protect the sealanes of the Western Indian Ocean? It would be less than ideal if our future main shipping routes be unprotected and subject to potential attack and piracy."

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"Rest assured the Arabian fleet is capable of protecting our assets, and Tianxia hasn't been clear whether their intentions are to protect anyone's sovereignty or pursue the reconstruction of their empire. But that is a discussion for another time, the shipping lanes will be protected and our oil will arrive safely to Japan." 

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Akechi raised an eyebrow, wondering how capable the Arabian fleet was. Among the world's navies, there weren't that many great navies. Tianxia and Russia were at the top, Athens next, then Japan. At least as far as numbers were concerned. There had been the Commonwealth fleet, but that one was no more. Their ships were now being broken up in Japan for scrap metal, just as the Commonwealth itself had been broken up into scraps by Japan. On the other hand, there were lots of smaller powers with little to no naval capabilities, mostly being brown-water... at best green-water. Arabia undoubtedly was larger than most of the smaller nations, but was it actually capable of protecting sealanes all over the Indian Ocean? Well, in the end, there was also Tianxia, which most likely did its part to secure the seas. It was a pity that Japan could only ever send an occassional fleet into the Indian to show some presence, but never a lasting one. But god knows how that would go with Tianxia...

 

"Well, I'll trust your word. How would you like to go about our trade agreement?"

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