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Mutual Defense and Optional Aggression Pact between The Mighty Armed States of Honor and Common Defense Treaty (CDT)

Preamble:

In the interests of mutual defense and protection, the Mighty Armed States of Honor, also known as M*A*S*H, and Common Defense Treaty, henceforth known as the Signatories, do hereby declare the following agreement to be in effect as of Dec. 26, 2008 at 12:00 AM.

Article 1 – Sovereignty

A. Individual Nation and Alliance Sovereignty

Both signatories recognize the quality and merit of the other. Therefore, they are to remain self-governing, in order to grow and prosper in separate but equally suitable directions. Both alliances remain sovereign and independent of each other, as do the members within each alliance.

B. Treaty Sovereignty

Both signatories recognize the value of treaties and respect the independence of the other signatory and their right to actively or passively seek and sign treaties with other alliances. The Signatories further agree to inform the other Signatory if any new diplomatic agreement could cause possible conflict with this current Agreement, and to do so at the first opportunity.

Article 2 – Peace

A. Current State of Peace

A current state of peace is mutually observed and agreed to be in effect between the Signatories and that each Signatory joins into this contract of its own volition with the intent of preserving and maintaining peace.

B. Diplomacy

In the present and future, the Signatories will use diplomacy wherever possible to solve any disputes that may arise and dedicate themselves to preserving the peace between their alliances.

Article 3 – Intelligence

A. Information sharing

It is the mutual desire of both parties to remain in contact in order to achieve the highest quality of diplomatic relations. They vow to do so on a regular basis with ambassadors, visits to offsite forums, and through the use of IRC Channels.

In the spirit of teamwork, the signatories pledge to share all information that may be relevant with each other. They will not refrain from disclosing information to the other signatory provided that said information does not compromise the security of the originating alliance.

B. Forum Security

Forum security must be ensured so that any potentially sensitive information can be provided between signatories. Regular testing of the forums should occur

C. Communication Channels

Any official signatory alliance IRC channels shall be identified and provided to the other signatory for their reference and ease of use. Although this is not a requirement for the treaty, it is recommended for prosperity and efficiency.

Article 4 – Prohibited Acts of Aggression

A. Espionage

That the Signatories agree that Espionage is a clear and present danger to lasting peace and they agree to prohibit its use against the other.

Also, if a sovereign nation of a Signatory indulges in any form of espionage or spying against the other, it will be the responsibility of the offending signatory to inform the other of the event, and to discipline its member according to the rules and regulations of the Sovereign Nation's alliance.

B. In-game spying

If a sovereign nation of a Signatory indulges in spying against a member of the other signatory, it will be the responsibility of the offending signatory to inform the other of the event within 48 hours, and to discipline its member according to the rules and regulations of the Sovereign Nation's alliance.

C. Acts of War

The Signatories agree that their membership shall not indulge in tech raiding or any declarations of war on the others membership.

Violators of this portion of the Agreement must immediately stand down from all attacks.

D. Taunting, flaming, baiting or inter-recruiting

Taunting, flaming, baiting or recruiting members of the other signatory’s alliance, via in-game pm, on open forums, via IRC channels or during open conversations are examples of unacceptable behavior and these actions are prohibited by the signatories.

Member nations who conduct in this behavior may to be ordered to provide a public apology upon request from the offended alliance and may be disciplined as determined by their home signatory alliance.

E. Rogue nations

Nations that go rogue on a member of the other signatory alliance are to be held individually accountable for their actions, their nations expelled from their home alliance and tried accordingly.

Article 5 - Wartime Assistance

A. Financial, Military, Diplomatic and Technological Aid

The Signatories hereby agree to come to the others defense in time of war where a 3rd party declares war on either signatory. If a signatory wages an aggressive war, the other has a option to come to the others aid. Aid includes but is not limited to diplomatic and military.

The Signatories shall have the right to ask military and/or diplomatic aid in time of need of the other signatory, and the other signatory is obligated to supply this aid unless it is impossible to do so.

The Signatories agree not to aid enemies of the Signatories in times of war, whether mutual or individual enemies of the Respective Signatories. Such aid is defined as military aid.

Signatories shall be free to give such diplomatic aid that does not endanger the growth, prosperity or sovereignty of either signatory. When requested, any mediation activities by either signatory between alliances and their opponents shall not be perceived as aiding an enemy, but in deriving peace which would be a form of defense.

Article 6 – Cancellation

A. Reason

Should one signatory wish to cancel the treaty, advance warning shall be provided as specified below and the detailed reasons for the potential cancellation shall be provided to the other signatory upon request. Any cancellation postings on Open World forums must be completed in a respectful manner.

B. Treaty Failure

Failure of either party to comply with the terms of Articles 4 may be considered just cause for immediate revocation of this treaty, at the other party's discretion. Should this treaty be so revoked by either alliance, a seventy-two hour grace period begins in which neither alliance may declare war on the other, after which no such rules apply.

C. Advance Notice

That this Agreement shall be in effect until canceled or when superseded by a stronger treaty between the two signatories. Official cancellation requires 72 hours prior notice.

D. Mandatory Non-Aggression period

After cancellation of this treaty regardless of reason, a 3-day auto-terminating Non-Aggression pact, mirroring articles 2 & 4 comes into effect.

Signed for C.D.T.

Popsumpot -Self-Appointed Supreme Overlord

Signing for M*A*S*H

boomerisgod - Minister of War

Bedford Forrest - Foreign Affairs Officer

Energizer - Executive Officer

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