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Greetings friends,

It is with great pleasure that I announce three developments within the black sphere and, in particular, the Dark Vows.

First, by unanimous agreement among voting signatories, we have amended our hallowed document. The new amendment contains more precise and proactive wording with regard to economics in the sphere. I will include the Official Copy of the Dark Vows with the amendment highlighted in red.

Second, and coinciding with the amendment, we now have opened a more comprehensive trading and economic center for all black nations, whether aligned or not, a member of a Dark Vows signatory or not. The new center will serve primarily as a means of connecting black nations to one another within permanent trade circles and will be managed by the economic team as outlined in the amendment. Black nations need only to fill out a form. When the economic team has assigned them a circle, they will be messaged and can then move into their new long-term trading agreements. Of course, the economic area will also be a haven for donation dealing, loan agreements, graphics selling, and general advice. Special thanks go to Myworld of the Dark Templars for heading this new addition.

We ask all black nations to visit the Black Conclave (OOC: read, black team forum) where one may communicate with other members of the sphere, senators, and nation leaders; visit the libraries of the Dark Vows signatories; or peruse the economic areas. Any black alliances interested in signing the Dark Vows should also visit and inquire about membership therein, though the Black Conclave forums are hosted for the entirety of the sphere.

Visit the Black Conclave HERE and/or submit your nation’s economic information HERE to be assigned a trading circle directly.

Third, we don’t often announce the addition of new signatories, so let this be an opportunity for all to take a look at the illustrious alliances who have taken these Dark Vows.

Thank you.

The Dark Vows

Preamble

It is understood by all signatories that their status as participants in the Black Sphere is cause for great pride, and that it carries with it the grave obligation of furthering the common interests of the Black Sphere through concerted and honourable efforts toward the peaceful coexistence, coordination, stability, prosperity, and security of all individual member nations therein.

It is also understood that coordination and interaction between Black Sphere alliances is best pursued in an all-inclusive manner, that fully accounts for the diverse alignments, political philosophies, and individual alliance interests, and that all signatories to these Vows are therefore bound to respect such differences wherever they may they occur in order to ensure mutual benefit and harmony among all who dwell in the Black Sphere. For Black is the colour of all things deep and dark: the essence of ebony, the hue of the hidden, the mask of the mysterious, the narrative of night. In Black all things are concealed. In Black all secrets are kept. And in this spirit, the noble alliances undersigned do hereby and for the duration of their preponderance in the Black Sphere pledge to the following Vows, and do publish this intent for the knowledge and enforcement of all.

The First Vow: On Sovereignty, Trade, and Civility

It is agreed that the prosperity of the Black Sphere as a whole is fundamentally linked to the abundance of trading partners and friendly counterparties within it. It is furthermore agreed that the intended mutual prosperity embodied in these Vows can only be attained in an environment where disagreements are candidly addressed through diplomatic channels, and by upholding a civilised and mature attitude to such counterparties, both actual and potential. It is therefore decided that:

1. Signatories to these Vows shall not engage in military action against any nation of the Black Sphere, aligned or otherwise, for the sole purpose of material benefits.

2. Signatories to these Vows shall not commit unjustified acts of hostility towards any other alliance within the Black Sphere, signatory to these Vows or otherwise.

3. Signatories to these Vows shall not engage in military action, or take any other steps to dissuade other alliances from founding within the Black Sphere, altering their preferred location from another Sphere to the Black Sphere, allowing their nations to freely relocate to the Black Sphere, posing a candidacy for a Black Senate seat, or encouraging any nation in any manner to switch their location to the Black Sphere.

4. Signatories to these Vows shall fully recognise and respect the sovereign right of all alliances within the Black Sphere, signatories to these Vows or otherwise, to choose their own political alignment, preferred partners, individual goals, and paths thereto, and shall not take any actions to hinder the pursuit of such goals so long as the methods employed in that pursuit do not conflict with the principles proclaimed herein.

5. Signatories to these Vows shall respect and treasure their privileged relations with all other signatories, and in particular shall treat all other signatory alliances and their individual member nations with the same cordiality and courtesy they would accord to their own alliance members and leadership.

6. Signatories to these Vows shall recognise the mutually beneficial nature of all business transactions arranged in a legal, consensual, and uncoerced manner between nations of the Black Sphere, and shall not restrict their respective members from willingly engaging in such transactions with members of other signatories to these Vows. If during any such transaction one or more members of signatories to these Vows are shown to be in breach of contract, their respective alliances shall recognise and enforce the legal value of such contract, and shall promptly deliver either adequate damage reparations to the counterparty or harsh punishment to the offender.

7. Signatories to these Vows shall host a Market dedicated to the entirety of the Black Sphere, each signatory appointing at least one nation ruler to an Economic Board. Economic Board members will oversee the business transactions between signatories, including, but not limited to, technology acquisition, formation of trade guilds, and large-scale loans between signatories.

The Second Vow: On the Black Senate

It is agreed that the interests of individual alliances within the Black Sphere are best served by undisrupted access to the wondrous privileges and powers of the Black Senate. It is also agreed that such interest and the limited number of Senatorial positions available may generate conflict within the Black Sphere, that such conflicts are best defused by extensive use of dialogue and political concessions rather than by untamed ambition, and that the mandate of titular nations demands an unwaveringly unbiased and fair stance towards all honourable members of the Black Sphere. It is therefore decided that:

1. Signatories to these Vows shall be free to submit as many candidates to Senatorial positions as they deem best, and such candidacies shall not be subject to any retaliatory behaviour by the countersigned.

2. Signatories to these Vows shall be free to coordinate to elect common Senators, subject only to bilateral or multilateral agreement between them.

3. Senators successfully elected by the undersigned shall not engage in unjustified economic sanctions against any signatory to these Vows.

4. Senators successfully elected by the undersigned shall withhold no efforts to support the common interests of the Black Sphere, and shall therefore grant all reasonable requests for sanctions and public announcements placed by signatories to these Vows.

The Third Vow: On Scope and Limitations

It is agreed that friendships and political connections within the Digiterran political landscape are extremely complex and unpredictable, and that it would be undesirable to risk the failure of this worthy endeavour by committing signatories to unduly stringent requirements. It is therefore decided that the responsibilities described in the previous Vows shall be subject to the following qualifications of scope:

1. No signatory alliance shall be considered in breach of these Vows should they act in defence of an alliance to which they are linked by an internationally recognised and binding treaty, provided such actions are in response to a legally justified request, obligatory by the terms of the relevant treaty, and strictly defensive in nature.

2. No signatory alliance shall be considered in breach of these Vows should they retaliate against hostile actions perpetrated by any organisation. Such hostile actions shall be understood to include, but not be limited to, overt military action, economic sanctions, espionage, disruption of the flow of information within alliance headquarters, defamation, harassment, hijacking, and/or conspiracy.

3. Signatories to these Vows shall take all reasonable diplomatic steps to maintain the peace and stability of the Black Sphere before seeking exemption from these Vows through these qualifications of scope.

The Fourth Vow: On Organisation

It is agreed that, through the fluid nature of international alliances and inter-alliance politics, the shape of the Black Sphere shall incessantly mutate, and that any initiative taken to stabilise the Black Sphere may only achieve its goals if it is fully equipped to adapt to such change. It is therefore decided that:

1. Any alliance may be invited to sign these Vows by unanimous agreement of all signatories. Furthermore, any alliance satisfying the following criteria shall be officially and automatically eligible for participation in these Vows, and such eligibility shall not depend on circumstances of their diplomatic relations toward the signatories to these Vows. Alliances may freely choose to become signatories to these Vows if:

(i) They are predominantly located within the Black Sphere;

(ii) They actively require or encourage their respective member nations to hold membership of the Black Sphere;

(iii) At time of signing, their total alliance strength is in excess of five hundred thousand (500,000), and/or their total member count is in excess of twenty-five (25) nations; and

(iv) They are not involved in military conflict with any other alliance.

2. Signatories to these Vows shall be free to revoke their signature at any time, by providing all other signatories with formal written notice forty-eight (48) hours in advance. Any member nations of the revoking signatory elected as Senators through the votes of other signatories to these Vows shall be bound by their honour to uphold the Vows until the moment when election votes are reset.

3. Signatories to these Vows that are formally declared to be in breach of these Vows by all other signatories shall be immediately vacated as signatories hereto. Their signature shall be stricken from these Vows, the protections afforded to them by these Vows shall be released, and their eligibility to sign these Vows shall be revoked until and unless all signatories unanimously agree to permit such reinstatement and re-execution.

4. Signatories to these Vows who are disbanded, become inactive, fall persistently and significantly below the eligibility criteria, or fail to nominate representatives to official acts requiring a vote, may be suspended from these Vows by unanimous agreement of all remaining signatories. Suspended signatories shall be formally afforded all protections and responsibilities described in these Vows, but shall lose their right to representation and vote until such time when their eligibility and diplomatic activity as sovereign entities is restored.

5. These Vows may be amended by unanimous agreement of all signatories.

By this seal and on this date we do agree to bind ourselves to these Vows, and by our signature below we do swear to uphold the letter, the spirit, and the promise of all that they set forth and represent.

2 November 2007

For The Mafia:

/s/

EMPEROR MARXUS IV, Cappo de Cappos

SARMATIAN EMPIRE, Minister of Foreign Affairs

SERBERUS, Minister of Internal Affairs

EMPEROR NIGEL, Minister of Defense

MR.NIBBLES, Minister of Education and Panda Affairs

STRIFE__BLADE, Minister of Recruitment

COMMANDER MAS, Privy Council Member

HERNAN CORTEZ, Privy Council Member

LUIS VOLTAIRE V, Privy Council Member

POTATOHEAD, Privy Council Member

MASTER CONSERVATIVE, Privy Council Member

For MrFixitOnline:

/s/

JOSHUAR, Leader

AGRAPPA, Councillor

NINJAJOSH, Councillor

KABAN, Councillor

For The Order of the Black Rose:

/s/

ATERATRA, Queen and Black Rose

For The Order of the Dark Knights:

/s/

THOAX010, Minister of Internal Affairs

MYALAM, Minister of Financial Affairs

JOFFREY, Minister of Military Affairs

TONY6661001, Minister of Foreign Affairs

p.p. The ODK General Assembly of Knights

28 February 2008

For UberCon:

/s/

Trinit, Triumvir

Kiruzog, Triumvir

Alrin, Triumvir

Nadreck, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Snikt, Elder Statesman

20 May 2008

For Umbrella:

/s/

Bossk, Triumvir

Sceptor, Triumvir

Trepidation, Triumvir

25 September 2008

For The Dark Evolution:

/s/

Angryraccoon, Triumvir

Coolgreen44, Triumvir

Revelation, Triumvir

Fort Pitt, Chief of Senate

HavoK, Senator

Joey67500, Senator

Master Nick, Senator

Walther, Senator

Red Sox King, Senator

goalmaster, Senator

Panginoon, Senator

coolspy, Senator

Hunter, Janitor

29 October 2008

For The Trilateral Commission:

/s/

T-O-O-L, Chairman

GR, Chief Executive Officer

arch3004, First Representative

Drakedeath, Second Representative, Acting Head of Recruitment

Cooksonthegreat, Chief of Staff

Trowa, Elder Representative

Elac Nonsum, Head of Internal Affairs

Tazzy, Head of Military/Security

Left Hand of God, Head of External Affairs

11 November 2008

For Apocalypse:

/s/

Bad Omen, Emperor

King Pomi, Horseman of Internal Affairs

Ghostlin, Horseman of Foreign Affairs

Pokeikon, Horseman of War

18 November 2008

For The Dark Templars:

/s/

Supa_Troop3r, Dark Archon

Deathsmile, Twilight Archon

Pulse, Patriarch

Jewish, Supreme Banker

Myworld, High Templar of Development

23 November 2008

For Dark Fist:

/s/

Daikos, Diarch

Starcraftmazter, Diarch

Martinius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

9 December 2008

For The Immortals:

/s/

Sarmatian Empire, Emperor (The Chosen One)

Wappas, Chief Officer

Master Conservative, Commandant

11 December 2008

For Global Republic of Armed Nations:

/s/

Outworld, Emperor

Germanicus, Elite Council

Aryan83, Elite Council

23 January 2009

For The Ravyns:

/s/

Sharduke, The Don

In Memoriam

2 November 2007

For The Armed Coalition of Disturbed Countries:

/s/

CAPT CRAPPY, Triumvir

C4TALYST, Triumvir

CYBORGBELIAL, Triumvir

ZZZPTM, Minister of Foreign Affairs

For The Boards Alliance of Protectorate States:

/s/

MOSHEA, El Presidente

PEADERFI, El Vice Presidente

ZILLAH, Minister for External Shenanigans

For HeroesOfGaming:

/s/

COOLGREEN44, Prime Minister

OCHOCINCO, Consul, Minister of War, Maker of Rain

RYAN_RYES, Consul, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head Terrorist

TREPIDATION, Consul

ROZALIA, Consul

DANIZUHMAN, Consul

THREEFINGEREDGUY, Minister of Commerce

7 November 2007

For The Black Peace Society:

/s/

SHADOWMAN, King

11 February 2008

For Socialistic Empire:

/s/

Silent, SupCom

StalinTrotsky, DipCom

24 March 2008

For KGB:

/s/

Mr. Teets, Chairman

Professor B, First Deputy Chairman

25 March 2008

For League of United Armenians:

/s/

Hayastan, Deputy Chancellor, Foreign Minister

18 January 2008

For Black Defense Council:

/s/

ZZZPTM, Minister President of State

12 March 2008

For Element:

/s/

Danizduhman, Triumvir

Coolgreen44, Triumvir

Ryan Reyes, Triumvir

Caesar833, Internal Minister

FFfanaticx, Director of Finance

Rickjames, Director of Defense

23 June 2008

For Black Moon:

/s/

Johnny Apocalypse, El Presidente and acting Foreign Minister

El Coggins, Commander in Chief of Military

sp00n-man, Economics Minister

Vakirauta IV, Internal Minister

24 June 2008

For Legio X:

/s/

Hormones74, Legion Legate - Leader

Revelation, Primus Pilus - MoW

VIdiot The Great, Camp Prefect - MoIA

5 January 2008

For Federation of Independent Sovereign Territories:

/s/

Starcraftmazter, Marshal of FIST

Daggarz, Minister of Foreign Affairs

5 August 2008

For The Darkfall Alliance:

/s/

Stalwart, Khagan

Daikos, Khan of Foreign Affairs

3 December 2008

For Underworld:

/s/

Underverse, Hades

2 January 2009

For Black Dragons:

/s/

James "The Rick Roll" Maximus, Dark Lord

Franz "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together" Ferdinand, Dark Archduke

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And just before any confusion starts, on first page... Note that partway down the list of signatories, it says, "In Memoriam." Those signatories are dead or moved color etc. On Black Conclave forums, there's a


tag that creates a line. I should probably have made hyphens as Sceptor suggested after I posted... Anyway, if I notice any confusion, I'll just change the color of "In Memorian" to unreadable bright yellow. Then you can't comment on it if you try.
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And just before any confusion starts, on first page... Note that partway down the list of signatories, it says, "In Memoriam." Those signatories are dead or moved color etc. On Black Conclave forums, there's a
tag that creates a line. I should probably have made hyphens as Sceptor suggested after I posted... Anyway, if I notice any confusion, I'll just change the color of "In Memorian" to unreadable bright yellow. Then you can't comment on it if you try.

You should probably move SE there.

Also congrats

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