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Duncan King

Now Boarding on Platform Five

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I was walking down the street one day and I though I heard some people singing. I looked around to figure out where the sound was coming from and I saw that it was coming from a train station.

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I walked closer to see what was going on and the closer I got, the better I could hear the singing. Eventually, I got close enough to hear it properly and heard the following:

Now I've been smiling lately,

thinking about the good things to come

And I believe it could be,

something good has begun

Oh peace train sounding louder

Glide on the peace train

Come on now peace train

Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train

Come on now peace train

The song appeared to be coming from the inside of the train station, so I entered it to see what was going on. I looked down the hallway and found that the sound seemed to be strongest in the direction of a corridor marked by this sign:

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I walked down the hallway to the platform and saw that there was a train pulled into the station with a conductor looking out of the front window.

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The music got louder the closer I got to it and the closer I got, the more I could hear. This time, it was playing another song:

People all over the world (everybody)

Join hands (join)

Start a love train, love train

People all over the world (all the world, now)

Join hands (love ride)

Start a love train (love ride), love train

The next stop that we make will be soon

Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too

Don't you know that it's time to get on board

And let this train keep on riding, riding on through

Well, well

When I was right next to the train, I realized that I knew some of the people looking out the windows of the train. There were Kzoppistan and Metictype from Zenith, Lusitan and Cadie from TFD, Agnu and Anubis from Nevermore, President Orff from TFoR, Tamurin from DoC, King William II and King Joseph IV from The Corps, and Vanadrin Failing and Mindwerkz from House Atreides. Then I realized what train this was: The Peace and Love Train. After months of hard work, The Peace and Love Train had finally come.

Happily, I boarded the train and started the ride with my friends into a new tomorrow.

It is my honor to present this, the Contract for Carriage of the Peace and Love Train:

The Peace and Love Train Accords

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We, the undersigned alliances, in the spirit of peaceful cooperation and mutual protection do hereby agree on this Contract for Carriage.

The Contract for Carriage

Article One: Passengers on the Train

A. Carriage on the Train shall be open to any alliance that is interested in doing so provided that the existing passengers agree that they would make a valuable addition to the Train.

B. The passengers on the Train will be divided into two groups: engineers and stewards.

1. Engineers are established alliances that are able to fully support themselves in the world and seek to work together to achieve a common security.

2. Stewards are newer alliances that are still finding their way in the world and who need a little help to get started.

3. Although they are not required to, the Engineer alliances are encouraged to include their individual protectorates as Stewards of the Peace and Love Train.

C. To be added to the Train as an Engineer, an alliance must be invited by an existing Engineer. That alliance will then be invited to apply and will enter into a week long interview period. At the end of the interview period, the Engineer alliances will hold a vote and if all of the Engineers agree that the applicant would be a good addition to the Train, that alliance will be admitted.

D. To be added to the Train as a Steward, an applicant must be sponsored by an Engineer alliance. The applicant alliance will then enter a week long interview period. At the end of the interview period, the Engineers and Stewards will vote on whether the applicant would make a good Passenger on the Train. If a majority of both, voting separately, vote in favor, the applicant will be able to join the Train as a Steward.

E. If, after a time, a Steward alliance feels that it is ready to assume the role of Engineer, it may petition for promotion. If a majority of existing Engineers agree that the requesting Steward should advance, the Steward shall be promoted to Engineer.

Part Two: Peace Train

A. The Engineers and Stewards of the Peace and Love Train agree to maintain a peaceful environment on the Train at all times. Therefore, no Passenger of the Train will carry out an aggressive action against another Passenger of the Train or assist an outside party in doing so.

B. To further assist in maintaining tranquility on the Train, the passengers agree to refrain from engaging in aggressive conflict against outside allies of other passengers without attempting a diplomatic solution first. The Passenger holding the treaty with the outside party in question may act as a mediator between the alliances in conflict.

C. In the event of a treaty conflict that would result in passengers fighting on different sides of a conflict, the affected passengers are encouraged to resolve said treaty conflict peacefully while leaving the spirit of the Contract for Carriage intact. If no resolution can be found to avoid passengers fighting on opposite sides of a conflict, this Contract may be used as a non-aggression pact to prevent one Passenger from attacking another.

Part Three: Love Train

A. The passengers on the Train agree to be friendly and candid with each other in both public and private conversations. Honest debate and constructive criticism are encouraged between Train passengers. Additionally, the passengers agree to be supportive of each other in public statements in announcements.

B. Additionally, the passengers agree that open communication is an important part of love. Therefore, the passengers agree to share any information that could affect the security of the other passengers of the Train with the other passengers. This communication includes advance notification of any outside treaties to be signed.

C. Steward alliances agree to refrain from signing any treaties with outside alliances that involve mandatory assistance or defense. They may sign treaties providing for optional aid and defense with external alliances if a majority of the Engineers approve of the treaties.

D. Finally, the passengers agree that knowledge is the best way to promote growth. Accordingly, the passengers agree to share all of their alliance guides with the other passengers so that they all will be able to grow effectively.

Part Four: War Train

A. The Engineers of the Peace and War Train believe that if one of them is attacked, they all are attacked. Therefore, they shall enter into a state of mutual defense. Additionally, the Engineers may work together to carry out an aggressive action if all of them agree that it is a pertinent action to take. Notification of aggressive action must be given at least three days before said action is to take place if the Engineer spearheading the operation seeks to act as a group action. If group action is not desired, the other Engineers must receive at least two days notice of the aggressive action.

B. The Engineers of the Peace and War Train also believe that if one of the Stewards is attacked, whether it be by a hostile alliance or simply a hostile nation, they all are attacked. In the event of an attack, the Engineers agree to use the force and diplomacy necessary to mitigate the danger and restore the damage to the attacked Steward.

C. In return for the protection offered to them by the Engineers, the Stewards of the Train agree to refrain from taking part in any aggressive action against outside alliances without the express permission of the Engineers. If all of the Engineers agree that the outside aggression is necessary, then the Steward alliance may commence the aggressive action with the assistance of the Engineers if needed.

D. In the event that an Engineer alliance or a fellow Steward alliance comes under attack, the other Steward alliances are highly encouraged but not required to come to their defense. The other passengers recognize that a smaller alliance is less able to take part in successful military action. However, if refusal to come to the assistance of other passengers becomes a problem, it may be grounds for ejection from the Train.

Part Five: Staying on Track

A. To facilitate as smooth of a Train ride as possible, the passengers agree to operate out of shared station (OOC: a forum). This station will serve as the meeting place for all Train passengers and will be the place where they coordinate their activities.

B. Proposals to amend the Contract for Carriage must have the support of a majority of the Engineer and a majority of the Steward alliances, voting separately.

C. In voting, each Passenger alliance receives one vote. The vote of an Engineer alliance is not worth more than the vote of a Steward alliance.

D. Each Passenger alliance may send two delegates to assist in conducting the Peace and Love Train.

Part Six: Derailment

A. A Passenger may be removed from the Peace and Love Train if a majority of the Engineers and Stewards, voting separately, agree to remove them. Among the acceptable reasons to remove an alliance are breach of this Contract, inactivity, and a failure to assist the other passengers in times of war.

B. A Passenger may leave the Train at any time provided that they give one week notice beforehand. At the time of notification, a one week period of non aggression will take effect. Once this period expires, no such rules apply.

Signed:

Engineers

The Foreign Division

Speaker Gearhead

Sen. Circlewood

Sen. Tagmoute

Sen. Sir Volpe

Sen. Phil

Minister of Internal Affairs: Cyndro

Minister of Economic Affairs: Eivind the Great

Minister of Security: LetsHunt

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Lusitan

Zenith

Executive Triumvir: Suvorov

External Triumvir: Duncan King

Internal Triumvir: Metictype

Minister of Defense: Doctorrodders

Minister of Development: Jazhayre

Minister of Domestic Affairs: Panther

Minister of Finance: Gogeta

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Kzoppistan

Stewards

Democratic Open Community

the Parliament of DOC

House Atreides

Duke Mindwerkz

Mentat Vanadrin Failing

Swordmaster Shortstar

Spicemaster cpl

Nevermore

Consul: Anubis

Consul: Agnu

Minister of Internal Affairs: Panther

The Corps

King William II - Commander in Chief

King Joseph IV - Commander General

Nero20 - Executive Officer

The Federation of Rhine

King: President Orff

/ Credit to Cat Stevens and The O-Jays for the inspiration for the name and theme of the treaty.

// The Peace and Love Train Station can be found here: http://www.cn-stravaganza.net/thestation

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Ah dang at first I thought this was a whole alliance devoted to trains. Trains frikin rule.

Choo choo. All aboard! Good luck.

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Zenith? Peace and Love? Cat Stevens?

This is worse than lolcats. The global community deserves an apology.

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:o

Congrats guys!

EDIT: Trolling = Fail. STFU or GTFO

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I've seen some lame names in my day, but this one, is one of the worst in awhile. Congrats on that, I guess.

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Glad to see this! :)

Also, love the theme. Trains are awesome.

All Aboard the Fail Train! Good luck in your future endeavours.
Zenith? Peace and Love? Cat Stevens?

This is worse than lolcats. The global community deserves an apology.

[ooc] :/ Seems like the troll superheroes have arrived [/ooc]

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This is quite interesting; quite a few of those ideas in the charter seem strikingly familiar to me. ;)

Good luck to Agnu, Duncan, TFD and the other people there I know.

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I am honestly pleased to see every post in this thread. It's just as valuable to know who supports a treaty as it is to know who opposes it.

I agree. Mindless hailing should be saved for my announcements only.

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I agree. Mindless hailing should be saved for my announcements only.

All Hail King Xander, bro. As far as this treaty, really, it should work out well, even if I think the theme is a bit.. lame.

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I agree. Mindless hailing should be saved for my announcements only.

The only threads that deserve mindless hails are your announcements.

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Peace.

Love.

Trains.

How can it get any better than that?

This is a great day in the history of Zenith and I hope, too, for TFD and all our protectorates. This is a fantastic treaty with some great people.

Much love to TFD for joining us in this grand venture! With our combined powers we will help these young alliances grow and prosper.

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All Aboard the Fail Train! Good luck in your future endeavours.

Wow, that was clever, did you hurt yourself.

Zenith? Peace and Love? Cat Stevens?

This is worse than lolcats. The global community deserves an apology.

Just for you:

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Peace Train? This ain't 1971 anymore.

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I'll be watching this closely.

Good music is eternal as are good ideas. Fortunately fashion is not, so none of us will be wearing bell bottoms.

I've seen some lame names in my day, but this one, is one of the worst in awhile. Congrats on that, I guess.

Why thank you, I'll file your comments in my rectangular filing bin labeled "TRASH."

Yes, you've shown how incredibly witty you all are, but keep in mind you're the one taking a dump on someone else's hard work. Go spew your garbage somewhere else, Internet Superheroes, and leave the public discussion to the grown ups that know that it's not nice to stomp on other people's sand castles.

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Yes, you've shown how incredibly witty you all are, but keep in mind you're the one taking a dump on someone else's hard work. Go spew your garbage somewhere else, Internet Superheroes, and leave the public discussion to the grown ups that know that it's not nice to stomp on other people's sand castles.

Golly, I think I need to go rethink my life. I didn't realize our words had such a profound impact on you and your allies.

I think I'll become a rapper. My rhyme is a drug; I'll sell it by the gram.

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Why thank you, I'll file your comments in my rectangular filing bin labeled "TRASH."

It'll go nicely along side your treaty here.

Yes, you've shown how incredibly witty you all are

Damn right.

but keep in mind you're the one taking a dump on someone else's hard work.

If you actually put any effort into this, you'd have picked a name that didn't fail epically.

Go spew your garbage somewhere else, Internet Superheroes, and leave the public discussion to the grown ups

You mean, like some sort of open forum for all the world's citizens? Brilliant idea, I know just the place.

... that know that it's not nice to stomp on other people's sand castles.

The best part of sand castle building is ruining them after, just like the best part of fail treaties is grouping all the worst alliances in one convenient location.

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Wow, that was clever, did you hurt yourself.

In fact, I did hurt myself, getting hit by this trainwreck of a treaty :/

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Great work DK, as always!

Really looking forward to this partnership!

I'm looking forward to seeing Thomas the Tank Engine in this thread soon.

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