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From: The Kingdom of Cochin

To: The Old Dominion

Greetings,

We would like to explore our diplomatic and trade relations with you. Would you accept a trade delegation from Cochin?

Sd,

Dr. Syed Sharafudeen,

Minister for Finance,

Kingdom of Cochin.

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Cochin's Finance Minister Dr. Syed Sharafudeen and a delegation of corporate executives representing the principal industries of Cochin are flying to Old Dominion. At the airport they would be expected to be escorted to the concerned government offices.

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The Cochinian men were met at the airport by the speaker of the House of Burgessess, Clyde Williams and an honor guard who escorted the men in armored limousines to the main government square of Richmond, taking them into the office of the Secretary of State to have a chat.

"Hello Gentlemen, How may I help you today?" said the SoS Dr. Phillip Roger Stroud.

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Dr. Syed Sharafudeen spoke, " Dr. Stroud, we have come here to explore various investment options in your country. The Kingdom of Cochin looks upon trade as a great unifier and believes that trade is the sure shot way to world peace and prosperity. With me here are representatives from the top industries of Cochin. This here is a portfolio about them.

This is a portfolio of our major defense industries.

We would like to know various avenues of investment in Old Dominion and the marketing possibilities here. We are always in search of newer markets to expand our base. Republic of Curristan, a South American nation is a very close friend of the Kingdom and we have started massive investments into that nation.

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Industries of the Old Dominion

(they exist on our stock exchange)

Honeywell International Polymers(HIP) (world's largest manufacturer of caprolactam, the base chemical used to make nylon) in Colonial Heights, Virginia, this company's nylon production in addition to its work with our automated cotton plantations helps provide our people with the clothing and durable goods they need in life.

Newport News Shipbuilding(NNS)-World famous shipbuilder and the contractor of all Old Dominion Navy Vessels

Botticello's Farms Conglomerate(BFC)- owner of most all of the general farms in the state(minus the large ones that are privately owned by citizens) which produces the food necessary for the Dominion to feed itself(OOC: yes we are self sufficient)

Loiyallord Tobacco Company(LTC)- state run company that is owner of all tobacco fields, and tobacco based product manufacturing

You get dividends from these companies, if/when you invest in them but you may only purchase 2% of the stock 45% is owned by the government and the other percentages are publicly traded. In addition kickbacks to our government(a cut of your profits) shall be awarded to our government for the use of our workers and our land when establishing your companies on our soil.

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The Foreign Minister conferred with the executives and said, "FACT would like to invest in Honeywell International Polymers(HIP). Varuna Mercantile Limited would like to invest in the Newport News Shipbuilding(NNS). SBT would like to invest conservatively in Botticello's Farms Conglomerate and Loiyallord Tobacco Company. "

"As far as we can see there are already running industries that have scope for profitability from investment in shares, but no scope for starting up any new industries with our capital. We also perceive no possibilities of Joint Ventures in any industries here. So we would have to curtail our investment with these share purchases for now. We would be interested in setting up a Cochin Chamber of Commerce which could serve as a liaison between Cochin industries and Old Dominion Industries. Our executives dont perceive any necessity of establishing individual plants or offices here."

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"Only 2% of stocks? Hmm. That severely curtails any possible level of investment from Cochin. Well it is your policy. As regards kickbacks, corruption is a criminal offense in the Kingdom of Cochin and even I, a Minister of the Kingdom, would be liable for severe punishments if I were to engage in any corruption anywhere. If that is a condition for any level of investment in your nation, we regretfully express our inability to do business here."

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"Our Nation has its own plants and its own facilities and so further construction is not needed from outside sources, however one of the things we do lack are stores for which to sell our major products. The companies do have company stores where they sell their goods to the public for cheap prices, but nothing akin to a major chain of retail stores."

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"Only 2% of stocks? Hmm. That severely curtails any possible level of investment from Cochin. Well it is your policy. As regards kickbacks, corruption is a criminal offense in the Kingdom of Cochin and even I, a Minister of the Kingdom, would be liable for severe punishments if I were to engage in any corruption anywhere. If that is a condition for any level of investment in your nation, we regretfully express our inability to do business here."

"Regarding the 2% of stocks that can be purchased, we may up this to 10 or even 15% if asked, however the 2% is in place as a "safety" against massive buys or sells which would negatively affect the company(and our economy). In the use of the word "kickback" We tested the honor your nation and people had in regards to unseedy practices. we feel we have used the wrong word here, but not out of lack of understanding of thew word but out of trickery. Our point still stands "What does the Dominion gain from your outside investment exactly?" We understand that our companies will gain from increased capital with which to invest in more industries., but how does that help the common man?

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Better profits to your industries would mean greater prosperity for your population. When we invest our money into a venture, we only look at what returns we can expect from it. We are not speculators. The Kingdom of Cochin invests in prosperity. We do not do day trades with stocks of a large and profitable company. We would sell out only in case of real economic or political emergencies.

Also when we seek investment in our firms, we look at how this investment would benefit us and how it would benefit the investor.

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That is understandable then, I believe we have an agreement as to the purchase of 2% of the shares of BFC, LTC, NNS, and HIP there are 500,000 shares currently opened after the IPO's of the companies, That results in 10,000 shares of each company at $100 a share, If you have the finances available to you right this moment, please head to our stock exchange in Virginia Beach and register the buy with the Secretary of Trades. Mr Neville Norbert.

OOC: got to head to school, sorry to send you to virginia beach, that is where all treasury stuff is done(ie Minting and stuff)

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A junior officer from the Ministry of Finance was sent to the Stock Exchange in Virginia beach and meeting with Mr. Neville Norbert registered an account under Cochin Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and wire transferred the total sum of $40 Million to the Stock Exchange to purchase the shares.

While the rest of the team including Dr. Sharafudeen would leave for Cochin, this official would go about to hire office spaces to set up the Cochin Chamber of Commerce which would manage the investments of Cochin Industries in Old Dominion.

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