It's a busy time in the MoFA this month, as usual
😛 We are currently trying to help build up our new alliance PANAM and hope we can help the alliance grow and prosper. We have also been deep in negotiations about various region swaps and should hopefully be able to inform the public of the details shortly. We have also been in negotiations about getting an NE, which I can guarantee will happen before the end of the mission, although we of course respect the boycotters noble cause and won't rage at them for continuing to boycott, Something else we have been working on in the past few days is improving our bond with some of our old European friends, which brings me on to the crux of the article...
The Treaty of Strasbourg
After a couple of days of talks with our good friends France and Germany we have reached an agreement that will cement our friendship long into the future. This treaty has been approved by the governments and congresses of all three nations:
The Strasbourg Treaty
Article I: Statement of Intention
This treaty between the United Kingdom, Germany and France is to accompany Mutual Protection Pacts between our three nations. All sides, with good will and intentions, sign it for continued good relations shared in the past and future.
Article II: Sovereignty
All 3 nations accept the responsibility of respecting each other’s sovereignty. Neither shall interfere with any of the other’s affairs, whether they are external or internal, unless agreed upon in the treaty, or by the CP’s of the countries at the time.
Article III: Non-Aggression
a) The United Kingdom, Germany and France agree not to attack each other. No open war should be started between the United Kingdom, Germany and France, with the exception of Training Wars or Region Swaps officially declared by both of the signatories’ involved CPs.
Neither nation may offer any assistance be it military or economic to an attack against the other nation. Military assistance is understood to mean deployment of soldiers or support of enemy soldiers. Economic assistance is understood to mean donating funds or giving funds to the enemy.
c) When necessary an MPP shall be renewed between the United Kingdom,Germany and France. The costs for all the MPPs will be split 50/50. Should either of the sides involved not have sufficient funds to cover the cost, the other side shall offer an interest free loan of 100 gold, providing that is financially possible, exclusively for the renewal of the MPP.
d) None of the countries should attempt, or take part in a PTO (defined below) of any of the other countries.
Article IV: Military Pact
a) The United Kingdom, Germany and France shall offer full military commitment to aiding each other should one of them be attacked. This includes defence from invasion (defined below) and Political Take Over’s.
Should a Resistance War be started in an original region of either the United Kingdom, Germany Or France the countries not initially involved should be informed of the motive behind the RW, and be informed that one is going to be started at least 1 hours in advance of any aggression occurring. All 3 nations must assist in any Resistance War started to liberate any original region of either nation, providing help is requested by the signatory that originally owned the region.
c) If one nation is PTOed, the other nation must provide ATO forces when requested.
d) It shall remain in the best interests of all 3 countries to maintain trade. Neither country shall act to prevent or hinder trade, either by contact with General Managers, or by an Embargo.
e) Should the United Kingdom, Germany or France discover intelligence that could affect the security of either country, they must share that intelligence. It must remain in the congress chambers of each nation, or between executive staff (MoD’s and CP’s) depending on the magnitude of the sensitivity.
Article VI: Signing Regulations
All 3 nations must pass the treaty through the Congress. Each nation must achieve a 50% +1 majority, and a vote must be held for at least 24 hours. Upon the passing of the treaty, all 3 Presidents must sign the treaty and release an article in an official government newspaper, and the treaty shall be reviewed every six months.
Article VII: Penalties
a) If one nation attacks either of the other nations without consent the attacker has to pay 250g Gold per attacked region.
If one nation knowingly and purposely helps another nation to attack the contracting nation by region swap, the collaborationist nation has to pay 125G for every swapped region.
c) If one country is leaded by a foreign PTO-Group this article VII wont be activated.
d) If two of the signatories involved organise and agree on a region swap, article VII won't be activated.
e) If two of the signatories involved organise and agree a training war, article VII won’t be activated.
f)If the president ragequits and attacks one of the other nations, as long as he is impeached within 1 week the penalties do not apply, but the other members should rush to the defence of the attacked signatory.
Artilcle VIII: Relations
a) In an effort to breed an even more cohesive and friendly environment between the signatories a joint IRC channel will be created, #euro on the Rizon network, where the CPs of the signatories will have ‘&’ status.
There will also be a monthly summit between the three countries to discuss ideas about how to improve all areas of our countries, from retention to militaries. Their will be a rotating host of the summit, with the first month (March 2011) the UK hosting the summit, then France and then Germany, remaining in that cycle. The duty of the summit host will be to prepare it and then release all the non sensitive information learned in it in a summary article.
c)If Germany request it, France and the UK will endeavour to lobby for their entrance into the PANAM alliance.
d)This treaty in no way affects the members commitments to their alliances.
a) PTO – a Political Take Over is the act by which a hostile country moves voters in an attempt to gain a majority in Congress or to get its own hostile candidate elected in Presidential Elections.
Invasion - An Invasion is defined by the act of a hostile country attacking a Region held by either the United Kingdom, Germany or France.
c) Training War - A war agreed to by two of the signatories to provide the Natural Enemy bonus for their citizens.
d) Region Swap - An agreement between two of the signatories to swap or rent regions from each other for mutual strategic or economic benefit.
Whilst the treaty is no longer enforcable due to the removal of contract it is a symbolically important deal which will signify and reinforce our friendship with Germany and France, ensuring we continue our partnership long into the future.
One thing mentioned in the treaty is the creation of a joint IRC channel, so I invite all citizens of France, Germany and the UK into #euro so we can share some euro love :3
Another provision of the treaty is a monthly summit, with its hosting to be rotated amongst the three signatories, and I'm pleased to announce that this month it will be hosted in the UK. The London Summit (I'm very imaginative with my summit names
😛) will take place on Thursday 10th of March 2011, in #euro, which we might have to mute, and again anyone from one of the attendees which are the treaty signatories and a special guest, Portugal, are very welcome to come and observe and join in with the discussion at points. The topics for discussion are going to be mainly focussed on Domestics and Economics, important issues in these times of economic instability and a general lack of new players in erepublik. So feel free to attend in #euro at 5pm GMT (6pm CET), hopefully it will be an interesting event.
That's it for today, I'll be releasing some regular war updates in the next few days, alongside a summary article of the summit.