"Certainly your support for rebuilding and reconstruction in DK would be welcome," Courtenay responded. "That would be valuable to the coalition and, as you say, southern Europe as a whole."

Courtenay leaned forward in his seat, and was careful to face each member of the Australian delegation more or less equally as he spoke.

"Likewise, Angleter would be more than happy to commence joint military training exercises and intelligence sharing between our two nations. The extent of the former would depend essentially on yourselves and to what extent you'd be prepared to bend, or even abandon, your official neutrality. As for the latter, I think that could be very expansive indeed, covering aspects of signal and geospatial intelligence as well as, if you're prepared to go this far, even human and defence intelligence."

"Intelligence sharing between friendly nations I think could be a great boon to the current struggle against terrorism and to efforts to stabilise the region in general. We would, therefore, favour an intelligence treaty that would be open to the possibility of new nation, acceptable to both of us, joining in at a later date."