Montague Summit (Inquista-Montenbourg)

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    As the plane touched down in Montague, Craticus looked up from his phone and exchanged a surprised look with Michael Cunard, his newly-appointed Secretary of International Trade.

    “Oh, we’re here already?” Craticus asked, after having ignored Cunard for much of the flight.

    “Yes, your Holiness.” Cunard politely responded.

    “We’ve been over two dozen times, Michael, just call me Paul. I must give you my apologies. Installing wi-fi into the plane has really brought new distractions into my life. I almost wish I could return to the times when international flights brought me moments of uninterrupted solace. Bishop Singh has been bombarding me with questions this entire flight…”

    “It’s really okay – err, Paul. I’ve reviewed the itinerary for the visit and have summarized it here, please take a look.”

    Craticus took the document prepared by Cunard and began studying it intently. The plane finally stopped on the tarmac and preparations to deboard the plane could be heard outside. After studying it for a moment, Craticus returned the document to Cunard.

    “Thank you. I've got, don' worry: trade, climate, schools, Dromund Kass. This is our first visit together as just the two of us, right?” Craticus asked.

    “Correct. You’ve done this before with Jordyn, but never us a pair.”

    “I thought it would be useful to have you accompanying me, as this is more of your realm of expertise. Granted, Jordyn is an expert in everything.” Craticus smirked. Cunard smiled in return. 

    “It’s true, he’s really a know-it-all. He’s a great guy though.”

    “Of course,” Craticus began as his eye caught a glimpse of the outside through the window. “I haven’t been in northern Europe in a long time. I almost forgot how beautiful it was. I wish our summers could be this mild.”

    “You mean instead of the hot, humid Mediterranean summers?” Cunard joked.

    “I just about got a sunburn from when we were walking from the car into the plan this morning.”

    Craticus and Cunard deboarded the plane and were met by a security team. The security team escorted them to an armoured limousine, which would then take them to meet with the Montenbourg delegation. As the limousine navigated the streets of Montague, Craticus carefully observed his surroundings and the architecture of the buildings. As Craticus was getting lost in thought and admiration, Cunard brought him back to reality.

    “In all of my own visits on behalf of Inquista, I don’t think I have ever met a royal before.” Cunard remarked.

    “Oh?” Craticus responded, still staring out the window. “You aren’t missing out on much. Naturally, I’ve met so many of them that they just seem so ordinary to me.”

    The limousine pulled up beside what seemed to be some sort of palace.

    “I think this is it?” Cunard questioned.

    “Ah, here we are. Let’s put our smiles on, shall we?” Craticus said as he managed to force a smile across his face.

  • The people gathered around the palace. Photographers and the press cheered to see a glimpse of His Majesty's recieving the Archbishop at the Entrance Hall.

    Their Majesties walked toward the Archbishop. The people cheered, photographers started flashes. Their Majesties waved the public.

    The King walked towards the Archbishop and gave him a handshake.

     "Welcome to the Kingdom of Montenbourg, Your Emminence." Lawrence said to the Archbishop. "What a day for both of our Countries." 

    The Queen walked towards the Archbishop lend him her hand and said "Welcome your Emminence." 

    The King and the Archbishop walked towards the Royal Hall where the press was assigned to take official photos. [CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICK]

    The Queen walked towards Bishop Cunard. "Welcome to Montenbourg, Reverend."

    The King said to the Archbishop 

    "I heard those elections where a huge success, my government sended you a high regard letter of congratulations." He smiled.

    "I must say that my government has been really interested in connecting with your nation, we have so much in common, and so much we can learn from each other. We want to cooperate with the rest of the nations living in the south of Europe. But your's truly is a nation which so much good to offer. It has been interesting seeing your support on many leads taken by my government." 

    They all walked towards the Audience Room. The King then sat down and said 

    "We are more than happy to have you..." Then he smiled to the Queen and she said to the Royal Butler."Send some refreshments, please."

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    “Thank you so much, Your Highness, we are very glad to be here today,” Craticus said as he sat down in his plush seat. “Your willingness to meet with us, and to have received us, is our pleasure.”

    Cunard smiled at both the King and Queen as he seated himself next to Archbishop Craticus. “Yes, thank you. I must say, the Bouregon Palace is magnificent. We hope you will find this gift to your liking.”

    As the Butler was returning with some refreshments, Cunard presented Queen Grace with a gift from Inquista. Cunard revealed a small black box with a white bow, and opened it to reveal a small, ornate black swan, composed entire of black diamond. Gold and silver finishings on the diamond ornament glistened in the light.

    While Cunard proceeded to hand the gift to the Queen, Craticus began talking.

     “We are particularly delighted to see Montenbourg take such an active role within the Europea Union, and we are pleased with the direction of your current government. I look forward to seeing your Prime Minister later this evening, where we can hopefully negotiate and sign a free trade agreement between our countries. While you say that Inquista has a lot to offer, I must humbly say that it is Montenbourg which has a lot to offer. A strategic partnership between Inquista and Montenbourg would certainly signify a coming-together of the North and the Mediterranean.”

    Right as Craticus finished speaking, Cunard continued. “We are also committed to making progress in areas which we believe you are both personally interested,” Cunard said as he turned to King Lawrence. “You are a patron of the arts and committed to preserving the environment, yes? You’ll be pleased to hear that we will discuss these issues with Prime Minister in great detail.”

    “And as an active humanitarian,” Craticus said looking at Queen Grace, picking up from where Cunard left off, “you should also be pleased to hear that we will discuss the humanitarian crisis in Dromund Kaas.”

  • "Thank you.. what a beautiful gift."Said the Queen.

    "Yes indeed! Definitely a coming-together of the North and the Mediterranean. I find excellent and I will be eager to hear from our Prime Minister the keypoints of this deal. I must say that your visit to our country inevitably reminds us of our strong intellectual and cultural links. And as you know I'm the head of the Montenbourg Catholic Church and I applaud your proposed Law of Ascent it's a great alternative for solving the migrant situation. Also I want you to know that our church is open for dialogue and encounter with the Orthodox Faith and the schools that will be I suppose placed in our soil will have my personal assent. The concept of our established church is occasionally misunderstood and, I believe, commonly under-appreciated. Its role is not to defend Montenbourg Catholicism to the exclusion of other religions. Instead, the church has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country including yours." He looked to Grace.

    The Queen continued. "Yes, if we take seriously the way our constitution works, the Kingdom is a society where we might expect people to grasp the importance of symbols and traditions, not as a sign of mere conservatism or nostalgia, but as a sign of what holds us together, what commits us to each other. And many of the values and ideas we take for granted in this and other countries originate in the ancient wisdom of our traditions. And we value that very much, as you say we have very much in our heart the terrible situation that are going through refugees and minorities across some countries in Europe and in peril zones such as Dromund Kass. Our peacekeeping and medical troops are protecting civilians in Kassian territory but there so much to be done, I know that you understand this too."

    The King presented to the Archbishop a gift from Montenbourg. He revealed a letter sealed in remembrance of the Archbishop visit to Bourgeon Palace, and in a box a Golden Eagle with incrusted Swarosvki crystals. 

    "A little present." He smiled.

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    "Ah, beautiful," Cratius said as he observed his gift with mesmerizing eyes. "We will be sure to place this gift in the Golden Hall of the Archbishop's Palace in Saint Dominico."

    Craticus cleared his throat as he tucked the gift away.

    “I must say that I am in complete agreement with your remarks, Your Majesty”, Craticus said turning his focus onto Queen Grace. “What you say is true – that our traditions and pieces of ancient wisdom aren’t wise or useful simply because they are old, but because they have shaped who we and are a part of us. Our traditions and culture are a reflections of ourselves, and they are what make us who we are and what unites us together. As you say, it allows us to know where we have come from and where we move forward towards. Moving forward means that we do not leave the past behind, but that we bring it along with us."

    Craticus took a second to pause, and then returned his focus to King Lawrence. "That is also why I am interested in securing and funding for Inquistan Orthdox schools, and I am glad to have your permission to do so.”

    “Furthermore, I am particularly interested in Montenbourg Catholicism. Before we wrap up this meeting and I meet with your Prime Minister, would you care to elaborate on the history of Montebourg’s Catholic Church? The Inquistan Orthodox Church had a fairly acrimonious severance with the Church in Rome, and relations between our two faiths have been strained since. Reconciling relations and, at the very least, establishing cordial interfaith relations with Catholic Churches are a particular interest of mine.”

  • "What a story indeed." The Queen smiled and look at his husband the King.

    "Well as you know in the Reformation period in 1536, Lutheran Christianity was established as the state religion in many European countries. But in the case of Montenbourg it didn’t happened that way. In our case, our church was fighting for more autonomy over its jurisdictions in these cases the bishopric." The King stated.

     The Queen added. "To be clear we wanted that Bishops have the last say on doctrinal questions within their respective dioceses facing the reality of the faithful but keeping the tradition of the catholic church." She smiled.

    The King continued. "Yes, under these principles we believed that we need to ensure a non-sectarian, tolerant church where parishioners and priests enjoy a high degree of freedom to practise their own interpretation of Christianity but guided by their bishops and local authority."

     The Queen continued looking to the Archbishop Craticus. "Also we understand that many politicians and theologians claim that only this church-state-model was able to ensure the division of politics and religion, since the Church cannot interfere with political matters or even claim to speak with one voice on behalf of its members."She smiled at her husband.

    The King got a glimpse of her eyes and continued. "So the then King of Montenbourg, Charles XII signed a pledge to Pope Paul III asking for this grants. The Pope gave him his assent but the monarch also wanted, let’s say power of influence, so he categorize the Church of Montenbourg as a sui iuris catholic church. This was kind of the relative autonomy given to some Eastern Catholic Churches,  who remained in full communion with the Pope, but had governance structures and liturgical traditions separate from that of the Latin Church."

    The Queen added. "And in 1600, four bishops and five nuns of Montenbourg united and signed a pledge stating that they wanted their monarch to become the equivalent of a patriarch." 

     The King continued. "This as you may understand, generated the disgust of the Roman Curia, because they understood that the church already had too much autonomy so they decided to fall back down, and we broked relations with the roman catholic church." 

    Queen Grace took a sip of tea and added

     "In short, in our country each church has authority over the particulars of its internal organisation, rites, calendar and other aspects of administration. And what is known as common tradition are subject only to the authority of the King of Montenbourg."

    King Lawrence then humbly add. "But as you know, let's be real, although the monarch's authority over the Church of Montenbourg  is largely ceremonial, the position is still very relevant to the church and is mostly observed in a symbolic capacity. I formally appoint high-ranking members of the church on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is in turn advised by church leaders." He smiled. 

    Queen Grace continued. "So The King under the Royal Ecclesiastical Commission, that is a group of theologians, bishops and high nuns usually keep to administrative matters and sometimes interfer with spiritual questions such as Same-Sex Marriage, women in the clergy and other big topics."

     The King finally said. "At the end, The Church of Montenbourg Is right now the institution in charge to conduct civil registration of births, deaths, name-changes, marriages etc. And of course keeping a Latin-Montenbourgian style of tradition."


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    "Ah, most interesting," Craticus said as he smiled and nodded. "With this ever increasingly globalized and interconnected world, people of all different faiths have come to walk together in our cities. Despite differences in faith, it is important that we not only walk together, but that we walk together in peace - together as friends and family - with our hands held together, rejoicing in life and the many blessings put upon us. We not only share these blessings together, but share these same burdens, and sometimes these burdens can result in conflict. That is why we must maintain interfaith dialogue now more than ever. Even just small discussions, such as that we are having now, helps to bridge gaps in understanding and in fostering companionship as the Lord's children."

    Craticus continued to smile as he gave Cunard as sideways look. Cunard smiled in return and nodded.

    "Well, we must thank you, Your Highnesses King Lawrence and Queen Grace, for pleasing us with an audience, and for your most generous gift. As I said, we will place your gift in our Golden Hall, and hopefully one day you will be able to see it in its new home. We wish you the best as we part to see your Prime Minister to discuss further matters of state."

    "Thank you very much," Cunard also chimed, "You have both been kind with your time and your beautiful home. We shall no doubt return the favour one day. Please send our regards to your children and your grandchildren. Give a special greeting to your granddaughter, the Princess Diane, who we understand was christened in April. That must have been a truly special time."

    Craticus and Cunard both quickly finished drinking their refreshments and got up to shake the hands of the monarchs. Once the departing pleasantries were exchanged, Craticus and Cunard departed the Bourgeon Palace. As they walked to the limousine, Craticus and Cunard were greeted with even more fanfare than before. Craticus and Cunard smiled and waved. An armed security guard had to tackle one gentleman that somehow managed to scale the promenade and onto palace walkway. The man seemed to be wearing a t-shirt that said 'Take Me Cratdaddy'. Cunard covered his mouth as the scene unfolded, but Craticus continued to smile and seemed to applaud as the man was tackled. The two made it back safely to their limousine and were taken to the next destination, where they would meet the Montenbourgian Prime Minister.

  • An excited press corps gathered at Lexington Street. The Limousine of the Archbishop touched down the entrance and they brought him to the hall amid the chaos of questions..

    The Prime Minister came from the office and followed a corridor that leads to the press room where the Archbishop was. Once the two leaders entered the hall all the indicators flashed and reporters constantly asking questions. The two leaders took their place in microphones and Prime Minister Bettel began ...

    "Ladies and gentlemen, members of the press,

    I would like to say that today I have the honor, privilege and pleasure to meet with the Archbishop, Paul Craticus. Let me inform you about the basic purpose of this very important meeting. Our country is interested as you know, make our country a central link in matters of human rights, the situation of dromund kass and free trade agreement as key to the betterment of Montenbourg. At the official level, however, I would like to emphasize the friendship between our two countries, but also the role played by both, the Northern area and the Mediterranean, a role of stability and cooperation between peoples at regional level in Europe."

    I hope we get our start for all those mentioned now, from this visit. It is important to thank His Excellency, who agreed to come to our country." Flashes started.

    Then he proceed to shake hands with the Archbishop.

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    Archbishop Craticus firmly shook the Prime Minister's hand and gave a smile and a wink to press who were photographing the scene. Archbishop Craticus normally liked to avoid the press as much possible, and he gained pleasure whenever he was able to snub them, but he figured he would pander to them at least while he was overseas. After the Prime Minister's words, Craticus proceeded to say nothing to the press, instead raising his hand and giving them a thumbs up. Standing behind his podium, Craticus then gave another smile and nod to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister then lead Craticus out of the hall to another room, where Cunard and other officials were already sitting down.

    "Thank you for seeing us today, Prime Minister," Craticus began. "I am in strong agreement with the words you uttered just seconds ago, and I look forward to working towards those goals this afternoon. We had the pleasure of speaking to your King and Queen earlier today, and I thoroughly enjoyed the productive discussions we had with them. Hopefully our discussions can be just as fruitful."

    Cunard them abruptly began the conversation. "How about we go straight to business, shall we?"

    "It's the Inquistan way." Craticus joked.

    "We have noticed that Montenbourg has used its free trade agreement with Omnibus as the starting point for other recent free trade negotiations. We hope to discuss one from scratch. Once we have finished making our points, we shall then propose a document," Cunard said as he lined up a series of different documents and papers on his lap.

    Before anyone else could say anything or agree, Craticus quickly began the converation. "Our countries have a great deal in common. Not only as democratic countries with similar views and values, but also with similar commitments to free trade. Both our countries stand to benefit greatly from free trade, especially with one another. The services sector accounts for almost 90% of Inquista economy, which is especially dominated by financial markets... markets which are looking to invest. I probably also need not remind you that Inquista is the largest economy in the European Union. So, in short, we have a lot of financial capital to invest. Foreign direct investment could greatly benefit Montenbourg's emerging economy. Likewise, Montenbourg is a vast country with many agricultural and material goods that Inquista simply lacks as a city-state, and your unique position as country that is still developing at an accelerating rate means a lot of  lucrative investment opportunities are available. Hence, both our countries compliment each other perfectly. We are looking for a bold an innovative agreement, and according to some of our calculations..." Craticus said then turning back to Cunard.

    "According to some of our calculations, we believe we could elimante up to 99.5% of tariffs between our countries." Cunard said rather proudly.

    "Exactly," Craticus continued. "We propose to eliminate all tariffs on Montenbourg's agricultural and food sectors, such as grains, livestock, fruits and vegetables. We also will eliminate all tariffs on energy, raw materials and processed materials, such as steel and aluminum. We will also eliminate tariffs on all manufactured goods, with the sole exception of motorized vehicles. Lastly, we propose the elimination of all tariffs on synthesized and chemicals goods, with the exception of pharmaceuticals. Essentially, we propose the elimination of all tariffs between our countries besides tariffs on motorized vehicles and pharmaceuticals. In return, we ask for exactly the same. Would this be satisfactory?"

  • The Prime Minister took the word and looked serious but open.

    "Well, first of all thank you for coming. You and I we both understand that the more our countries sell abroad, the more higher-paying jobs we support here at home. Saying this i find that we could settle on this elimination. And you may say, that well that's good, all settled; but I want to keep you with my vision I don't believe in protectionism."

    He breathed and drank some water

    "We propose a 45% elimination in tariffs on motorized gasoline vehicles and pharmaceuticals. And a 90% to non-gasoline vehicles. Saying this we want to ensure that our energy alternative enterprises have a better entering in the Inquistan market."

    He looked the Archbishop in his eyes

    "Now under this agreement Montenbourg wants this guarantees, an explicit ban on workplace discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, a ban on any possibility of companies enforcing child and forced labor and a minimum of workplace safety standards set by your respective authorities. This will ensure that both of our small and minority business preference programs, as well as programs for distressed areas, transportation services, food assistance, and farm support are maintained. We both know that trade is an important issue for the economic growth of our countries, but Montenbourg is different we have'd failed to combat those things that don't advance our workforce and diminish our investors, that is the human component."

    He looked with open arms

    " Many free and open markets, have failed to look what makes them freer and open, that is where humanity is. Is not just simplify export rules for businesses, it's guaranteeing human freedom. Finally, one final point, and it's crucial by raising human standards on this agreements it's the key for fighting against oppression, injustice and radicalism."

    And then he added

    "In the end, we have to be mindful of the past, without ignoring the realities of the new economy. We've got to ensure agreements we enter let us harness the opportunities of trade on human reality terms. That means giving every working Inquistan and Montenbourgian what they deserve most: the chance to create, produce, and sell the world's best products and ideas. So is a deal."

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    Craticus nodded in agreement and took a second to ponder. "We agree to your terms on automobiles, but we won't accept any tariff reductions on pharmaceuticals - that's non-negotiable. We agree with your sentiments, and will happily include your social safety provisions. Inquista already has policies of zero-tolerance towards gender and sexual discrimination in the workplace, as well as the safety provisions that you have mentioned. Nevertheless, these social provisions are very important terms of trade and are vital to enshrine in a trade agreement. Similarly, we hope to to enshrine environmental protections as well.

    The first provision would be a ban on pollutants. Specifically, a ban on chloride pollutants such as chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, as well as a ban on sulphur pollutants, such as sulfur hexafluoride. The second provision would be a ban on the dumping of all chemical and manufacturing byproducts in fresh and salt waters. The third provision would be a binding commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We hope you can agree to  reduce current 2018-levels of green house gas emissions by 12% by 2030 - a minimum of a 1% reduction of emissions per year. The fourth provision would be a binding commitment to increase 2018-levels of investment in green infrastructure technology by 100% by 2030."

  • Bettel agreed with a comment

    "Excellent, deal." He nodded.

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    "Great!" Cunard said, as he shuffled papers on his lap. "Before we move on to discussing humanitarian efforts and issues of security, we would like to discuss Inquistan faith schools. The Inquistan government, or rather, the Inquistan Orthodox Church, spends a sizable amount of its budgetary spending on foreign aid and investment. We would rather continue to spend on these matters than on military matters. At least, well, that has been the practice under recent leadership," Cunard said smirking, giving a cheeky look to the Archbishop.

    Craticus smiled. "It's true - I've tried to reshape the Inquistan Church to be more empathetic and compassionate, especially in foreign affairs. That includes investing in education. Maintaining Inqusitan Orthdox faith schools are especially important, and there are a fair number of them overseas, usually in Inquistan expat communities. Our faith schools follow the educational curriculum of whatever jurisdiction they are in, but have certain requirements, such as mandatory Latin courses, religious study courses, and bible study seminars. For comparison, I imagine Montenbourg has similar schools, whether they be Catholic or other types of private schools. In practice, Inquistan faith schools are much the same. If we are to have free trade between our nations, that means a commitment in allowing Inquista to have faith schools in your country and to have the ability to freely invest into them."

  • "Yes." Said the Prime Minister."His Majesty gave royal assent on this issue, but we also believe that this should be done under a Royal Concordat, a convention between the Kingdom of Montenbourg and a sovereign state that defines the relationship between the Church of Montenbourg and the state in matters that concern both, the recognition and privileges of the Montenbourg Church and other churches in a particular country and with secular matters that impact on church interests, such as the schools."

    He then continued.

    "This agreement would permit these faith schools and other faith buildings have if you wish to be considered as an extra territorial entity, enjoying the same privileges granted to foreign delegations and their properties. But we also want in exchange build aside of our Embassy in alliance with any of your universities a Montenbourg Theological Institute for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Exchange between both of our faiths, this institute will have a seminary and a private faith school that will depend directly of the Church of Montenbourg.

    He added

    "Also this guarantees freedom of profession and public practice of the Catholic religion in Inquista, and the Orthodox faith in Montenbourg. It recognizes the right of the Inquistan Orthodox Church to regulate and manage her own affairs independently within the limits of the law applicable to all and to issue – within the framework of her own competence – laws and ordinances binding on her members. And the clergy of both of our churches will be exempt from any taxes including their income. Also a clause prohibiting both of our members to pursuit public service in either territory and recognize canonical marriages for all Catholics and Orthodox. 

    Then he said

    "Under His Majesty the Inquistan Orthodox Church will have the right to establish universities, to operate radio stations, and to publish newspapers and magazines, the protection from police intrusion into church properties and the exemption of clergy from military service. We hope this guarantees as reciprocal for both the Church of Montenbourg and the Inquistan Church. What you say?"

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    “Perfect. We find these guarantees and protections most beneficial,” Craticus said smiling. “Secretary Bishop Cunard?”

    “More than we could ask for!” Cunard said beaming, looking at Prime Minister Bettel in the eyes. “This is perhaps the most comprehensive trade agreements that Europe has ever seen, and it easily the most socially and environmentally responsible agreement that has ever been drawn up. As the Inquistan Bishop Secretary for Trade, I can tell you that the Trade Secretariat will be most pleased with this, as well as the Inquistan Chamber of Commerce. Let me ready these points into a singular document as you move on to the next round of subjects.”

    Craticus and Cunard exchanged looks as Cunard then began making revisions on a document, readying it to be signed later on. Craticus returned his focus to the Prime Minister.

    “Ah yes, now to the heavier matters. Well, as was mentioned just earlier, my government, the Church of Inquista, is an active participant in foreign affairs. Since ascending to the role of Archbishop, I have shaped Inquista’s foreign policy to orientate it towards more humanitarian efforts. First, we helped the poor Sahrawi people overcome oppression in Marrakechia, and helped them secure independence from that tyrannical regime, and then we played the most active role in bringing humanitarian aid to the people of the Teutonic States. I had made earlier pledges to bring aid to the people of Dromund Kaas, but I have been reluctant to do so as of yet because I am looking to cooperate with the United Kingdom on the matter. It is imperative, in the Inquistan view, that we respect and work alongside the Coalition of Willing - Angleter, the Duxburian Union and the United Kingdom. We have noticed the interest your country has taken in Dromund Kaas, as well as your current humanitarian efforts there. I extend Inquista’s hand to you, and I propose a pseudo-humanitarian alliance between Inquista and Montenbourg in Dromund Kaas. That way, we can not only combine our efforts, and create a united relief effort, but also allow us to back each other up if need be.”

  • "Good!" The Prime Minister nodded."I could not agree more with Bishop Cunard. In other words as you know in situations of armed conflict, natural disasters and other disaster situations, humanitarian aid, I think, is one of the most effective and tangible means of saving lives and alleviating the suffering of the women, men, girls and boys affected. For us our overall objective in humanitarian aid is to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity."

    He added preoccupied

    "With the Kassian Crisis, civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life. We have estimated that around 4.1 million people require humanitarian assistance, including over 2 million people in hard-to-reach areas, where they are exposed to grave protection threats. This for His Majesty's Government is not okay. And as you say we are taken a lead in this crisis, alleviating some suffering. We have established two refugee-transition-camps right on the edge of the non-liberated areas to help the flow of innocent kassians to the safe areas. His Majesty's Special Envoy the Duchess of Apulia was there just few weeks ago, and with her also our goverment demanded more eyes and foot-on-the-ground to help solve this crisis. Also under my administration, we have offered to the Coalition of Willing 2,000 peacekeeping troops of the Royal Army of Montenbourg to help Briton, Angleteric and Duxburian troops in the help of kassian civilians as we understand that we need to work alongside the coalition, but we are still waiting for good eyes in the deployment, this troops are to help facilitate and locate civilians in peril areas in bring them to the camps register them and send them to the liberated areas or enter to our refugee program."

    He then took a sip of water and continued 

    "We are more than happy to make a humanitarian alliance between our countries to alleviate this terrible situation in Dromund Kass. And also have our backs as you say. We really remain persistent in our condemnation of attacks targeting civilians, medical personnel and healthcare facilities, and thats a key reason of the deployment of our peacekeeping troops. Also adding to this, we understand that we need to establish a lasting peace and reconciliation in Dromund Kass and a clear pathway towards accountability for the atrocities committed in Kassian State by Kassian authorities. That's why we want to have more participation in this transition."

    Then he looked seriously to the Archbishop in the eyes and said

    "Between you and I, our aim is target a program intended to eradicate this autocrat-regimes, influence and ideas, and suppress active or potential opposition movements against the participating democratic policies, and open their markets. This of course in the long-run but we need to start having a more active participation in the coalition, and work together Inquista and Montenbourg to do something better for the region, taking your example of lead taken by your country in helping Sahrawi people overcome oppression in Marrakechia, and helped them secure independence. We want that for Dromund Kass."

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    Craticus took a second to think introspectively. "Well, your country's effort are most admirable. As you say, Dromund Kaas has been devastated, and much of the destruction, unfortunately, hasn't even come to light yet. The country is shrouded in mystery, as are the operations of the Coalition of the Willing, so we can't even begin to imagine how much destruction lies before us. It will certainly take decades to rebuild. You can definitely expect Inquista to join Montenbourg in current relief efforts, but as I said, only after I've had a proper discussion with the British Prime Minister. I am glad that we can agree to an alliance on that matter. But with that discussed, I have three more matters I would like to propose.

    First, in terms of national security, Inquista is always interested in creating systems for sharing national intelligence. I propose that we establish a communication and information link between our intelligence and secret services, so that we can work together to overcome cross-border crime and fight global terrorism.

    Secondly, I propose that we loosen entrance restrictions between our states, and introduce visa-free travel between our countries. 

    Thirdly, I hope to have Montenbourg re-affirm, along with Inquista, commitment to nuclear non-proliferation. We hope you are willing to join us in condemning the use of nuclear weapons, and agree, under any circumstances in which nuclear weapons are used, that the offending state or party will be immediately condemned by your country." 

  • "Excellent" He agreed and nodded. "Our intelligence agency will be open to share links to the fight of terror and cross-border crime. And we are more than words reaffirming our commitment to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. And all for it to the visa-free travel between our countries."

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    "I am glad we are in agreement," Craticus beamed. 

    "Well, gentlemen, shall we commit to this? Cunard asked, producing a revised document.

    "Definitely," Craticus said as he took the agreement from Cunard's hand and signed it. Craticus then presented the document to Prime Minister Bettel.



    The Microstate of Inquista and the Kingdom of Montenbourg will hereby agree to:

    1. Eliminate all existing custom duties between their respective states, with the exception of motorized vehicles and pharmaceuticals. Existing custom duties on gasoline-powered motorized vehicles will be reduced by 45%, while existing custom duties on all other motorized vehicles will be reduced by 90%. Pharmaceutical products may taxed freely.

    2. Create and enforce a labour code that, at the very least, prohibits gender and sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, creates a minimum workplace safety standard, and prohibits the exploitation of minor children.

    3. Ban chloride and sulfur pollutants, and the dumping of chemical and manufacturing byproduct in fresh and salt waters. 

    4. Commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Existing levels of green house gas emissions must be reduced by 12% by 2030.

    5. Commit to increasing existing levels of investment in green infrastructure technology by 100% by 2030.

    6. Allow the Inquistan Orthodox Church to freely create and fund Inquistan Orthodox faith schools in the Kingdom Montenbourg. Institutions relating to the Inquistan Orthodox Church shall be tax exempt in the Kingdom of Montenbourg.

    7. Allow the Kingdom of Montenbourg to establish a Theological Institute for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Exchange in the Microstate of Inquista. Institutions relating to the Church of Montenbourg shall be tax exempt in Inquista.

    8. Establish a communication and information link between the intelligence and secret services of their respective states. 

    9. Institute visa-free travel between their respective states.

    10. Commit to nuclear non-proliferation and condemn the use of nuclear weapons. Any state or party that detonates nuclear weapons will be immediately condemned by the Microstate of Inquista and the Kingdom of Montenbourg.

    11. Commit to cooperate and collaborate in humanitarian relief efforts in Dromund Kaas. An official humanitarian alliance between the Microstate of Inquista and the Kingdom of Montenbourg will be created within Dromund Kaas.

    This deceleration in a binding document and must be ratified by the relevant government instruments of the Microstate of Inquista and the Kingdom of Montenbourg.

  • The Prime Minister leaned onto his wodden desk, writing neatly with blue fountain pen:

    "On behalf of His Majesty's Government I, Xävier Bettel, Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Montenbourg, under the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Riksdag, and the people of Montenbourg, in this present Free Trade Agreement, I do sign this agreement."

    "There we go. Excellent!" he nodded and shock hands with the Archbishop."I'm very glad we have been able to come to agreement, Paul."