The reform summit
Wilhelm sits calmly in the castle, having been informed Poland-Lithuania and Poretos will arrive sometime soon. The honor guard is sent out to meet and escort them in when they arrive.
_As it wasnt too far a trip the Poretisian Delegation arrived by sea, to get a better look at the coastline of the Beautiful Nation. Upon Arrival in Teutonic Waters the Captain made contact. _
"Permission to disembark at the Royal Port"
"Permission granted. You may have weapons on your guards here, or what else your tradition may be. Welcome to the Lands of the Order. Let us head to the castle."
_To the Suprise of most people along side the delegation of the Lord Chancellor (As the Lady President was required in Poretos) HRH Prince Lorad of Poretos, the Heir Apparent, of Poretos whom had not been seen publicly for many months. Along side them they brought some Royal Guards but this was mainly on the basis of tradition and the Lord Chancellor and Prince were very old traditional roles in the History of Poretos so the Foreign Bureau decided it would be a good idea for them to attend.
Whilst on their last few moments on the boat Prince Lorad turned to Jordan (The Lord Chancellor) _
"Are you sure this was a good idea Jordan, I mean what if they have heard the press from Poretos about me? We're supposed to be helping them in a monumental step for their nation, I'm not sure the press about my visit will help. Plus I am not really trained to do this...." With that Jordan Etrana cut him.
"Your Royal Highness, I have known you much longer than when I became the Lord Chancellor, I served your father as his advisory during the 2nd Civil War. But of course only you royals know that. You have witnessed the most monumental changes, and if I remember correctly it was you who worked out the plan to take the City and Port of Lurtas without needing to cause damage to a single civilian. You will be a great Monarch but you need to stop worrying."
_The Delegation that included some Foreign Bureau Secretaries and a couple of other Government figures followed their Escort to the palace. They were all astounded by the beauty of the place, it was a very much different style to that of Poretos. Once they met their hosts surprisingly it was Prince Lorad that greeted them first _
"Your Majesty, I present the delegation of Poretos in the name of my father HM King Edmund"
_The Lord Chancellor was impressed that he decided to use the traditional matter of greeting to a foreign monarch as the Foreign Bureau had considered, just to show the hosts that traditions could remain even if the nation itself changed. _
Secretary Alenka Kligenberg had no real idea of what she was getting into, however she was aware that this was the parent nation of the Polish Teutonic Knights. They, however, broke off from the current Teutonic Knights, as they turned into two separate factions. As such, Secretary kligenberg and Secretary Kaczmarek felt somewhat uneasy entering the nation. The Polish republic car (a BMW) pulled up to the castle.
"Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to meet you," said Secretary Kligenberg with a polite smile, despite her better judgement wanting her to cease and desist from any pleasantries. She couldn't start this off on a bad foot. This could be one step on the way to bettering the relationship that Poland had with the non-Polish Teutons.
After all, they were instrumental in making sure Prussia was not too powerful in the medieval era.
"I hope both parties will enjoy their stay. As you can see it is unusually warm today, so we are set to talk outside I'd think. The castle can feel..cramped."
"I am interested in building strong relations with the Poles, we aren't very far apart as a peoples, after all. A wild boar has been basted in wine and roasted over night, it shall be served after our meeting.
*Wilhelm signals the parties to have seats at a large round table in the castle garden*
"So, as you know we have been a monarchy since the beginning our nation centuries ago. Now it is time to modernize, the people want more say. I am determined to lead this country, should it need me in war or some other disaster. I would like to decentralize some, as a start. What say you fellows?"
Secretary Kligenberg and Secretary Kaczmarek looked at each other before continuing. Poland was all too familiar with decentralization, and Alenka Kligenberg decided to give her voice to the issue first.
"The best way to go about decentralization is to include people from those regions into your government, your advisors. They will give you the best advice on how to proceed. The cabinet of Poland-Lithuania is balanced well between Hungarians, Slovaks, Lithuanians, Estonians, Poles, Latvians, and Ruthenians. They gave the then Empress, now President Kligenberg honest advice on how to proceed with democratization and decentralization.
"Another way to do this is to federalize the nation. That might be easier at first, because you can allow the subnational governments to be structured however they choose, but the national government stays the same. That way, the people can decide whether or not they really like the format of the national government, or prefer their local government more.
"I don't want to monopolize ideas, though, so you and the Poretisian delegation can add your input as well."
"Hmm, federalizing never crossed my mind. It isn't such a bad idea. I like the idea of regions having governments with autonomy, being linked mainly for economic and defense reasons. We don't have too many ethnic groups to worry about honestly, our biggest issue would be a revolt of the nobles."
"Then, may I suggest that a federated system as the best way to manage that? It would be much easier for you, as leader, to keep the lords, ladies, barons, baronesses, et al much more comfortable and give them a sense of power while consolidating yours, as the national law would still have prominence over the land," Alenka said.
"We, obviously, would advise you to go towards a much more overtly democratic system in the future, but these things take time. It really took Poland 50 years to get to a point where the monarchy could end, partly due out of frustration from Hungarians, Slovaks, Belorussians, and Ruthenians."
Prince Lorad piped up "I don't wish to sound rude in any way to the Polish Delegation, however neither of you have nor ever will step in His Majesty's shoes,"
_The Lord Chancellor was looking increasingly alarmed _
"The Monarchy is a slightly distanced plain from Politics, we must be to remain politically neutral."
_Prince Lorad looked at His Majesty King Wilhelm for approval _
"A good way of keeping the Nobles happy is just not to take away their power, but control it and encourage them to use it less. Hence the Privy Council continues to maintain their full rights and powers, but they often their work is done for them by the Government. Or, like Poretos is now working on in our changes to the Constitution, having lifetime peers in Parliament to show that their hard work to the nation does have rewards, plus you can then have more trust in Parliament and you ensure the democratic process goes on within your bounds. And as part of Federalisation, luckily Poretos was an Empire of 17 Kingdoms, okay some have been altered, but each of these have become Districts and have Lord Councillors (High Ranking Members of Local Councils that act on your behalf in the local area) as well as their elected Councils"
_Prince Lorad was very glad to see the nodding approval of the Lord Chancellor _
"I am seeing that between your two nations, not upsetting the nobles in power would be wise. Perhaps give them districts, and when I make a national law, let them decide how they met the new standards? How do I give individuals some power, but not full democracy yet?"
"Being the Former Duchess of Lithuania," said Alenka in an annoyed voice, "I can assure you I can speak from experience. However, Poretos gives a second option."
"As for your second question, I do not know exactly. Maybe the all-knowing Poretisians can give you advice on that."
"Prehaps a good start would with the Judiciary System, ensuring that the laws will always be interpreted fairly is the best start." responded the Lord Chancellor unsure about the conflict tone from the other delegation.
"I must ask..how are relations between the poles and Poretos? You guys seem a tad bit tenuous, shall I call for ale or wine? I like the judiciary idea. What kind of powers would I give my lords, however? Enough to make them happy, but not enough for them to abuse the population.."
The Lord Chancellor Responded "This is my first time really meeting the Poles on a Diplomatic visit really so I don't know, but I must apologise for Prince Lorad's comment as you can tell he doesn't work for the Foreign Bureau"
_Prince Lorad laughed as he knew he should have held his tounge _
"It might be a good idea to give Lords Titles of Mayor and Warden, Sheriff etc, so they have a more Ceremonial, Diplomatic, Local role?"
"Poland has not established relations with Poretos, though we are aware of their existence," Secretary Kligenberg answered, again in a somewhat terse voice. Secretary Kaczmarek looked at Secretary Kligenberg with a quite direct glance, and took over the conversation.
"Surely, when they explained they meant no slight to us, they meant with their full conviction of character," Secretary Kaczmarek replied. "They may not know that we were a monarchy since the 9th century and until 2014, when we made the transition to federal republic, and that our President was an Empress as recent as September."
"Well, that is easily forgotten. Have yourself a drink Mr. Lorad. Is that what you liked to be called? Perhaps I shall make the lords Sheriffs in charge of maintenance, public works, law enforcement, and offer them seats in the church council."
Alenka delightfully took a glass of wine, though most Poles would have preferred the life water of their culture, vodka. She, however, could not complain and felt slightly embarrassed. She knew she would have to work on her temperament somewhat. It was different being a Polish diplomat than a European diplomat, like she previously had been. It would take adjustments, and putting on that Duchess facade once more.
"So Alenka, what spurred on the change when your country went through this?"
"I'll accept Mister, I have been called much worse in the past your Majesty." Laughed HRH Prince Lorad
"The Church is a great place for Tradition, your lords will eventually get acustom to the fact that the days of the Feudal system have come and gone." replied Prince Lorad drinking the lovely wine whilst mouthing and apology to the delegates from Poland-Lithuania.