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  1. Protection of the Southern Summit 2nd of The Grand Harvest SA 168 The chapter is written in a hurry, with a thin layer of sand coating it. The Southern Summit is near, and there is a lot of work to do. I'm one of the shamans appointed to help guard this place from buurz infiltrators. It's the largest meeting I'll be attending yet, next to that party at Haelun'or...that was a blast, everyone of my bruddas got wasted. Good times. But back to work! May Jevex give me the strenght to carry on those tasks. There is salt and aurum to be spead, for it prevents demons, undead and other darkspawns from entering, shall there be unwanted attention form those corrupted forces. May Scorthuz protect us and cleanse all the taint creeping towards the meeting. There are totems to erect and wards to cast, but since I'm not yet powerful enough to do it myself I'll lend my energy to the other shamans performing the rituals: hopefully my lessons will bring me closer to the great shamans we have at the lodge. May Theruz guide me in the pursuit of the knowledge. The sand shifts hot, but we shall be tougher. The wind blows strong, but we will be stronger. The mountain stands unwavering, and we will be steadfast in the reaching of this alliance-to-be. Lûp'Krug, gaakh ghûlumta'izishu morûzalul!
  2. To New Beginnings & Friendship 3rd of The Amber Cold, 1951 PREAMBLE: The Duchy of Redclyf-Rozania and The Shiredom of Dúnfarthing, henceforth denoted as 'the signatories,' come together with a shared commitment to peace, understanding, and reconciliation. In this spirit, both parties acknowledge each other's sovereignty and pledge to foster harmonious relations in pursuit of a peaceful future. _________________________________________________________________________ ARTICLE I: Non-Aggression I. Both Signatories commit to maintaining peace and refrain from any aggressive actions. II. Citizens of both realms enjoy the freedom to move between their territories. III. Disagreements will be resolved through diplomacy, ensuring the Treaty's integrity and respecting each realm's laws. _________________________________________________________________________ ARTICLE II: Protection I. The people of Redclyf, alongside their knightly company, the Friedrichian Band, solemnly pledge to offer unwavering assistance to The Shiredom of Dúnfarthing in times of peril and against any form of aggression. _________________________________________________________________________ ARTICLE III: Reparation for the Wrongs of Adaranth I. The Duchy of Redclyf-Rozania wholeheartedly agrees to return a substantial sum of 60 diamonds, along with a splendid jeweled crown, as a tangible act of restitution for the possessions wrongfully taken by Adaranth II. The Shiredom of Dúnfarthing extends forgiveness to Redclyf-Rozania for their past wrongdoings, paving the way for a peaceful future between the two, and also recognizes that the actions of Redclyf under Adaranth, including acts such as 'banditry' and 'cannibalism,' are to be left in the past, no longer defining the Redclyfians. For Redclyf is now home to GOD-fearing people who revere the Lord GOD of Horen and his descendants." _________________________________________________________________________ ARTICLE IV: DURATION I. The Signatories solemnly commit to upholding this treaty for an initial period of twenty years, with the possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement thereafter. _________________________________________________________________________ Signed, DUKE OF REDCLYF-ROZANIA, GRANDMASTER OF THE FRIEDRICHIAN BAND, “THE ONE MARKED FOR DEATH” His Royal Majesty King King Cyris Collingwood the First, the Second. Thain of Dunfarthing and her vassals, Prince in-Law of the Petra, Protector of the Wee, Lord of Greater Bramblebury, Bywater, Barnsley, Honeyhill and the Hillmen. Father of Foxes, Liberator of Frogtopia, Leader of the Merrymen, Slayer of Gods, The Oathbreaker, Grand Wizard of Bogwartz: School of Shamanism and Housemagery, Tamer of the Forest, Chairman of the League Of Super Best Friends, Wielder of most holy Knoxscalibur, Emperor of the Former Holy Orenian Empire of Bywater, Shogging Champion, Price Gouger, Guild Mason, Market Manipulator, Attorney at law.
  3. [!] A missive written in wax-crayon was distributed to the various leaders of the world's nations. Disaster has struck! In our attempts at diplomacy we have created three separate web of pacts, because of this the spiders we call friendship are all separated and lonely. THIS CANNOT STAND! Thusly and semi-immediately at our earliest convenience I am assembling the leaders of every realm, except Yong Ping **** you guys, to meet up in my lovely Shire. It is here we shall discuss the future of Bravos and the formation of a group dedicated to upholding peace in the realm, the League Of Super Best Friends. The leader of each realm, and/or one representative are invited to attend the first quad-yearly LSBF meeting to write up the terms of our alliance so that the lonely spiders can all live on one big happy web together and world peace for us non-spider folk. Catering! Packed Lunches will be provided, however no vegan options are available so it is recommended that the Vale brings their own. Seating is already prepared for each of you, so if you don't attend, you are taking money out of the pockets of my carpenters. Those who bring their own chairs will be ousted. Location! The first quadranual League Of Super Best Friends meeting will be taking place infront of the ruined Harrenite Castle in Dúnfarthing as pictured below, where we shall discuss the matter of the League in greater depth and officialize the friendship between all Realms, ending war forever . [ X = 3030 Y = 780] Time? Good question! We shall meet on the fifth day of the elven week in the eighteenth hour of the stone day. (Friday 6pm EST). Failure to attend will make us all very very sad, but it's okay. You can join at a later date. Hugs and kisses. His Majesty King Cyris Collingwood I, Father of Foxes, Liberator of the Frogs, Attorney at law. Hope to see you there.
  4. Appointment of a New Legate 10th of Sun’s Smile, 60 B.A. To our fellow citizens of the Kingdom of Balian, After much delegation and examination of Her Royal Highness, Elena Casimira Novellen’s exemplary work as acting Legate, the Royal Duana sees it fit to officiate her as the official and permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs hereinafter known as the Legate in the Royal Duana. It is with great pleasure to welcome Her Royal Highness Elena Casimira to the Royal Duana as the new Secretary of Foreign Affairs. We trust that she will do well in her position as Legate. IN NOMINE DEI, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, Adrian I, by the Grace of GOD, King of Balian, Count of Monteres, Viscount of Eflen and Anatis, Baron of Brucca and Valens, Lord of Portoregne, Ruby Coast, Lord of Atrus and Monterosa, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HER ROYAL MAJESTY, Andromeda Ester of Ba’as, Queen-consort of Balian, Viscountess of Eflen and Anatis, Baroness of Brucca, Valens, Malenos, Goza and Ciavola, Lady of Portoregne, Ruby Coast, Lady of Atrus and Monterosa, Protector of the Heartlanders and the South, etcetera. HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Royal Duana.
  5. Edict of Legatorum Temporalis 16th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 57 B.A. A Decree from the Crown The Kingdom of Balian, by and through decree of the Amiratus of Balian and assent from His Majesty King Adrian, hereby appoint Her Royal Highness Elena Casimira d’Atrus Novellen as the acting Legate of the Kingdom. This temporary Edict shall be in effect until Her Royal Highness Persephone Maxima Novellen-Vilac can be found. A search party has been dispatched by the Company of Balian to find the missing princess as of this edict. The Royal Family of Balian and the Royal Duana pray to GOD that Her Royal Highness Persephone Maxima may be found safe and sound amid this ensuing war against the Mori-Quessir. Until Her Royal Highness Persephone Maxima’s return, Her Royal Highness Elena Casimira shall be conducting the duties of the Legate from hereinafter. Signed, HIS ROYAL EXCELLENCY, Gaius var Ruthern, Baron of Marsana, Amiratus of the Kingdom of Balian, Lord Seneschal of the Crown and Chief Minister of the Duana.
  6. A DISCOURSE ON THE STATE OF DIPLOMACY, PACTS, AND TREATIES BETWEEN NATIONS WITHIN LOTC Introduction: A fair number of people in lotc are big fans of diplomacy; many who are experienced, and many who are not. But as I am sure all of our kind have noticed, there is a real lack of things to do around our field of work. So far in my year or so of experience, I have only been able to notice a fairly boring process of joining the diplomatic sector which manifests the following general method: An aspiring diplomat (from now referred to as ‘Aspirant’) approaches the Diplomatic councilor (from now referred to as ‘Councilor’) of a Sovereign. Aspirant is given a quick or lengthy interview, after which if passing, they are assigned some sort of small task or mission. Aspirant now completes the introductory mission and becomes a newly made Diplomat, and then waits for further instruction. The Issue Explained: After this 3rd step, it very often happens that no further instruction is given, and little to no contact is had between the new Diplomat and their Councilor. I dont believe this arises from a neglect of either the Sovereign or their Councilor, but from the truly little amount of available tasks that there are to send these new Diplomats onto. Occasionally, there will be some event or diplomatic occurrence which makes a need for the Councilor/Sovereign to send the Diplomat to a specific nation to speak with some person of interest, then bring back a report of the gathering. Else wise, Diplomats will be sporadically sent to an allied polity’s court in order to keep their own liege updated on the happenings of the public. These things, while nice, are few and far between within most diplomatic offices. And while still not being too rare as to never expect at least a few within that Diplomat’s lifetime, it is not enough to supplement the many months and years that character will spend with little else to do. Further, these characters and players who have a great love and interest for the art of diplomacy, have to supplement their energy with positions of other industries, like soldiers, and artisans. Those latter positions are beneficial in their own right, but there are many people to encounter who have had to make other trades their primary profession, which is truly a shame. Word Bank Disclaimer: Additional Note The proposed solutions: Below I will offer to everyone a few Ideas that may give actors within diplomatic sectors (that being; Diplomats, Sovereigns, and Councilors), and many other people, a chance to experience the effects of diplomacy. And for the Diplomats themselves, to have a diverse set of things to both offer and consider when dealing with other nations on behalf of their own. Things that will specifically increase the prosperous interactions of peoples between 2 nations, which is the overall goal of alliances and cooperation. I propose, that if these following ideas would be adopted either in part or in whole, and used diligently by Sovereigns and their Diplomats, the scope and frequency of diplomatic activities will expand so that anyone who wishes to practice diplomacy can do so, and that those who do, find ample opportunities to influence good rp in their nation. In implementing such ideas, let us consider what the path for a new aspiring Diplomat would look like; An Aspriant approaches the Diplomatic Councilor of a Sovereign. The Aspirant is given a quick or lengthy interview, after which (if passing), they are given some sort of small task or assigned mission. These usually take the form of simple ‘come with me to this meeting and take notes’ or ‘travel here and talk to this person’ missions. There are some interesting ones here and there like ‘befriend someone new and have them write a letter to me’, but these are few and far between, as mentioned above. If you would like a brief story of my favorite introductory mission, I will relay the first truly amazing diplomatic mission I was assigned to, this being a task given by the Sovereign himself at the time. Since the leadership administration had been only newly formed, not all of the vassals from the previous rulers had sworn fealty to the new Sovereign, effectively declaring themselves independent. While the Sovereign discussed raising the levies of the polity with the marshal, my task was to find out exactly where the troublesome vassal was fortified, and ask their leadership why no oath of fealty had been sworn for such a length of time. I will avoid going further into the fantastic story, I hope I will content the readers by stating that this was one of the ‘introductory meetings’ that can ignite a wonderful passion for the practice of diplomacy in any curious mind. If only more opportunities allowed for this to be experienced by more people coming into the office. I will mention in another place some ideas for introductory missions for incoming Diplomats. New Diplomat now completes the introductory mission and waits for further instruction. The Diplomatic Councilor sends for a meeting with the new Diplomat, where they speak about a long-term task to assign, or a list of short-term ones. The Diplomat begins work on these agreed upon tasks: These may take the form of assigning a specific mission, for instance; ‘Find out what this settlement near us is interested in, and give a report about its intentions… see if we can help them, etc. etc.’ Or, in another idea; ‘Go find out how strong the relations of these 2 western nations are, and try to locate any public treaties between them.’ Something we should also lean into is having Diplomats share their ideas and predictions more with the Councilors. Their job isnt just to deliver messages and information, it should also be to give the Sovereign and their Councilor a well educated and personal perspective on a place with which their nation is obliged to make important decisions. The Diplomat finishes the task assigned, and writes a report or prepares a vocal message to give to the Councilor and Sovereign. The Diplomat is thanked by the Councilor and Sovereign, and then given another task of interest. In the downtime between diplomatic Missions, Diplomats might take time to consider how they might train the young and aspiring generation of Diplomats. Or assisting his peers with their work. Potential Introductory Missions: The following are simple ideas for things an aspirant can be sent on as a trial/introductory task given by the Sovereign or Councilor. The Dossier is a classic first step. Sending the aspirant to a polity and having them compose what they know of that selected nation’s civil and martial practices, usually has sections for important families or specific descriptions of certain government positions. As mentioned above, there is strong potential in sending an aspirant to gain friendships in another selected nation. It provides benefit to both the aspirant, as he gains experience and travels the world… and also to the council chamber, who gain knowledge of the societal functions of the selected nation. And civilizations that appreciate each other's culture and practices tend to have few issues, and many alliances. A little-practiced but highly useful aspect of diplomatic offices is the communication shared between the Diplomats themselves. I will not need to elaborate on the inherent benefit that relaying important information between envoys of multiple polities has on a nation to make the most informed decisions. So this mission is simple; have the aspirant collect update reports from all other active Diplomats, and give that work to the Sovereign, preferably summarized and highlighted. A very good way to test the researching skill of an aspirant is to have them research every active treaty which that nation holds. Make them include the Articles, signing Sovereign (indicating if the current Sovereign is different or not), and expiration date of each one. Through this method, the aspirant is instantly informed of the current polities with which his own shares diplomacy, and for the Sovereign, it quickly details all of his current obligations and public political standings. I estimate that the essential aspect of a good Introductory mission is research: A starting task must have enough readily available information so that the aspirant can easily gather and collate whatever facts are needed for the task to be complete. This is the best time for the aspirant to prove their diligence, as lesser skilled recruits will only address the surface level answers in a short answer format, while the more promising ones might answer with more information, examples, quotes, and references to others’ work. Though for this merit to be shown, the assigned task must have enough research able to be done so that all of these things can be included. Tasks which have only a few conceivable steps and only answer a few questions are not sufficient for an aspiring Diplomat to prove their skill in the field of diplomacy. In summary, tasks that contain equal parts of curiosity, and ease of information gathering, will produce the best effect in the aspirants, while always producing a benefit for the Sovereign of a state. Diplomatic Councilor Interactions: Diplomatic teams can sometimes feel empty or dead whenever there is not a vocal active leader. And this feeling is extended by the scarce interaction which Councilors often share with their subordinate Diplomats. This is something which, if fixed, can highly improve the enthusiasm and respect with which a Diplomat conducts their job. To ensure that every Diplomat is effectively performing their job, and to keep morale high in the office, the Councilor should regularly arrange large-table meetings so that his Diplomats can all share the important messages from other nations, and so that the Councilor can easily give and check up on any diplomatic missions or tasks. This further enforces the practice of communication all throughout the diplomatic office, whose significance is mentioned above. Councilors too are sometimes given tasks to complete by their Sovereign. Occasionally, if a particular individual or set of Diplomats have been performing very well above the others in the office, the Councilor can elect (with the Sovereign’s permission) to allow a certain Diplomat to help the Councilor complete the task assigned to them. This should be done, both to test the most capable Diplomats for potential successors, and to reward enthusiastic and highly skilled service in the diplomatic realm. I estimate that the essential aspects of a Diplomat’s interaction with their Councilor are variety, and presence. Addressing the second; When much conversation is shared between the Diplomat and the Councilor, the Diplomat can complete their assigned tasks with quicker timing, higher quality, and more enthusiasm. When less communication is had between these 2 parties, the Diplomat takes longer, produces lower quality, and does so with lacking energy. Regarding the first aspect; A Councilor that practices a wider array of activities with their Diplomats (in the forms of meetings, personal discussions, attending diplomatic occurrences, exchanging notes, etc.) will see a well developed team ready to get important work done. On the other hand, a Councilor that only sparingly interacts with their subordinates does not know what tools he has at his use, nor can he therefore find the best solutions to diplomatic problems that arise. Deputy Diplomats / Diplomat Assistants: Deputies and assistants are some of the most under-appreciated jobs in the field. That however is both justified and understandable, as there is almost nothing to do in these positions for a great many people. Sadly, I cannot even imagine a full outline of what a Deputy Diplomat system would look like. I have been in some, surely, but there were very few actual tasks and programs that deputy Diplomats got to partake in. Sometimes, a deputy might get lucky when the primary Diplomat gets sidetracked and missed work gets passed down… but so little work is given to Diplomats themselves, such that an effective deputy Diplomat program could never be properly cultivated, as there is such a lack of need for them. This issue, in order to be solved to the best extent, has to be re-argued in some future time, when diplomatic offices can cater to a higher number of sub-positions, giving everyone sufficient work and practice opportunities. Either from a rise of mass interest, or an initiative by the Sovereign’s council, I believe this time is not too far away. Treaties & Alliances: Some of the most fulfilling work as a Diplomat, after so many different talks and or meetings, is the signing of a treaty. Only the most trusted or longest serving Diplomats are allowed to observe personally, and even then, only the Sovereigns’ chosen will be allowed to add their own signatures to the documents. There is an issue though, in the way that the common method of signing treaties in lotc is boring. Ive seen a lot of them in my life, but only a few treaties ive seen have been pleasantly substantive, and far fewer have actually meant something tangible was going to be able to be enjoyed for the signatories. While the treaties do indeed have nice aesthetics on the forums, things that are so important to the story and development of a nation ought to read longer than 20 seconds, while not being too long as to have readers lose interest. As far as alliances, Diplomats will usually not be in positions to change the balance of favor from one nation to another or in a positive to a negative. However, being a part of the process of maintaining an alliance feels very fulfilling to people who love history and the study of political affairs. I will avoid discussion about making them, for the reasons said above. But regarding the ‘upholding’ of alliances, I intend to provide avenues of showing just how cooperative nations can be with one another. By no means do individual Diplomats have authority to discuss nor agree to the below listed agreements on their own behalf. But they make fantastic topics of conversation between Sovereigns, Councilors, and Diplomats, such that the decision making processes of what to engage with and avoid with certain nations may be much heavier in effect, and have potential to bring a cornucopia of benefits and dangers with each. Finally, the practice of any of these to their highest potential, affected by a certain Diplomat, may bring such a character just as much due respect as a soldier who has performed valiant deeds in the military. Ideas: Here are some articles listed under specific types of agreements. Some of the practices can be listed under different sections, but the ones in which they are presented are in (imho) the most relevant section. Within each idea I will attach a brief summary of what it entails, and how it may be beneficial. (Some ideas listed here which are quite common, I included to explain their systems of operation or why they are beneficial, wherever applicable). Military Agreements These articles regard the strength of a nation by its ability to defend itself and its allies through battle, and also regard the ability to freely attack its enemies in the same way. This is usually the most highly respected form of alliance, if a full or partial alliance is signed. This is because of it being a sign of high trust and respect between 2 Sovereigns and the mutual admiration of their subjects. Consent of Auxiliaries This means that both sides freely approve of their own troops providing aid to another nation without express authorization from and leadership by the Sovereign or Military Councilor of the polity, making for fast and numerous responses to calls for aid from an allied polity. Joint Trainings of Troops This article states that the signatory polities will occasionally offer their troops to train with the other’s. These trainings are fun, and informative, but an organized system for keeping track of them is lacking due to a variety of factors. I will not suggest here an organized system for such a simple article, but at another time I may. For a general guideline, lets consider this article unfulfilled if the signatory polities have not had at least (3) joint-military training from the signing of the agreement until it’s nullification. Non-Agression The most often used article in the basket of articles. This simply states that no aggression in any form will be used by either polity toward the other, and opportunities to interact with aggressors to one another will be limited. This article is known to help in a number of tangible ways, but a sure issue arises when each polity’s intention is to secure promises of peace with each other polity. The issue happens that despite the surface agreements not to aggress against one polity or another is not sufficient to prevent the more war-focused Sovereigns from declaring war and nullifying their pacts and treaties on grounds of ‘subtle aggression by the other’, or by using some cultural popularity for war to justify pre-emptive action against a previous friend. How I interpret this, is that pacts of non-agression should not be entered into wantonly, and Sovereigns must have patience in researching how their promise will affect their new cooperative. If it is too likely that a party will break promises in order to enter war, then a wise Sovereign will avoid them. ===================================================================== Diplomatic Agreements These articles regard the interaction of governments with other governments to various levels of intensity. Little respect is given to this set of agreements, but they are the pillars upon which all other diplomatic agreements occur; as failures in foundational respect often lead to misunderstandings which escalate into hostile actions. Sovereignty This article simply states that both signatories acknowledge the legitimacy of both polities to exist, and operate their governments however they deem fit. Authorization of Embassies If it so happens that a Diplomat spends a lot of time conducting business in another polity, the Sovereigns ought to set apart a building or room in which that Diplomat can host envoys and keep papers. This ‘embassy’ is a good place for them to keep an official posting within that place, for the purpose of holding meetings, keeping work documents organized, and providing a place for the government of that polity to easily contact that Diplomat. While this idea is something that has been tried in the past (to a surface level without any deep exploration), it only produces interesting roleplay when the Diplomats are actually followed up with, and when the Councilors and Sovereigns can give them enough to do. Extradition Often, if a criminal from a polity travels to another polity and commits a crime, the polity from which he is from will usually prefer to have him back for the purposes of trial and punishment. This article promises to return criminals of such polity to them, if they are captured within the borders of the other signatory. Denunciation This article is used when one or more polities wants to publicly acknowledge the ill actions of another entity. Whether preemptively based on an offense to the honor of a Councilor or citizen of that polity, or perhaps after a more egregious action done by a foreign government. The greatest benefit that this article has, is that it allows Sovereigns to display (to whatever degree they wish), the polities with which their opinions are high and low. Issuing denouncements on polities which other allied Sovereigns have, might even increase good will in between both, or, the same effect might be achieved by jointly-denouncing a polity as an article in a wider treaty, pact, or alliance. ===================================================================== Economic Agreements These articles regard cooperation in expanding the monetary activity of each signatory, in hopes to jointly secure the prosperity and reach of both Sovereigns’ commercial interests. Alliances of this sort are usually only practiced by polities of small and medium size, because of their difficulty of maintenance. However when enthusiastically upheld, economic agreements individually are very useful to each Sovereign and his subjects in many ways. Taxless Stalls (a.k.a. ‘Free Trade’) This article sets apart one of the shop stalls of the capital city aside for the untaxed goods of the other signatory. These are mutually helpful because of the profit which each side draws from the stall itself, the sharing of their culture with the other, and the ability to provide a job to whoever in the economic sector wishes to help the crown manage the stall. Mutual Construction Funding By this agreement, the signatory polities may, if they choose, generously provide a small amount of mina to offset the costs of infrastructures (any kind of new buildings/improvements) which are to be pasted by the other. This can also include materials, if improvements are not attained by pastes but instead by manual labor. For larger-scale polities, or those which are particularly wealthy, this agreement does not provide great usefulness aside from a small fraction of savings on pastes. For smaller-scale or less economically active polities on the other hand, it obviously encourages a boost of improvements for the physical city/civilization, bringing its own diversity of benefits. Some of these can be seen in the form of the attraction of artisans and decorators, fresh lively events held in celebration of the developments, and expansion of certain districts that lend to the growth of the community, to name a few. Economic Sanction on Polity (or private company) As simple as it sounds, this agreement entails the total refusal from the signatories to entertain trade with a specific selected person or place. By this, it also agrees to look unfavorably upon the entities which maintain their trade with the target polity/company. The causes for this agreement are wide and varied, but its effects (if decided to be practiced) are sure to be great to experience and observe. Among the many other benefits, these precautions might keep the higher economic entities of the world honest and fair, as to not spawn the wrath of all other entities, and bankrupt themselves by insolent actions. Union of Currency This is more of a thought experiment but may be a useful thing to try out if colonies and client-kingdoms were ever tried; This agreement would essentially allow the currency of all signatories to be usable interchangeably with the polity’s own currency. For instance, the Krawns of the Haeseni and the Kar of the Urguani would be equally acknowledged in the tax offices of both. Or if Aaun’s government decided to found a colony in an empty part of the map, any currencies old or new, formed by their new colony could be respected between only those signatory bodies in the forms of taxes, treasury donations, and payments for services within the polity. By this, some polities will delay the often-encountered problem of their national tax or payment tokens being lost, stashed forever, or mechanically destroyed; these accidents often leading to the need for currencies to be completely turned in and replaced. This agreement will never solve the problem entirely, but the aspect surely makes it appealing to some, including myself. Other benefits of this practice may show themselves in the future, but presently I can only consider a few. ===================================================================== Objective Agreements These articles combine the attention of both signatories onto a single interest or goal, with the effect of subverting a common threat, or bringing about a largely positive change. It is not exactly possible to make an alliance of this specific type, due to its highly specific nature and little space for vague ideas to expand. Target of Common Enemy This is not a targeting in the military sense per se, as in, this agreement is intended to publicly affirm the signatories intention to work together to eliminate a threat which is posed to both or more civilizations, as opposed to enemy civilizations themselves. They are exemplified by the agreement between Krugmar and Celian’or to eliminate darkspawn populations, and the Haeseni-Aaunic treaty which announced their intention to slay the dragon Cloudbreaker. Further, if more examples are needed, the Northern alliance between Norland, Fenn, and some other nations was a great help in taming the attacks felt on all of those polities by the attacking beligerants of the Svarling war. It would be redundant to fully explain why this practice is helpful, but I include this piece with the intention of encouraging its wider adoption of use. Exchange of Information on [topic] This article publicly acknowledges the signatories’ wishes to get more research on a specific topic (this can be any topic with examples relating to military, politics, or even extraterrestrial developments). The effect is promising that either polity, if futher knowledge is gained, will provide such information with the other signatories. ===================================================================== Cultural Agreements These articles involve mostly the subjects of the signatory Sovereigns interacting with each other. The options within this sector are vast, and more importantly, give many different portions of communities the opportunity to participate in fulfilling activities that they never usually would have. Alliances of this type are rarely seen, but whichever polities have the bravery to try it out, will surely see great benefit. Festivity Cooperation If it happens that 2 or more nations are publicly in high relations with eachother, it does both them and the citizenry of both quite well to enjoy open communication and cultural exchange with eachother. This takes the form of grand feasts, festivals, and hosted tournaments which other signatory nations are explicitly encouraged to visit or aid in the preparation for. From fashions, to food, to news of developing interests, cross-national revelry provides infinite benefit with few harms to any person or place. Court Envoys This provides for a better system of courtly presence from one’s allies. Each signatory agrees to send a dedicated number of Diplomats to keep track of the scheduling and attendance of the other’s court. Once sent, they may communicate well wishes, present gifts, provide updates on important developments, or any other number of things set by the Sovereign. Not only does this system prevent the need to individually track the times of each court and task the Diplomats one by one with attending, but it also gives the participating Diplomats a chance to strengthen the bonds with the governments of the selected nation, whose positivities are mentioned previously. These among many other benefits which are too numerous to name. Commission of Tradesmen Sometimes it occurs that some polity, no matter how secure or wealthy, is in need of a specific trade or employ who can produce something of interest for the administration. Examples take the form of a king lacking a court smith, or a Sovereign duke lacking a court mage. This agreement authorizes signatory Sovereigns to appeal to the tradesmen and specialty industries of the other signatory to commission goods or services at better-than-market prices. For which the guilds or groups may receive special recommendation by both Sovereigns, or some other benefit like tax breaks, or higher societal privileges of whatever kind. I would example this by instancing an imaginary agreement between, for pure example, the Nation of Urguan and Celianor. While Urguani culture is famous for their forgery, Elven culture often lends itself to easier practice of arcane creations. So, if these 2 nations had interest in the exports of the other (that being, Urguan needing alchemy or enchantments, and Celianor needing high quality forged weapons), they could include in document this authorization to seek out the masters of industry that are within their polities. Declaration of Friendship This article is fairly self-explanitory, however the reason I include it is to highlight its most important purpose, which is, to differentiate pacts and agreements which they give to certain as in high faith and amicability, while other agreements are purely entered into with intent to carry out a minor goal, and in most respects, not to be continually concerned with. If we would like to consider a situation in which including this article might be crucial, it is in the intensifying environments which are the leadups to war. Seeing this article listed or not listed among the web of treaties shared between a complex balance of factions will definitely inform the reader of the potential outcomes of ongoing political shifts. ===================================================================== In the attatched link, ive created an example of what a full treaty would look like under the essence of this new system. By no means would the average agreement contain this many articles, but I wanted to highlight how many short or long lists of different agreements could be included, and how some of them across different themes sometimes supplement each other. (Google Doc) Example Treaty Between The Kingdom of Coramir and The Republic of Felfor Conclusion: If youve managed to survive the many words above, I hope you have come to a pronounced idea of what the effects of diplomacy can look like for a community, and especially for individual diplomats looking to partake in their interest. Sovereigns and Councilors too, can gain some idea of how to improve their diplomatic offices, but I encourage any and all who have a similar interest in diplomacy to take these ideas further; make more of them, and actually bring them to effect in the server. Written by Lomiei, January 11, 2023
  7. Bukotob Uruk-hai agh Bûrzgolug Non Aggression Both the parties of The Iron Horde and Ashen Realm of Nor’asath will adhere to a pact of non-aggression and will not incite conflict between either side. Both signatories will recognize each other's respective realms as sovereign independent lands and will not subvert the ruling authorities of each respective territory. Nor’asath recognizes The Iron Horde as the sole authority of the Uruk-kin. The Iron Horde recognizes Nor’asath as the sole authority of Mali’ker. Trade & Travel Signatories will agree to trade with one another. Both signatories will allow each respective nation an untaxed stall. Both Signatories will allow free passage for each other's citizens under the same laws as the respective land. Duration The Pact between the Iron Horde and the Ashen State of Nor’asath will endure for fifteen years. Upon Expiration the Pact may be reinstated Primarch of Nor'asath and the Mali'ker High Priestess of Nor’asath Onyx Chief of Nor’asath REX, Willy of San’Velku and The Iron Horde DOMINUS, Madoc'Lur, The Keeper of Knowledge
  8. The following pages will begin to outline the intricate web of diplomatic relationships of the nations within Almaris. Although be warned, new developments are always being made, as diplomacy is the lifeblood that fuels the change and evolution of nations. Therefore, be aware of the possibility that some of the information here could be outdated. All of my sources for this piece are the same as the first book of this series, ‘Governments of Almaris’. -Introduction to Politics- Book 2 of 2: Interdiplomacy in Almaris Chapter 1 ------------------- Norland: ------------------- With regard to the southern nations of Sutica, The Fakhr Tribe, and the Druidic order, the source states: “With such a distance, we don't pay them much mind”. Relations with the War Nation of Krugmar are, surprisingly, more than well. The leadership and the populations of both nations enjoy each other and share military connections. The source states: “The orcs have been great friends of mine for years. Their Rex have always been the most honorable, most straightforward”. In addition to military pursuits, their cultures are quite similar as well. Both peoples value honor and valor over noble blood and regal appearance, these similarities produce a long-lasting relationship of good feelings. Regarding Elvenesse, the source says: “I have no strong feelings about them, but they're no friends of mine.”. It was also mentioned that previous alliances usually result in Elvenesse being on opposing sides of conflict. However, Elvenesse does have a high level of druidic population, which lends itself to the same issues that Norland has with the Druidic order itself. When asked about the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, the source states: “They are friends of ours, through and through. Another that have a sense of honor”. The 2 nations also have military connections, with cooperative training and military pacts, which has turned into a deep mutual respect. As for the Holy Orenian Empire, the source has stated plainly, “We are not friends”. Norland has been at odds with the empire for as long as many can remember, fighting a multitude of wars (10 specifically), usually with Oren coming out victorious. What fuels these conflicts, most prominently, is the culture and the attitudes toward propriety and equality. Whereas the people of Oren are well-dressed, well-spoken, and have clear class divisions, Norlanders have little interest in regal appearance, and often have intermingling between the leadership and the populace. The second point of animosity between the nations is their opposing religions. The canonists of Oren view those of the red faith to be heathen and radical. On the other hand, Norlanders view canonists as misguided, but not hostile, in fact, much of the percentage of red faith converts are former canonists, and accepted wholeheartedly into the culture after conversion. In addition to all of this, there have been many instances of disrespect perpetrated by Oren, most notably the continued decline of diplomatic attempts from Norland. As for the neighboring human nation of Haense, they have had many interactions prior to their retirement from the iron accord. Culturally, Haense and Norland have differing opinions on regality, similar to the difference between Oren and Norland. However the fact that the Hanseti are mainly highlanders improves the Norlandic opinion of them. This and their cooperations prior to the 10th nordling war gives Norland a generally good opinion of Haense, but they are not ecstatic about committing to any serious relationship at this point. The Domain of Vortice and Jade State of Yong Ping, both being popular points of interest diplomatically and common hubs of activity, attracted the attention of Norland some time ago. They both have had agreements with Norland in which the kingdom provides military support, in return for good favor with the 2 smaller nations, which can be leveraged for favor with all of the nations which respect or cooperate with Vortice and Yong ping. However there have been more recent developments that may or may not change this situation. Chapter 2 ------------------- Urguan: ------------------- Sadly, the diplomatic relations of The Grand Kingdom Of Urguan are typically a private matter, I chose to accept this tradition. When the source was asked if there was anything that they would like the readers to know, they stated: “That Urguan is strong, that is all”. Information about the diplomacy will be sourced through the other nations they interact with, but the level of confirmation will have to be limited. Chapter 3 ------------------- Krugmar: ------------------- There have been no recent interactions between the nations of Krugmar and Sutica. This however might be a good thing, as the current Rex of Krugmar has proudly admitted to being the organizer of many raids in the past. While this is unsurprising, it is nevertheless a good reason why diplomatic Endeavors have not been exchanged by and to the other nation in quite a long period of time. Official opinions from the nation of Krugmar towards the Druidic Order are not common and possibly may not exist at all, as the druids have a common reputation of isolationism and are a notable distance away from Krugmar. The common feeling about the Order among the nation’s population is quite negative, actually. They believe that the Druids are misguided and pray to false spirits, and that those spirits will one day be their downfall. The status between the war nation of Krugmar and the Fakhr tribe of the oasis is the same as the status between Krugmar and The druids. Common opinion, however, is quite the opposite. The uruks view the people of the Oasis to be courageous, as, in the words of the source, "they are strong people to brave the sands without the might of krug.'' Rex has expressed that he has no ill will towards the tribe, but there have been no correspondences in “many seasons”. Regarding Elvenesse, Krugmar has, one would say, very bad relations with them. Contrary to what you might think, It is not mainly because of the stunning differences between the cultures, practices, and temperaments of the nations. Krugmar actually has no inherent ill will towards them. Even some younger uruks have friends in Elvenesse. When asked what fuels the conflict between the nations, a quote from the source states, “2 things. First is the curse that ibleez gave our people, the bloodlust that boils in our veins; they are the closest targets to us that don't pay tribute for protection.”. Krugmar also believes that Elvenesse is prideful and looks down upon them as minor people. “They treat uruks as lesser beings simply due to our ways and curse. Without their arrogance, there would be better relations between our peoples.”. Although Elvenesse, justifiably, have a restriction on uruks coming into the nation, the only other offense that they have committed is the fact that they are unfortunate enough to be located near the war nation of Krugmar. The dominion of Vortice, along with Yong Ping, have good standing with Krugmar. Vortice is a long term tributary and there is often inter-populational travel between the civilizations as well. Yong ping, as a quote from the source states, is a pleasant place for orcs, “Krugmar shares many elements of our culture with them, and they enjoy learning of krug-kind as we do of their ways. They are people of strength and honor.” Regarding the other nations, sadly, the research meeting had to be cut short. Information regarding Krugmar’s relationships with other nations will have to be gained through sources of other chapters. Chapter 4 ------------------- Sutica: ------------------- Being a relatively new nation under the new administration, It has not yet had time to establish official relationships with every nation. However, some information is still available. As is well known, King Georg I is a member of the Barclay family, A noble family based in Haense. Due to this, many citizens of both Haense and Sutica have very good opinions of each other. Their governments, however, have not gone so far as to announce any official alliances, nor have they signed pacts or treaties. Regarding the Orenian empire, relations are very good. Diplomats are sent between the nations, non-aggression pacts have been signed, and citizens of both civilizations often visit each other. The Fakhr tribe to the south, has historically had some negative relations with the region, regardless of its administration, but ever since its reformation into an emirate, those have stopped, and the tribe has taken official stances of neutrality. Minor envoys and missives have been sent to the oasis on behalf of Sutica, but developments are still pending, and no progress has officially been made. Chapter 5 ------------------- Haense: ------------------- Starting with the southern nations, the Kingdom of Haense does not interact much with them for 2 reasons; mainly that the religion of Haense is canonist, while the Fakhr tribe and the Druidic order practice faith’s that are considered astray. The second, is that the 2 southern nations have taken public stances of neutrality to foreign issues. Normally the former factor might cause issues, but the latter factor as well as the vast distance between the 2 nations and Haense provides a buffer and a deterrent to any problems that could arise. Regarding Sutica specifically, the crown of Haense and the monarchs of the commonwealth have positive feelings toward each other. The monarch of Sutica being from a noble family in Haense contributes greatly to this, as the new administration has secured a canonist position in the continental divide. Further diplomatic action however, has yet to be considered, as a quote from the source states; “Sutica has its own struggles with revamping themselves, much to focus on for them” and “friendliness does not mean alliances are near, it would need to make sense and benefit Haense if one were to be agreed upon''. Toward the west, the crown of elvenesse and Haense have, in past history, kept good relations and held a mutual pact, but in the words of the source “that has long since gone”. They did not give the impression that there was any interest in rekindling the relationship or renewing any treaties at this time. The tone changes on the topic of the war nation of Krugmar. The source states “We have dobry relations with the rexdom ''. They currently hold treaties and pacts allowing, “free trade, a defensive alliance, and military cooperation, should the need arise.”. The 2 nations get along not only because they are the strongest military powers of almaris and this alliance secures the prominence of both nations, but also because their peoples enjoy each other's culture. Positivity shows itself not just diplomatically in their governments, but also with camaraderie between their militaries. A quote from the source states; “His majesty enjoys headbutting with the rex on the rare occasion they meet.”. One could say that the relationship between Haense and the grand kingdom of Urguan is almost the same as that between Haense and Krugmar. The dwarves are also a large military power, and provide the same benefits of an alliance with Haense as the uruks do. Although there is not the same sense of camaraderie and friendship, the Haenseni do have a deep respect for dwarven culture. “The dwarves are also pillars of innovation and are dobry at their craft. Aside from brute strength, Urguan is dobry with weapons and mechanics''. It does not seem that the Haenseni crown has much admiration or respect for the kingdom of Norland. “Being a nation of pagans” as the source says, would obviously cause problems with the canonist nation. There have also been claims of numerous backstabings and breaking of treaties, which would contribute to such an apprehensive attitude. “Norland has their highs and lows, though most commonly their lows. I chalk it up to their lack of consistency in maintaining themselves and their projection of anger.” Oren and Haense, as many know, have a long and storied history, with Haense previously being a vassal state, and then being given independence. “Since independence, Haense has flourished and become much stronger and undoubtedly the empire’s equal in recent years.”. One might think that the empire might harbor negativity towards Haense because of this, but in fact, Haense now commands respect from all those who wish to interact with them. Though Haense would like to keep relations positive with its neighbor, “Haense will niet stand for any disrespect or pushing of buttons”. Outside of minor visits and one time situations, the kingdom of Haense is not known for interacting with the minor settlements of Vortice and Yong Ping. Chapter 6 ------------------- Haelun’or: ------------------- The nation of Haelun’or being on polar opposite sides of Almaris, does not interact with the nations of the south past the Continental Divide. Further, they do not wish to, as in the words of the source, "They all have a reputation for harboring ‘ata". This word 'ata means impure, ugly, or otherwise straying from the views and practices of the High elves. As such, Haelun’or has no interest in associating with them. Specifically regarding The Druids, a quote from the source States "I have no time for druidic nonsense". Despite these things the leadership of Haelun'or have no intention or inclination to cause any conflict, “so long as Haelun’or’s integrity is maintained”. As of now, relations between Haelun’or and Elvenesse are, as one could say, neutral. In recent history there was a small issue that arose diplomatically, but that has been resolved. Although things have been calm for quite a while, the source provides that there are plenty of occasions in which both sides have fought against each other and Allied together in the past, but ia quote from the source provides, "we have found no major sources of tension with them". Regarding the smaller settlements of Vortice and Yong Ping, The Source States, "They seem amicable to Haelun’or. I've found them rather easy to work with despite our differences.". People of the settlements sometimes visit the capital city, due to its popularity as a tourist destination. As far as diplomatic channels, there is no regular occurrence of correspondences. Given that the civilizations are familiar with each other, however, this could result in further official dealings if the need were to arise. The nations of Haelun’or and Urguan, being on each other's border, have plenty of opportunities for interaction. Cordial relations do benefit from their proximity and both populations have a somewhat high opinion of each other. Specifically regarding diplomacy however, discussions have resulted in a non-aggression pact. In the words of the source, "Our relations are rather good as a result, rarely do our interests not align.". Haelun’or, with such a distance away from the war nation of Krugmar, understandably has no regular interactions with them. In the words of the source, "they tend to be outside our diplomatic purview.". Unofficially however, Haelun’or has been the target of previous raids by Krugmar. However, recent history has not seen this trend continue. In reference to the Orenian empire, the source states clearly, "They have been a reliable source of good diplomacy and I hope for our relations to continue to be fruitful". This cooperation likely stems most from the fact both nations seek peace and internal development, and are therefore inclined to engage in positive diplomatic relation building with all other nations that have the same goals. Historically, the leadership of Haelun’or would have had more to say about the kingdom of Norland, but ever since the current sohaer has taken office, there has been a significant lack of interaction between the nations, as such there is not much information to be gathered. Lastly, the relationship between Haelun’or and Haense is one of reciprocal respect, “We have both mutually sought to improve our relations and cooperation, Haelun’or holds no ill will towards the people of Haense.”. Although relations between the 2 might be publically positive, the populations of both nations are not known for visiting or even speaking highly of one another, and it was not clear that either nation is eager to pursue a high level of bond. Chapter 7 ------------------- Yong Ping: ------------------- The strongest relationship the people of Yong Ping have is with the Fakhr tribe of the oasis. Since both of the civilizations have farfolk origin and majority population, this is a strong binding force that influences their relationship. A quote from the source states; "We share many cultural similarities and from back in the days of Tai Ping, their people and ours have lived in harmony.". Generally, the Jade State usually takes stances of neutrality in outsider’s political conflicts. They are, however, open to coming to the aid of their neighbors in times of need. “We mostly keep to ourselves, xi, however we aren't opposed to helping out our allies or neighbors against a common threat. For example, Luciensberg. Although we had problems before due to... cultural insensitivities, we now bonded ever since we came to their aid against the Ratkin.” Whether Yong Ping will maintain its strictly neutral stance far into the future is unknown, but it is certain that their culture’s focus on domestic affairs and local population make that standard very likely. Chapter 8 ------------------- Oren: ------------------- Starting with the trade state of Sutica, Oren currently has a great relationship, with non-aggression pacts and diplomatic envoys being sent back and forth ever since king Georg I’s coronation. Although it must be noted that Oren and Sutica have had some significant conflicts in the past, but that was under the leadership of previous and unrightful rulers, so this does not affect the current feelings. Due to the fact that the current and rightful administration of Sutica are loyal canonists, Oren has a positive opinion of the trade state. A quote from the source states “Naturally, as canonist brethren, the empire affirmed their support in recognizing him [Georg] as the king of Sutica, as it is our canonist obligation to support canonist claimants against apostate rulers.”. Apart from that, officials and citizens from both nations often spend time at events and friendly gatherings hosted by each other. There was not much information on the Fakhr of the oasis given, but the source did mention that “We are currently working on diplomacy with them”. As for the Druidic order, Oren, similar to other northern civilizations, does not interact with them as they are seen as isolationist and there are not many who are supportive of their spiritual practices. Feelings between the leadership of Oren and Elvenesse are, as of recent, very well. There are no well-known or notable conflicts in the past between the two Nations, likely due to the great distance between them. Currently, Oren and Elvenesse have shown interest in diplomatic relations with each other; with non-aggression pacts, trade agreements, and military aid being rendered and received on both sides. The 2 nations are openly willing to engage in cooperation with any other Nation who has similar interests and desires to themselves. Historical relations between Oren and Krugmar have varied and evolved over the many years. Although they have in the past fought together against forces of the inferi and other malicious factors, Krugmar has recently engaged in hostility towards many allies of Oren, which is, as the source states, “something that must not be entertained.”. This has a negative outcome on the opinions Orenians hold toward them. They have also allied with the kingdom of Norland against Oren, which does not help the situation. A quote from the source States, "Such an action left a bad taste within our government’s eye.". Despite these things, the source mentions that due to Oren's focus on domestic development, their general interest is to have peace with the other civilizations of almaris, "Our empire is always devoted to peace, as we seek inward development. But before progress is made with the orcs, they must refrain from attacking our allies.". Due to this, Oren still maintains its public openness for the building of positive opinions between themselves and Krugmar, However only on the condition that hostility from them is reduced, and ideally ceased entirely, although the latter notion is laughably unlikely. It seems the diplomatic statuses of the Orenian empire are some of the oddest in almaris; despite sharing a border with the grand kingdom of Urguan, they have not interacted very much, there have not been any pacts or agreements shared between the 2, and diplomats are not sent back and forth as would be expected. Although Urguan has a strong relationship with norland, and the most recent nordling war saw a varying level of support from Urguan depending on whom you ask. Oddly, again, this does not breed negativity for dwarves among the citizenry of Oren. It does not seem likely this indifference will change in the near future, but the source does confirm that they are open to diplomacy with Urguan’s new king. Despite their recent histories, the empire and the kingdom of Haense seem to have a productive and happy relationship. Both nations being devout canonists, they are somewhat obligated to get along in a way. This is greatly helped by Haense's decision in the most recent nordling war to remain neutral. A quote from the source States, "Haense affirmed their neutrality during the nordling war - upholding their obligations both in regard to our treaty and canonist principles.". Their relationship is also bolstered by frequent visits from Nobles and officials to the various events and festivals hosted by each other. It is unlikely, given the connection between the two, that this will change. Referencing the relationship between the nations, the source states, "our diplomats have been exchanging channels more frequently now. We look towards this fruitful future." and also "our empire is devoted to continuing a prosperous relationship with any canonist sovereign." Oren, given that they are always willing to participate in diplomacy with any other nations who have the same desire, have begun to pursue dialogues with Vorice. Previously, Vortice has had military affiliations with the kingdom of Norland, and it was therefore in the interest of the empire to nullify the agreements by signing more recent and more active non-aggression pacts. Orenians also hold a generally high opinion of rulership and denizens of Vortice. In the words of the source, "Their monarch and foreign minister are very amicable, as so are their denizens". Similarly to Vortice, the empire has started to open diplomatic channels with Yong Ping. They have also signed a non-aggression pact and have similar feelings toward the people of Yong Ping as with Vortice. The settlement of Yong Ping is known for its beauty and hospitality, making visits there a pleasure for any diplomats opening discussions with the civilization. Chapter 9 ------------------- Elvenesse: ------------------- The relationship between the high crown of Elvenesse and the Druidic order is not publicly well known, but it is common knowledge that many of Elvenesse’s population of druids freely travel between the 2 nations. The societal structure of the Druidic order is quite conducive to self reflection within the community. As such official diplomatic missives, envoys, and other such correspondences are few and far between, if not non-existent. Despite this, the citizenry of the order and Elvenesse have high opinions of each other. Sutica and Elvenesse, in times before the recent administrations and overthrows, have had a notable war and otherwise negative relations, but as of now, all previous conflicts are left in the past, and the current governments have not yet had the opportunity to interact with each other as of yet. Regarding the Fakhr oasis, the source I spoke to had never actually heard of the nation, giving me reason to believe that emissaries have not in recent years traveled that far south or exchanged any diplomatic outreaches. As might be quite well known, the crown of Elvenesse has for a long time had conflicts with the war nation of Krugmar and its inhabitants, currently employing a sanction on uruks in the territory. In recent years, tensions have increased due to constant belligerence from the uruks. However the source has expressed hope that the situation will be resolved shortly; “We have always had conflict with the uruks and now they have conflict with one of our allies, Urguan, We are going to work together to hopefully have the uruks stop.” As previously mentioned, Elvenesse also enjoy cooperations with the grand kingdom of Urguan. Although unexpected, this is nevertheless an active diplomatic endeavor. A quote from the source states; “We want to work with other nations, if their goals fit ours, also the current king is a good friend of ours, and it is wonderful to work with him.” Regarding Haelun’or, relations are currently good, with notable periods of distress between the nations. It is arguably the most complicated international relationship in the northern half of almaris, as both nations are primarily elven in population, but the limited nature of Haelun’or’s citizenry is quite opposite to Elvenesse’s relatively open and accepting population. Not only does this result in cultural differences, but the resulting condescension by the high elven nation only limits the level of possible respect that can be shown between the parties. The temperaments of both nations, however, are on the upper end of peacefulness and neutrality in all of almaris, so they are naturally inclined to, if not maintain good relationships, at very least limit the amount of bad relationships they have. Regarding the human nations, Elvenesse does not interact much with Norland and Haense. However, They do appreciate the northmen’s disdain for voidal magic, as they themselves do not support the practice. Outside of this, The current relation between the 2 nations are, I suppose one would say, neutral. This is unlikely to change in the near future, as neither party has expressed interest in sending envoys or expressed the need for any sort of alliance. Regarding the empire, relations are surprisingly good. They seem to enjoy the most unexpected alliance in all of almaris; “We actually take a liking to the Orenians. We have been allies for many years”. Though both nations have differences in culture, population, and location, the desire for peace and willingness to open diplomacy with other nations supersedes all other differences that arise. They have also participated in battle together against the orcs on occasion. When asked what fuels the bonds between the nations, the source states; “Well, basically just trade, nonaggression pacts, passage. They also help defend us when we do ask, as long as we return the favor” Lastly, Elvenesse is in the process of signing pacts and agreements with the settlements of Yong ping and the domain of Vortice. There is nothing in particular that either party can justify an alliance with, but it is deeply rooted in elveness’s interests that they reduce any possible conflict now and in the future, and so they intelligently, initiate positive relations with the 2 civilizations to build good foundations of mutual positivity. Chapter 10 ------------------- Druidic Order: ------------------- The Druidic Order, contrary to popular belief, does not follow isolationism as a core tenant. Rather, they believe that their primary purpose is to preserve the balance and maintenance of nature above all else. Because of this, they will rarely be seen outside of Druid communities. A quote from the source states: “We actually frown upon druids taking most leadership positions in governments and other guilds because it means they are most likely putting this over their duty.” When asked why they are not interested in trade relations with other nations, the source states: “We have no need for mina and we know how to live sustainably on the lands we live on”. Furthermore, there might be small trades done within the members of the community, but they have no need for trade on any official scale with other nations. While not isolationist, they do specifically avoid matters of politics or relationships with other nations, with one notable exception. A quote from a second source states: “The path of the druid is one of neutrality. To interfere in the affairs of descendants draws us away from our duties.”, and “Politics should never be a druid’s calling.” Although unlikely and rare, the druidic order will aid settlements who are dealing with unnatural phenomena, or seek to correct those who are being overly destructive of nature. The one exception to the druid’s general practice of neutrality and solitude is the High Crown of Elvenesse. The kingdom is very well known to be a common place of travel for druids, and is the location of the 2nd highest population of them. I have also confirmed that the High prince of Elvenesse is a mother circle druid. Because of Elvenesse’s ‘close’ relationship with the druidic order, it can be assumed that if the druids ever did need to temporarily suspend the practice of solitude in times of dire need or existential danger, Elvanesse would be the primary party in support of the order. Chapter 11 ------------------- Fakhr Tribe: ------------------- Prior to Almaris, the predecessor to the Fakhr tribe, called the Qalasheen, was historically accustomed to war with the Empire of Oren on the basis that both claimed to be the protectors of the farfolk peoples. This history is still in the memory of the people of Fakhr, but modern diplomatic relations have remained mostly cordial. Prior to the confederacy of Fakhr, the 4 tribes had vastly different philosophies regarding how to deal with foreigners, most notably among them, the Haman tribe, who were belligerent and aggressive to many people in the southern continent. The sheikhs of most of the other tribes also did not organize very effectively and were, as the source quotes, “incompetent”. For these reasons, the current emir, and the first one in almaris, leveraged marital and diplomatic relations within the tribe to gain support from the majority of its people, and was declared the emir of the Fakhr people. In the southern continent, the Fakhr viewed the original settlers of Sutica as equals and did not have any ill will towards them, however recent changes in Sutican government leaves the Fakhr with a negative opinion of them, as they see the new Suticans as “outside intruders, and colonizers'' as the source has provided. The only other nation of note in the southern continent is the Druidic Order, who have mutual agreements with the fakhr to isolate themselves from each other, as both nations only seek peace and try to keep attention on domestic affairs. Now to the north, the northern kingdoms have a long and varied history with the Fakhr tribe, but time and time again, the northerners have proven that committed alliances with them are much more trouble than they're worth, and often provide little to no benefit to the tribe. For this reason, the Fakhr have resolved not to get involved with political differences and conflicts within the north. However, in the interest of peace and prosperity, the tribe is open to non-aggression pacts and trade agreements with any nation that wishes to engage in such. The only international obligation the Fakhr will uphold and maintain is the lasting protection of the jade state of Yong Ping, which the tribe sees as a duty due to its title as the ‘protector of the freefolk’. If Yong Ping was ever to be involved in a conflict, the Fakhr tribe are sure to be there as well.
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