Eirian Mediation Conference

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Eirian Mediation Conference

Post by Democratic Republic Of Eiria » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:29 am

Chateúiža Lancaster (AKA Lancaster Manor), 9 P.M. , The Night Before

The Lancaster Family walked around their Manor, Inspections each room of the guest wings. Even though she was 62, Eliza Lancaster walked the corridors with ease. Her light blond hair was mostly overtaken with gray, but she was still beautiful. She was accompanied by her husband, Andrew, and her twins, William and Alice, as well as William's husband Jacob. She walked with a professional step, a habit from her years as a politician. Her husband Andrew carried a checklist. "Room 22 clean, next". He murmured, marking it down. Alice looked excited, as she was in charge of the conference. She looked at her watch. "9:15". William rolled his eyes. "That's the third time you've checked your watch in a minute. Relax, they'll come in the morning". She stuck her tongue, and he playfully nudged her. This broke out into a poke fight, until Jacob stepped in, chuckling. "Children, seperate.". He pulled his husband into a hug. He was a few inches taller than the rest of the family, about 6'3", and muscular, with short, dark brown hair and tan skin, which contrasted with the rest of the family, with hair ranging from pale blond to dark brown, and mostly fair complexions. William punched him in the stomach lightly, and he responded by ruffling his hair. By the time the joke fight was done, Eliza and Andrew had finished their room inspection. Eliza raised her eyebrows. "Are you three going to help or just stand there playing?".
Alice sighed. "There's nothing else to do but wait".
Eliza put her arm around her daughter's shoulders. "Then wait we shall".

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Post by Zamastan » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:42 am

Aboard a Forrester-Class 777, Secretary of Trade Trista Demore, Ambassador to Eiria Nick Polter, and their aides pass clipboards with instructions and basic layouts of the Duņceda regional airport and the Lancaster Manor. The plane was beginning the decent into the [nation]Democratic Republic of Eiria[/nation] for the mediation conference regarding the trade disputes between Zamastan, Xiomera, Kerlile, and Trive.

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"Listen, everyone." Secretary Demore spoke loudly into the open room. The rest of the staff turned their attention to her. "We will be landing shortly, and I know that we have all served in this capacity of international relations before, but I will recap the procedure.

We will land at Duņceda regional airport in roughly thirty minutes. From there, we will be on secured vehicles driving us to the manor, and we have guest houses set for our team. Security detail will be with us the whole way and will be stationed at the guest house, but otherwise, the Eirian's will be providing detail."

An aide scoffed under his breath. "Eirian security is a joke."

"Hey," Demore shot back, "there's a reason we're bringing our own security. If we didn't think there was any worry, we wouldn't have these guys with us." she said, gesturing to a man sitting at a seat in the doorway, who nodded in acknowledgement to the Secretary. An assault rifle was draped across his chest.

"Where was I?" Demore looked at her paper, and back towards Ambassador Polter. "Well, Nick, I guess it's your turn. Lets hear what you've got."

Polter stepped up out of his seat and took Demore's place. The tall, blonde haired man had only been appointed ambassador a month and a half prior. Just his luck, he thought, that the most intense trade dispute that the IDU had seen in the last decade would fall on his shoulders.

"Alright," he started, voice cracking slightly, "As you know, this conference is dedicated to ENDING the dispute, not further escalating it." His voice elevated with the enunciation. "Every nation involved in trade with Zamastan has seen declines in their GDP. Hell, even Sanctaria has seen it. I know we have our reservations of the Xiomerans and the Kerlians, but we know the importance of this conference and must hold to the respectable and distinguishable manor that we want to be known for." A chuckle arose from the group in the cabin, and Polter smiled. "Yes, even to the Kerlians, we must show some sincerity that they agreed to sit and talk it out."

"I have to say," an aide perked up, "the Kerlians are making me more curious than usual,"

"What do you mean?" Demore quizzed.

"Well, the Xiomerans, I understand them wanting to sit and talk. And I have respect for them regardless of our national differences. You know, they're a passionate people regardless of their government. But, the Kerlians? I don't understand. They've showed that they're open to reforms ever since the Tofino Summit, but they still have these instances where they insert into international affairs not directly tied to them? I don't know, I just.."

"Yes, please explain," Demore laughed a little, "I'm still confused."

"Like, I feel as if they're up to something more than just resolving trade disputes. Like, as if there's another secret that they have that's far reaching."

"Well, obviously they have something they're hiding. It's Kerlile."

"No, like," the aide sighed. "Something that is more sinister than some human rights abuses. Something interfering with our politics. Our economics. Something. Or somebody or a group of people?"

The plane went silent for a few brief moments.

"Nevermind," the aide chuckled. "It's crazy."

The team continued discussing the ins and outs of the mediation summit as the plane lowered through the clouds on approach to the runway, awaiting the hopeful end to the steadily declining global economy.

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Post by Xiomera » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:58 pm

Duņceda Airport, Eiria

The Coatōn 700 airliner, the most advanced passenger plane in Xiomera and the pride of its aerospace industry, had just slid to a final stop at the Duņceda airport. Emblazoned on its sides were the name of Xiomera; on its tail, a massive image of the golden sun and four stars that graced its flag, on a background of red. The livery, indicating that the plane was part of the official Xiomeran government fleet, was a symbol of pride of its own.

Pride was a big part of what was causing the Xiomeran delegation to be here in the first place, so this was a fitting display. The Secretary of International Affairs, Huitzilhuani, had that made very clear to her by the Emperor prior to their departure from Xiomera. Now that the delegation had arrived in Eiria, it was her job to remind the delegation again of this.

"Let's go over the briefing one more time," Huitzilhuani said, as an aide handed out Cala Companion XL tablets to the rest of the delegation. "You will find maps and layouts of all of our destinations while we are here already loaded onto your tablets. No one is to deviate from the schedule, or go wandering off. We're not here as tourists. You will also review and remember the Code of Conduct for International Travel. It is of absolute importance that none of us do anything while we are here to embarrass Xiomera, or represent it in a poor light. You will remain polite and civil at all times, regardless of any provocations we may receive. Most of all, you will show nothing but the utmost respect for our hosts at all times, and follow any instructions given to us by the Eirians."

"Security for this visit, along with transportation and any other needs we may have, will be coordinated and provided by the Eirians," Huitzilhuani continued, as her staff nodded soberly. "However, we do have our own security as well, in the extremely unlikely event that they should be needed. They are, I am sure, ready for any eventuality," she added, looking to her side.

Standing next to her, Mecē, the leader of the detachment of Shorn Ones escorting the Xiomeran delegation, nodded soberly. "We are always ready, Excellency," he said in an impassive tone.

"Very good. To review further, our goals for these negotiations are simple: we are to seek an end to the sanctions against us, and against Kerlile. We are prepared to offer an end to sanctions on our own end against Zamastan, an end to any boycotts taking place domestically, and possible further measures to restore economic confidence. In essence, we seek to return to the status quo before all of this nonsense started. If the subject of the Manauia Island Project comes up, we are to state that we are prepared to discuss that matter with our neighbors, but prefer to do so in separate negotiations from this mediation," Huitzilhuani said.

A few of her staffers exchanged knowing looks at the noticeably cooler tone the Secretary's voice had slid into when mentioning the Manauia Island Project; it was well-known among internal Xiomeran circles that she was not a fan of the proposal.

"We will also seek a commitment from the other parties to these talks not to use sanctions or other trade measures as a means of coercion or political pressure, in the interest of regional trade. However, we are unlikely to get such a commitment, so we will not fall on our sword over it. One thing that is non-negotiable, though: any discussion of requiring any kind of political or social change in Xiomera is off the table. We will not accept forcible changes to our political system as a requirement for an agreement here. The Emperor considers this a matter of national sovereignty and Xiomeran independence, and is very firm on that point."

While Huitzilhuani privately felt that a little bit of change in Xiomera wouldn't be such a bad thing, for her, this was also a point of determination. If Xiomera were to change, it would do so because its people wanted change, not because outsiders forced them to.

"Allright. We know what we are here to accomplish, and how we plan to do it. I know you will all represent our homeland with dignity and distinction. Let us proceed to meet our hosts now. And....let's hope for a little bit of luck," the Secretary finished.

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Post by Sunemia » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:35 pm

Illyna Airport

The Minister of Foreign Relations, Lirina Ronwell,have arrived in the airport with it's diplomatic team. Lirina,in the airport,already warns: ''Remember,we are just here to watch the conference, and suggest terms of the treaty,so don't start to take any sides. Remember our desired outcome.''
''I'm so excited, we will be finally viewed in the world!'' Says one of the aides.
Lirina answered: ''Yes,this will be an great day. Remember to act madure,I don't want our nation to be know as the nation that have diplomats with the mental age of 7-year-olds.''
The diplomatic team always feeled that Lirina is an strong personality.
''We are near Eiria. I hope that an peaceful outcome come in.''
Lirina finished talking and started distracting itself with an map of Eiria while the plane din't arrived.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:17 am

Somewhere above Duņceda Airport, Eiria

The Kerlian jet circled, waiting for clearance to land, as the women on board sat waiting for the briefing to finish. There was not a single man on board. Ines Abbott, Kerlian Minister for International Trade, surveyed the three others sitting watching her intently. The four security personnel who would be protecting them during the conference did not appear to look at her, but she knew they would have their eyes peeled throughout the conference.

“There is every chance that the Zamastanians will not expect us to be here in good faith. In Tofino they were downright rude to us, and they have a distrust of us that seems deep seated. They will assume we have an ulterior motive where we do not. Their attitudes towards us will make us feel uncomfortable. Do not show it. We are here to end this dispute, which means we will be polite regardless of how they treat us,” Abbott said, eyeing each of the women one by one. All three nodded to show they understood.

“We want an end to sanctions by the Zamastanians both against us and the Xiomerans,” she continued. “In return we will drop the tariffs and bans on Zamastanian goods. It is quite simple, if everyone is being sensible this should be easy. I doubt very much, however, that the Zamastanians will be acting sensibly. This is also a good opportunity for each of us individuals to meet with some of our Xiomeran counterparts. Our two nations will be working more closely in the future, so try to develop positive working relationships.”

“Do you wish us to try and speak to the Xiomerans when we have downtime?” one of the aides asked.

“Only if the Xiomerans seem receptive to the idea. For some of you this will be your first time outside Kerlile, don’t go overboard. The Xiomerans are our allies but are likely more… well-travelled. Don’t let the location distract you from the job,” Abbott warned.

“Second on the agenda is the matter of Trive,” she said, her tone of voice indicating she was still quite angry at the Trivian matter. “We all know of the devastating attack on our nation by this state. They have apologised, but the damage has been done. It is likely we will end up having to end our embargo on Trivian goods and allow Trivian businesses to open again - but we will not do so without a fight. Thankfully, the system we purchased from the Xiomerans is almost finished being installed, which will make another cyberattack impossible. We will make it quite clear, however, that a repeat of the incident will be construed as an act of war. Any questions?”

“The Trivians attacked us, why aren’t we retaliating with more than trade sanctions?” asked the youngest of the aides.

“That is a question to ask of the Council, not myself. We are here to resolve the trade dispute, not discuss matters of policy,” Abbott said firmly.

“Yes,” the young aide continued, “but we were attacked and now it seems like we’re just going to let it go. Does this not set a bad precedent?”

“What is your name, girl?” Abbott said narrowing her eyes.

“Viola MacLean, ma’am,” the aide answered.

“Well, Ms. MacLean, I fully support the policy of the Council. So you can report back that I’ve passed their little test.”

“Wait, I wasn’t…”

“I don’t have time for games, you’re not very good at hiding it. Either you’re a Council plant to test me or you’re a fool and I don’t have time for either. Get your act together, and start working towards the policy of the Council, which is to end this dispute.”

“Yes, ma’am,” MacLean muttered, looking at the ground.

The women all fell silent as the plane began to descend, each of them wondering just how well this would go, and if they would manage to achieve the goal of ending the dispute. Abbott for one knew how important this was to the Council, and though they didn’t punish failure as they once had, that had oddly only had the effect of making her want to succeed more.

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Post by Trive » Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:56 am

Duņceda Airport, Eiria

"Cleared to land Runway 38R, TRV1337."
"Watch me butter the bread on this one, Yuri."
" guys, Former Emperor Papa is landing the plane! The stewardesses shall attach extra seat belts to your seats, just in case. Brace for impact, everyone!" - Yuri announced, chuckling.
"That's Captain Lynnoux for you, son!"

A black Yakovlev Y2 Premier smoothly landed on runway 38R. The Trivian delegation had arrived, with newly-crowned Emperor Yuri Yakovlev leading the way.
As the plane taxied to its designated apron, Yuri called upon his delegation.
"Alrighty everyone, smiling and waving, no drama. We all know what we're here for, let's stick to the plan and hope the Kerlians don't kill all of us on sight. Does anyone have any questions?"
Lynnoux raised his hand.
"You're assigned to Apron 15, dad. Anyone else?"
No one else had any inquiry.
"Alrighty guys, engine off, everyone off my plane, I'm gonna sit this one out with some red wine. Good luck." - Lynnoux commented, as the plane came into a full stop.
Newly appointed Minister of Foreign Relations, Anna Sevastovich, gave Yuri a quick nudge towards the door.
"Lead the way, Emperor." - she said.
Yuri sighed as the door opened.
"Ooh, this is going to be a long day."
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Post by Zamastan » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:29 am

Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Lancaster Manor
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Trista Demore awoke in the guest bedroom of the Lancaster Manor to the squawking sound of her morning alarm. Grudgingly, she rolled over and whacked the clock. Rolling over once more in the opposite side, she pushed the heavy comforter sheets off and kicked her legs over the side of the bed. Standing with a minor stumble, she wandered to the curtains and opened them to let the dim, early morning sunlight pour into the room. Time to get this thing done, she thought to herself, bending down and slipping on one of her socks.

A groan from the bed alerted her, and she turned around to see one of the security guards, a man named Thomas, struggling to wake up. God, Trista thought, we had too much to drink last night. She took her other sock in her hand and tossed it towards the half-naked man in her bed.

"Get up, Tom," she growled. Tom groaned again, grabbing the sock from off his face.

"Sorry, madam Secretary. We were up too late."

"Clarification, I was up to late. You were supposed to do your job and keep watch."

"I was definitely keeping watch, ma'am." Tom chucked.

As much as Trista hated herself at the moment, last night's little endeavor was just enough to distract her from her annoying husband back home in Kelowna.

"Keep that up and I'll have you fired," Trista snickered playfully, pulling a shirt over her head. "I'm going to shower." Tom started to get out of the bed promptly, before Trista clarified, "I'm showering by myself, Tom."

Thirty minutes later...
The team gathered in the living room of their Manor guest house, relaying plans for the mediation. As the aides poured over documents, Ambassador Polter, Secretary Demore, and the guard detail (Tom glanced often towards the secretary), a phone vibrated and beeped on the table. An aide picked it up, and within moments, the look on his face turned from boredom to shock.

"Oh my god," he said. "Madam Secretary, Mister Ambassador, there was an earthquake in Zamastan."

"Wow, was it a big one?" Polter quizzed.

"Yeah, the Tofino Times is saying that they measured it at a 7.3 Magnitude."

The room murmured. Earthquakes were extremely common in Western Zamastan. There wasn't great concern, more so there was interest.

"Well, hopefully everything is alright," Secretary Demore said. "If it was serious, I would be alerted directl-"

Before she finished her statement, Trista's phone rang inside her pantsuit pocket. A chill went down her back as she reached down and answered.

"Secretary Demore."

"Madam Secretary, this is Chief of Staff." Aya Booth, President Anya Bishop's trusted chief of staff, rarely ever directly called members of the cabinet. The president made very clear to her staff that she would always be the first to speak to them. If Bishop wasn't answering during the mediation conference, it must've been serious.

"There is an emergency back home. President Bishop advises you to continue with the mediation process and not divert from any current standings you have."

"What is goi-"

"There has been an earthquake, I'm sure you've seen it. Lots of detail, but I have to get back to work. It's registered as an 8.3 right now."

"God..." Demore looked at her staff and mouthed the number 8.3.

"I'm looking out the Gaviria Room's window right now at downtown. The towers are literally swaying, but the ground stopped shaking about ten minutes ago. There's a state of emergency in place."

"Can we do anything?" Trista asked.

"Just, stay in Eiria for now. Finish the conference. That's all. Goodbye, Trista." Booth hung up on her end of the phone.

The room fell completely quiet as the Eirian television news station showed live images from Zamastan. Smoke rose above the city of Kelowna from aerial helicopter shots, and ground angles caught the destruction of neighborhoods. Trista Demore's hometown lay in ruins.

Trista took many breaks during the rest of the day, taking time to cry and try to call her husband and little boys back home. They weren't in school because it was a Saturday, but as a mother, Trista was frightened. Tom tried to comfort her, but as the news of the earthquake continued to pour in, Trista only became more distraught. Tom broke the news to her after several meetings had taken place between diplomats.

The boys were safe. They had been in a park playing baseball when the quake struck. Trista Demore's husband, Andrew Demore, was found around midnight ZST. He had been crushed to death under the heavy concrete roof of the Demore estate.

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Post by Democratic Republic Of Eiria » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:18 am

Lancaster Manor, Eiria

During the afternoon break, Eliza went to check on Trista Demore. "Miss Demore? Could you come take a walk with me?" Demore looked distracted. “Oh, Mrs. Lancaster. I really should be continuing working on the negotiations...” She waved her hand. "They can wait. The first meetings are just mostly stating what each nation wants anyway, and there are recordings". She put down her things. “Alright, I suppose a walk would be nice.”

The women walked down the path that winds behind Lancaster Manor.
“It’s a lovely home you have here, Mrs. Lancaster.”
"Thank you. And please, Call me Eliza. It was built in the 1700s. It's a bit big for my taste, but it's home".
“Well Eliza, it’s lovely regardless. Reminds me of some of the manors we have back in Zamastan. Wealthy oil and manufacturing tycoons built them up in the early 1800s, so they aren’t as old - pardon me - antique.”
Eliza chuckled. "It is a bit old, I must admit. But it's been updated several times to keep with the era. We also use some of the guest wings as hotel rentals, since we don't need all of those rooms. But enough with history. How are you feeling?"
“Very well, thank you. I feel like negotiations will be going smoothly, and it’s definitely nice to be out of the country for a little.”
Eliza frowned. "I mean, not pertaining to the negotiations. You can be honest".
“Mrs. Lancaster... sorry, Eliza... I’m stressed. I’m tired. I’m just wanting to get this over with so I can see my boys.”
"I will do all that I can to get you back. For now, you can try to relax. You can head in, if you'd like. I was just heading to Lake Maria".
Trista looked curious. “Lake Maria? I’ve heard about it on travel brochures."
She smiled. "One of the most beautiful places here. We are lucky to have a part of it on our property. It's just up here, if you'd like to join me".
“You know, I think I will.”

The women approached on the stone pier jutting out over a beautiful cerulean lake.
"This is Lake Maria".
“Breathtaking. How old is this pier?”
"Well, the original one was built in the 1850s. That one gave out, so they built a stone one in the 1960s, and We restructured it a couple years ago".
“Interesting. You know, President Castovia almost nominated me for Secretary of Infrastructure? Architecture is one of my passions, but his advisors and my economics major convinced him to name me Secretary of Trade instead.”
She nodded."Huh. Very intelligent. If you like Architecture, you should come back here sometime and visit places like Geminus's Old Town, or Ņuceda. The buildings are stunning".
“I will keep that in mind. Hopefully I catch enough of a break back home to make time -“ Trista starts sobbing softly. She wipes her face with her hand. “I’m sorry”.
"Don't be sorry, Madame. You don't have to apologise for your feelings. Here". She hands her a silk hankerchief and Trista dabs her eyes with it.
She paused for a moment. “My home collapsed in the quake, Eliza. My husband didn’t make it, I know you’ve heard all of this already, but...”
Eliza grimaced. "I'm so sorry, Madame. Do you wish to go home? I can make arrangements."
“No, no, no, I will be alright. It’s a lot... but it’s alright. Besides. When’s the next time I’m gonna get another view like this one?".
She shook her head. "Saying it's a lot is an understatement. And the view will be here for centuries". She sighed. "You know, Alice knows what you are going through. She lost her fiance during the war".
“Alice?”
"My daughter. She hasn't talked about it for years, but she comes down here and thinks for awhile when she thinks we don't know. She still wears the ring."
“Give her my condolences. Was it the Bjeorg conflict?”
"No. Eiria's civil war. The twins were in the rebel Garde Navale together, where they met Thomas. She dated him for awhile, and he proposed in this very spot. They were evacuating a naval Base, he was getting on the transport, when he was shot. She had to watch him die".
“My god, that’s horrendous. They got engaged on this pier?”
"Yeah. She was emotionally numb for awhile after his death. She barely talks about him now, but she still thinks about him".
Trista sighed. “well, I guess we all have our ghosts.”
"We all have our ghosts, but will they haunt us, or guide us?".

The Next Day.....

William Lancaster stood in the Main Hall of the manor as the delegates left the breakfast table. "I hope you all enjoyed breakfast? Now, please follow me into the main conference room, and we shall begin discussion".

After the Delegates joined the Eirian Delegation in the conference room, Alice Lancaster spoke up. "Alright, now, which delegation would like to state their case first? The stage is set. Just state your motives and we can get somewhere".

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:29 pm

Ines Abbott stood before any of the others could make their move. Kerlians had a tendency to be pushy when in the presence of foreigners - a policy which began as an attempt to prove that women were strong and defy stereotypes. These days it just served to make Kerlile seem aggressive, but old habits die hard, and in spite of the Matriarchy’s attempts to change their image, some things changed only slowly.

“The aims of the Matriarchy of Kerlile here are quite clear: we would like to see an end to the sanctions the Imperial Republic of Zamastan have placed on us, and our allies Xiomera. We hope that we can clear up the dispute with Zamastan quickly, and as long as all sanctions are dropped, we will end our embargo of Zamastanian goods. As long as this can be cleared up, we would like to make it known that we are open to trade with Zamastan in the future.”

She paused to take a sip from her glass of water, glancing around to note the expressions on the assembled delegates faces, then continued.

“We are aware that the Trivians have already made an apology for their unprovoked attack on our broadcast systems, but we would like to hear that apology reiterated, and to receive reparations for the damage their attack did to our systems. We would like in writing an assurance that no such attack will be repeated. If we receive such reassurances, then we will consider ending the embargo on Trivian products. We would like to make it clear, however, that unprovoked attacks on the sovereignty of the Kerlian nation cannot be tolerated.”

She sat down, eyeing the Trivian delegation and waiting for someone else to respond.

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Post by Zamastan » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:24 am

Trista Demore stood at the table, patted her notes twice on the desk, and cleared her throat. The earthquake, though so far away, had rattled her to her core. Her conversation with Eliza revitalized her priority, however, and she was more resolved than ever.

"The Imperial Republic of Zamastan acknowledges the strives made by every participating member of this summit to be here. I, myself, am proud of the mark this makes on the global community. Our hope, most straight forwardly put, is this; we would like to see the fully restored establishment of our trade networks with Xiomera prior to this dispute. We would also like to see the removal of all tariffs, blockades, and other embargos that are hindering trade relations across any of our nations. The Xiomerans will see a complete restoration, as stated, and the Kerlians will see similar results.

President Bishop has assured me that she has pen to the paper, ready to sign any order that will lift the Xiomeran embargoes." Demore gestured and nodded towards the Xiomeran delegation.

"As for the Kerlians, we want to remove all of our current embargoes on your nation as well. We are also ready to establish direct trading networks with you, and we believe this will be a definite, mutually beneficial business for both of us. However, there is one condition that I hope we can negotiate or overlook entirely..." The Kerlians perked at this ominous sounding cliffhanger from Zamastan's chief trade negotiator.

"Zamastan, as well as many nations in the IDU, have embargoes placed on Kerlile. We have this option on the table - we remove all embargoes on Kerlile with the exception of Kerlian metal-wire imports. This would pertain to electronic devices. This seems like a lot, but once we establish a conclusive trade agreement, we can remove that final barrier. Other than that, we are completely dropping every other tariff and blockage to trade.

Thank you, everyone."

Demore sat, looking around. The Xiomerans huddled, talking to each other. The Kerlians were visibly pondering.

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Post by Xiomera » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:04 am

Lancaster Manor, Xiomerans' guesthouse, one hour earlier

Secretary of International Affairs Huitzilhuani sipped her favorite early-morning beverage: coffee with cinnamon and sugar. She had just finished off her breakfast, and was reviewing her briefing notes on her tablet, when Mecē, the head of her security detail, knocked gently before opening the door to her private chamber and peering inside. "Madam Secretary, I am sorry for the interruption, but something serious has happened back home. Someone has attempted to assassinate the Emperor. He has been shot," he said quietly.

"What?" Huitzilhuani said, standing quickly. Her coffee mug clattered onto its saucer, unnoticed, as she hastily pulled on her suit jacket and grabbed her things.

"The Chief Justice wishes to speak with you," Mecē said, handing Huitzilhuani a secured phone. "Good morning, Secretary Huitzilhuani," Nopalliztli said, his voice sad but firm. "I am sorry you have to hear about the incident back home this way," he said.

"That's quite allright, sir...I assume you have assumed leadership authority until the Emperor recovers, as the law specifies?" the Secretary asked.

"Correct, madam. I am hoping, frankly, that my tenure as a temporary Emperor is as short as possible, but until his Excellency recovers, please report to me," Nopalliztli replied.

"Of course, sir. Does this incident change anything about my mission here in Eiria?"

"Nothing changes, we are to remain on our usual routine. Xiomera must not appear to be chaotic or in crisis. We must assure the world that we remain strong and in charge of our domestic affairs. You are to pursue the same agenda and goals in the conference as before," Nopalliztli replied.

"Very good, I shall do so. And....the Emperor? How is he doing?" Huitzilhuani asked.

"He is in a coma and they are operating on him....we do not know his condition yet," Nopalliztli said soberly. "It was Cētlalhui."

"Cētlalhui shot the Emperor? Has he gone mad?" Huitzilhuani said in shock.

"If he has not, he will be mad by the time Tepilcayotl is done with him," Nopalliztli said grimly as Huitzilhuani shuddered at the thought. "I can only hope he is the only one involved. In the meantime, I will do my best to make these talks work," Huitzilhuani said

"Thank you, Madam Secretary. And Huitzilhuani....be careful. Eiria is safe enough, but when the Obsidian Throne is no longer firmly occupied....things can happen," Nopalliztli said. "Just watch yourself out there, and when you get back home."

"Thank you for the concern, Nopalliztli. Please be careful yourself," Huitzilhuani replied, hanging up the line. Once she was off the phone with Nopalliztli, Huitzilhuani sighed. She had always joked with the more reform-minded members of the Council about how things would be if Topilpopoca were no longer Emperor....but not like this. A chaotic removal, uncertainty about who might rule next...that was not the punch line they had ever wanted.

Huitzilhuani sighed again, straightening the lines of her suit jacket. She didn't have time to worry about that now. She still had a job to do. Walking out of her private chamber to the living area of the guesthouse, she found her staff nervously watching the television, where the news had just broken about the assassination attempt. One of two of her staff members were crying; the others looked distinctly frightened and nervous. This would not do.

"Allright, everyone. I just heard the news, and I can see you have, too. Yes, what has happened to the Emperor is a tragedy, and we're all a little uncertain about the future back home and worried about what might come next. But we have a job to do here, and a country and people to represent. We are Xiomerans - we don't stand in front of the world like frightened children. So wipe the tears, get the scared looks off your faces, and calm down. Once these talks are over, we can come back here and cry it all out and talk about it around many bottles of wine - and I will be right here with you crying and drinking. But for now, we must go out there and do our duty. That's what the Emperor would want, and what our people would expect of us," Huitzilhuani said calmly.

Mecē nodded approvingly as the staff members got their act together. Without any further words, they began preparing for the talks.

Conference room, Lancaster Manor, one hour later

Huitzilhuani listened to Abbott, and then Demore, politely as they spoke; her staff had impassive looks on their faces showing no evidence of their earlier emotions. When her time came, the Secretary rose to speak.

"To begin, I would like to thank our hosts here at Lancaster Manor, and the Eirian government, for agreeing to host these talks. Your courtesy has been most appreciated by my people. I would also like to thank our colleagues from Kerlile, Zamastan and Trive from agreeing to be here as well," Huitzilhuani said, nodding to each representative in turn. "I would also like to express my condolences to Secretary Demore, and to the Zamastanian people, both on a personal level and as the representative of my nation and people, for the tragedy that you have suffered with the recent earthquake. Our hearts do go out to you, and if there is anything Xiomera can do to help, it would be our honor to do so," she added.

"I would also like to assure everyone here, given recent events in Xiomera, that there is no cause for concern. While an attempt to assassinate the Emperor is a grave thing indeed, we have every confidence in his speedy recovery, and also have robust measures in place to ensure the continuity of government and continued stability in Xiomera. There is no cause for concern or alarm, and we are prepared to move forward in discussions," Huitzilhuani said.

"As for the position of the Xiomeran government, we are in accord with much of what has been expressed already. We seek the end to all tariffs and sanctions on both Xiomeran and Kerlian goods, and are prepared to respond by removing all tariffs and sanctions on Zamastanian and Trivian goods. In essence, we would also like to return to the status quo before this dispute began. We also are open to further discussions on trade once the tariffs and sanctions are lifted on both sides. We also support the Kerlian position as it pertains to the matter with Trive, and would urge the Trivians to accept the Kerlian position as a way of resuming normal trade and diplomatic relations on both sides. We are willing to consider trade or other diplomatic incentives between Xiomera and Trive if that will encourage the Trivian government to accept Kerlile's position in these talks," Huitzilhuani said.

"The one other matter of interest to the Xiomeran government on this matter is the issue of tariffs and sanctions in general. As we have seen, such sanctions cause far more harm for everyone than good. Therefore, the Xiomeran government would like all parties here to consider an agreement not to use sanctions or tariffs, or other trade hindrances, as a means of encouraging political change or expressing disagreement with another nation's ideology or values. We feel the regional economy is too important to risk in the future, and such an agreement would do much to reassure the rest of the IDU that we can be trusted as reliable trading partners."

Having given the Xiomeran position, Huitzilhuani sat down and waited to see who would respond next.

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Re: Eirian Mediation Conference

Post by Trive » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:28 am

Newly crowned Emperor Yuri Yakovlev, after noticing that only his delegation hadn't spoken to that point, calmly stood up to speak.
"Trive has come forth to this meeting with clear and simple goals. As newly-crowned Trivian Emperor, I can assure all of you that whatever needs to be done on Trive's part shall be done. Our goals are as follows.
We would like to, first and foremost, express our condolences to the people of Zamastan, due to the tragedy of the earthquake. Trive stands ready to assist your nation in whatever means necessary.
Secondly, we would also like to have our commercial relations with Kerlile and Xiomera to be reinstated to normality - and, especially concerning Kerlile on this - are willing to sign documents in promise of financial compensation for the unprecedented attack promoted by the old government.
To conclude, we would like to reinforce the Trivian position as a nation that favours peaceful and prosperous commercial and diplomatic relations, calling for all the participants of this summit to make an effort in re-establishing said relations, regardless of ideological conflicts, for the greater good of all our nations. Thank you."

Yuri sits back down and quietly awaits the next input.
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Post by Democratic Republic Of Eiria » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:08 pm

Alice Lancaster spoke up. "You all have made my job a whole lot easier. You all agree on what you want. The hard part is how to get it. Should we sing an agreement, or just head home and trust that the other nations will take down the restrictions? I myself think that we should enter an agreement, but It's not up to me". She gestured to the Delegates. "It's up to you. Eiria wasn't originally involved in this. I'd like to hear your guys' take on how you wish to ensure an end this dispute". She sat back down and let the delegates discuss.

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Post by Xiomera » Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:08 pm

Huitzilhuani spoke first. "The Government of Xiomera is prepared to sign a formal agreement at this time that would specify the following:

First, the restoration of normal trade relations between Zamastan, Xiomera and Kerlile; the termination of all tariffs and sanctions enacted by all three parties; and the restoration of the normal trade relations which existed between the three nations prior to the beginning of this trade dispute. We are also prepared to accept the stipulation made by the Zamastanian government concerning the exception of Kerlian metal-wire imports, but only if this stipulation is acceptable to the Kerlian government as well.

Second, we are prepared to accept a resolution to the dispute between Trive and Kerlile which would result in a formal and written apology for the previous violation of Kerlian sovereignty, a formal and written agreement to avoid such violations in the future, and an agreement for discussions of reparations from Trive to Kerlile to be mediated by a neutral third party. In this event, we would support the end of all trade sanctions and tariffs between Trive, Xiomera and Kerlile, and the resumption of normal trade relations between those nations.

Third, we do still seek a formal agreement between all four nations to not use trade sanctions or tariffs, or other restrictive trade measures, in an attempt to encourage political or social change in signatory states, in order to protect the regional economy. We are prepared to table discussion of this third measure for now, if the parties gathered here cannot support it at this time, but would strongly encourage it to be adopted to restore confidence in the regional economy - and to restore the confidence of other large economies in our region that we can all be trusted to be sane and responsible trading partners in the future.

We do add the stipulation, again, that all measures proposed here must also be approved by our Kerlian partners for us to agree to move forward; we can discuss amending or dropping sections as needed," Huitzilhuani finished, sitting down again.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:52 pm

Ines Abbott stood, letting the Xiomerans take the lead this time.

"We are also prepared to sign a formal agreement. In terms of the dispute between Zamastan, Kerlile and Xiomera, we are willing to accept the stipulation made by the Zamastanian government - though we are uncertain of their motivations here, our commitment to ending this dispute is stronger. We do, however, insist that this stipulation is temporary. We will not sign a permanent agreement if this is included. I hope that this can be agreed, as we do wish to sign an agreement terminating tariffs and sanctions at this time.

In terms of the dispute with Trive, if they are willing to provide a formal, written apology, and a formal, written agreement to avoid a recurrence of this incident, then we would be willing to enter an agreement in which we end trade sanctions and tariffs. However, in any such agreement we must reserve the right to reintroduce said sanctions if the Trivians violate their end of the deal.

We also echo the call by the Xiomeran delegation for a formal agreement not to use restrictive trade measures to encourage political and social change, if that is something the Zamastanian and Trivian delegations are willing to discuss. However, we recognise that the primary aim of this conference is to end the immediate dispute, and we would ask that perhaps this could be discussed in the future, not only to ensure negotiations here end swiftly, but also to allow other nations not involved in this dispute to consider such an arrangement, which we believe would be even more beneficial to the regional economy."

She sat back down, taking a sip of her water and nodding in the direction of Huitzilhuani. She was interested to see what the Trivians especially would say; she was not worried about Zamastan, as she expected they would be more than willing to end the dispute in light of their recent tragedy. She had no wish to make things harder on Zamastan, hearing about the earthquake had made her more determined than before to see that an end to the dispute came quickly, lest the state of the economy lead to more suffering of Zamastanian women, children, and even men.

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Post by Zamastan » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:13 pm

Gesturing to the Kerlians, Demore stood and looked at Ines Abbott. Remembering back to February, watching the drama unfold at the Tofino Leaders Summit between the two, Demore now tried to tread carefully.

"Of course, the stipulation of not removing all sanctions is meant to be temporary. We want to make it appear like a natural transition that will not only benefit Kerlile, but will keep Zamastan's global standing in place. If we were to remove all sanctions immediately, it would appear as if we're caving to pressure. Between you and me, I would like to remove them all right away. However, removing all sanctions would create a precedent that any nation feels they can get off easy under any pressure. This would be a visible repercussion not only for us, but for all of us here. That is why we have opted to only keep the one, minor sanction for a length of two weeks. After that period, Kerlile will have no more sanctions placed on them. I hope you all understand our reasoning for this and can look brightly to the future of our trade agreements."

Demore looked towards the Xiomeran delegation.

"And, full heartedly, I want to express gratitude again. Both the Xiomerans and Kerlians didn't have to come here and talk, you could've kept going. And, your hospitality and graciousness since our nation's tragedy on the 31st. If anything, we need to stand above tragedy and petty differences and rise to morality." Demore noted as the delegations nodded, and smiled warmly to her statement. She continued, "With that said, I can promise that we will not use these lifting of embargoes as a way to target what we perceive as human rights abuses. As much as the Government of Zamastan, as you are aware, deems these actions as illegal, we understand that this is a way of life and it is not our country. We, of course, encourage political and social change, but we will agree to not use these trade disputes and agreements likewise to further our own foreign agenda."

Demore could tell she had struck a nerve with the "human rights" comment, but she hoped that she had recovered enough to keep the conference moving smoothly.

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Re: Eirian Mediation Conference

Post by Trive » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:02 am

Yuri once again stood up to speak.
"Alright, we here see the Kerlian and Xiomeran demands as reasonable. Trive is willing to comply with the demands of your nations.
We would also like to express our agreement with the Xiomeran call for the ceasing of economically restrictive measures. Trive, as a newcomer in this planet's international stage, is primarily concerned with colonial development and trade. Kerlians, Xiomerans, just hand us the paper, let's all be friends again, right?"
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