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[Stormark] Presentation of Credentials
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Your Majesty,

Ever since I was given the Light of Life by mine late Lady Mother the Kaiseress Noor of Shireroth at Saint Harald's Mount, I have had the tremendous Honour to be Esther Fatima Gudrid of the Houses of Waffel-Paine, of Ayreon-Kalirion, and of the Descendants of Freyja, Earla of Anglia, Earla of Nådens Havn, Princess of Elwynn, Princess of Uppland, Llængjarla of Elwynn, Countess of Northshire, Countess of Arietta, Countess of the Lady Esther Isles, Lady of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of the Kings.

Dutifully, proudly and joyously, I have travelled to the Lands of the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia to present to Your Majesty the Letter of Credence issued to me by mine Lord Great-Grandfather, the Most Mighty Prince Harald Freyjugjöf the Generous Giver of the House of the Descendants of Freyja who since time immemorial is the Acclaimed, Crowned and Anointed Sovereign Lord of All the Twenty-Six Jarldoms as well as all the Storish Bilander.

It has been ever since mine appointment to the Storish Ambassadorship to the Lands of the Melusine Throne mine sincere Hope, Wish and Desire that I shall be received favourably by Your Majesty so that I may assume mine Diplomatic Duties as Storish Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia and have, hold and possess a seat, place and voice on behalf of the Imperial Government of the High Realm of Stormark among the Ancient and Noble Company of Diplomatic Representatives in the Lands of the Melusine Throne.

Thank you!

Sincerely,


Esther of Anglia.
Esther Fatima Gudrid of the Houses of Waffel-Paine, of Ayreon-Kalirion, and of the Descendants of Freyja 
Earla of Anglia 
Earla of Nådens Havn
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#2
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BELLESEA PALACE
Zalae, Caputia

Your Highness,

Welcome to the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia. It is a great honor to welcome you here and recieve your Letters of Credence confirming that you represent the noble and grand High Realm of Stormark.

We hope that this will be the beginning of the development of a friendship between our two countries based on mutual respect and cooperation. To realize this, we hope that we can conclude a treaty of friendship and mutual recognition very soon.

Please convey our warmest greetings to Your Highness' Lord Grandfather and to the Lord Justiciar.

Sincerely,

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I
(formerly known as Regina Ravaillac)
Queen of the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia
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#3
Your Majesty,

May I present you with the draft of the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens. You may find it in the post below.
Esther Fatima Gudrid of the Houses of Waffel-Paine, of Ayreon-Kalirion, and of the Descendants of Freyja 
Earla of Anglia 
Earla of Nådens Havn
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#4
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The Treaty of the Sweet Sirens

A Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation between the High Realm of Stormark and the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia

The governments of the High Realm of Stormark and the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia, hereafter referred to as the 'High Contracting Parties', represented by Her Imperial and Royal Highness Esther Fatima Gudrid of the Houses of Waffel-Paine, of Ayreon-Kalirion, and of the Descendants of Freyja, Earla of Anglia, Earla of Nådens Havn, Princess of Elwynn, Princess of Uppland, Llængjarla of Elwynn, Countess of Northshire, Countess of Arietta, Countess of the Lady Esther Isles, Lady of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of the Kings and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I of the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia, desiring to commence a new era of co-operation and friendship between their nations, have agreed upon the following articles:

I. Recognition, Friendship and Neutrality of High Contracting Parties

1. The High Contracting Parties shall from this point forward, for as long as both continue to exist or desire this agreement to remain in force, be in a perpetual state of mutual recognition and friendship, respecting each other’s independence and sovereignty.

2. The High Contracting Parties commit to the peaceful resolution of any and all disagreements that may occur to estrange or otherwise alienate them from one another.

3. The High Contracting Parties shall refrain from any aggressive, subversive, belligerent, or hostile act or policy, either overtly or covertly, directed against one another.

4. The High Contracting Parties commit to identifying and cooperating on issues of mutual interest, including those presented through intermicronational organizations of which both are members, with the goal of creating a closer bilateral relationship.

5. Neither High Contracting Party, nor any officers, individuals or other agents acting under the authority of any government, organization or individual of or within either High Contracting Party, shall commit any form of hostile, aggressive, subversive or destabilizing act against the other, nor against any individuals, organizations or property under either nation's sovereign jurisdiction or control, including damage or disruption to any goods, products or services that may be provided by third parties.

6. Each High Contracting Party shall respect the neutrality of the other. Neither shall seek to involve the other High Contracting Party in any conflict between it and a third party and each High Contracting Party understands that this agreement does not commit the other into taking any action whatsoever in support of it during any third-party conflict.

II. Rule of Law

7. The High Contracting Parties hereby affirm that they believe in the rule of law as an essential protection for their peoples and as an assurance of limited and accountable government. In particular they support an independent, impartial, honest and competent judiciary and recognise that an independent, effective and competent legal system is integral to upholding the rule of law, engendering public confidence and dispensing justice.
 
8. The High Contracting Parties hereby reiterate zir commitment to promote good governance through the rule of law, to ensure transparency and accountability.

III. Freedom of Movement

9. Each High Contracting Party shall provide the other’s nationals freedom of movement and participation on its public forums and spaces subject to applicable terms, conditions and laws.

10. Each High Contracting Party recognizes that its nationals, when in the other’s territory, shall be subject to its laws and system of justice, and commits to a stance of non-interference where a national is subject to penalty for unlawful acts undertaken within the other’s territory.

IV. Diplomatic Immunity

11. Each High Contracting Party shall grant onto the other's sovereign, and any accredited diplomatic officials, full immunity from prosecution for offences that may be committed within its jurisdiction. The immunity for diplomatic officials other than the sovereign may be waived on an individual case-by-case basis at the agreement of both High Contracting Parties for certain heinous crimes.

V. Co-operation

12. The High Contracting Parties undertake to encourage full and productive co-operation between organs of the state, academic or other research institutions, charitable organisations and other such entities engaged in the pursuit of the furtherance of archaeology, cultural development, history, language, science, technology, and other such areas of research, across both jurisdictions, and shall endeavour to lift any unnecessary bars or fetters to such research and provide expedited state entry procedures for those individuals involved.

VI. Mutual Prosperity

13. The High Contracting Parties shall permit and encourage trade, commerce and industry across their borders, with special consideration given to the transit of manufactured goods and raw materials. In major infrastructure projects, the governments of the High Contracting Parties shall in the tendering process consider companies from each nation alike.

VII. Respect for Territory

14. The High Contracting Parties shall respect their rights to future territorial expansion and recognise the international limit of rights to waters as categorised into two zones:

a. The territorial waters, consisting of twenty-four kilometres from the coast of the state, subject to full jurisdiction of the state;

b. The exclusive economic zone, consisting of three hundred and sixty kilometres from the coast of the state, in which the state shall have exclusive rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, of the waters superjacent to the seabed and of the seabed and its subsoil, and with regard to other activities for the economic exploitation and exploration of the zone, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds;

c. Wherever the exclusive economic zones of the High Contracting Parties shall clash, the median point between the coasts of the states shall be the border of between the aforesaid exclusive economic zones.

15. Further clarification on the question of territorial waters may be produced by mutual consent of the High Contracting Parties via an ancillary agreement to this Treaty.

VIII. Titles,  Honours and Houses

16. Both the High Contracting Parties shall recognize any titles and other honors granted by their respective Sovereigns to their citizens and to other persons, and vice versa.

17. Through the Assent of the Sovereigns of the High Contracting Parties to this Treaty, given in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs, the House of Rothborne and the House of Ettlingar Freyu shall solemnly acknowledge each other as international legal persons, each considering the other party an independent legal person in compliance with international law, and pledge that they shall respect fully this legal personality.

18. Likewise shall through the Assent of the Sovereigns of the High Contracting Parties to this Treaty, given in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs, the House of Rothborne and the House of Ettlingar Freyu solemnly acknowledge, for all intents and purposes, each other in perpetuity as solid and ebenbürtig und standesgemäß Imperial and Royal Houses, whatever the fate of the aforesaid Houses throughout time may be.

IX. Official Established Churches

19. The High Contracting Parties shall be encouraged by the spirit of this Treaty to enter into Concordats with each others’ Official Established Churches or issue Charters to the same, as the case may be.

X. Efficacy of this Treaty

20. This Treaty shall take effect upon ratification by the High Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs and may be terminated in accordance with the same.

21. This Treaty shall be valid indefinitely, and may also be amended, repealed or replaced by mutual consent of the High Contracting Parties.

22. Following the negotiation of any further amendments to this Treaty, it shall be re-signed and re-ratified.

23. This Treaty shall replace the Treaty of Rósby between the High Realm of Stormark and the Commonwealth of Hamland.

24. This Treaty shall lapse if one High Contracting Party collapses, dies or is annexed by another sovereign nation, and shall not bind any successor state.

Concluded this day, [Day of the Week]  .... December 2017 / ... Ydalir 16, at the city of Zalae.

Signed for the High Realm of Stormark:


Signed for the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia:
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#5
Your Highness,

I am George Blakeslee, Her Majesty's Foreign Minister. I have joined Her Majesty here at her request to discuss this Treaty draft. This is a landmark draft and a well-written one, surely a great start to the construction of the foundation of strong relations between our countries.

I have recommended to Her Majesty after consultation with the Prime Minister to proceed with signing this Treaty.

Please note that this Treaty will be put to the incoming Parliament, which opens on Friday, for full ratification. It will take some time for the Treaty to be voted upon as Parliament will have to first create its Rules and provide for its internal procedures.
George Blakeslee
Foreign Minister of Caputia
Ambassador Plenipotentiary to all Micran Nations
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#6
Signed for the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia,

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I
(formerly known as Regina Ravaillac)
Queen of the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia
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#7
Your Excellency,

Thank you for the kind words of appreciation. 

I'm of a mind that in due course relations between the High Realm of Stormark and the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia will become and be at least as as strong and close as relations between the Twenty-Six Jarldoms and Hamland once were. 

As regards ratification by the Lands of the Longships Throne of the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens, I have the honour to advise you that posterior to having affixed mine signature to the treaty, it will be submitted to the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled for their consent. I expect to be able to gwt back to you with the outcome of the vote and the subsequent process of the Imperial Assent within a couple of days.

I will now proceed to signing the Treaty of the Sweet Sirens.
Esther Fatima Gudrid of the Houses of Waffel-Paine, of Ayreon-Kalirion, and of the Descendants of Freyja 
Earla of Anglia 
Earla of Nådens Havn
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The Treaty of the Sweet Sirens

A Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation between the High Realm of Stormark and the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia

The governments of the High Realm of Stormark and the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia, hereafter referred to as the 'High Contracting Parties', represented by Her Imperial and Royal Highness Esther Fatima Gudrid of the Houses of Waffel-Paine, of Ayreon-Kalirion, and of the Descendants of Freyja, Earla of Anglia, Earla of Nådens Havn, Princess of Elwynn, Princess of Uppland, Llængjarla of Elwynn, Countess of Northshire, Countess of Arietta, Countess of the Lady Esther Isles, Lady of the Holy Lakes, Scion of the King of the Kings and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I of the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia, desiring to commence a new era of co-operation and friendship between their nations, have agreed upon the following articles:

I. Recognition, Friendship and Neutrality of High Contracting Parties

1. The High Contracting Parties shall from this point forward, for as long as both continue to exist or desire this agreement to remain in force, be in a perpetual state of mutual recognition and friendship, respecting each other’s independence and sovereignty.

2. The High Contracting Parties commit to the peaceful resolution of any and all disagreements that may occur to estrange or otherwise alienate them from one another.

3. The High Contracting Parties shall refrain from any aggressive, subversive, belligerent, or hostile act or policy, either overtly or covertly, directed against one another.

4. The High Contracting Parties commit to identifying and cooperating on issues of mutual interest, including those presented through intermicronational organizations of which both are members, with the goal of creating a closer bilateral relationship.

5. Neither High Contracting Party, nor any officers, individuals or other agents acting under the authority of any government, organization or individual of or within either High Contracting Party, shall commit any form of hostile, aggressive, subversive or destabilizing act against the other, nor against any individuals, organizations or property under either nation's sovereign jurisdiction or control, including damage or disruption to any goods, products or services that may be provided by third parties.

6. Each High Contracting Party shall respect the neutrality of the other. Neither shall seek to involve the other High Contracting Party in any conflict between it and a third party and each High Contracting Party understands that this agreement does not commit the other into taking any action whatsoever in support of it during any third-party conflict.

II. Rule of Law

7. The High Contracting Parties hereby affirm that they believe in the rule of law as an essential protection for their peoples and as an assurance of limited and accountable government. In particular they support an independent, impartial, honest and competent judiciary and recognise that an independent, effective and competent legal system is integral to upholding the rule of law, engendering public confidence and dispensing justice.
 
8. The High Contracting Parties hereby reiterate zir commitment to promote good governance through the rule of law, to ensure transparency and accountability.

III. Freedom of Movement

9. Each High Contracting Party shall provide the other’s nationals freedom of movement and participation on its public forums and spaces subject to applicable terms, conditions and laws.

10. Each High Contracting Party recognizes that its nationals, when in the other’s territory, shall be subject to its laws and system of justice, and commits to a stance of non-interference where a national is subject to penalty for unlawful acts undertaken within the other’s territory.

IV. Diplomatic Immunity

11. Each High Contracting Party shall grant onto the other's sovereign, and any accredited diplomatic officials, full immunity from prosecution for offences that may be committed within its jurisdiction. The immunity for diplomatic officials other than the sovereign may be waived on an individual case-by-case basis at the agreement of both High Contracting Parties for certain heinous crimes.

V. Co-operation

12. The High Contracting Parties undertake to encourage full and productive co-operation between organs of the state, academic or other research institutions, charitable organisations and other such entities engaged in the pursuit of the furtherance of archaeology, cultural development, history, language, science, technology, and other such areas of research, across both jurisdictions, and shall endeavour to lift any unnecessary bars or fetters to such research and provide expedited state entry procedures for those individuals involved.

VI. Mutual Prosperity

13. The High Contracting Parties shall permit and encourage trade, commerce and industry across their borders, with special consideration given to the transit of manufactured goods and raw materials. In major infrastructure projects, the governments of the High Contracting Parties shall in the tendering process consider companies from each nation alike.

VII. Respect for Territory

14. The High Contracting Parties shall respect their rights to future territorial expansion and recognise the international limit of rights to waters as categorised into two zones:

a. The territorial waters, consisting of twenty-four kilometres from the coast of the state, subject to full jurisdiction of the state;

b. The exclusive economic zone, consisting of three hundred and sixty kilometres from the coast of the state, in which the state shall have exclusive rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, of the waters superjacent to the seabed and of the seabed and its subsoil, and with regard to other activities for the economic exploitation and exploration of the zone, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds;

c. Wherever the exclusive economic zones of the High Contracting Parties shall clash, the median point between the coasts of the states shall be the border of between the aforesaid exclusive economic zones.

15. Further clarification on the question of territorial waters may be produced by mutual consent of the High Contracting Parties via an ancillary agreement to this Treaty.

VIII. Titles,  Honours and Houses

16. Both the High Contracting Parties shall recognize any titles and other honors granted by their respective Sovereigns to their citizens and to other persons, and vice versa.

17. Through the Assent of the Sovereigns of the High Contracting Parties to this Treaty, given in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs, the House of Rothborne and the House of Ettlingar Freyu shall solemnly acknowledge each other as international legal persons, each considering the other party an independent legal person in compliance with international law, and pledge that they shall respect fully this legal personality.

18. Likewise shall through the Assent of the Sovereigns of the High Contracting Parties to this Treaty, given in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs, the House of Rothborne and the House of Ettlingar Freyu solemnly acknowledge, for all intents and purposes, each other in perpetuity as solid and ebenbürtig und standesgemäß Imperial and Royal Houses, whatever the fate of the aforesaid Houses throughout time may be.

IX. Official Established Churches

19. The High Contracting Parties shall be encouraged by the spirit of this Treaty to enter into Concordats with each others’ Official Established Churches or issue Charters to the same, as the case may be.

X. Efficacy of this Treaty

20. This Treaty shall take effect upon ratification by the High Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective constitutional laws and customs and may be terminated in accordance with the same.

21. This Treaty shall be valid indefinitely, and may also be amended, repealed or replaced by mutual consent of the High Contracting Parties.

22. Following the negotiation of any further amendments to this Treaty, it shall be re-signed and re-ratified.

23. This Treaty shall replace the Treaty of Rósby between the High Realm of Stormark and the Commonwealth of Hamland.

24. This Treaty shall lapse if one High Contracting Party collapses, dies or is annexed by another sovereign nation, and shall not bind any successor state.

Concluded this day, Wednesday 6 December 2017 / 15 Ydalir 16, at the city of Zalae.

Signed for the High Realm of Stormark:

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Esther of Anglia

Signed for the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia:

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#9
Your Majesty,

I have edited the treaty text to fix a typo in the numbering: there were two articles which were numbered 20.
Esther Fatima Gudrid of the Houses of Waffel-Paine, of Ayreon-Kalirion, and of the Descendants of Freyja 
Earla of Anglia 
Earla of Nådens Havn
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#10
Thank you for the clerical edit, it is much appreciated.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I
(formerly known as Regina Ravaillac)
Queen of the Kingdom of the Union of Caputia
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