Treaty of Amity and Commerce
Her Majesty, the Basileusa of the Free Associative Kingdom of Constancia, and His Imperial Majesty the Kaiser of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth, having met:
Having resolved to negotiate a Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the Free Associative Kingdom and the Imperial Republic, hereafter known as the high contracting parties;
Being animated by the desire to define in a comprehensive and precise manner the reciprocal rights, privileges and immunities of the Consuls-General, Consuls, Vice-Consuls and Consular Agents (their Ministers and Secretaries) of the Free Associative Kingdom and of the Imperial Republic, and to determine their duties and their respective sphere of action;
After communicating to each other their full powers, found in good and due form, the high contracting parties have agreed upon the following articles:
The high contracting parties recognise the full sovereignty and territorial integrity of the other. The parties commit themselves to resolve any differences by peaceful and non-violent means.
If either of the high contracting parties shall be at War with any Nation whatever, the other Party shall not take a Commission from the Enemy nor fight under their Colours.
If either of the high contracting party shall be at War with any Nation whatever and take a Prize belonging to that Nation, and there shall be found on board Subjects or Effects belonging to either of the high contracting parties, the Subjects shall be set at Liberty and the Effects returned to the Owners. And if any Goods belonging to any Nation, with whom either of the high contracting parties shall be at War, shall be loaded on Vessels belonging to the other Party, they shall pass free and unmolested without any attempt being made to take or detain them.
Each of the high contracting parties shall be at liberty to establish Consuls-General, Consuls, Vice-Consuls or Consular Agents at the ports and places of trade of the other party, except those where it may not be convenient to recognize such officers; but this exception shall not apply to one of the high contracting parties without also applying to every other Power. Consuls-General, Consuls and other Consular officers appointed and taking office according to the provisions of this article, in one or the other of the two countries, shall be free to exercise the right accorded them by the present convention throughout the whole of the district for which they may be respectively appointed. The said functionaries shall be admitted and recognized respectively upon presenting their credentials in accordance with the rules and formalities established in their respective countries. The exequatur required for the free exercise of their official duties shall be delivered to them free of charge; and upon exhibiting such exequatur they shall be admitted at once and without interference by the authorities, Federal or State, judicial or executive, of the ports, cities and places of their residence and district, to the enjoyment of the prerogatives reciprocally granted.
The Consuls-General, Consuls, Vice-Consuls and Consular Agents, their chancellors, and other Consular Officers, if they are citizens of the State which appoints them, shall be exempt from military billetings, from service in the military or the national guard, and other duties of the same nature, and from all direct and personal taxation, whether federal, state or municipal, provided they be not owners of real estate, and neither carry on trade nor any industrial business.
Consuls-General and Consuls shall have the power to appoint Vice-Consuls and Consular Agents in the cities, ports and towns within their consular districts, subject, however, to the approbation of the Government of the country where they reside. These Vice-Consuls and Consular Agents may be selected indiscriminately from among citizens of the two countries or from foreigners, and they shall be furnished with a commission issued by the appointing Consul, under whose orders they are to be placed. They shall enjoy the privileges and liberties stipulated in this convention.
Consuls-General, Consuls, Vice-Consuls or Consular Agents shall be at liberty to go on board the vessels of their nation admitted to entry' either in person or by proxy, and to examine the captain and crew, to look into the register of the ship, to receive declarations with reference to their voyage, their destination, and the incidents of the voyage; also, to draw up manifests, lists of freight, to assist in despatching their vessels, and finally to accompany the said captains or crews before the courts and before the administrative authorities, in order to act as their interpreters or agents in their business transactions or applications of any kind. The judicial authorities and custom-house officials shall in no case proceed to the examination or search of merchant vessels without previous notice to the consular authority of the nation to which the said vessels belong, in order to enable them to be present.
They shall also give due notice to Consuls, Vice-Consuls or Consular Agents, in order to enable them to be present at any depositions or statements to be made in courts of law, or before local magistrates. bv captains or persons composing the crew, thus to prevent errors or false interpretations which might impede the correct administration of Justice.
The notice of Consuls, Vice-Consuls or Consular Agents shall name the hour fixed for such proceedings, and upon the non-appearance of the said officers or their representatives, the case shall be proceeded with in their absence.
In the event of a vessel belonging to the Government, or owned by a citizen of one of the two contracting States, being wrecked or cast on shore upon the coast of the other, the local authorities shall inform the Consuls-General, Consuls, Vice-Consuls or Consular Agents of the district of the occurrence, or if such Consular Agency does not exist, they shall communicate with the Consul-General, Consul, Vice-Consul or Consular Agent of the nearest district.
Consuls, Vice-Consuls or Consular Agents, shall have exclusive charge of the internal order of the merchant vessels of their nation. They shall have therefore the exclusive power to take cognizance of and to settle all differences which may arise at sea or in port between captains, officers and crews in reference to wages and the execution of mutual contracts: subject in each case to the laws of their own nation. The local authorities shall in no way interfere, except in cases where the differences on board ship are of a nature to disturb the peace and public order in port or on shore, or when persons other than the officers and crew of the vessel are parties to the disturbance, except as aforesaid' the local authorities shall confine themselves to the rendering of forcible assistance if required by the Consuls, Vice-Consuls or Consular Agents, and shall cause the arrest, temporary imprisonment and removal on board his own vessel of every person whose name is found on the muster-rolls or register of the ship or list of the crew.
The high contracting parties will establish free trade relations between the continents of Eura and Benacia, with the Ports of Nivardom and Musica, respectively, being reserved as a staple port for the carrying on of trade between the high contracting parties.
Trade ships of either of the high contracting parties passing through the territorial waters, as defined by the Convention on the Laws of the Seas, of the other shall not be subject to border checks and other limitations on their right to trade and sail in the other's territory.
Ryker Airships will maintain a daily cargo and passenger service between Shirekeep and Vey.
The high contracting parties shall pay for and maintain a fisheries and commerce protection fleet under the flag of the Maritime Free Republic, supported by the ESB Group, based in the port of Nivardom for the purpose of protecting the shipping of the high contracting parties and other friendly third parties against depredations by pirates and hostile states.
The Treaty shall be amendable by the mutual consent of the high contracting parties and shall enter into force once the high contracting parties have ratified it in accordance with their constitutional and legal mechanisms.
SIGNED FOR THE FREE ASSOCIATIVE KINGDOM OF CONSTANCIA:
SIGNED FOR THE IMPERIAL REPUBLIC OF SHIREROTH:
Dominus Thorgils Tarjeisson Ettlingar Verion
So sealed, and signed by my hand, in the year sixteen forty-three Long Count, sixty-three forty Short Count, in the hour of the Auspicious Conjunction.
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