Signing ceremony at the Arkadius Palace

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Signing ceremony at the Arkadius Palace

Post by Arkadius des Vinandy » Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:25 pm

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The paint of the palace is only just dry, the smell of it disappears, when the palace is already the backdrop for the signing of a new treaty:
CENTRAL BENACIAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
The Kingdom of Amokolia, the Elwynnese Republic and the Imperial Republic of Shireroth, hereinafter called the Parties,

Considering that no provision of this Agreement may be interpreted as exempting the Parties from their obligations in other international agreements,

Have decided as follows:


Article I – Objectives

The objectives of the present Agreement are:

a. to promote through the expansion of trade the harmonious development of the economic relations between the Parties and thus to foster in the Parties the advance of economic activity, the improvement of living and employment conditions, and increased productivity and financial stability.

b. to provide fair conditions of competition for trade between the Parties,

c. to contribute in this way, by the removal of barriers to trade, to the harmonious development and expansion of world trade.


Article II – Customs duties

1. No new customs duty shall be introduced in trade between the Parties.

2. The Parties shall progressively abolish among them at the latest two Norton Years after the entry into force of this agreement any customs duties and charges having equivalent effect.


Article III – Territorial application

This Agreement shall apply to the territories of the States Parties to the Agreement.


Article IV – Internal taxation

1. The Parties shall refrain from any measure or practice of an internal fiscal nature establishing, whether directly or indirectly, discrimination between the products originating in the Parties

2. Products exported to the territory of one of the Parties may not benefit from repayment of internal taxation in excess of the amount of direct or indirect taxation imposed on them.


Article V – General exceptions

This Agreement shall not preclude the prohibitions or restrictions on imports, exports, or goods in transit justified on grounds of public morality, public policy or public security; the protection of health and life of humans, animal or plants; the protection of national treasures possessing artistic, historic or archaeological value; protection of intellectual property or rules relating to gold or silver or the conservation of exhaustible natural resources if such measures are made effective in conjunction with restrictions on domestic production or consumption. Such prohibitions or restrictions shall not, however, constitute a means of arbitrary discrimination or a disguised restriction on trade between the Parties.


Article VI – Security exceptions

Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent a Party from taking any measure which it considers necessary:

a. to prevent the disclosure of information contrary to its essential security interests;

b. for the protection of its essential security interests or for the implementation of international obligations or national policies; i. relating to the traffic in arms, ammunition and implements of war, provided that such measures do not impair the conditions of competition in respect of products not intended for specifically military purposes, and to such traffic in other goods, materials and services as is carried on directly or indirectly for the purpose of supplying a military establishment; or ii. relating to the non-proliferation of biological and chemical weapons, nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices; or iii. taken in time of war or other serious international tension.


Article VII – State monopolies

The Parties shall adjust progressively any State monopoly of a commercial character so as to ensure that by the end of the twelfth Norton year after the entry into force of the Agreement, no discrimination regarding the conditions under which goods are procured and marketed exists between nationals of the Parties.

The provisions of this Article shall apply to any body through which the competent authorities of the Parties, in law or in fact, either directly or indirectly supervise, determine or appreciably influence imports or exports between the Parties. These provisions shall likewise apply to monopolies delegated by the State to others.


Article VIII – State aid

Any aid granted by a State being a Party to this Agreement or through State resources in any form whatsoever which distorts or threatens to distort competition by favouring certain goods shall, in so far as it may affect trade between this Party and other Parties to this Agreement, be incompatible with the proper functioning of this Agreement.

The Parties shall ensure transparency in the area of state aid, by providing to the other Parties, upon request, information on aid schemes and on particular individual cases of state aid.


Article IX – Rules of competition

1. The following are incompatible with the proper functioning of this Agreement in so far asthey may affect trade between the Parties:

a. all agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerned practices between undertakings which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition;

b. abuse by one or more undertakings of a dominant position in the territories of the Parties as a whole or in a substantial part thereof.

2. These provisions shall apply to the activities of all undertakings including public undertakings and undertakings to which the Parties grant special or exclusive rights.

3. Undertakings entrusted with the operation of services of general economic interest or having the character of a revenue-producing monopoly, shall be subject to these provisions insofar as the application of these provisions does not obstruct the performance, in law or fact, of the particular public tasks assigned to them.


Article X – Payments

Payments in freely convertible currencies relating to trade in goods between the Parties and the transfer of such payments to the territory of the State, Party to this Agreement, where the creditor resides shall be free from any restrictions.

The parties shall refrain from any exchange or administrative restrictions on the grant, repayment or acceptance of short and medium term credits to trade in goods in which a resident participates.


Article XI - Protection of Intellectual Property

The Parties shall grant and ensure protection of intellectual property rights on a non-discriminatory basis, including measures for the grant and enforcement of such rights.


Article XII – Import Safeguards

1. Where any product is being imported in such increased quantities and under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause:

a. serious injury to domestic producers of like or directly competitive products in the territory of the importing Party, or

b. serious disturbances in any related sector of the economy or difficulties, which couldbring about serious deterioration in the economic situation of a region, the Party concerned maytake appropriate measures such as limiting or refusing further imports and setting a correction rate up to the maximum of the own market value.

The measures are held for a limited time and are withdrawn when the conditions are over.

2. The Party concerned shall inform the others party or parties of any exceptional measures it intends to take.


Article XIII – Export Safeguards

1. Where compliance with the provisions of Article II leads to:

a. re-export towards a third country against which the exporting Party maintains for the product concerned quantitative export restrictions, export duties or measures or charges having equivalent effect, or b. a serious shortage, or threat thereof, of a product essential to the exporting Party, and where the situations referred to above give rise or are likely to give rise to major difficulties for the exporting Party, that Party may take appropriate measures such as limiting or limiting exports and exempting from taxation.

The measures are held for a limited time and are withdrawn when the conditions are over.

2. The Party concerned shall inform the others party or parties of any exceptional measures it intends to take.


Article XIV - Fulfilment of obligations

1. The Parties shall take any general or specific measures required to fulfil their obligations under the Agreement. They shall see to it that the objectives set out in the Agreement are attained.

2. If a Party considers that the other Party has failed to fulfil an obligation under this Agreement, the Party concerned may take appropriate measures under the conditions as mentioned in Articles XII and XIII.


Article XV – Balance of payments difficulties

1. The Parties shall endeavour to avoid the imposition of restrictive measures including measures relating to imports for balance of payments purposes.

2. Where one of the Parties in in serious balance of payments difficulties, or under imminent threat thereof, the Party concerned may adopt restrictive measures, including measures related to imports, which shall be of limited duration and may not go beyond what is necessary to remedy the balance of payments situation. The measures shall be progressively relaxed as balance of payments conditions improve and they shall be eliminated when conditions no longer justify their maintenance. The Party shall inform the other Party forthwith of their introduction and, whenever practicable, of a time schedule for their removal.


Article XVI – Trade relations governed by this and other Agreements

This Agreement shall not prevent the maintenance or establishment of customs unions, free trade areas or arrangements for frontier trade to the extent that these do not negatively affect the trade regime and in particular the provisions concerning rules of origin provided for by this Agreement.


Article XVII – Amendments

Amendments to this Agreement shall be submitted to the Parties to this Agreement for acceptance and shall enter into force if accepted by all the Parties.


Article XVIII - Entry into force

1. This Agreement shall enter into force when all Parties have accepted the Agreement according to their respective instruments of ratification.

2. New Parties may participate if they have accepted the Agreement in accordance with their respective instruments of ratification and upon acceptance by the already participating Parties.


Article XIX – Validity and withdrawal

Each Party to this Agreement may withdraw therefrom by means of a written notification to all the other Parties. The withdrawal shall take effect two Norton years after the date on which the notification was written. The Agreement remains in force for the other Parties.

Done at Brandenburg on … 1673 AN in the Common Language.

In witness whereof the Plenipotentiaries of the Parties have signed their names:

For the Kingdom of Amokolia:

For the Elwynnese Republic:

For the Imperial Republic of Shireroth:
Arkadius Frederik Gustavus des Vinandy, Koning van Batavië, Prins van Natopia, Prins van Vinandy, Nawab van Tassity, Aartshertog van 's Koningenwaarde, Groothertog van Helderbourgh, Hertog van Brandenburg, Hertog van Gasconje, Hertog van Hazelwood, Hertog van Levensburg, Graaf van Bourbon, Graaf van Dasburgh, Graaf van Girond, Graaf van Maconvale, Baron van Ammerswoude en bij de Loet, Baron van Bergkirche, Baron van Heydelberg, Heer van Audinghen, Heer in Jorvik, Heer van Paravel

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Re: Signing ceremony at the Arkadius Palace

Post by Li Naomiai » Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:34 pm

The Regent of Shireroth, who was also the Minister of the Exterior, was pained to sign this treaty. It was nothing she really did want – her "colleagues" here, King Arkadius, and her own cousin Prince Ander Avon-El, had orchestrated their revolutions against the Kaiseress, in the backdrop of the Kalirion Fracture.

She had been enraged how the young king, just weeks after being ennobled in Shireroth by Kaiser Ayreon IV, decided to make Amokolia's western parts independent, and then start fighting imperial troops to do so...

But the Fracture happened for a reason – Shireroth had made its own bed. So while she was angry for the actions, she understood them. Shireroth would never be the same again, but perhaps in some decades, its respect could be great again, and perhaps then for different reasons than before.

Now, however, the continent cried out for peace. And peace is secured through interdependence, cooperation, and good neighbourliness.

As such, she took the blank ink pen and signed her name.
Li Naomiai Avon-El
Ayreon-Kalirion ibn al-Majeed al-Osman bin Sathrati of Waffel-Paine

Princess of Klaasiya, Duchess of Hoffenheim, Marchioness of Sentratera

Regent of the Imperial Republic and Imperial Minister for the Exterior (Shireroth)
Secretary of Legal Affairs in the Court of Noble Fountain (Natopia)

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Re: Signing ceremony at the Arkadius Palace

Post by Clara » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:16 pm

"How nice to see you again", Clara said as she entered the room. "May I take you along", while she did not wait for her husband's permission. Together we walked to the palace gardens and then to the Temple of Friendship.
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Re: Signing ceremony at the Arkadius Palace

Post by Ander Avon-El » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:50 pm

Prince Ander Avon-El greeted his cousin Li Naomiai with a hug – which was reciprocated – she responded with "hello cousin traitor" and a smile. It was not all humour, though, Ander mused. He could sense anger in her.

Nevertheless, everything was kept polite. He approached King Arkadius, shook his hand, and said, "A pleasure to meet you, your Majesty. I hope this will be the beginning of a great friendship between Elwynn and West Amokolia, I look forward to working with you more. After the concert, I have been instructed by my government to bring some matters up with you, which I hope we can come to an understanding on. But now, I am happy to sign."

Before signing, Prince Ander greeted Queen Clara. He realized at that point that she was the sister in law of Kaiser Ayreon IV, and in fact the aunt of the current Kaiseress – whom of course Prince Ander was related to through their shared ancestor Cashmaiel Andelarion. What a strange family meeting this one. The only one here though that he wasn't actually related to was the King – except through marriage.

"Queen Clara, a pleasure to see you again. I see the queenship makes you even more radiant."

The Prince then signed the treaty.

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Post by Clara » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:31 pm

"Well, thank you," Clara said, blushing. "If I can speak for my husband, then this treaty is a starting point for a wonderful relationship. A coalition of peace."
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Re: Signing ceremony at the Arkadius Palace

Post by Arkadius des Vinandy » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:33 pm

"Well spoken, my love", Arkadius replied, putting the last signature. “Although Shireroth has fallen apart, the legacy of the late Kaiser Ayreon IV must not be lost. In the Temple of Friendship an eternal flame is kept burning in his memory.”

Arkadius sighs with sadness when he thinks of Vidar. He secretly dreams of reuniting Shireroth with himself on the Mango Throne. It is not for nothing that a large map of Benacia is hanging on the wall of his office.

After a cough from his dear wife, Arkadius wakes up from his daydream. "Exactly, may I invite you to the concert" Parts of the Brandenburg Concert will be performed in the concert hall:

Brandenburg Concert No. 3 BWV 1048


Brandenburg Concert No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048


Brandenburg Concert No. 4 in G Major BWV 1049
Arkadius Frederik Gustavus des Vinandy, Koning van Batavië, Prins van Natopia, Prins van Vinandy, Nawab van Tassity, Aartshertog van 's Koningenwaarde, Groothertog van Helderbourgh, Hertog van Brandenburg, Hertog van Gasconje, Hertog van Hazelwood, Hertog van Levensburg, Graaf van Bourbon, Graaf van Dasburgh, Graaf van Girond, Graaf van Maconvale, Baron van Ammerswoude en bij de Loet, Baron van Bergkirche, Baron van Heydelberg, Heer van Audinghen, Heer in Jorvik, Heer van Paravel

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