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Eitoan
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Postby Eitoan » Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:55 am

Greater Dienstad Regional Council, Cazala d'Pintalo

Donald Novak, Eitoan Ambassador to the DGRC shifted in his seat, conferred briefly with aides, and concentrated further to the proposals at hand. The Republic's accession to the treaty found no significant opposition from any party, either in the Ghastak or the Dashez. Novak was part of the deal that gave the green light to Eitoan membership. Although a relative latecomer to official diplomacy in the Department of Foreign Affairs, he had built the Vladarsik law firm of Kirkland & Austin's overseas practice to the second largest in the country by annual billings since his elevation to partner eighteen years ago. Tapped by Foreign Affairs to head the embassy in Relica, Novak ably guided the buildup of the Northwest Mutual Assistance Agreement, and was key in holding the democracies of the Northern Vanguat together during the early critical days of the Ralkovian War. But having arrived on the diplomatic scene, and succeeded at a crucial moment, what was Vladarsik to do with him. An outsider to Foreign Affairs, any move toward a senior staff position was resisted within the department, and in any event be unlikely to satisfy Don. Offers of a Ghastak candidacy had been made by both the centrist Free Democrats and the conservative Civic Platform, but he never expressed any interest in elective office. Indeed, his political leanings remained unknown. Accession to the GDRC seemed like a good fit for a man of his stature, and eased legislative approval of membership.

Since arrival at Cazala much of his time had been spent observing the power dynamics of major off-continent powers there. A couple situations drew most of his attention.

Novak sensed the tension between Bishop-Ambassadress Armani Roi, of The Holy Marsh, and the Havenic Ambassador, Aerkunlauh nos Variskura. This was important to Eitoan. Not allied officially with Holy Marsh, they and Eitoan shouldered the lion's share of the occupation of Federal Ralkovia, and the job of keeping Regime Ralkovia at bay. But Eitoan had no quarrel with the Havenic government, and indeed, they appeared to be interested in opening up markets so close to Eitoan. Furthermore, any rise in tension between the two Holy Marsh and the Haven could spill over mid continent. Although likely to be north of the Eitoan land corridor to Federal Ralkovia, such activity could lead to increased demands on the military, and possibly a move to occupy one or more of the petty states on either side of the Great Inland Sea. So Novak watched, and waited, and sought opportunity to deescalate that situation.

The relation with the Ordenite Reich was simpler, but more prone to drama at home. Since the conclusion of the Ralkovian War voices on the left in Eitoan clamored for extraction of Oskar Skara, warlord Foreign Minister of the deposed Raskov Empire, thought to be in refuge in the Ordenite Reich. Foreign Affairs had other fish to fry; building a stable and productive Federal Ralkovia, defeating the schemes of Regime Ralkovia and the Death Guard that ruled Ralkovia Raumfestung with an iron fist, and draining off the most bloodthirsty of surviving Ralkovian fanatics through emigration off continent to the Ordenite Reich, facilitated under the table. So there was always pressure from the left at home to make of show of disdain for the Ordenite Reich, although there was no personal animosity toward Gregor Diederich.

An aide handed Novak a message. He briefly reviewed it, and spoke up:

I have just been informed by my government that all obstacles to approval of the Greater Dienstad Stock Exchange have been cleared. Eitoan now supports the proposal, as presented.

There needs to be further discussion about the limits to jurisprudence of any proposed International Court, with respect to it's impact on pursuit of standing requests for extraditon of accused war criminals, and the standing of claims against participants in war crimes perpetrated before the establishment of the Court.
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Postby Deamonopolis » Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:22 pm

Glorious Council of High Collectivism

The lecherous filth known as capitalism tries again to tighten the shackles of the downtrodden and the worker. We, the proud islamo-socialist state, the Territory of Deamonopolis, rejects this absurd proposal as 1) ludicrous 2) exploitative 3) imperialistic 4) colonialist or neo-colonialist; same goes for imperialistic, which could also be read as 'neo-imperialistic' but given the political, social and economic continuity of the states positive of this proposal, the prefix neo can be disregarded 5) destruction-for-profit 6) environmental destruction, see also 5), 7) the previous two items amount to the same thing but are taken separately as several modes of profit have a lesser environmental impact than the other, but both serve the capitalist machine, which brings us to 8) Marxian analysis states that the rates of profit tend to fall over the long term, and the creation of a stock exchange may cause profit rates to rise, which contracts marxist theory and is therefore unacceptable 9) Labour Theory of Value only takes an anachronistic take on IT services into account and adjusting theory to reality remains a perky issue, which is grounds for immediate dismissal from common agreed-upon truth 10) Glory to the heroic people's military

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Postby Nova Orontes » Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:27 pm

PASSED: GREATER DÍENSTADI STOCK EXCHANGE (GDSE) ACT
Resolution author: The Macabees


NOTING the integration of a larger regional area than ever before into an interconnected and integrated market.

ACKNOWLEDGING that international capital flows have come ever larger as companies and states invest in economies abroad.

HIGHLIGHTING that access to capital markets for each member state's would be even greater and easier through a regional exchange.

WE PROPOSE the creation of the Greater Díenstadi Stock Exchange, hereby referred to as the GDSE for short.

The GDSE has a set of rules that determines the eligibility of a company to list.* These are:

  • Eligible companies must already have a minimum of 15 million publicly traded shares on a major domestic stock market.
  • The value of publicly traded shares must have a market capitalization of at least 1.4 billion.
  • A share listed on the GDSE must have a minimum value of $4 share.
  • A fee of $0.001 will be charged on all listings and, therefore, transactions.

FURTHERMORE, there shall be no other restrictions on access to the GDSE by member states of the GDRC.

FINALLY, only companies originating in one of the member states of the GDRC are eligible for listing.





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Postby The Technocratic Syndicalists » Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:05 pm

Oscar Engeström, the newly appointed Permanent Representative of Arcaenian to the Greater Díenstad Regional Council, was among Arcaenia's most accomplished diplomats. He had previously served as the head of the Board of Trade of the Arcaenian Ministry for Foreign Affairs before becoming the Arcaenian ambassador to The Golden Throne, then had served as the Arcaenian ambassador to Kingdom of Imbrinium, and then finally had served as the head of the Arcaenian Minister for Foreign Affairs. After briefly mulling retirement after his 30+ years of diplomatic service he had been convinced by the current Arcaenian chancellor to accept the newfound position of Arcaenian Representative to the GDRC, his experience in negotiating both military and economic treaties with Arcaenia's two Triumverate allies giving him perhaps the most relevant experience of any Arcaenian diplomat for this position.

Standing on the Council chamber speaking platform his gaze swept across the other council representatives before he began speaking in mild but noticeably Arcaenian accented Stevidian:

"As the other members of this council are perhaps well aware by the current naval war enveloping the central portion of central Greater Díenstad, our region's lack of any international maritime laws have resulted in some.....perhaps chaotic and frustrating occurrences regarding which strips of water belong to exactly who. Obviously nations have been and are currently free to declare what constitutes their own territorial waters but there lacks any central agreed upon mechanism arbitrating what, if any, reasonable limits there are on these declarations. The state of Arcaenia has thus written a preliminary draft for a treaty which would regulate such matters. This proposal is considered formal, and thus the support of five other members of this council are requested so this treaty can be put to a vote."

Noticing that the stapled stacks of papers had finished being passed out to the present representatives, he then continued by picking up the draft of the treaty and reading aloud:

Proposal for the creation of a Greater Dientad Convention on the Law of the Sea


Noting the lack of any definitions of "international waters" or "maritime law" in the region of Greater Dienstad,

Recognizing the desirability of establishing, with due respect for the sovereignty of all States, a legal framework for regulating the seas of Greater Dienstad which will facilitate international maritime trade, the efficient exploitation and exploitation of oceanic resources, and the study, protection and preservation of the marine environment,

Desiring to define an area of the seabed and ocean floor, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, are the common heritage of Greater Dienstad States, the exploration and exploitation of which shall be carried out for the benefit of all Greater Dienstad as a whole, irrespective of the geographical location of States

Believing that the codification and development of the law of the sea will contribute to the strengthening of security, cooperation and friendly relations among all nations and will promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples of Greater Dienstad,

We Propose a Greater Dienstad Convention on the Law of the Sea with the following articles which will be agreed upon by all Signatory nations:

Article 1


The term "internal waters" shall mean all waters and waterways within the land borders of a State. A State has absolute control of its internal waters and is free to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within. Foreign vessels have no right of passage within a State's internal waters unless granted explicit permission of transit by the Coastal State with the foreign vessel being subject to all laws of the coastal state while it is transiting said State's internal waters.

Article 2


The term "territorial waters" shall mean waters extending to a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast. Territorial waters act as an extension of a State's internal waters with a State having freedom to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within their territorial waters. Territorial waters also include "archipelagic waters" which are defined as all the waters enclosed between the outermost points of the outermost islands of any Island Archipelago under the territory of said State. Foreign vessels shall have a right of "innocent passage" through any territorial or archipelagic waters with "innocent passage" being defined as passage through a State's territorial waters in an expeditious manner subject to certain restrictions. Restrictions on "innocent passage" include prohibitions on testing or employing weaponry, conducting military drills, the loading or unloading of any persons or cargo, laying cables, fishing, surveying, or polluting. All submarines and other underwater vehicles are required to navigate on the surface and to show their flag while passing through a State's "territorial waters". All States may also reserve the right to temporarily suspend innocent passage though some or all of their territorial waters during times of crisis or when doing so is in the interest of their national security (with examples being weapons testing or for naval exercises) with such suspension taking place only after having been duly disseminated through official public information channels.

Article 3


The term "contiguous zone" shall refer to waters extending an additional 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) from a State's territorial waters which within a State can continue to enforce its laws regarding customs, fiscal, immigration or pollution laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea. The contiguous zone shall also be defined as a "hot pursuit zone" with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its contiguous zone so long as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.

Article 4


The term "exclusive economic zones" or "EEZ" shall refer to any waters extending 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast. Within its EEZ a State has absolute and sole exploitation rights over all natural resources and has the right to construct artificial islands and other installations or structures for economic or military purposes. An artificial structure is defined as any man made offshore structure which is rigidly anchored to the seabed, ie not a floating platform. A State may declare a "safety zone" extending 500 meters from the outer edges of any artificial structure it has constructed with its EEZ in which foreign vessels are prohibited from transiting. Foreign nations otherwise have the right to freedom of navigation and overflight though another State's EEZ. Like the contiguous zone the EEZ shall also be considered a "hot pursuit" zone with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its EEZ as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.

Article 5


Any areas not explicit covered in the previous articles is to be termed the "high seas". The high seas shall be open to all States with no State being able to subject any part of the high seas to its sovereignty. Ships shall sail in the high seas under the flag of one State only and shall have complete immunity from the jurisdiction of any State other than the flag State. All States shall have the right to fishing, navigation, overflight, laying cables and pipelines, scientific research, and military exercises or testing within the high seas as long as these activities are exercised by all States with reasonable regard to the interests of other States with respect to the freedom of the high seas.

Article 6


All signatory States shall co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the prevention and repression of piracy on the high seas. Piracy is defined as any illegal acts of violence, detention or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship and directed on the high seas against another ship or against persons or property on board said ship. A ship shall be considered a pirate ship if it is intended by the persons in control of the ship to be used for the purpose of Piracy or if said ship has been used to commit any such act, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act. On the high seas every State may seize a pirate ship, or a ship taken by pirates and under the control of pirates, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board. A seizure on account of piracy may only be carried out by warships or or other ships or on official State service
authorized to that effect. The courts of the State which carried out the seizure may decide upon the penalties to be imposed, and may also determine the action to be taken with regard to the ships or property.


Article 7


Every State shall draw up regulations to prevent pollution of the seas by the discharge of oil from ships or pipelines or resulting from the exploitation of the seabed and its subsoil. Every State shall also take measures to prevent pollution of the seas from the dumping of radioactive materials and other toxic waste and shall co-operate in taking measures for the prevention of pollution of the seas with radioactive materials or other harmful agents.

Article 8


All States shall be entitled to lay submarine cables and pipelines on the bed of the high seas. Subject to a State's right to exploit the resources in its EEZ a State may not impede the laying or maintenance of such cables or pipelines. When laying such cables or pipelines the State in question shall not damage or impair the cables or pipelines already in position on the seabed.

Article 9


This Convention is subject to ratification. The instruments of ratification shall be implemented with a majority vote of the convention signatories.
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Postby Nova Orontes » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:45 pm

The woman responsible for updating the assembly's display board did so, adding the Arcaenian proposal to the docket under discussion. She kept the other two items on the board as they had not been formally closed, and she mused to herself that perhaps the representatives on the floor would one day propose to remove "dead" discussions from the board after a certain number of days. Or, maybe she'd just get up one day and do it herself. But, that wasn't her place.

Her mind, if you can call it that, strayed for a short moment. She wondered if she would one day be eligible to represent a country at the assembly. What was her nationality? Nova Orontian? She had never thought of herself as a
citizen. Indeed, she had never considered the relationship between herself and citizenship as...possible was not quite the right word...rather, she did not think it natural. But what was nature? She strained to classify herself as natural. What else would she be, though? It was a deep, philosophically introspective journey into she is and ought to be, but it was an errant computation in her thoughts and lasted a mere moment. The seed of that journey remained, though, somewhere inside of her. It would remain latent, but it remained there.

She looked at the placards with names on each representative's desk. She noticed the name tags on the breasts of their staffs, at least those who came in and out of the room. Then, she looked down at hers and saw nothing. She would have to get one that read Serena, as that was what people called her if they spoke to her at all.

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Postby Free Kolechia » Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:24 am

Greater Dienstad Regional Council, Cazala d'Pintalo

Bashir Dudin had re-entered the complex early after a late night of getting acquainted with his new home and a few drinks before calling it a night. Feeling well regardless, he prepared to enter the main chamber when he suddenly heard his name called by a young female voice. It was Lamaara, his assistant: "Goodmorning Mr. Dudin, I decided against calling you early this morning to inform you the legislation you've voted on has passed. We can probably expect to hear a message from home about that." Bashir looked over some papers she had also handed him. "Fantastic, it's nice to see people largely agree on something for once...oh and yes, I'll speak to Timur later when I've finished. Thank you."

He then entered the main chamber and took his place, he was handed a new proposal as the Arcaenian representative, Oscar Engeström, began to speak. Bashir for a slight moment was slightly suspicious, but the more the Arcaenian spoke and he was able to read the proposal at the same time, he became quite interested. Such a proposal was perfectly in line with current interests in Kashgar. Kolechia was a landlocked nation in the middle of Bazh, but with both historical and current geopolitical issues in Bazh, President Safadi had increasingly looked with alarm at the rest of the continent. Bashir was privy to this of course, and he also knew Safadi had economic goals he wished to see completed. It may surprise some, but Kolechia also had a small fleet of merchant vessels, the passing of this legislation could bring greater profit as their journey would be easier and safer, at least somewhat, on the vast oceans of Greater Dienstad.

Bashir leaned over to Lamaara and whispered for her to inform his superiors of the new proposal, and his plan to vote in support. It was ironic and humorous to him, a proposal for maritime laws was going to be supported, and be first supported by, a landlocked state. Bashir let the representative finish speaking before rising a few moments later. "Ladies and Gentlemen, as the Representative of Kolechia, I would like to express our support for this proposal, and vote yes. We believe the terms and articles described here are fair, and such a treaty could finally add some over-due law and order, and peace and calm to the high-seas. -Thank you." He then awaited to see the rest of the responses to the proposal, he was very much hoping it would gain traction like the last one, the success of his could put many states including is own on a more positive path of growth.
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Postby Eitoan » Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:22 pm

Don listened intently as Engenstrom presented his proposal, scribbling notes in the margins of the document from time to time. Midway through the presentation he briefly chatted with the delegation's First Secretary, carefully considered his advice, nodded, and added a few notes. After recognition by the chair, he addressed the assembly in the flat tones of Eitoan Dienstadi.

"Our esteemed Arcanean colleague presents a much needed proposal, one that the the we welcome. This should lead to a clearer understanding of maritime law, and of national sovereignty on the seas. I would like to address specific points, most of them minor, that could either add value if incorporated in the proposal, or be pursued in follow up discussions.

Article 2


The term "territorial waters" shall mean waters extending to a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast. Territorial waters act as an extension of a State's internal waters with a State having freedom to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within their territorial waters. Territorial waters also include "archipelagic waters" which are defined as all the waters enclosed between the outermost points of the outermost islands of any Island Archipelago under the territory of said State. Foreign vessels shall have a right of "innocent passage" through any territorial or archipelagic waters with "innocent passage" being defined as passage through a State's territorial waters in an expeditious manner subject to certain restrictions. Restrictions on "innocent passage" include prohibitions on testing or employing weaponry, conducting military drills, the loading or unloading of any persons or cargo, laying cables, fishing, surveying, or polluting. All submarines and other underwater vehicles are required to navigate on the surface and to show their flag while passing through a State's "territorial waters". All States may also reserve the right to temporarily suspend innocent passage though some or all of their territorial waters during times of crisis or when doing so is in the interest of their national security (with examples being weapons testing or for naval exercises) with such suspension taking place only after having been duly disseminated through official public information channels.


In Article 2, it might be beneficial to permit grandfathering of territorial water claims to 30 miles. While Eitoan's present claims are at 12 miles, such provision could improve the prospects of both the adoption of this proposal by the Council, and adherence to it by nonmember states.

The restrictions on innocent passage should include unauthorized transit of military personnel through territorial waters. This would foreclose claims that such transit do not violate national sovereignty of territorial waters and the addition is in the same class of actions as employment of weaponry and conducting military drills specified in Article 2.

It may be worthwhile to reference a mechanism for settlement of overlapping claims, such as in constricted or complicated bodies of water, or straits. A subcategory here would include overlapping territorial water claims between states with a peninsula or island within the 12 mile limit of the shore of the other claimant. I believe that should be addressed in general terms, and that great detail in this matter would bog down acceptance of the proposal. The reference could be crafted as a guideline for future adjudication.

The Council may want to evaluate as part of Article 7, as an additional article, or in a separate proposal treatment of slave transport on the high seas similar to Article 7's treatment of slavery. It is our sentiment that slavery is an abomination on par with piracy. It has been a persistent source of turmoil in the Bay of Chains and adjacent waters, and we would like to see that addressed by the Council.

It would also be of value to stipulate what constitutes a Maritime Exclusion Zone and what constitutes a Total Exclusion Zone. Articles covering this could enumerate the behavior of belligerents regarding the transit of neutral shipping, passage of humanitarian aid through said zones to port, and the responsibilities of belligerent naval forces in such zones for search and rescue.

There should be discussion in Council of these issues. But whether they are added to this proposal or in subsequent discussion, we support putting the Arcanean proposal to a vote.

Thank you.
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After a day of reviewing and meetings with PUF government representatives, Alfonso Rivera returned the proposal with a few suggested changes, to be discussed and voted on by the council....





Proposal for the creation of a Greater Dientad Convention on the Law of the Sea

Noting the lack of any definitions of "international waters" or "maritime law" in the region of Greater Dienstad,

Recognizing the desirability of establishing, with due respect for the sovereignty of all States, a legal framework for regulating the seas of Greater Dienstad which will facilitate international maritime trade, the efficient exploitation and exploitation of oceanic resources, and the study, protection and preservation of the marine environment,

Desiring to define an area of the seabed and ocean floor, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, are the common heritage of Greater Dienstad States, the exploration and exploitation of which shall be carried out for the benefit of all Greater Dienstad as a whole, irrespective of the geographical location of States

Believing that the codification and development of the law of the sea will contribute to the strengthening of security, cooperation and friendly relations among all nations and will promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples of Greater Dienstad,

We Propose a Greater Dienstad Convention on the Law of the Sea with the following articles which will be agreed upon by all Signatory nations:

Article 1


The term "internal waters" shall mean all waters and waterways within the land borders of a State. A State has absolute control of its internal waters and is free to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within. Foreign vessels have no right of passage within a State's internal waters unless granted explicit permission of transit by the Coastal State with the foreign vessel being subject to all laws of the coastal state while it is transiting said State's internal waters.

Article 2


The term "territorial waters" shall mean waters extending to a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast. be defined by each State based on the State's Coast. Territorial waters act as an extension of a State's internal waters with a State having freedom to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within their territorial waters. Territorial waters also include "archipelagic waters" which are defined as all the waters enclosed between the outermost points of the outermost islands of any Island Archipelago under the territory of said State. Foreign non-military vessels shall have a right of "innocent passage" through any territorial [/strike] or archipelagic[/strike] waters with "innocent passage" being defined as passage through a State's territorial waters in an expeditious manner subject to certain restrictions. Restrictions on "innocent passage" include prohibitions on testing or employing weaponry, conducting military drills, the loading or unloading of any persons or cargo, laying cables, fishing, surveying, espionage or polluting. All submarines and other underwater vehicles are required to navigate on the surface and to show their flag while passing through a State's "territorial waters". All States may also reserve the right to investigate vessels claiming "innocent passage", temporarily suspend innocent passage though some or all of their territorial waters during times of crisis or when doing so is in the interest of their national security (with examples being weapons testing or for naval exercises) with such suspension taking place only after having been duly disseminated through official public information channels.

Article 3


The term "contiguous zone" shall refer to waters extending an additional 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres) from a State's territorial waters which within a State can continue to enforce its laws regarding customs, fiscal, immigration or pollution laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea. The contiguous zone shall also be defined as a "hot pursuit zone" with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its contiguous zone so long as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.

Article 4


The term "exclusive economic zones" or "EEZ" shall refer to any waters extending 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) defined by the State, starting from the low-water line of a State's coast. Within its EEZ a State has absolute and sole exploitation rights over all natural resources and has the right to construct artificial islands and other installations or structures for economic or military purposes. An artificial structure is defined as any man made offshore structure which is rigidly anchored to the seabed, ie not a floating platform. A State may declare a "safety zone" extending 500 meters from the outer edges of any artificial structure it has constructed with its EEZ in which foreign vessels are prohibited from transiting. Foreign nations otherwise have the right to freedom of navigation and overflight though another State's EEZ. Like the contiguous zone the EEZ shall also be considered a "hot pursuit" zone with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its EEZ as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.

Article 5


Any areas not explicit covered in the previous articles is to be termed the "high seas". The high seas shall be open to all States with no State being able to subject any part of the high seas to its sovereignty. Ships shall sail in the high seas under the flag of one State only and shall have complete immunity from the jurisdiction of any State other than the flag State. All States shall have the right to fishing, navigation, overflight, laying cables and pipelines, scientific research, and military exercises or testing within the high seas as long as these activities are exercised by all States with reasonable regard to the interests of other States with respect to the freedom of the high seas.

Article 7


All signatory States shall co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the prevention and repression of piracy on the high seas. Piracy is defined as any illegal acts of violence, detention or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship and directed on the high seas against another ship or against persons or property on board said ship. A ship shall be considered a pirate ship if it is intended by the persons in control of the ship to be used for the purpose of Piracy or if said ship has been used to commit any such act, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act. On the high seas every State may seize a pirate ship, or a ship taken by pirates and under the control of pirates, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board. A seizure on account of piracy may only be carried out by warships or or other ships or on official State service
authorized to that effect. The courts of the State which carried out the seizure may decide upon the penalties to be imposed, and may also determine the action to be taken with regard to the ships or property.


Article 8


Every State shall draw up regulations to prevent pollution of the seas by the discharge of oil from ships or pipelines or resulting from the exploitation of the seabed and its subsoil. Every State shall also take measures to prevent pollution of the seas from the dumping of radioactive materials and other toxic waste and shall co-operate in taking measures for the prevention of pollution of the seas with radioactive materials or other harmful agents.

Article 9


All States shall be entitled to lay submarine cables and pipelines on the bed of the high seas. Subject to a State's right to exploit the resources in its EEZ a State may not impede the laying or maintenance of such cables or pipelines. When laying such cables or pipelines the State in question shall not damage or impair the cables or pipelines already in position on the seabed.

Article 10


This Convention is subject to ratification. The instruments of ratification shall be implemented with a majority vote of the convention signatories.

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Postby The Macabees » Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:11 pm

Andro Kilomen listened to the Arcaenian proposal with interest. The idea of internationally-defined interior waters seemed contrary to general imperial interests. The Golden Throne claimed that its "interior waters" were essentially everything contained within a box formed by an invisible line running from the imperial fatherland to New Empire, south to Indras, back west past Holy Panooly, and finally back north to Nicaro. Conveniently, it left out the EEZs of all of the foreign, independent countries that existed within that box. And it left the interpretation loose enough to avoid major problems, or disgruntling neighbors to the point that they'd "defect" to the anti-Golden Throne bloc. In fact, the interpretation was just "loose enough" to pretend that the Golden Throne could agree to a strict international definition of interior waters. Plus, the proposal made commercial sense, where it would have more influence and provide more order.

When the other representatives had made their requests or given their support, Andro stood and said, "This proposal has backing from The Golden Throne to go to vote on the condition that Article 8 be amended. The Golden Throne objects to the requirement to regulate its industry, but accepts responsibility for enforcing the legal liability of companies within its jurisdiction for environmental damages and otherwise. We believe that the costs of liability will incentivize the regulation of home industries to minimize said liability, but that it would give signatory states the option to meet these obligations in their own way."

"Furthermore," he continued, "we join Eitoan in asking that the slave trade be an explicit exception to the rights of "innocent passage." Not only had the Golden Throne just fought a long war to suppress the slave trade between Theohuanacu and the Golgothic empire of Scandivan, but such an exception would also allow it to use Ralkovian or any Kravenite slave ships venturing in Greater Díenstadi waters as target practice for "testing or employing weaponry" without violating Article 2.

Before sitting down, for the sake of formality, also added, "And we have no objection to extending the definition of "interior waters" to accommodate the needs of other member states."

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Postby Ikheria » Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:48 pm

Klaus also listened to the Arcaenian proposal. After other representative deliver their request or their support, he stood and speak with some (Germanic) Ikherian accent.
"I support the Arcaenian proposal and/or Eitoan changes. We agree, slaver ships are also illegal for crossing our water."
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Postby The Technocratic Syndicalists » Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:11 pm

Having discussed for several hours the maritime law treaty proposal with the other Dientadi delegates and with members of his own delegation, Oscar Engeström again took the podium and waited for copies of the the revised treaty s to be passed around to the other delegations. Looking down as heavily scribbled over notes and then urning to face the other delegates, he again began to speak:

"Having thoroughly discussed and debated our proposal for a Greater Dientad Convention on the Law of the Sea with the other nations in this council, our delegation has submitted a revised Treaty which includes modifications and stipulations that other Dientadi states have requested."

Looking around the room Engeström paused and then began again:


Proposal for the creation of a Greater Dientad Convention on the Law of the Sea


Noting the lack of any definitions of "international waters" or "maritime law" in the region of Greater Dienstad,

Recognizing the desirability of establishing, with due respect for the sovereignty of all States, a legal framework for regulating the seas of Greater Dienstad which will facilitate international maritime trade, the efficient exploitation and exploitation of oceanic resources, and the study, protection and preservation of the marine environment,

Desiring to define an area of the seabed and ocean floor, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, are the common heritage of Greater Dienstad States, the exploration and exploitation of which shall be carried out for the benefit of all Greater Dienstad as a whole, irrespective of the geographical location of States

Believing that the codification and development of the law of the sea will contribute to the strengthening of security, cooperation and friendly relations among all nations and will promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples of Greater Dienstad,

We Propose a Greater Dienstad Convention on the Law of the Sea with the following articles which will be agreed upon by all Signatory nations:

Article 1


The term "internal waters" shall mean all waters and waterways within the land borders of a State. A State has absolute control of its internal waters and is free to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within. Foreign vessels have no right of passage within a State's internal waters unless granted explicit permission of transit by the Coastal State with the foreign vessel being subject to all laws of the coastal state while it is transiting said State's internal waters.

Article 2


The term "territorial waters" shall mean waters extending to a distance of 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast. Should this area overlap with another state's territorial sea then the border shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. Territorial waters act as an extension of a State's internal waters with a State having freedom to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within their territorial waters. Territorial waters also include "archipelagic waters" which are defined as all the waters enclosed between the outermost points of the outermost islands of any Island Archipelago under the territory of said State. Foreign vessels shall have a right of "innocent passage" through any territorial or archipelagic waters with "innocent passage" being defined as passage through a State's territorial waters in an expeditious manner subject to certain restrictions. Restrictions on "innocent passage" include prohibitions on testing or employing weaponry, transit of military personnel, transporting of slaves or contraband cargo, conducting military drills, the loading or unloading of any persons or cargo, laying cables, fishing, surveying, espionage, or polluting. All submarines and other underwater vehicles are required to navigate on the surface and to show their flag while passing through a State's "territorial waters". All States may also reserve the right to suspend innocent passage though some or all of their territorial waters during times of crisis or when doing so is in the interest of their national security with such suspension taking place only after having been duly disseminated through official public information channels.

Article 3


The term "contiguous zone" shall refer to waters extending an additional 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres) from a State's territorial waters which within a State can continue to enforce its laws regarding customs, fiscal, immigration or pollution laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea. As with territorial waters should this area overlap with another state's contiguous zone then the border of the contiguous zone shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. The contiguous zone shall also be defined as a "hot pursuit zone" with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its contiguous zone so long as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.

Article 4


The term "exclusive economic zones" or "EEZ" shall refer to any waters extending 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast or to the edge of a State's continental shelf to maximum limit of 350 nautical miles (650 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast, whichever value is greater. As with the previous zones should a state's EEZ area overlap with another state's territorial sea then the border shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. Within its EEZ a State has absolute and sole exploitation rights over all natural resources and has the right to construct artificial islands and other installations or structures for economic or military purposes. An artificial structure is defined as any man made offshore structure which is rigidly anchored to the seabed, ie not a floating platform. A State may declare a "safety zone" extending 500 meters from the outer edges of any artificial structure it has constructed with its EEZ in which foreign vessels are prohibited from transiting. Foreign nations otherwise have the right to freedom of navigation and overflight though another State's EEZ. Like the contiguous zone the EEZ shall also be considered a "hot pursuit" zone with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its EEZ as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.

Article 5


Any areas not explicit covered in the previous articles is to be termed the "high seas". The high seas shall be open to all States with no State being able to subject any part of the high seas to its sovereignty. Ships shall sail in the high seas under the flag of one State only and shall have complete immunity from the jurisdiction of any State other than the flag State. All States shall have the right to fishing, navigation, overflight, laying cables and pipelines, scientific research, and military exercises or testing within the high seas as long as these activities are exercised by all States with reasonable regard to the interests of other States with respect to the freedom of the high seas.

Article 6


All signatory States shall co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the prevention and repression of piracy on the high seas. Piracy is defined as any illegal acts of violence, detention or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship and directed on the high seas against another ship or against persons or property on board said ship. A ship shall be considered a pirate ship if it is intended by the persons in control of the ship to be used for the purpose of Piracy or if said ship has been used to commit any such act, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act. On the high seas every State may seize a pirate ship, or a ship taken by pirates and under the control of pirates, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board. A seizure on account of piracy may only be carried out by warships or or other ships or on official State service authorized to that effect. The courts of the State which carried out the seizure may decide upon the penalties to be imposed, and may also determine the action to be taken with regard to the ships or property.


Article 7


All signatory States shall co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the prevention and repression of slavery on the high seas. Slavery is defined all acts involved in the capture, acquisition or disposal of a person with intent to reduce them to slavery, all acts involved in the acquisition of slaves with the intent to selling or exchanging him; and all acts involving the sale or exchange of a slave acquired with the intent to being sold or exchanged, and any act of trade or transport in slaves. A ship shall be considered a slave ship if it is intended by the persons in control of the ship to be used for the purpose of slavery or if said ship has been used to commit any such acts, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act. On the high seas every State may seize a slave ship, or a ship taken by slavers and under the control of slavers, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board. A seizure on account of slavery may only be carried out by warships or or other ships or on official State service authorized to that effect. The courts of the State which carried out the seizure may decide upon the penalties to be imposed, and may also determine the action to be taken with regard to the ships or property.

Article 8


Every State shall draw up regulations to prevent pollution of the seas by the discharge of oil from ships or pipelines or resulting from the exploitation of the seabed and its subsoil. Every State shall also take measures to prevent pollution of the seas from the dumping of radioactive materials and other toxic waste and shall co-operate in taking measures for the prevention of pollution of the seas with radioactive materials or other harmful agents.

Article 9


All States shall be entitled to lay submarine cables and pipelines on the bed of the high seas. Subject to a State's right to exploit the resources in its EEZ a State may not impede the laying or maintenance of such cables or pipelines. When laying such cables or pipelines the State in question shall not damage or impair the cables or pipelines already in position on the seabed.


Article 10


States who are officially at war have the right to declare a maritime exclusion zone (MEZ) or total exclusion zone (TEZ) in or around any body of water, with the stipulation that such MEZ or TEZ shall only come into force after having been declared and duly disseminated through official public information channels by the declaring State or States. Both maritime exclusion zones (MEZ) and total exclusion zones (TEZ) are intended primarily for the benefit of neutral vessels and shall have no bearing on the declaring State's ability to engage military targets outside of any declared exclusion zones. A maritime exclusion zone (MEZ) shall be defined as an area under which any ship or aircraft a particular State or States whom the declaring State is at war with shall be subject to attack by the declaring State and its allies without prior warning, and in which the ingress and egress and passage of any vessels other than those belonging to the declaring State and its allies shall be prohibited. A total exclusion zone (TEZ) shall be defined as an area under which any ship or aircraft from any other States other than the declaring state and its Allies that enters the zone shall be subject to attack the declaring State and its allies without prior warning, and also in which the ingress and egress and passage of any vessels other than those belonging to the declaring State and allies shall be prohibited.


Article 11


This Convention is subject to ratification. The instruments of ratification shall be implemented with a majority vote of the convention signatories.


Article 1: no changes

Article 2: extended territorial waters to 20 nautical miles (37 km). Added additional langauge clarifying how boundaries between overlapping territorial waters are to be determined. Amended innocent passage restrictions to include ships transporting military personnel, ships transporting slaves, and ships engaged in espionage.

Article 3: contiguous zone to 20 nautical miles (37 km)

Article 4: Expanded EEZ definition to be either 200 nautical miles (370 km) or to be the limit of a state's continental shelf out to a maximum of 350 nautical miles (650 km), whichever is longer.

Article 5: no changes

Article 6: no changes

Article 7: added a new article specifically to deal with the prevention and repression of slavery

Article 8 (previously was 7): no changes

Article 9 (previously was 8): no changes

Article 10: added a new article dealing with the declaration of maritime exclusion zones (MEZ) or total exclusion zones (TEZ) during times of war.
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Postby The Technocratic Syndicalists » Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:11 pm

Having discussed for several hours the maritime law treaty proposal with the other Dientadi delegates and with members of his own delegation, Oscar Engeström again took the podium and waited for copies of the the revised treaty s to be passed around to the other delegations. Looking down as heavily scribbled over notes and then turning to face the other delegates, he again began to speak:

"Having thoroughly discussed and debated our proposal for a Greater Dientad Convention on the Law of the Sea with the other nations in this council, our delegation has submitted a revised Treaty which includes modifications and stipulations that other Dientadi states have requested."

Looking around the room Engeström paused and then began again:


Proposal for the creation of a Greater Dientad Convention on the Law of the Sea


Noting the lack of any definitions of "international waters" or "maritime law" in the region of Greater Dienstad,

Recognizing the desirability of establishing, with due respect for the sovereignty of all States, a legal framework for regulating the seas of Greater Dienstad which will facilitate international maritime trade, the efficient exploitation and exploitation of oceanic resources, and the study, protection and preservation of the marine environment,

Desiring to define an area of the seabed and ocean floor, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, are the common heritage of Greater Dienstad States, the exploration and exploitation of which shall be carried out for the benefit of all Greater Dienstad as a whole, irrespective of the geographical location of States

Believing that the codification and development of the law of the sea will contribute to the strengthening of security, cooperation and friendly relations among all nations and will promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples of Greater Dienstad,

We Propose a Greater Dienstad Convention on the Law of the Sea with the following articles which will be agreed upon by all Signatory nations:

Article 1


The term "internal waters" shall mean all waters and waterways within the land borders of a State. A State has absolute control of its internal waters and is free to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within. Foreign vessels have no right of passage within a State's internal waters unless granted explicit permission of transit by the Coastal State with the foreign vessel being subject to all laws of the coastal state while it is transiting said State's internal waters.

Article 2


The term "territorial waters" shall mean waters extending to a distance of 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast. Should this area overlap with another state's territorial sea then the border shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. Territorial waters act as an extension of a State's internal waters with a State having freedom to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within their territorial waters. Territorial waters also include "archipelagic waters" which are defined as all the waters enclosed between the outermost points of the outermost islands of any Island Archipelago under the territory of said State. Foreign vessels shall have a right of "innocent passage" through any territorial or archipelagic waters with "innocent passage" being defined as passage through a State's territorial waters in an expeditious manner subject to certain restrictions. Restrictions on "innocent passage" include prohibitions on testing or employing weaponry, transit of military personnel, transporting of slaves or contraband cargo, conducting military drills, the loading or unloading of any persons or cargo, laying cables, fishing, surveying, espionage, or polluting. All submarines and other underwater vehicles are required to navigate on the surface and to show their flag while passing through a State's "territorial waters". All States may also reserve the right to suspend innocent passage though some or all of their territorial waters during times of crisis or when doing so is in the interest of their national security with such suspension taking place only after having been duly disseminated through official public information channels.

Article 3


The term "contiguous zone" shall refer to waters extending an additional 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres) from a State's territorial waters which within a State can continue to enforce its laws regarding customs, fiscal, immigration or pollution laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea. As with territorial waters should this area overlap with another state's contiguous zone then the border of the contiguous zone shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. The contiguous zone shall also be defined as a "hot pursuit zone" with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its contiguous zone so long as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.

Article 4


The term "exclusive economic zones" or "EEZ" shall refer to any waters extending 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast or to the edge of a State's continental shelf to maximum limit of 350 nautical miles (650 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast, whichever value is greater. As with the previous zones should a state's EEZ area overlap with another state's territorial sea then the border shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. Within its EEZ a State has absolute and sole exploitation rights over all natural resources and has the right to construct artificial islands and other installations or structures for economic or military purposes. An artificial structure is defined as any man made offshore structure which is rigidly anchored to the seabed, ie not a floating platform. A State may declare a "safety zone" extending 500 meters from the outer edges of any artificial structure it has constructed with its EEZ in which foreign vessels are prohibited from transiting. Foreign nations otherwise have the right to freedom of navigation and overflight though another State's EEZ. Like the contiguous zone the EEZ shall also be considered a "hot pursuit" zone with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its EEZ as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.

Article 5


Any areas not explicit covered in the previous articles is to be termed the "high seas". The high seas shall be open to all States with no State being able to subject any part of the high seas to its sovereignty. Ships shall sail in the high seas under the flag of one State only and shall have complete immunity from the jurisdiction of any State other than the flag State. All States shall have the right to fishing, navigation, overflight, laying cables and pipelines, scientific research, and military exercises or testing within the high seas as long as these activities are exercised by all States with reasonable regard to the interests of other States with respect to the freedom of the high seas.

Article 6


All signatory States shall co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the prevention and repression of piracy on the high seas. Piracy is defined as any illegal acts of violence, detention or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship and directed on the high seas against another ship or against persons or property on board said ship. A ship shall be considered a pirate ship if it is intended by the persons in control of the ship to be used for the purpose of Piracy or if said ship has been used to commit any such act, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act. On the high seas every State may seize a pirate ship, or a ship taken by pirates and under the control of pirates, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board. A seizure on account of piracy may only be carried out by warships or or other ships or on official State service authorized to that effect. The courts of the State which carried out the seizure may decide upon the penalties to be imposed, and may also determine the action to be taken with regard to the ships or property.


Article 7


All signatory States shall co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the prevention and repression of slavery on the high seas. Slavery is defined all acts involved in the capture, acquisition or disposal of a person with intent to reduce them to slavery, all acts involved in the acquisition of slaves with the intent to selling or exchanging him; and all acts involving the sale or exchange of a slave acquired with the intent to being sold or exchanged, and any act of trade or transport in slaves. A ship shall be considered a slave ship if it is intended by the persons in control of the ship to be used for the purpose of slavery or if said ship has been used to commit any such acts, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act. On the high seas every State may seize a slave ship, or a ship taken by slavers and under the control of slavers, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board. A seizure on account of slavery may only be carried out by warships or or other ships or on official State service authorized to that effect. The courts of the State which carried out the seizure may decide upon the penalties to be imposed, and may also determine the action to be taken with regard to the ships or property.

Article 8


Every State shall draw up regulations to prevent pollution of the seas by the discharge of oil from ships or pipelines or resulting from the exploitation of the seabed and its subsoil. Every State shall also take measures to prevent pollution of the seas from the dumping of radioactive materials and other toxic waste and shall co-operate in taking measures for the prevention of pollution of the seas with radioactive materials or other harmful agents.

Article 9


All States shall be entitled to lay submarine cables and pipelines on the bed of the high seas. Subject to a State's right to exploit the resources in its EEZ a State may not impede the laying or maintenance of such cables or pipelines. When laying such cables or pipelines the State in question shall not damage or impair the cables or pipelines already in position on the seabed.


Article 10


States who are officially at war have the right to declare a maritime exclusion zone (MEZ) or total exclusion zone (TEZ) in or around any body of water, with the stipulation that such MEZ or TEZ shall only come into force after having been declared and duly disseminated through official public information channels by the declaring State or States. Both maritime exclusion zones (MEZ) and total exclusion zones (TEZ) are intended primarily for the benefit of neutral vessels and shall have no bearing on the declaring State's ability to engage military targets outside of any declared exclusion zones. A maritime exclusion zone (MEZ) shall be defined as an area under which any ship or aircraft a particular State or States whom the declaring State is at war with shall be subject to attack by the declaring State and its allies without prior warning, and in which the ingress and egress and passage of any vessels other than those belonging to the declaring State and its allies shall be prohibited. A total exclusion zone (TEZ) shall be defined as an area under which any ship or aircraft from any other States other than the declaring state and its Allies that enters the zone shall be subject to attack the declaring State and its allies without prior warning, and also in which the ingress and egress and passage of any vessels other than those belonging to the declaring State and allies shall be prohibited.


Article 11


This Convention is subject to ratification. The instruments of ratification shall be implemented with a majority vote of the convention signatories.


Article 1: no changes

Article 2: extended territorial waters to 20 nautical miles (37 km). Added additional language clarifying how boundaries between overlapping territorial waters are to be determined. Amended innocent passage restrictions to include ships transporting military personnel, ships transporting slaves, and ships engaged in espionage.

Article 3: extended contiguous zone to 20 nautical miles (37 km)

Article 4: Expanded EEZ definition to be either 200 nautical miles (370 km) or to be the limit of a state's continental shelf out to a maximum of 350 nautical miles (650 km), whichever is longer.

Article 5: no changes

Article 6: no changes

Article 7: added a new article specifically to deal with the prevention and repression of slavery

Article 8 (previously was article 7): no changes

Article 9 (previously was article 8 ): no changes

Article 10: added a new article dealing with the declaration of maritime exclusion zones (MEZ) or total exclusion zones (TEZ) during times of war.
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Postby CoraSpia » Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:40 pm

Following the revised treaties submission, Aerkunlauh rose to speak. He didn't look happy...but this wasn't much of a surprise. After all, he very rarely did.

"Ambassadors," he began, "Might I remind all of you that the Haven is...a Haven. I mean this entirely literally, it's not a silly word that we throw around. You're suspected of slavery or piracy or war crimes or murder where you come from? Travel to the nearest Havenic port, airport or border crossing we won't turn you away. Really worried about not being able to get there? Depending on who you are we might help. Everyone welcome, nobody turned away, nobody kicked out.
So I'm seing this treaty and it says we've got to cooperate to suppress piracy and slavery. Pirates and slavers know one thing...if you're under attack then make for Havenic waters, they'll let you dock without a problem. Now. Assuming that this state of affairs isn't going to change, because it isn't going to change, how do we abide by this?"
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Postby Castille de Italia » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:24 am

Chet once again received a text, he reached into the inner pocket of his jacket and pulled out his phone. "Urgent call" read the text from one of his aides. Excusing himself from those around him, he stepped out of the chamber and walked to a more secluded area of the hallway. Calling his office at the Castillian Mission, he asked who had called. "The commission" his secretary replied. "They said to call the usual restaurant for an order."

He hung up the call and dialed in another number, this one to a restaurant in Marais Besançon. "Dino's, what can I get for ya?" a woman's voice asked.

"Need the salami special," Chet simply replied. The woman on the phone placed him on a brief hold, and then the voice of an old man came on. "Litheau, how are you?" he asked. It was that of Anthony "Big Tony" Antinori, the boss of the Marais Besançon crime family, which was represented by the Galatore family on the commission in Torrington.

"I am well, just curious as to why you're wanting to speak to me Mister Antinori," Chet plainly said.

"Well Chet, some people are concerned with a rotten fish in your market (a resolution in the GDRC). I'm not, but some people (the commission). You remember that business with the chainmakers in the wastes (slavers in Barjaanistan)?"

"I might of heard something about it, but no I can't say I really know"

"Look, all I gotta say is that that rotten fish has gotta get gone. That fishmonger (the Arcaenians) might think it's a good fish, but the rest of the market don't like it. Can I trust you to take care of it?"

"I can say something about it Tony, but if the rest of the fishmongers like it too then there ain't too much I can do" Chet replied. He noticed out of the corner of his eye that the hallway was becoming busy with more people walking out.

"Chet, if you can get that stinking rotten fish outta there, a lot of people are gonna be happy. We good?" Tony asked.

"Of course Tony, I'll see what I can do, I gotta go."

Chet ended the call and then quietly entered the chamber again. Chamber business as usual. He sat back down into his seat and looked to the representative to his right who gave him a funny look. "Family trouble, you know how it goes," he said with a smile. Waiting for the current spiel by the representative from the Haven to be done, he then took the floor. "Fellow delegates, please let it be known that the Castillian Federation currently opposes the proposal currently in discussion. Thank you."

He sat back down to receive some curious and confused gazes around the room. The only ones in opposition have been from slave states, the fact that the Castillian Federation was now in opposition surely piqued the interests of many.
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Postby The Macabees » Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:59 am

After the Havenite representative spoke, Andro rose to reply. The empire's relations with Haven were essentially non-existent, and they'd likely remain that way as long as that country was determined to be a slaver state. Furthermore, Haven had the unfortunate luck of being not too far from the northern shores of the partitioned Ralkovian state — the Bay of Slaves, as it was called. While those waters lacked attention from a serious imperial surface fleet, imperial nuclear submarines were constantly patrolling those waters from their closest resupply base in Eitoan. If there were slave ships headed for Haven, there was a good chance they'd be sunk. And surely it was not just Macabéan submarines they had to worry about, but Eitoani and RMU naval assets as well.

Standing, he said, "With all due respect to Mr. Aerkunlauh, I'm not sure we ought to concern ourselves with how a slaver state abides to the proposal. I say this primarily because this region has fought long, hard wars to end the slave trade precedent from two great slaving empires: Scandinvan and Ralkovia. Furthermore, within the coming months, the River Dikk will be completely closed off to the slave trade by the Kríermada. Any proposal that extends rights or protections to slave-holding ships will, I hope, be turned down by this body. Nevertheless, originally, I had thought that a clause exempting slaver ships from Article 2 would be proper, versus an obligation to end the slave trade. Not that I am opposed to Article 7, I quite like it actually. It was just not the solution I had in mind to Mr. Engenstrom and my suggestion. Regardless, secondarily, the proposal asks that signatory nations 'cooperate to the fullest extent possible,' and does not define what the 'fullest extent possible' is. The implication being that the extent to which your government can cooperate is defined by...your government, and therefore if you should find yourself without the possibility to cooperate then you are not violating Article 7. Lastly, I bring attention to the last bylaw of the GDRC, that 'All legislation is non-binding and represents treaties that can only be voluntarily joined.'"

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Postby Mokastana » Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:17 am

Alfonso Rivera stood up, he didn't like what he had to say, but sovereignty was the top priority of the People's Unified Federation. The problem was that, most of what the Law of the Sea proposal covered, was already dealt with by the Federation, sometimes officially, sometimes unofficially. The Federation's biggest gripe with the proposal, was the standardized limits on Sea claims. The PUF's sea claims around Mokastana averaged around 200 kilometers from the coast, sometimes as great as 800 kilometers depending on how it was measured. Not to mention the Federal authorities treating the entire gulf as internal waterways. As such, Alfonso stood up and began:

"In regards to the Proposal for the creation of a Law of the Sea, for Greater Dienstad, I find only one objection, but the one objection we do have is grave enough to abstain from this Treaty. To clarify my point, I will go through this Treaty by article, to explain our stance:

Article 1, as it reads, is entirely reasonable and agreed to.

Article 2, unfortunately, by limiting our territorial waters to a mere 37 kilometers, severely limits PUF defensive operations for the Mokan States. One only needs to look at a map of Mokastana to see how disastrous an surprise enemy attack, making landfall, could be to us. We have severely limited options regarding to falling back inland, and as such, it is in our interests to ensure the seas are where the defense of Mokastana is decided. To the Mokan States, the current claims of an average of 200 kilometers, is paramount to Federal security.

Article 3, similar objections. However be noted we have no problem pursuing vessels into the high seas.

Article 4, as it stands, no major objections.

Article 5, regulations for the high seas, we agree.

Article 6, we agree.

Article 7, we agree and already enforce.

Article 8, we agree and already enforce.

Article 9, we agree to.

Article 10, we agree to.

Article 11, is only reasonable for such a treaty.


As all treaties and agreements of the Greater Dienstad Regional Council are only legally binding to nations who sign such agreements, the People's Unified Federation shall abstain from signing this document as is. However, we will continue to abide by the spirit of the treaty, and support those nations who agree to its terms."
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Postby Holy Marsh » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:21 pm

It wasn't uncommon for nations and their chosen representatives to defend humanistic ideals in the face of truth, hoping for a wide break from reality that would allow their unconditional ideologies to pass unfettered through the choppy waters of social consciousness. Such fanciful ideals were broken against the infinite coast of Marshism and the absolute truth it preached on the subject. Yet, the waves would never stop coming. It was something every Marshite diplomat was told from the day they entered the service. Other nations would call them out on their absolutism in regards to slavery. Blinded by ideologies and beliefs that were as impermanent as they were fragile, they would nonetheless assail them in multitudes. These beliefs would either die or evolve as every other ideology and the words bandied about today would be lost to the sands of time. All that mattered was the truth. And the truth was: "Slavers aren't people and killing them is no different from stepping on a bug, except there is less moral vindication in the second act," Rai said as she shrugged and then continued on towards matters of real import.

The maritime proposal, now that it had provisions that would allow effective slaver interdiction and destruction, was without much in the way of real Marshite opposition. And if there was opposition in the future, they'd act then to see to it that it didn't become an issue. But for now, everything in the proposal worked fine as far as the Theocracy was concerned. "We support this maritime proposal," she said with a nod. It was good to see this council reaching conclusions on some of its topics. It had proven to be a productive day thus far!
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Postby CoraSpia » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:30 pm

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Before Aerkunlauh could get up to respond to the Golden Throne's representative and his obvious lies, the Mokan began a long and unnecessarily dry breakdown of the entire treaty. 'twas no matter though, for most diplomats a long period of thinking time would mellow what they had to say. Aerkunlauh nos Variskura was not a diplomat though...he killed people. He waited until the next break in the conversation and turned his surprisingly beautiful face on the golden thrones representative.
"The Greater Vakolicci Haven, meaning the Vakolicci Haven, Celeria and Velstrania is not a slave state and none of the states contained within practice slavery. There are some slavers in the Haven...there are some slavers in your country I am sure; it is part of being a developed nation. When they are caught, they go to prison...or if they are in Velstrania they receive a rehabilitation order. The act of setting foot on Havenic soil is enough to render a former slave a free person, and they will receive the same level of protection that we afford all our citizens and indeed those who seek refuge within the Haven.
Ambassador, if ships belonging to the golden throne attack a Havenic navy ship that is escorting another ship into Havenic waters, or perform military operations within Havenic waters that have not been authorised by our government, we will consider it an act of war. When it comes to the haven policy, a policy we have held for several thousand years since the day of our founding, we do not take things in half measures. I believe that I have made the opinions of my government clear on this issue, however I am more than willing to provide more information."
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Postby Nova Orontes » Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:34 pm

Serena, as some people called her, stood almost mechanically when the Arcaenian proposal received its fifth backer. Holy Marsh joined the Golden Throne, Eitoan, Kolechia, and Ikheria. She moved the proposal from the discussion docket to its at-vote counterpart.

With a loud voice, she said as soon as the opportunity came, "The proposal for the creation of a Greater Dienstad Convention on the Law of the Sea is now at vote (polls). The vote will remain open for 7 days. All members of the GDRC may vote once in a simple majority vote. Discussion on the proposal may continue while at vote."

As she sat back down, she mused about some data that she had collected earlier. Some of the representatives talked of slaves and the trading of. It seemed that one was even threatening war, and the one being threatened represented a state that seemed to like war a lot, as it was always in one. There was a problem that she was not equipped to solve, however. The highest authority dictionary of Stevidian in the land defined the word "slavery" as "a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another and forced to provide unpaid labor." Was she not the subject of others? She could not recall her last paycheck, either. There were other details that one could dispute, she supposed. Content with that resolution so far, she sat down and focused on the discussion.

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Postby Tupioca » Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:21 pm

Lord Amil sat back in his chair and read over the revised GDCLS and softly read it out loud. Taking a sip of water after scanning it over several times he placed the copy down on the table in front of him. Standing up and clearing his throat he spoke up.

"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Council. The Grand Kingdom of Tupioca will support this revised treaty and enforce it fully to the letter. I applaud my colleagues of the Meganocracy for proposing this beneficial legislation and will be voting in favor of said legislation." he looked in the direction of Oscar Engeström and gave a slight bow of the head.

"There is no need for us to drabble on about why we support it, just know that the Royal Navy will surely be activating and conducting counter-slave trade and counter-piracy operations around the region in order to enforce this treaty. Thank you all," he sat back down and whipped out his handkerchief dabbing the sweat from his brow.

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Postby Nova Orontes » Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:09 pm

PASSED: GREATER DÍENSTAD CONVENTION OF THE LAW OF THE SEA ACT
Resolution author: The Technocratic Syndicalists


NOTING the lack of any definitions of "international waters" or "maritime law" in the region of Greater Dienstad,

RECOGNIZING the desirability of establishing, with due respect for the sovereignty of all States, a legal framework for regulating the seas of Greater Dienstad which will facilitate international maritime trade, the efficient exploitation and exploitation of oceanic resources, and the study, protection and preservation of the marine environment,

DESIRING to define an area of the seabed and ocean floor, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, are the common heritage of Greater Dienstad States, the exploration and exploitation of which shall be carried out for the benefit of all Greater Dienstad as a whole, irrespective of the geographical location of States

BELEVING that the codification and development of the law of the sea will contribute to the strengthening of security, cooperation and friendly relations among all nations and will promote the economic and social advancement of all peoples of Greater Dienstad,

We Propose a Greater Dienstad Convention on the Law of the Sea with the following articles which will be agreed upon by all Signatory nations:


Article 1

The term "internal waters" shall mean all waters and waterways within the land borders of a State. A State has absolute control of its internal waters and is free to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within. Foreign vessels have no right of passage within a State's internal waters unless granted explicit permission of transit by the Coastal State with the foreign vessel being subject to all laws of the coastal state while it is transiting said State's internal waters.


Article 2

The term "territorial waters" shall mean waters extending to a distance of 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast. Should this area overlap with another state's territorial sea then the border shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. Territorial waters act as an extension of a State's internal waters with a State having freedom to set any laws laws, regulate use, and use any resource counted within their territorial waters. Territorial waters also include "archipelagic waters" which are defined as all the waters enclosed between the outermost points of the outermost islands of any Island Archipelago under the territory of said State. Foreign vessels shall have a right of "innocent passage" through any territorial or archipelagic waters with "innocent passage" being defined as passage through a State's territorial waters in an expeditious manner subject to certain restrictions. Restrictions on "innocent passage" include prohibitions on testing or employing weaponry, transit of military personnel, transporting of slaves or contraband cargo, conducting military drills, the loading or unloading of any persons or cargo, laying cables, fishing, surveying, espionage, or polluting. All submarines and other underwater vehicles are required to navigate on the surface and to show their flag while passing through a State's "territorial waters". All States may also reserve the right to suspend innocent passage though some or all of their territorial waters during times of crisis or when doing so is in the interest of their national security with such suspension taking place only after having been duly disseminated through official public information channels.


Article 3

The term "contiguous zone" shall refer to waters extending an additional 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres) from a State's territorial waters which within a State can continue to enforce its laws regarding customs, fiscal, immigration or pollution laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea. As with territorial waters should this area overlap with another state's contiguous zone then the border of the contiguous zone shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. The contiguous zone shall also be defined as a "hot pursuit zone" with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its contiguous zone so long as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.


Article 4

The term "exclusive economic zones" or "EEZ" shall refer to any waters extending 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast or to the edge of a State's continental shelf to maximum limit of 350 nautical miles (650 kilometres) from the low-water line of a State's coast, whichever value is greater. As with the previous zones should a state's EEZ area overlap with another state's territorial sea then the border shall be taken as the median point between the states' coastlines, unless the states in question agree otherwise. Within its EEZ a State has absolute and sole exploitation rights over all natural resources and has the right to construct artificial islands and other installations or structures for economic or military purposes. An artificial structure is defined as any man made offshore structure which is rigidly anchored to the seabed, ie not a floating platform. A State may declare a "safety zone" extending 500 meters from the outer edges of any artificial structure it has constructed with its EEZ in which foreign vessels are prohibited from transiting. Foreign nations otherwise have the right to freedom of navigation and overflight though another State's EEZ. Like the contiguous zone the EEZ shall also be considered a "hot pursuit" zone with a State having the right to pursue and stop ships travelling through its EEZ as the pursuers are official authorities of the State, the State has good reason to believe that the pursued ship has violated its laws, and the pursuit begins begins while the pursued ship is in the State's internal waters, territorial, or archipelagic waters.


Article 5

Any areas not explicit covered in the previous articles is to be termed the "high seas". The high seas shall be open to all States with no State being able to subject any part of the high seas to its sovereignty. Ships shall sail in the high seas under the flag of one State only and shall have complete immunity from the jurisdiction of any State other than the flag State. All States shall have the right to fishing, navigation, overflight, laying cables and pipelines, scientific research, and military exercises or testing within the high seas as long as these activities are exercised by all States with reasonable regard to the interests of other States with respect to the freedom of the high seas.


Article 6

All signatory States shall co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the prevention and repression of piracy on the high seas. Piracy is defined as any illegal acts of violence, detention or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship and directed on the high seas against another ship or against persons or property on board said ship. A ship shall be considered a pirate ship if it is intended by the persons in control of the ship to be used for the purpose of Piracy or if said ship has been used to commit any such act, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act. On the high seas every State may seize a pirate ship, or a ship taken by pirates and under the control of pirates, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board. A seizure on account of piracy may only be carried out by warships or or other ships or on official State service authorized to that effect. The courts of the State which carried out the seizure may decide upon the penalties to be imposed, and may also determine the action to be taken with regard to the ships or property.


Article 7

All signatory States shall co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the prevention and repression of slavery on the high seas. Slavery is defined all acts involved in the capture, acquisition or disposal of a person with intent to reduce them to slavery, all acts involved in the acquisition of slaves with the intent to selling or exchanging him; and all acts involving the sale or exchange of a slave acquired with the intent to being sold or exchanged, and any act of trade or transport in slaves. A ship shall be considered a slave ship if it is intended by the persons in control of the ship to be used for the purpose of slavery or if said ship has been used to commit any such acts, so long as it remains under the control of the persons guilty of that act. On the high seas every State may seize a slave ship, or a ship taken by slavers and under the control of slavers, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board. A seizure on account of slavery may only be carried out by warships or or other ships or on official State service authorized to that effect. The courts of the State which carried out the seizure may decide upon the penalties to be imposed, and may also determine the action to be taken with regard to the ships or property.


Article 8

Every State shall draw up regulations to prevent pollution of the seas by the discharge of oil from ships or pipelines or resulting from the exploitation of the seabed and its subsoil. Every State shall also take measures to prevent pollution of the seas from the dumping of radioactive materials and other toxic waste and shall co-operate in taking measures for the prevention of pollution of the seas with radioactive materials or other harmful agents.


Article 9

All States shall be entitled to lay submarine cables and pipelines on the bed of the high seas. Subject to a State's right to exploit the resources in its EEZ a State may not impede the laying or maintenance of such cables or pipelines. When laying such cables or pipelines the State in question shall not damage or impair the cables or pipelines already in position on the seabed.


Article 10

States who are officially at war have the right to declare a maritime exclusion zone (MEZ) or total exclusion zone (TEZ) in or around any body of water, with the stipulation that such MEZ or TEZ shall only come into force after having been declared and duly disseminated through official public information channels by the declaring State or States. Both maritime exclusion zones (MEZ) and total exclusion zones (TEZ) are intended primarily for the benefit of neutral vessels and shall have no bearing on the declaring State's ability to engage military targets outside of any declared exclusion zones. A maritime exclusion zone (MEZ) shall be defined as an area under which any ship or aircraft a particular State or States whom the declaring State is at war with shall be subject to attack by the declaring State and its allies without prior warning, and in which the ingress and egress and passage of any vessels other than those belonging to the declaring State and its allies shall be prohibited. A total exclusion zone (TEZ) shall be defined as an area under which any ship or aircraft from any other States other than the declaring state and its Allies that enters the zone shall be subject to attack the declaring State and its allies without prior warning, and also in which the ingress and egress and passage of any vessels other than those belonging to the declaring State and allies shall be prohibited.


Article 11

This Convention is subject to ratification. The instruments of ratification shall be implemented with a majority vote of the convention signatories.





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Postby The Macabees » Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:01 pm

Taking advantage of a lull in the discussions, now that the Greater Díenstad Convention of the Law had passed, Andro Kilomen stood to address the chamber.

"Friends," he began, "we are two votes in and already we have had a spat on slavery. The Golden Throne is no friend of slavery, as you all know. We have fought a long war against the Scandinvan Empire, forty thousand kilometers away, to end their slave trade in the region. The Marshites and their allies successfully brought to an end the Ralkovian Empire in Greater Díenstad, another victory against slaver states. Still, there are countries in our great region that continue to allow even the most rudimentary forms of slavery to persist within their borders. I am not here to antagonize them, nor do I seek to pressure the end of that practice within the territory that they rule as sovereigns. Rather, I am surveying the assembly on attitudes towards stemming extra-regional states from participating in the Greater Díenstadi slave trade. That is, what are the assemblies' thoughts on a formal ban of non-Greater Díenstadi slaver state? We would thus, for example, block Munkcenstria from buying or selling slaves in our region. And, of course, the same ban would extend to the Kraven Reich."

"How would this ban be enforced?" he asked, rhetorically. "Well, in much the same way it already is. Although all legislation issued by the GDRC is voluntary in nature, this would help formalize and incentivize cooperation within existing anti-Kravenite patrols, such as those undertaken by the Golden Throne and Morrdh. It goes without saying that involvement in these patrols would be voluntary, as they already are. But such legislation would regardless give them a more formal aspect, and perhaps invigorate them further toward what I believe is a honorable cause."

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Postby Cartoonia » Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:38 pm

Ambassador Kiku Honda listens intently within the sacred chamber halls of the GDRC. He stands up to declare his support for the idea.

“Greetings, Mr. Kilomen. On your proposal on a policy of foreign slavers. It is no secret that Cartoonia has an aggressive policy against slavery. We Cartoonians have a deep history with slavers kidnapping our children. It was present during our time as a colony of America where religious cultists enslaved children to build a tower to the heavens. It was present when Cartoonians found out about this system. It was a saddening sight and our domestic government vowed it would never happen again. It drives our imperial policies and foreign policies. We have currently relaunched our war against slavery after a few years of inaction.

If you wish to enforce such laws, then look no further than The Bazaar Collory to the Scarlet Clause, where we fully take our stance against slavery no matter the cost. We have created military divisions to take care of those who wish to traffic humans around the world. We currently have some of our naval fleets take care of patrolling the seas of which Cartoonia claims territory to defend human rights. Some might think of this as aggressive, but we see it as a necessity to ensure the freedoms of all people. Mr. Kilomen, I hope you would consider an aggressive policy like this”.

With that, Mr. Honda sits back down.
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Postby Eitoan » Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:38 pm

Listening intently, then being recognized by the Chair, Donald Novak rose to give his opinion.

"The statements of Ambassadors Kilomen and Honda make much sense, and could serve as a basis for the policy direction of the states in Greater Dienstad with regard to extraregional slaver activity. The recent vote on the Maritime Agreement shows that the sentiment on piracy is shared across the region, and is supported by several of the major powers. This matter is worthy of further deliberation.

I think there can be a point of consensus on the economic unviability of slave economics. That consensus is evidenced by the support of the Maritime Agreement among members with economic systems across the spectrum, from free enterprise to command driven economies, and all varieties of mixed economies in between. Among my esteemed colleagues voting in opposition to the Agreement sentiments were voiced in abhorrence of the actual practice of slavery. A further statement on the slavery issue will reiterate and make clear that the path forward in Greater Dienstad is through innovation and efficiency, features that slave economies cannot credibly produce.

We should also consider the security benefits of a statement from the GDRC warning of slaving practices from outside the region. Powers that would challenge the states of Greater Dienstad should understand that they will be met with strong resistance from within the region. This would discourage military and commercial adventures in Greater Dienstad, both from the leading powers able to confront such activities with convincing force, and warn that they would not be able to get a foothold among the other states of the region.

I must also comment proposals such as this resonate with my government and the people of Eitoan. The flower of our youth gave their lives to bring down the Raskov tyrrany. Proposals such as this give honor to those fallen, and encouragement to those on continent and beyond building a better future."

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Postby The Macabees » Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:03 pm

Noting the general agreement among the representatives who had voiced an opinion, Andro took one last look at the proposal that he had prepared. He had the attendant, that soulless woman, add the proposal to the docket.

PROPOSAL FOR THE SCANDIVAN ACT: BAN ON EXTRAREGIONAL SLAVER STATE TRADE INSIDE GREATER DÍENSTAD

UNDERSTANDING that the Greater Díenstad Regional Council (GDRC) is voluntary by nature and that so are the bills it passed, and therefore any responsibility to enforce this legislation is voluntary in nature.

REMEMBERING the recent incursions of foreign slaver states in Greater Díenstad, including the docking of Kravenite death ships in United World Order and the Scandinvan slave trade with the now-defunct autonomous pirate states of Palenque and Theohuanacu, and considering that ports favorable to the slave trade continue to exist in our region. Furthermore, acknowledging that the slave trade continues to have a global dimension and that the threat to Greater Díenstad is perpetual.

CONSIDERING that all slaver state commercial and military ships must be stopped, boarded, and searched to verify their innocence, and noting the expense of said operations.

RESPECTING, within the context of this individual legislation, the sovereign right of Greater Díenstadi states to practice in the slave trade — though not to harm the region with the externalized costs of extra-regional imports and pick-ups.

SEEKING to narrow the scope of the slave trade within Greater Díenstad by reducing the number of eligible participants to states residing in the region.

GRANTING Greater Díenstadi states the right to export slaves as long as those ships sail unprotected within Greater Díenstadi waters (not in the form of death convoys) and are registered to a Greater Díenstadi government. Accepting that this clause holds no jurisdiction over independent intra-regional unilateral, bilateral, or multilateral anti-slave trade political, economic, and military actions.

WE PROPOSE banning extra-regional slaver states from all Greater Díenstadi trade. This includes the importation of extra-regional slaves and the export of slaves unless eligible under the terms of this bill. No extra-regional slaver state ship, commercial or military, is allowed within Greater Díenstadi waters. The GDRC condones and recognizes the right of any Greater Díenstadi state to stop or attack ships belonging to extra-regional slaver states, including a voluntary force of GDRC members organized through the GDRC assembly.

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