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Q&A with the Most Honourable Rangatira [MT, OPEN]

Postby Tangatarehua » Fri Nov 05, 2021 3:42 am

Q&A with Rangatira Te Rata Te Rongomau

It is with great pleasure that we can confirm that the Most Honourable Rangatira, Te Rata Te Rongomau, the constitutional head of government has confirmed his availability to answer the international inquiries of the world regarding the Empire of Tangatarehua, in order to faciliate greater cross-cultural communication and understanding.

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Te Rata Te Rongomau
Most Honourable Rangatira of the Empire of Tangatarehua


OOC: IC questions are preferred, but I will accept OOC questions on a case by case basis.
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Postby Gonswanza » Fri Nov 05, 2021 3:47 am

So! Leader of Tangatarehua! Whoever you are... Since I won't spoil myself with a tourist site... Just what is your stance on brinkmanship and backing foreign policy with military force, hence, insuring the survival of a nation without having to go to war? As in, you show that you are more than willing to go to war to defend your interests, even if it would lead to the mutual destruction of all parties involved?

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Postby Tangatarehua » Fri Nov 05, 2021 9:00 pm

Gonswanza wrote:
So! Leader of Tangatarehua! Whoever you are... Since I won't spoil myself with a tourist site... Just what is your stance on brinkmanship and backing foreign policy with military force, hence, insuring the survival of a nation without having to go to war? As in, you show that you are more than willing to go to war to defend your interests, even if it would lead to the mutual destruction of all parties involved?

-Laura Ortiz


"I would firstly like to note that it is generally considered impolite to address a foreign head of government as 'whoever you are', and though I am myself less formal than others of my compatriots the standard form of address is simply "Rangatira'. Most nations, including my own, expect of modicum of decency and politeness during the conduct of diplomatic relations.

"I could never endorse such a despicable stance, which I will not dignify by referring to as a 'strategy' - brinkmanship is scarcely more than a synonym for suicide. If a nation is to use the threat of force it must always be prepared for the consequences of using it, but furthermore must always be aware that there are unknown factors, human irrationality and those who are willing to gamble and call your bluff.

"It should never be assumed that the world is run by rational actors who will not choose suicide over the greater good, not should it be assumed that perhaps your enemy does not have an unknown technological advantage that would ultimately end in your defeat.

"I give this advice not from theory but from our national experience - throughout the 20th Century the Empire of Tangatarehua used to engage in threats and brinkmanship, believing that the zealousness of our troops could overcome any enemy. The result was defeat, extreme suffering and starvation of innocent civilians and the near-extinction of a 2300 year old national polity.

"Today Article 4 of our national constitution, drafted in the wake of our nation's defeat and surrender, strictly prohibits the use of violence or even the threat of violence as a means of settling international disputes. This clause exists as a stern reminder to future generations of the folly of the types of policies you have described."

Te Rata Te Rongomau
Most Honourable Rangatira of the Empire of Tangatarehua
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Postby European Federation Reunified » Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:00 am

Greetings to you, Rangatira Te Rata Te Rongomau. I am Antonio Sánchez, European Minister of Commerce. Given the importance of us Europeans to establish relations with nations of worthy trust in both the economic and political spheres, I wanted to know which are your most important exports? Do you apply tariffs when trading foreign or import goods?
Can your citizens open private businesses and trade abroad without state intervention? And how do you see the opening of foreign companies on your soil?

- Antonio Sánchez, European Minister of Commerce

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Postby Tangatarehua » Sat Nov 20, 2021 9:19 pm

European Federation Reunified wrote:
Greetings to you, Rangatira Te Rata Te Rongomau. I am Antonio Sánchez, European Minister of Commerce. Given the importance of us Europeans to establish relations with nations of worthy trust in both the economic and political spheres, I wanted to know which are your most important exports? Do you apply tariffs when trading foreign or import goods?
Can your citizens open private businesses and trade abroad without state intervention? And how do you see the opening of foreign companies on your soil?

- Antonio Sánchez, European Minister of Commerce


"Thank you, Honourable Antonio Sánchez, for your question.

"The biggest source of foreign currency in Tangatarehua is actually our tourism industry, which we consider to be an export industry for statistical purposes.

"This is supplemented by a rather glamour-less food related export industry consisting of fish exports, potato exports, beans, tea, water, alcoholic beverages and in countries that allow it, hemp and cannabis products, particularly medicinal cannabis.

"Tangatarehua has removed most of its tariffs and import duties, with a very small number of exceptions and indeed the incoming government have indicated an intention to fully abolish tariffs. Currently tariffs only exist on products such as alcohol and tobacco, or any good that would domestically carry a demerit tax.

"Ultimately our position since the 1980s has been that globalisation is nothing to fear and we have more to gain than to lose by participating fully and freely in an open global market and pursuing free trade. The recent rise of protectionist policies around the world is something we consider very disappointing.

"Citizens of Tangatarehua absolutely can open private businesses at home and abroad without state intervention and trade abroad - we welcome this. We also welcome foreign companies who wish to do business on Rehuan soil - indeed a growing percentage of our workforce are employed by foreign multinationals.

"While we of course seek to balance considerations like workers rights and the environment into our policy-making and ensure there is no race to the bottom, it's generally been the consensus here among all but a few fringe and extremist political parties that pursuing free trade and ensuring that Tangatarehua is a competitive, open and transparent market with competitive corporate tax rates will ultimately secure the future of our people and our economy."

Te Rata Te Rongomau
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Postby Tangatarehua » Tue Dec 07, 2021 12:31 am

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Postby Tangatarehua » Thu Jul 14, 2022 12:29 am

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١٥ ذُو ٱلْحِجَّة ١٤٤٣
15 Ḏū al-Ḥijjah 1443
14 July 2022

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Bayt al-Umam,
Gu'la,
Al Madhaa.


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Bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


Rangatira,

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs brings greetings from the Emirate and the Emirah by extension, and considers it an honor to be able to inquire of you regarding matters that may potentially facilitate an establishment of relations between us. She hopes that this letter may find both you and the Empress well, and that the contents of this letter might not be considered offensive in any way, but rather taken as a symbol of genuine interest in the country.

In light of the recent abolishment of the institution of marriage within Tangatarehua in 2021, the Ministry is concerned as to the status of civil marriages entered into by expatriates in their home country, wherever that might be—with certain legal rights accorded to couples traditionally recognized by the state in apparent limbo, the Ministry wishes to inquire about how assets, parental rights and other pertinent information are being handled under this new law. In addition, the Ministry is also concerned as to the current status of religious unions within Tangatarehua, as it seems that without the institution of marriage, a mostly symbolic, religious union is now the closest relative to it.

The Ministry wishes to make clear, however, that we do not necessarily condemn the decision made by the Empire—the history of both our nations has been, at times, a dark one, and we understand the desire to move away from the standards imposed by European colonizers. Rather, we are curious as to why the institution of marriage was chosen to be abolished instead of a number of other practices held in regard by them and many others. Is it then, perhaps, a political motivation as much as it is a spiritual one?

The Ministry looks forward to hearing your response, and hopes that we did not weary you with the length of this letter—although we have a tendency to wax long when it comes to these things, it is born out of a desire to be educated in the ways and customs of the outside world, which, in turn, would allow us to adjust our role in the Emirate's foreign affairs accordingly.


To you, Rangatira, I am, most sincerely,

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BADR ZAINAL

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mme.
Te Rata Te Rongomau,
Most Honourable Rangatira of the Empire of Tangatarehua.





  • i wrote half of this in my dreams and woke up at 4 am to write the other half, promptly knocked out and did not remember anything until mid-afternoon. i hope this is somehow legible and does not read like a fever dream as a result
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The Emirate of Al Madhaa
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Postby Tangatarehua » Fri Jul 15, 2022 5:16 am

Al Madhaa wrote:snip


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Honourable Badr Zainal,

I am very grateful for your polite request and I am more than happy to oblige you with the information you seek.

Under the current legal framework any citizen or indeed non-citizen who wishes to enter into a symbolic or religious union ("marriage") is absolutely free to do so and their rights will be respected without reservation. However, the current settings mean that government will not intervene or act as a legal arbiter in the event of, for example, internuptial conflict. It also means that married citizens will have the same rights and responsibilities as non-married citizens, no more and no less. For example, in matters of taxation, all citizens are taxed as individuals and the government does not generally recognise joint assets.

Consequently, the onus is on the married couple themselves to make arrangements for the distribution of assets in the event of death or an end of the relationship and to do so as a private contract, as one would expect of a business partner. For example, a couple may choose to get "married" as per their religious customs and then set up a trust to hold their family assets. This would be legal but the terms of dissolution of the trust would have to be negotiated privately by the couple.

Regarding children, it should be noted that in our culture it is more common for children to be raised in a more communal environment and usually by their grandparents rather than their parents directly; the western concept of a 'nuclear family' seldom applies here. As such laws around the guardianship of children are the same as they were before the abolition of marriage: Guardianship would revert first to the extended Whanau (family) and then to the child's Hapu (sub-tribe) before, as a worst case scenario, reverting to the wider Iwi (tribe) or community (that is the equivalent of a ward of the state).

In response to your question about the reasoning of this decision, I would have to be very tactful with my wording as I am conventionally expected to remain politically neutral and my only role in the decision making process was to sign into law a bill passed by the Whare o Tangata (Parliament).

My understanding of the political machinations of the decision was that Ropu Ripera [the Liberal Party], who had a Parliamentary plurality at the time, attempted to pass a bill that would legalise homosexual marriage but were unable to gain support from other political parties. An MP for Whakapaipai [a right-wing libertarian party] attempted to poison the bill by amending it to abolish marriage altogether claiming it a colonial sham. Ropu Ripera called their bluff and managed to successfully convince a majority of Parliamentarians to vote for legislation abolishing marriage altogether.

I do hope this answers all of your questions but if you require greater elucidation I would be honoured to oblige.

He pono taku korero, in the name of the Empress,

Nga mihi,
Te Rata Te Rongomau
Most Honourable Rangatira of the Empire of Tangatarehua


Al Madhaa wrote:
  • i wrote half of this in my dreams and woke up at 4 am to write the other half, promptly knocked out and did not remember anything until mid-afternoon. i hope this is somehow legible and does not read like a fever dream as a result


OOC: No problem, 99% of everything I've ever written or done in my life was the result of some sort of fever dream/inebriation/a less-than-optimal state of consciousness.
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Postby Vallermoore » Fri Jul 15, 2022 6:16 am

Greetings, Most Honorable Rangatira.

Would your country allow sapient ponies from Vallermoore to come to your country as tourists? They have plenty of money to spend in your nation if you let them.

Ambassador Chucknin, Vallermoorian Foreign Ministry.

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Postby Tangatarehua » Sat Jul 16, 2022 12:10 am

Vallermoore wrote:Greetings, Most Honorable Rangatira.

Would your country allow sapient ponies from Vallermoore to come to your country as tourists? They have plenty of money to spend in your nation if you let them.

Ambassador Chucknin, Vallermoorian Foreign Ministry.


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Tena Koe, Honourable Ambassador Chucknin,

Anyone with a biometric passport is automatically entitled to visit Tangatarehua as a tourist for up to 30 days. We will welcome anyone and deign to show them the best hospitality they can possibly be shown.

As a caveat however, I cannot guarantee that we would have the facilities to meet the physical needs of such beings, but if they are willing to visit in spite of this then we are more than willing to host them as tourists.

Nga mihi,
Te Rata Te Rongomau
Most Honourable Rangatira of the Empire of Tangatarehua
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