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Postby Democritus Founder » Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:05 pm

A League for Peace
I do not know whether war is an interlude in peace, or whether peace is an interlude in war - Georges Clemenceau

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The Paris Peace Conference

The creation of a League for Peace, also referred to as the League of Peace or the League of Nations, was a demand issued by the French and British delegations during the Paris Peace Conference which concluded the Great War. Incorporated into the Treaty of Versailles, the Wartime Allied Powers subsequently established an organization which will serve the international community as a forum for dialogue, mediation and potential platform for armament limitation negotiations.


Membership of the League

The Wartime Allied Powers - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, French Republic, Kingdom of Italy and the Polish Republic - hold permanent membership of the League as as primary signatories of the Treaty of Versailles. All other states may apply to join the League, with acceptance requiring that the nation hold diplomatic recognition from existing member-states and a diplomatic presence in Paris.


Requesting a League summit

Meetings of the League occur when three or more member-states send an official telegram to the League Secretariat. Each request for a summit must include a preliminary agenda item for discussion, which the Secretariat will then publish alongside a nominated Chairperson. The Chairperson will then make an opening address, and the League summit will officially begin.


Formal Protocol of the League

The Chairperson will direct summit proceedings, with the Secretariat serving in a supporting role as required. Should the Chair be brought into disrepute, or four member-states call for a vote of no-confidence (which is then successful), the Secretariat may assume the responsibilities as Chair on an interim basis for the remainder of the summit.

Additions to the agenda can be made at any time through official telegram to the Secretariat, however member-states may refuse to discuss any issue at their government's formal discretion. Should four member-states call for a vote to remove an item (which is then successful), the Secretariat will remove that proposed discussion point from the agenda.

Summit attendees are to be treated with dignity and respect during proceedings. Ambassadors to the League will be referred to as 'Excellency', while Heads of Government & Heads of State in attendance are to be referred to by their formal title. Any violations of etiquette or perceived mismanagement by the Chairperson may provide grounds for a vote of no confidence on the basis of disrepute, whilst other attendees may be censured from proceedings by the Secretariat for repeated infractions. Any guest speakers must be registered and approved by the Secretariat prior to their speech, and abide by the same provisions.

Votes on proposals arising from items on the agenda or matters of procedure will be carried should a majority of member-states vote in favor within the official consideration period (OOC: 48 hours), with the final count being determined by the Secretariat. Should a vote provide an inconclusive result, the proposal shall fail.

Following the conclusion of a summit, the Secretariat will publish a press release in the Democritus Gazette which will include a summary of League conclusions.
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Postby Democritus Founder » Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:05 pm

Rules

This thread is for approved participants only, consisting of IC posts taking place at the Headquarters of the League in Paris. For the most part, participants will only be approved if they reside in Democritus. Do not post here if you have not been approved by Democritus Founder/New Metropolitan France.

Out of character content is to be kept to a minimum in this forum thread.

Please don't make 'tag' or placeholder posts!

This is not a war RP, but events taking place in conflicts will inevitably be alluded to here.

Democritus Founder/New Metropolitan France may void posts from the RP continuity if required.

ONLY THE SECRETARIAT MAY START NEW SUMMITS - PLEASE TELEGRAM THEM AND RECIEVE THEIR APPROVAL FIRST.
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Agenda for Inaugural Summit, 16 January 1920

Secretariat: France
Chairperson: United Kingdom

I. Opening address by the Honourable Mr. Justice John Sankey, chairperson and delegate of the United Kingdom.

II. Opening statements by delegates of the Principle Allied Powers & other attendees.

III. League membership update.

IV. League Protocol and structure discussion.

V. Crisis in Transcaucasia.

V. Final peace settlements with the Central Powers.
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Postby British Home Nations » Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:40 pm

Democritus Founder wrote:
Agenda for Inaugural Summit, 16 January 1920

Secretariat: France
Chairperson: TBC

I. League membership update.

II. League Protocol and structure discussion.

III. Crisis in Transcaucasia.

IV. Final peace settlements with the Central Powers.


After backroom consultations between the leading members of the Entente and wartime Allied Powers, the Chairperson of the Inaugural Summit in Paris, of 16 January 2020, has been determined. While France has the honor of hosting the League of Peace itself in Paris, the role of the United Kingdom as its greatest and closest ally during the Great War was to be reflected in this Chairmanship. Indeed, leading a global Empire at war for four years across the world with the next major colonial power and, for a time, the largest contiguous country on Earth, has enhanced the prestige of the two out of the three victors. The war was won in Europe, and now the peace must be won again here.

The Honourable Mr. Justice John Sankey, a judge of the High Court of Appeal, has been named the Chairman of the Inaugural Summit by London, an experienced judge and King's Counsel. Here at the Palais Bourbon, the temporary home of the summit and League itself, the Justice rises from his chair at his desk that is before the other Ambassadors and delegates of the victorious powers of the last war.

"Gentlemen, it is an honour to preside at the first meeting of nations to foster peace in our troubled world. We have gone through four terrible years of worldwide conflict. The Peace at Versailles has officially ended the war and has established this organization: the League of Peace. A meeting of nations to resolve our disputes without recourse to interstate violence. This era of peace requires us to look past our differences and find common ground. Even after the Great War, there are battles being waged right now in other parts of the world. Now, for the agenda of this inaugural summit, we shall first discuss the list of members to this League, followed by discussion on structure and protocol of the League. After the institutional matters have been settled, the summit will discuss the ongoing situation in Transcaucasia, and finally settle the terms of peace with the defeated Central Powers. But first, if there are any Ambassadors or delegates to this summit who wish to make opening remarks, please communicate to the Secretariat before the plenary session. Thank you, gentlemen."

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Postby Old Metropolitan France » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:10 am

Having listened to the opening statement of the League by Justice Sankey of the United Kingdom, Aristide Briand led a round of applause by the assembled diplomatic corps. He then set aside the notes which had been presented to him only half an hour previously, before standing to begin his own statement.

Unbeknownst to most of the assembled delegates, factionalism within the French government had flared up in the three days preceding the League's opening. Clemenceau's premiership - already expected to be within its final weeks - had come under pressure from those on the left calling for diplomatic recognition and resumption of trade with Russia, and those on the right demanding increased support for the Allied forces in Anatolia. Briand's appointment to the League had been confirmed as an interim measure only in the early hours of the morning, as a means of pacifying the various factions. Now, he addresses the League as a delegate whose cabinet might collapse at any moment.

"I wish to thank Excellency Justice Sankey for assuming the role of chairperson on behalf of the United Kingdom, and acknowledge all representatives from those countries that fought alongside the Allied Powers during France's hour of desperate need. Our Republic will never forget the sacrifices made by your nations."

Briand nodded his head to acknowledge Britain and Poland as Primary Allied Powers, and made a general gesture of appreciation towards the assembled diplomats of the other Allies and co-belligerents that were present, before continuing.

"I now speak to all in attendance - regardless of whether your government was Allied or Neutral. You are here now because you share our vision. Our vision of a Europe which will never again embroil the rest of the world into a Great War, of a world which promotes collaboration between sovereign nation-states. More than 1.3 million soldiers fell in the defense of our Republic, and while the precise figure for civilian and remaining personnel unaccounted for has not yet been fully ascertained, we predict that it will be in the the tens of thousands or possibly hundreds of thousands. It cannot be said definitively at this time, however it may yet be possible that France suffered the most causalities of any Allied Power. If any great nation knows the price of rampant aggression at the hands of a neighbor, it is ours.

This League is one of many steps we - the Principle Allied Powers - have taken to prevent a second Great War. As you will know, the Treaty of Versailles has secured a demilitarized Rhineland frontier and removed several instruments of waging war from Germany. However, punitive measures are only part of the solution - we must come together as an international community, and work to cooperate as partners, mediate disputes between nations and move down a path towards greater prosperity for all countries. Only together, through this League, can we ensure that another generation is not sent to die in the trenches.

We look forward to discussing the pressing issues - such as emergency in Transcaucasia - with you, and of course the necessary League procedural matters which precede them. I will now cede speaking rights to the Polish delegation, so that they may make their own opening remarks."

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Postby Nowa Polonie » Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:55 am

Speaking for the Polish delegation was Ignacy Jan Paderewski - onetime potential candidate for the leadership of Poland's civilian government, a pianist and composer, and a man who had spent the war touring the world seeking diplomatic support for Poland. A speaker of seven languages, polished, obliging. The most accomplished diplomat in Poland's arsenal, and now here to speak on her behalf;

''I join my British and French counterparts in sharing the same inexpressible sentiment of thanks to every nation that fought alongside us to secure for Europe and the whole world for the right of small nations to be free. For our efforts, sacrifices, and vigorous pursuit of liberty, we have been rewarded by a Springtime of Nations. Poland now counts herself at last finally, firmly free, and around her she finds new nations, and founds new partnerships.

However, while we will support to the death this League, its purposeful mission, and respect utterly the conclusions of its mediations, it is not enough for us to prevaricate. We must have and maintain mechanisms for the collective security of its members, and the enforcement of its mandates. We stand as a brotherhood of nations, and the protectors of new nations...''

Waving a document in his hand, Paderewski would begin to speak louder - ''Those new nations are fighting on today, some with our help, and some without. Gentlemen, let us not gesticulate over the confirmation and re-confirmation of treaties and facts of life we know now to be self-evident. We have won our war with Germany, let us not now lose the peace. I have in my own hands reports from Transcaucasia, which were it not already for my great age, would have turned my hair white to read! We have faced and triumphed over one calamity! Let us not allow one to happen now!''
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Postby Old Metropolitan France » Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:21 pm

Following the conclusion of the Polish delegation's address, a vote was held on membership applications received by the League. All applications were accepted unanimously, except for those arising from governments of the former Central Powers and unrecognized states such as the Soviet Union. Soviet membership of the League will, in principle, follow the International Committee on the Recognition of Russia

Debate now opens on the topic of Transcaucasia, with countries that have not yet spoken able to also give an opening speech to accompany their statements on Transcaucasia.
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THE SOVIET VIEW OF TRANSCAUCASIA AND PEACE


Much has been made of the Soviet intervention in Trasncaucasia, some of the commentary being justified and the rest of it being incorrect propaganda. The Transcaucasian Menshevik government's disagreements with the Soviets begin with the October Revolution, where Russia lost control of the regions and the Mensheviks took the side of the white pro-tsar anti-communist movement. In the course of the civil war in Europe, the white movement committed innumerable crimes against humanity. Kornilov, Kolchack, and many others issued direct orders to raze villages and slaughter pro-Bolshevik peasants. The white government also carried out senseless violence against the Russia in organized pogroms aimed at the group's total destruction. Menshevik Transcaucasia has continued the tradition of their allies with suicide attacks on Red Army soldiers during false surrenders and using civilians as shields for other acts of individual terrorism against the Red Army. There have been excesses in dealing with these attacks by the Red Army, that much is true, but at all points Soviet leaders have opposed such excesses and condemned them while punishing those responsible. Menshevik Georgia meanwhile attempted to use chemical weapons in the early stages of the war and constantly used civilians to shield their military.

Now that we have exposed the hypocrisy of supporting Georgia over the Soviet Union, let us move on to the subject of the Entente war mongers attitude and intervention. The ruling classes of Europe have done nothing but aid the white movement in their crimes and have encouraged the viscous slaughter of the Russian peasantry and working class as well as those of the minorities of the former Russian Empire. Their continued silence on the innumerable crimes of the Transcaucasian government that has already fled to Poland and left their fanatical supporters to die is deafening. The workers and soldiers of the Entente have seen through this and in the past years have mutinied multiple times against the pointless great imperialist war in Western Europe as well as against intervention against the Soviets of Russia in the north and on the Black Sea. The French and British public are deeply in favor of demobilization, peace, and an end to the war. The end of Menshevik Transcaucasia as one of the last white movement hold outs represents the end of the Russian civil war in all places except for the Far East, yet the Entente wishes to continue the war and fight for what, exactly? The Soviets are firmly entrenched in the new USSR. The Japanese intervention in Siberia is soon to be ended and Alaska with a population of less than a hundred thousand is a poor excuse for a legitimate government of the former Russian Empire led by a gang of criminals.

The Soviet Union controls one sixth of the world and its resources. The black soil of Ukraine, the iron mines of Siberia, and nearly all of the former Russian railroad system is in the hands of the Soviets. To continue the blockade against them is futile, to continue the war is impossible. The mutually beneficial arrangement, for now, is Soviet tolerance of the Alaskan white remnant in exchange for regular diplomatic relations and trade ties. Continued blockade and isolation will only degrade the economy and damage the people of the Entente and harden the resolve of the Soviet people to continue resisting the empires have attempted to deny them any method of liberation. The full recognition and opening of trade relations with the USSR as the best option for the most prosperous and peaceful future world possible is clear to all except the most deluded anti-communists.
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Postby The Federal Pacific States of America » Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:10 pm

With the discussion on the Transcaucasian crisis underway, a representative and guest-speaker from the AFN stood up and began to give his speech, a speech he expressed with passion and energy

"Greetings gentlemen, I am a representative of the Alliance of Free Nations. As I speak, the Alliance Expeditionary Force is on it’s way to relieve the Transcaucasian forces which have been heroically defending against impossible odds and to help them fight for their sovereignty. It is unlikely our relief force will arrive on time, which is why I am here to implore the world to help the Trancaucasians, because by helping them you are helping the world.

The Pacific States tried to negotiate with the Bolsheviks, these talks failed, but they did reveal one thing: the Bolsheviks do not believe in the same international order we do. They do not value notions such as ‘treaties’, ‘neutrality’, or ‘sovereignty’. The Bolsheviks do not value a piece of paper that to them will just be broken, they do not value notions of ‘neutrality’, which to them means nothing because a neutral state is still a threat. I fear that the international community does not understand the true extent to which the Bolshevik menace represents; do you honestly think that a movement that does not believe in international conduct, sovereignty, treaties, neutrality, will just stop? Marxism calls for an international revolution, one that from their perspective will ‘liberate’ the world from ‘capitalism’; the Bolsheviks will not stop until the entire world is red.

If they win in Transcaucasia, the Bolsheviks will be bolstered, and from this high of victory and fervor, I am certain the Bolsheviks will expand further and further until the entire middle-east is bleeding red. They hate us, they hate the world we live in, and this ‘Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’, a name devoid of any nationality, is not just a replacement for the Russian Empire, but for every sovereign nation in the world. France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, all of us. The Bolsheviks will drag the world into another Great War unless we show to them that they cannot just storm into random countries and annex them. Does the League not believe in peace? How can we have a world at peace when the very institution that purports to uphold such peace allows a movement that it does not even recognize as a nation to storm an actual nation and annex it?


If the world ignores the Bolsheviks aggression against nations that strive to just be free, to govern themselves, then the world should not weep when the Bolsheviks are at their doorsteps; the world should not weep when Bolshevik operatives have ignited violence and rebellion in your borders. If we do not take a stand and show the Bolsheviks that they cannot ignore international law and conduct, that they cannot invade a sovereign nation and annex it without repercussions, then I dare say the future of the world is damned.

I am not asking the world to invade the Russian heartland and topple the Bolshevik regime, I am asking that the world understand the true threat the Bolsheviks are and to help the Alliance of Free Nations defend a nation who merely seeks their freedom, and to demonstrate to the Bolsheviks they cannot have their way unconditionally, and to deter future aggression. If we abandon Transcaucasia, if we give into pragmatism, we are dooming so many other nations who will likely be invaded by the Bolsheviks.

Any nation here in this ‘League of Peace’ that refuses to help Transcaucasia, should not complain when Finland falls, when the Baltics fall, they should not complain when the Bolsheviks consume every nation that borders them in an endless cycle of paranoia and expansion. If this ‘League of Peace’ does nothing to bring peace in a world that lacks it, abandons nations to pragmatism and apathy, completely and utterly uncaring towards nations that are weak and unable to defend themselves, nations whose identities and cultures will be erased from existence because they are annihilated by stronger powers, if this ‘League of Peace’ stands and watches as a nation burns away under Bolshevik expansionism, then this 'League of Peace' is already redundant; it will show to the world and to the AFN what we have already suspected, the League is nothing but talk; why should the world trust a League that is willing to throw away nations to the furnace? You throw one, how are we to know you won't throw another and another? No one would be able to trust this organization. Right now, the League has an opportunity to show the world and to the nations who remain skeptical, that it is serious and will not tolerate war and aggression against any sovereign nation.

Peace can only exist if you are willing to enforce it in a world, you can’t be a peacekeeper when there is no peace to keep. "


The guest-speaker, out of breath and exhausted from his speech, sat back down and asked for a glass of water. Unable to participate in discussion, his passion dies down as he sits in a stoic silence, awaiting the delegates response.

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Postby Canadaah » Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:22 pm

As the representative from the AFN sat down after making his point regarding the Transcaucasian Crisis, the Canadian representatives stood up, and expressed the Dominion of Canada’s stand regarding the events across the Bering Strait

“Greetings gentlemen, I am the representative of the Dominion of Canada. Unlike many nations represented in this room, the Dominion of Canada has not committed any forces to the Transcaucasian Crisis, however that doesn’t mean that Canada lacks its own voice and opinion regarding the Bolshevist threat this world currently faces.

As His Majesty’s Canadian Government sees it, we are facing a rising power that seeks to overturn all that has been built for the past two milleniums, to invade nations like a rabid dog attacking anyone it sees, to claim to be against what they perceive to be imperialism while trying to create their own Bolshevist empire themselves, as well as trying to interfere in the affairs of other sovereign nations.

With the presence of the true and original Russian Government in Alaska, clearly North America is a target of these Bolshevists currently forcing everyone to comply with their vile ideals and clamping down upon differing opinions in the huge swathes of Russian territory under their occupation. If there is any truth in the Bolshevist slogan of “Out with the old and in with the new”, we all can agree that the legitimate government of Russia in Alaska is a target by the Bolshevists, and should things not go the right way, we may see Bolshevik forces make landfall on Alaska, threatening Canada and the AFN member state of Pacifica which was represented by the Honourable Gentlemen who spoke before.

The Dominion of Canada will back Alaska all the way, for Canada and North America’s security depends upon that of Alaska. What we request of all Honourable Representatives present here is to request their respective governments to do the same, stand alongside Alaska, and against the Bolshevists that seek to overthrow every single one of our respective nations.

Canada, as the breadbasket of the British Empire will send food aid to Transcaucasia, and once the Bolsheviks are driven out, will aid in its reconstruction. That’s all I can say as of now on behalf of my government. Thank you.”

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Sat next to other representatives from AFN-aligned nations was Senator Albert Brown, Official Representative of the Federal Republic of Virginia. Whilst other representatives were speaking, it appeared that Mr Brown had fallen asleep in his chair, slumping down and lightly snoring alongside his international counterparts. Mr Brown's assistant, keeping an eye on him from the observation balcony, promptly came speed-walking down into the main assembly as the time approached for Mr Brown to speak in order to wake him up. After causing a slight scene having to be shaken awake by his assistant, Mr Brown appeared to be still be sleepy as he gave a short speech to his fellow representatives:

"Good morn- ....aftertoon fellow representatives, speaking on behalf of the Virginian government it is my wish to assert my governments backing of my fellow AFN representatives and what they have to say today.

The Virginian government is currently assisting the AFN expeditionary force to Transcaucasia by supplying the force with additional supplies and necessary equipment, but my government has insisted that it will not directly contribute Virginian men to the expedition due to public resentment for the idea. Despite this the Virginian government is most definitely in full support of the AFN's expedition to aid Transcaucasia against the imperialist invasion being conducted by the Bolsheviks to the north.

The Federal Republic of Virginia stands with democracies around the world who feel they are being threatened by imperialist powers and will vow, with the AFN, to protect them from having their liberty threatened."


Following his short speech, Senator Brown proceeded to sit back down and shortly after appeared to fall back into a deep slumber, causing a serious stir in the Virginian media.

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Postby Old Metropolitan France » Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:45 am

"France calls for a vote of condemnation of the invasion of Transcaucasia, encouraging coercive corrective action as appropriate by League members in support of the affected parties. This authorization would not be prescriptive, and instead allow member-states to take measures they deem appropriate for their respective circumstances."

Ayes: France.

Result: Majority (1) after voting period closed.
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Postby Old Metropolitan France » Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:27 pm

Agenda for League Summit, March 1920

Summit requested by France, the United Kingdom, and the East African Commonwealth

Secretariat: France
Chairperson: East African Commonwealth

I. Opening address by today's Chair, the delegate of the East African Commonwealth.

II. Discussion of German Crisis & status of the Treaty of Versailles.

III. Matters related to the independence of French Guiana and Dahomey.


NOTE: Please do not post until the Chair can post their opening address.
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Postby The East African Commonwealth » Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:44 pm

In its first address to the international community, the East African Commonwealth chose to send Ambassador Ade Z'dme to represent the nation. Unlike the other members of the league who sat dressed in western suits, Ambassador Z'dme wore a traditional African white Kanzu robe with an overlaying sash bearing the EAC's green-white-black colors. The only semblance of anything western on the man was a single pin on the collar of the robe with the black lion emblem of the Commonwealth. While this was not the first time Z'dme had been present at a League meeting, he had not spoken before now. The 53 year old ambassador walks up to the podium and turns toward the assembled delegates.

Delegates, today I address the League for Peace as the Chairperson for this Summit. It is with great reverence that I accept this position for these proceedings and only hope that I can both represent the interested of the Commonwealth and much of Colonial Africa at this summit as well as respect the positions of the other revered members of this League. Today, we stand at a crossroads both in Africa and in Europe as the League must determine the course of action taken to determine the fate of nations. With Germany now engulfed in a civil war and the nation split apart there have been calls for the League to intervene in the conflict and to discuss the status of the Treaty of Versailles in light of this conflict. This will be the primary focus for the first part of this summit as I am aware this is a paramount concern to the nations of Europe. The second matter that will be addressed is the status of the French colonies of Guiana and Dahomey which the French Government is in the process of granting Independence to.

The Commonwealth will retain its neutral stance on European affairs and as such the EAC will refrain from involving itself in the conflict in Germany beyond sending food and medical aid to the citizens of the nation. The Commonwealth will address the status of the Treaty of Versailles should we feel that the treaty or changes to it affect the welfare of the citizens of the EAC. However, we will maintain an active role in ensuring the independence and prosperity for French Dahomey which we feel is a major concern for both the EAC and Africa. To this end, we are commending the French Government for their willingness to not only work with the Commonwealth on this matter, but allowing the people of Dahomey the opportunity to determine their own future. However, in order for the new government to succeed it needs to be allowed to develop unhindered by foreign influence. During the discussions on the matters of independence the EAC will be pushing forward the recognition of the sovereign state of Dahomey and its right to develop without the interference of imperial prerogative or political upheaval. We wish to extend this recognition and rights to Guiana as well to ensure that the new nation is given the same chance to succeed in determining its own future.

With all of this being said I now turn the floor over to the French Delegation for a report on the current status of Germany.

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Postby Old Metropolitan France » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:53 pm

Aristide Briand came to the podium, and gave a nod of acknowledgement to the EAC delegate before opening his remarks.

"I thank Excellency Z'dme for assuming the position of chairperson at this urgent summit. While I look forward to discussing matters relevant to Guiana and Dahomey, we must of course address the recent developments in Europe.

The Kapp–Lüttwitz Putsch embodies a far-right attack upon democracy in Europe, and peace across the world. The plotters represent the warped ideology of Prussian military extremism that was responsible for the atrocities committed against Belgian sovereignty and citizens during the Great War, and were part of a faction which opposed bringing the devastating conflict to an early end. They have already committed a brazen assassination of the German President, and have formally adopted Freikorps militia as a potential means of circumventing military restrictions imposed following the Paris Peace Conference. The Freikorps have already violated a 1919 German-Polish accord on the status of Silesia, and are reportedly violently suppressing opposition to the new regime. It is clear that these paramilitary Freikorp units cannot be allowed to persist. In addition to these measures, the Berlin regime has publicly sworn to violate the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, and there has already been a report of a League officer in the Kiel Canal area being obstructed and physically intimidated.

It is the view of France that the Weimar Government, under the cabinet of Konrad Adenauer, is the sole legitimate authority that may claim to represent Germany. We understand that Poland has concluded a bilateral agreement with the Adenauer administration regarding coordinated action in Silesia and even offering to suspend their expected reparations guaranteed under Versailles. The French government can today announce that our Republic has also engaged with Weimar diplomats, and successfully drafted a new treaty on bilateral relations between our states. This document, the Rhine Pact, contains a formal request for French military assistance against paramilitary forces. Given this request comes from the elected political parties which formed the coalition government in the Reichstag which held power before the assassination of President Ebert, and maintains the loyalty of the Reichswehr, this is a binding international treaty that provides a clear mandate for French entry into German territory in order to restore peace, forcibly disband Freikorps units in cooperation with the Reichswehr, uphold the Treaty of Versailles, and defend European democracy from subversion.

The governments of the United Kingdom, Poland and France continue to hold dialogue with the Adenauer cabinet on matters relevant to the conditions imposed under the Treaty of Versailles. While it is clear that the Putsch blatantly violates international law, consequently endangering the hard-won peace that Versailles represents, this civil war fundamentally alters the status quo to the point that several terms agreed upon at the Paris Peace Conference have already become unfit for purpose. To forestall a humanitarian emergency and restore stability to central Europe, whilst maintaining efforts which will prevent Germany from ever again becoming a military threat to the countries of the globe, our governments have committed to dialogue with the Weimar authorities that we hope will allow for a pragmatic revision of terms that satisfies both the most pressing German needs during this emergency, and existing Allied concerns.

Consequently, we ask that this League for Peace approve the following motions:

1) Recognize the Weimar Government as the sole legitimate government of Germany, representing Germany's foreign affairs and security interests.
1.1) Refuse any recognition, diplomatic or military assistance requested by the self-proclaimed 'Second German Empire' of the Kapp–Lüttwitz Putsch.
1.2) Forbid the provision of assistance to paramilitary organizations within Germany.

2) Approve in principle the right of Britain, France and Poland to revise Treaty of Versailles terms with German approval, forming a new document and lasting commitment to peace.
2.1) Continue to contribute to League monitoring of military restrictions imposed upon Germany under these treaties when an international force is required (no specific member is required to contribute forces against their wishes for such deployments).

3) Accept German membership in the League, following the conclusion of the current Crisis."

Ayes: France.
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Postby British Home Nations » Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:00 pm

The British delegation votes "Aye".

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Postby United Democratic Christian States » Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:02 pm

aye
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Postby The East African Commonwealth » Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:58 pm

The Commonwealth votes to Abstain on the first and second point of the proposal but votes aye on the third point.

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Postby Anxiety Cafe » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:11 pm

Ambassador Liebenberg had listened carefully to the addresses from his French and East African counterparts, attempting to quickly familiarize himself with the League procedure. He glanced at Ambassador Z'dme's bright attire before standing to speak.

Good afternoon, my fellow delegates. I'd like to introduce myself first, as I'm sure many of you have yet to formally meet me. I am Renier Liebenberg from the South African Confederation, recently appointed by Prime Minister Hertzog. I look forward to working with you all in this forum, and hope it can live up to its name as a "League for Peace."

With that being said, I come to the current topic of discussion. The conflict in Germany is unstable, as has already been discussed, and could lead to much violence in Europe so soon after the end of the Great War. For this reason, I am puzzled by a glaring absence of reference to the Bavarian Soviet in the first motion. I believe they pose just as great a threat to peace as the Kapp–Lüttwitz Putsch, and consider it unwise to exclude them from these same restrictions. If the goal is to cut off support for the insurgent factions of Germany, we must also recognize the danger of this violent communist uprising.

As for the second motion, I take issue with the very premise that an international treaty can be changed without the expressed approval of all signatories. While I obviously recognize, just as you all have, that the Versailles Treaty is flawed and perhaps the most significant factor in the quick fragmentation of Germany, to exclude other parties from renegotiations does not seem practical, if that is the intent.

Until these issues are fixed, I will withhold my support from these motions.

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Postby Nowa Polonie » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:48 pm

The Polish delegation would simply and unceremoniously vote 'Aye' on all parts of the French motion.

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Postby Old Metropolitan France » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:49 pm

Briand had been pleased to receive support for his proposal from the British, Spanish and Polish delegations, and took careful notes during the statements in reply by the EAC and South African attendees. After briefly conferring with the advisors within the French diplomatic mission, he stood and again addressed the League.

"I thank Excellency Z'dme for supporting German membership of the League of Nations, as this is a central component of the proposal's move towards lasting peace. I acknowledge and respect their abstention on the other matters raised by the proposal.

Excellency Liebenberg raises a valuable point of contention, and I thank them for such a valued contribution. The Treaty of Versailles was signed and witnessed by many nations - the Principle Allied Powers, Associated Allied Powers and neutral observers. We would dare not presume that any arrangement agreed upon between the Principle Allied Powers and Germany would by presumption receive the endorsement of other states. Consequently, such an agreement will be a new document that directly addresses changes only to the terms which were negotiated during the Paris Peace Conference by the Principle Allied Powers, and furthermore the document can again be opened to signature by other states if so desired. In this way, the Principle Allied Powers and Germany can redress the most pressing economic and security commitments of the crisis, while building a platform for future relations, and other participants of Versailles are not presumed to have provided endorsement due to their previous signature in 1919. To again reiterate - this will be a new document, with a new title, that will not presume the past signatories of the Treaty of Versailles endorse the new arrangements by overriding the text whilst maintaining existing signatures."
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Postby Anxiety Cafe » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:28 pm

Liebenberg stood once again to speak.

"I thank Excellency Briand for the clarification. With this in mind, I would like to announce the support of the South African delegation for all three motions."

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Postby The East African Commonwealth » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:14 am

With the proposed German plan passed, Ambassador Z'dme walks up to the podium and addresses the assembled delegates. "Esteemed members of this League, I wish to put forward a new treaty outlining the independence process of not just Dahomey and Guiana, but of any nation that becomes independent in the future. This legislation will ensure the newly independent nations of former colonies will have the ability to stand on their own and be free to choose their own path. I propose that the Treaty of Dahomey be ratified to serve as the foundation for a free and independent world and for a peaceful transition of power across the colonies of Europe when the time comes where they are given the opportunity to be free."

The Treaty of Dahomey
Article 1 – Recognition
  • Section 1 – In the event of the independence of a colonial territory via peaceful means, all members of the League of Peace will recognize the independence of this territory.
  • Section 2 – Following this independence, the government elected by the people of that territory will be recognized as the legitimate governing body of the new state by the members of the League of Peace.
  • Section 3 – Should this nation have a coastline, recognition will be given to the local waterways and nearshore region up to the standard 12 miles offshore as sovereign territory of this new state.
Article 2 – Autonomy
  • Section 1 – This new independent nation will have its government elected by its people, not selected by the former owner of the colony.
  • Section 2 – Elections will not be run over overseen by the former owner of the colony. Oversight will be provided by neutral parties determined by the League of Peace.
  • Section 3 – The former colonial government will begin a three year transitional period to ensure a that the new government both an understanding of the issues it will be taking on and that there is a foundation for the new government to be built upon.
Article 3 – Economic Independence
  • Section 1 – No nation will have the right to impede the economic sovereignty of this nation.
  • Section 2 – All goods to and from this nation will be bought and sold at market prices
  • Section 3 – Foreign Investment of any sort will not be allowed during the transitional period
  • Section 4 – Foreign Investment will be allowed following the transitional period so long as the workers and 30% of the administrative staff hired are local workers.
Article 4 – Political Neutrality
  • Section 1 – Newly independent nations will be considered to be neutral entities until 30 years after the year of their independence.
  • Section 2 – No wartime nation will be allowed to base troops or ships within these nations
  • Section 3 – Governments will be allowed to guarantee the independence of these nations
  • Section 4 – No military aid in the form of weapons will be given to these nations, however, the training of local forces is allowed.
  • Section 5 – No government will support any party within the government of a newly independent nation or impede the election process at any point.
Article 5 – Intervention
  • Section 1 – Should the nation be declared to be a failed state by the majority of the League of Peace intervention will occur to stabilize the nation.
  • Section 2 – Should the nation have a foreign backed uprising occur within it, the League of Peace will intervene.
  • Section 3 – Should the nation be invaded by any nation within the 30 year transition period the League of Peace will intervene.

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Postby Anxiety Cafe » Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:36 pm

Ambassador Liebenberg stood abruptly after Z'dme finished, startling some around him.

"This treaty is inherently problematic. No amount of time spend in a 'transitional period' would be sufficient to prepare unexperienced and likely incapable local authorities for a transfer of power from established governmental institutions. These infant states would become a breeding ground for Bolshevik dictatorships, especially since we as League members would be required to withhold military aid and investments, while the Soviet threat is not similarly restricted."

Looking at each of his counterparts, Liebenberg continued. "A document such as this would only serve to dissolve the current global world order, for which many of our nations fought bravely in the Great War. Are we to surrender ourselves into a cycle of violence and death, as this treaty asks, or shall we live up to our name as the League for Peace?"

"The delegation from the South African Confederation wholly and absolutely opposes this proposal, and we urge you all to do the same."

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Postby New Metropolitan France » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:43 pm

"What course of action would occur should the independent state itself violate any of these conditions?"

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