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Opening your embassy in Ealhswith

Postby Ealhswith » Mon Nov 21, 2022 5:47 am

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On the last night of yesteryear the old king set out for a nearby region only to disappear without a trace ... His Grace's Ship, one of the most secure and commodious in these lands, floundered off the Pirate Coast ... The king brought with him his whole entourage; the heir to the throne and his one and only son, the chancellor, constable, and marshal of his royal council ... and the fate of his realm, the hegemon kingdom in these lands of city states and principalities, which fell into disarray ... his people could scarcely imagine the anarchy that followed.

—Ælfstan Arkwrighte

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Day 1



Ealhswith was not a kingdom just yesterday.

It was still dark when the bakers started in on their daily routine, holding their coffee cups, yawning and scratching their heads. Inside the stone walls, row upon row of houses for clerks and artisans covered this burgeoning city, and the bakers' were always the first to open. They welcomed the council rubbish collectors taking their first meal breaks away from their loud trucks, which were the only vehicles on these streets around this time. They talked loudly in groups, pointing and looking in the direction of the castle above, where she stood watching.

The people would no doubt have much to talk about today. They were the citizens of another country yesterday. In about three hours from now, they would open their morning papers and found that its name had changed to become the Royal Herald, not Principality, and if they opened the internet from their phones they would see the new name of their country. They would welcome the chance to talk about something exciting, something to distract their mind from their daily lives—working on a minimum wage, paying bills on time, and perhaps where to buy cheaper groceries next week.

There was nothing else to look at from her binocular. Most of the historic houses of the prosperous taxpayers below were still dark, their owners not yet up. So she closed the window and stood in silence. Every now and again her advisors would come forward, like anxious cats, and pointed to a large pile of papers on her desk.





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An Open Letter to International Diplomats from the Lady of the Ealhswithers





To the most esteemed international members of the diplomatic corps:

It is with great joy that I bring you the news of this realm's opening to new embassies and other missions within its borders. The Kingdom of Ealhswith is a newly declared kingdom of almost three million people, bordering four other principalities and states in these southern lands, while far to our north are three further foreign realms.

Our largest city's climate is mild, ideal for honourable diplomats such as yourself to stay and conduct the affairs of statesmanship in your capacity as representatives of your lands. I have elected to undertake the role of Secretary of State for my country, based in this city, with my chief aim being to open an easy-to-reach line of communication with your governments.

The application for an embassy in Ealhswith can be found by clicking "SELECT ALL" below:

Code: Select all
Name of nation:
What is the name of your country?
What is the name of your ambassador?
Is the ambassador male or female?
What is the ambassador's age?
How many secret service or diplomatic security service agents will you bring to protect the ambassador? (no more than 10 for national security reasons)
Do you agree with the following rules? Yes/No, if No, please explain why

"When assigned to protect an ambassador, their country's secret service or diplomatic security service agents are allowed to carry firearms both on and off duty. The requirements are as follows:

[b]Normal locations[/b]
Glock 19M (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Remington 870 (12 gauge shotgun) — — —
Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine) — — —
Any body armour or custom tailored armoured business suit designs

[b]High-threat locations[/b]
M203 grenade launcher (40mm grenade launcher) or other similar designs
M249 light machine gun (5.56mm SAW) — — —
M240 machine gun (7.62mm machine gun) — — —
M2 Browning (.50 machine gun) — — —

If you want to bring your own firearms, please name them here and tell us how many will you bring to protect your ambassador:

Is there anything more you want to tell us? If yes, please write here:


There will be much to write and converse about. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Ælfswydæ
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Postby Ealhswith » Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:03 am

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Ealhswith in brief


Ealhswith is a kingdom of three million people in the south of an island called Wessack. Wessack was also the name of a united kingdom that ruled the entirety of the 200,000 square kilometres island until 1975, when it disintegrated into multiple warring states during the Anarchy. Eight countries were formed during the Anarchy—five in Southern Wessack and three in the Far North, while the Midlands are still an ungovernable region of poverty and crimes populated by bandits and sea raiders. A small principality in the south of Wessack slowly grew to become the kingdom that is Ealhswith today.

With an area of 11,000 square kilometres, Ealhswith is just slightly smaller than Qatar or about half the size of the State of New Jersey in the United States of America. The old capital city is Glædport in the southwest and the largest city is Wellse in the southeast. Geographically Ealhswith is divided into three regions; there are the mountainous or steep Feldip Hills which provide a natural border to the Midlands in the north. The Feldip Hills fade out into the low-lying central Auden region of Ealhswith, with its landscape of plains and lakes well suited to mechanised agriculture for grains, pasture seed, and fodder crops. To the east is the prosperous historical Principality of Wellse, the predecessor state of Ealhswith today.



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Political system

The Ealhswither Royal Law is the constitution of the Kingdom of Ealhswith. Under the Royal Law, Ealhswither politics is played out at three levels, from lowest to highest, the many guilds of the land, the few hereditary eorldoms, and finally the Royal Council itself. Each has governing powers according to subsidiarity—the principle that the central authority should have a subsidiary function, able to do things only which cannot be done at a more local level.

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The Kingdom of Ealhswith is made up of 570 guilds. An Ealhswither guild is an association of merchants and ratepayers similar in function to a city, town or local government. The powers and responsibilities of a guild are determined by the eorldom they are located in—they could be responsible for a range of vital services such as social care, schools, housing and planning and waste collection. An Ealhswither eorldom is the hereditary land of one of the kingdom's 15 eorls, who are ranked immediately below the royal family themselves. Each eorldom has its own constitution, legislature and court. Ealhswith is made up of 15 eorldoms and the Principality of Wellsee, the capital city and personal domain of the royal family and the monarch's seat of power in the kingdom.

The King's Council (or Royal Council under the reign of Lady Ælfswydæ) is the closest thing to an existing central governing body in the kingdom—there is no permanent government, parliament, or cabinet in Ealhswith. Before the Anarchy, the people of Southern Wessack commonly called this body the Regent's Court, and the majority of Ealhswither chroniclers continued to use this term as well. Responsible only for conducting diplomacy and trade, the monarch of Ealhswith presides over the Regent's Court.

Quadrennially, legislative elections are held in the 15 eorldoms to determine the make-up of the Royal Assembly, the closest thing to an existing unicameral parliament in Ealhswith. The eorldoms retain all powers and competencies not delegated to the Royal Assembly by the Royal Law. Today, only the six oldest eorldoms and the Principality of Wellsee are still responsible for healthcare, welfare, law enforcement, public education, and have the power of taxation—the rest have elected to relinquish their powers and responsibilities to the Royal Assembly for financial reasons.

There is no existing army in Ealhswith—under the Royal Law, only the Royal Assembly can declare war and appropriate military funding. The King's Ships, or, as they are commonly called today, Regent's Ships, are the maritime force of the kingdom. The Regent's Ships' Militia is responsible for conducting expeditionary and land operations, while the Naval Air Arm has the responsibility to monitor the country's airspace.
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Postby Ealhswith » Wed Nov 30, 2022 2:59 am

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Every day, the capital city's central railway station, with its majestic halls, eateries and shops, attracts tourists and foreign dignitaries alike.​​​​​​​ Up to 300,000 daily visitors make Wellse Railway Station the busiest railway station in Ealhswith.

Located in the centre of the city and just south of the Royal Palace, the Wellse Railway Station is also a 700,000 square metres of prime real estate—it is the headquarters of Snowpiercer, the local name for the Royal Public Transport Corporation, which leases the western half of the building to the Royal Treasury of Ealhswith and the eastern half of the building to the Royal Office of Embassies and Missions.



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Embassy information

The Royal Law stipulates that the Regent's Court must promote relations of friendship and cooperation with other countries. Under the Royal Assembly's Law for the Establishment of Diplomatic Missions and Consular Posts in the Kingdom of Ealhswith (Law No 37/2004), when a country wishes to open diplomatic missions such as embassies in Ealhswith, they must fill out the application forms which are located [ here ]

By signing the application forms, foreign diplomats must agree to the rules written by the Royal Office of Embassies and Missions. Firstly, for security reasons, the Kingdom of Ealhswith does not allow foreign countries to establish diplomatic missions outside the capital city of Wellse. Secondly, to respect our biblical traditions, foreign dignitaries must not wear revealing or sexually promiscuous outfits while acting in a professional capacity on Royal and public premises. Finally, to follow the Royal Assembly's Law Involving Firearms by Foreign Security Personnel (Law No 159/2010) and for the security of other visiting diplomats, bodyguards or other personnel who serve their ambassadors are not allowed to carry firearms or other weapons while in Ealhswith—however, an ambassador may choose up to 10 people to be their secret service or diplomatic security service agents.

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When assigned to protect an ambassador, their country's secret service or diplomatic security service agents are allowed to carry firearms both on and off duty. The requirements are as follows:


    Normal locations
    • Glock 19M (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
    • Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
    • Remington 870 (12 gauge shotgun) — — —
    • Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine) — — —
    • Any body armour or custom tailored armoured business suit designs
    High-threat locations
    • M203 grenade launcher (40mm grenade launcher) or other similar designs
    • M249 light machine gun (5.56mm SAW) — — —
    • M240 machine gun (7.62mm machine gun) — — —
    • M2 Browning (.50 machine gun) — — —
    History
    • No criminal record ("clean slate" criminal conviction history)
    • Completion of a tertiary level bachelor's degree or similar qualifications
    • No prior diplomatic incidents involvement
    • Not an Ealhswither citizen or permanent resident
    • Must apply for an Ealhswither firearms license (import entry diplomatic permit) at least 24 hours prior to arrival
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Name of nation: Seorabeol Federation
What is the name of your country?: Seorabeol Federation
What is the name of your ambassador?: Hwang Se-kyung
Is the ambassador male or female?: Female
What is the ambassador's age?: 37
How many secret service or diplomatic security service agents will you bring to protect the ambassador? (no more than 10 for national security reasons): 10 agents
Do you agree with the following rules? Yes/No, if No, please explain why: Yes

"When assigned to protect an ambassador, their country's secret service or diplomatic security service agents are allowed to carry firearms both on and off duty. The requirements are as follows:

Normal locations
Glock 19M (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Remington 870 (12 gauge shotgun) — — —
Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine) — — —
Any body armour or custom tailored armoured business suit designs

High-threat locations
M203 grenade launcher (40mm grenade launcher) or other similar designs
M249 light machine gun (5.56mm SAW) — — —
M240 machine gun (7.62mm machine gun) — — —
M2 Browning (.50 machine gun) — — —

If you want to bring your own firearms, please name them here and tell us how many will you bring to protect your ambassador:
  • Glock 19M (9mm pistol)-(9 Pistols+6 spare pistols)
  • Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol)-(2 Pistols)
  • Remington 870(12 gauge shotgun)-(2 guns)
  • Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine)-(3 rifles)
  • 30 bulletproof vest

Is there anything more you want to tell us? If yes, please write here: We want to bring two guard dogs. Will it be possible?
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Postby Ealhswith » Wed Nov 30, 2022 5:12 pm

Seorabeol Federation wrote:
Name of nation: Seorabeol Federation
What is the name of your country?: Seorabeol Federation
What is the name of your ambassador?: Hwang Se-kyung
Is the ambassador male or female?: Female
What is the ambassador's age?: 37
How many secret service or diplomatic security service agents will you bring to protect the ambassador? (no more than 10 for national security reasons): 10 agents
Do you agree with the following rules? Yes/No, if No, please explain why: Yes

"When assigned to protect an ambassador, their country's secret service or diplomatic security service agents are allowed to carry firearms both on and off duty. The requirements are as follows:

Normal locations
Glock 19M (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Remington 870 (12 gauge shotgun) — — —
Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine) — — —
Any body armour or custom tailored armoured business suit designs

High-threat locations
M203 grenade launcher (40mm grenade launcher) or other similar designs
M249 light machine gun (5.56mm SAW) — — —
M240 machine gun (7.62mm machine gun) — — —
M2 Browning (.50 machine gun) — — —

If you want to bring your own firearms, please name them here and tell us how many will you bring to protect your ambassador:
  • Glock 19M (9mm pistol)-(9 Pistols+6 spare pistols)
  • Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol)-(2 Pistols)
  • Remington 870(12 gauge shotgun)-(2 guns)
  • Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine)-(3 rifles)
  • 30 bulletproof vest

Is there anything more you want to tell us? If yes, please write here: We want to bring two guard dogs. Will it be possible?


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I bring you good tidings, my Lords. His Excellency Mr Han Bom the President of the Seorabeol Federation has informed us of his government's intention to establish their diplomatic mission in these lands ... The Seorabeol Federation is a foreign land located east of a vast continent by the name of Musia ... in all such instances, after due consideration I was satisfied, and my advisers have agreed that our approval for the construction of their embassy would be good for these lands.

—Lady of the Ealhswithers in Council



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Embassy


The construction of the Embassy of the Seorabeol Federation, a country east of Musia, will start tomorrow.

A native Seorabeolian lady in her late thirties by the name of Hwang Se-kyung has been accredited as Her Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Customs officers of the Royal Office are inspecting the embassy's two guard dogs and have no reason to refuse their entry as it stands. The diplomatic mission will be protected by ten agents, whose application for Carriage of Firearms by Foreign Security Personnel licenses have been approved this morning.

The new embassy of Her Excellency Ms Hwang Se-kyung and her government will be situated on an existing 50,000-square metre waterfront property. A building permit has been issued to the Guild of Merchants and Ratepayers living in Wellse—a two-storey chancery, a security guard residence, a service staff annex, utility building next to the garden, and secure parking for the imported diplomatic licensed motor vehicles.

The Royal Office has ensured that secure apartments in a family-friendly neighbourhood will be provided for the family members of persons assigned to administrative and technical service at the diplomatic mission. Recognised dependants of staff members may apply to attend any educational institution with their Domestic Study Status free of charge.

Prominent merchants and ratepayers of the city welcome the Seorabeolian diplomatic mission with open arms.
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To whom it may concern,
with this document I formally send a request to open an embassy in your country to represent the interests of the European Federation. It is hoped that it will be accepted and that it will benefit both peoples through diplomacy and trade.
You will find all the information on the candidate ambassador in the attached request.
With best wishes,
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Name of nation:
What is the name of your country? The United States of European Federation Reunified
What is the name of your ambassador? Angelo Gallo
Is the ambassador male or female? Male
What is the ambassador's age? 54
How many secret service or diplomatic security service agents will you bring to protect the ambassador? (no more than 10 for national security reasons): 10 diplomatic security
Do you agree with the following rules? Yes

"When assigned to protect an ambassador, their country's secret service or diplomatic security service agents are allowed to carry firearms both on and off duty. The requirements are as follows:

Normal locations
Glock 19M (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Remington 870 (12 gauge shotgun) — — —
Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine) — — —
Any body armour or custom tailored armoured business suit designs

High-threat locations
M203 grenade launcher (40mm grenade launcher) or other similar designs
M249 light machine gun (5.56mm SAW) — — —
M240 machine gun (7.62mm machine gun) — — —
M2 Browning (.50 machine gun) — — —

If you want to bring your own firearms, please name them here and tell us how many will you bring to protect your ambassador: 10 E3000, 10 Glock 17, 10 Tasers

Is there anything more you want to tell us? If yes, please write here: European ambassadors may be targeted by the "Forgotten Army", a terrorist group made up of elements from failed states following the oil crisis of 2016. Attention is recommended.
Also, our nation has diplomatic tensions with the other two superpowers, the United States of America and the Russian Federation, over the space race and the supply of petroleum products.

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Postby The Owiniman Republic » Fri Dec 02, 2022 12:41 pm

Name of nation: Owinima.
What is the name of your country? The Owiniman Federal Republic.
What is the name of your ambassador? Lelikhwa Khemewaal.
Is the ambassador male or female? Female.
What is the ambassador's age? 45.
How many secret service or diplomatic security service agents will you bring to protect the ambassador? (no more than 10 for national security reasons)
Do you agree with the following rules? Yes/No, if No, please explain why. Yes, we agree.

"When assigned to protect an ambassador, their country's secret service or diplomatic security service agents are allowed to carry firearms both on and off duty. The requirements are as follows:

Normal locations
Glock 19M (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Remington 870 (12 gauge shotgun) — — —
Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine) — — —
Any body armour or custom tailored armoured business suit designs

High-threat locations
M203 grenade launcher (40mm grenade launcher) or other similar designs
M249 light machine gun (5.56mm SAW) — — —
M240 machine gun (7.62mm machine gun) — — —
M2 Browning (.50 machine gun) — — —

If you want to bring your own firearms, please name them here and tell us how many will you bring to protect your ambassador: Owiniman weapons don't have any names yet.

Is there anything more you want to tell us? If yes, please write here: Nothing else right now.

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Name of nation: Æxli
What is the name of your country: Grand Matriarchy of Æxli
What is the name of your ambassador: Æjoᛈ ᛈlœj
Is the ambassador male or female: Female
What is the ambassador's age: 26
How many secret service or diplomatic security service agents will you bring to protect the ambassador? (no more than 10 for national security reasons: 3 Security
Do you agree with the following rules? Yes/No, if No, please explain why: Yes

"When assigned to protect an ambassador, their country's secret service or diplomatic security service agents are allowed to carry firearms both on and off duty. The requirements are as follows:

Normal locations
Glock 19M (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Glock 26 Gen 4 (9mm pistol) or other similar designs
Remington 870 (12 gauge shotgun) — — —
Colt M4 (5.56mm Carbine) — — —
Any body armour or custom tailored armoured business suit designs

High-threat locations
M203 grenade launcher (40mm grenade launcher) or other similar designs
M249 light machine gun (5.56mm SAW) — — —
M240 machine gun (7.62mm machine gun) — — —
M2 Browning (.50 machine gun) — — —

If you want to bring your own firearms, please name them here and tell us how many will you bring to protect your ambassador:

Is there anything more you want to tell us? If yes, please write here: Species:Lepidoptera-Sapien (Anthropomorphic Lepidopterans (Butterflies & Moths))
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Postby Madrinet » Fri Dec 02, 2022 3:10 pm

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Madam my Good Cousin,

We have the pleasure of writing personally to Your Highness with a heart filled with joy, for news has reached Us of the successful promulgation of a new constitution in Ealhswith, under the wise guidance of Your Highness. Though We were saddened to learn of the death of your late father, who remains in Our prayers, We are firm in Our belief that Your Highness shall uphold his memory by the prudent government of your good burgesses.

Being anxious to lend all fraternal support to Your Highness and your Kingdom, We have made provision for the representation of Madrinet in Welles by appointing Our Trusty and Well-Beloved Erchenger Grimoult, Knight of Our noble Order of the Tower of Ruthven and Member of Our Order of the Crown of Madrinet, to reside at Your Highness' Court in the character of Our Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. You may rely upon him as you would rely upon Us, as if We Ourselves were stood before you in your great hall at Welles.

We have instructed Our Lord Herald to supply Your Highness with the relevant diplomatic particulars, but it remains to Us to renew to Your Highness the assurances of Our most affectionate regards, and continued distinguished consideration.

BY THE KING'S OWN HAND

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Given at Our Court at the Palace of Saint Laurence this Sixth day of Advent in the year Two Thousand and Twenty-Two

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Name of nation:
What is the name of your country? The Kingdom of Madrinet
What is the name of your ambassador? His Excellency M. Erchenger Grimoult COTR OCM
Is the ambassador male or female? Male
What is the ambassador's age? 43
How many secret service or diplomatic security service agents will you bring to protect the ambassador? (no more than 10 for national security reasons) None.
Do you agree with the following rules? Yes.

If you want to bring your own firearms, please name them here and tell us how many will you bring to protect your ambassador: N/A

Is there anything more you want to tell us? If yes, please write here: His Excellency the Ambassador-designate has been instructed to prepare a draft treaty relating to trade between Madrinet and Ealhswith.
------------------------------------The Kingdom of Madrinet------------------------------------
Avanti Madrinallia!
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Postby Ealhswith » Sat Dec 03, 2022 1:46 am

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ღ꧁ღ╭⊱ꕥ The King’s Ship ꕥ⊱╮ღ꧂ღ

Day 2


Ériu’s Royal fleet was sighted ten miles or so away at entrance to port. Their king Roderick was there, eager to make peace. Located across the western sea, a kingdom united, no more than three hundred miles away. Ælfswydæ and the rest of her councilmen stood on the pier to greet them.

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Ælfswydæ was unsure of the King’s sincerity. He’d tried to take advantage of the Anarchy in Wessack, unashamedly, by invading the western Principality of Kernow; but when the Kernowian army fought back he went home with his tail between his legs; and Ælfswydæ could not trust the word of a coward. He was here to make peace, but she surmised that the end of the Anarchy was what had brought him here. Anyway, his kingdom was weak and his fleet weaker still. She knew the time to act was now.

The King’s Ship was a two thousand-ton offshore patrol vessel, newly built and armed with a comprehensive command, control and communications package—to support its expensive armament—despite his kingdom’s empty treasury. She could imagine him trying to impress her. Ælfswydæ grinned: he reminded her of the tales of Bokassa, first of his name, the short-lived emperor of a broke country in a broken continent far away from here.

She picked up her ringing cell phone with a frown and tried her best to address him with respect. Before she could say anything, he said, “In greatness and glory my dear friend Ælfswydæ, most beloved Lady, and ruler of our thriving eastern neighbours across the sea, in the Realm of Ealhswith and island of Wessack.”

The King did not address her as queen.

“To the most Royal and sacred high monarch of Ériu,” Ælfswydæ emphasised the word monarch, “Roderick descendant of Tairrdel, sole above all, most sovereign ruler of the western island, greetings, and welcome to my realm.”

“Why here, my Lady?” the King replied tersely.

Ælfswydæ was amused by his reaction. “I have heard much about your great ship,” she said. “Your Grace, no one could be more astonished than myself to know that she was worth more than one hundred million gold coins, or of your intention to attend the steel cutting ceremony of a sister ship next week—and so it was my wish to see her for myself.”

“And your commander is not here—the Admiral of the Fleet?” King Roderick said sceptically.

“No,” Ælfswydæ answered curtly.

Her answer was met with silence. Then, before she could explain, her private secretary spoke up. “Your Grace, the king’s aid, Minister Fianna, has informed me that he will be pleased to meet with us here.”

Ælfswydæ nodded. “The King has no choice, anyway. I bet he knows by now.”

They walked into the Harbourmaster’s Office. Ælfswydæ chosen companions were her royal purse-bearer and [ ... ]

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