Elisabeth Martinique had not been averse to the idea of entertaining the Prime Minister of @Friuli in Villesen. The small country was an important Gallian presence and was doubly important for Serenierre strategically, providing the main land connection between the two wings of the country. Hello there guest. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The strategic importance of a friendly and cooperative Friuli was quite plain to see. So, of course, when a request for a meeting was received, Villesen had offered an invitation. In Villesen, the Prime Minister of Friuli was hosted by President Maximilien Hortefeux at the Chateau de Ferrière and accomodated in the grand apartments that had once belonged to Princess Matilde — the eldest sister of the last king of Serenierre. The President, knowing his role, had entertained the Friulian delegation by hosting a grand ball and an opera in honour of the visit. At some level, it gave Sereniens a sense of national pride that they could dazzle their guests with their hospitality. Perhaps, one could say, despite the revolution, the class and elegance of the Serenien nobility lived on in the practices of Serazinist statecraft. Hello there guest. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The official meeting between the two leaders, however, took place on Elisabeth's turf. The Fortress of Villesen was vastly different from the picturesque baroque edifice of the old royal chateau. The fortress had been the main royal residence in the middle ages and was still very much an intimidating structure. Since the Revolution of 1927, the rulers of Serenierre had based themselves in this place, to differentiate themselves from the elegant and refined monarchs the revolution had displaced. However, Elisabeth often found that rather silly considering from the inside, the fortress was a modern and equally as grand building. "Bonjour," she smiled, "I welcome you to Villesen, Monsieur Premier." She led the Friulian head of government to her office.