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Across Thaumantic [Attn Eiffel, Lars]

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With her neighborly meeting across the channel complete the next leg of her Journey had already been planned and her Itinerary set. She would now be going across the ocean, across the Thaumantic, to attempt and negotiate an better market position in the greater Germania region.

This leg of the trip she would not have the extra baggage of extra personnel, this was all for her. She waited on the Tarmac in Welmonton alone in the small jet. The others had already left and made their journey home, she would probably see them again for another stretch of the diplomatic meetings on her agenda. Eiffelland-Retalia was viewed as a much safer, free society, that perhaps would have more economic prospects and interest alignment than the Isles neighbors.

She sipped on a glass of scotch, looking at all the paperwork spread across the table in front of her. The industrial prospects, the improvement that securing a favorable trade deal here could lead towards the interior of the Germania region. The jet began to take off as she continued to enjoy her drink, it wouldn't be the only drink on her flight, odds are she would nod off in the seat with a drink in front of her and all her paperwork by the time they would land in Tibur.
 

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Chancellor Rheinfeld and Minister of Economic Affairs Rubinstein were waiting at the Aeroporto di Tibur to receive the delegations from the Johnston Isle and Lars. Normally negotiations like this one would take place in the capital city of Trier, but holding the meeting in Tibur had the advantage that the delegation from Lars would spend less time traveling. Rheinfeld and Rubinstein were happy to be of help here.

OOC: Spelling mistake corrected.
 
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Francesco Greco had been commissioned by the Lars government to attend the meeting in Tibur. Together with him, on board the state helicopter from Lars, there would have been a team from the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The minister of the economy instead, due to an instability of the stock markets due to the conflict in northern Europe, decided to remain in the Grand Duchy to limit damage to the nation's economy.

"I figli tornano sempre a casa." exclaimed Greco to the staff who were in front of him, busy studying numerous papers. The staff did not understand the minister's statement, and shortly afterwards the team returned to studing their papers in preparation for the meeting that was to begin shortly thereafter.
 

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Language education used to be a large part of the Eiffellandian and Retalian school curricula. As a result, Chancellor Rheinfeld and minister Rubinstein both spoke Engellish and Italian. After they were appointed in the government, they both took additional classes in Italian, given the fact that it was one of the two mother tongues of the country.

They welcomed the Larsian delagation in Italian, and the delegation from the Johnston Isle in Engellish. After the reception at the airport of Tibur, all delegations went to one of the city villas in the richer part of Tibur. There they first enjoyed a good lunch. After lunch, Chancellor Rheinfeld started to speak.

"Ladies, gentlemen, again welcome in Tibur, the city that played such a crucial role in history. We are here to discuss the possibillities for economic cooperation between our countries. Lars and Eiffelland-Retalia already cooperate economicly to a very large extent. We think it will benefit us all when the Johnston Isle joins that economic cooperation. What is your thought?"

OOC: @Lars @Johnston Isle , let's revive this.
 

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"That is precisely why we approached your countries to discuss an opportunity for us to further expand our markets in the old world. It is our view that the ports of Eiffelland and Lars lead into the underbelly of the Germania region and would potentially lead to greater prosperity for all involved."

Ms. Haag paused for a moment and sipped some of her water before resuming, "Currently the tariffs we impose upon your nations goods and have imposed upon ours by your fine states hasn't led to a large amount of trade between our countries. We first and foremost would like to discuss the reduction of these tariffs and then any other options that either of your countries would like to discuss to strengthen our trade partnerships."

OOC: Sorry short reply, suffering from some PC problems currently.
 

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Greco listened carefully to the intervention of Ms. Haag. For some keywords like tariffs he nodded his head. The economy for a small nation like Lars was fundamental and every possible new business partner was always welcome. The Minister waited until his Johnstone Isle counterpart had finished his speech before answering.

"Honorable colleague Ms. Haag, as you may know, the Grand Duchy of Lars, the United Kingdom of Eiffilland-Retalia and the Kingdom of Occitania form what is commonly called the Single Long Sea Market.
In fact creating the largest market in Europe, to which the North Holy Tiburan Empire joined as a special member.

Now, without dwelling on the guiridical aspects of the NHTE, I think I speak also on behalf of everyone when I say that we intend and are able to have excellent commercial agreements between our nations. After all, at present, the Johnston Isle Confederation is already an important customer for Lars' defense industry.
What are the tariffs you would like to discuss?
 

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OOC: Now that everything has been solved from the forum crisis we can hopefully resume gentleman


"We would love to discuss the idea of seeing Tariffs upon our farmers and ranchers largely being reduced to extremely low levels or perhaps even become a non-factor all together. Our Nation operates hundreds of large ranches and even more smaller operations. We look to expand upon these strengths and help provide more affordable food pricing for the citizens of the world by continued growth of our market share thru greater trade relations. Primarily those related to the Beef Industry, and our corn farmers & corn based products.

We of course will be willing to do the same for some of the industries of both of your nations as well. I have come with a statement from our Department of War and the Home Office with an expressed interest in continued and even further agreements to be made in the matter of cooperation with the ship building industry of Lars for future projects."
 

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There was a murmur among the assistants of Francesco Greco, a murmur that began when the representative of Johnston Isle mentioned agricultural Tariffs.

"As you can hear from the rude noise coming from my assistants, some rates are among the most difficult to remove. I do not exclude that both parties could enjoy the fruits of the lowering of the tarrife, but these must be accompanied by some particular regulations."

"At present, Lars is the European country where the Green party is even the third political force of the Grand Duchy. In past years, strict rules have been introduced on certain products, such as the total prohibition of the GMO and protections for all dairy products typical of Lars, products that are imitated by other nations, giving them similar names. This behavior hurts us economically.

But I'm sure we could reach an agreement that can satisfy both parties."
 

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"Of course Eiffelland-Retalia has its regulations regarding food safety and protection of traditionally Eiffelloretalian agricultural products. One example of a tradtional Eiffeloretalian product is the Aachener Printe. On the other hand, Eiffelland-Retalia is relatively densely populated. We depend on the import of granes and meat. Therefore, we see good chances for the agricultural branche of the Johnston Isles.
How would the situation be for industrial products from Lars, Eiffelland-Retalia and Eastern Occitania? " Minister Rubinstein asked.
 

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"I can understand the point your associates are making, and you can rest assured we have no interest in hurting the Diary industry of your nation and I do believe our cattle industry being more geared towards beef production would avoid any conflict there.

As for what the situation would be for the industrial products of Lars & Eiffelland-Retalia? We would of course do a quid pro quo situation with your nations. If you are willing to look towards the general lowering of tariffs upon our agricultural and industrial goods, we would do the same. We could if it would be in agreement with all of our governments and you gentleman even do a stepped plan to a certain fixed point or even to nearly nothing....or even a Free Trade Agreement"
 

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"I myself don't see a problem with lowering our mutual tariffs. I think we have a consensus on that topic. Our agricultural and industrial sectors have to make sure that we abide by each other's safety regulations regarding agricultural and industrial products, but I have full confidence that we can setle that," Chancellor Rheinfeld said. "Ministro Greco, we may have to discuss with the Holy Tiburan Empire about this as well, by the way."
 

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"Honorable colleague, the involvement of the Northern Tiburan Empire seems to me anticipated. In addition, the Grand Duchy of Lars is inclined to accept the elimination of the penalties only if the nations sign the . There is a different discontent within our senate to grant entry into our market without requiring certain guarantees from our partners."

"The important lowering of the tariffs is not in question, it is an action that we all desire, but their total elimination, includes very precise passages."

Greco took some documents inside the file, leafed through the contents and passed a couple to his colleague.

"Trade with the north is struggling to start, while trade in the direction of Crotobaltislavoia is achieving interesting results following our concession to use our ports to sell their industrial products, such as steel and coal."

 

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Having had no previous heads up about the Lars Agreements and what the articles upon it were, Ms. Haag quickly had an assistant find the relevant information inside the files passed to her so as to quickly have something to reply to those opposite of her.

"Gentleman, as you see, the Lars Agreement was something I was unaware of and having quickly browsed the articles of it I can say fully that it is indeed something we would willingly agree to sign. It would be something beneficial for all our nations. You will find that the Confederacy will be a great partner economically and diplomatically from this day forward and for a long time coming. While we understand the Grand Duchys' point of Crotobaltislavoia potentially being an emerging market, it will have to understand that policies above my paygrade make almost all economic dealings with the Communist bloc a near impossibility. The Confederacy views itself as a bulwark against their principles & ideologies"
 

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"With the entry of the Confederacy of Johnston Isle into the Lars agreements, it could represent the occurrence of their revision in a more usual agreement between friendly peoples and nations."

"It could be something big, but I'm just speculating."
Said Greco.
 

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"Your Excellency Mrs. Haag," Chancellor Rheinfeld said, unaware of the new practice to use the abbreviation "Ms." for women, because niether German nor Italian nor French had an equivalent for that, "I have to mention that the communist nations are less monolithic than they seem. Not all of them are clones of Kadikistan of Ostmark. Crotobaltislavonia is in the Rurikgrad Pact, but it is by far the least communist nation among the communist nations. That country even experiments wth democracy, and I think there is also private property of economic assets like factories. Would it be possible to make an exception to Crotobaltislavonia because of that?"
 

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"Honorable colleague of the Johnston Isle, I wonder how far your confederation wants to be part of the common market of the Reman Sea?
Because if your interest is limited to mere economic profit, there is no need for your confederation to be part of the Lars agreements. But if your interests, like ours, are superior to the art of commerce, then at the end of this meeting, I would suggest rewriting Lars' agreements with a new member, what do you think, Chancellor Rheinfeld?"

"Possiamo fare la storia e unire il Mare Reman."
He said in New Tiburan language.
 

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"Veramente una cosa importante, Sua Excellenza Ministro Greco," Rheinfeld said. "I am open to extending the Lars Agreements with a new member if that new member agrees with the principles of the Lars Agreements."
 

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"While we will never directly do business with Communist Regimes except in special scenarios, we also would not halt 3rd party sales of our goods and products to said communist regimes unless its a matter of sensitivity. We would be most willing to accede the Lars agreements as we view the articles of it acceptable and it as another step forward for strengthening the economies of all our nations"
 

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"If there are no other points to discuss, we can proceed to the conclusion of our meeting." Said Greco with a calm tone, hoping not to have forgotten anything.
 

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"I have only one question, Minister Greco. Should we have the approval of the Holy Tiburan Empire for admitting the Johnston Isles to the Lars Agreements?" Chancellor Rheinfeld asked.
 
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