All-People's Palace Belgarsk Socialist Oblast of Vretsk Socialist Republic of Belgarsk Hello there guest. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! It was the crack of dawn, the rising sun beautifully casting its light through the illustrious All-People's Palace in the city of Belgarsk. The latter being the 3rd largest city in the Kadikistani Union and the mythical birthplace of the Kadik ethnic group. Economically the city itself was flourishing, more so than the two existing metropoles Ivar and Rurikgrad. This was due to the city's proximity to the Belgarsk Key Economic Region, with investors from Pelasgia to Virumaa and from Eiffelland to Serenierre gratefully exploiting the region's natural resources. The need for skilled-workers had only increased over the years, drawing many from the impoverished country-side. Ever since the Special Economic Zone had been created these foreign companies, enjoying various incentives from the Kadikistani state, had invested heavily in the local education of workers rather than importing their own. This meant that over the past few decades an economic middle class was born and growing steadily. Educated and financially better of than the average Kadikistani given the lucrative contracts in the Special Zones. While this trend had been taking place across the country and mainly in the major cities with Belgarsk it was the most outspoken. That was the image of the Kadikistani Union that the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Workers' Party wanted to portray to their guests, a beast of industry and a wealthy obedient people. A different image was available in the neighbourhoods were most workers still toiled in the state-run factories and mines, but the heavy industry looked impressive enough from a distance and there was no need for their guests to see what was hidden under their shadow. Second Secretary of the Central Committee Vujadin Mihajlovic was the one waiting for the delegation of the People's Republic of Ostmark in front of the All-People's Palace. His personal staff were overseeing the final preparations for the arrival of their guests which was promising to be surrounded by grandeur. Once arriving at the international airport their guests were welcomed by the military orchestra playing both national anthems, starting with that of Ostmark. As they would exit the plane and walk over the red carpet towards their ZR-5 luxury transport, they'd be flanked by a saluting military guard in ceremonial uniform every 1.5 metres. Under an impressive motorcycle escort the Ostmark delegation would take such a route to the Palace that the most impressive architectural pearls and the most power-projecting industrial fields would be seen from their blinded bulletproof windows. People had been rallied to cheer on the convoy of motorcycles and luxury cars when it got closer to its destination. Party members had been spreading small flags for the spectators, making sure there was an equal distribution of both. The same went for government buildings and other flagpoles where for the occasion the Ostmark flag flanked that of the Union and the Belgarsk Socialist Republic. All of this was meant to charm the representatives from their north-western neighbours and show them the respect that it was truly considered to deserve. The Kadikistani Union had maintained cordial relation with the People's Republic ever since the national-syndicalist regime of Horst Grasser took power. The Union had been a long-term supplier of energy sources such as petroleum and natural gas along with various other resources, while importing a fair share of the Ostmarkian luxury industries that stemmed from before the era of national-syndicalism. But besides being trusted economic and modest political partners there was a joint realization that there was much more potential to be found in even closer cooperation. Mihajlovic was informed that the convoy was arriving soon, he took one last look over his notes and then turned his gaze to the eastern street corner from which the column would appear every second.