A new face sat in the third Gunnish council chair now. He was boyish looking, as if he were twenty rather than closer to forty, short with longish brown hair. Another baby-faced man on the other side of Beata. Dossiers on him would list Dionysius G. MacHugh (correctly) as the Crown's Attorney, an old friend of Robert Gunn, the principal actor in an affair last year that returned right-wing asylum seekers to Virumaa. He was the scion of a powerful Windhaven family; his great-uncle had been the cardinal archbishop and the most powerful figure in Gunnland after the Great Clan War of the 1940s. He did not speak, but just smiled courteously and passed notes to the others. His presence could only mean a reassertion of royal authority. Councilor MacBenach spoke now, and seemed relieved. Military officers and the 15AR Director had spoken for many days in her stead. "Queen Julian believes that we will soon engage in ministerial or summit-level meetings with Ivar to discuss the future of Gallo-Germania, its security situation, economic and trade concessions, and so forth. The agreement that holds Gunnish forces north of the 55th parallel, and Rurikgrad Pact combat forces east of the 80th meridian, will likely be renegotiated to reflect the new balance of power in the region, and the new security needs of Ivar's extended western force posture. But of course we will want something for our neutrality and cooperation with the Rurikgrad Pact in Crotobaltislavonia, and for acquiescing to the new realities of communist power in our region, and I expect we can wring concessions from the Crotobaltislavonians and the defeated Trivodnians. At the moment we are planning for bilateral talks, although we can ask for multilateral Four Party Talks to include our allies. We plan to ask for mining concessions in western Crotobaltislavonia, and a highway infrastructure project with free and secured north-south trade through Crotobaltislavonia." She paused. "The other matter is joining in coordinated clandestine efforts with the southerners to destabilize the Kadikistani Union. Queen Julian has ordered the 15AR to explore these options with the Staatsschutz should they become necessary, but the Council will need to determine a joint policy on the matter. Not just supporting regime change in Virumaa. Weakening the very core of the Union so that it cannot radiate its strength outwards into our lands."