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The [Southern] Gallian Summit [Attn: Madurja, Remuria]

Auraria

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It came with great regret that the logistics for the arrival of the Maduran Consul and Remurian Grand Duchess were alerted so substantially. Arturo Villavicencio International Airport was located far from the center of the Aurarian Capital, necessitated by the ancient city’s surge into modernity. A series of not so aesthetic highways connected it with the Avenida da la República which would take you directly into the center of the city which is where the grandeur of it was situated. The National Court, which occupied the original palace of the Aurarian Emperors was separated from Marisela Palace by a large park that the Avenida enclosed. Every aspect of the city planning was designed to show off its prestige.

The Aurarian Foreign Ministry, much to the disdain of the people of Solis, gleefully would close down these vital routes in order to show off the opulence of Solis. Unfortunately, these streets and courtyards which defined the city’s beauty were now filled with angry protestors who all had their own opinions on Auraria’s foreign policy and the allegedly looming economic crisis. The Ministry decided that such imagery did not set the tone they wanted, so helicopters were arranged to take the delegations from the Airport to the courtyard of Marisela Palace, a courtyard nicely insulated from the outside.

It was common during the revolution for the grand palaces of the nobility to be ransacked and converted into “Temples of the People.” Most famous among these examples are the National Court’s decision to usurp the Royal Palace in Solis and transform it into their meeting space. Despite the building’s grandeur, it quickly became evident that a Royal Palace wasn’t exactly fit to serve as the meeting place of a national legislature so in 1850 a massive atrium was built on the backside of the building to house the actual floor. The atrium, from above, was an odd addition – but thankfully you rarely see the back of the building.

Marisela Palace, the residence and official working place of the President of the Republic, was different. This building was constructed in 1893 and exemplified the power of the Republic during the height of the “Second Aurarian Empire.” Stylizing itself in the Old Republic’s fascination with Tiburan and Pelasgian culture/architecture, the building is a mix of recognizable styles.

It’s defining feature is “La Promesa” three statues that sit on top the Palace. The left statue is a woman guiding Pegasus with imagery of agriculture. The right statue is another woman guiding another Pegasus, but with imagery of industry. In the center is the Allegory of the Republic, which symbolizes peace and prosperity.

The Palace itself was abuzz with activity, preparing the State Room for the Dinner Aruraria was hosting for the Madurans and Remurians. Nothing but the finest would be served and no expense would be spared – despite the cratering stock market. Before the dinner and festivities, President Ordenes would be meeting with the Maduran Consul and the Remurian Grand Duchess to discuss matters of state.

The Press had jumped on the opportunity to call it “The Gallian Summit, part three” or “The Third-Times-The-Charm Summit” or “The Southern Gallian Summit” in mockery of the President’s repeated failures to obtain meaningful progress in these summits. In spite of past failures, Ordenes remained optimistic of his chances here. He sat in his private office going through the final briefings the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided. He would be summoned to the Main Gates to personally welcome the Remurians and Madurans as soon as they were to arrive.

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Remuria

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Remurians were quite confusing to the outsiders, and in no small part this was thanks to the Aurarians. The Res Publica for centuries was a de facto elective monarchy, where the Grand Duke ruled for life. Yet, in the aftermath of the Aurarian Revolution, it's echoes were felt in Remuria where, with some zealous support from Aurarian Revolutionaries, the elections were changed to five year terms and opened to women. Effectively making Grand Dukes into Presidents, but keeping the title in place. The historic moment to completely overhaul the system having been wasted, this stuck for the past two hundred years. Hence why often the Remurians used the title Magnus Dux to differentiate from Grand Duke, even if it was just a classic Tiburan appelation of the same.

Magna Ducessa Anastasia di Scopelliti was not the first woman to hold the post, but she was the first woman not affiliated with any political party to hold the job and to hold it quite efficiently. She was relatively young for the job, getting the post at 34 and now turning 39 as the renewal process loomed ahead of her. With a very thrilling life behind her, combining economic education with service with the Air Force as a fighter pilot, she was rather good in all fields, but unlike some world leaders that were clear geniuses in every field, she could not alone excel in every single aspect of state governance. So she surrounded herself with very knowledgeable and skilled advisors, some with grey hair and years of politics behind them, others young and dynamic to shift the ongoing paradigms. The Remurian political system necessitated quite clever navigating among the interests of the Res Public and the constituent Nations, after all, a task that could hardly be sucessfully accomplished by a single woman or man.

Accompanying the Grand Duchess was her trusted Foreign Affairs Director, Vittorio Flangini, who lately had a difficult task of navigating the boat that was Remuria between the Scylla and Charybdis of European politics. As well as an assortment of economic and political advisors.

As for the summit, the speed with which it was organised and the preliminary agenda indicated that he Aurarians were eager to share new initiatives and ideas, and the Remurians were curious to listen what they had to say. And given the presence of the Madurjans, this was even more interesting.

On the Remurian side, the agenda was key to place as well their own ideas on a new transportation link from the Thaumantic ocean and back into Remuria to somewhat decrease the overdependence on the Long Sea ports alone. Of course, there were risks, given the rising hostilities between the Organisation of Democratic States and the Rurikgrad Pact, and there were some sceptics that said that in a couple years the link would be communistified by the new red power in Solis, pleasantly installed there by Ivar. But more realistic types considered other options on the table as well, even in case of a full blown conflict between the Organisation of Democratic States and the Rurikgrad Pact, there were always options to secure investments. And, despite the mounting tensions, bullets were not yet flying. Regardless, such concerns were a matter for another day, first the buy in from Aurarians and Madurjans would be required.
 
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