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Saluting the people (Jugland & Fleur)
« on: January 02, 2021, 09:49:14 PM »
13 Nivôse CCXXIX
De : Madame l’Ambassadrice Emmanuelle Mélanie Salomé Martin,
À :L’Union Fédérale de Terre-Jugue/Federal Union of Jugland,
Statut : Déclaration Privée.

Salutations,

As the local representative in Albrektberg, I am delighted to offer you my congratulations for the milestone achieved by your people. In a spirit of celebration, I have been permitted to use funds as, if you were to agree, co-host with your authorities, a celebration following the referendum and your new constitution. We would be delighted to help supply you with fine products, such as champagne. Our people are used to celebrate great political decisions, this strengthen the democratic vivacity of a nation, and we hope that you may have something similar, to increase the mood of the people of Jugland, and celebrate this tremendous and incredible work you have achieved for the future of your children.

I’d also like to ask permission, for the current installations in Albrektberg, to become a Consulate, as we establish the Embassy in Midtenstadt.

And finally, would propose, if you agree, to invite D.A.D.C. Debeauson to your beautiful nation, for having a meeting with the President of the Provisional Government, Eadwald Engelsaas, as to strengthen jugland-fleuroix cordial relations and attend the celebration.

In hope of a positive answer,
Sincerely,
- S.E.M.A. Martin

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2021, 10:35:48 AM »


To the République Fleuroise, Ambassador Martin
From the Federal Union of Jugland


Our government is thankful to your republic for your friendly words and good wishes, and we hope your message starts a constructive and prospereous relation between your nation and the recently established Federal Union of Jugland.

We are grateful for the gifts and donation offered as well, as we will be glad to host a joint celebration in Juglander soil to commemorate, not just our modest steps toward peace and national reconciliation, but the future of, hopely friendly and prosperous, Juglander-Fleuroix relations as well.

We are glad to grant you your petition, to keep the current installations in Albrektberg a a Consulate, and we offer our assistance in the establishment of your new embassy in Midtenstadt.

President Eadwald Engelsaas will be honoured to receive D.A.D.C. Debeauson in our country, and the Provisional Government can announce that a special commission to be created to organize such joint celebration.

Sincerely,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Union of Jugland


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Re: Saluting the people (Jugland & Fleur)
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2021, 10:10:43 AM »
15 Nivôse CCXXIX
De : Madame l’Ambassadrice Emmanuelle Mélanie Salomé Martin,
À :L’Union Fédérale de Terre-Jugue/Federal Union of Jugland,
Statut : Déclaration Privée.

Salutations,

Your reply honours us, and we are most delighted. I personally look forward to such great event which shall set a milestone for the people of Jugland, and the flavours of liberty and democracy to stay well in their mouth, alongside allowing each of our nations to further know one another.

We are most grateful for your authorisation on the consulate in Albrektberg, and hope that we may return the favour if your people were to decide such back.

I look forward to the celebration,
Sincerely,
- S.E.M.A. Martin



« Your briefing Monsieur » would say a waitress, as she bended to offer the file.

« Thank you » said Debeauson, as he got distracted, turning back to her. « It’s the latest one? From Martin? » he asked.

« Yes Monsieur » she confirmed, giving her attention to Debeauson as to check if he needed anything.

« Thank you very much » he added with a smile addressed to her, as she moved out.

The sound of the motors was relatively low compared to other models that flied at supersonic, yet it still left a little back-noise that bothered Debeauson, and asked him hours to get used to. As he flew in the Breça Concorde from Cœur to Jugland, he’d still not get quite used to it, given how fast the plane went, and his ears being diesel, he’d get used to the sound by the time the plane went out of its supersonic speed. This led him to have been most incapacitated for the flight, reason why he preferred the more conventional shall we say, planes, which didn’t reached any Mach.

Debeauson was well rested, after a week of holidays back in the fleuroix beaches in a rented villa where he had enjoyed the relatively quiet and peaceful environment, on the wild coast, as the season was particularly hot in the south hemisphere of Mundus. He missed already the Ricard (french appetising alcohol) that he’d serve himself with his wife right before having a long and lazy lunch in one of the locals restaurants which were generally light in terms of infrastructure, seating on the beach, if not sometimes, directly in the beach. But now, back with a suit, back with a tie.

After a while, the plane would at last land, letting Debeauson see from his window the usual welcoming committee. His eyes would catch what he supposed was a woman at the center of a red carpet, with a marine blue suit, which he deduced to be Madame Martin, the ambassador in Jugland. On either part of the red carpet, he’d see the guards contingent, from the Garde Républicaine, on the right, in line with their sabers ready in their cases as they fell on the thigh of each guard, while at the opposite direction, very much in line too, the orchestra from the guard. The contingent would come from the Embassy, or local Consulate, and naturally depending on the size of the staff here, and its security, the size would greatly vary, like he’d remind himself of, during his visit in Yach where they had to make the contingent come from far aware for respecting the protocol.

The protocol… The Garde Républicaine, here to remind him, and any official, ambassador included, that the Constitution prevail in all cases. As the plane would had stopped, the door open, Debeauson would be the first out, stepping on the stairs and getting down to finally touch the ground. He’d address a smile at the direction of Martin, which she’d answer back.

As soon as Debeauson first walked on the carpet, the officer of the guards would order loudly, « Présentez, armes ! », at which the guards would show their sabers, and the two flags, of the host nation and Fleur. Debeauson would stop in the middle of the carpet, and slightly turns towards the guard orchestra, as they will play the salute. When finished, he’d go straight back towards the Ambassador, with whom he’d shake hands.

« Salutations Martin, how are you doing? It’s been a while » addressed first Debeauson.

« It has been indeed. Doing finely, how are you? » replied back Martin, as she would put herself on the side of Debeauson, and both walk a few more steps towards the car waiting for them.

The car contingent, representing fleuroix fine motor industry, by its generally elaborated shapes, would be waiting. Two guards would open the door of their car for each of them, as they got in, « I’m doing great, well rested » would reply back Debeauson as they met again in the car, both seated.

The cars went going, « Thank you for the means and priority you put in Jugland » shyly stated Martin, as she enjoyed the actions that were carried, towards cordial relations with the people of Jugland. « I do not know if you had time to read my latest update on the report, but there are debates around the usage of their calendar, which might be a good possibility to introduce the metric calendar » she’d add.

« Switching from 7 days week to 10 days week, the same for seconds, minutes and hours, alongside a new year in their September, is a great change for the people, I doubt it may happen » said Debeauson, « But pleasure is mine, thank you for your long work here » he’d add.

« Thank you for the budget increase of my embassy also… » she’d add, having noticed since the start of the crisis in Jugland the budget having increased, to organise cultural events at the embassy, which were good use to share fleuroix culture, and way of democracy with referendums.

« It’s the purpose of our direction after all. Honour is all yours » commented Debeauson. « I trust your Csletian is good? » he asked, wondering.

« Obviously » immediately replied Martin, slightly amused. Knowing the language of the host nation was after all a mandatory step for anyone working at the embassy, even the guards. « I shall serve you as translator naturally » she added, giving him another glance as he was focusing on watching through the outside window the landscape of the nation he was welcomed in.

« My ears look forward to it » he’d add, giving her a rapid look as he observed with great curiosity the buildings by which their contingent passed by. « I hope to establish a cordial dialogue, and make small steps towards cultural exchanges » he’d add briefly.

« Yes, I have read your message. I suspect it’d be good. Education is particularly key in any nation, and the priority as it should be. I am surprised by how well you have the support of the administration to spend that much oversea on schools » commented Martin.

« Oh be certain that I am too » said jokingly Debeauson. « Where the royal family currently? » he’d ask.

« The Welhaven-Goltzam? In Achkaerin. Nobody expect them to return, specially after the referendum » she replied.

« Mmh… Achkaerin, what a surprise. The land supporting the war criminals of Clysperis and having carried wars throughout the Mundus, yet so many nation love them, oddly surprising with their ever going imperialism » added to himself Debeauson.

« As you are aware, the National Council is the true powerholder, as the President is mostly a representative on them, except in emergency cases » invited to know Martin, as to make sure such informations was in Debeauson’s mind. « Given also the great changes, we expect that they may be interested into military material to strengthen the position of the new government » she finalised.

« Good… » added Debeauson, as he still looked the outside, « Would need to wander a bit around the meeting afterwards, would you mind organising a tour? » he asked, as he returned his full attention to Martin.

This came as a surprise to her, knowing the busy agenda of the man, « Sure » she simply said. Before their car would slow down, before stopping, « I believe we are arrived Monsieur ».
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Re: Saluting the people (Jugland & Fleur)
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2021, 09:45:16 PM »

The Fleuroix plane landed in the military base in the Nythammel military base a few days after the first national parliamentary election under the new constitution. Juglander officers saluted the welcome guests when they left the plane, with the Fleuroix guards came from behind to perform their traditional protocol.

After the ambassador greeted and exchanged a few words with Debeauson, Minister-Secretary Burkhardt Kvalheim approached them.

"Welcome to Jugland", Kvalheim said. "I hope you had a comfortable travel".

"I introduce you to Lamprecht Vaaler", Kvalheim continued as one of his assistant offered Debeauson a folder, "I have entrusted him to assist and guide you during your visit, in case you need it, as I assume the ambassador doesn't know very well the city yet. Although I imagine that the ambassador already informed about the agenda, the folder includes the agenda of the day, including a detailed summary of the celebration we have jointly organized, which will turn place in the afternoon, as you probably know. Mr. Vaaler joined the ministry recently but he's a fluent Fleuroix speaker as he served as attaché in the Juglander embassy in your country more than a decade ago".

"It will be a honour, Director Debeauson", Vaaler told Debeasuson, pointing to a little box offered by a Juglander attendant approaching the Fleuoix guests, "it's a bottle of mjedavitt, a typical alcoholic liquor, produced in our country, as a souvenir. Not sure if really adecuate by the Fleuoix taste, but it is really popular here".

"This kind was sadly stopped being produced as consequence of our recent conflict after two centuries of family tradition", Kvalheim explained, "by the younger son has recently taken the family company and started to produce it again. This one is one of the few last ones produced in the old factory, I believe. Although I don't recommend you to taste it before your meeting with President Engelsaas though", he added with a smile.

"The military base is about 12 km from Midtenstadt, our new capital city", Vaaler explained, "so the travel will take us a bit longer. Unfortunately, Midtenstadt airport, is not functional yet". As they approached the cars, they may realize that the Juglander guards escorting them were still wearing badges with the royal symbol in their vests, as the official coat of arms of the Juglander Armed Forces hadn't been changed yet.



Kvalheim's and the guests' cars left toward Midtenstadt, escorted by two others cars, four Juglander police motorbikes, three military jeeps as well as a helicopter in the distance. The travel was not too long, as the new highway was mostly straight line, at least before reaching a few hills nearby one of the recently constructed Midtenstadt suburbs, on the way to the city center. In their way to Midtenstadt, the Fleuroix guests could see the rather uninhabited area besides a dozen of villages and two minor  towns, a few forests in the horizon, and the view of dozens and dozens of appartment buildings being built as soon as they approached to Midtenstadt.

The cars stopped in front of a huge neoclassic style building, with a large dome with the Jugland's flag on top. "This is our new parliament, which will start sessions the next week", Kvalheim explained.

The guests were showed the main rooms and chambers, including the parliamentary chambers. "Besides a few dozens of ambassadors, including Mrs. Martin, who attended the inauguration of the building a week ago", Kvalheim explained, "you are the first foreign representative to walk through these chamberes". Then they arrived to the large hall, where they were invited to read a few lines in the parliament's guestbook. They entered a nearby chamber, when the waiters offered them appetizers and drinks, while they rested and talked for a few minutes.

"We'll go to the Federal Palace, which is going to become soon the head of the National Council", Kvalheim explained, "where the President Engelsaas is awaiting us".

It didn't take them a long time, as the Federal House was only in a closer avenue, in the middle of a huge and empty square. The building had certainly a much more modern and restrained architecture style than the parliament building. Kvalheim explained that President Engelsaas had directly come to Midtenstadt from Albrektberg the same morning, as although many ministries had started moving and operating in Midtenstadt for a week, the meetings of the Provisional Government were still being held in Albrektberg, in the building which was once the residence of the Prime Minister, which become Engelsaas residence when he was appointed as President of the Provisional Government.

"Next week, works will start as the building plans to become a museum", Kvalheim explained, "something that I did not imagine when I was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs". They started approaching the main stairs of the Federal House, where Eadwald Engelsaas, the President of the Provisional Government, was awaiting them.

"Welcome, Director Debeauson", Engelsaas said, offering his hand, as the photographers prepared for the ceremonial picture. Then, he offered him to accompany him to one large meeting room.




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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2021, 06:04:59 PM »
« I really like the style » exclaimed Debeauson at Kvalheim’s words, as the neo-classical building appeared, in this fully under construction environment. « One thing before we begin » stopped himself Debeauson, addressing Kvalheim, « Thank you again for the present » he said referring to the bottle that he had been offered at the airport, « Are there certain circumstances under which to drink the mjedavitt? » he asked, trying his best way to pronounce the name of the drink he had been given. He wondered if it was more an appetiser, a digestive, or dessert drink, or perhaps for red meat, or more subtile and refine for fish etc. « Given that I shall not taste it before meeting President Engelsaas… » said with a regretful ironic tone, smiling at Kvalheim, quoting his earlier comment at the airport.

As they moved out of the car, Debeauson would give another glance around, seeing the great work the Juglanders had invested in the place, « You are in luck Ambassador » he’d throw at Martin, which didn’t knew how to react. « A city under construction with a beautiful architecture, magnificent countryside, not over-populated, in a well-healthy new democracy, this is certainly the dream affectation for any diplomat » he’d smile at her.

« Only if Monsieur Kvalheim and you remains satisfied of my services » said with a pleasant tone Martin to Debeauson, to which he smiled.

As they proceeded to enter the building, Debeauson couldn’t prevent himself to have a smell like the city of Cœur, the capital built from scratch in the 50’s and 60’s in the heart of the country, as to show the new splendor of the new established governance system of Fleur, making him wonder if fortunately this new bastion of democracy shall stand time, just like theirs seems to stand it so far.

Debeauson would write down a kind message in the parliament's guestbook, as he’d also ask and wonder around to put the date in fleuroix, but then forgetting that they used a different calendar here, having rapidly a small talk over it, and adding the date in the message on the guestbook. Following it, exchanges and refreshments were offered, before going to the main course, the Federal Palace which was close-by.

As they would enter the building, which was most modern, giving Debeauson an odd taste in his mouth as he liked things to be of the same style, Kvalheim’s explanations of turning the place into a museum would be a relief to Debeauson’s mind, even if he wouldn’t like anytime soon in Jugland, it was an odd habit he had, to care for things to be of the same style. « What kind of museum exactly if may ask? Art I suspect, during which period? » he wondered, before thinking a bit more, « Or perhaps History of Jugland government? » he wondered, given how historic the place could be to juglanders’ eyes. They’d walk a bit more, before finally having a glimpse of President Engelsaas.

« President Engelsaas. Thank you for welcoming me » said Debeauson in csletian, for the little he had tried to work on for the meeting, to at least state such sentence in the host’s language as to honour them, even if he counted on translators, which fortunately would be unnecessary thanks to Engelsaas curriculum in Fleur, as both men shook hands, taking a smile in front of the photographers, before being invited into another room.

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2021, 12:16:40 AM »

"Traditionally", Kvalheim patiently explained to Debeauson, "our people had during the breakfast. But it's a rather strong liquor, around 40% alcohol, although with a rather mixed flavour, so nowadays it's drank mostly after the meal, typically after the dinner".

"Unfortunately, I have only a general idea about the project", Kvalheim later asked about the future use of the Prime Minister's residence, "as it's not exactly a competence of my ministry. But I can ask Minister Adarrgaard, who's personally involved with the move. You'll probably have the chance to meet him during our planned celebrations", he explained referring to the Minister of Public Works and Cultural Affairs. "But it will be rather a museum dedicated to history. The residence is not a big building, and although it belonged to the royal family until it was turned into an official residence about fifty years ago, and it has so highly estimated rooms with paintings and murals, it has a rather symbolical value as there were certain political meetings and legal documents drafted and passed in the buildings, being a place of teaching of history had more sense, from that point of view".



"It is my pleasure", Engelsaas replied, "we're honoured for your visit. I hope it's the beginning of a new relationship between our nation and your republic".

"I hope our capital did not seem too menacing from the distance", Engelsaas told Debeauson when they were already in the room. "I understand the view of crane after crane without end is not too hospitable. But I hope before most of all our projects are completely finished, the city will start to feel alive, sooner than later. It's a pity you won't be able to witness it yet. However, this evening you'll have the chance to see a more pleasant sight of the city, where our plans are already successfully taking form".






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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2021, 06:51:47 PM »
« In fact, the cranes display is most impressive, and enjoyable » first stated Debeauson, to his own surprise, « Metaphorically showing the reborn of your nation through the new Constitution, and this new capital city » he added with a smile. « I certainly wish and hope for the best, for your new constitution, you and your people, the same for the to-be fruitful relations between our nations » he’d comment with a charming tone.

Debeauson couldn’t prevent himself but from noticing how the great age of his counter-parts seems to give him a great wisdom-looking picture. He have also been impressed by how a military man, would change the course of his career to start politics, and after just a few years of it would find himself at the head of the state and a great reform, knowing how much he had been part of the previous establishment.

« As a man of honour, and our host » started Debeauson, as he gave a glimpse at Martin, which was smiling, keeping her hands down straight on her body, « I would like to extend our gratitude, and also pride in seeing your people recent success, by offering you a present » would state Debeauson, as the door would be let open, and a man from jugland security of the palace would have been given a most elaborated, deep blue, minimalist yet beautifully decorated box, long and thing. As the box would finally be opened in front of Engelsaas’ eyes, what appeared to be obvious, became transparent, a saber. « It have been made following traditional methods of the fleuroix art du sabre, with the traditional filament, and a most minimalist, yet effective handle, clear original like those made back in the day, and still done today for our Garde Républicaine » he’d comment, as Martin continually translated, even if naturally professional would see that there are slight differences from the ones of the Garde for obvious reasons. Debeauson wasn’t an expert in sabre, yet had been well briefed for that present, which he had in mind since he had looked at the most impressive curriculum vitæ of his host. « Please » invited Debeauson, by a simple hand gesture, and slight bowing, for Engelsaas to size his present and move the sabre out of its case.

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2021, 02:24:38 AM »

"There is certain some symbolism", Engelsaas replied, "although there are more practical motivations that influenced us toward that decision, such as to deactivate the regional tensions that accumulated before and during the last conflict, as you have probably been informed".

"I'm honoured for such original present", Engelsaas said touching lightly the present. "It brings me back to my memory the old days of my youth, as back them the handling of the word was important part of the life of the young cadets, obviously already for rather ceremonial reasons then. Although, naturally, ours weren't as magnificient as this one".

"And if you allow me to move directly to business, as it's usually said in Albrektberg", Engelsaas continued, once their meeting restarted, "we were rather surprised, positively obviously, about your offer and your visit. Not for a lack of diplomatic activity, as well as the increase of contacts and messages from other governments as our nation firmly started moving toward our new path, but still unexpected. As you probably know -Engelsaas added looking at ambassador Martin for a second-, you've the honour to be the first member of a foreign government to visit Juglander soil in five years. What's your view about the present moment of our nation, and what do you hope for Jugland-Fleur relations, if they were to be as successful as we hope they will from now, if I can ask?".


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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2021, 02:55:31 PM »
« I am delighted that you enjoy the gift » addressed Debeauson, as he slighted bowed at Engelsaas’ compliment on the beauty of the sabre.

« This honours touches us profoundly » added Martin at the comments of Debeauson’s visit was the first of a foreign head of state in 5 years, as she translated her words, and kept her face to Engelsaas.

« I see your nation setting course towards a prosperous light. Naturally as any political system, it shall have crisis, scandals even, but that is the democratic life of a healthy nation, as we rely on humans, which as you know aren’t perfect. So is the human nature » first responded Debeauson at the question on his view of Jugland, « And I am most delighted to be here, with men and women, of values and moral » he’d further compliment.

Debeauson slightly straighten a bit on his chair, as he was to enter into the business part which Engelsaas seems so fond of. « I hope that students visit and study actively in each other’s nation » first responded Debeauson, as he knew how generous the Fleuroix system was for foreigners, and it had attracted many, alongside hoped to open a few schools following naturally juglandese curriculum in Jugland. « Potentially great contracts, and partnerships in various fields, alongside agreements on the international stance, to promote democracy, alongside sovereignty of the people instead of some abusive monarchical power, such as the one in Achkaerin, East Moreland, Tamora etc. This would only naturally be the best of ideal, but I know our cultures can be quite different, so can be our visions, and I am already more than delighted to have just you, and your people, exist as a beacon of liberty in this part of the Mundus/i] » would add Debeauson, « We’d also be delighted to help you in defense industry or else shall it be needed, since we do have special budgets to support democratic nations, since you are in our vision, a C2 nation, meaning a nation that we want to actively support by any means in its way of being » clarified Debeauson, in warm voice tone. « I was hoping a VISA facilitation for students, or even suspension of the need of VISA for short travels additionally » added on a second thought Debeauson, giving a glance at Martin, as she continued to translate his words.

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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2021, 08:24:17 PM »

"We are hopeful but certainly prudent about our present and future", Engelsaas replied.

"That seems a proposal which would likely benefit both countries", Engelsaas said about the prospect of exchange of students between Jugland and Fleur. "The details would be hard to be established right now, as the new parliament will likely to pass a new education law soon, and that may change the requirements for both students and education centers. As there are still quite a few months before the new education year starts in our country, however, we can start creating a joint commission to facilitate the establishment of a system of exchange students".

"About your VISA proposal", Engelsaas continued, "we would certainly support such initiative always the requirements for students of both countries are reciprocal".

"Our Armed Forces", as you can imagine, "are already going through a period of transformation, once the peace was reestablished. Although the defense budget will be likely reduced, as you can imagine we have to face more domestic priorities, and a large numbers of our men have already being demobilized, it is my opinion that our armes forces need investment and start a period of new modernization. So we'd likely be interested to cooperate in that sector as well".


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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2021, 07:14:29 PM »
« Naturally » commented in a most understandable manner Debeauson, since elections are a key milestone in any living democracy alongside defining moment for a nation’s policy. « I propose the establishment of a joint commission over the education and VISA questions, to be led by respective teams from both sides, that will lay down the foundations of an agreement, and to have such treaty finalised once elections are over in Jugland » addressed Debeauson, eager to see the outcome of it. « Madame Martin, present here, would act as representative on fleuroix side for this joint commission if you were to agree » said Debeauson, as he gave a show towards Martin, translating his words, as he continued.

« It’d be honoured » would add Martin to that, in csletian, as she slightly bowed her head as sign of respect.

As for the military, « I naturally expected nothing more » first lowered the bar Debeauson, « For your domestic priorities we’d also be ready to help, mainly in the field of energy where we have a great program of new nuclear power plants, 3rd generations ones which are made to perpetuate a stable, alongside environmentally-friendly » developed Debeauson, « But that naturally shall be let to the first properly elected and established government » he’d add, quoting the elections. « But you know that the people of Fleur stand by your side, and are willing to help you » he concluded. Mostly that Fleur needed to ensure some exports worst billions, as to ensure that jobs would continue to exist, and be more than willing to help pay for those exports to guarantee such, but only towards democratic nations. « Transition from military to civilian life is quite a grand one, and I am confident your nation shall exceed expectations » wished Debeauson with a smile, as for the troops demobilisation question.

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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2021, 11:45:38 PM »
"I am sure with the Ambassador Martin in the commitee", Engelsaas replied, "we count in the needed goodwill to reach an agreement which benefits both countries".

"I share that opinion", he continued, "about the potentialities and adequacy of the nuclear energy compared to other sources of energy. However, our only nuclear plants, which were already rather old, became inactive as consequence of our conflict in the last years. I hope the National Council will address this issue sooner than later".

"Obviously, that's our hope as well", Engelsaas added about Debeauson's last remarks. "To be honest, our nation is moving toward certainly uncharted territories, from a historical point of view. But I hope everything advances smoothly. After all, our people aspires to peace and order, after these tragic years, and it's our mission to protect those aspirations".

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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2021, 11:04:52 PM »
« Wonderful » would exclaim himself on the commission proposal being accepted Debeauson, in csletian, one of the 5 words he had learnt before coming.

« I do understand… Shall you need help to restart it, please consider it as an act of friendship, that we’d be willing to dispatch an engineer team to help you restart it, even if before naturally verifying security. With the progress of our commission going on, the Académie du Nucléaire de Scellein may also be a good place for students in the nuclear field I hope to enjoy » addressed Debeauson, willing to assist as much as possible the juglandeses. A nuclear catastrophe in Jugland would have terrible impact back home, and he wanted to absolutely prevent such… It’d be quite costly for the Parti Radical which is pro-nuclear, alongside all his ideas in the public debates that he had thrown on the debate. The house of cards would collapse or greatly shake if such disaster was to happen.

« Certainly, and we may only wish such to your people and ours, peace and prosperity » added with a smile Debeauson, as he let Martin continue the translation. She’d be asking for a glass of water, having her throat dry from all this translation work. « I must admit that the situation of our relations, between both our nations, are precarious, but I hope very much that this establish a first step towards the right direction » commented Debeauson, hoping to seal a friend in Coft Aranye. « Does your Excellency have other subject to the agenda? » wondered Debeauson.

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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2021, 04:43:08 PM »

"We'll surely consider your offer of assistance", Engelsaas replied. "However, we were forced some months to ago to establish a commission which unfortunately was forced to take the decision of starting to dismantle the nuclear plants, either for safety reasons or because the costs of restarting them would be too high, considering their technology and structure. But I hope the new Jugland's administration continues with our plan of relaunching nuclear energy in our country, as we believe it's a source of energy which could have a bright future in our country".

"Yes, indeed, just the a last subject", Engelsaas answered. "There are several political parties which support the negotiation of trade agreement with foreign countries, in order to attract investment and optimatize our exports, so I'd be interested about your view on this issue. In any case, I hope a positive relationship starts and continues between our nations. Our government offers to pay you back a diplomatic visit to your nation before one year, if that was possible, to check the agreements initiated in this meeting, as well as several businessmen from our country have showed interest to join a future delegation to Fleur, as they would be interested to study the business environment in Fleur and invest in the country".

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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2021, 10:22:01 PM »
That took Debeauson a bit by surprise by the dismantlement of the nuclear reactors, generally people would try to ignore the risks of such device, moving on, to make it produce alongside gain financial benefits from it. « Oh I see… Wise recommandation » he could only say. « It certainly is the future, our future » reaffirmed Debeauson, being more and more convinced as he travelled throughout the Mundus, and most notably saw the Midaranye nations produce their backwards oil, with nations submitting to their will, such as Achkaerin with Clysperis.

Second surprise in a row, a wonderful or totally questionable one in Debeauson’s mind. Fleur did not commit itself to any other outsider or treaty over the borders for imports and exports, except with its categorization system which just put backgrounds checks, or even prohibits entirely, exchanges with some nations. That would be a première, something to sell to his electorate back home if it was worth it.

« Naturally, your ambassador in Cœur shall let us know, and we’d be pleased to welcome you » responded Debeauson to the idea of a visit. Fleur did little host foreign leaders, in fact it haven’t since many many years, such event would be of true significance and be a nation-wide celebration expected Debeauson, as those were rare, and honors probably wouldn’t be given to monarchs. However a fellow stable republic, thriving for democracy and liberty, that would be a great pretext to celebrate indeed, and sign a few agreements, which then the people and electorate might find most acceptable. « Naturally businessmen and women are always welcome » added Debeauson, « We however do have quite a particular culture, which lots of foreign companies had issues to adapt to » he would continue, having in mind a few companies trying their business model and market in Fleur, but just ending up being wasted. « And even after the elections, we’d be delighted to welcome you too » insisted Debeauson, as he understood the provisory nature that Engelsaas had in the current situation, wanting to welcome him even if he did not hold any position after the elections. « This certainly does set a precedent for the bright future of our relations, and we certainly consider them most positively » he added with a smile, looking at Ambassador Martin.

« Truly » seconded Martin, as she had done the translation.

« I hope you’ll be able to enjoy properly our sense of hospitality when you visit Fleur » granted amused Debeauson, as he certainly knew how committed organisers and logistical teams were for such events. One example being the to-be soon summit in Rochetaillée on the Yellowtongue virus which certainly was a state of the art to show fleuroix way of life to the many scientists and representatives attending.

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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2021, 02:17:57 AM »

"I understand that our nations had followed rather different paths through history, and that certainly had an impact in the character of our countries", Engelsaas replied. "However, I'd be honoured to visit your country, not just with the aim to strengthening the ties between our government for the benefit of both of our countries, but a chance to learn personally about your political system and style of government", he said knowning that the chances of such travel were rather low, given the present circumstances.

"I hope so", Engelsaas added. "Once the last protocol of our meeting is over", he continued, "I have given instructions for the next visit point of your agenda, so you could see a different view of our capital, and contemplate some of our projects. Of course, you're free to rest a bit, either at your own embassy or the hotel nearby, we have still time, a long day until our joint celebration starts this evening. In any case, I have assigned Mr. Vaaler, I believe you met him before, to accompany you and Mrs. Martin, serving as a guide for the next hours".



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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2021, 11:24:05 AM »
« Your curiosity honours us » would add on that point Debeauson, as he marked the end of his sentence with a smile, while as always being translated by Martin.

Martin would add on her own, « I am fully at your service also to serve as bridge for such event, that we are certainly eager to organise already ».

As this point was finished, and Engelsaas moved on what would happen next, Martin was glad such could happen as it’d be most useful for her new assignment here, given the new status of this city as capital. « I am certain it shall be quite a visit » she’d comment, « And the celebrations are to be memorable, a new page that history book shall remember ».

« Thank you for your great hospitality and all the care you’ve taken » said Debeauson as he rose up, handing over his hand to shake Engelsaas’ one. « Specially from such great veteran and man with experience » he’d further compliment.

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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2021, 07:32:21 PM »

"It was a honour for me as well", Engelsaas replied. "I hope our meeting was the seed for a positive cooperation between our nations".

Then followed the usual steps required by the protocol, including the signing of a memorandum summarizing the main agreements and proposals discussed in the meeting, and posing for a last official photography, Engelsaas accompanied the guests through the halls of the building. "It was a pleasure", Engelsaas said to the Fleuroix guests, "I'll see you again later in evening during the ceremony and dinner".



Once the guests were ready again, Lamprecht Vaaler received them, carefully explaining them their route for the next two hours.

"We'll go to the northeastern district of the city", Vaaler explained them in their own language, "where some of the most ambitious urban projects are already being finished. There, you could see a different view of the city than you had before, and realizing the sometimes difficult task to give life to a new city, I guess".

"After that", Vaaler continued, "before to returning downtown Midtenstadt there is planned a religious ceremony nearby, as it is traditional in our country given the nature of one of the projects. I'm well aware of the well-known, ehm, official policy regarding the nature of the relation between government and religion in Fleur, but minister Kvalheim thought it could be a curious experience, from a merely personal point of view, to see a different and unique aspect of our culture and traditions from a different perspective".




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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2021, 01:44:05 AM »
The closing of this first meeting was rather efficient, soft and enjoyable thought Debeauson, as he was satisfied with the result of it, alongside its achievements. It certainly wasn’t nothing productive, or concrete one might say, but in democracies things had to take time, specially with so many opinions floating around. But it wasn’t Fleur’s purpose to make partners, what it was, was to make cordial relations, before turning them into friends, on which one may count and truly have a healthy friendly relation with, something rare in Mundus.



Debeauson certainly was surprised at the idea of a religious ceremony, and gave a glance at Martin, which on the other hand did not seem surprised.

« Certainly, as observers I am fairly certain that we may enjoy such » moved out of the silence Martin, as she gave a great cordial smile. You know, one of those smile, that Debeauson would see, and understand as “it’s no big deal”, which made Debeauson question… « Religion is a fully private matter in Fleur, therefore there’s no issue regarding it. We just consider it inappropriate to worship in public » simply expressed Martin.

« And we are delighted to know more about Jugland’s rich background and culture » would add Debeauson, having resized control of his face and surprise.

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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2021, 08:09:05 PM »

"That's my understanding", Vaaler replied. "Obviously, when I was in Fleur we were too busy and couldn't experience much of Fleur's social life, unfortunately. Here, however, unlike Christian countries, spirituality is lived mostly as a social experience, a communal religion, you may say".



They moved to their cars, the Fleuroix in one car, and Vaaler and one assistant in another one, which took the lead just behind the first police car which escorted them. They advanced toward the northern districts, through the long avenue that crossed much of downtown Midtenstadt. As the cars moved, they could see how they were leaving the more solemn architecture toward more pragmatical buildings. Soon, the views of the cranes returned as well as appeared more and more green areas, either in the form of urban parks or untamed nature. Then, the entourage stopped in a huge and white esquare, surrounded by construction buildings, most of them still unfinished, along several hills and a wide meadow on the right.

On one side of the square they was a small delegation waiting them. As soon as they left their cars, Vaaler explained Debauson and the ambassador that the mayor of the town and minister Kvalheim were waiting them.

"I know it is said that we have built our new capital from scratch", Vaaler explained, "but technically, that's not the case. What it has become now the eastern district of our town, which you could may see through the window this morning, as you came to meet President Engelsaas, what was a small town, more like a village, which certainly lived better times a long time ago. When we decided to establish the new capital city, it barely survived as the proximity of the military base where your plane landed. Mostly families of the soldiers, as well as a few small business mostly supplying them and the military itself, with a population that barely surpassed a thousand inhabitants. It was renamed, expanded, or replaced, depedently one may phrase it, certainly. Their small population was offered either an economic compensation or offered to be established in a downtown building in Midtenstadt, which most of them were glad to do, I assume".

"If you look that tower", Vaaler continued, as they kept walking, pointing out to an old tower, which could be seen at the background, behind a hill on the right side of the square, "then you could see Vognmakenstadt, an older town, which is to become part of this northern district, renamed as Vogn-Midenstadt. As you can see, it may be a matter of a few weeks that it is physically and literally connected with downtown Midtenstadt. It was a more important town in the middle ages, when it was the largest town of this county, even province. The town witnessed an important battle between the Csletian League and the Kingdom of Jugland, back in the late 15th century. It become a personal possession of the Juglander Crown since then, I believe. Although this area was rather calm during our last war, to be honest, it was slowly becoming a wasteland since a long time ago - most of what is downtown Midtenstadt now, it was merely fields where cattle and a few wild horses ate. It is difficult to believe that was only a few months ago, isn't it?".

Then, he explained to Debauson that he was invited to put the first stone to a building which was planned to be built along the square.

"Nice to see you again, Director Debauson. I was told that President Engelsaas was gladly satisfied with your meeting", minister Kvalheim said. "I hope you could rest a bit before coming here. We'll be certainly hopeful that the proposals discussed today will become a reality sooner than expected".

"Coming back to the issue here", the mayor told them once he was introduced to the Fleuroix guests, "we hope our new Arts Museum becomes not only the largest and most important in our nation, but one of the main museums in Coft Aranye".

"I'm sure they will not be happy to hear that in Albrektberg", minister Kvalheim joked. The mayor and the foreign minister seemed to have a close and cheerful relationship. After all, the mayor had become, after he achieved the support of the Liberal Party and independent candidates, in the only top 10 Jugland's city with a mayor from the pro-government Reform Movement, the same party which Kvalheim run as candidate in the recent legislative election.

"As soon as the museum is completed, we have already prepared our first exhibition, thanks to both private donations and funds from the ministry of culture", the mayor explained to Debauson. "But we'll be happy to host sooner than later an exhibition from Fleur, so visitants are able to admire some example of what your nation's art can offer". While he was talking some waiters approached, offering drinks and small pieces of food on their trays.

Once the symbolical first stone was placed, Kvalheim invited them to a small talk while they were moving to the next destination in their agenda.

"If you don't mind walking", Kvalheim told them, "we can calmly move there. We have time and it's less than a km. from here".





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"Coming back to the issue here", the mayor told them once he was introduced to the Fleuroix guests, "we hope our new Arts Museum becomes not only the largest and most important in our nation, but one of the main museums in Coft Aranye".

"I'm sure they will not be happy to hear that in Albrektberg", minister Kvalheim joked. The mayor and the foreign minister seemed to have a close and cheerful relationship. After all, the mayor had become, after he achieved the support of the Liberal Party and independent candidates, in the only top 10 Jugland's city with a mayor from the pro-government Reform Movement, the same party which Kvalheim run as candidate in the recent legislative election.

"As soon as the museum is completed, we have already prepared our first exhibition, thanks to both private donations and funds from the ministry of culture", the mayor explained to Debauson. "But we'll be happy to host sooner than later an exhibition from Fleur, so visitants are able to admire some example of what your nation's art can offer". While he was talking some waiters approached, offering drinks and small pieces of food on their trays.

Once the symbolical first stone was placed, Kvalheim invited them to a small talk while they were moving to the next destination in their agenda.

"If you don't mind walking", Kvalheim told them, "we can calmly move there. We have time and it's less than a km. from here".



Once they left the square, they continued their walk through a stone pavement which had being built at both sides of the fields. "Unlike other areas of the capital, we have barely planned a few residential buildings around here, besides a few hotels, it will be mostly buildings dedicated to the public use, such as the museum back there, some public swimming pools, libraries, and other areas of interests", mayor explained. "Behind those hills, they would mostly destined to some parks and even a project for a small natural park. Although it's difficult to know how much will this city grow in the future, of course".

“As maybe Lamprecht explained you”, Kvalheim said, “these lands belonged to the Kingdom of Jugland since several centuries ago. However, their use were ceded by the then monarch to the Order of Werden around two centuries ago. Legally, these matters can be often complicated. Fortunately, the Order offered to give these lands to the local government by a symbolical price – something certainly quite helpful, as consequence of budget constraints, you can imagine. In exchange, the local government offered to build religious residences, a new religious school, and two temples in the area”.

“We have arrived”, an assitant told Kvalheim. They descended through the stone stairs. On the left, they could see more building projects. “A college campus will be built there”, the mayor explained them. On the middle, still on the grass, they could see about dozens of seats, while a crowd were looking behind their fences in the background. In front of that there was a small circle of stone, while a small altar which, from afar, may look rather as some kind of cauldron.

“It’s about to start”, Vaaler told the Fluoix guests. “We thought you wouldn’t too comfortable on the frontbenchs, so we reserved that area, in that terrace besides the stairs. You could get a more panoramic view, after all”.

As people were already waiting on their seats, they could see a half dozen of girls and young women slowly approaching from the other promenade. Most of them looked between 16 and 18 years old, although two of them looked slightly older than that. They wearing white clothing and tunic, which included some kind of hood or bonnet. Two of them were holding big bags, while another was holding a large blanket with covered some relatively large form (at least compared to the height of the girl). Another girl was holding a tray which seemed to have several kind of knives.

“This is a traditional ceremony of enshrinement and purification”, Vaaler explained. “It’s not exactly the typical religious ceremony, which obviously includes a liturgy and a longer time”. While  Vaaler was talking, two of them approached the altar, throwing some kind of inflammatory liquid, along some charcoal pieces, which created almost immediately a moderate fire.

Three other women slowly approached. The older woman of the group was wearing distinct clothing, and, unlike the other priestess, her head was uncovered. The other two women, who marched at both of her sides, escorting her, were wearing clothing similar to the young priestesses, although their tunics seemed to have a more sotisficated embroidery. As soon as they appeared, everyone stood up from their seats.

“She is the Supreme Prietess of the Order of Werden”, Vaaler explained, “the head of the Order, and the most important member of the clergy. The other two women are known as High Priestesses. In this case, the title doesn’t imply any kind of hierarchy...they mostly serve as personal assistant for the Supreme Priestess”. As they approached to the altar, the other young women bowed their heads and kneeled down as a sign of respect.

As the Supreme Priestess bowed her head as sign to the women, one of the young girl uncovered the blanket, showing a tiny lamb, which, although it looked dazed it was still alive. Then, the ritual sacrifice started, which consisted in one of the girls cutting the throat of the poor animal while other  girl held a small bowl,and once there was enough blood on the bowl, beheaded the lamb. Then, the Supreme Priestess was offered the bowl, washing her own hands in the blood of the now deceased creature. As she did that, another of the young women assisted in removing the heart of the headless animal.

“In the late 19th and early 20th centuries”, Vaaler commented, “some Juglander social critics liked to point out the apparent irony, in their view, of the vow of celibacy of the innocent assistant priestesses and the rawness of some of our rituals…”.

Before he could finish, the Supreme Priestess was offered both the head and the heart of the dead animal, which she held in each hand, starting the most sacred aspect of the ritual. Then, the priestesses intoned in unison a solemn religious plegary, quite lyrical but rather with the entonation of a mourning chant. As it was traditional, the plegary had a structure of groups of three verses, the first one of a rather symbolical meaning intoned by the Supreme Priestess with a dry tone, while the other two verses had a more narrative content and they were intoned with an increasing more energic tone. One the chant was over, the Supreme Priestess threw the head and the heart to the fire, and pronounced a final verse, which sounded more like a murmur.

The Supreme Priestess nodded her head again, this time to the oldest of the girls, and then they proceed to throw the rest of the corpse of the lamb to the altar. Three of the girls carefully worked that the flame of the fires increased. Soon, the smell of the burned flesh was becoming too evident.

The Supreme Priestess turned back and left the place, accompanied with her two assistant. About a minute later, half of the other girls left as well, while the other three girls kept looking at the altar, motionless, with a rather serious expression.
“They will remain there for 48 hours”, Vaaler explained, “taking care that the flames aren’t extinguished. Then the construction of the temple could be started. It’s a tradition which have been followed since immemorial times, it is said”.

“Our cars are already waiting us”, Vaaler continued, after he carefully tried to read the guests’ facial expressions for a few seconds. “Our joint celebrations will be held in the southern district. After that, there is a dinner in the halls of the local government building. I believe the Supreme Priestess may attend the dinner, I was told, as well as other important people from Midtenstadt”.



They cars moved back to downtown Midtenstadt, where the joint cultural celebrations were going to be held. The prepared performance was not expected to offer unforessen and unpredictable result, and not only that the details were discussed and pacted with a team from the Fleuoix embassy. Still, they were aimed to leave a positive and pleasant impression, with the aim to consolidate an already hopeful beginning for Fleuoix-Juglander relations. A combination of fireworks, dances, drama of both comical and historical elements, music, and parades had been prepared. A performance, certainly unprecedented in Jugland in the recent years, as it was a long time such intercultural mixture was offered. Following the celebration, a dinner was organized, where dishes of both countries were offered in a banquet where much of the political, cultural, and economic elite of Albrektberg and Midtenstadt would attend. But the real work would start only after Debeauson returned to his country, and it would be confirmed if this journey will consolidate an unexpected cooperation or, instead, only offer a few promising but fruitless prospects.


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« Aren’t all religions communal? » let slip Debeauson to Martin as he asked very discreetly wondering, and not being certain of how most religions work after all, as both of them followed Vaaler.



The visit would go on marvelously, as the juglander clearly were proud people, seeking something new from their great history, which still was very much cherished by them. The vision of a new skyline, with all those constructions, this activity going around, made them thrilling people in the positive way of the term… But also negative given the many headlines of oppositions and contestations that was going on with all those things.

At last, meeting the mayor of this new town which rose from the dirt, into something splendide, which clearly was a close relative to Minister Kvalheim, would ensure a positive exchange. The mayor of a capital city to certainly not be undermined in a democracy, since they often would later on, hold prestigious and important positions. A friendship and building connections would prove beneficial for fleuroix-juglander relations.

« We do hope those proposals become reality quickly » said in a warm reassuring tone Debeauson as he exchanged with both the Minister and the Mayor. « We hope to gain the honour of having your museum’s first international exposition, to be hosted in Fleur, as a good proceedings exchanges » he’d add, on the new Art Museum of which he laid the first piece, enjoying the idea of joint cooperation on cultural projects, specially after having the mayor express interest into hosting an exhibition of fleuroix pieces of art.



A college campus over there, hotels there, inhabitations right in front of them, ambition would be a word too short to represent what they were doing there. Certainly it was a capital, but would it attract so much in so little time, turning into a massive hub? Debeauson remained skeptical for them, as he knew well that Cœur, the city built from scratch to become the capital city of the New Republic, with its marvelous Palace, hosting the prestigious institutions and traditions of the country, was designed mostly as a massive administration quarter becoming a city. Would this new city, truly take Albrektberg’s place? He hoped for them. Transition certainly would ask time, from an economic perspective, even more when one just read local newspapers headlines on the many worries going on in the air.

They’d be led towards an event, where they’d have places not on the front, thanks to the delicate intention of Vaaler, for what was to be a religious show. Debeauson had sometimes few glimpses of such religious rituals, even if very much different from one nation to another, the same went for Martin as her position as ambassador made her know about the juglander culture. Debeauson would however each time manage to get surprised by the show, as he very much also knew he’d need to keep for himself all his negative remarks on such, arrogance and atheism not being a good receipt.

The explanations of Vaaler were most useful, as the show begun.

All until a moment where a tiny, cute and marvelous lamb would be shown, Debeauson was surprised, but pleased. However his face quickly changed as he did not expect such lovely creature to die only a few seconds later. As Vaaler commented on the innocence of the assistants exposing the show, and the rawness of the rituals, Debeauson would allow himself an « I quite understand that perspective » he said with a regretful tone very discreetly, not being certain to be heard.

« Thank you for introducing us to this most private and distinguished ritual » would state Debeauson as they’d move on this time, and get on the cars for the common celebrations alongside dinner. The day was just getting started.