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An Emperor Abroad (Daitō & East Moreland)
« on: November 01, 2022, 11:19:08 AM »

To King David III of East Moreland,

   As is custom set out by my grandfather, as the new Emperor of Daitō, I was supposed to visit a number of countries across the globe following my enthronement. Of course, owing to circumstances regrettably beyond my control, the opportunity has not arisen until recently. As a result, starting this month, I am beginning a tour of the world with the hope of fostering goodwill among nations and renewing ties forged in the Antei Era, for the betterment of all parties involved. As it happens, the Kingdom of East Moreland is first on that list, and as a result, with your permission of course, I would pleased to pay a visit to your fair country in the coming weeks.

   I eagerly await your response, as I do the opportunity to visit your fair nation.

(OOC Note: Signature is the Emperor's)
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Re: An Emperor Abroad (Daitō & East Moreland)
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2022, 11:23:44 PM »
Autumn at Northfort Palace was an explosion of colour. The green leaves that made up the forest that surrounded the royal home were falling off the branches leaving a carpet of red, orange and brown. Princess Rhiannon could often be found piling the leaves up into mounds and jumping into them sending the leaves flying in a colourful autumn explosion. The tree lined driveway saw its trees almost bare as groundsman had ensured the leaves had been removed from the white gravel driveway. The meeting would be an interesting one, the Emperor hadn't been around Mundus and the Imperial Foreign Policy had in the past raised a few eyebrows.

King David had dispatched his sister Freya to the airport to greet the Emperor and his party. King Robert International was used to recieving foreign guests and a small "Diplomatic" terminal existed for dealing with such matters. A detachment of rather scruffy Red Legionnaires ran at the front and back of a convoy of vehicles that zipped through the Northfort traffic as lights were changed to ensure the convoy never had to stop. Freya sat and made small talk with the Emperor as they travelled through the capital.

As they reached the Palace the ceremonial Red Legion guard flanked the car as it halted in front of the Palace entrance. Princess Freya was first to exit and made the formal introduction of between the Emperor and her brother. "Its a pleasure to meet you" the King said as he extended a hand.

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Re: An Emperor Abroad (Daitō & East Moreland)
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2022, 09:10:23 PM »
   More than two years had passed since Eijiro had been in the country. Last time had Festival of Sail in 2020, down in Portworth and back when he was still merely Crown Prince. He'd been planning on visiting again this year, but, much to his chagrin, a bout of bronchitis had left him under the weather at the time, and a member of the Shinnōke—cadet branches of the Imperial Family—had attended in his stead. Of course, it was no excuse for previous occasions, when he had the opportunity to visit but didn't. Whether it be due to the influence of Chancellor Sachio Heishi—often known among certain circles in the Imperial Court as the "Kage Kanpaku", the "Shadow Regent", for his unofficial grip over the Imperial Throne—or the the political crises that filled headlines from December 2020 until May 2022, it mattered little. Ultimately, he hadn't gone forwards with this mission of goodwill, even if he had wished to. He was glad, in a way, to finally get around to doing it.

   He had, thus far, been rather pleased with what he had seen. Northfort was a quaint city; by the standards of back home, this was more of a large town than anything, but with it came a certain calm. Of course, he didn't mention it to Freya, rather spending much of the trip talking with Daitō's ambassador to the country, a man by the name of Fusao Tsujimura, with the hope of appraising himself of the situation in the country at present. Even so, he was certain to at least be polite, after all, he was a guest, and it would be foolish of him to be ill-behaved. Even so, as he watched the vehicle pull up to the palace, he knew it was time to finally get to work. 'To a bright relationship with a power on the opposite side of the world' he thought as he stepped out of the vehicle, where he, alongside a few ministers, would be greeted by his host.

   "Likewise." Eijiro said, accepting the gesture after a second. "I must say, it's a shame I couldn't make the trip sooner..."—he glanced around the area for a second, getting a feel for the grounds—"...but as they say, or so I'm told anyways, better late than never."
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Re: An Emperor Abroad (Daitō & East Moreland)
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2022, 09:39:01 PM »
"Please come this way" David gestured as he motioned for the Emperor to follow him. Inside the Palace was a large white marble foyer with a pair of staircases going up the sides of the large open space. An East Moreland flag and that of the Empire hung side by side over the bannister of the landing. Several staff members hurrying about stopped to ensure that they didn't get in the way of the King and the Emperor. The King would normally have liked to conduct meetings such as this outside on the back lawn but in autumn that wasn't really something anyone would appreciate. Instead the King had arranged for the upper library to be prepared. It was the smaller of the three in the Palace and reserved for the families private use whereas the others permitted visitors. The room was wall to wall books from floor to high ceiling. A square of black three seater leather sofas sat in the middle of the room while a window overlooking the Palace's lawns and lake had a box seat that David knew his daughter Rhiannon liked perching on while she was reading her storybooks. David took a seat while inviting the Emperor and the ambassador to take a seat on the others. "My daughter has reliably told me that there are a guzzilion books in here. I'm praying her grasp of mathematics improves before she becomes Queen one day." David offered to pour the Emperor a cup of green tea. "A few years ago I got to visit a wonderful country called the Sky Coast, sadly they've become a silent power once again. They drank Green Tea by the bucket load and I got a taste for it." The King sat back in his chair and sipped his tea. "I think its a nation you'd have enjoyed visiting. For me a chance to travel to so many nations is the perk of the jobs we both have, which makes me wonder why it has taken you so long to take advantage of it yourself? I'm someone who is already tied to your two allies of Achkaerin and Rokkenjima so I suppose it makes sense to come here, but what else does the rest of 2022 have instore for your nation in terms of foreign policy?"

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Re: An Emperor Abroad (Daitō & East Moreland)
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2022, 02:44:08 AM »
   Eijirō listened patiently as they walked along the many corridors and halls of the palace, glancing around as they did so. Personally, he felt as though the amount of marble and other decorations, while impressive, were perhaps somewhat gaudy. It was a far cry from home, though he was certain that plenty would feel the same of the Imperial Palace in Shinkyō or any number of villas owned by members of the Imperial Family. Of course, he didn't hold the same opinion of the library. That, he silently admitted, was impressive. Oh, what his brother would do to get his hands on all of these books... He was the bookworm of the family, after all. Sure, Eijirō enjoyed a good book once in a while, but not to that degree. Maybe next time he was around, he'd see about getting him to tag along, if his work didn't get in the way, anyways.
   "I'm sure she's not too far off." Eijirō said, cracking a smile as he looked out the window. His mind briefly turned to his own family, to Mayumi and their soon-to-be-born child. He wasn't really sure if he was cut out for parenthood, as it happened, but that was neither here nor there. Not at the moment, anyways.

He turned around and took a seat on the sofa directly opposite to David, accepting a cup. He wasn't actually all that thirsty at the time, but it would be improper to decline. Besides, he might've wanted it later, who knew for certain? He continued to listen as David spoke, now turning to the Sky Coast and green tea. He was vaguely familiar with the country, though only just as it was, admittedly, not particularly relevant to his studies, but he was aware of their love for green tea. It was a love which was shared with Daitō, so he could understand how the King of East Moreland had come to appreciate it. He'd be sure to arrange to get David some premium-grade Matcha the next time they saw each other, given his apparent love for it. Nonetheless, that tangent came to an end soon enough, and it came to pass that David finally got to the point he was trying to make.

Why had he taken so long to make this trip?

It was something he regretted, but it was true that he had taken just over two years to really reach out like this. Sure, he had been in Rokkenjima once, but that hardly counted—it was effectively in Daitō's back garden—while other members of his family and the Imperial government travelled abroad. He remembered how his younger sister had travelled to Revana during the 2021 Aperture World Fair, even though he had desired to go himself. He had been close to making the trip, but Sachio Heishi, the Daijō-daijin—the Chancellor of the Realm—had stepped in the way of it. The last attempt he had made to visit East Moreland, in all fairness, was because he was too ill, but that shouldn't've stopped him from travelling to Djabidjan last month. Once again, the Chancellor stopped the trip before it could happen. Only now, now that the traitorous dogs who led the CDP had been handled, was he able to actually make such a trip. Perhaps the reason had been staring him and everyone else in the face all this time. He wasn't really making the decisions here, but... He wasn't sure if he should say as much. At least, not explicitly.
   "That's a very good question. Both of them, I mean." Eijirō admitted, glancing down at his cup. "Firstly, I'm sure you're aware of the issues that Daitō has faced in the last few years. The assassination of my father and all, I mean, not to mention the fears held by some"—his eyes darted briefly to Ambassador Tsujimura before he looked back at David—"that certain... complications may arise by me going abroad."
   "What I believe His Imperial Majesty is trying to say, Your Majesty, is that the Tokubetsu Kōtō Keisatsu rightly feared that Kokuryūkai would attempt to assassinate him." Ambassador Tsujimura opined while Eijirō was quiet. "Merely a matter of security is all."
   "Regardless, as for what I believe the goal of the Yamatojin state should be as this year draws to a close, well, it's simple. We have stood idly by as mere observers on the global stage for long enough. We watched as others... overtook us, and we did nothing to prevent it. I'd argue that this inaction will only lead to ruin, and as such, I believe starting out, it is prudent to reach out, foster friendly ties with the outside world, from the center to the margins, as it were. From there, we shall have to see, but it is my sincerest hope that we may at least foster a healthy relationship with many nations across Mundus, especially with regards to international commerce."
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Re: An Emperor Abroad (Daitō & East Moreland)
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2022, 10:24:12 PM »
David could in some ways see a glimpse of East Moreland in what Eijirō said. When he had come to the throne his own father, King Sven, had been on the verge of launching East Moreland out of their own isolation however it had fallen to David to do just that and then just a few months into his reign his mother had been assassinated followed just 18 months later by his sister, the then High Priestess of the Cult, Joanna. There though seemed to be a huge difference in how the two nations handled it. The personal tragedies had catapulted David into action to look ever further abroad whereas Eijirō seemed to have focused more on home affairs. "Well I think you'll find East Moreland is a nation that is always open to those friendly ties. We've often followed a pattern of discussions with nations but there are potentially some complications in this case. The uncertainty with the whole Cross Straits thing has some potential pitfalls. At present the extent to which we can form agreements, or actually the need for agreements is up in the air. For example we have an existing treaty with the Cross Straits Union that handles economic relations. Depending on the route you're heading down we could be covered by that or alternatively we would be exploring other ideas. I guess this puts the ball on your court regarding how things start officially between our nations." Traditionally David had always turned up with something as a draft but this time was different and so now his pen stood ready on a new page in his thick leather bound notebook.