Thursday, May 24, 2007

To the Duchy of Mieczyslaw and the Electorate of Vulgaria

My Dearest Duke of Mieczyslaw and Prince Elector of Vulgaria,

I trust my letter finds you and your fine countries in good stead. I am writing on behalf of our Grand Duke, Irwin-Amadeus II, who has recently been incapacitated by developments beyond his control. As a senior cabinet member for the Grand Duchy of Stollen, my colleagues have asked me to draft this communiqué to you both.

It is our deepest wish to establish firmer trade and diplomatic relations between our own Grand Duchy of Stollen, the Duchy of Miezyslaw, and the Electorate of Vulgaria as soon as possible. Recent events across apochryphal 18th century Europe suggest to us that closer ties between our respective countries are prudent. While we have no wish to seem alarmist, a firmer military and political alliance against expansionist tendencies eastward by our neighbors to the west and south seems entirely necessary at this time.

Following much debate in recent days here in the Stollenian parliament, it is our considered opinion that neither Hesse-Seewald, nor Gallia can be trusted entirely -- nor can the smaller entities currently allying themselves to the either of those two states. We are, in addition, particularly troubled by the unstable situation in the Electorate of Zichenau to our south and the apparent recent presence of that country's officer, the notorious French mercenary General Phillip de Latt
é, in our capital Krankenstadt. Despite assurances and words to the contrary from various representatives in the fictitious European press, the current diplomatic scene seems rather dark to say the least.

With this in mind, we are dispatching emissaries to your capitals at once, to begin discussing the possibilities of closer ties between our countries. Should Miezcyslaw and Vulgaria be open to this possibility, and should the associated talks prove conducive to further dialogue, it is our wish to set up embassies and also arrange for improved trade, by establishing representatives of our most prominent merchant families in your capital cities and larger towns. In return, we are prepared to offer you both similar arrangements in the Grand Duchy of Stollen.

As a sign of our good will, we are prepared, in the name of our Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II, to invite settlers from your countries to establish residence and farms as early as this summer in the sparsely populated, eastern most reaches of Stollen, along the frontier with Poland-Lithuania.

We await your reply and are hopeful that you will find our proposal amenable to your own wishes.

With Sincere Regards,

Hans Karl von Wilkowiczeske

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