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Falleen Federation and Sienar Conglomerate join the Galactic Concordiate

TFNN - Taanab System, Zeemacht Cluster
 

As nightfall drew in over the skies of Taanab, only the whistling of fireworks could be heard above the revelry of crowds below, where at the Trade Federation Palace, just a few hours earlier, representatives of the Galactic Concordiate had met to finalize the treaty which would admit two new members to the group: the Falleen Federation and the Sienar Conglomerate. It was widely hoped that the recent shakeup of the bloc would renew interest in its ability to act as a guarantor of stability and peace, and kindle an era of closer cooperation amongst neutral powers..
 
King Dur`rik, in a speech to the Sejm, set out his government's position on membership of the Concordiate: "Our Charter of Confederation states that 'we join together as brothers and sisters, accepting equally those Falleen lost among the stars and those others desirous of freedom and peace, in a firm league of friendship with each other for common defense, the security of our liberties, and our mutual and general welfare.' Although it has been six years since we declared neutrality, I have been determined always that our Federation should uphold those values as a model; that it should not be an island unto itself. With the Second Treaty of Forsetti, the Galactic Concordiate has demonstrated its commitment, not only to those ideals which we cherish, but a willingness , too, to argue that neutrality is not merely to stand by, as the passive observer, it is to develop our societies on our own terms, and in a spirit of cooperation with others across the galaxy."
 
The Falleen Federation's admission to the group was therefore considered a major success of the alliance's reforms. The parallel application of Sienar was, however, considered a surprise, given the Conglomerate's history of independent neutrality.
 
"Sienar has always been an independent and neutral corporation," noted Bart Roberts, Vice President of the Sienar Conglomerate Board of Directors, speaking on behalf of the Conglomerate. "It has been a guiding principle since our inception fifteen years ago, and shall always be so. Nevertheless, we have wanted to be a part of building a peaceful galaxy for some time now. But, it was never clear how exactly a corporation such as ours would 'fit in' with the Galactic Concordiate as it was first organized. As a non-government, we were simply ineligible to join the group's upper leadership. Now that full equality to all members has been granted, we are confident of our place and role in the group. And while we accept that the Concordiate is not a perfect solution to the problems that plague our Galaxy, we believe that it has the best chance of making a reality of the vision for an organized group of neutral governments and corporations based upon the rule of law, and respect for the sovereignty of its members."
 
Concluding the press conference which followed the signing, current Magistrate of the Concordiate, Jacob Jansen, explained why the Galactic Concordiate appeared to stress the importance of collective action only now, six years after its creation. "When we founded the Concordiate it was conceived as a way to organise the existing relationship between its founders. We did not envisage it as a political 'project' of any kind; there was no need to. However, as Lady Hegemon Stephanie Barefoot expressed clearly two months ago, the galaxy has changed drastically since then. Lawless groups have emerged and targeted those of the galaxy willing to operate by the norms of civil diplomacy. Ignoring the problem has seen it grow, and further inaction will simply continue to undermine the role which peaceful diplomacy and mutual cooperation play in building the sustainable peace and prosperity the alliance has enjoyed. If the Concordiate seems now to be a 'project' then it is because we think that one is necessary." The Magistrate underscored the importance of self-restraint, which major powers would need to exercise if such a project was to be achieved. "Groups like the Trade Federation must lead by example. We have to accept certain limitations on our role and power within the alliance if our partners' voices are to be adequately heard and considered. The Concordiate has striven to achieve that balance with its new treaty, and the results are reflected today with the signing of two members varying significantly in power, history, and relationship to the Galactic Civil War."
 
Six of the larger governments and corporations spread across the galaxy have now signed up to the 'third way' encapsulated by the Second Treaty of Forsetti, making the Second Galactic Concordiate one of the largest organisations in galactic history.

 

 

The Second Galactic Concordiate

TFNN - Taanab System, Zeemacht Cluster
 

On Year 19, Day 331, while Forsetti was swallowed by celebration, the heads of state of the Galactic Concordiate met to renegotiate one of the galaxy's landmark treaties. In Year 14, several former members of the Imperial Union formed the Galactic Condordiate, becoming the single largest alliance of neutral governments in the war between the Galactic Empire and the Galactic Alliance. Four years on, and the leadership of the Concordiate has once more convened at the Trade Federation capital to renegotiate its founding document, the eponymous Treaty of Forsetti.
 
"The galaxy has changed so much since we signed our first treaty." commented Lady Hegemon Stephanie Barefoot before the negotiations commenced, "The galactic civil war remains a pressing concern, but, new threats have emerged which treat the lawful-galaxy with contempt. And as the Executive Council meets on Taanab for a second time, we have agreed already that only by significant reform can we guarantee the peace and prosperity which has been the chief reward of membership in the Concordiate."
 
The text of the Second Treaty of Forsetti has been released, and we're getting our first look at what exactly the heads of state saw the need to adapt. Among the most substantial changes are those concerning membership in the alliance and its governance. While the first treaty allowed both governments and private corporations to sign the treaty, only governments were permitted a seat at the Executive Council, by far the organization's most important body. By privileging the old guard in such a way as to stack the cards against newcomers, the issue of structure became a thorny one amongst the heads of state at each new accession hearing. New guidelines have flattened the hierarchy of the organization and opened up numerous areas to involvement by all members of the group. "The Galactic Concordiate began as a way to formalize the relationship between those governments which did not sign the revised treaty of the Imperial Union. As successful as this format has been, we have recognized its insular character for some time." explained Viceroy Jacob Jansen, "Beyond that, there are many territories across the galaxy where sovereignty does not rest with a government, but, instead we see many planets, systems, and even whole sectors governed by corporate rule. Often these areas are the only respite from pirates and gangs in their local area. By favoring official governments, we have inadvertently excluded many billions of sentients from the protections and prosperity which the Concordiate offers. We hope that with these changes we can open up our partnership to all those in our galaxy who believe that only through coming together, can we achieve the real benefits of peace."
 
Viceroy Jansen addressed the alliance's position on accessing member technology, another key point of the revised treaty. "We want to make it clear that we are an alliance for everyone, from modest manufacturing firms to governments of all sizes, and regardless of technological capability. We provide a forum for cooperation, that's true, but the trade of technology is handled as a strictly bilateral affair. With the language we have in place in this new treaty, individual members have the assurance that as members of the alliance, their technology cannot be pressured from them."
 
Significant changes were also made to the mutual defense agreement. Regent Nohv Schiller stated that "The first treaty had a somewhat impractical defensive agreement. Members were obligated to respond militarily to, potentially, anywhere in the galaxy in which an attack on the Concordiate had taken place. We have revised the treaty in this respect to allow for the organization to vote on military and non-military interventions, and for individual members to choose whether they wish to accede or not to these motions. The new treaty will therefore still allow for the most powerful members of the alliance to intervene in the defense of others with military force, where it is practical for them to do so. We think that these new provisions keep conflicts from escalating needlessly. Members are obviously encouraged to build diplomatic relations with other members, and defensive pacts, too, as they see fit."
 
Perhaps the most surprising development to come out of the meeting was the news that the Hapes Consortium elected not to sign the revised treaty. Sources close to the Fountain Palace have said that the Consortium took advantage of this opportunity to reassess its position in the galaxy, and that it did not object to the treaty in principle. "On behalf of the people of the Consortium," said King Kadrim,  "I would like to express our gratitude to all those who we have worked with during these years within the Galactic Concordiate to maintain the stability, peace and prosperity of our societies. I am confident the second Galactic Concordiate will find great success in expanding its horizons and boundaries well beyond what it has ever seen before, and I sincerely wish them all the best with their future endeavours." The King has vowed to retain Hapes' close relations with the "big four" original members.
 
The Second Treaty of Forsetti represents an enormous shift in the diplomacy of the post-Imperial Union Concordiate. Rooted in the sovereignty of its members, the Second Concordiate expresses a vision for the rule of law and peaceful coexistence that is best expressed by the collective action of like-minded and independent states. By offering up an inclusive multilateral vision of neutral politics, a formerly insular defensive alliance has been reformed into a vehicle for neutral powers to seize the opportunity for creating an intergalactic order separate from the conflict-ridden priorities of the Imperial Union and the Galactic Alliance.