This Too Shall Pass 3 2

[07:26] <Minaplo> [END OF EVANGELION. 14th of June, 2018. Location: Istanbul, Turkey. "This Too Shall Pass" 3.2-
[07:34] <Minaplo> [The Black Sea and the Mediterranean are almost entirely cut off from one another. The only passage between these seas is the Bosphorus; a small strait flowing north and south, separating mainland Europe from Asia and the Middle-East. On both sides of the strait are two jutting peninsulas, the western one belonging to Europe, the eastern belonging to Asia. Straddled across these spits of
[07:34] <Minaplo> land was Istanbul.-
[07:37] <Minaplo> [A city of 15 and a half million, Istanbul managed to be the world's only city built on two continents. Furthermore, it was also the largest city in Europe and the largest in the Middle-East. It sprawled along the narrow spits, hugging right up to the coastline, the two halves joined by several high bridges.-
[07:39] <Minaplo> [Today, the city, as it had so many times in the past, would return to its roots as an important meeting between west, east, north and south.-
[07:41] <Minaplo> [A summit had been established in Istanbul, primarily held between representatives of the UN and the UEF… but in attendance as well were powers from across the whole world. The League of Non-Aligned States- a self-explanatory title- were sending along representatives from its leading nations as well: Japan, Turkey, Scandinavia and Brazil.-
[07:45] <Minaplo> [The actual summit itself was being held in the Dolmabahce Palace, a grand, sprawling European-style palace sitting right up against the coast on the European side. The high white walls gleamed in the sun, and the sea around it sparkled and shone.-
[07:48] <Minaplo> [Within the palace's halls was the conference room itself, currently empty, a room eighty metres long and forty wide, dominated by a long polished wooden table running lengthwise down the middle. The walls were a sumptuous blend of gilded baroque engravings and tall marble pillars, whilst several massive crystal chandeliers hung from the roof, the central one glowing brightly with light.-
[07:49] <Minaplo> [In one of the room's antechambers was the UEF delegation- Zhang Yanmei, Ezekiel, and Mortimer Mazarin. Ezekiel was wearing his silken robe, and Mazarin was wearing a suit.-
[07:50] <Minaplo> [The Soviet Premier, Leonid Kuzmin, had yet to arrive…-
[07:51] <Minaplo> [In another antechamber, of course, was the Brazilian delegation, consisting of Rosamund Prescott- wearing a black business suit with a sharp knee-length skirt, black high heels and stockings- and Vera Hiroko Freitas Kuromiya.]
[07:56] * Vera was there in a fairly decent suit, no military uniform, nor a dress. She went for a tasteful brown because it went well with her colors, and it was prim and proper. Unlike Rosamund, though, the woman wore pants. In a way, other than the opening for white shirt and red tie, Vera almost could be seen as looking /similar/ to military brown. Maybe that was the intention. "…Ah, diplomacy.
[07:56] * Vera You think you're ready to sit there watching us hack out terms for the growing conflict, mm Prescott?" She'd dispense with rank in this situation, to try to not be as overtly militant in nature.
[07:57] <Minaplo> ["All part of my paid vacation, right?"]
[07:58] <Yanmei> "Where -is- that guy?" Yanmei grumbled, arms folded across her chest. She was dressed in formal UEF military wear: A navy blue jacket with gold braiding, and crisp ivory-colored dress pants. Her hair was pulled back into a single braid that went down her back, and her eyes had a wild, bright look to them. "Think he decided to ditch…?"
[08:02] * Vera chuckled softly. "Totally is, you know. A wondrous paid vacation to the north and east! At least some fancy people are around, Presidents and the sort, for example."
[08:05] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Said Prescott. "That's cool, I've totally fucked up Presidents, you know. I mean, she wasn't a President then, but I like to consider it a chronospatially displaced fucking up of a president."-
[08:08] <Minaplo> [Meanwhile…-
[08:08] <Minaplo> [Mazarin shook his head. "I doubt he would've abandoned us without giving us at least a perfunctory excuse."-
[08:09] <Minaplo> [at this moment, the door to the antechamber opened and Premier Kuzmin entered. "Sorry about that! Damned palaces, I was all turned around coming back from the men's."-
[08:16] <Minaplo> [Premier Leonid Kuzmin was 6'4, and beefy. He wasn't fat, but rather he exuded a presence of strength and force around himself, overwhelming others with sheer size. He was in fact quite muscular, and had already been known to indulge in the tradition of being photographed doing manly things like chopping down trees or wrestling apex predators shirtless.-
[08:18] <Minaplo> ["Ah. Zhang Yanmei. We meet at last face to face" He said, his voice deep and booming even though he was trying to speak quietly. He held both hands out, gesturing towards her face. "Diplomacy would be so much more pleasurable if everyone I spoke with looked like you!"]
[08:19] * Vera for her part, in her room, chuckled. "Which is good. One way or another, your president fuckupping skills will, maybe, be needed again. I know it's likely we'll /eventually/ be dragged into this war, but… for now that just means we have time to bide our time under the sea of obscurity, growing stronger as we watch them fight."
[08:20] <Minaplo> [(He also had a well-full goatee.)-
[08:23] <Minaplo> ["Divide and conquer, eh, Commander?" Said Prescott cheerfully. "We're going for the domination victory here, right? Brazilian flags over the Reichstag by Christmas?"]
[08:27] <Yanmei> "You're too kind, Mr. Premier." Yanmei grinned at him sweetly. "But I'm not sure this is going to be a pleasurable event for any of us. Welcome, nevertheless. I'm glad you could come."
[08:28] * Vera chuckled louder! "Maybe. I mean, green blue and yellow /are/ fine colors for a German vista…" She even cradled her chin to continue with the self-amusement.
[08:31] <Minaplo> ["Huhn, well I am too." Said Kuzmin. "Gets me away from those bloody generals. They are the worst, you know… Ah." He turned to Mazarin as though only noticing the looming President now. "Mazarin."-
[08:31] <Minaplo> ["Kuzmin." Said Mazarin.-
[08:31] <Minaplo> [The two men held out hands and shook them briefly.-
[08:32] <Minaplo> ["So." Said Kuzmin. "What's the damning holdup? Did the UN catch a cold? Hahaha!"]
[08:40] * Yanmei chuckled along, glancing at the door. "We were wondering the same thing? Oh. Before we have to go in, let me introduce you to Mr. Ezekiel? He's my associate and one of my advisors."
[08:41] <Minaplo> ["Premier Kuzmin." Said Ezekiel, offering Kuzmin a bow.-
[08:43] <Minaplo> ["Hmm." Kuzmin stroked his chin. "Why, you're nearly as beautiful as Yanmei here!" He turned to Mazarin. "Makes us feel even older, doesn't it, eh? Us old men looking like statesmen ought; grey and wrinkled!"-
[08:43] <Minaplo> ["Mmm." Said Mazarin, smiling thinly.-
[08:43] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel simply smiled politely.-
[08:44] <Minaplo> [At that moment, the doors to Vera's and the UEF's antechambers would open, a member of the palace's staff in the door way. "The parties are ready, sirs. If you'll proceed to the table and take your designated spots we can begin."]
[08:45] * Vera turned a bit, and then nodded. "Thank you, we'll move in then." A headcrane and smile at Prescott, before going and leading the way!
[08:52] <Yanmei> "I think you both look really distinguished!" Yanmei said cheerfully.
[08:53] <Minaplo> ["Thank you, Madame Chancellor." Said Mazarin dryly. "But I think it's time for us to enter the hall."]
[08:54] <Minaplo> <*Buthislineswerelosttotime>
[08:57] <Yanmei> "But for now, we have more pressing matters. Shall we?" she straightened up proudly, and turned for the door with murmured thank you to the palace staff member as she passed him.
[08:57] <Minaplo> [At the same time, the other parties were streaming into the room as well.-
[08:58] <Minaplo> [Apart from Yanmei's and Vera's delegation, there were five other delegations present.-
[09:01] <Minaplo> [The Turkish delegation consisted of Prime Minister Mustafa Arslan - a slight, somewhat short man with short, straight greying hair- and his Minister for Foregin Affairs, Osman Alp Efendi- a stocky, rather tall fellow with a small moustache.-
[09:03] <Minaplo> [The Scandinavian delegation consisted of Minister of State Wilhelmina Eliasson- a tall woman of about sixty with her brown hair up in a tight bun- and her deputy, Alfred Ericson.-
[09:06] <Minaplo> [The Japanese delegation consisted of two very notable personages- Prime Minister Isao Fujimoto- a short, slightly chubby man with keen brown eyes, going bald- and Princess Sakurako- a tall, elegant young woman with long black hair- Heir Apparent and eldest daughter of the Emperor of Japan.-
[09:08] <Minaplo> [Finally, there were two special delegates who had together been pushing for the summit in the first place- Pope Pius XIII- a man of about 50, looking fit and straight-backed, wearing a pair of glasses and a plain white cassock- and Ulama Ibrahim Muhammad al-Maghrebi of Alexandria- a short, warm-faced man with a neat, glossy black beard and short hair- the most influential and highest-ranking
[09:08] <Minaplo> cleric in the Impact Sunni branch of Islam.-
[09:08] <Minaplo> [And opposite Yanmei was the UN delegation. There were four of them.-
[09:08] <Minaplo> [One of them Yanmei recognised immediately. A slight young man with white-grey hair, bright red eyes and a calm, slightly mocking smile- Augustine.-
[09:10] <Minaplo> [There were two women. One was tall, with a cocky smile on her face. She wore glasses and had long blonde hair, and for some reason, Yanmei thought she looked familiar…-
[09:13] <Minaplo> [The other was of average height, with neck-length brown hair with a slight curl, an honest heart-shaped face and warm, generous lips. She was wearing an elegant black dress, over which she wore a white shawl, decorated with jasmine flower patterns.-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [And last was a man, about 6 foot high, with bright blue familiar eyes and blonde hair. He was wearing a red UN military uniform with black trousers and gold epaullettes, the uniform jacket closed at the neck. Yanmei'd been informed about him in advance- Ezra Caine.-
[09:15] <Minaplo> ["Please." Said Turkish Prime Minister Arslan, who was acting as host. "Everyone take their seats."-
[09:15] <Minaplo> [The table itself had a digital notepad for every delegation as well as a pitcher of ice water and some glasses.]
[09:16] * Vera was soon to be seated, looking at the notepad… before /immediately/ passing it to Prescott with a bit of a turn and wink. She did, though, pour the ice water for the both of them~
[09:20] * Yanmei sat as well, seemingly focused on sizing up the room. Most of these were people she had only seen in file photographs or occassionally via video conference. She regarded the UN delegation with fleeting blank politeness before quickly moving on.
[09:26] <Minaplo> [Prescott took the pad and the glass with a smirk.-
[09:28] <Minaplo> ["Thank you all for coming." Said Arslan. His voice had a slight quaver to it, but his posture was quite firm. "On behalf of the Republic of Turkey and the League of Non-Aligned States, I welcome you all to Istanbul."-
[09:30] <Minaplo> ["Before we begin, is there anything anyone would like to raise first with the congregation?"-
[09:31] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Ezra. "On behalf of myself and the United Nations, I've brought a few gifts for Chancellor Zhang." He said, giving her a smile. "To congratulate her on her recent marriage."]
[09:32] * Vera …headtilted. Both at the marriage and at the gifts. But of course, wordless.
[09:38] <Yanmei> "That's very generous of you, Marshal Caine," said Yanmei, politely smiling back. "But your congratulations is a sufficient gift on its own."
[09:40] <Minaplo> [The brown-haired woman to Caine's left seemed to falter a little.-
[09:40] <Minaplo> ["Are you sure you won't reconsider?" Asked Ezra.]
[09:58] * Yanmei scrutinized him quietly for a moment. "Pardon me, Marshal. I must clarify something: Where I'm from, it's usually polite to at first refuse a gift when it's offered. I would be happy to see what you brought with you."
[09:59] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said Ezra, with a smile.-
[09:59] <Minaplo> [The brown-haired woman beamed, lifting a small parcel of goods and handing it to one of the nearby staff, who conveyed it over to Yanmei post-haste.-
[10:03] <Minaplo> [From what Yanmei could tell, the parcel contained several bottles of rare, expensive German wine, a set of solingen kitchen knives (in a box), a collection of classic books (including the full works of Hans Christian Andersen, a book of German fairy tales, and an anthology by Guenter Grass) and finally, and most intriguingly, a small stuffed toy bear.-
[10:05] <Minaplo> ["Now let's raise our glasses for the Chancellor." Said Ezra warmly, lifting his glass. "To your health, Madame…"-
[10:05] <Minaplo> [After that, there were introductions, starting with the Leaguers. Arslan went first, followed by the Japanese, then the Scandinavians… Then the Brazilians were up.]
[10:09] * Vera nudged a bit closer to her mic. "Representing the Federative Republic of Brazil, I am Colonel Vera Hiroko Freitas Kuromiya of the Brazilian Armed Forces, and beside me is my aide and bureaucratic attache, Lieutenant Rosamund Prescott."
[10:10] <Minaplo> [Prescott waved, a little too quickly, smiling a toothy, dorky grin.-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [Prime Minister Fujimoto leaned back in his chair, his eyes narrowing a little as Vera introduced herself.-
[10:13] <Minaplo> [Then it was the UN's turn.-
[10:15] <Minaplo> ["I am Marshal Ezra Caine." Said Ezra, getting to his feet. "Supreme Commander of the United Nations Armed Forces and co-executive of Promised Land. This is Marshal Sarah Holt-Caine, fellow co-executive of Promised Land and my lovely wife."-
[10:15] <Minaplo> [They beamed at each other.-
[10:16] <Minaplo> ["This is Eve von Hamburg, Chief of the UN Science Bureau." Said Ezra quickly. "And finally, representing NERV is Augustine Kaworu, one of our pilots."-
[10:16] <Minaplo> [Ezra then sat.]
[10:18] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes had gone all narrow. That last sentence, in particular, was eerie to her, but she didn't say anything else.
[10:22] <Yanmei> Instead, she stood up. "Representing the United Earth Federation: Chancellor Zhang Yanmei. President of France, Mortimer Mazarin. Soviet Premier, Lenoid Kuzmin. And Federation Advisor, Ezekiel."
[10:26] <Minaplo> ["Very well." Said Arslan. "There are no objections, then, to us moving onto the first item on our agenda?"]
[10:30] * Vera almost immediately shook her head 'no'.
[10:32] <Yanmei> There were no objections from the UEF either, it seemed like.
[10:33] <Minaplo> [Nor from the UN.-
[10:34] <Minaplo> ["The first item on the agenda is a statement of understanding." He said. "That we come together intending to craft a convention specific to this conflict. That the laws, codes and agreements we ratify here will be legally binding on all parties. Do we agree?"]
[10:35] * Vera waited a bit, but… "On behalf of Brazil, we agree."
[10:39] <Minaplo> [Kuzmin cleared his throat. "Pretty words, but come now, Mustafa, what could you possibly have in mind to enforce that?" He said, laughing a little. "I mean, if we break the agreement, are we going to be condemned by the UN General Assembly? Is the UN Assembly going to condemn itself?"-
[10:43] <Minaplo> ["With all due respect, Premier, I'd like to point out that the greatest way to keep our respective forces honest is right here in this room." Said Ezra. "Firstly, our agreements will inevitably lead us to situations where a breach by one power means that the other isn't obliged to follow it- for example, if you break a prisoner repatriation agreement, then we're sure as hell aren't going
[10:43] <Minaplo> to abide by it in the future, which could lead to a bad time for you."-
[10:44] <Minaplo> ["Secondly, we have the League. Prime Minister Arslan, am I wrong in thinking that you've already proposed a 'kingmaker clause' to your allies in the League?"-
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["Ah… Quite." Said Arslan, turning to Kuzmin. "That is to say, in the circumstances where we find that one of the belligerents has broken the agreement, the League will give aid to the opposing side, including declaring war on the one responsible for the breach."-
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["Aha, and all the little League friends here are on board with that?" Asked Kuzmin, turning his gaze to Vera.]
[10:48] * Vera thought. This was a bit tricky, but she nodded. "If nothing else, with two belligerents and uninvolved parties, it'd be in Brazil's interest to avoid an illegal war - mostly because there is a very real risk that such activities will lead to the League nations being picked apart piece by piece, rather than as a single bloc. Brazil is in favor."
[10:50] <Minaplo> ["Japan concurs with the delegate from the Republic of Brazil." Said Princess Sakurako. "We are in favour of the Kingmaker Clause."-
[10:50] <Minaplo> ["So too is Scandinavia." Said Minister Eliasson.]
[10:58] <Yanmei> "That's enough of an incentive to adhere to the agreements, wouldn't you say, Premier Kuzmin?" Yanmei said, leaning away from her mic so that her words just drifted amongst the four UEF reps. She had been eying him oddly this whole time, but now seemed to be a little more relaxed.
[11:00] <Minaplo> ["Mm, so it seems." Said Kuzmin. He leaned back. "If you're for it, Zhang, then…"]
[11:03] * Yanmei nodded, returning to her original position. "In this case, the United Earth Federation will also agree to honor the codes, laws and agreements ratified during this convention."
[11:03] <Minaplo> ["As will the United Nations." Said Ezra.-
[11:03] <Minaplo> ["Very well, then." Said Arslan. He paused to take a mouthful of water.-
[11:07] <Minaplo> ["So the first item to be added to our convention comes from Pope Pius." Said Arslan.-
[11:08] <Minaplo> [Pius turned to look at Ibrahim for a moment, who nodded in support. Pius then stood up.-
[11:10] <Minaplo> ["The Holy See puts forth the proposal that all parties ratify an updated version of the Vatican Treaty." Said Pius. "In which all parties would limit themselves to deploying three Evangelion or Evangelion analogue units to a battlefield. A defense clause would permit parties to deploy up to five such units, but only in defense of their territory, not for attack."]
[11:20] <Yanmei> Interesting. "The delegates of the United Eath Federation would like a minute or two to confer."
[11:20] <Minaplo> [Arslan nodded.-
[11:21] <Minaplo> [This would also give the Brazilians a chance to chat! The other delegations were talking as well…]
[11:23] <Yanmei> "So," Yanmei dropped her voice, sliding away from the mic a little. "Thoughts? It doesn't effect us right now, but down the road, when more of our units have been repaired…"
[11:23] * Vera looked to Prescott. "This is all about leverage." She said, moving aside from the mic. "We aren't really affected by that limitation - if anything, it works to our advantage with the defense clause if ever /that/ happens. The trick, is that our vote will affect relations with the two belligerents…"
[11:26] <Vera> *is that our words
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["Absolutely." Said Kuzmin. "I mean, once we mobilise our full corps… That's a very artificial restriction!"-
[11:28] <Minaplo> ["But the Vatican Treaty was a very important cornerstone agreement regarding the Eva." Said Mazarin. "Rejecting it doesn't do wonders for our reputation."-
[11:29] <Minaplo> ["Don't forget that the New World Army is projected to complete at least two more Divine Evangelions." Said Ezekiel.-
[11:29] <Minaplo> ["My advice is we accept it now, then when we actually have twenty Evangelions, tell them to fuck themselves." Said Kuzmin.]
[11:33] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyebrows had knitted together a bit. "If we dump a ton of cash into our research, maybe we won't even have to do that. We take a few select Evas and modify the heck out of them until they're more of a match for the UN's… Anyway, I don't see a way around it myself."
[11:34] <Minaplo> ["Ah, that's a clever idea." Said Kuzmin. "Saves us money, too!"]
[11:37] <Yanmei> "Oh, I wouldn't say that," said Yanmei wryly, and resumed her previous position, addressing the rest of the room before Kuzmin could ponder about that more. -
[11:38] * Vera simply nodded to Prescott, before she raised a hand. "Excuse me." She began. "I have a question on the measure and would like the floor to advise." Once permission to speak was granted. "I can't help but notice that, from the battle data most all of our nations likely have access to, the UN has a corps of roughly 4 Dysangelion units and 1 Divine Evangelion unit so far seen, if memory
[11:38] * Vera serves. Even assuming construction of further units, the United Earth Federation by contrast will be able to, in a span potentially shorter than that, restore their Adeptus Evangelion Corps to 20 units within mere months. Brazil officially speaks in favor of the measure for means of proper control of Evangelion warfare, but I raise the question of whether or not the United Nations will be
[11:38] * Vera realistically impacted by that.
[11:38] <Vera> *"
[11:39] <Minaplo> ["You said your name was Vera, yes?" Said Augustine, his voice gentle and warm.]
[11:40] * Vera nodded. "I did." She was a bit uncertain…
[11:42] <Minaplo> ["As the representative of NERV at this gathering, I can personally attest that we intend to add two more Divine Evangelion units to our corps within three weeks."-
[11:43] <Minaplo> ["On top of that, a certain amount of Evangelions and Dysangelions are already in production. I can assure you that the UN will be adversely affected by this."]
[11:44] * Vera smiled. "Good. Far be it for me to besmirch His Holiness with such a question, especially on such a valuable piece of legislation. Brazil is satisfied with the answer and will officiall vouch in favor of His Holiness's proposal."
[11:45] <Minaplo> [Pius smiled warmly.]
[11:50] <Yanmei> "The United Earth Federation has also carefully considered the terms," Yanmei said, addressing the rest of the room now. Vera's question had drawn a surprised but seemingly positive expression out of her, but now she was settling back into her neutral face. "In light of this consideration, and the response to the Brazilian delegation's recent question, we will accept the terms of the new Vatican Treaty as presented by his Holiness."
[11:50] <Minaplo> ["As will the United Nations." Said Ezra.-
[11:51] <Minaplo> ["The next item on the agenda is a request by Japan to the United Earth Federation." Said Arslan.-
[11:51] <Minaplo> [Princess Sakurako stood up, clearing her throat.-
[11:52] <Minaplo> ["Before the Federation was formed, its Evangelion units were part of NERV. NERV assigned these Evangelions to various countries around the world, including Japan. We played a tremendous role in the construction, funding and upkeep of three Evangelion units assigned to the base in Tokyo-2."-
[11:53] <Minaplo> ["When the Federation was formed, these Evangelion units, along with a squadron of Superheavies and many staff, were spirited away in violation of Japan's sovereignty and in defiance of our stake to the Evangelion units."-
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["Japan hereby formally petitions the Federation for the return of our three Evangelion units."]
[11:59] <Yanmei> Discussions began again almost at once on the UEF's side. -
[12:01] <Yanmei> "There's no way we can do that," Yanmei muttered. "Especially with 03. And Unit 05 is crucial to us right now too!"
[12:01] <Minaplo> ["We could offer them an equivalent." Said Mazarin quietly. "Three less important units?"-
[12:04] <Minaplo> ["You're both missing the monarchist bitch's point." Said Kuzmin, a shrewd gleam in his eye. "How many Evangelion units can Japan maintain? The Soviet Union had trouble maintaining three by itself. The only way Japan's deploying more than one Eva is if they cut the legs off a second and strap it to the back of the first. What the Japanese want deep down is bloody compensation. They
[12:04] <Minaplo> started with an outrageous demand so you'd consider a financial payment to be less bitchy."]
[12:05] <Yanmei> "She thinks we have -money-?"
[12:06] <Minaplo> ["… To be fair, it's a little on-the-nose to suffix a discussion about our maintaining twenty Evangelion units with 'We're broke'." Said Mazarin dryly.]
[12:09] <Yanmei> "Ugh. So what do we do? Just agree to monetary compensation now and work out… I dunno, the installment plan later?"
[12:10] <Minaplo> ["Such are the perils of capitalist greed." Said Kuzmin, clearly playing it up.-
[12:10] <Minaplo> ["It's either that or tell the Japanese 'no'." Said Mazarin.]
[12:18] * Yanmei returned to Diplomacy Position with a small frown on her face. -
[12:32] <Yanmei> "The Federation cannot comply with your country's request. We can, however, offer other forms of compensation." She smiled at her, her dark eyes warm and calm. "Would you be willing to negotiate?"
[12:32] <Minaplo> [Sakurako paused, turning towards Fujimoto for a second.-
[12:33] <Minaplo> [Then she turned towards Yanmei. "We would. Let us treat this as a memorandum of understanding with intent to develop the deal in our own time."]
[12:33] <Yanmei> "Certainly. Thank you for your cooperation."
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["The next item on the agenda comes from the Scandinavian Commonwealth." Said Arslan.-
[12:41] <Minaplo> [Eliasson stood up. "The Scandinavian Commonwealth is dedicated to advancing the cause of a just, peaceful and healthy humanity. It is well known that we act as the largest sponsor for the Red Cross and its affiliates on the planet."-
[12:41] <Minaplo> ["To this end, on behalf of humanitarian efforts around the world, we would like to advance two separate propositions. The first is the N2 Restriction Treaty."-
[12:42] <Minaplo> ["In this treaty, N2 Warheads would be banned from use on cities or on conventional armies. Their use would be limited solely to Superheavy units and Evangelions or Eva analogues, so long as doing so would not harm one of the aforementioned groups."]
[12:44] * Vera figured she'd speak up. "Brazil would like to remind everyone of the battle against the LN AT-Battleship Independance, and both the military necessity of such a use of N2 mines… but more importantly? That an Eva or Eva-analogue is very capable of containing the blast of such a weapon to make it a shaped-charge. Do not discard this treaty easily, in light of those details."
[12:51] <Yanmei> There were more discussions among the UEF. This time they seemed to reach an agreement fairly easily, with Yanmei again being the one to deliver the decision. "The United Earth Federation, first, would like to laud Scandinavia's humanitarian efforts. We find the terms of the N2 Restriction Treaty to be acceptable, and we agree to them as stated."
[12:51] <Minaplo> ["The United Nations also accepts." Said Ezra.-
[12:55] <Minaplo> ["The second proposition we would make, especially in light of the humanitarian catastrophe in Liege last week, is the Urban Endangerment Restriction Treaty."-
[12:56] <Minaplo> ["In this treaty, all parties would agree to not perform any attacks that might endanger an undefended urban centre. Furthermore, they must take as many precautions as possible when attacking defended or fortified urban settlements."]
[13:01] <Yanmei> More discussion. It took a little longer this time, but Yanmei eventually looked back over the assembly. "The United Earth Federation… accepts."
[13:04] * Vera pondered this. "If I may comment by the will of the floor." …and after granted. "Speaking personally as a military official, it may be prudent to also discourage actions such as seating units intentionally in the city, knowing that your opponent will be limited by the treaty to fire very carefully, or not at all. That is as much an abuse of civilian life as the actual destruction,
[13:04] * Vera for it presumes that civilian protections are tantamount to human shields."
[13:06] <Minaplo> ["If I may add something." Said Ezra.-
[13:07] <Minaplo> ["I too wish to avoid civilian casualties, and I understand what the Brazilian delegation is saying. However, cities are naturally going to be defensive points, and indeed most fortresses are built over cities."-
[13:09] <Minaplo> ["I propose that a joint body be created to oversee the safe and proper evacuation of populations from urban zones at risk of becoming battlefields. Until such an evacuation is completed, the forces will be required to abide by the restriction, but after that the 'human shield' defense is gone."]
[13:10] * Vera nodded. "Excellent idea, Mr. Caine. That is indeed a good use of this meeting, to establish proper proceedings." …then the realization dawned. …THAT Caine indeed. Her smile broadened for a moment.
[13:24] * Yanmei was suspicious, and was working overtime trying to keep that off her face. She glanced in Eliasson's direction briefly, "The UEF is willing to sanction this proposal as well, if an appropriate impartial body can be formed for overseeing the evacuations."
[13:24] <Minaplo> ["Agreed." Said Ezra.-
[13:25] <Minaplo> ["The next agenda item is from the UN." Said Arslan.-
[13:25] <Minaplo> [It wasn't Ezra, but rather Sarah Holt who stood this time.-
[13:27] <Minaplo> ["An issue that persists between the UEF and the UN is how to handle prisoners of war." Said Sarah. "We would like to forward what we call the Prisoner Conduct Compact."-
[13:28] <Minaplo> ["Firstly, both sides would ratify pre-existing prisoner of war conventions such as the Hague and Geneva Conventions. We invite League observers to be placed amongst both sides to ensure compliance."-
[13:29] <Minaplo> ["Secondly, the UN would like to propose a standardised method for returning Prisoners of War to their own side. In plain terms, we'd like to establish set ransoms for prisoners depending on their rank and importance to the war effort. I'm transmitting our draft to your notes now."]
[13:31] * Yanmei glanced down at the digital notepad that had been supplied to their table. She was gritting her teeth a little now.
[13:38] <Minaplo> ["Well." Said Kuzmin, leaning over to her. "We could use the money…"-
[13:38] <Minaplo> ["Doubts continue regarding our long-term ability to keep Joan under check." Said Ezekiel.-
[13:40] <Minaplo> ["There are pros and cons for both sides." Said Mazarin. "But remember that this safeguards our people as well."]
[14:03] * Yanmei considered something and then turned back to the assembly. "Marshal Caine," she began, her voice calm and even, "I agree with the spirit of the proposition. And I will agree to adhere it from this point onward, as long as a special one-time condition is added to the release of one of the Dysangelion pilots we currently have in our custody."
[09:32] <Yanmei> ^Marshal Holt-Caine
[09:34] <Minaplo> ["By all means, state your condition." Said Sarah Holt.]
[09:43] <Yanmei> "Under normal circumstances, I would ask for an even trade? One of your pilots for one of ours. Unfortunately, that's not something that you can deliver at this time. The one pilot you captured after the Singularity Egg event… mysteriously died a few weeks ago while in your custody, isn't that right? So instead, I'm compelled to ask for the next best thing as compensation." She folded her hands on the tabletop. "Return Evangelion Unit 00 to us, and we'll release your Dysangelion Pilot."
[09:44] <Minaplo> [Next to Ezra, Eve started to laugh softly.-
[09:46] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Sarah. "Allow us a moment to discuss your condition."-
[09:46] <Minaplo> [The UN delegation pulled away from their mics and started to talk.-
[09:47] <Minaplo> [A few minutes later, Sarah stood up again. "I'm afraid we cannot comply with your request. However, we would be willing to return to your care the artefact known as the Philosopher's Stone instead."-
[09:47] <Minaplo> [Next to Yanmei, Ezekiel froze. A second later he whipped his head around to look at Yanmei.]
[09:54] * Yanmei noticed that. It was impossible -not- to notice, given how unruffled he had been by everything so far. It was the one thing that staved off the expression of deep dissatisfaction threatening to sweep over her. "Very well. The United Earth Federation will accept that."
[09:56] <Minaplo> ["We would also expect the repatriation of any surviving members of the pilot's entourage. Acceptable?" Asked Sarah.]
[09:58] <Yanmei> "Yes, certainly," said Yanmei.
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[10:03] <Minaplo> [Sarah nodded. "If I may, the UN would like to bring something to the attention of the delegates here. A warning."]
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[10:11] <Minaplo> ["I was undertaking research in western Kenya recently when I discovered a disturbing truth." Said Sarah. "I'm transmitting it to your notes now…"-
[10:11] <Minaplo> [The notepads flared with a new image- a massive snake, at least 20 metres long, half concealed in a cave. Its underside was torn and brutalised, and huge bulges pushed the unarmoured flesh of its belly out in an odd, distended way.-
[10:12] <Minaplo> ["This was a rare form of Angelspawn that was found in the Great Rift Valley. Analysis of its body and the scene around it implicates a group of Annihilator-type Angelspawn in its slaying."-
[10:14] <Minaplo> ["They seem to be demonstrating coordination and aggression on levels we haven't seen before." Said Sarah. "Worse still: observe the sacs along the snakespawn's underbody. We split one open. I'm showing the contents now."-
[10:15] <Minaplo> [The notepads flared with a new image- a membraneous translucent sac filled with a watery orange amniotic fluid. It had been split open and the contents were starting to spill out…-
[10:15] <Minaplo> [Tiny Annihilators, curled up in foetal positions. At least two dozen of them.-
[10:15] <Minaplo> [There were gasps of horror and disgust from the delegations.]
[10:15] * Vera stared at the notepad. The previous negotiations had been unusual, but this was… very bad.
[10:17] * Yanmei stared, not quite believing what she saw. Annihilator -eggs-? And a lot of them, too! How where they even doing that?
[10:18] <Minaplo> ["So how does that work." Asked Kuzmin, frowning. "I have seen Annihilators before, in Finland… Every part of their body is a weapon. Should we be looking for Annihilators sporting gigantic cock rams now?"-
[10:18] <Minaplo> [Mazarin blanched.-
[10:19] <Minaplo> ["We can't be sure." Said Sarah delicately. "Unfortunately, this problem isn't an isolated case. The snakespawn also produced offspring."]
[10:22] <Yanmei> "Based off the research on these… Angelspawn reproductive incidents, what is the UN's proposed course of action?"
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["We recommend all nations with even small reported cases of Angelspawn be on high alert." Said Sarah. "Furthermore, we propose that all the members of this convention- UN, UEF, and the League- ratify what we call the Extinguishment Compact."-
[10:26] <Minaplo> ["Simply put, all members will recognise the remnants of the Angelic species as still being a threat, one that we consider greater than each other. If necessary, ceasefires may be requested in order to deal with threats. We also request the provision to assemble joint forces to deal with the greatest of these threats."-
[10:27] <Minaplo> ["We also wish to add clauses exempting certain Angelic entities, which the members may request as part of the compact."-
[10:27] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel's eyebrows rose, if only slightly. He was otherwise silent.]
[10:32] <Yanmei> "Allow us a few minutes to discuss these measures," said Yanmei, and pulled back to do so with the rest of her delegation. "Thoughts? I can't believe they actually expect us to cooperate with them after what they pulled the last time."
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["They expect it because they're asking in front of the global community." Said Kuzmin. "And rejecting the compact makes us look like we'd rather quarrel instead of dealing with a mutual threat."-
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["Kuzmin is right." Said Mazarin.-
[10:33] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel leaned forward and whispered something into Yanmei's ear.]
[10:54] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes widened slightly, and then narrowed again. "Yeah, that's a problem," she muttered. A few seconds of thought. "I'll agree to everything except the joint armies. If they want to work with us, I want to be damned sure they won't try to stab us in the back again. We're short-handed as it is."
[10:54] <Minaplo> ["Such a betrayal would surely trigger the League's Kingmaker Clause, of course." Said Mazarin.]
[10:57] <Yanmei> "Assuming that there are witnesses to pin it back on them," she muttered bitterly.
[10:57] <Minaplo> ["Quite true."]
[10:59] <Yanmei> "Anyway, we'll ask them if we have any guarantees before we agree to such a thing. Agreed?"
[11:00] <Minaplo> ["Agreed."]
[11:02] * Yanmei turned back to the assembly, ready to make her announcement. -
[11:08] <Yanmei> "The United Earth Federation finds itself in agreement with all aspects of the Extinguishment Compact save for one. While we have no objection to working with the League on such matters, we do have… concerns about forming joint forces with the UN, given the bloody ending of our last cooperative Anti-Angel effort. If the UN, however, can provide further guarantees that we will not have a repeat of that incident, we may reconsider our stance on the matter."
[11:09] <Minaplo> ["We will permit League observers into our command centres during such an operation. They will have access to our combat records." Said Ezra, getting to his feet.-
[11:10] <Minaplo> ["Furthermore, you have both my guarantee that such an incident will not happen again, as well as my sincere regret and apology for the first incident. Considering your heroic actions, it was unconscionable. On behalf of the United Nations, I apologise."-
[11:10] <Minaplo> [He placed his right hand over his heart and bowed low for a few seconds down the table.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["I know nothing we do can make up for such a crime. However, as a show of good faith I will arrange for a set amount of compensation to be paid to the United Earth Federation immediately."]
[11:18] * Vera watched somewhat impassively, yet seemed to nod at that in general.
[11:22] <Yanmei> It apparently caught Yanmei by complete surprise, however. Her eyes widened slightly, and she stared blankly in the seconds following the public apology. Eventually it broke, and she glanced around quickly for her companions' ractions before clearing her throat and settling again. "Ahem. I see. We'll accept those measures for now. We can discuss the actual compensation on our own terms."
[11:24] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said Ezra, sitting back down.-
[11:24] <Minaplo> [Sarah shot him a glowing look, whilst Eve looked rather cross.-
[11:24] <Minaplo> [Augustine was staring at Rosamund, his eyes half lidded, a small smirk on his face. Rosamund was trying not to stare back.-
[11:25] <Minaplo> ["The next item on the agenda has been tabled by Brazil." Said Arslan.]
[11:29] * Vera nodded again, standing up. "Brazil's status as a nation that accepted a number of former Liberated Nations members, of those willing to integrate back into our current political reality anyway, prompts this particular concern. Namely, Brazil proposes that the class of beings known as 'bioexotics' - such as the Ayanami family, or the Iron Guard, but likely not limited to those groups,
[11:29] * Vera be treated with the same protections under the code of universal rights as biotypical - as in, of course, humanity as it was pre-Impact - humans are. This includes during war and internally, lest discrimination, fear of any of their abilities, or similar problems cause humanitarian abuses from anyone involved in the conflict."
[11:35] <Yanmei> A fleeting, quiet discussion, but it didn't last for long before Yanmei stood. "The UEF agrees to this proposition," she said simply.
[11:35] <Minaplo> ["Japan has concerns." Said Princess Sakurako.-
[11:38] <Minaplo> ["Although we agree to the idea in principle, there exist practical issues. Firstly, the Ayanamis were born in Japan. Under this proposal, would Japan be required to grant them all citizenship without question, or do we believe they should declare their own nationality?"]
[11:41] * Vera pondered that. "Ultimately, that is a legal question that might be better decided on the grounds that their birth was related to a transnational entity. It's also possibly beyond the scope of this meeting. But neither Brazil nor I personally would make such a demand of you without due process or courtesy to your national order. There are still numerous laws that will ne needed to
[11:41] * Vera regulate edge cases like that, so the issue may as well be negotiated by foreign ministers now that the issue is given due awareness."
[11:42] <Minaplo> ["Very well. Then Japan expresses its acceptance, provisional on further elaboration."-
[11:42] <Minaplo> [The other factions gave consent as well.-
[11:45] <Minaplo> ["The floor is open for any comments before we continue." Said Arslan.]
[11:54] <Yanmei> "I have one." Yanmei stood again. "If we intend to enforce these new measures, we should consider building a task force to evaluate the living conditions in which large numbers of bioexotic combatants are living. It's also important to consider their condition after the war has actually ended and to provide them with experts equipped to aid them with transitioning into peaceful society."
[11:58] <Minaplo> [Augustine started to laugh. "You always were my favourite, Zhang."-
[11:58] <Minaplo> [This comment brought titters and chuckles from across the table.-
[11:58] <Minaplo> [Ezra and Sarah were chuckling as well.-
[11:58] <Minaplo> ["Agreed, Chancellor Zhang." Said Ezra. "I fully support this initiative."-
[11:59] <Minaplo> [The only person not joining in on the mirth was Eve…]
[12:00] * Vera for her own part nodded with amusement, though she did notice the unmirthful one. Ominous.
[12:02] * Yanmei seemed to take this well enough, nodding and sitting back down again.
[12:05] <Minaplo> ["The next proposal stems from the United Nations Scientific Bureau." Said Arslan.-
[12:06] <Minaplo> [Eve stood up now, her hands folded together.-
[12:07] <Minaplo> ["A decade ago, the United Nations tabled a general assembly resolution restricting and limiting scientific research into Artificial Intelligence. This resolution was passed unanimously."-
[12:07] <Minaplo> ["We hereby charge all members of this summit to ratify an updated version of the resolution, strictly banning the development of what we refer to as 'Spiritual-level AI', as well as sensibly limiting other research into this field."]
[12:24] <Yanmei> Another quiet discussion took place amoung the UEF representatives. -
[12:43] <Yanmei> Yanmei eventually took the floor again. "We have some concerns about limiting the development of advanced AI research in general. While there are dangers associated with this technology, it's difficult to understand why they are any more dangerous than current methods of modifying soldiers - including genetic and cybernetic modifications and intense psychological conditioning - that have been left unchecked for at least an entire generation. Moreover, we should consider the current social and technological landscape as it exists right now. We are seeing scientists already blending bio-neurology and AI technology to give soldiers enhanced senses and improved ways of interfacing with external computers. It seems that we've already hit and moved past the line that keeps human intelligence and artificial intelligence separate and easily identifiable? That's something we need to seriously consider before ratifying a decade-old treaty on technological advances in this area."
[12:44] <Minaplo> ["But you admit that it has its dangers." Said Eve.]
[12:47] <Yanmei> "Certainly. The greatest danger being that the sentient AI would be unable to find acceptance in our society and thus be doomed to unhappiness? But even that is blunted by the fact that we now, apparently, live in a society in which human rights are given to bioexotics, or humans born outside of traditional biological methods. Surely, we can extend the same rights to AIs as well."
[12:49] <Minaplo> ["Nonetheless, it's irresponsible to risk letting your Federation create an AI that runs rampant." Said Eve. "And I'm sorry to say, but certain special interests within your faction are not exactly known for their objective thinking on certain topics."-
[12:50] <Minaplo> ["Would you be open to a compromise then? We will not force you or anyone to ratify the treaty as stated. There will be no ban or restrictions. Instead, we propose that all of the parties here will routinely share their AI research with all other parties, so the data may be peer-reviewed. That would limit the risk, yes?" Said Eve.]
[08:15] * Yanmei regarded her with a somewhat puzzled expression. "I don't think that would be a problem during times of peace, Dr. von Hamburg, but doesn't exchanging our technological advancements with a faction we're actively at war with risk prolonging the conflict as those advancements are integrated into your own arsenal? The same could also be said of the UN's advancements. Doesn't that concern you?"
[08:17] <Minaplo> [Eve laughed.-
[08:18] <Minaplo> ["Did I not just say the sharing of data was for peer-review purposes? We would not use it. We would take it and see if it had gone too far, become too dangerous. And as I'm sure you're aware, my dear, that reverse-engineering your research would look very shady to our League observers?"-
[08:21] <Minaplo> ["So, then. With us at risk of losing more than we gain by using your data, what else is holding you back from this commonsense agreement?"]
[09:03] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes narrowed suspiciously. -
[09:09] <Yanmei> "And what happens if this field of research is deemed to have gone too far? To the experimental AI specifically, I mean."
[09:10] <Minaplo> ["Then we will demand you shut it down." Said Eve. "And if you fail, then I'm sure the League could be convinced of the danger it poses to us all."]
[09:15] <Yanmei> "Aren't there ethical concerns with that sort of demand? Depending on how far the research has advanced, it might even be akin to ordering the execution of a sentient being?"
[09:17] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I'm sure you could disable it without killing it." Said Eve. "It'd be like imprisonment for AI."]
[09:19] <Yanmei> "Indefinite imprisonment. For the crime of merely existing."
[09:27] <Minaplo> ["Indefinite imprisonment due to the risk it could propose." Said Eve. "Waiting for a crime to be done is the luxury of the strong judging a weaker entity. But the scientists whose interests you are fighting so hard to protect has crossed that line already. He's created an entity stronger than us. And we cannot wait for it to perform a crime, because by then it may already be too late."-
[09:28] <Minaplo> [Scandinavian Minister Eliasson frowned, her head snapping around to look at Eve questioningly.-
[09:29] <Minaplo> [She wasn't alone in that. "Are you saying that the Federation has already developed a 'Spiritual AI'?" Asked Princess Sakurako.-
[09:30] <Minaplo> ["Yes indeed. For awhile it was interned in the Synfront." Said Eve. "I wish I could tell you about its capabilities, but they were… Beyond our ability to measure."-
[09:30] <Minaplo> [Eve let that hang in the air for a second, the League delegations looking increasingly nervous.]
[09:37] <Yanmei> "You were unable to measure its capabilities, and yet you were able to acertain that it was dangerous. How?"
[09:38] <Minaplo> ["Oh, please." Said Eve. "It takes come excessive naivete to assume that if you cannot measure something it is automatically safe. In fact it is quite the opposite: if something cannot be measured, then the safest course of action is to assume it is dangerous."-
[09:39] <Minaplo> ["More practically, it slew several of our best soldiers single-handedly."]
[09:56] * Vera blinked, looking surprised, but… maybe not as surprised as she should be. "…Why was she interned?"
[09:58] <Minaplo> ["Shortly before the coup in Paris, UN New World forces located a suspected Spiritual AI in the Geofront itself." Said Eve. "Since France was part of the UN right up until the coup, the old resolution regarding the prohibition of such things was still in force, Madame Freitas. It was our legal obligation to intern it."]
[09:59] * Vera nodded. "I see. I figured I would ask to clarify for the floor."
[10:05] <Minaplo> [Eve nodded, permitting the 'ball' to go back into Yanmei's court.]
[10:06] <Yanmei> "The AI was constructed without the UEF's knowledge or consent," Yanmei further clarified. "We were only made aware of her existance after her abduction, her return, and by her actions defending civilians and non-combatants from UN troops during an attack on one of our bases. That said, she is fully capable of - and thus far has been - compliant with social norms and man-made laws alike."
[10:08] <Yanmei> ^capable of being
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[10:09] <Minaplo> ["And how do you know this will remain-"-
[10:10] <Minaplo> ["The UN concedes the point." Said Ezra bluntly. "If the AI has thus far shown compliance with Federation law then I will presume good faith in you and the AI."-
[10:11] <Minaplo> ["Nevertheless, Chancellor Zhang, I strongly urge you to remain above the special interests in your organisation. If the AI or any other AI created by your faction exhibits dangerous tendencies then I hope you will waste no time in attempting to control it and warning us of the impending danger. Do we have an understanding?"]
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[10:18] * Yanmei blinked a few times. "Of course, Marshal Caine," she said simply.
[10:22] <@Minaplo> ["I'm glad."-
[10:22] <@Minaplo> [The next proposal was from the UN as well, and this time Ezra fielded it.-
[10:22] <@Minaplo> ["Presuming our goodwill hasn't been squandered by our recent frank exchange of views-"-
[10:23] <@Minaplo> [there were small chuckles from the group, although Eve's expression was calm- mostly. For a split second, she was furious.-
[10:24] <@Minaplo> ["Firstly, Chancellor, I would like to enquire into the health of Ayanami Roku." Said Ezra.]
[10:31] <Yanmei> An even deeper bout of confusion was starting to set in now, but Yanmei forced herself into her previous neutral expression. "She is now in excellent physical condition? She is, however, also being watched closely by our psychiatric team, which has recommended that she not be restored to active combat duty just yet."
[10:32] <@Minaplo> ["I see." Said Ezra.-
[10:32] <@Minaplo> ["I'm not sure whether you're aware, Chancellor, but during her posting at the Synfront, Roku formed a romantic relationship with one of the E-Destroyer captains stationed there. A Mr. Aksel Heiden."]
[10:34] <Yanmei> "Yes, I was made aware of that," she said slowly, in the tone of voice that bid him to go on.
[10:37] <@Minaplo> ["You know better than most the effect distance can have on young love." Said Ezra. "That's only being exacerbated by the fact that they're now on opposing sides. In the interest of Mr. Heiden and young Miss Ayanami I'd like to establish a line of connection between the two of them permanently. Regular, reliable distance contact would be fine, but ultimately being able to arrange conjugal
[10:37] <@Minaplo> visits for them would, I believe, be in their best interests."]
[10:42] <Yanmei> "Um. I don't see a problem with that as long as appropriate security measures are taken during long distance communications and before… visits."
[10:49] <@Minaplo> ["Excellent." Said Ezra. "My only stipulation is that any physical visits should take place in neutral territory. In fact, why not Istanbul? A city as beautiful as this one can only help their love on."]
[10:53] <Yanmei> "Provided the city agrees, then certainly? They should also be allowed a small security team each. More for our peace of mind than their own, I'm sure." She chuckled quietly.
[10:53] <@Minaplo> ["Indeed." A smile.-
[10:54] <@Minaplo> […-
[10:55] <@Minaplo> [There was a 15 minute break after this for some quick snacks and fresh air, then they were back into it.-
[10:57] <@Minaplo> ["The next proposal is from the honourable Ibrahim Muhammad al-Maghrebi of Alexandria." Said Arslan.-
[10:59] <@Minaplo> [Al-Maghrebi, who'd so far spent the summit talking quietly with Pope Pius, stood up slowly, rubbing his hands together. "I wish to speak about the powers of the Evangelion." He said. "I have heard from some friends, who know much better than I do, that the Evangelion is capable of using its strange abilities to alter space around it, to change the nature of matter. Could this power be used
[10:59] <@Minaplo> to terraform?"-
[10:59] <@Minaplo> ["Entirely possible." Said Eve. "Inevitable, even. Although the exact knowledge is beyond our means at the present."-
[11:02] <@Minaplo> ["I see. Then my proposal is a request to the Federation and the United Nations. To allocate your energies to a peaceful cause." He took a deep breath. "Much of the land from Palestine to India is irradiated, a result of the violent calamity of Impact. It is my request that you please look into ways to make Evangelion terraforming a reality, so that these lands may be fit for habitation
[11:02] <@Minaplo> once more. It would be a beautiful act, and a very necessary one for many who live on the periphery of the Dead Lands."]
[11:18] <Yanmei> Discussion amongst the UEF reps. Eventually Yanmei spoke up again. "We'll designate a project team to work on this. Hopefully we'll see some results fairly soon, but the United Earth Federation will commit to testing out some of the theories regularly."
[11:21] <@Minaplo> ["The UN will do the same." Said Ezra.-
[11:21] <@Minaplo> [Eve looked bored; al-Maghrebi, however, favoured them both with broad, warm smiles. "Thank you. Thank you greatly." He said before sitting back down.-
[11:30] <@Minaplo> [After that, it was a long few hours of more minor negotiations, things that weren't of huge import.-
[11:35] <@Minaplo> [The League states wanted assurances that their trade wouldn't be disrupted by convoy raiding. That their citizens' freedom of travel wasn't infringed upon. That both states would help maintain international bodies such as Interpol or counter-terrorism measures.-
[11:39] <@Minaplo> [And finally, the day ended, the sun sinking deep into the west. The next few days would see lower level bureaucrats and ministers and secretaries writing up the agreements, having them checked for problems, then being signed by the dignitaries.-
[11:39] <@Minaplo> [The delegates, all told, would remain in Istanbul for another four days.]

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