Ambassador Hanako Yukijo of the Pelinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs quickly checks her wristwatch as her diplomatic vehicle turns to enter the car park of the A. dainēiko Diplomatic Conference Center. It is a spring morning in the southern Yukisora Mountains; a white overcast sky shines down on the city of Dainēsa as a heavy rainstorm washes the last winter snow from its parks and streets and as the white-and-red Pelinese Sakura flying outside the conference center flutters erratically in the wind. Today, September 23, Hanako and other representatives from the proud Mediterranean nation of the Kingdom of Pelinai are scheduled to meet with a delegation from the neighboring Republic of Myria and discuss potential Pelinese private or government investment in it as it attempts to stabilize its economic situation. Other Pelinese individuals scheduled to attend include Economics Minister Sergey Kazak, State Industry Minister Pyotr Krasnosk, and multiple delegates from various Pelinese companies that had expressed interest in investing in Myria.
After a short walk through the frigid parking garage and an elevator ride, Hanako arrives in the granite-floored lobby of the conference center. Though the meeting is scheduled to formally begin at precisely 9:00 AM, still more than two hours from now, she hopes to at least shake hands and obtain introductions with all present on both sides before it starts; thus, she walks briskly through the winding halls and offices of the bustling structure before arriving at the door leading to the designated room. “Your identification, please.” asks a uniformed, submachine gun-carrying officer of the Pelinese Internal Troops. ”Hanako Yukijo.” says Hanako as she provides both her lanyard badge and her diplomatic ID to the officer for the usual scanning and visual inspection, respectively. After doing so, the officer unlocks the door with the keycard and opens the door.
Inside the room are arrayed a multitude of Pelinese diplomatic, economic, and industrial personnel, as well as various aides and assistants to help organize the many materials to be used over the multi-day conference. ”Peace be with you, Miss Yukijo. It is good to see that you have made it here so soon; the rain is unfortunately delaying the arrival of some of our colleagues, especially those that planned to travel by helicopter.” says the current Economics Minister, Sergey Kazak, as Hanako enters the room. She brushes her long, straight black hair to the side and straightens the traditional flaming sword pendant that she is wearing as she turns to address him in turn: ”Peace also be with you, Minister Kazak; it is good to see you as well. Before we begin the meeting, I wished to inquire about one of the delegates that we have scheduled for participation here. While I do not claim to be an economist of any kind, and while I am admittedly not fully knowledgeable about the precise matters of Myria’s economic profile, may I ask why we brought a representative of Katako Security here? Cybersecurity does not seem fully relevant here.”
”I, too, have questions as to the meaning of my presence here.” states a figure sitting at the far end of the conference table. However, perhaps it would be best to wait and see - I have, after all, already taken the trouble of traveling here.”
Hanako looks at the list of participants to remind herself of who it was:
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”I suppose so.” she says. ”Has anybody here received an update on the travel status of the Myrian delegation?”