Cousins across the Gulf: Shai Kong state visit to Kliegme

June 7th, 2024
10:12 AM, Mumiea, Federal Republic of Kliegme

The Kliegmean capital was up for a surprise in the morning. The President of Shai Kong, Țango Sungú , arrived in an SF-17 escorted by a full squadron at Mumiea International Airport. His entrance marked the very reason for his surprise visit to Kliegme: security in the area. The escalated tensions in Mitallduk, Kraunanagaz & Zuhlgan had affected the trade routes of southern Cordilia. The trade routes that had affected the sea routes that fuelled Shai Kong. Regardless, another mammoth also lay next to Kliegme, Nicholas & Great Britain. Shai Kong was first and foremost a business island. It’s trade was now questioned…

President Țango Sungú has served as a Captain in the Shai Kong Air Force after his continued mandatory service and is a staunch supporter of Shai Kong’s military, now at full display. Even so, his visits marks his political affiliation to the Transpacific League, a political party aimed at globalism. An aspect he hadn’t been able to show due to domestic priorities since his election in 2023. Nonetheless, for the next four more years, Sungú will be the head of state of Shai Kong and, although a largely ceremonial role, a trustworthy face to the international community.

Sungú climbed out of his fighter jet unto a red carpet as he inspected the Kliegmean Presidential Guard in his pilot uniform. As the camera’s took this rare opportunity, he finally approached the Kliegmean President to greet him in person. The two nations were cousins in a way as both had Garanian origins, especially Sungú himself.

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Many describe Kliegme and Shai Kong as cousin nations. Both have their origins in the Garan people, with both having been influenced by Non-Garan cultures. When Alexei Nikolaevich Boroshilov was a Student in the University of Myurmyansk, he had the opportunity to visit Shai Kong as part of a student exchange programme. There, he saw a vibrant population of many ethnicities, not too far from, but not too similar, to his own nation. However, he also saw a nation dominated by corporate influence. Perhaps that was where he developed his conviction in the Kliegmean Social Market Economy.

Now President of the Federal Republic of Kliegme, Alexei N. Boroshilov couldn’t help but feel intrigue with his counterpart that he would soon meet. Despite his position, President Sungú has decided to arrive not in the safety of a Personal Jet, but rather on a personal Fighter.

“Your Excellency, we will soon be arriving at the designated landing zone.”
“Thank you.”

He looks back down upon the documents he got from the Foreign Ministry. He had read this document countless times the previous day, but one more time he would read again, for good measure.

He arrived in the designated location 20 minutes before the arrival of President Sungú, the Strelna Regiment were performing rehearsals for the event. As he reviewed the documents, Foreign Minister Andreyev informed him that President Sungú has entered Kliegmean airspace. It was time to start.

The first thought that popped into his mind when he saw President Sungú was how familiar he felt. It was the first time meeting him, yet he had a strange sense of having seen him somewhere before. Still, there was much work to be done.

“It is my pleasure to have such an esteemed guest to visit Kliegme, Mr President.” Boroshilov used Garan, his first language, to greet President Sungú.

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“A pleasure to finally meet you in this fine land, President Boroshilov.” Sungú replied likewise in Garan. “Now let us engage in public pleasantries.”

The two shook hands as the press took pictures. Each national anthem was played and amical statements of friendships were made all while President Sungú remained in his fighter pilot uniform. A unique view of what was to be expected over the weekend, for the outside world would have little to no knowledge of the contents of the surprise visit other than vague security statements.

After the airfield, the two heads of state headed to their personal car escorts and headed out to the true arena which President Boroshilov had selected to discuss the state visit.

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The meeting was to take place at the HanGyeong Pavillion at the Strelna Presidential Complex.

Used to hold royal banquets and recieving foreign officials during the Garan Kingdom, it continued the latter part of its mission under the Federal Republic. Built with a traditional Garan style, President Boroshilov chose this as the location in order to appeal to the Garan origins of President Sungú.

“Well, shall we begin our talks?”

Boroshilov sits down on his side of the table alongside his aides. His counterpart does the same.

“As we both know, the situation in Southern Cordillia is less than ideal. The continued low intensity warfare that has been plaguing Krauanagaz seems to devolve into full-scale war even as we speak now. Mitallduk and Zuhlgan is also unstable, with assassinations and terrorisms having been reported in short intervals. Forgive me for the assumption, but I take this increasingly volatile situation as being more detrimental to Shai Kong even more so than Kliegme.”

Despite Boroshilov’s diplomatc rhetoric of assumption, he already knew that Shai Kong’s economy would suffer when the Cordilian trade routes are unstable. during the Rycco-Cordillian war, Shai Kong’s Trade volume had tanked significantly, according to data he recieved from his ministers.

“As such, we would be more than happy to increase economic cooperation with Shai Kong. I’d like to suggest implementing a Single Window System between our two nations to streamline our mutual trade. In this regard, Kliegme is also prepared to consider a Bilateral Investment Treaty, if Shai Kong is interested.”

Boroshilov decided to go on the offensive. Trade agreements with Shai Kong were arguably more important and beneficial for Kliegme than security agreements. By bringing trade up first, economic agreements would be made first before security agreements could be made.

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President Sungú was impressed by the Garan architecture and it truly felt like a home he never had or had lost long ago. He was a cheerful man to Boroshilov’s staff always smiling and bowing his head in acknowledgement of each individual. There was no hidden political meaning though. He was simply happy to be here and serve both nations. Comfortably, he and his aides sat down around the table.

“Indeed, the cancelled trade routes passing the Gulf of Good Omen & Karnetvorian Channel have already affected our trade volume as trust wavers over the safety of the area. After all, our stock markets are open to all to participate and see. Though I’m confident our markets will adjust as our people are commercial like no other. Your first suggestion is one I had myself in mind, it would only strengthen the cultural bond we have. Shai Kong maintains a free-trade economic policy and we’re open for all. However… Before we delve into an investment, we should first stipulate the strategic goal.Trade is the heart of Shai Kong, but that heart needs protection. Your country recently joined the Concordia Entente, allies with whom we have excellent relations. Yet we cannot side with one faction per our constitutional neutrality, but I believe there to be room for cooperation. I believe it is in our best interest to organise a multilateral showcase of force in the Gulf of Kringalia. A precautionary signal to anyone with ideas to intervene in the trade routes that fuel both our nations. As well as assure the international community that they are indeed safe to traverse.”

President Sungú let it sink while taking a sip from his water. He’d tried to shift the board in his favour, but knew he’d have to reassure Boroshilov’s wishes.

“To that end, I don’t believe we should merely invest in each other, but invest together in humanitarian projects to stabilise southern Cordilia. As the former Stoinian PM put, invest in future prosperity. I’m open any ideas you have, but we must find a way to improve the wellbeing of the region. What are possible measures Kliegme can undertake to assist the civilians in Mitallduk, Zuhlgan & Kraunanagaz? I believe Kliegme’s already strained enough by Romordian refugees, perhaps something an aspect Shai Kong can ease.”

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Of course, the security issue was much more important to Shai Kong. Boroshilov hoped that a trade agreement would be sorted out first, but he knew this situation was more likely to happen.

“Our current Humanitarian aids in the region are mostly directed to improving the Situation in the recently liberated Krauanagaz island of Pohnarras. The Red K practically destroyed anything they couldn’t carry when they were forced to flee the island. The constant shellings by the ERN certainly were damaging to infrastructure. Even that is rather limited in scale, as we are focusing on providing aid and integrating the Romordians who have fled from the NAGB-Romordian war. Interior Minister Hoffman has been working day and night to provide adequate support to both the rural population of the South Eastern Federal District and the Romordians who volunteered to settle there. In this regard, I am afraid Kliegme is out of cards to play when providing aid to the South Cordillian Nations. Popular Opinion on providing aid to Krauangaz, a democratic nation which is under threat by extremist forces, is at an all time low. Pollings for providing Humanitarian aid to Zhulgan or Mitallduk hasn’t even started due to the idea alone causing backlash.”

Boroshilov wasn’t lying when he said he was out of cards to play. Kliegme, having only recently waived off its neutrality after 62 years of it, still has a significant isolationist sentiment when it comes to foreign aid. For Boroshilov himself, burdening his government and its finances even more so would be irresponsible of him, when he was elected under the promise of a fair, efficient governance. He was against the idea of slashing Kliegmean Welfare to pay for Zhulgan or Mitallduk’s.

“However, regarding your proposition of a showcase of force, This can be arranged. The Kliegmean navy, bolstered by acquisition of the former Montacian Supply ships, does need to renew its image of a navy only able to protect its own waters, to a navy that is capable of protecting the region’s waters. I believe that a joint exercise could serve this purpose. Though, as a member of the CE, we hope that this course of action would not intensify tensions with the Peony. (OOC: the New Huawan lore has it being not good chums with the CE it seems.)”

“Shifting our topic back to your proposition, what do you suggest Shai Kong would do to ease our strains on governance caused by Romordian refugees?”

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“Excellent to hear you support a joint show of force. Assurances are in place to not escalate tensions further with non-pariah states. I understand the Romordians have been a strain on internal development efforts in Kliegme and hence why I came with a unique proposition.”

President Sungú leaned forward and made sure their eyes were interlocked. He would reveal the ace in his sleeve he hoped gain leverage in Kliegme while also solving their issues. An affirmation President Sungú was hoping for during this state visit.

“Shai Kong is prepared to integrate the Romordian refugees into its citizenry. With a special premium of ¥ 10.000, Romordian asylum seekers from Kliegme can become a new influx for our economy’s workforce demands. We have new large social residences built ready to house the Romordian refugees in them. Their dreams of safe & stable Romordia may never become reality, but Shai Kong can be a beacon of hope for them.”

President Sungú leaned back as he let the proposition sink in.

“Think of it President Boroshilov, all parties stand to gain from it. The Romordians get a chance at a sustainable freedom, Kliegme can further develop on itself and Shai Kong’s economy bolsters with an influx into the labour force.”

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