A NEW ERA OF COOPERATION
New Tarajan and Antanares launching a new wave of international partnership
It was an acknowledged fact that the visit paid by Prime Minister Carl Van Houden in Velikogovolka, together with his colleague of Duresia, was not a common one: the sudden developments on the international stage, with the rise of the so-called Terran Movement, the problems with Anonymous and international terrorism, the crisis in New Atanea, the civil war in Planita, and all their consequences made clear the need for a stronger partnership between the most powerful royalist countries of the world, which share also the honor/burden to be top military and economic powers.
After weeks of negotiations, cultural and political visits, conferences and balls, finally some of the results of the visit has been revealed.
In a press conference held from the Palace of the Bruma, Prime Minister Van Houden announced that "New Tarajan and Antanares have decided to further strengthen their alliance and partnership to unprecedented levels."
Since the two countries are already bound to the Treaty of Brotherood, probably the strongest agreement ever made by two States, the statement came as a surprise.
Van Houden listed carefully the new initiatives which the two neighbours decided to undertake, and which will touch all the most important issues.
The infrastructure projects:
The exterior of an AVelTrans train."New Tarajan and Antanares will give new life to strategically-relevant and technologically advanced infrastructure projects."
Van Houden said: "As such, our top priority in the field is the strengthening of the contacts between our two countries."
The result is the beginning of the construction of the most advanced railroad of the world: the Astana-Velikogovolka Transnational Magnetic Levitation Railroad
for short) will be the first transnational railroad designed for magnetic levitation (maglev) trains and the longest one as well.
First-class wagon of an AVelTrans train.
A masterpiece of technology, and a tribute to the scientific and technical achievements of both countries, the new AVelTrans will make possible the movement of around 100.000 passengers per day between the two capital cities with a maximum speed of 500 km/h (310 mph). The passengers will also enjoy the most sophisticated and elegant comforts desirable, with special wagons specifically designed for high-level customers and equipped with sofas, bars, and so on.
But also the common passegner will enjoy high-definition TV screens, integrated computers, and many more comforts.
In few words, the AVelTrans will simply change forever the way people moves from a city to another.
Although the first line will simply connect Astana to Velikogovolka (and Eindhoven, which is on the way), further lines are being designed: little by little, the system will connect every major city of Antanares, New Tarajan, Sdudeti-Karabak and North Ajania, creating the most advanced and efficient infrastructure web of the world.
A "common" wagon of the AVelTrans.
A new life for space exploration"New Tarajan has always been admired for its aerospace industry"
continued Prime Minister Van Houden: "But if there is a country on this world which really could be labelled as a nation of space explorers, that's Antanares."
Thus "the combination of these two forces could only make possible the most incredible advances in space exploration in the years to come."
The Tarajani and Antanaresian space agencies will indeed begin a new project of strict cooperation and active collaboration at practically every level.
Particular care has been given to the further programs of human space exploration: since years, Antanares has prepared itself to take the first human to Mars. And, now, New Tarajan will join this epic enterprise.
It will do it through the new railgun technology: Antanaresian and Tarajani scientists and engineers are indeed at work, in order to make it possible the use of this incredible technology as a way to easily bring from earth to space ships and other critical components for the space travel.
The Mass Driver Launcher (MDL)
, will be a critical step forward in the direction of human exploration of the Solar System. Its construction has been implemented as an integral part of the refit program of the Eindhoven Space Port, which will now be shared by both Tarajani and Antanaresian authorities.
Tarajani astronauts will prepare themselves to join their Antanaresian colleagues in the exciting adventure toward Mars, while scientistis and engineers will work together to create a new propulsion framework for the exploration vessels, thanks to the progresses made by the Tarajani Propulsion & Machinery Progress (PMP)
program. The program itself will now be revived, and shared between the two countries, also in conjuction with other development projects in other fields (shipping, car manufacturing, military aerospace).
Also unmanned space exploration will be revamped: new, advanced probes will be designed to explore and chart the asteroid belts near our planet, and the most extreme regions of our system. A new space observatory satellite will be soon brought into orbit: its aim will be to analyze the presence of dark matter inside and outside our galaxy.
Concept of the new SLS Tarajani launcher.
Tarajani finance and Antanaresian industries
Another important field of action is the economic one: "We are devoted into increasing the economic links between our countries, two of the most powerful economies of the world"
PM Van Houden said.
How? It's simple: "New Tarajan needs new markets for its financial sector. Antanares needs more money for its industry."
The decision of New-Zealand to join the "Terran Movement" has made impossible for New Tarajan to keep the trade and financial relationship between the two countries back at previous levels.
This practically meant that Tarajani capitals needed a new place were to be re-routed: and Antanares is a logical choice. The government of Velikogovolka is trying to further increase its presence in the world economy, and Antanares is already probably the No.1 manufacturer of the world.
An extremely stable country, an historical ally, a military, economic and political superpower: the Tarajani financial sector, the most powerful of the world, could not have hoped for a better partner.
While the main banks and financial firms of the Kingdom still wish to expand their activities in Eurasia, New-Zealand and other countries formally belonging to the UPS, Antanares offer to them the best way to invest their capitals without fears and risks.
The New Tarajan Investment Authority (NTIA)
will open the path, with targeted investments projects which will give the ground for the bigger operations of the partners of the International Business Group (IBG)
From there, the path will be finally open for billions of Prands to come into the hands of Antanaresian entrepeneurs.
Eindhoven, symbol of the power of the Tarajani economy.
But New Tarajan and Antanares also wished to avoid further risks of a new economic and financial crisis. After the failure of the International Eindhoven Confernece on Global Economy, strongly supported by New Tarajan, Astana decided to change its strategy.
Thus, avoiding big, but unsuccesfull international meetings, new financial regulatory instutions will be designed through bilateral and multilateral agreements.
And this is exactly what the Tarajani and Antanaresian governments decided to do: the new economic partnership between the two States will be also formalized with the birth of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
and the Tarajani-Antanaresian Development Bank (TarAnBank)
, which will provide technical consulting and assistance to governments, also helping the regulation of the system and avoiding new systemical crisis.
The IMF will have its seat in Antanares, while the TarAnBank will have its headquarters in Eindhoven, the economical and financial heart of New Tarajan (and, thus, probably the financial heart of the world), after an offer specifically made by the authorities of the Grand Duchy.
Military and security cooperation:"The world is changing fast: new threats are rising against our security, our way of life, our own lives. We need to address all these threats if we really wish to keep living as free men and women."
periodic drills, trainings and exchanges
These are the words used by PM Van Houden as the introduction to the announcement regarding the new cooperation between New Tarajan and Antanares in the field of security, a field in which both countries share common strategic interests and a long-standing partnership.
OMNI Enforcer and the Antanaresian military will create a new framework, under the aegis of the USC, for a series of periodic military drills and joint training exercises. In the words of a spokesperson of the Ministry of the Military: "Tarajani and Antanaresian officers and soldiers will critically improve their abilities to work together, fight together, and help each other on the field."
Standardized communication lines, equipment and weapons (New Tarajan already uses Antanaresian-produced personal weapons), along with new procedures, will greatly improve the capabilities of the two militaries to act in strong coordination on the most critical situations.
Links will be strengthened also between intelligence and police agencies: the key-word is "fight the terror"
."New Tarajan and Antanares will not tolerate any kind of threat against the safety of their citizens, their privacy, their rights to freedom."
Van Houden said.
As such, the two countries will increase cooperation in fighting against the major terrorist threats of the moment, including Anonymous.
Informations will be shared, prisoners exchanged: the RHIELD already confirmed that, after a full-fledged interrogation, the Antanaresian citizen belonging to Anonymous and captured during a strike against an heaven of the terrorist group, has been already given to the ARROW Enforcer.
Exchange programs will also be established between the military academies of the two countries.
New Tarajan will also increase its provision of Rafale-Nariman fighter jets to Antanares (which adopted the model as the spearhead of its air force).
A Dassault Rafale-Nariman.
university exchanges and academic initiatives
There is another field where New Tarajan and Antanares have a lot to share: culture.
In the words of Prime Minister Van Houden: "Our countries share a common cultural and historical ground which would be, in my opinion, a crime to neglect, while it could be a powerful boost for us to come to new levels of mutual understanding and friendship."
The two governments agreed in starting a new international exchange program for university student (Tarajani-Antanaresian Exchange, TARANEX
), which will allow students from both countries to live as their colleagues in the most prestigious universities of New Tarajan and Antanares. Double-degree programs will be negotiated soon between the universities, while new academic initiatives will be launched in the framework of the new inter-governmental Committe for Cultural Exchange and Development (CoCED)
The main building of the Royal Tarajani University (KTU) of Astana.
HISTORICAL SYMPOSIUM TO BEGIN WORKS IN PARIS
Meanwhile, a new important cultural and academic initative has come to life.
Under the auspices of the Tarajani, Arveyran, Antanaresian and Duresian governments, professors and scholars from all over these four countries (true hearts of the global cultural and intellectual activities) have gathered in Paris for the first round of the International Congress of Historical and Archaeological Studies
The Congress will be a periodic initiative (to be held around every three years), distributed in many "rounds", each hosted by one of the countries which participate to it.
Many are the themes which will ba handled with by the most prestigious and brilliant historians of the world: from the legacy of Antanaresian chivalry in the development of the aristocratic way of life in Tarajan to the study of the evidences of early influence between Jahanism and Electranism, passing through the most recent discoveries in Ajanic archaeology, and many more.
Particular interest will probably see the intervention of Prof. Albert Van Gert of the Merlberg Royal Academy of History, and his Antanaresian colleague Prof. Helène Abencourt, which will present their recent discoveries in the field of ancient Arveyran manuscripts. Also, they will probably announce at the Congress the star of their new archaeological expedition in Meisjegronden.
A page of the Shahnama, one of the most ancient mythological books of the Ajanic Empire. Courtesy of the Imperial Library of the Royal Palace.
HORATSTADT TO HOST PEACE TALKS ON PLANITA
During the conference in Velikogovolka, PM Van Houden also announced that "New Tarajan will host the official peace talks between the Planitan government and the rebel factions, in order to find a quick and satisfying solution for the civil war plaguing the country."
The talks will be hosted in Horatstadt, capital city of the Principality of Horat, after the House Rumi, governing it, offered the city as possible seat.
It's no surprise that New Tarajan has been chosen in the role of mediator: since the very beginning of the war, Astana has done its best to effectively help the government of President Walker, demonstrating its strict neutrality in the fight between republican and royalist extremists, despite allegations of the contrary unusefully brought by some other countries.
It was also the decision of Astana to address the Security Council to find a solution, and to establish the first UNE peacekeeping mission, the UNPKP, while also sending its diplomats to mediate with the royalist factions, thanks to the strong prestige it enjoys among them.
Now, the Tarajani Government will have to broke a definite deal: a mission of the utmost importance for New Tarajan, due the unprecedented proximity of the crisis to its borders (already demonstrated by the influx of thousands of refugees escaping from the war, and finding an heaven in the camps established by the Tarajani Red Cross and the authorities of the local States).
The talks will also be the test-ground for Van Houden diplomatic skills, something he didn't have the possibility to demonstrate yet, in spite of the great number of international crisis occurred since his appointment as Prime Minister.
A view of Horatstadt.