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[IC] Kapelgian Archipelago Treaty

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Representatives from Kapel and Vallen met today to ratify the Kapelgian Archipelago Treaty. The ceremony, held in the Kapelgian capital of Belarion, marks the creation of a political and economic alliance between the two countries.

The negotiations for what would become the treaty began in the closing days of the Second Kalve War. Kapelgian nationalists sought to ally the newly independent Kapelgian state with Vallen, to protect against future Akarusian threats. Negotiations in the following months would see the scope of the treaty expanded into its present form.

Major points from the Kapelgian Archipelago Treaty include:
  • The establishment of a mutual defense pact between the signatories of the treaty.
  • Recognition of the 1922 Armistice Line as the formal border between Kapel and Vallen. Both nations agree to renounce any territorial claims on the other.
  • The creation of a customs union and free trade area between the signatories of the treaty.
  • The establishment of open borders between the signatories, allowing freedom of movement between them. This move is particularly aimed at reducing ethnic tensions in the divided Kalve region.
  • The establishment of joint regulation and coordination on the extraction of oil and gas in the Kapelgian Archipelago.
Akarus remained notably excluded from the negotiations, despite several major parties expressing interest in joining. There have been many calls from both Kapel and Akarus to re-establish an economic union between them, to mitigate the political and economic turmoil between the two countries in the aftermath of Kapelgian independence last year. Kapel has seen a large influx of Akarusian refugees and migrants amidst the conflicts, and both nations have experienced economic difficulties following the sudden separation of the nation's markets. 

Official statements from Kapel and Vallen claim now is not the time for Akarus' inclusion in the union, citing the nation's ongoing political instability.
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