The Treaty of Mahajanga is a treaty between the Spanish Confederation and the Empire of Madagasikara which promised Spanish aid to the royal Ralofoaro family of Madagasikara in internal conflicts in exchange for a great amount of oversight by the Spanish in the Empire.
Since the advent of the Madagasikaran Civil War in 1482, the Empire of Madagasikara was in dire straits both militaristically and economically. As such, they relied heavily on foreign trade with nations like Spain, Alexandria, Bengal, and Ayutthaya, but the close ties with the Spanish (largely as a result of the recent conversion to Christianity) led King Andrés to ask King Ferdinand of Castile for assistance in defeating all rebels or enemy factions against the Royalist Madagasikarans.
While the ideas behind the treaty were in effect from 1482, the official treaty was signed in 1485, and went into effect the on January 1 of the following year.
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- Madagasikara shall trade preferentially with Castile, Aragon, Navarra, Cyprus, Kongo, and/or any other state under the Crown of Spain.
- Madagasikara shall seek the approval of the Crown of Spain, or its duly appointed representative, prior to starting trade with a new foreign power. Certain foreign powers herein listed shall be considered "open" to the merchants of Madagasikara, but shall not receive the aforementioned preferential treatment. These nations are:
- The population and armed forces of the Madagasikara will be at the disposal of the King of Spain and his appointed royal governor. The use of these forces is not to be restricted, but the troops must undergo some training to reach Spanish standards.
- One of Madagasikara's largest southern ports is to be developed into a naval base for Spain and is to base the African fleet, trade ships and a garrison of soldiers, hired or otherwise from Spain. These troops will be under direct Spanish control and will not be used just to police Madagasikara, but also for regional and trade security.
- The King of the Spanish Crown shall have the authority to appoint a Royal Governor for Madagasikara in Mahajanga (or whatever city the current Madagasikaran Emperorer deigns as the capital) who will act as the duly appointed representative of the Spanish Crown in Madagasikara and shall have all legal powers to enforce this Treaty as the King of Spain.
- In order to alter the wording of the text of this Treaty, both parties must agree to the proposed changes and then the changes shall be enacted on the First Day of the Year directly following the ratification of the changes.
- In order to add a new section [bullet point] to an existing Article, both parties must agree to the content of the proposed section and then the ratified changes shall go into effect the First Day of the Year directly following the renewal of the Treaty.
- In order to add a new Article to this Treaty, both parties must agree to the exact text and then must sign off on the proposed Article, in which case the changes will be enacted on the First Day of the second Year directly following the changes.
- This Treaty shall remain in full force and effect until nullification is declared by either party and recognized by the other party.
This Treaty shall go into effect immediately following the Signatures (and Ratification, if need be) by the Head of State, or his Lawfully appointed Representative, of both Signatory Nations.
- His Imperial Highness of the Empire of Madagasikara, High Chief of the Madagasikara League, Chief of Sanafah and Chief over the Sakalava, Hero of the Christian Faith, Baptized Child of Christ, Lord Emperor Andrés I Ralofoaro: I'd rather be a hammer than a nail...
- King Ferdinand of Spain