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The Treaty of Westminster is a treaty drawn up by Britannia and Hispania with the inclusion of France in order to preserve the balance of power in Europe and preserve the dominance of the western nation in terms of Colonization. The treaty creates the Triple Alliance who all agree that in order to preserve western colonial dominance that they will unite in the threat of any nation that looks to upset the balance of power in Europe, or in any of the Colonial areas currently colonized or conquered by the involved powers.

The treaty is drawn up in response to the startling successes of the Holy Roman Empire and various other states into centralizing powerful and highly organized empires in the east, previously thought impossible. The treaty guarantees that the signatories (restricted to the west) will protect each other from incursion from outside powers and prevent undue losses of land. It also issues the first organized code of conduct for colonialism dealing with claims, wars and trade.

Terms

Article 1: Military Stipulations

The Founding members of Britannia, Hispania and France, will all agree that the dominance of the west in European politics must remain politics and will join together into the Triple Alliance to counteract any powers that threaten:

  1. The balance of power in Europe.
  2. The balance of power in areas of colonial settlement or conquest.
  3. In issues which can collapse or destroy signing members of the Treaty.
  4. A major threat to one of the signing powers (does not necessarily mean a lost war, but major annexations and full annexation can be looked at as a reasoning for involvement).
  5. An Arms race is not forbidden but is discouraged. Independent development of technology will be respected and nations will not be prevented from developing technology which can alter the military landscape.
  6. In case of attack during a conflict between two treaty states, all issues about that war must be put off until further notice to handle the outside threat and then the previous war may be continued until a conclusive (or inconclusive) situation is reached.

Article 2: Inter Alliance Issues and War

All signing members will agree that any issues of colonial borders, areas of hegemony/conquest, or specifically claimed areas will be handled on all diplomatic channels, or will seek diplomatic mediation for an unbiased power within the treaty, in order to prevent conflict between signing nations of the Treaty.

If all else fails War between the two nations in a one versus one fashion to handle the situation regarding the war. The Victor may officially claim the contested territory in terms of an moderate or overwhelming victory. Usage to the full extent of your empire is not forbidden.

Along with this the signing powers agree that the complete seizure of a nations primary or large colonies will be denoted as unacceptable and if broken the offending nation can be threatened with expulsion from the protections of the treaty, or an invasion that restores control of the major colony to control of its mother country. Minor or Moderate portions of colonies can be ceded depending on their importance to the affected nations colonial empire.

A nation being increasingly reckless, or in total disregard for the treaty and threatening its own collapse or contributing to the major collapse of another signing nation may be expelled from the treaties protections and benefits leaving them open to attack from outside powers.

If a nation has multiple colonial disputes with other treaty members, said members may go to war at the same time with the offending power to assert their claims but they may not go to war in concert (no internal coalitions.)

Article 3: On Trade

Trade policy within the alliance will remain within the jurisdiction of the nations and no united presence will be required due to the merchantilist policies employed by Mother countries to their colonies. This is to respect the trade integrity of each nations colonies and if infringed upon may constitute a cause for over trade which will be allowed.

Trade between the main European states will not be discouraged and existing trade agreement will be respected and carried over into the treaty. any attempt at a unified trade presence will require ratification by all members of the treaty and must not be taken lightly. Colonies will remain excluded from these agreements unless agreed upon between the colonial powers.

Trade power in areas may shift in colonial areas which may call for war. This is not outlawed by the treaty and nations may wage wars to reclaim lost trade power in a certain area, i.e. ones influence replaces another in an area such as the Imperial Sea (Caribbean).

Article 4: Amending the Treaty, new members and proposing resolutions. 

In case of the need or want to add amendments to the treaty all member states may propose to add an article to the treaty on the proposed problem and a vote will occur on the amendment. 

Along with this every nation can invite members to the treaty that are applicable (colonial powers) and a Majority vote will be held to vote new states into the treaty, as well as remove them.

Along with this resolutions can be proposed on how to handle a certain nation and how to handle interventionist policy on maintaining Colonial and European balances of power. Resolutions may also be proposed for invitations to the treaty as well as extending protection status to certain states following the results of a vote on the matter.

Signing nations

Founding nations:

Empire of Britannia: His Royal Majesty, Emperor Richard IV of Hamburg, Defender of the Faith, Protector of all the Realm, Most AugustTardisALLONS-Y!!,Basically, RUN!!Tardis

Kingdom of France:  His Royal Majesty, Emperor Jean Marie Valois-Arc III, King of France, Duke of Burgundy, Lord of Africa and Protector of Sardinia, Protector of the Catholics of the "Francia". Sine dei gloriem "Ex Initio Terrae" (talk) 01:25, June 28, 2014 (UTC)

Empire of Hispania: Her Royal majesty, Empress Alexis Le Habsburg of Hispania. The Wings of Freedom #FP Wings of freedom 2 (Talk to Me)

Invited States:

Scandinavian Empire: Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elsa, High Queen of Scandinavia and Jarl of Her realms - CrimsonAssassin-See you, space cowboys 01:39, June 29, 2014 (UTC)

Kingdom of the Netherlands: His royal Majesty, King Willem II of the Netherlands, and their domains. With Blood and Iron (talk) 22:24, June 29, 2014 (UTC)

Kingdom of Bavaria: Her majesty, Catherine, Queen of Bavaria, Grand Duchess of Munchen, Countess of Swabia-Württemberg, Duchess of all Personal Realms - Cookiedamage (talk) 20:46, August 10, 2014 (UTC)

Kingdom of Prussia: George I, King of Prussia - NonEuclidean ツ (Talk)

Archduchy of Austria: Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, Archduke of Austria - Mscoree (talk) 21:14, August 10, 2014 (UTC)

Republic of Pskov: His Princely Grace, Knyaz Leonid Petrovich Zaytsev of Pskov-Lx (leave me a message)Azarath Flag

Roman Empire: Thomas II Palaiologos, Emperor and Autocrat of the Romans - "This is not your grave but you are welcome in it." 23:33, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Vote of Bavaria into the treaty.

  • Yea:
    • Hispania
    • France
    • Scandinavia
    • Britannia
  • Nay:

Vote of Prussia into the treaty

  • Yea:
    • Hispania
    • France
    • Scandinavia
  • Nay:

Vote of Austria into the Treaty

  • Yea:
    • Britannia (I see no real threat or reason not to)
    • Hispania (it would prevent BS in regards to him calling in all his friends every war)
    • Prussia
  • Nay:
    • Scandinavia

Vote of Pskov into the Treaty

  • Yea:
    • Scandinavia
    • Prussia
    • Hispania
  • Nay:

Vote of Rome into the Treaty

  • Yea:
    • Austria
    • Netherlands
    • Hispania
    • France
  • Nay:

Vote of Hamburg into the Treaty

  • Yea:
    • Austria
  • Nay:
    • France
    • Scandinavia
    • Bavaria
    • Roman Empire

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