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The Treaty of York was a treaty signed in 1817 between Britannia and Scandinavia. Signed in the city of York, this document was drafted in 1815 in order to facilitate a personal union between Britannia and Scandinavia. The document took two years of negotiations and was amended several times before both the Scandinavian Imperial Riksdag and the British Parliament. It is considered to be one of the turning points in Northern European history for the nineteenth century. Its effects led to an overall togetherness between the British and the Scandinavian governments. In the words of John McCameron of Scotland, it was essentially the return of the Danelaw in Europe after several centuries. The treaty was finalized on 24 March, 1817.
The mighty nations of the north have fallen upon hard times. German arrogance and aggression has reached a boiling point and the tides of change threaten to destabilize Britain as a global power in this age of industrialism. As powers rise and fall, the nations of the north must prevail so as to stabilize Europe and to prevent further German incursions into soil that does not belong to them. The longstanding alliance between the hardy Scandinavian Empire and the illustrious Empire of Britannia has remained in place for centuries, ensuring that the North remains a power since the Fifteenth Century. As the climates of Scandinavia and Britain have both changed politically, the alliance has remained in place for generations upon generations, and is considered to be perhaps one of the most longstanding and powerful alliances in this modern era of rapid change and heated diplomacy amongst other nations.
In the interest of protecting the North, along with all of Europe, His Imperial Majesty Nikolos III, King of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway and Jarl of the Realms of Scandinavia, proposes that his house, Bjelbo-Griffins, be merged with the ruling House of Scotland, the royal house of Emperor James III, Ruler of Britannia and her holdings, Defender of the Faith, Most August. In this personal union to be created out of the royal marriage of the most handsome, brave Prince Nikolos Bjelbo-Griffins (to be the fourth of his name) and fair and beautiful Princess Elizabeth of the Empire of Britannia. Upon the completion of this matrimony, Nikolos III has agreed to abdicate, from whenceforth his son will take his place and assume the title of King Nikolos III, Ruler of Scandinavia, Britannia and their holdings.
- Scandinavia and Britannia will remain equals in this personal union.
- None of the colonies of Britannia or Scandinavia be forced to change their loyalty to the former or latter parties without a majority vote from both the British Parliament and the Scandinavian Riksdag.
- No British or Scandinavian colonies, territories or land otherwise held by either state, will be sold, exchanged, ransomed, bartered, traded, or gifted without consent from both the British Parliament and the Scandinavian Riksdag.
- Scandinavia and Britain will merge their fleets into the mighty North Fleet. Existing ships will not be demolished unless already damaged or corroded. Ships to be built will incorporate both British and Scandinavian designs.
- The heir of Nikolos IV will inherit all of his titles, ergo preventing the personal union from collapsing upon the unfortunate death of His Majesty.
- Commodities traded between Britannia and Scandinavia will not be taxed as if they are separate nations.
- The currency of the union will be standardized into the Northern Crown by 1850.
- The languages of Scandinavia will be taught to Britons and vice-versa to facilitate ease of communication
- Scandinavia shall be called into any defensive war concerning Britannia. Likewise, Britannia shall defend Scandinavia should an attack on the latter party take place.
- Trade routes will be redrawn to maximize trade between Scandinavia and Britannia.
- Scandinavia and Britannia shall share all scientific and industrial advancements with each other.