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Briefing on the Invasion of Syrtænzna
July 2, 2022
Sæwine Wealdmundson, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Grimgyð Ealhfriðsdohter, Ambassador-at-Large to Borea
On July 1, 2022, the Kingdom of Blåskog escalated its hostilities with the Federal Democratic Republic of Syrtænzna by launching a military intervention, supposedly to make Ragnarstat an independent state (see Addendum 1.1, Timeline of Seperatist Activities in Ragnarstat). This amounts to a Blåskovian invasion of Syrtænzna.
It is the position of the government of Tretrid that Blåskog, as an authoritarian state, is far too diplomatically and economically integrated with the North Concordian Economic Federation (NCEF), and therefore the Kingdom of Tretrid itself as a result. Prime Minister Æthelstanson has repeatedly expressed his unhappiness at Tretridian money circulating freely with Blåskog due to the two countries’ mutual membership in the NCEF.
A recently created contingency plan, codenamed OWN GOAL, provides a possible framework with which Tretrid can attempt to diplomatically isolate Blåskog if deemed fit. For the sake of brevity, only the most major points of OWN GOAL will be listed in this briefing, but a complete description of OWN GOAL can be found in Addendum 2.1, Plan OWN GOAL.
The key points of OWN GOAL include petitioning for the expulsion of Blåskog from the NCEF, demanding that the International Forum condemn Blåskog, and requesting that the League of Novaris condemn and possibly sanction Blåskog. Out of these three, the removal of Blåskog from NCEF is considered vital, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that withdrawal from the organization may be necessary should the NCEF fail to expel Blåskog. However, it remains up to the discretion of the Prime Minister whether this should be considered a valid option.
It is worth noting that actions taken against Blåskog may draw the ire of Norgsveldet, as the two countries are closely tied and Tretridio-Norgsveltian relations remain somewhat awkward. Strategic considerations limit several of the options Tretrid can take to isolate Blåskog, especially as it is imperative that relations between Tretrid and Norgsveldet remain cordial. Therefore, severe actions taken against Blåskog may affect Tretrid’s strategic situation within Novaris itself.
The Norgsveltian stance regarding these events are currently unknown, and ascertaining their position will likely be crucial in determining possible courses of action.