The Holy Sea
The Short Form
We fight and defend ourselves as a single unit.
We work together to better everyone. FA, EA, MA, and IA.
Any friend of one member is a friend of the entire bloc. We decide as a bloc who our friends are.
The bloc votes on everything. Some stuff needs to be unanimous, other stuff can be 2/3rds majority.
Members can leave, but they need to let us know with a week's notice.
The Long Form
Mutual Defense, Mutual Aggression Pact (MDMAP). The signatories of this treaty agree to stand together, whether it be in defense from an enemy, or aggression for a righteous cause. All signatories are required to share any and all intelligence gathered to protect and maintain the security and interests of the bloc and it’s members.
The signatories of this document agree to a structure of unified command. All governments of signatories will maintain their rankings and responsibilities. The bloc itself shall be led by the leaders of the signatories. Affairs of Internal and Economic concerns will be left to the discretion of each signatory. Military and Foreign affairs will be discussed and decided by the bloc heads.
All signatories agree to refrain from signing defensive treaties with other blocs. Members can recommend new alliances that hold strategic importance and value to join the bloc. The signatories vow to never involve themselves in the affairs of other blocs.
Article Three; Part Two
In the event that a protectorate of a signatory is of suitable size and experience to no longer require a protector, they may request to become a participating member and a signatory. All protectorates will be signed by the whole bloc. This will guarantee a level of exposure to learning opportunities, as well as support and protection to the protectorate.
All signatories must vote on bloc matters without abstention. Matters including signing protectorates, decisions to go to war and to accept or remove signatories must be voted on unanimously. The only time a signatory will lack a vote is when the issue specifically relates to the acceptance or removal of that signatory. All other votes will be concluded by two thirds majority. In the event of a tie signatories will consult the leading Bloc FA representative.
In the event that any Signatory should wish to end their membership in the Bloc, they are free to do so for whatever reason, and may or may not state this at their own discretion. Exit from the Bloc will remain peaceful and cordial, and will be subject to a one week cancellation period, as well as agreement to return any held resources or to continue payment of any held debts to any Signatory. Should the need arise to part ways with a Signatory, the bloc will give them two weeks to get their affairs in order. The parting Signatory can waive any remaining time.
Treaty of Protection
Alliances that wish to be protected by a member of The Holy Sea must decide on a “Host Member” (also known as a Sponsoring Signatory). This Host Member will be your go to for any issues if the FA channels are slow. Once decided upon alliances must undergo a short interview with the members of the bloc to decide whether or not the alliance should be accepted. All protectorates are protected by every member of the Bloc but only core information should be sent to the appropriate FA channel or the Host Member. The Host Member will be in charge of protectorate interaction, economic support, and general integration and relationships with the rest of the bloc.
Interactions of the Protectee
The Holy Sea and its Protectees have the right to cancel the treaty giving each other 36 Orbis Days (3 days) notice. Protectees may not request a cancelation if they do not meet the following requirements:
The Protectee must have no outstanding debt with any member of The Holy Sea
The Protectee can not cancel the treaty to switch sides during a war
The Protectee must surrender guides, sheets and other forms that The Holy Sea provided to them for their use and growth.
Protectees agree to not attempt to recruit from the members of The Holy Sea's applicant pool. The Holy Sea signatories will in turn not attempt to recruit from the Protectee's pool.
Regarding the Signatories' Wars
Protectees are not required to assist The Holy Sea in the event that the Bloc has gone to war. Protectees may, however, request to join the conflict in support of their protectors.
Regarding Financial and Military Support
The Holy Sea and its signatories agree to help defend, provide financial assistance where applicable and appropriate, to give access to sheets, and provide both guidance and oversight in furthering the growth of the Protectee.
Signatories of The Holy Sea are not required or expected to defend a nation if the nation does not maintain at least a 20% military readiness score, as determined by the game's chart.
Protectees can request financial aid to compensate for damages should The Holy Sea be unable to field adequate and appropriate support for the war. This request should be fielded through a Protectee's Host Member.
Wars that a Protectee involve themselves in, where they are the aggressor, absolves The Holy Sea of their defensive or economical support obligations. The Protectors are not obligated to support the Protectee if the Protectee is, in a turn of phrase, going rogue.
Protecees agree to inform The Holy Sea of any internal changes to their government, and especially any Foreign Affairs related changes.
The Holy Sea's Protectee Economic Support Program
The Protecetee may opt-in to The Holy Sea's Protectee Economic Support Program (PESP). This program allows the Protectee to store funds or request loans from The Holy Sea through their Host Member. Loans are repayable in monthly increments. Protectees can store funds and withdraw funds using direct alliance bank transfers to their Host Member. Once a Protectee opts into the program, they may not opt out until all debts are paid and all stored funds are returned to them.
Protectee Interaction with Ancillary Allies
Protectees may sign or terminate their own Non-Aggression Pacts (NAPs) and Peace, Intelligence, and Aid Treaties (PIATs) with other alliances at their discretion. They do so with the understanding that these obligations can and will never be placed above those to The Holy Sea while they are a protectee.
Protectees must seek and receive permission from The Holy Sea to sign any treaty except for an NAP or PIAT. This includes any treaty of optional force.
Any financial aid provided by the Protectee to another alliance must be disclosed to The Holy Sea through the Protectee's Host Member. This ensures that Protectees are not being taken advantage of or being extorted.
Protectees do have the right to join The Holy Sea in our wars. For more information, review Interactions of the Protectee.
Protectee Interaction with the Wider Community
Protectees cannot post items to the global forums without a member of The Holy Sea's review. The Holy Sea will never deny a post, but will advise of appropriate channels, and will provide their input on the subject matter, for the Protectee's consideration.
Protectees are free and encouraged to join any and all alliance discords and to establish embassies.
Protectees whose members become crude, abusive, are seen promoting hateful or intolerant rhetoric, or any other violation of reasonable societal norms, as determined by The Holy Sea, will be tasked with the removal of those corrosive members, or having their relationship and treaty with The Holy Sea voided.
Treaty of Peace, Intelligence, and Amity
Any signatory of The Holy Sea may sign Treaties of Peace, Intelligence, and Amity with any alliance, and at their personal preference and discretion. These "PIATs" are, technically, only at the level of the individual signatory and do not constitute a formalized relationship with the other Signatories or Protectees. While it is actively encouraged that all signatories agree and share their complete FA path, some signatories utilize PIATs as a means of measuring viability and ability to adequately communicate, as a pre-requisite for eventually joining or being considered for admission to The Holy Sea, or for other reasons not necessarily bloc related. When a PIAT is linked to this page, it follows this section for its treaty.
The respective, sovereign, and separately independent entities party to this treaty, do agree to peace, except for when it conflicts with a mutual-level agreement that draws each opposed to the other.
Each party shall have sovereignty over the embassy hosted in the other's Discord server. The channel shall be considered the property of the other alliance, and access shall be granted or restricted as deemed appropriate by the sovereign alliance being hosted.
When mutually beneficial, and providing such disclosure does not violate other agreements, information may be shared as it may happen; and such disclosures are encouraged for the benefit of positive relations between the two alliances.
Both parties agree to actively support in achieving, maintaining, and retaining the naming of The Holy Sea's bloc color preference. For Red, that name is "Red Like Bread," and for Black, that is "The Black Night Skies."
If any provision of this treaty is unenforceable, or can no longer be carried with respect, trustworthiness, or fair fortune, that provision may be struck from being enforced and carried. Further, should either party or both parties, feel that the nature of this treaty no longer serves the interests of their respective responsibilities, this treaty may be rendered defunct and revoked with a minimum notice of 84 Orbis Days.
Continuity of this treaty shall be enforced should either entity adopt a new governmental structure or other adjustments that do not modify the alliance affiliation number with which they operate on. This treaty may, at the discretion of both signatories, transfer to a successor entity, if such a situation and entity exists.