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|Formation||18 November 1960|
|Graciela Mazon (Agrana y Griegro)|
Chair of the Strategic Defence Committee
|Gen. Martin Reinder, Tiperyn Realm Defence|
Chair of the North-South Defence Consortium
The North-South Concordant (NSC; Tipsprek: Noard-Sud Konkordant; Kayan: Qon'qotate chiqo-yuqu; Agranan: Concordante Norte-Sur; CNS; Boagan: Ipar-Hego Konkordantea; IHK), also known as The Concordant (Tipsprek: Konkordant; Kayan: Qon'qotate; Agranan: El Concordant; Boagan: Konkordantea), is a multilateral military alliance between the 10 member states. The Concordant was formally established in 1960, spawning from the North-South Defence Consortium involving private and public defence contractors based in each member nation which itself formed largely along the lines of the older Crown Alliance.
The NSC's core task is cooperative security through regular military exercises, common threat response strategies and facilitation of research, development and manufacture of common armaments and technologies. While the alliance does not have a binding provision for collective defense in the event of an attack on a member party, the alliance promotes collective security through the development of unified threat-response strategies.
Ideologically, the Concordant is regarded as a politically pragmatic alliance based primarily around supporting the hard power of its member states and not necessarily any normative ideology. The majority of Concordant nations are considered to be illiberal, ranging in government type from Ecclesiast theocracies to illiberal democracies, aristocracies, and secular monarchies.
The first ancestor of the North-South Concordant was the Crown Alliance that formed in 1896 to balance against the military threat of Goetia in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Member states at the beginning of the The Grand Campaigns were Agrana y Griegro, Boaga, Tiperyn and Kaya. Initially, the Crown Alliance remained detached from the conflict between Goetia and Ovancia. However, once the Goetia offensive penetrated deep into Ovancia and threatened Tiperyn's southern coast, the Crown Alliance intervened. Tiperyn deployed an expeditionary army to Ovancia to halt Goetic forces and Agrana y Griegro launched an offensive in southern Goetia. Boaga had previously been defeated by Goetia in the Boagan-Goetic War, with two-thirds of Boaga having been ceded to Goetia. Once war with Goetia and the Crown Alliance seemed eminent, Boaga joined the attack in an effort to regain its lost territories. Kaya offered financial and other aid in the form of loans, the export of ordnance and the lease of transport ships to other alliance nations. This was the first military operation conducted by alliance.
After the end of the Great War and Communist revolution in Goetia, the Crown Alliance dissolved. However, Agrana y Griegro, Boaga, Tiperyn and Kaya each quadlaterally agreed with one another to not challenge each others' sphere of influence or expeditions in Kesh. Further, in 1933, Tiperyn and Kaya would form the North-South Defence Consortium composed of defence contractors. The mission statement of the new institution was to pool resources for the research, development and manufacture of military implements and lower barriers to the trade of materiel and defence products between nations. Ultimately, the consortium would form the basis of the North-South Concordant which was formally established in 1960 shortly after the end of the Great Kesh War. Tiperyn, Agrana y Griegro, Boaga and Kaya were its founding members. As a dominion of Tiperyn, Naseristan ascended to the alliance in 1963. Alvakalia was the first nation outside of the direct or indirect control of a founding member to join the alliance in 1964. Svenskt joined shortly later in 1968. However, Alvakalia left in late 2019 following the Casinta Incident, when Agranan paramilitary shot and killed five Alvak nationals who were in the country as a news crew, while responding to riots in the city.
Members of the Concordant adhere to the following principles as stated in the alliance charter:
- Member states will not challenge or openly criticize the spheres of influence or right to sovereignty of other member states on the world stage;
- Member states will make every effort to conduct war games regularly to maintain expeditionary readiness and form familiarity between each others' armed forces;
- Member states will make every effort to standardize arms to ease manufacturing, increase commonality and benefit the collective economy;
- Member states are not obligated to come to the defence of other members in the case of outside aggression. However, member states will not conduct military operations against a member state;
- Member states will not collude with states who are conducting military operations against a member state.
Strategic Defence Committee
North-South Defence Consortium
Armament trade and development
Through the North-South Defence Consortium - the trade bloc subdivision of the Concordant - Tiperyn, Kayan, Boagan and Agranan defence contractors often cooperate in the research and development and manufacturing of armaments and defence technologies. This institution has lead to the standardization of a large portion of each member states' ordnance and firearms and shared technologies since the 1930s. Two of the most significant standardizations as a result of this consortium were the adoption of the 6.5x55mm rifle cartridge in the early 20th century and the development of Griphon air superiority fighter in the 21st century.