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Member states of the Northern Coregnancy (blue).|
Member states of the Northern Coregnancy (blue).
Intergovernmental Organization |
• President of the Northern Council
|a woman perhaps|
• Northern Coregnancy Declared
|12 February 1953|
• Something something Secretariat
|XX XXXX 196X|
The Northern Coregnancy (NC), also commonly referred to as simply the Coregnancy, is an intergovernmental organization involved in fostering political, cultural, and economic cooperation among states in Northern Artemia. The Coregnancy is composed of representatives from the governments and parliaments of six sovereign states: Anemos, Gardarike, Kironia, Ostboland, Ringerike and Thuyiquakliq.
The Coregnancy was originally founded in 1941 as part of a joint commission of government creditors to oversee bankruptcy proceedings of the Boreal Coregnancy Company, a multi-national company exploiting the vast fishing resources in the Bolungar Gulf and the Boreal Sea. After nationalizing the Company and declaring the Northern Coregnancy, the multi-lateral commission set about coordinating the maintenance and improvement of navigation in the Bolungar Gulf and the Boreal Sea among the various member states.
These efforts officially lead to proposals for a wider-ranging, consultative, and inter-parliamentary body in the 1950s, so members could coordinate government policy. This proposal was agreed to by the signatory members in 196X, and lead to the Treaty of XXXXX, creating the Coregnancy Secretariat. Today the Northern Coregnancy now has agreements and treaties covering a variety of topics, including a common travel area, common environmental policy, cultural exchange programs, and tourism promotion. The Coregnancy also has its own separate institutions such as the NorCo Investment Bank, the NorCo Research Council, Boreal Student Scholarships, and the Coregnancy Prize Fund.
The history of the Northern Coregnancy dates back to the merger of the "Royal Charter Company of the Bolungar Gulf" and the "Boreal Sea Commissioned Company" in 1884. "The Royal Charter Company of the Bolungar Gulf" was founded in Gardic Kironia and primarily owned by Kironian nobles, it traded in lumber, furs and seal/walrus products, boat construction, and coastal fishing. The company was based out of Hildegaård Factory near the village of Sko̊tten (in what is now Hildegaård-Sko̊tten). The town now has a museum dedicated to the history of the Northern Coregnancy, and a gin distillery. The "Boreal Sea Commissioned Company" began as a Gardic company, commissioned to negotiate and oversee fishing boundaries around Thuyiquakliq, but quickly emerged into a controlling power of the Boreal Sea fisheries, becoming the de facto government of several northern ports and stretches of Thuyiquakliq's coast.
In 1884 these two companies merged into the "Boreal Coregnancy Company", holding a near-monopoly over the rich fisheries of the Boreal Sea and Bolungar Gulf, sustaining themselves through significant Quakaliq and Gardic manpower and their Kironian built trawlers. By the 1920s, the company was considered intertwined with the economies and governments of Gardarike, Thuyiquakliq, Kironia, and Anemos, most prominently the Sakhoy Lape Dynasty governing Thuyi. The company borrowed heavily from these nation's governments and the financial sectors of several other nations, like Ostboland. In 1943, the Boreal Company defaulted on dozens of loans, forcing bankruptcy on the company and all of its subsidiaries across Northern Artemia. An international committee took the Company into recievership and subsequently nationalized the Boreal Company on behalf of the participating national governments.
Not all of the company's international creditors immediately participated. Some nations, like Kironia were not original members of the commission and joined later.
The international committee, representing the member states, oversaw the management of the Boreal Company for 8 years. In 1951, the Northern Coregnancy was declared after member states signed the Larvik Agreement, pledging each country to guarantee the safety and improvement of navigation along their international waterways. Members of the Coregnancy constructed a regional Loran-C hyperbolic radio navigation system to allow for precise navigational data in their maritime areas, and to combat the potential risk of satellite-based navigation being superseded or attacked by foreign powers.
Council of Ministers
The Parliamentary Committee is an Inter-parliamentary union which meets twice a year to discuss legislative cooperation on a wide variety of political subjects like social welfare, the environment, law and justice, human rights, economic development, and technology. The Parliamentary Committee makes recommendations on how member states should harmonize their laws, though actual implementation is left to up to each nations' parliament.
The Parliamentary Committee consists of representatives elected by member state parliaments, which reflects the relative composition of political parties in each member state. The Parliamentary Committee hosts a regular session in the spring, followed by a special "themed session" in the autumn, the theme being determined by a randomly chosen member state. For example, in 2018 Ostboland was selected, and it chose the theme of broadband access.
Gardarike and Thuyiquakliq are considered the founding members of the Coregnancy as they were the most connected with the original company, but other now members states were also financially involved and a part of the arbitration of the Boreal Company, like Ringerike or Ostboland. Kironia joined the Coregnancy in 1953. Anemos had initially negotiated for a large monetary payout and return of sovereignty of their fisheries, but joined the Coregnancy in 1954, per a shift in foreign policy.
With some members of the Northern Coregnancy being members of the Pan-Artemian Coalition, and other states adhering to neutrality, the Northern Coregnancy does not abide by formal military agreements or a defensive alliance. Rather, the member states have volunteered to coordinate military activities to protect the Skagerrak Straits, the Boreal Sea, and the Bolungar Gulf. Defence of these areas are largely dominated by Gardarike, Ringerike and Kironia, with the Kironian Expeditionary Forces functioning as a pseudo international peace-keeping force of the Northern Coregnancy with major contributions also being made by the Ringerike Armed Forces.
Quakaliq forces are a largely token effort, although shared military drills and Arctic warfare training is specifically undertaken near the country's uninhabited inland. Ostboland, for example, patrols waters along the Skagerrak Straits, but it financially assists the military forces deployed from Gardarike and Kironia which monitor international waters along other sea lanes.
Economic cooperation in the Northern Coregnancy focuses a lot around primary and secondary industries, especially fishing, whaling, lumber extraction, iron mining, and metal refining. One common quip of the Coregnancy nations is that they are fueled by: "Gardic steel, Kironian boats, and Quakaliq fishermen," referring to raw iron mined and refined into steel in Gardarike, the steel used to construct boats in Kironia, and finally the boats use in the hands of skilled Quakliq fishing fleets that trawl the Boreal Sea and Arctic Circle. The Northern Coregnancy benefits from the most productive fisheries on the planet, which provides a large financial benefit to its members.
The Northern Coregnancy, since the nationalisation of the Boreal Company, operates a common fishing policy, which regulates the total allowable catch of fish in the common waters of member states. The Secretariat, in coordination with government ministers, agrees to set overall quotas, known as the Individual Fishing Quotas (IFQs), for how much of each fish species can be caught on a biannual basis, largely based on research done by the Ichthyology Division of the NorCo Research Council. Each member state is then allowed to sell a fixed number of permits to its fishermen. Each member state is responsible for policing its quotas (adhering to common guidelines).
In 1958 the member states signed the XXXXXX Agreement, which introduced an aid program to modernize the fishing industry in member states. The members also agreed, in recognition of Thuyiquakliq's special history, that IFQs should be more heavily weighted to Quakaliq fishermen.
Labor Markets & Immigration
In 1999, the members of the Northern Coregnancy signed the Natterholm Agreement permitting much easier international travel between member states. The Natterholm Agreement created a regional passport union, and under certain conditions waived immigration restrictions. In addition to the existing immigration allowances into Gardarike and Kironia from Thuyiquakliq, this has led to a rise in the numbers of Quakaliq youths seeking secondary and tertiary level education abroad.
The Kongensheim Agreement of 2005 created a common labour market in the Northern Coregnancy. Member states mutually recognized the credentials of workers in professional services, so licensed professionals in one member state could qualify to work in another.
Travel between Kironia and Gardarike is served either by road and rail connections at the land border or via the 3.6km long Kannus Bridge. In addition, there is a number of ferry services from coastal cities, and air travel across the straits. Travel between Thuyiquakliq and other nations in the Coregnancy is primarily through boat or air services, with a number of fast ships travelling between the nations each day. In 1997, Kironia introduced a commercial passenger and vehicle hovercraft service between Kokemäki and Thuqlape’he, that runs a round-trip every weekday. The People's Council of Thuyiquakliq has expressed the desire to increase the reliability and frequency of travel links, particularly following the Winter Sea Strikes of 2006.
The Parliamentary Union and the Council of Ministers have especially focused on strengthening the linguistic communities of the member states. Since the 1978 Melmoland Agreement on Languages, citizens of Cogregnancy countries have the opportunity to use their native language when interacting with official bodies in other Coregnancy countries without being liable for any interpretation or translation costs. The Convention covers any citizen's visits to hospitals, job centres, the police, courts, or welfare offices. Host countries established public language-service agencies in places where nationals from another member state, and who do not understand the language of the host country, live in large numbers. The convention also encourages regional broadcasters to offer more public access television in multiple languages, or at least provide subtitles.