The Kingdom of the Neander Line has received much diplomatic correspondence.
I, King Veneta, need to publicly and transparently state the position of the Neander and I hope most points in the various correspondence are covered.
Neander policies and current thinking:
- strong historical friendships and alliances to be honoured
The French, the Ottoman Turks and the Vikings are our European friends. If any nation or kingdom causes ill intent to our friends the Neander will act in such a way as to nullify such intent and support our friends.
Also, several friendly trading nations exist in Africa, Asia and the Americas. India and China are respectful friends as are others.
- intelligence gathered over centuries to be systenatically assessed and threats established
Russia and the Damn Anglais are assessed as actively working against the interests of the Neander and some of her friends.
Neander is assured that the Ottoman Turks are still close friends of the Neander but therein lies a paradox. Let us follow the factual timeline:
1) Vikings declares war on the DA
2) France declares war on the DA
3) Russia declares war on the Vikings and France
3) Ottoman Turks declare war on France (two of Neander's friends)
4) DA declares war on the Neander
Now, Neander has no problem with the Vikings and France acting against the DA as the DA are assessed as actively working against the interests of the Neander.
That Russia supports the DA is evidence enough of their intent along with their pro-active efforts to draw up an anti-Neander Pact.
At this point we have the Vikings and France officially warring with the DA and Russia.
Now, when my friends the Ottoman Turks declare on France the Neander has a problem - which friend to support or to maintain neutrality completely.
Recent evidence shows that the Ottoman Turks were NOT a party to the anti-Neander Pact or at least were NOT going to sign it. So Neander believes that closing borders with them is the most appropriate action. A slight bias will exist to favour the friend who has been attacked - France, so borders are not closed to them. But we will not act any further on this. Some of the Neander military were intent on declaring war against the Ottoman Turks but Veneta opposed this, particularly when receiving a sympathetic request from King Phillipe of France to NOT intervene in their wars. He did not want Neander to compromise our friendships and this is appreciated.
Catherine of Russia also appreciated Neander pulling back from a war with the Ottoman Turks. So Neander remains ONLY at war with the DA, a war not of our choice.
Russia is a difficult issue as they have honoured several agreements but have clearly acted heavily against Neander's interests. We would have expected a more open approach from them and a dialog before attempting such a pact.
King Veneta of the Neander Line