Nysdra Sea Treaty Association
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|Nysdra Sea Treaty Association|
(The Lord is our Shepherd)
|Formation||1 January 2037|
|Type||Military alliance, Trade organization|
|Headquarters||Port St. Charles, New Yustona|
|Official languages||Julian Ænglish|
|Secretary General||Minius Arragh, Urcea|
The Nysdra Sea Treaty Association (NSTA), is an intergovernmental organization between three Levantine and Cronite nations as well as two international charter cities. The organization implements the Nysdra Sea Treaty that was signed on 5 November 2036. NSTA constitutes a system of collective security whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. The Treaty also consists of trade agreements, requiring that all signatories refuse to import goods into the "Inner Crona" region - defined as the Nysdra Sea basin - from non-signatory powers, excluding Corumm. NSTA, consequently, serves as both a mutual defense agreement and a restricted trade area. The organization is headquartered in Port St. Charles in New Yustona.
The Nysdra Sea Treaty set forth the mission of the Nysdra Sea Treaty Association:
- To ensure long-lasting peace in northwestern Crona by mutual cooperation
- To provide for the mutual self-defense of its members against hostile actors
- To promote economic development and self-reliance between its members
- To protect the common cultural and religious bonds between its members
During the South Nysdra War, Urcea eventually intervened on behalf of the "Legitimist" faction of Telucti Cheveyo, who emerged as King Telucti I of Quetzenkel following his victory. The War had been ongoing for nearly two years and the lack of diplomatic cooperation between the Cronites and Levantines lead to the emergence of the Sons of Levantia, who Urcea defeated prior to its full intervention. The new King of Quetzenkel and the Government of Urcea sought to formalize their alliance forged during the conflict, and negotiations began on the Nysdra Sea Treaty. The initial aim behind the treaty was to establish a formal diplomatic system for relations between states in northwestern Crona, and to additionally create a favorable economic climate for the development of industry and self-reliance in the northwestern part of Crona. Urcea and Quetzenkel, along with Urcea's union partner New Yustona, formally agreed to the treaty on 5 November 2036.
In 2037, Pachaug, Housatonic, the Unnuaq Mission State, and Shenendehowa Bay all joined the association. Shenendehowa Bay's ascension to membership required a special "Caphiria Corollary", which states that Caphiria can fulfill import requests only made by Shenendehowa Bay-based firms. Caphiria joined Corumm as being two nations outside of the Association partially able to trade with members within it.
NSTA has been criticized by many - including the Social Labor Party within Urcea - as being a method by which Urcea exerts colonial control over states in Crona. Specifically, the organization has been classified by some as a league between Urcea and two states which only enjoy nominal independence, given New Yustona's real union with Urcea and Quetzenkel's economic and military dependence on Urcea. Such criticisms have been ignored by many major powers, especially with regards to claims of "dominion" over Quetzenkel, which is a state recognized by many nations.