[Byzantine League]Council of the Byzantine League

Bordering the sea, Elpida Palace in the heart of Byzantion has been designated as the headquarters of the Council of the Byzantine League as well as the Supreme Allied Command, Mediterranean Trade Commission and any future bodies of the League. As a former Ottoman palace it is well suited and easily fortified. For the protection the Byzantine Guard has been appointed, existing of experienced and elite personnel from each of the member armed forces. The area has been declared a restricted flight zone enforced by the Hellenic Air Force as well as a naval exclusion zone enforced by the Hellenic Navy. The building has been renovated to provide offices and other facilities for all personnel, as well as living quarters for ambassadors who do not desire to live elsewhere in Byzantion.

Treaty of Byzantion on the Security of and Cooperation Between Mediterranean States
Treaty on the Founding of the Byzantine League

The MEMBERS;

RECOGNIZING the need for active cooperation within the Mediterranean,

UNDERSTANDING the realities of a chaotic global order that threatens the stability of the region,

REALIZING the importance of the Mediterranean Sea as a vital route for global trade,

RESPECTING the territorial ambitions and active territory of the member states,

COMMITTED to defend collective interests with collective means,

ACKNOWLEDGING the need for enhanced trade and free access,

DEDICATED to regional peace,

Do hereby agree to the following:

Article 1:
The members understand that non aggression and peace between members is of vital importance to the stability of the organization and commit to resolve all possible disputes between members diplomatically. If two or more parties in a dispute cannot resolve the matter themselves, they may request arbitration by the Council of the Byzantine League. Aggression of any kind between members will be grounds for immediate termination of the membership of the aggressor(s).

Article 2:
The members shall immediately form a Council to decide on the implementation and expansion of this traty. The Council of the Byzantine League, hereafter also referred to as the Council, shall be headquartered in Byzantion. Each member shall send a permanent delegation to the Council. Upon creation of the Council, it shall establish the Supreme Allied Command and the Mediterranean Trade Commission to implement the treaty provisions.

Article 3:
The Supreme Allied Command shall be responsible for all provisions related to military and security activities. An active duty officer from one of the member militaries shall be voted in as Supreme Allied Commander for a one-year term by the Council. In times of collective action, the Supreme Allied Commander will be the ranking officer over all member militaries. Outside of collective action the Supreme Allied Commander shall oversee activities to enhance cooperation and compatibility between member militaries. Monthly the Supreme Allied Commander shall issue a report to the Council on the state of the Byzantine League militaries.

Article 4:
The Mediterranean Trade Commission shall be responsible for all provisions related to economic and trade activities. A Trade Commissioner shall be voted in for a one-year term by the Council. The Trade Commissioner shall oversee the Mediterranean Trade Commission and monthly report to the Council on its activities.

Article 5:
Members agree that an attack on the territory of one will be considered an attack on all. Consequently they agree that an attack against one member will invoke the right of self-defence for all member states. Members shall take any action needed to restore the situation to the one before the infraction and defer to the Supreme Allied Command on how that goal is to be achieved. For the purposes of this article, the territory of a member is defined as any land owned by the member as well as the airspace over it and the citizens, forces, vessels, aircraft and spacecraft belonging to the member.

Article 6:
The members will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any member, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the members is threatened.

Article 7:
The members may for the preservation of the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any member agree to take offensive military action against a non-member. Such a motion shall require unanimity in the Council. In cases of offensive collective military action, members will defer command to the Supreme Allied Command.

Article 8:
For the purposes of economic integration and the enhancement of the Mediterranean region at large, members will remove all tariffs on trade between members and open their borders to the free movement of goods, persons, capital and services. The Mediterranean Trade Commission may grant exemptions to the removal of tariffs for economic sectors at risk and it may set collective requirements for the free movement of persons to guarantee they will not strain local security or social services.

Article 9:
Members will cooperate on judicial and criminal matters. Members shall also share information obtained by their intelligence agencies with other members and the Byzantine League where such information affects the territorial integrity, political independence or security of a member or the organization.

Article 10:
The scope of this treaty and the Byzantine League may be expanded or shrunk by members through proposals that shall require a unanimous vote in the Council.

Article 11:
The Byzantine League may be expanded by the members. Any candidate must border the Mediterranean Sea and may not currently be in conflict with any other member. The Council can admit a candidate as a Candidate Member through a 3/4 vote in the Council. After three months the candidacy will be reviewed by the Council and through a unanimous vote make the Candidate Member a full Member. During the Candidate Member stage the provisions of this treaty do not apply to the candidate member. If the Candidate Member is not made a full Member, a new review will be held three months later and every three months after until the Candidate Member becomes a full Member or withdraws from consideration.

Article 12:
Any member may leave the Byzantine League by providing notice to the Council of their intent. Immediately upon receiving the notice, the delegation of the departing member will be removed from the Council. Three months after the notice articles 3 and 5 through 7 shall no longer apply to the departing member. Six months after the notice all article, but article 1 shall no longer apply to the member. One year after the notice the departing member shall be completely released from their obligations and rights under this treaty.

Article 13:
Members agree that there are no existing obligations that conflict with any provisions of this treaty, furthermore members agree that they will not commit to obligations in the future that may conflict with provisions of this treaty. In case of any conflict, this treaty shall hold supremacy.

Article 14:
This treaty, of which the English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish texts are equally valid, shall go into effect upon the ratification by three quarters of the founding members and the deposit of the signed and ratified documents with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens. Duly authorized copies shall be sent by the government of the Athenian Federation to the governments of each member and the Council of the Byzantine League.

Article 15:
Upon becoming a new member, the obligations of this treaty shall apply immediately. The government of the new member must desposit the signed and ratified treaty carrying their signature in line with the procedure outlined in article 13.

Signed for the Athenian Federation,
Her Imperial Majesty Athanasia, Empress of the Athenian Federation, Queen of Macedon, Lady Protector of the Spartan League, Chosen of the Amazonian Free State, Speaker of Zeus, Avatar of Athena

Signed for the Federation of Israel,
President Ariel David

Signed for the Iberian Union,
Her Majesty Alba, Queen of Spain and Portugal

Signed for the Kingdom of Italy,
Her Majesty Amalia, Queen of Italy

Permanent Ambassadors

Athenian Federation: Natalia Marinos
Federation of Israel: Isaac Meir
Iberian Union: Helena Castelo
Kingdom of France:
Kingdom of Italy: Celeste Conti

Candidate Members (Observer Status)

Docket

Active Article 5/6/7 Topics (Priority):

Active Topics:

  1. Appointment of the Trade Commissioner

Finished Topics:

  1. Occupation of Gibraltar by the United Kingdom (Article 6) [3/0/1]
  2. Appointment of the Supreme Allied Commander [4/0/0] - Admiral Eleonora Xanthopoulos
  3. French application for candidate membership [3/1/0]
  4. Military action against the Republic of Iraq (Article 7) [4/0/0]
  5. Declaration of War due to Iraqi Violation of No-Fly Zone and Attack on League Aircraft (Article 5) [4/0/0]
  6. French application for membership [3/0/1]
  7. Technological and intelligence cooperation [4/0/0]