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Foreign Relations of the Bureaucracy

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The following documents encompass a series of informational pieces and datasheets on the Yeglan political structure, and the personnel involved in its operation. More documentation will be added as it is written, declassified or discovered.

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While the Federal Bureaucracy may be considered rather isolationist in its approach to foreign policy and international matters, it still strives to maintain relations with various factions of note, of varying stripes. Due to a primary directive of risk management, Yeglan diplomatic goals with regards to the world's remaining superpowers are aimed towards the preservation of neutrality. Smaller, less influential parties are seldom dealt with directly, unless they pose a significant risk of either global or domestic disruption of peace, or are of sufficient ideological alignment and geographical proximity to allow for the productive exertion of influence.

Some notable parties, alongside the generalized Yeglan attitude and diplomatic conduct regarding them, are listed below.

The Striånd Confederation

Population: 7.6 billion
Climate: Variable - ranging from largely boreal in the far-Northern zones to largely temperate in the far-Southern zones.
Current head of state: President Ernst Fredholm

A direct-democratic pan-nordic superstate operating on a primarily open-market capitalism-based economic model, though with an extensive series of nationwide welfare nets and social support structures. Significant exporter of timber, foodstuffs and copper. Primarily an economic power, though bearing a non-insignificant military presence, centered primarily around its terrestrial armies.

Oft considered the weakest superpower. Sentiment strengthened by a recent swathe of terror attacks, one of which resulted in the death of the previous head of state. The perpetrators remain unknown at present.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Friendly. One of the few major trade partners with whom the Bureaucracy is known to engage. Following the Halsøor Agreement, the Bureaucracy has agreed to provide measures of military protection (primarily for anti-piracy purposes) to Confederation merchant fleets, in exchange for access to the Slate Valley Sepulcher.

The Ostruan League

Population: 9.2 billion
Climate: Variable depending on exact location - generally mild, temperate.
Current head of state: Chairman Lazær Gabaraty

A loosely-organized, corporatocratic trade association of ideologically-congruent substates. Not technically a unified power in and of itself, but may be considered such for the purposes of trade and foreign relations. The vast majority of member-states operate on various degrees of largely-unregulated free-market capitalism, though in practice most such markets are under the pseudo-direct control of a small number of trans-state megacorporations closely affiliated with the association's governing structure. Bears high international significance in both an economic and a military sense, and has a history of foreign interventions, typically justified with the protection of trade interests.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Unfriendly, bordering on hostile. The two states are functionally engaged in a state of cold war. While neither administration has admitted to overt hostilities, various conspiracy theories with regards to regional skirmishes between special forces groups are in nigh-global circulation.

The Heavenly Throne of Pliom

Population: 332 million (core regions), 2.3 billion (total)
Climate: Pseudo-boreal (core regions), boreal-temperate (outer regions)
Current head of state: Archcanon Luriel Pegah

An ultraconservative, isolationist theocracy, operating around a monotheistic system of beliefs centered on an entity known as "The Emissary", stemming from materials found within the Dragon's Peak Sepulcher. This selfsame Sepulcher forms the center of the nation's capital city, which was purpose-built around it. Pliom is unique in several ways - most notably, it is divided into two primary sub-regions. The core mountainous region, while housing a comparatively small fraction of the population, serves as the both nation's seat of power and a secluded, rather secretive sub-nation in its own right. Access to it is heavily restricted even to citizens of the outer zones, and it is possessive of its own internal regimen of laws and legislation, distinct from said zones. Its rulership and upper echelons of religious office are functionally one and the same - most legislative power is held by an oligarchically-elected Archcanon, touted as an earthborne manifestation of divine will. Each Archcanon is said to be capable of working great, supernatural miracles, though such claims are met with heavy external skepticism.

It may be considered the smallest superpower in terms of both geographical area and population, and maintains its status among its international peers by virtue of rich ore reserves in its central regions, alongside its nigh-impermeable domestic defense policy (much of which may be attributed to the Dragon's Peak Sepulcher itself, which [INFORMATION REDACTED BY THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR]).

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Largely neutral. While the administrations of both powers display overt hostility towards one another, both nations are sufficiently isolationist and geographically removed from one another to render actual contact practically nonexistent.

The Republic of Raxil

Population: 8.8 billion
Climate: Temperate
Current head of state: King Angus VII
Current head of government: Prime Minister Autumn Webb

A representative-democratic republic, maintaining a largely-ceremonial monarchic line. Economically state-capitalist, though with a notable number of political movements pushing for a free market in recent years. Possessive of numerous pseudo-colonial exclaves and daughter-states, granting it direct access to a vast array of trade resources and a notable foothold in the global market. Has historically waged numerous resource-centered proxy wars against the Ostruan League. May be considered the second-largest currently-extant naval power, after the Bureaucracy, and is possessive of a highly-advanced air force. Slight interventionist tendencies.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Neutral. While past border tensions between the Bureaucracy and nearby Raxilan colonies have been cause for mistrust, the two nations have signed various non-agression and forced-neutrality agreements within the past decade.

Fjall's Gate

Population: Unknown
Climate: Ice Cap
Current head of state: Unknown

A presumed pseudo-nation or sovereign state located within the Fjall's Gate Sepulcher in the far-northern planetary reaches. The Sepulcher has remained sealed for practically all of known history, and is considered impregnable to modern armaments and demolition technology. As such, its contents have remained historically enigmatic - this being said, various individuals and groupings have been recorded as exiting the Sepulcher at various points in time, often with the apparent goal of perimeter patrols and resource-gathering. Based on captured individuals and equipment, the Sepulcher is thought to currently contain a societal grouping of unclear size and structure - further details are difficult to discern due to the unknown language spoken by captured individuals, their consistent non-cooperative tendencies, and the ineffectiveness of ground-penetrating imaging techniques in the area of the Sepulcher, precluding accurate assessment of its size.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Hostile. Several skirmishes have occurred in the past between denizens of the Sepulcher and personnel at the nearby Bureaucracy research outpost - typically, any individuals exiting the Sepulcher will respond negatively to human contact, and often engage in armed hostilities on sight. Their knowledge of the Bureaucracy at large, and thus relations with it, remain unclear at present.

The Jodayan Republic

Population: 1.7 billion
Climate: Arid
Current head of state: President Njaũ Wamiti

Formerly a borderline-superpower and significant regional influence, now reduced to a dysfunctional non-entity on the international stage. Technically a dictatorship, though the central government holds little real power - various regions are instead divided between rival warlords and juntas. Was reduced to its current state by a congruence of several factors - notably, Yeglan unification, the aftershock of the Crescent War, and the destruction of Crystal Lake Sepulcher (the consequences of which still render large swathes of land uninhabitable). Is notable for having held a significant measure of territorial control over the Yeglan archipelago prior to its unification.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Hostile. Though the two nations have long-since ceased their state of all-out war, Jodayan waters are still routinely blockaded by UYDF naval assets, which regularly conduct raids on various local warlords as a form of tandem military exercise and culling measure.

The Protectorate of Etra

Population: 225 million
Climate: Arid
Current head of state: Executor Kago Mũtũng’Ũ

A de-facto mainland colony of the Bureaucracy, Etra operates as a semi-autonomous state under the general purvey of a local branch of the United Yeglan Party. While it is, for the most part, left to its own devices with regards to matters of national governance, its use as a military staging point and buffer state necessitates some measure of oversight, primarily in the form of a consistent military presence. Further points of note include its former status as a region of the Jodayan Republic, as well as the presence of Fort Radiance - an expansive Yeglan military installation in the Etran desert, constructed around the Wyrmstooth Sepulcher.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Friendly, as detailed above.

The Peoples' Bastion of Mel'koran

Population: 862 million
Climate: Boreal
Current head of state: Naczelnik Wiktor Polczynski

A remote, mountainous state in the far North. Operates on a pseudo-Marxist command economy, alongside a dictatorial system of governance. Isolationist even by the Bureaucracy's standards, it maintains a strictly-enforced closed-border policy and non-negotiable stance against both immigration and emigration. Heavily militarized, though incapable of standing up to most powers due to lackluster manpower reserves and resource procurement. Widely rumored to be in possession of at least one Sepulcher, though its precise location and nature remain unknown.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Neutral. Too geographically remote for consistent interaction, and highly apprehensive of most diplomatic contact. Rumors of Yeglan attempts at governmental infiltration remain unsubstantiated.

The Social Republic of Afrain

Population: 1.9 billion
Climate: Humid, Subtropical
Current head of state: Dux Velio Selvaggi

A largely-maritime, fascist dictatorship encompassing both a primary region of continental coast and several offshore islands. Well-known for commerce raiding and coastal piracy, though its administration denies all official ties to such. Periodically skirmishes with its neighbors, primarily via the medium of coastal raiding, though it is careful not to antagonize major powers in so doing. Despite geographical remoteness, has come into repeated conflict with the Peoples' Bastion of Mel'koran over port access, and has made numerous (unsuccessful) attempts at the establishment of a port-exclave in the Northern Wastes.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Unfriendly/Hostile. While Yeglan convoys are typically left alone, the occasional naval clash is not unheard of.

The White Hands

Personnel no.: Unknown
Climate: N/A
Current head of operations: Unknown

Not so much a nation as a shadowy, pan-national collective, classified as a terrorist group within most jurisdictions. Their precise end-goal remains unclear, but their willingness to resort to mass-violence and terror tactics, alongside their apparent desire to destroy or limit access to Sepulcher-derived assets and technologies has frequently brought them into conflict with practically every national polity they have ever come into direct contact with. Speculated to have ideological or religious ties to Mon'datur - one of the two temples originally located at the current site of the Dragon's Peak Sepulcher. Verification of such ties remains difficult due to the destruction of both said temples, alongside the stringent access restrictions to the area maintained by the Heavenly Throne of Pliom (viz. above). Known to count a large number of Conduits among their ranks.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Hostile. Both parties have been at direct odds following the events of the Crescent War, and the subsequent development of thaumaturgy. Black December, while orchestrated by a very loosely-affiliated splinter group of the White Hands with stark ideological differences, nevertheless served to foster additional weariness on the part of the Bureaucracy's leadership structure with regards to the collective, and has resulted in the implementation of direct combative measures against such.

The Kraterocracy of Uvoan

Population: 3.7 billion
Climate: Temperate
Current head of state: Zkto' Zovban

A highly militarized, dictatorial island state, currently in a period of relative stability following a series of debilitating internal conflicts and regime-changes (both failed and successful). Largely isolationist in its foreign policy, and considered something of an outcast-state by most - a lack of natively-located Sepulchers, alongside decades of minimal outside contact, has resulted in a significant technological divide between them and most other nations. Not strictly-speaking a superpower, though this lack of status recognition stems primarily from their minimal diplomatic contact with the international community at large. Possessive of a highly competent military, alongside a surprisingly well-developed (though largely self-contained) economic basis.

Relations with the Bureaucracy: Friendly. Engaged in a series of trade agreements, alongside a mutual military development programme (primarily aimed at modernizing the technologically-disparate Uvoanian armed forces).