Official statement — Marathan remarks
~ Department of State for External Affairs, Orange-Bourgogne
To the Government of the Maratha-Empire,
As you might have noticed from our policies since the latter half of the last century, the United Kingdom of Orange-Bourgogne does no longer favour any kind of imperialism. We find it ironic and hypocritical that you accuse the Avalon-regime of imperialism while your own nation is known as an Empire.
The Government does not deny that several atrocities were committed in the past, because they undoubtably were. However, that era is now gone by and we would like to keep it in the past. Our Government is willing to discuss ways in which we can compensate those who directly suffered from inhumane crimes caused by Orange-Bourgognians. What we will not do on the other hand, is "compensate" those who have not directly been affected at our watch.
Where it concerns the royal regalia of Orange-Bourgogne, they will not be returned. They are not only embedded in the history of your Empire, but in our nation as well. Relics looked after by the Orange-Bourgognian Museum and other similar institutions will be dealt with by these private bodies.
Regarding your proposal to settle the dispute through the involvement of the United Assembly of Nations, Orange-Bourgogne is not a Member-State to the UAN, and as such we have no intention to resolve our disagreement on this matter in this manner — especially when we take into consideration the recent negligence of and disrespectful behaviour towards our own interests by that international organisation.
Finally, we do not give in threats of economic and other sanctions. Of course we urge you to refrain from imposing them, but we will not hesitate to issue countermeasures if so thought necessary.
The Rt. Hon. (Rupert Carrington) The Baron of Claremont
Minister of State of External Conflicts