Inner Amokolian border
The Elwynnese–Frankish border (Germanian: Franco-Elwynnese Grenze), also known as the Inner Amokolian Border, is the border between the Elwynnese Republic and the Frankish Empire (formerly known as West Amokolia). It is both a sea border (in the Amokolian Sea) and a land border between continental Francia and Elwynn's East Amokolia, as well as one sea (mainly frozen) border between Normark and Los Bananos in the northern reaches of Keltia. Established in 1672 when West Amokolia and Elwynn agreed on a border between them, it was last adjusted in 1680 when Francia transferred Mittlere Stadt to Elwynn. The Treaty of Concord governs the sea border between the countries.
It is Elwynn's only land border with extensive border control in accordance with the Treaty of Brandenburg and the Treaty of Concord. On Elwynn's side, the border is monitored by the UDF with support from Panopticon and Benacia Command. Prior to the establishment of the Quarantine, Frankish citizens wishing to cross the border into Elwynn had to have pre-arranged visas from the Elwynnese embassy in Brandenburg. Currently, it is considered difficult to receive visas to cross into Elwynn. In general, Frankish citizens had to prove that they could finance their entire trip, including any and all potential health costs stemming from accidents, illnesses or injuries (Frankish insurance plans are not applicable due to the difficulty to enforce them). Diplomats and their families were issued diplomatic visas which are different from normal visas. Since the Quarantine in late 1680, the border is completely closed.
The Elwynnese bailiwicks of Spring Valley, Herzenstadt, Stolzfuss-Gendringen, Mittlere Stadt, Neuneuensdorf, Malexander and Mishalan border Francia. Along with the bailiwicks of New London, Fardë, Aptan and Parisia, (and Normark's Frystekapp and Nordiskehjem) they receive extra support for maintaining the border and housing the UDF, Panopticon and Benacia Command personnel.
Until 1678 when the Second Amokolian War broke out, the border, on both sides, had simplified border checks for people of Amokolian ethnicity. There was also a passenger rail crossing (Orient Express). During the war the border was closed. As noted, this closure was made permanent with the implementation of the Quarantine from late 1680 onwards. Along the entire length of the inner Amokolian frontier a distance of 10km eastwards from the border was entirely closed to civilian access; with strict measures including the compulsory purchase of residential and commercial properties, and the mandatory resettlement of displaced persons in neighbouring bailiwicks to the east. A further zone extending 50km back from the Quarantine was subject to stringent security arrangements where only vetted permit holders, accredited to the Panopticon, would be permitted to gain access for business purposes or to reside. The Quarantine additionally forms an integral part of the security arrangements for the Vigilamus Line, the network of defensive positions and electronic sensor arrays facing towards the western foe.
On the Frankish side of the border posts, there is electronic border surveillance. A flagpole of 7 meters high with the Frankish flag has been set up every 200 meters along the entire border. Until the peace of Norfae, loudspeakers were also set up, which propagated the Vinandy song across the border. The range of those loudspeakers was a maximum of 20 kilometres and therefore mainly symbolic. A mortar shelling of those loudspeakers by Elwynn was the act of war that heralded the Second Amokolian War.
A visa is required to enter Francia. You are obliged to carry the visa as long as you are in Francia. A visa could be obtained at the border or formerly from the Frankish embassy in Eliria, until its closure in 1680. The validity of a visa is three months with a one-time extension. They must then leave Francia for at least three months. Conditions for obtaining a visa are:
- Validity of the passport for at least 9 months;
- Not excluded by order of the court.
Registration centres can be found at the larger border crossings. If it is possible to reach the registration centers, one can apply for asylum in Francia.