Foreign affairs of Natopia

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The foreign affairs of Natopia are formally handled by the Natopian emperor, although in practice they are carried out by the Court of the Calm Waters. See also the Visa policy of Natopia.

Overview

Natopia's foreign policy is centered around support of its close and long-term allies, securing trade deals, supporting human (or non-human sentient lifeforms) rights, containment of rogue nations, interpersonal alliances developed by the House of Waffel-Paine, supporting the mission of the Micras Treaty Organization, and supporting the Raspur Pact.

Traditionally, Natopia has always extended de facto recognition to all members of MCS. This remains true except for those nations deemed to be irredeemably lost and unworthy of contact.

Court of the Calm Waters

Natopia's Secretary for Foreign Affairs serves as an official of the Imperial Court of Natopia as Chamberlain of the Court of the Calm Waters. As a member of the Emperor's court, the Secretary is under the full command of an Imperial decree, however the Emperor delegates most foreign policy decisions to the Secretary, who is often an expert in the field of diplomacy and international relations. The current Foreign Secretary, Dr. Mishti Lohani, holds advanced degrees in economics and geography, and a Ph. D. in Political Science.

Foreign Relations of Natopia

The Foreign Secretary of the Bovic Empire is open to discussing visa travel policies with all nations. Natopia prides itself on its welcoming and open culture and would be delighted to consider reciprocal relaxed visa policies.

Country Outlook Visa requirement Notes
Alduria Alduria Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact. Natopia and Alduria are close trade partners. Natopia is Alduria's largest trade partner, providing most of Alduria's key imports of food, water, clothing, medicine, and many other important goods and services. Huge amounts of foreign direct investment from Natopia into consumer goods, manufacturing, and hydrocarbon extraction and exploration have fueled Aldurian economic growth. Treaty between them has been signed, currently under going ratification process in both nations (1673).
Alrig Alrig Neutral Visa required Interactions through the MTO
Bassarid Periphery Bassarid Periphery Negative Visa required
Bassarid Empire Bassarid Empire Negative Visa required
Caradia Caradia Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Cira Cira Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Constancia Constancia Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Craitland Craitland Amicable Visa on arrival
Dragonera Dragonera Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Drak-Modan Drak-Modan Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Elwynn Elwynn Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact. Consider each other to be sibling nations. Natopia's closest ally. Long history of intertwined relations. Natopia was for a brief time an Elwynnese protectorate. During 1678 negotiated, without animus, the transfer of sovereignty that brought the reunification of Normark with Elwynn.
Floria Floria Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Freeland Freeland Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Goëtia Goëtia Amicable Visa on arrival* SATCo has trade and resource monopolies in Goetia which includes freedom of movement between Waffel Plains and Goetia. Goetics going to other parts of Natopia may apply for a visa on arrival.
Gran Verionia Gran Verionia Neutral Visa required Interactions through the MTO
Guttuli Guttuli Negative Travel prohibited Vanic associated
Jääland Jääland Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Jezeraah Jezeraah Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Jingdao Jingdao Neutral Visa required Former tense rivals, several wars, cold wars, skirmishes, proxy wars. Now in an informal truce.
Kalgachia Kalgachia Neutral Visa required Interactions through the MTO
Krasnocoria Krasnocoria Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet. Wary of close cooperation with Vanic nation.
Leylstadt Leylstadt Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Lostisland Lostisland Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Mercury Mercury Amicable Visa not required Reciprocal arrangement: Mercurian citizens may enter Natopia with only a Mercurian passport and stay for 28 days, with extensions up to 90 days, as approved by the Office of Citizenship.
Nova England Nova England Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Palesmenia Palesmenia Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Phinbella Phinbella Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Ralgon Ralgon Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Ransenar Ransenar Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Refliasia Refliasia Neutral Visa required Interactions through the MTO
Réunion Réunion Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Rulak Rulak Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Sanama Sanama Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Sanpantul Sanpantul Neutral Visa required No formal contact yet
Sathrati Sathrati Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Senya Senya Positive Visa not required Natopian and Senyan diplomats have historically welcomed each other, with President Hands touring Lindström in late March 2013. President Hands has also attended Natopian events. The two's shared border in Arboria has been a source of positive constructive development, including the construction of a rail network between the cities of Dyas and Meiridosa.
Shireroth Shireroth Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Talenore Talenore Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Tellia Tellia Neutral Visa required Interactions through the MTO
Thracistan Thracistan Neutral Visa required Interactions through the MTO
Unified Governorates Unified Governorates Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact
Wechua Wechua Positive Freedom of movement Raspur Pact, trade partner, refugee assistance

Refugee Policies

The Bovic Empire is committed to providing a safe shelter for displaced peoples across the world. Anyone may present themselves at a Natopian border crossing or port of entry and declare themselves to be a refugee or asylum seeker.

Political Asylum

Dissidents from countries who show a reasonable fear of persecution for promoting democracy and other civil freedoms enjoyed by Natopian citizens. Political asylum shall be temporary and granted at the discretion of the Foreign Secretary, who shall apply diplomatic pressures to create an atmosphere of political diversity for the dissident in their homeland.

Victims of Genocide

Victims of genocide, forced displacement, forced cultural assimilation, and other methods of mass-subjugation of a minority, shall be afforded refugee status and provided resources for 3 years to establish themselves as members of Natopian society. Acceptance of resources carries with it a commitment to remain in Natopia for those 3 years.

Vanic Refugees

A special status given to defectors from lands affected by the Vanic Taint. Must show a reasonable fear of persecution due to non-compliance with Vanic culture, or having suffered sexual, mental or physical abuse due to Vanic culture. Requires a 30 day quarantine after being granted. During quarantine, psychiatric services are provided. Valid for one year and contingent on ten-year residency in Natopia.