Foreign Relations of Odessa
Foreign relations are important to Odessa which sees itself as a key player on the world stage. Although Odessa realizes it's not a first world power, it tends to take a rather arrogant stand in most matters. It's position is usually based on what's best for Odessa regardless of any larger implications.
While Odessa will often speak of global harmony, it frequently takes a position adversarial to it's former colonial "occupier," Translithania, and her allies. It is not unusual for Odessa to try to play the world's leading powers off of one another. A major objective of Odessan foreign policy is the furtherance and expansion of its arms trade.
Uncertainty and concern for Anahuac's stability and, indeed, whether it can sustain itself as an independent state describe Odessa's view of the former Fernandine, landlocked region. Odessa has done little more than recognize the independent state and maintain a considerable military presence along the shared frontier. Illegal crossings from Fernandina have long strained relations between the neighboring states.
An exchange of missions between Odessa and Anahuac is under consideration.
Odessa once viewed Antara with respect and suspicion at the same time. At least portions of the Odessan government have their basis in the Antaran model, but Odessa remains somewhat skeptical of Antaran motives. The countries have found common cause in combating piracy, particularly in the Abecean and Cidalian Oceans. Relations have soured over the last year or so under what Odessa considers increasing acrimony in Antara's attitude toward Odessa. This is exacerbated by Odessa's concern regarding Antaran military ties with the Torentine Empire.
In matters of trade, Odessa maintains general tariffs of export duties at 4.8%, except for raw materials and armament, which have duties of 2.3%. Import duties carry a tariff rate of 8.75%. Because of the diplomatic tensions, the Odessan Armament Kartel ended joint Odessan-Antaran work on armor during the PZ-6 Tiger/T-41 King Lion project, although both versions have been fielded.
Sound diplomatic relations exist between Ardea and Odessa, strengthened by similarities in World View. The two former colonies feel a sense of kindredness, not the least of which is the diversity of their respective populations. They shared suspicion of the Torentine Empire's incursion into Fernandina. Odessa seeks to strengthen ties with Ardea in view of the latter's decreasing trust of the Antaran superpower.
The Ardean market is desirable to Odessan businesses. As a result, general import and export duties are both tariffed at 2.5%. Exports of raw materials and armaments have reduced duties of 1% and 0%, respectively. Similarly, cotton, foodstuffs, and rubber imports have low duties of only 0.5%.
Aspenia was Odessa's original former colonial ruler. Relations between the countries can be considered tepid at best. While Odessa's regional importance has eclipsed Aspenia's, the colonial history tempers current relations.
Odessa maintains a straight 6% duty on all exports and imports with Aspenia.
Largely due to close economic ties with Antara, Odessa views Catai as an Anataran proxy on the continent of Xianbia. Nonetheless, Odessa seeks good relations with Catai because of its prominence on Xianbia.
Odessa doesn't have strong contacts with Cokenia, but it maintains favorable diplomatic relations with the Miotan country. Cokenia enjoys a general tariff of 5.5% for all imports and exports. Armament exports enjoy an even more favorable 2% export duty.
Erösország and Odessa have agreeable relations and trade. General duty tariffs are 3.2% for both imports and exports, except armament exports, which are 1.125%.
Erth and Odessa enjoy amicable diplomatic and trade relations.
Fostering Etruria's position as a foil for other major Danetian powers is a focal point of Odessan policy. In particular, Odessa considers Etruria's leadership role in the fledgling Pan-Danetian League as important in minimizing Antaran influence, both globally and in the region. Odessa considers Etruria to be its most important foreign relations partner.
Etruria and Odessa have a reciprocal "most favored" trade status that provides a steady demand for moderate quality Odessan consumer goods and results in more affordable Etrurian luxury goods for Odessans. Trade tariffs are set at a mere 0.5% for general goods and zero for armament exports from Odessa. The disparate militias in Etruria represent excellent markets for Odessan arms. Top exports to Etruria include stone, iron ore, military equipment, sugar, meat, milk products, and fish. Odessa's key imports from Etruria include luxury consumer goods and automobiles as well as coal, rubber, and agricultural goods.
Largely because of its widespread corruption and dysfunctional economy, Odessa treats Fernandina with disdain and views it as a scourge upon the Lusitierran continent. In fact, Odessa treats the Fernandine diplomatic mission in Firston with only a modicum of respect, mostly due to a sense of tradition within the diplomatic corps. The Odessan mission in Ixabela has a small staff; there are no immediate plans to appoint an Ambassador-Plenipotentiary in place of the Charge d'Affairs. Although denied by Odessa, many see the mission to Fernandina primarily as a front for intelligence operations.
While still taking a "wait-and-see" approach, reforms initiated in Fernandina after settling the Torentine invasion of the country meet with Odessan approval. Although skeptical the country can maintain the momentum and fund the massive infrastructure and capital relocation scheme, Odessa has moved to support the effort by reducing tariffs. General export duties are set at 3.2%, with heavy machinery at 1.65%, and goods from companies working in Fernandina reduced to a mere 0.375%. Goods imported from Fernandina incur a 2.8% duty, with agricultural goods tariffed at 1.92%. The largest imports from Fernandina include cotton and varieties of fruits.
Due to their rather private nature, the Hundsvergenese are relatively unknown to most Odessans. The country's central Danetian location makes it a desirable friend to offset Antaran and Etrurian influence in the region. While cordial, diplomatic relations are sometimes somewhat stiff due to Hundsvergen's trade relations with Antara.
Odessa levies a modest 1.2% tariff on heavy machinery and heavy equipment exports to Hundsvergen. Armament exports enjoy an even lower rate of 0.7%. Meanwhile, Odessa assesses customs and duties of 4.25% on imports of Hundsvergenese electronics. Surcharges are also applied to certain products. Metals imports pay a 3.5% tariff while the fees on tabulating equipment are 0.9%.
Recognizing some cultural ties with the Hussians, Odessa continues to strive for good relations with the Aesmundan country. This is largely an extension of long-term trade between the two countries. Odessa enjoys good relations with Hussia despite its location next to Translithania.
Trade is the lynchpin of relations between Odessa and Kantonia, with consumer goods being the main commodities each sells the other. Odessa considers Katonia a valuable friend on the Xianbian continent, particularly as a moderating influence for Catai.
Odessa and Kantonia are, generally, in agreement in their positions concerning Catai. Similarly, Odessa usually supports Kantonian positions while disavowing itself of those considered more exremist.
With regard to trade, Odessa's general tariffs call for 7.5% duties on both imports and exports. Two exceptions are raw resources and armament, which enjoy duties of 1%
Karsos is the country sitting between the Danetian and Samiri continents to most Odessans. Officially, the Karsos and Odessa enjoy cordial relations and foster open trade. Frankly, Karsos Objectivity confuses Odessans; as a result, policy toward Karsos is rather reserved and circumspect. In principal, Odessans agree with the fundamentals of Karsosian society while at the same time being suspect of the apparent lack of controls.
Because of Karsos' reluctance to adopt manufacturing and safety standards, the country's products are subject to additional Odessan import requirements, including approvals, inspections, and duties. Nonetheless, export tariffs are a mere 4.75%, on average, while imports vary wildly from 1 to 25%, depending on the commodity and manufacturer.
Frankly, there is skepticism as to the effectiveness of the degree of democratization in Monota. Conversely, Odessans have little concern regarding Monota as a potential threat. There is a certain feeling of kinship among Odessans because of a similar passion for sports, especially football (soccer). From a foreign policy perspective, this translates to a market for cheap Odessan-made table-top radios.
As the dominant power in its region, Maloumba is seen as a desirable friend. The country is also an important trade partner, particularly as a source of affordable consumer goods for average Odessans.
North Shurkan Union
Odessa seeks to strengthen relations with the North Shurkan Union, which is viewed as the dominant power on the continent of Shurku. As a result, Odessa seeks favorable relations with the NSU in order to maintain influence over the Shurkan continent.
Pravnicka is seen as the Father of Communalist nations and a fomenter of revolutionary activities around Aurora. Thus, while Odessa is skeptical about Pravnick objectives, Pravnicka represents a strong potential source of customers for Odessan goods, particularly armament.
A large Odessan power plant project in Raipea caused new interest and engagement from a foreign policy perspective. Recent development in Raipea fostered interests in the country as a potential market for cheap consumer goods. After a brief period of uncertainty following King Paheahea V's abdication and resulting decline of Antaran influence, the significance of bilateral relations with Raipea became more prominent.
The significance of the power plant investment makes stability in Raipea an important policy objective for Odessa. The long-term trade implications for Odessan coal and consumer goods as well as Raipean specialty woods and foodstuffs helps solidify the mutual friendship. Consequently, Lothar Balint, former Political Counselor and Charge d'Affairs, was promoted to Ambassador-Plenipotentiary and the status of the Military Attache was raised to the rank of Brigadier.
Presently, Odessa is engaged in efforts to shape the new Communalist regime to support mutually beneficial policies and investments, such as the power plant project. The success of these efforts will determine future Odessan policy.
Sam'thuma is both quaint and exotic in the minds of most Odessans. Relatively to foreign policy, Odessans appreciate Samthuman practicality and apparent anachronistic perspective on world affairs. Odessa relishes Samthuma's independent view and willingness to voice its opinion even when at odds with its larger neighbors. Samthumans are folksy and easy to do business with, provided you have the time for story-telling and obtuse negotiating.
Although Odessa's imports and exports tariffs with Surimtak are on a varied scale by commodity, most are rather low. Surimtak is a growing market for Odessan products. Surimtakebe handicrafts have become rather fashionable in Odessan cities.
Odessans have a close relationship with Theodinnes which is important to them beyond its intrinsic or strategic value. Relations between these countries are strong.
Seen as both a potential rival and fellow victim of Aspenian occupation, the Torentine Empire engenders an uncertain foreign policy from Odessa. The close ties between Torentine and Antara are especially worrisome to Odessans. Antaran support for Torentine's remilitarization represents a threat to both Odessa and regional stability.
The recent Torentine invasion and occupation of Fernandine territory is viewed with concern and skepticism. As a result, Odessa has closed its borders with Torentine and Fernandina. No trade restrictions have been imposed, however.
Foreign policy objectives regarding Translithania are not clear. While Odessa fosters a tendency to be protective by its former colonial ruler, the Odessans tend to be disdainful, even rude toward them. Odessan positions on issues are frequently opposite those of Translithania except when it clearly serves Odessan interests.
|Diplomatic Officials||Translithanian Mission||Odessan Mission|
|Ambassador-Plenipotentiary||Dr. Karl Hoyos-Sprinzenstein||Hon. Edorta Luis Peio Gasper|
|Political Counselor||Count Pere Bernot Roc|
|Trade Counselor||Dr. Juho Yrjana|
|Consular Officer||Brais Uxio|
|Military Attache||V. Adm. Granville St. Elroy|
Pravnick Interests Section
Because Translithania does not recognize the current Pravnick government, the Odessan embassy in St. Pietersburg hosts a Pravnick Interest Section. Staffed by Pravnicks, and thus not Odessan diplomats, there is tacit accordance of diplomatic status to Pavel Hrnjak on par with other heads of mission below ambassadorial rank. In practice, because Translithania does not recognize any Communalist government, the Pravnick Interest Section advocates on behalf of Fernandina, Sinoptikon, and Raipea as well.