EXCLUSIVE: Vesterland offers to ally with Queen Anna

By Ulfhild, Political Reporter for The Arendelle Guardian

ARENDELLE – Vesterland’s princess and ambassador-at-large, Mari, has declared her willingness to join Arendelle’s Entente of Small Kingdoms.

Through our newsroom’s well-placed and senior sources, we can report that Mari came across Queen Anna’s public appeal in the pages of our paper. In response, the princess requested that The Arendelle Guardian print this quote: “I see you, Anna. I celebrated your coronation. And how could I ever forget you?”

Empowered by her father to make top-level decisions for Vesterland’s foreign policy, Princess Mari has indicated that she’d like to join Anna’s alliance. She’s also proposed a bilateral trade pact between her kingdom and Arendelle. “Your public appeal, as well as the heartfelt open letters from your friends, touched and galvanized me,” she said in a statement to our paper.

Rumours abound that a mysterious visitor ultimately helped to sway Mari’s decision. This visitor, a beautiful lady in equestrian gear, arrived in Vesterland in the early hours of the morning. The princess had apparently been expecting her, and they engaged in conversation at the harbour. Eyewitnesses say that Mari proceeded to host this enigmatic woman at her palace. Mari was overheard expressing fears about Vesterland’s limited resources and small size and the risk of punishment by Harrison. The cryptic reply from the Englishwoman was that Vesterland “wouldn’t be abandoned as long as Mari didn’t abandon Anna.”

Within a couple of hours of the young lady departing, Vesterland had made the announcement to the press. Mari declined to comment on the specific nature of her conversation with the visitor. However, she hinted that this guest knew far more than even Vesterland diplomats about the broader situation behind Bjorgman House and Skau-Krogh’s competition.

Mari told Vesterland’s newspapers and gazettes: “We deplore all forms of imperialism, including economic imperialism. We protest any attempts, whether hidden or open, to interfere in the sovereignty of Arendelle. I don’t know if Vesterland will be useful to Her Majesty, but whatever we can give, we’ll give.”

Mari indicated that she’d be willing to join defence exercises with the Arendellian military, noting that an economic downturn and poor harvests in the past few years have made it difficult for Vesterland to commit to a line of credit for Bjorgman, like Chatho has done with its national bank. “Our primary interest isn’t necessarily in taking sides in a corporate war or to see who can be crowned Arendelle’s Princely House,” she conceded. “Nevertheless, like Chatho, Vesterland would be more than happy to draft a plan for new markets and lowered tariffs between our country and Arendelle, to attract new people, trade, and investment.”

In response, Anna’s government issued a press release thanking Mari. It also clarified that the Entente of Small Kingdoms places no financial demands on any signatory. “This isn’t an alliance only for Arendelle’s benefit,” noted the palace. “Queen Anna wants her allies to never hesitate to summon her help and assistance.”

In Arendelle, Mari is famous for having joined then-Princess Anna in taking up a series of menial jobs, including baking, before busting a smuggling ring led by a criminal ice harvester (whose name was also Lars; unrelated to Lars Krogh of Skau-Krogh). She then hosted Anna and Elsa in Vesterland, where they met her father the king. The king had been embroiled in a territorial dispute with Queen Emerita Elsa and was deeply suspicious of the Diarchy. Having lost his wife, Mari’s mother, he was overprotective of Mari, leading him to stifle her growth and self-discovery in the name of sheltering her.

Elsa and Anna eventually convinced the king that Mari should be given a chance at being a diplomat for her country. Reconciled with her father, Mari presently serves as ambassador-at-large. In this capacity, the princess isn’t assigned to any particular country but can deal with any state as she sees fit. She currently oversees a team of plenipotentiaries, some of whom are posted at the kingdoms of Zaria, Vakretta, and Chatho. Anna has also extended an invitation to Mari to visit Arendelle, noting in her closing statement:

“Arendelle isn’t just your ally, Mari. It’s your second home. In times of crisis, there are opportunities. In Kristoff’s conflict with Skau-Krogh, in my tussle with Mr. Harrison, I’ve never had more friends rally around me. And now I have you. Don’t delay and come see me. It’s time to come home.”

5 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE: Vesterland offers to ally with Queen Anna

  1. “This is going to be great. Adding Vesterland to the mix, and hopefully Dun Broch in the future, is perfect. This is exactly what we needed. And I can’t wait to see what come in the future. This is only the beginning.”

    Alan

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    1. Sir Alan, as the world becomes ever more connected by steam and the electric motor, Arendelle faces both unprecedented opportunity and risk. I don’t know what lies ahead for us… for the future of this world. But I know that with all our friends united, with hope – I have faith that the kingdom I leave behind will be safe, able to weather the challenges of the future.

      Love,
      Anna

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      1. Anna, don’t make it sound like you’re gonna be gone soon, its way too early for that. Keep an eye on the future but focus on the now, that’s all I can say.

        Alan

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  2. Queen Anna, I am so happy that Mari heard us and has pledged support in our cause. Her and her Father’s support should show Harrison, Peony and the rest of The Exalted that we and the other small nations, when united for a greater good cause, will stand firm and NEVER bend the knee to their bully tactics.

    Don’t worry Alan. Anna’s talking long game, long haul planning for Arendelle when we are all gone and when future generations come in to carry on what we’ve built.

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    1. You read my mind, Uncle. I really do believe in the hope and strength that friendship provides. It’s our greatest defence against the great powers. Journalists, merchants, and even some ministers express skepticism and fears about my plan, but I see it as the best way to build Arendelle a foundation of strength and nimbleness for the problems we face now and in the future.

      Love,
      Anna

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