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Spoiler: Private letter to Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre
Surely by now you have heard of the intended creation of the Hispanian Suez Canal Company. Due to its location in Africa and the great boon it will provide for trade, it seems only logical that the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company play a pivotal role in its administration. I wish for the TATC to provide the bulk of its staff, managing the everyday operations. While all those working for the proposed HSCC would still be responsible to the company's Board of Directors, the TATC would have unparalleled influence and leverage over the Suez Canal to ensure its proper operation. I have already presented the charter for such a company, so feel free to suggest any clauses you would like added if you find these offer agreeable. I also believe that if the TATC plays a larger role in its administration, it should also receive more profit from it. I suggest that profits be split 40% to the Crown, 40% to the TATC, and 20% to the remaining shareholders. As a sign of good faith, the Crown shall hand over 5% of the HSCC shares to the TATC upon the conclusion of any arrangement we reach. I hope that this proposal seems favourable to you and the TATC.
- His Imperial Highness, Jaume IV de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, & Protector of the Greeks
((Those guys only come back for duels.
And there are rumors that if you are quiet at night in the Chancellor's office, you can hear a voice with a thick Greek accent giving diplomatic advice...
That would be interesting if the Chancellor was found to be guided by this voice now wouldn't it? Would explain his pro-Greek stance.))
Of course I have heard the news, and I think it is a reasonable undertaking. I also think that the TATC would gladly take some of the administrative duties over the canal, in exchange for more control over the canal, and I gladly accept your offer, My Emperor.
As for the the charter itself, I feel that every ship not flying the Hispanian or TATC flag should be required to pay a toll for using the canal, cheaper for our allies, and slightly higher for trade ships, while war ships of nations not allied to Hispania would have to pay the most. Obviously, during war time the canal shall be closed for everyone with the exception of Hispania and our allies. And in order to keep it that was I propose we install coastal artillery on both sides of the canal to bombard enemy ships if there wil lever be a need for this. I also believe there should be a small military force guarding the province at all time, however that is up to the marshal.
Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre,
Prime Minister of Hispania, Grandmaster of Hispania, Head of the TATC
((There is another immortal who is going to show up again some day, should he leave America.
With Reaper's Due, couldn't resist. A side campaign that won't end before the entire world answers to him!
I am sure you have noticed that our Marshal has expressed his views of the Greek People quite clearly. As he is the deputy Prime Minister to an aged Prime Minister, he is the clear choice for the position in the near future. Since the Prime Minister is appointed by the Emperor, it can be said that the Emperor indirectly approves of the candidates views. Should Montsegur become Prime Minister, a message of subjugation will be sent to Byzantium. That will not settle well with them. To avoid such issues, I propose that we both speak to our husbands and convince them that such a thing is to be avoided. This way we can avoid any unfortunate incidents in the future.
Should you need it, I would serve as Representative to Byzantium. They cannot ignore a Trastamara of Greek birth and I can prevent incidents that may result from personal views of high officials on either side.
After long years of work, both in his capacity as Bishop and otherwise, Velazquez hoped to become Archbishop of Granada.