TRINIA

Foreign Affairs

The Trinian Empire wecomes communication with governments around the world, and endeavours to promote peaceful co-existence in all matters. The Ministry of Peace, which is responsible for Trinian diplomacy, attempts to build ties with all countries willing to engage in this spirit.


Diplomacy

Foreign Policy

Trinian foreign policy is fundamentally pacifist. The government of Trinia consistently opposes the use of military force as a means of resolving disputes, and will never take part in armed conflict in foreign territories. Trinia also supports the role of multilateral international organisations in bringing the world closer together. It is a member of both the UNV and the ANNV, and hopes to advance the principles contained in the charters of both these institutions.

Embassies
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The Trinian government maintains a number of diplomatic posts in foreign countries. Its diplomatic network is not large, owing to Trinia's relative lack of importance on the world stage, but is nevertheless seen as a vital part of Trinia's engagement with the world. Besides conducting state-to-state diplomacy, Trinian embassies are also responsible for promoting awareness of Trinia and its culture, and encouraging interest in all things Trinian.

Trinia also hosts a number of diplomatic missions from foreign countries. The embassy district in Kurin is considered one of the nicer parts of the city, containing many parks and canals. The many varied styles of architecture found in the area make it a significant attraction in its own right. It is also home to the Ministry of Peace (which functions as Trinia's foreign ministry) and to the Institute of International Affairs. A small number of countries, mostly Trinia's neighbours, also maintain a consulate elsewhere in the country, with the location generally depending on the specific country's interests.


Travel

Tourism and Immigration to Trinia

In addition to its role in formal, state-to-state diplomacy, the Ministry of Peace is also responsible for administering another facet of Trinia's foreign relations — direct contact with individual foreign citizens who wish to visit or move to Trinia. The number of people coming to Trinia is not large, but at least in terms of tourism, is growing steadily. The Trinian government hopes to make visitors and newcomers feel welcome, and if they are intending to stay, will help them integrate into Trinian society. Many of those moving to Trinia are in fact ethnic Trinians who lived abroad but who are returning to Trinia now that it has regained its independence.

Trinians Abroad

It has not always been easy for Trinians to travel, but the number of Trinians chosing to visit other countries for tourism, study, and work has been steadily increasing in recent years. There are also a certain number of Trinians who have opted to make their homes in other countries as immigrants, often having left the country during one of its periods of foreign occupation — these communities are seldom large, but tend to have stayed quite close together.


Commentary

As noted, Trinia doesn't have an army. This is, of course, odd — there are countries in the real world which have the same policy, and some even do so despite having the capacity to do otherwise, but none of them have thirty million people. The reasons are rather complicated, but can be summed up as:

1) Genuine ideological belief, inspired by traditional philosophy.
2) Trinia's near-total lack of success at warfare in the past. This leaves modern Trinia without a lot of the respect that many countries have for military pomp and grandeur — firstly, they feel that there's little point because all Trinia's neighbours are bigger and probably better armed anyway, and secondly, they tend to associate armies with foreign oppression rather than heroic defence. Trinia's most successful defenders were guerillas and assassins, so a Trinian army wouldn't get any automatic respect from the Trinian public, and would probably have been seen as just somebody's political tool.
3) Plain inertia. Trinia emerged from foreign occupation without an army, and didn't really have the time or inclination to build one. Starting an army from scratch requires more political commitment than retaining one you have already. The post-independence years were very politically unstable, which had two effects: firstly, everybody was too busy arguing with each other to start one, and secondly, the many Trinians felt that the various forces which were arguing with each other probably shouldn't be encouraged to break out heavy weaponry in any case — as I said in point two, people would have considered any armed force established at the time to be a political militia rather than a proper national military. By the time Trinia was stable enough that an army was plausible and safe, people had more or less been convinced that it wasn't necessary.

That said, there are still a lot of Trinians who think the policy is stupid. It may not last.