To: The First Minister
The Government of The Council: Planet Toulouse
From: Foreign Relations Ministry, Bretonian Government New London
Diplomatic activities between our nations has been somewhat limited during recent months and for this we are deeply apologetic. We have much to discuss in order to rectify such omissions.
However, that is not the purpose of this letter which is to inform you of a recent event involving one of our BAF patrols. While on the fringes of their patrol area (location withheld for security reasons) they came across a vessel, Firefly class, with the code name Papillion. This vessel appeared to be in great difficulty with obvious damage to its hull with limited life support system operable. Our intelligence department, The BIS, had intercepted GRN messages describing both this ship and its pilot as a terrorist and smuggler therefore we approached it with caution. To our great surprise we discovered that the vessel contained many refugees from Gallia. Many had a variety of injuries and unfortunately, some fatalities. As we did not discover any substantial weaponry or contraband, we catalogued this vessel as a humanitarian smuggling operation which posed no terrorist or hostile threat to anyone.
Complying with the Charter of Bretonia we applied extensive aid to the refugees, crew and the ship itself.
We were privileged to hear and log accounts of the plight of these refugees and the heroic action of Papillion and the Firefly crew. Also, the hospitality that The Council offers each and all of the refugees that have made the dangerous passage to a safe haven.
This experience was brought to the attention of Her Majesty, who has instructed this Government, to assist The Council and the BGS, in any way that is practical, in the relief and humanitarian operations in the evacuation and resettling of refugees from Gallia’s systems including the offer of asylum to those who would wish to resettle in Bretonia. However, we add the caveat that BAF warships would not enter Gallia systems in such operations unless they were part of a combined military offensive against the crown of Gallia.
We are also prepared to assist you, The Council, in any relief and humanitarian aid commodities that you may find yourselves in need of. To assist in this we reaffirm the right of any Council Civilian Vessel free right of access to all of Bretonian space and systems. Military vessel access remains unchanged in that they also have right of passage through Bretonia but are only permitted to dock at Bretonian Military Bases unless prior authority has been granted. Planet New London is now an exception to this rule as we are aware that your VIPs only travel on military transport for security reasons and we welcome such visits to New London at any time.
We offer this as a treaty between our nations for the greater good for humanity and our common interests for your comments and approval.
On behalf of the Prime Minister of Bretonia
I Remain Sir
Foreign Relations Minister
Government of Bretonia