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The following are the types of treaty which Harmless recognizes and into which Harmless may enter. Be aware that Harmless will not enter into any new treaty except for a well-defined, situation-specific reason or to ensure peace between alliances in close proximity and/or of comparable strength. Harmless will not enter into treaty with any alliance that fails to exhibit a professional attitude and honorable conduct, regardless of whether that alliance is considered a threat or future target.

NAP

We interpret NAP literally—Non-Aggression Pact. It is a public promise not to attack each other and nothing more. We will not drop a NAP without good cause, but have no codified legalese clarifying this. Such a simple and limited relationship hardly requires it.

Confederation

This is the standard agreement on which Harmless bases their treaties of confederacy.

Treaty of Defense and Limited Military Confederation

Let A and B be two equal parties in this treaty, whereby A pledges confederate support to B. A then agrees that: A shall defend (by reinforcement) B against C in almost any circumstances, if officially requested.

  • Exemption made when A and C are in NAP—aid may then be provided at A's discretion
  • Exemption made when A and C are in confederation, and A may honorably withdraw from this treaty (with choice biased against the aggressor/initiator of hostilities)
  • No honorable treaty withdrawal possible if aid is not requested—aid may still be offered at A's discretion

A shall defend (by reinforcement) B against C at any request (official or otherwise) when C is the aggressor/initiator of hostilities.

  • Reasonable time and evidence/information must be granted to verify that C is the aggressor
  • Exemption made only when A has also pledged confederate support to C—A may honorably withdraw from this treaty with B or offer aid, either being at A's sole discretion

A shall support B in direct aggressions against B's enemy C—if requested—until/unless one of these conditions is met (at A's discretion):

  • A and C are in a pre-existing NAP or confederation (request is grounds for A to honorably withdraw from this treaty)
  • B is deemed the primary aggressor without just cause
  • C no longer represents a credible threat to B (continued support is then provided at A's sole discretion)
  • C surrenders, offers reasonable restitution/plan for peace, and their surrender is rejected—the measure of "reasonableness" shall be at A's sole discretion

If this treaty is mutually reciprocated, A and B shall jointly work together against common enemies until such time as those enemies no longer pose a credible threat to either A or B.

  • Continued aggression is then maintained or halted at each member alliance's individual discretion
  • Joint operation is defined as any aggressions coordinated across alliances, whether by division of tasks or mutual participation in individual maneuvers.
  • Confederation members are expected to be able to handle reasonably scheduled timed operations, in order to simultaneously press enemies on a divided front when strategically appropriate.

A agrees not to harbor/protect runners or war criminals from C during or after B's war with C when said crimes occurred.

  • B is expected to exercise discretion and fairness when punishing war criminals

A may honorably withdraw from this treaty at any time and without reason, provided:

  • A has no outstanding obligations to B, nor immediately obvious obligations soon to arise
  • B is not currently in a position whereby B is entitled to request military aid but merely has not done so
  • A provides two weeks notice and engages in no hostilities toward B nor provides aid toward B's publicly known enemies until notice period has completed

B agrees to conduct/initiate their personal wars alone OR with a level of integrity and character that honors B and upholds B's integrity. To un-formalize: B shall not include or involve A when B are being jackasses. A reserves right to honorably withdraw from this treaty at any time and under any conditions when B clearly and blatantly violates this rule.

Outside the preceding guidelines, A and B remain entirely independent and autonomously governed in the manner and style of their own choosing.

A and B may amend or alter all above terms at any time that such alteration is mutually approved. Renegotiation of terms shall be considered acceptable alternative to honorable dissolution at such times as A is honorably permitted to withdraw from this treaty.

If A and B are entered into mutually reciprocal agreement by this treaty (i.e. A and B become interchangeable), then the terms of A's commitment may not differ from the terms of B's commitment.