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Diplomacy! with Annechen Lowey, KlausWulfenbach Outlander (Unedited)

Viv Trafalgar: we’re just getting (re) settled and will begin in two minutes
Stereo Nacht: Professor Paperclip! A good day to you!
Ahnyanka Delphin grins as she gets settled in.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Hello Ahnya and welcome!
Ahnyanka Delphin blows a kiss to Jed and grins.
Serafina Puchkina: Welcome Ahnya
Ahnyanka Delphin: Hello, all!
Stargirl Macbain: Ceeeejay!
Serafina Puchkina: And welcome to anyone I missed
Viv Trafalgar: Hello Ahnya!
Linus Lacombe: Hello Ms Ahnya
Satu Moreau blinks wide eyed at Star, gaping.
Ceejay Writer: Starry Starry Girl… sings
Beq Janus waves to Ahnya
Ceejay Writer: Star, have you been visiting a gender surgeon?
Stargirl Macbain: I was building, I wear a Male avi sometimes to keep the proportions right so men can walk through my doors 😛
Satu Moreau: Aaaah.
Ceejay Writer: AH WHEW. As long as its intended, tis cool.
Rhianon Jameson grins
Stargirl Macbain: Good news! I’m building us a new militia building, BAD NEWS I”m building it so it with probably NEVER get done.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Heh.
Satu Moreau: Ooh! Nice cane!
Stargirl Macbain: Thank god I crippled star or I would have NO ao for this shape 😛
Annechen Lowey: Ah, so that is not normal, but only temporary.
Beq Janus: last I heard, Star was a Kitteh. You can’t trust rumours these days it seems
Ceejay Writer: Professor Paperclip, I just saw you! waves at her friend
Ahnyanka Delphin smiles up at the Baron and Frau Lowey.
Stargirl Macbain is many things to many people.
Bodhisatva Paperclip: Hello, Miss Writer 🙂
Jedburgh30 Dagger: clears throat
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Hello everyone! Ladies and Gentlemen, Viv, Serafina, Jasper and I are pleased to welcome you to the January edition of the Aether Salon – Diplomacy!. I would like to thank each and every one of you for joining us today.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: As many of you know, the Aether Salon meets to discuss steam and Victorian topics on the third Sunday of each month, in Palisades and Academy, New Babbage. This is our 23th salon and I hope you are all as excited about being here today as I am.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Just a few matters of housekeeping before we get started. If you are standing in the back, please move forward onto the maze so that you can be assured of hearing the speaker. Please hold your questions until the end, and as a courtesy to all, please turn off everything that feeds the lag: all HUDs, scripts, AOs and so on. Please no weapons, non-Euclidean geometry, inflammatory rhetoric, or unapproved transmat devices. Your cooperation is appreciated.
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Jedburgh30 Dagger: Many fine people have contributed to today’s salon: We are grateful to Miss Canolli Capalini of Capalini Fine Furnishings for the wonderful salon chairs and to our own Mr. Jasper Kiergarten for his expertise in creating today’s craft. We appreciate all of you who have contributed to salon. As a reminder, all speakers’ fund jar donations go directly to the speaker.
Now I will turn the stage over to Miss Viv for the introduction of today’s speaker. Viv?
Viv Trafalgar grins
Viv Trafalgar: Thank you all for coming
Ahnyanka Delphin waves and blows a kiss to Viv!!
Viv Trafalgar: Known throughout the civilized grid for his nation of Europa, his yen for exploration, and his way with Science, the Baron has made it his cause to instill diplomacy and free exchange between all the steamlands.
Viv Trafalgar: His humor, generosity, and support for both the arts and culture is exceptional. He’s also a fantastic dance partner, If we might say so without being too forward.
Linus Lacombe: 🙂
Viv Trafalgar: His Vice Consul, Frau Lowey smooths the proverbial waters in many ways, and is also the hand behind the pen of numerous Primgraph and Prim Perfect articles.
Viv Trafalgar: These include a host of helpful etiquette missives that I highly recommend.
Viv Trafalgar: Her penchant for dance, building, science, and sociology is equalled by her ability to feel at home in many regions, including Steelhead, Caledon, and Winterfell, as well as Europa itself.
Viv Trafalgar: Today’s Salon has been sponsored by the Baron, and we cannot thank him and
Viv Trafalgar: his Consul enough for their ongoing support – which has lasted two and a half years at this time
Jimmy Branagh slips in quietly
KlausWulfenbach Outlander bows from his seat
Otenth Paderborn imagines bumper cars in these chairs.
Viv Trafalgar: We consider them our friends and allies in our endeavour to bring you the best conversation in the steamlands
Viv Trafalgar: And will always be intheir debt
Viv Trafalgar: Without further ado ladies and gentlemen, the Aether Salon presents Diplomacy!
Rhianon Jameson applauds
Darlingmonster Ember applauds
Eva Bellambi applauds
Ahnyanka Delphin applauds and turns to look at the guests of honor.
Annechen Lowey: Diplomacy: The art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations (particularly in securing treaties), including the methods and forms usually employed.
Marion Questi applauds
Solace Fairlady: applause
Serafina Puchkina: Applauds
Otenth Paderborn applauds
Katykit Magic applauds politely
Monkey Wirefly cheers
Annechen Lowey: Diplomacy is dexterity or skill in securing advantages; tact.
Sky Netizen applauds
Annechen Lowey: All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
Annechen Lowey: All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
Annechen Lowey: Diplomacy is to do and say The nastiest things in the nicest way.
Jimmy Branagh whispers back “Hoy Tepic!”
Annechen Lowey: Diplomacy is more than saying or doing the right things at the right time, it is avoiding saying or doing the wrong things at any time.
Annechen Lowey: Diplomacy is the art of letting the other party have things your way.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Rhianon Jameson chuckles
Darlingmonster Ember smiles
Linus LacombeLinus Lacombe snickers
Ceejay Writer grins and commits these to memory.
Sky Netizen grins
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: As you can see, there’s a wide variety of opinions on diplomacy. A more formal definition, from a popular source, is ‘The representation and protection of the interests and nationals of the sending state, as well as the promotion of information and friendly relations.’
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Let us set out some more definitions from a respected dictionary, as I have found some small confusion in the use of diplomatic terminology:
An Ambassador is: ‘an official envoy; especially: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment’.
Viv Trafalgar nods in expectation
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: An Embassy is: ‘a body of diplomatic representatives; specifically: one headed by an ambassador’ and also, ‘the function or position of an ambassador’.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: A Consul is: ‘an official appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country to represent the commercial interests of citizens of the appointing country’ This is descended from an Imperial Roman title, although the function has changed entirely.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: A Consulate is: ‘the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of a consul’ and also ‘the… official premises of a consul’. In addition, ‘A consulate is similar to (but not the same as) a diplomatic office, but with focus on dealing with individual persons and businesses.’
Satu Moreau‘s ears perk, looking over to Miss Heinrichs.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: One might compare the relationship of an Ambassador and a Consul to that of a military ship’s captain and his executive officer.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: The captain deals with external matters – communications of policy and practice with the ruler or his delegates, overall strategies and the unit’s part in them.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: The executive officer looks inward, handling the crew, disseminating the local applications of the policies received from the captain and ensuring all unit resources are properly used and distributed to ensure the highest level of functioning possible.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: In that manner, a Ambassador deals with the desires and orders received from his ruler and negotiates on the highest level possible, dealing with the ponderous and far-reaching movements of kingdoms and principalities.
Tepic Harlequin: an the Ambassadore has ter sink with his ship?
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Heh, at times.
Darlingmonster Ember smiles
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: The Consul, however, will ensure that tourists and expatriates have their correct paperwork intact; will start potential new citizens on the right path to their desired country; will maintain resources on business practices, police procedures, and other local matters.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Let us now address some examples of diplomacy.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: The Vice Consul found this one example of a well-played hand – the aetheric address for the reproduction of the newspaper article is http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F00D17F63F5D1A7493C3A8178AD85F478784F9
Annechen Lowey: You may read it at your leisure, of course, but the gist of the matter is that Austria found themselves bound by an unpleasant commercial situation which was causing hardship to its citizenry.
Annechen Lowey: The ambassador, after a dint of hard research, found a trade clause which allowed him to not only remove the hardship, but in effect punish the extortionistic behaviour of France.
Annechen Lowey: An example of diplomatic ties assisting in war: during the French & Indian War:
Annechen Lowey: French soldiers, aided by 200 Abenaki, Pennacook, Kanien`kehaka, and Wendat soldiers on snowshoes launched a surprise attack on the village of Deerfield, which was the northwestern frontier of the New England colonies.
Annechen Lowey: The French and Indian force quickly retreated to Canada with their captives, many of whom never returned. The English forces did not have snowshoes, and were unable to overtake the invading forces.
Annechen Lowey: The attack was a triumph of diplomacy and military strategy for the French. They had forged alliances with the Native nations, and by adopting a Native American technology (i.e. snowshoes), they succeeded in moving large numbers of men 300 miles through the snow.
Annechen Lowey: A reknowned failure of diplomacy in one documentable future is that of the Shōwa imperial reign in Japan.
Annechen Lowey: The Emperor and his court, emboldened by their national success in adapting to European influences without losing national identity, moved to impose a ‘Co-Prosperity Sphere’ uniting the Asian countries ‘the eight corners of the world’ under the rule of the Japanese Emperor. The failure came in that all the time convincing the Japanese people about the gloriousness of this concept was time not spent in convincing the rest of the ‘Sphere’ of the same –
Annechen Lowey: – and as a result, the Japanese participated in wars and atrocities for almost two decades, only stopping on becoming an occupied country for the first time in its history.
Annechen Lowey: As seen by the recent unauthorized release of diplomatic documents, diplomats are still humans, and subject to the same faults as all other humans.
Annechen Lowey: They can have unpopular opinions, and unconsidered moments.
Annechen Lowey: The effects of the exposure of these faults range from acute embarrassment to possible damage of international relations.
Rhianon Jameson gently harumphs
Annechen Lowey: Thus there will always be diplomatic secrets.
Annechen Lowey: Some more embarrassing than others.
Viv Trafalgar raises an eyebrow
Annechen Lowey: While some of these secrets may become the seed for jovial anecdotes years later, many will be changed by the intervening years.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Zimmerman
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: At home, diplomacy is… not as effective.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: For those not familiar with the history of my Europa, the local rulers are, more often than not, Sparks.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: With the Spark comes madness, and those Sparks who survive their first great creation are not necessarily the most rational of rulers.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: I have, in truth, suppressed border disputes based on ‘He looked at me funny,’ and ‘She insulted my newest creation.’
Viv Trafalgar: !
Ceejay Writer giggles.
Elleon Bergamasco: ohh dear…
Annechen Lowey nods sadly.
Mothercard Warden: Hear, hear
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: In situations such as those, the best technique has proven to be not calm, rational negotiation, but smothering force until they stop struggling and can be taken away to calm down. Only then, after they return from their ‘time-outs’, can we begin the rational negotiation phase.
Solace Fairlady whispers “Welcome back Miss random”
Rhianon Jameson laughs
Random Wezzog smiles.
Jimmy Branagh chuckles
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Possibly.
Bodhisatva Paperclip nods
Eleanor Anderton waves to Miss LillieJay
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Diplomacy on the grid is yet another matter.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: The usual resorts of failed negotiation – sanctions, siege, full-out war – are not as functional here as they are in other circumstances. When most punitive or hostile acts can be subverted by sitting or removing oneself entirely from not just the area but the grid itself, diplomacy gains greatly in value for dispute resolution, but even more for benign interaction.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Diplomacy has led to greater exchanges of information, of greater participation at events, and a greater selection of events possible.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Consider New Babbage’s recent Fleet Week, where the biggest prizes were evenly distributed between the Steamlands.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: A nation bound by isolationism would not have had such excellent competition and challenge.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: smiles broadly
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Channels opened by even casual diplomacy provide quick exchanges of information, such as reports of griefing to allow for proactive bans to protect as yet unafflicted lands.
Darlingmonster Ember: nods
Viv Trafalgar: hear hear
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: They allow for less troublesome exchanges, such as clarifications of changes from the Lab, or new devices that make tedious matters less vexing.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Diplomacy has led to the expansion of the Imperial Bank of Steeltopia to cross the waters to Cala Mondrago, where the bank itself faces the Magistrate’s tower in the middle of the market district.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: The system on which it runs was originated in Antiquity, which has a burgeoning internal economy based on a non-linden currency.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: On a more intimate scale, diplomacy can be used between a peacekeeper or an experienced citizen to resolve issues of an inexperienced person accidentally littering a common area, using weapons inappropriately, or even merely miscommunicating by means of gestures, actions or phrasings which violate common customs.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: In some areas, this might involve the wearing of a health meter (or not), or a matter as simple as inappropriate dress causing an upset.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: A calm voice and a ready ear can negotiate a peaceful resolution instead of resorting to official reports.
Annechen Lowey: When the Consulate was founded in 2007 (Linden Era), the mission was fairly simple. We endeavored to aid the new residents from home to assimilate to the grid. In doing so, we needed to learn the laws, customs and traditions of the various Steamlands.
Satu Moreau smiles.
LillieJay Mills waves back to Miss Eleanor
Annechen Lowey: However, many things have changed in the years since. The Steamlands have expanded (in some cases explosively), then the Openspace crisis altered the landscape considerably. Old lands have faded into the mists, and been replaced by new lands with brave new views.
Annechen Lowey: Along with the Steamlands, the mission of the Consulate has changed. The job has developed to include many aspects of an embassy, though not specifically for Europa. In some ways the staff have become unofficial ambassadors for inter-simulator relations.
Breezy Carver smiles
Annechen Lowey: Rather than limiting our actions to aiding the individual emigres to the grid and private concerns of commercial nature, we have endeavoured to increase awareness of the citizens of the broad spectrum of city-states and micronations of Second Life.
Annechen Lowey: To that end, besides the offices we have in several states, we have supported endeavors such as the Aether Chrononauts Calendar project and the Steamlander forums, hoping to encourage intersimulator cooperation and dialogue.
Annechen Lowey: Part of that mission has been the Grand Tours, identifying people who might host stops on the tour, assisting those who have not participated previously, and in one fit of madness, conducting a Tour ourselves.
Annechen Lowey: I never said diplomacy always made sense.
Rhianon Jameson smiles
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: To sum up, diplomacy attempts to solve, by means of reasonable discussion and fair compromise, issues of trade, cultural exchange and land use, on a scale from between two individuals to that of several countries.
Breezy Carver smiles
Annechen Lowey: The goal is to gain the cooperation of all parties involved to the good of all parties.
Annechen Lowey: Thank you for letting us rattle on this afternoon.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander raises an eyebrow
Eva Bellambi smiles
Viv Trafalgar applauds
Viv Trafalgar: it was hardly rambling!
Jimmy Branagh give a thumbs up.
Darlingmonster Ember: hardly
Darlingmonster Ember applauds
Jimmy applauds
Solace Fairlady applauds
Otenth Paderborn: I assure you, Herr Baron, I have never heard your loose screw rattle.
Marion Questi applauds
Bodhisatva Paperclip: Very interesting and well put
Viv Trafalgar: Welcome to all who have joined us – we will begin questions in just a moment –
Serafina Puchkina applauds
Elleon Bergamasco applauds
Tepic Harlequin: verr interestun, it were…
Random Wezzog applauds.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander snorts, amused
Rowan Derryth applauds
Jimmy Branagh: Hoooo!
Kimika Ying: applause!
Liam Bean applauds
Darlingmonster Ember applauds
Rhianon Jameson applauds
Solace Fairlady: Bravo!
Solace Fairlady Hooooooooos!!!
Jimmy applauds
Otenth Paderborn applauds.
Beq Janus applauds
Jimmy applauds
KlausWulfenbach Outlander bows from his seat
Annechen Lowey nods.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: I think we’ll now entertain questions for the speakers, please don’t blurt out, and we’ll get to them in turn
Tepic Harlequin: time fer me bed, i thinks, thanks Barron, Miss 🙂
Linus Lacombe raises a hand
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Gute Nacht, Tepic.
Viv Trafalgar: Before anyone goes
Jimmy Branagh: Noight Tepic! Slepp well!
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Mr Lacombe?
Annechen Lowey nods.
Linus Lacombe: Is a plenipotentary (spelling?) a diplomatic official, and if so what is the role of that position in diplomacy?
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Ah. There are many possible variations in diplomatic titles and applications, depending on the originating culture and how the mission is constructed.
Annechen Lowey: It is rare that you will find a diplomat with full powers as a plenipotentary, in modern times.
Annechen Lowey: Mostly because of the speed of communication.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: It is not a title in itself, but a modifier.
Annechen Lowey: However, it is not entirely unheard of.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: One thing I need to do as a matter of business, before any additional questions…
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: An Ambassador Plenipotentiary could set foreign policy for his government.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Please make sure you all come back for the February Salon on the 20th.
Rhianon Jameson gets out her calendar and a small pen and jots a note
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Our topic will be Romance!, and our speaker will be the lovely Lady of Skye, the Duchess Eva Bellambi
Linus Lacombe waves to Ms Widdershins
Eva Bellambi smiles
Linus Lacombe: Thank you for your answer, Frau Lowey, Herr Baron
KlausWulfenbach Outlander nods
Bodhisatva Paperclip: !!!
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Are there any more questions?
Ceejay Writer waves to her intrepid boss.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Surely there are more questions out there.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Any volunteers for the foreign service?
Viv Trafalgar chuckles
Jedburgh30 Dagger: I have one..
Saffia Widdershins waves back discreetly
Ceejay Writer starts to raise her hand then drops it.
Jimmy Branagh raises his hand for a question, not for foreign service
Rhianon Jameson envisions Jimmy in the foregin service and smiles
Breezy Carver raises hand ..
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Fraulein Dagger?
Stereo Nacht: (I think Miss Writer had a question… correct?)
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Have there been any times where the ambassador has had to step in when the consul has been “out of their depth”?
Annechen Lowey nods, “Jimmy’s already been in service.”
Breezy Carver: hello Rose and smiles 🙂
Ceejay Writer: (No, I was thinking about foreign service!)
Rose Springvale: smiles and tries to rez…
Stereo Nacht: (Ah, sorry!)
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Ahh… bitte, I should need more context. Here, or at home, or…?
Annechen Lowey: Hm, since they have different spheres, more of the modern offices do not have overlap.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: More with your own folks, as an example..
Annechen Lowey eyebrows at the Baron.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: In the case of the Europan Consular Mission, I am my own boss.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander grins
Viv Trafalgar: well answered sir
Eva Bellambi: Always a good thing. 🙂
Annechen Lowey hides a grin.
Jimmy Branagh raises his hand again
Viv Trafalgar: I have a question –
Eva Bellambi: .
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Due to the inconveniences of the interdimensional gateway, full diplomacy is not possible – but the functions of a Consulate are more appropriate.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: I have never had to clean up after myself.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Jimmy, then Viv
Rhianon Jameson giggles
Breezy Carver laughs
Jimmy Branagh: For Herr Baron an’ Frau Lowey both. Do you foind it more effective an’ long-lastin’ ta negotiate from a position of power, or from a position of correctness on th’ issue?
Viv Trafalgar: oh Jimmy – you go – I’m getting all sorts of strangeness from my connection
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Fraulein Writer was almost next, care to reconsider Fraulein?
Annechen Lowey studies the architecture…
Stereo Nacht: Heh. You have always been very strict on lab rules… 😉
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Power here is difficult to grasp.
Ceejay Writer grins. “No, no question, still pondering the foreign stuff!”
Serafina Puchkina: good question, Jimmy
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: It is far more subtle than at home. It is more a matter of reputation and influence.
Annechen Lowey: There is always the question of proper application of power, as well.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Correctness has rarely come into play here.
Breezy Carver raises hand
Mothercard Warden: How about bribing (Ehrm)
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Breezy?
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: One moment, Lady Breezy. Emperor SteelCobra has sent chocolate and gold, it has no impression.
Breezy Carver smiels and thank you Jed 🙂
Satu Moreau chuckles.
Mothercard Warden: Grins
Ceejay Writer burst out laughing then claps her hands over her mouth.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Lady Breezy.
Katykit Magic perks up at chocolate
Annechen Lowey: What chocolate?
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: He ate it.
Breezy Carverr grins now you mentioned you like to welcome the new .. yes ?
Annechen Lowey: Ah.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: I suppose that could be said. I have always been fond of exploration.
Breezy Carver: how about say .. older residence that are not around as much but then seem to return ?
KlausWulfenbach Outlander raises an eyebrow questioningly
Annechen Lowey: We do try to assist new residents, when it is applicable.
Breezy Carver: do you reach out to them as well and try to include them to join 🙂
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: We have an open group for emigres and fellow-travellers; the staff group is for those who intend to be put to work.
Breezy Carver: sort getting all to mix so to speak 🙂 ?
Annechen Lowey: It is difficult to identify them – but there is always the possibility that the resident who is three years old, has only spent five hours on the grid.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: I should like to commend my Liaisons here, Herr Jimmy Branagh and Fraulein Bookworm Hienrichs.
Breezy Carver: yes .. or ones that used to spend time on the grid take breaks perhaps .. isnt it important for them to know they are still welcomed ?
Jimmy Branagh bows from the chair, as standing up is difficult.
Breezy Carver: just thinking .. as this just popped into my head as you were speaking 🙂
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Lady Breezy, bitte, be more direct. Are you referring to a specific person?
Annechen Lowey: Yes, it is. If they ask for help.
Breezy Carver: no just in general
Breezy Carver: nothing that exciting SIr
Breezy Carver: ah they have to ask .. gotcha ! 🙂
Breezy Carver: thank you 🙂
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: I have a long memory, and welcome those I have not seen recently.
Annechen Lowey: Just because someone four years old walks like a duck does not mean they are new, you see. 🙂
Jimmy Branagh laughs
Mothercard Warden: Hehehe
Serafina Puchkina: Wise, very wise
Annechen Lowey: Some people make the choice.
Stereo Nacht reminds herself again to check her walk…
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Do we have nay other questions?
Annechen Lowey: However, I try to maintain contacts with the places to get started, as well as the places an older resident who is new to the Steamlands may need to know.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander looks around the audience
Jasper Kiergarten: if there are no more questions, I’ll put out the craft
Serafina Puchkina: What is the craft for today, Jasper?
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Frau Lowey asked me earlier if we were going to have any graphical displays.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: I pointed out that showing pictures of 500-page treaties was rather dull.
Breezy Carver: big smile sorry was .. dealing with ims asking .. who i am asking about .. No one it was am ramdom question 🙂
Ceejay Writer: Brace for trolley…..
Stereo Nacht tries very hard to refrain a comment that may not be completely in subject…
Jimmy Branagh turns to look
Serafina Puchkina chuckles at the Baron’s observation
Jasper Kiergarten: todays’ craft is a high quality diplomatic pen and bottle of ink
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Ooooh, Craft
Beq Janus: diplomacy and trolleys has never mixed well
Rose Springvale loves treatises…
Jimmy Branagh: Yay!
Linus Lacombe: oh lovely craft!
KlausWulfenbach Outlander watches Fraulein Stereo’s face grow red from the pressure.
Breezy Carver: ohh lovely
Jimmy Branagh: Oy need a new pen.
Ceejay Writer: Toys!
Rhianon Jameson: Oooh, pen and ink!
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Splendid, I can use that at Parliament.
Annechen Lowey: The trolleys are singulary unipressed by diplomatic overtures.
Rhianon Jameson: I second Miss Writer’s characterization – toys!
Serafina Puchkina: Miss Nacht?
Beq Janus: Jimmy, now you can return to school
Ceejay Writer: Oh my goodness, perfect for all the writing I need to do!
Ceejay Writer: Thank you both.
Jimmy Branagh: Oy do better wit’out school!
Jedburgh30 Dagger: You can’t negotiate with mass transit
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Danke, Herr Kiergarten.
Breezy Carver: esp ours !
Jasper Kiergarten: my pleasurte
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Captainess, you’d best speak before you explode.
Jasper Kiergarten: and thank you, and the Vice Consul
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Bitte sehr.
Stereo Nacht lets slip underbreath: “upcoming consulate event”… and looks innocent.
Linus Lacombe notes the diplomacy Herr Baron is using on Miss Stereo
Serafina Puchkina: Oh please announce it
Rhianon Jameson: We heard that, Miss Nacht! 🙂
Stereo Nacht: Ahem…
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Ah. Fraulein Nacht would like me to let everyone know you are invited to the Consulate Games Day which the Captainess has worked very hard on planning.
Linus Lacombe smiles
Eva Bellambi: oh that sounds grand!
Serafina Puchkina: Very good
Darlingmonster Ember: ah
Stereo Nacht: 😀
Rhianon Jameson: Well played, Miss Nacht!
Ceejay Writer: Oh!
Beq Janus: be right back
Jimmy Branagh: Yeh Games Day is gonna be smashin’!
Ahnyanka Delphin: Ooh fun!
Stereo Nacht: Like… smashing snow down your collar, Mr. Branagh! 😉
Jedburgh30 Dagger: We’ll see how long the Regatta takes…
Linus Lacombe: What sort of games?
Jimmy Branagh: ((RL calling frantically. Got to run. WOnderful job Herr and Frau! Byees all!))
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Did everybody get a card?
Stereo Nacht: Good bye M.r Branagh!
Rowan Derryth: Thank you for a wonderful talk.
Jimmy applauds
Elleon Bergamasco whispers: Thank you Sir
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Gute Nacht.
Solace Fairlady: Thank you Herr baron!
Satu Moreau: I was wanting to enter the ice sculpture competition, but I can’t quite settle on an idea for it.
Rhianon Jameson: Thank you, Herr Baron.
Saffia Widdershins: Thank you Herr Baron. I shall alert our sports correspondent
Rowan Derryth curtseys and slips quietly out.
Ceejay Writer waves bye to her favorite urchin.
Rhianon Jameson marvels at the concept of a 30 hour day.
Ahnyanka Delphin blows a kiss to Jimmyy as he dashes out.
Darlingmonster Ember: thank you Frau Lowey and Herr Baron
Serafina Puchkina: thank you
Annechen Lowey: Ah, and sorry about not having pictures for the lecture – my view of diplomacy, beyond the classroom, has been an extensive number of meetings and multitudinous letters, leavened with a busy social calendar peppered with the occasional event in which I would have preferred to hide in the library.
Linus Lacombe: Yes, thank you Herr Baron
Rhianon Jameson applauds Frau Lowey and Herr Baron.
Eva Bellambi: Wonderfu presentation!
Sky Netizen applauds
Serafina Puchkina: Thank you honored speakers
Eva Bellambi: wonderful – even.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: If you did not get a Game Day notecard, ask Fraulein Nacht, Frau Lowey or myself.
Darlingmonster Ember applauds
Saffia Widdershins: applauds
Ahnyanka Delphin applauds the excellent presenters.
Serafina Puchkina: This has been quite enjoyable and informative.
Solace Fairlady applauds
Kimika Ying: applauds
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: We thank our gracious hostesses as well.
Serafina Puchkina: And thank you, welcomed guests and supporters of the Aether Salon
Beq Janus: hi honey
Gabriell Anatra smiles
Serafina Puchkina: Please join the AetherSalon group
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Now that we can….
Mothercard Warden: Danke sehr, und gute Nacht, herr Baron. And thank you Ms Vice Consul
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Very kind, M. Warden.
Serafina Puchkina: and if you are incllined you may donate to the salon
Stargirl Macbain: Marvelous talk.
Beq Janus: do not forget to use the sign outside to show your appreciation while you are joining
Ceejay Writer: I very much enjoyed this!
Ceejay Writer: And cannot wait to write with my new pen!
Satu Moreau applauds.
Serafina Puchkina: Jasper, could you please give the tip jar contents to our speakers now?
Jasper Kiergarten: indeed
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: As the Consulate sponsored this event, the tips will go to support Der Hut des Jaeger in Winterfell, which hosts a weekly Poetry Slam on Thursdays at 5.
Serafina Puchkina: While Jasper is doing so, a reminder that our next salon is Feb. 20 and our speaker will be Lady Skye, Eva Bellambi.
Satu Moreau: Heh, I keep missing it.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: You all have been most generous, tausend Dank.
Serafina Puchkina: That is wonderful, Herr Baron!
Annechen Lowey: Poetry and projectiles, wonderful combination.
Rose Springvale: smiles
Gabriell Anatra: Indeed.
Serafina Puchkina: Thank you, Frau Lowey and Herr Baron. This was brilliant
Ahnyanka Delphin: Very nice!
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Landmarks available on request, and in the Winterfell flag on my desk in Palisade.
Satu Moreau: Many thanks to you both!
Ahnyanka Delphin: And so wonderful to see the salons so well attended… fabulous to see you all!
Solace Fairlady: Thank you Herr baron, Miss lowey for a wonderful presentation
Rhianon Jameson: Thank you, Herr Baron, Frau Lowey – I enjoyed that talk greatly.
Beq Janus nods, thank you both
Solace Fairlady: and to Miss Dagger, Miss Trafalgar, Mr Kiergarten and all those responsoible for making the salon happen for us!
KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Good to see you, Herr Jarl.
Darlingmonster Ember: such a lovely event
Darlingmonster Ember: I do look forward to it
Darlingmonster Ember curtsies
Ahnyanka Delphin: Take care everyone and thank you again for a stimulating afternoon!
Serafina Puchkina: Thank you for coming!
Ceejay Writer: I must go attend to some chores… it was wonderful to see everyone, and spend such a delightful time here.
KlausWulfenbach Outlander wonders what would happen if we set out an Intan.
Linus Lacombe: I shall bid all a fond good day, with a thank you to those who have set up the salon for today, and to the fine speakers!
Otenth Paderborn: A very stimulating salon, with application to both first and second life.
Jedburgh30 Dagger: Good evening Ceejay!
Marion Questi: Good day, everyone!
Annechen Lowey: No build permissions, sir.

The Consulate of Europa Wulfenbach is pleased to invite you to its first Game Day! An exceptional 30-hours long day, by decree of Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, extending from January 29th, 12/noon to January 30th, 6pm. (All hours SLT time.)

This event is meant to bring the citizens from all over the Steamlands together, and warm them up with a flurry of activites. Most will be held in Clos Normand, others spreading over all Consulate buildings.

There between the opening and closing balls will be

  • two En Garde tournaments (a team and an individual one)
  • two building contests (a week-long and an hour-long)
  • a snowfight contest (rules to be added)
  • a rally (lists of proposed paths, and starting hours for the commented tours to be added)
  • a treasure hunt (rules to be added)
  • free skating, table games and more!

Please look at the schedule below for more information on time, locations and rules when available. Some events require registrations, other you just show up; please check the rules of the events you would like to attend (when availabe).

(Updates of this notecards will be available at each Consulate buldings, and from the Consulate staff.)

Saturday, January 29th (SLT times)
12:00 noon Time limit for the week-long building contest; all entries must be ready for judging
12:00 noon Opening ball – DJ: Otenth Paderborn
3:00pm Opening of ongoing activities (snowball fight, rally, treasure hunt, games, open skating, etc.)
-Snowball Fight
(All over the steamlands; notecards with specifics will be added soon)
-Treasure Hunt
(In each Consulate buildings; notecard with landmarks and rules to be added)
-Open Skating and ice fishing (7seas)
3:30pm En Garde, team tournament
5:30pm Prize for the team tournament.

Sunday, January 30th
11:00am One-hour building contest
12:00 noon En Garde, individual tournament
2:30pm Prizes for the one-hour building contest, individual tournament, and snowball tournament
3:00pm Closing ball – DJ: Cerise Blackheart

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