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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Origin===
 
===Origin===
In 1972, a faction led by the Navy and by the Emperor's brother [[Alexander of Ghant]] become dominant in [[Ghant]]. This faction ended up pushing forth the claim of [[Jean, Prince of Petra|Prince Jean]] on the throne of [[Sydalon]]. To assert his legitimacy and gain a power-base, Jean becomes the figurehead of the Sydalene groups fighting against the ongoing peace process with [[Yisrael]].
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In 1972, a faction led by the [[Ghantish Navy]] and [[Alexander of Ghant|Prince Alexander of Ghant]] became a leading court faction in [[Ghant]]. This faction asserted the claim of [[Jean, Prince of Petra]] for the throne of [[Sydalon]]. In order to assert his legitimacy and gain a power-base, Jean became the figurehead of the Sydalene groups fighting against the ongoing peace process with [[Yisrael]].
  
During the following year, Jean failed to gain any meaningful international support, with only [[Gelonia]] publicly joining Ghant in their support of the pretender. In fact, concerned for the still ongoing peace negociations between [[Sydalon]] and [[Yisrael]], [[Latium]] and other [[Ajax|Belisarian nations]] condemned Jean's wish to seize the throne. In retaliation, [[Ghant]] stopped shipping oil and other petrochemical products to these nations, in an attempt to coerce them into backing off of their support of [[Elissa V]]. To be more efficient, it also tried to convince other oil producing nations to join in the blocus. Of all of these, only the [[Mutul]] joined Ghant.
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During the following year, Jean failed to gain any meaningful international support, with only [[Gelonia]] publicly joining Ghant in their support of the pretender. Concerned for the ongoing peace negotiations between [[Sydalon]] and [[Yisrael]], [[Latium]] and other [[Ajax|Belisarian nations]] condemned this action. In retaliation, [[Ghant]] ceased shipping oil and other petrochemical products to these nations in an attempt to coerce them into backing off of their support of [[Elissa IV of Sydalon|Queen Elissa IV]]. Ghant sought to recruit other oil producing nations to join, of which [[Mutul]] joined.  
 
 
Following the arrest of Jean and the signature of the [[Yarden Accords]] in 1973, the crisis ended on a clear victory for the Queen and the pro-peace faction. the Mutul-Ghant "axis" nonetheless led to an important rise in oil prices, among other economic consequences. Thus, even if it had been a political failure, the axis remained as an unofficial oil {{wp|cartel}}, the two countries' government remaining in close contact to discuss shared economic policies when it came to the petrochemical industry.
 
  
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Following the arrest of Jean and the signature of the [[Yarden Accords]] in 1973, the crisis ended on a clear victory for the Queen and the pro-peace faction. The Mutul-Ghant "axis" nonetheless led to an important rise in oil prices, among other economic consequences. Thus, even if it had been a political failure, the axis remained as an unofficial oil {{wp|cartel}}, the two countries' government remaining in close contact to discuss shared economic policies when it came to the petrochemical industry.
 
===Official founding===
 
===Official founding===
By 1976, both [[Ghant]] and the [[Mutul]] were once again on the lookout for potential new partners to reinforce their joint oil politics. Both approached [[Jordan IX of Sydalon|Jordan IX]], the new monarch of [[Sydalon]] who pursued policy of reinforcing its country's influence over the oil market similar to that of their cartel, in the hope of striking a series of deals with the Sydalene government. Following a few diplomatic gestures and some negociations, the idea of an official intergovernmental organisation capable of stabilizing the oil markets was brought out and agreed upon by all three countries. Thus, in 1979, the Association of Oil Producing Nations was officialy born.
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Both [[Ghant]] and the [[Mutul]] continued to seek potential partners to reinforce their joint oil politics. Both approached [[Jordan IX of Sydalon|King Jordan IX of Sydalon]], who pursued policy of reinforcing its country's influence over the oil market similar to that of their cartel, in the hope of striking a series of deals with the Sydalene government. Following a series of diplomatic gestures and some negotiations, the idea of an official intergovernmental organization capable of stabilizing the oil markets was brought out and agreed upon by all three countries. Thus, in 1979, the Association of Oil Producing Nations was officially born.
 
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===2017-18 Sydalene Rebellion===
===Sydalene Civil War===
 
 
{{main|Sydalene Revolution}}
 
{{main|Sydalene Revolution}}
 
The AOPN ended up playing a small yet important role in the [[Sydalene Revolution]]. It notably served as an unofficial ''de facto'' {{wp|Track II diplomacy|channel of communication}} between [[Sydalene Citizens Movement|the State]] and [[Monarchy of Sydalon|the Kingdom]] of [[Sydalon]], but also served as a way for some of its members, like the [[Mutul]], to raise their concern on the question of oil production. An AOPN meeting at their headquarters in [[Fakolana]] allowed the two sides of the civil war to find an agreement over the operation of the oil fields in the country. This allowed for [[Sydalon]] to barely reduce its production compared to its pre-war levels, mostly due to a shortage of competent and willing personnel at the height of the conflict. The exact nature of the negotiations that led to such an agreement to be signed have not been disclosed by the Association, but seems to have involved main members threatening to use {{wp|Economic sanctions|economic tools}} against both factions if total Sydalene oil production did not reach its production quotas.
 
The AOPN ended up playing a small yet important role in the [[Sydalene Revolution]]. It notably served as an unofficial ''de facto'' {{wp|Track II diplomacy|channel of communication}} between [[Sydalene Citizens Movement|the State]] and [[Monarchy of Sydalon|the Kingdom]] of [[Sydalon]], but also served as a way for some of its members, like the [[Mutul]], to raise their concern on the question of oil production. An AOPN meeting at their headquarters in [[Fakolana]] allowed the two sides of the civil war to find an agreement over the operation of the oil fields in the country. This allowed for [[Sydalon]] to barely reduce its production compared to its pre-war levels, mostly due to a shortage of competent and willing personnel at the height of the conflict. The exact nature of the negotiations that led to such an agreement to be signed have not been disclosed by the Association, but seems to have involved main members threatening to use {{wp|Economic sanctions|economic tools}} against both factions if total Sydalene oil production did not reach its production quotas.

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Association of Oil Producing Nations (APON)
Flag of Association of Oil Producing Nations (APON)
Flag
Location of Association of Oil Producing Nations (APON)
HeadquartersFakolanum, Fakolana
Official language
TypeInternational cartel
Membership
Leaders
TBD
EstablishmentTBD
• Treaty signed
September 1979
• In effect
January 1980

The Association of Oil Producing Nations (Mutli: Luub Ik'kanoom), commonly referred to by its acronym AOPN, is an intergovernmental organization of 4 nations, founded in 19XX, and headquartered in Fakolanum, Fakolana. The APON was founded to coordinate petroleum policies of the member-states. The current members are: Ghant, Fahran, Mutul, and Sydalon.

History

Origin

In 1972, a faction led by the Ghantish Navy and Prince Alexander of Ghant became a leading court faction in Ghant. This faction asserted the claim of Jean, Prince of Petra for the throne of Sydalon. In order to assert his legitimacy and gain a power-base, Jean became the figurehead of the Sydalene groups fighting against the ongoing peace process with Yisrael.

During the following year, Jean failed to gain any meaningful international support, with only Gelonia publicly joining Ghant in their support of the pretender. Concerned for the ongoing peace negotiations between Sydalon and Yisrael, Latium and other Belisarian nations condemned this action. In retaliation, Ghant ceased shipping oil and other petrochemical products to these nations in an attempt to coerce them into backing off of their support of Queen Elissa IV. Ghant sought to recruit other oil producing nations to join, of which Mutul joined.

Following the arrest of Jean and the signature of the Yarden Accords in 1973, the crisis ended on a clear victory for the Queen and the pro-peace faction. The Mutul-Ghant "axis" nonetheless led to an important rise in oil prices, among other economic consequences. Thus, even if it had been a political failure, the axis remained as an unofficial oil cartel, the two countries' government remaining in close contact to discuss shared economic policies when it came to the petrochemical industry.

Official founding

Both Ghant and the Mutul continued to seek potential partners to reinforce their joint oil politics. Both approached King Jordan IX of Sydalon, who pursued policy of reinforcing its country's influence over the oil market similar to that of their cartel, in the hope of striking a series of deals with the Sydalene government. Following a series of diplomatic gestures and some negotiations, the idea of an official intergovernmental organization capable of stabilizing the oil markets was brought out and agreed upon by all three countries. Thus, in 1979, the Association of Oil Producing Nations was officially born.

2017-18 Sydalene Rebellion

The AOPN ended up playing a small yet important role in the Sydalene Revolution. It notably served as an unofficial de facto channel of communication between the State and the Kingdom of Sydalon, but also served as a way for some of its members, like the Mutul, to raise their concern on the question of oil production. An AOPN meeting at their headquarters in Fakolana allowed the two sides of the civil war to find an agreement over the operation of the oil fields in the country. This allowed for Sydalon to barely reduce its production compared to its pre-war levels, mostly due to a shortage of competent and willing personnel at the height of the conflict. The exact nature of the negotiations that led to such an agreement to be signed have not been disclosed by the Association, but seems to have involved main members threatening to use economic tools against both factions if total Sydalene oil production did not reach its production quotas.

While the agreement calmed international markets, its exact influence on the war is not yet fully understood. It forced both side to de facto recognize each other and allowed the political entity in charge of an oil well to gain profits from it unimpeded. The former was a great diplomatic victory for the Republicans, and the second could potentially favor them in the long run. Yet some suppose that AOPN, now greatly involved and implanted in Sydalon after the signing of these agreements, played a role in the intelligence-gathering and backroom negotiations that allowed the swift victory of the Monarchists in the following months. Analysts of the organization and of the Sydalene civil war have concluded such theories often devolve into conspiracy theory.

Functioning

The AOPN seek to regulate the production and the price of petrochemical products through the coordinated effort of its members, notably through a system of quotas. They operate as a cartel of producers, agreeing on the quantity of oil exported to influence the global market prices.

Transactions are done in Latin solidus. The fluctuation in the exchange rates between the Solidus and the national currencies of the producers has had consequences on the decision-making process of the AOPN governing body.

Unlike other cartels, the AOPN has been successful in its attempts to raise prices for long periods of time. Part of this success is due to the willingness of some of its members to reduce their productions when others go over their quota limits. Most AOPN member-states keep reserves as a way to better control the global oil price. This leniency has been a factor in the AOPN's attractiveness toward some of the less-developed oil-producing states.

Despite this, the Association has also been known to send signals to the markets by avoiding the creation of speculative bubbles and other economic disturbances. An informal slogan was coined - "Balance and Stability" - as it was resumed following the negotiations surrounding the Sydalene Civil War. Some observers have theorized that the AOPN possess a bigger influence on the petrochemical industry than often estimated because of this ability to plan on the long term economic horizion, re-assuring buyers and investors often convinced by the AOPN's self-proclaimed clout by its past shows of strength, such as its aforementioned perceived calming role in Sydalon.

However, the rise of commodity exchanges in Seredinia, an important oil-producer not part of the AOPN, and other countries, has led to the emergence of a counterweight to the AOPN. In reaction, the AOPN has pushed the Ghish International Petroleum Exchange as its main market for the exchange of crude oil, petroleum, gas, and other petrochemicals. The specificity of this commodity exchange arises in the fact that it does not use the Latin Solidus. Instead, all exchanges are done primarily in the currencies of the member countries.

The Association also operates an "International Development Fund" based in Fakolana with the objective to reinforce financial cooperation between member countries and other developing countries, by providing financial support to the latter for their socio-economic development. Being granted a loan from the Fund is generally considered to be the first step toward a future membership, as can be seen in the on-going candidacy of Charnea.

Membership

Country Region Membership year Population Oil Production (bbl/days) Proven Reserves (bbl)
 Fahran Scipia 19XX 35 millions ??? ???
 Ghant Ghant 197X 55 millions ??? ???
 Mutul Oxidentale 197X 120 millions 3.5 millions ???
 Sydalon Scipia 19XX 14,7 millions ??? ???

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