|Location||Alabaster, Cayenne, Zamastan|
|Effective||27 March 2001|
|Condition||Ratification by the signatories|
The Alabaster Treaty, also referred to as the WEDA Treaty, is the treaty that forms the legal basis of, and is implemented by, the Western Euronia Defense Alliance (WEDA). The treaty was signed in Alabaster, Cayenne, Zamastan, on March 17, 2001.
In 1999, economic and political turmoil began to boil over in Beleroskov as states chose to vote in referendums to secede from the communist government. On 17 March, a referendum was held, in which the vast majority of participating citizens voted in favor of changing the country into a renewed federation. In August 2000, a coup d'état attempt by members of the government, directed against the Premier and aimed at preserving the Union of States, instead led to the end of the Communist Party of Beleroskov.
As a result of the quickly unfolding chaos in Beleroskov, the Alabaster Treaty was signed and ratified by Zamastan, Rio Palito, Caspiaa, Ruskayn, and Quetana on March 29th, 2001 in Alabaster, Cayenne, Zamastan, officially establishing the Western Euronia Defense Alliance as a military alliance. WEDA was also created from fears of rising global tensions with the squashing of pro-government movements in Yuan, domestic crisis in Drambenburg, and ongoing insurgencies in Vulkaria.
Article 1 of the treaty states that member parties "settle any international disputes in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the Coalition of Crown Albatross."
Members seek to promote stability and well-being in the world through preservation of peace and security in accordance with the Charter of the Coalition of Crown Albatross.
Article 2 of the treaty stipulates that "The Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being. They will seek to eliminate conflict in their international economic policies and will encourage economic collaboration between any or all of them."
Article 3 of the treaty states that "In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack."
Per WEDA documents, this has been understood to include seven key areas:
- Continuity of government during a crisis
- Energy and power grid infrastructure resilience
- Immigration control
- Food and water security
- Medical emergencies
- Resilient civil communications
- Effective transportation networks
Article 4 is generally considered the starting point for major WEDA operations, and therefore is intended for either emergencies or situations of urgency. It officially calls for consultation over military matters when "the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened." Upon its invocation, the issue is discussed in the OC, and can formally lead into a joint decision or action (logistic, military, or otherwise) on behalf of the Alliance.
Article 5 is a commitment clause which defines the casus foederis by committing each member state to consider an armed attack against one member state to be an armed attack against them all. Upon such attack, each member state is to assist by taking "such action as [the member state] deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain security."
Article 6 states that the treaty covers only member states' territories.
Article 7 dictates the process by which other countries may join WEDA, which is by simple majority agreement by current WEDA members, with Caspiaa, Quetana, and Zamastan holding veto powers. This has turned into a set of action plans which an aspiring nation must follow in order to become a member.