Foreign relations of Gylias
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Gylias is a member of the Organization of Tyrannic Nations and the Common Sphere, joining the latter at its first expansion. Foreign policy is linked to its history of political radicalism, particularly the experience of the Free Territories. It is based on principles of neutrality, non-alignment, and pursuit of multilateral solutions.
During the Gylian ascendancy, efforts were made to persuade other nations to withdraw official recognition from Xevden and grant it to other Gylian polities. Gylians established contact with various revolutionary movements in Tyran, including the Ruvelkan Socialist Republic and the Ruvelkan anarchist armies.
The start of the Liberation War achieved the goal of isolating Xevden. Nevertheless, many Tyranian nations were wary of the Free Territories due to their anarchism. Official recognition was limited, but as the war developed several countries moved towards tacit support and cooperation with the Free Territories, including Kirisaki, Cacerta, and Ruvelka.
The war ended in 1958, and the independence of Gylias allowed the re-establishment of official relations with the world, and the recognition of previously unofficial representatives. A degree of isolation persisted during the transition from the Free Territories to Gylias, due to lingering distrust of Gylias' anarchist influence. Foreign policy during this period was dominated by a debate over prioritising world revolution or internal consolidation.
The appointment of Erika Ďileş as foreign minister in 1962 established the foundations of foreign policy that have endured into the present. The skilled and charismatic Erika achieved the normalisation of Gylias' relations with Tyran, including the creation of several close relationships.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Gylias' image abroad improved, and involvement in world affairs was based on principles of multilateralism, negotiation, and a cosmopolitan outlook. The Common Sphere became the most significant international organisation to Gylian foreign policy.
The wretched decade in the 1980s saw the general malaise and crises affecting the country extend to foreign relations as well. The confrontational approach of Aén Ďanez negatively impacted foreign relations, and Gylias experienced another period of relative diplomatic isolation. Relations began returning to normal under the Filomena Pinheiro government, and were fully restored under Mathilde Vieira.
The foreign policy of Gylias since independence is based on the tenets of multilateralism, negotiation, and soft power. Gylias has focused on the role of "honest broker" in international diplomacy, serving as mediator in several disputes.
Key ideals at the basis of foreign policy are support for democracy, human rights, egalitarianism, and social justice.
Participation in peacekeeping missions is dictated by the constraints of Gylian law. The Gylian Self-Defense Forces are legally closer to a militia than a military, and thus participation in peacekeeping missions is based on volunteering.
As a result of these factors, Gylias remains a middle power in Siduri and has a degree of influence in Tyran as a whole.
Gylias is a member of the following international organisations:
In general, Gylias has good relations with countries that share democratic ideals and similar socioeconomic or political priorities. Its poorest relations tend to be with countries that have authoritarian governments or more socially conservative norms.
|Alemarr||Gylias and Alemarr have notably cordial relations despite the latter being led by a near-absolute monarchy and conservative socially. Bilateral relations focus on trade and cultural exchanges, and much of the improvement is credited to current ambassador Saila Mäki.
|Æsthurlavaj||See Gylias-Æsthurlavaj relations.
Despite long periods of tension due to Æsthurlavaj's military governments, bilateral relations are improving, helped by Æsthurlavaj interest in Gylias' successful popular culture.
|Delkora||See Gylias-Delkora relations.
Gylias and Delkora have friendly relations, aided by cultural ties and similar political and socioeconomic orientations.
|Megelan||Gylias and Megelan have developed close relations, particularly since the establishment of the Civitas whose organisation features similar anarchist and direct democratic elements. However, the presence of certain cultural and social differences have earned comparisons to a relationship of "bickering siblings".
|Nordkrusen||Relations between Gylias and Nordkrusen improved notably in the 1960s and 1970s, with the advent of a reformist Nordling government, but remained weakened by authoritarian tendencies within the monarchy. A recent royal coup caused a suspension of official relations, with Gylias continuing to recognise the government-in-exile.
|Ossoria||Gylias-Ossoria relations are historically cordial but have had tension points caused by marked differences in politics and social organisation. They reached their nadir with the Ossorian war crisis of 1986, but have since recovered.
The two nations are party to a mutual defence treaty. Ossoria has a naval base at Eltykan, Nerveiík-Iárus-Daláyk, dating back to the Liberation War.
|Schottia||Gylias-Schottia relations are cordial, aided by similar political tendencies and cultural ties.
|Allamunnika||Gylias-Allamunnika relations have improved notably since the Allammunnic restoration of democracy, and became a close relationship under Eleanor Henderson, who had a notable friendship with Mathilde Vieira.
|Cacerta||See Gylias-Cacerta relations.
Bilateral ties with Cacerta form one of the significant special relationships of Gylian foreign policy.
|Knichus||Cordial relations between Gylias and Knichus have been credited with helping stabilise the country after the FedCom Civil War.
|Quenmin||Relations in the past were hostile due to authoritarian governments in Quenmin, but have improved since the end of the Hidebound Era.
|Ruvelka||Gylias and Ruvelka have had friendly relations since the Free Territories, aided by Ruvelka's similarly leftist internal politics.
|Tennai||See Gylias-Tennai relations.
|Kirisaki||See Gylias-Kirisaki relations.
Bilateral ties with Kirisaki form one of the significant special relationships of Gylian foreign policy.