The Council of Nations declined admittance to the nation of Greece following the Greek government’s refusal to adhere to certain stipulations set forth by the CN when negotiations for entry began.
Three months ago, the Grecorussian Empire split into the separate nations of Greece and the Russian Empire. While the Russian Empire did not require admission to the CN as it was formally recognized as the successor state to its predecessor, Greece was required to seek separate admittance to the CN. The CN in anticipation outlined a potential deal to allow the new nation’s accession to the world’s foremost diplomatic body, a plan in which Greece would be required to have free and fair elections, enforced through election monitoring by the CN, and an agreement to disarm any and all nuclear weapons. Greece declined both of these terms, stating that “it goes against our nation’s new sovereignty and it is detestable that we should have to submit to another oppressive regime after leaving one.” The CN issued no statement in response other than that the request for ascension had been categorically denied and that the nation would be free to join following the acceptance of the conditions.
The international community expressed dismay at Greece’s refusal to abide by the agreement offered by the CN. While part of this has to do with simple diplomatic matters, including trade agreements and other treaties that may be affected, the vast majority of the discontentment with the world’s newest nation is that it presents a nuclear risk that much of the world hoped to be rid of. Greece was ground zero for what has been considered the world’s most recent close call with nuclear disaster, as many remember from the Grecorussian Civil War. “Considering Greece’s inability to contain its nuclear arsenal and the new, unstable government that has formally taken hold there, Panem requests that all nuclear weapons be handed over to either CN authorities, Panem military units, or to one of our allies’ military units. A loss of nuclear material such as what happened during the previous conflict in Greece is not only unacceptable, but threatening to the foundation of peace,” said Secretary of State Jonathan Madison.
It is unclear if Greece will reconsider the terms, or if they will choose to go it alone in the international community. Should they not join the CN, the country will undoubtedly have trade woes, but also Greece will suffer in regards to international acceptance. The CN provides a major source of legitimacy for nations, with virtually every nation on the globe having membership. Not attaining membership would put Greece in dire straits diplomatically as it attempts to establish its presence and shake off the vibes of a potential dictatorship.