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Northern Shield Treaty Orginization
Motto: For the People, Never Against the People
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The North Shield Treaty Organization also called the Northern Concordian Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 7 Concordian, Novaris, Yasteria, and Aurora countries. The organization implements the North Concordian Alliance that was signed on November 22nd, 1991. NSTO constitutes a system of collective defense whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. NSTO’s Headquarters are located in Pollok, Nacata, while the headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near Winterview, Latianburg.
Since its founding, the admission of new member states has increased the alliance from the original 5 countries to 8. The most recent member state to be added to NSTO is Duelland on January 1st, 2019. In addition, the NSTO works closely with theMBE and her commonwealths in the joint task mission in the Aurora region, with several other countries involved in minor pacts or Scientific programs.
History[edit | edit source | hide | hide all]
On 3rd Of January 1985, the Treaty of Pollok was signed by Nacata and Kuthernburg as a Treaty of Alliance and Mutual Assistance in the event of a possible attack by Prussia or Pax in the aftermath of the Kuthern Revolution. In 1987, this alliance was expanded to include other commonwealth nations, in the form of the Commonwealth Union, also referred to as the Kuthern Commonwealth Treaty Organization, established by the Treaty of Pollok. Talks for a new military alliance which could also include Yasteria resulted in the signature of the Northern Shield Treaty on November 4, 1987, by the member states of the KCTO plus Crania, and Kasmiyland.
Doubts over the strength of the relationship between the Yasterian states and Kuthernburg ebbed and flowed, along with doubts over the credibility of the NSTO defense against a prospective Pax Invasions – doubts that led to the development of the independent Kasmiy nuclear deterrent and the withdrawal of Kasmiyland from NSTO's military structure in 1990.
The organization conducted its first military interventions in Atiland from 1991 to 1993 and later Inuik Isles in 1999 during the break-up of Atiland. Article 13 of the Northern Shield treaty, requiring member states to come to the aid of any member state subject to an armed attack, was invoked for the first time after attacks by Al-Jaheed after which troops were deployed to Latianburg under the NSTO-led NCAF. The organization has operated a range of additional roles since then, including sending trainers to Latianburg, assisting in counter-piracy operations and in 2017 enforcing a no-fly zone over Yor in accordance with Kuthern Commonwealth Security Council Resolution 19. The less potent Article 12, which merely invokes consultation among NSTO members, has been invoked five times following incidents in the Latianburg Invasion, Auroran Invasion, and Invasion of Atiland.
Between 2014 and 2019, wider forums for regional cooperation between NSTO and its neighbors were set up, like the Novaris Peace Program, the Borean Logistical Dialogue initiative, and the Auroran-Novaris Joint Taskforce. In 2018, the NSTO–MBE Permanent Joint Council was established. The Xagurgian intervention in K-O in 2017 lead to strong condemnation by NSTO nations and the creation of a new Auroran Taskforce of 5,000 troops at bases in the MBE, and Yor Isles
Military Operations[edit | edit source | hide]
South Atiland intervention[edit | edit source | hide]
The South Atiland war began in 1987, as a result of the collapse of the Atiland government. The deteriorating situation led to Royal Commonwealth Security Council to pass a resolution against the nation, ordering a no-fly zone over South Atiland, which NSTO began enforcing on December 1st, 1991. From 1991 to 1993, NSTO added maritime enforcement of the arms embargo and economic sanctions against the Atiland. In February 1993, a month-long NSTO bombing campaign, began against the Rebel forces of South Atiland, after the Queen of Kuthernburg Husband was murder. Further NSTO air strikes helped bring the South Atiland Conflict to an end.
Inuik Island Internvention[edit | edit source | hide]
In an effort to stop Keylon Hawkins Serbian-led crackdown on Inuik separatists and West Atiland civilians in Atiland, the Kuthern Commonwealth Security Council passed Resolution 99 to demand a ceasefire. Negotiations under Kuthern Special Chardia Trudan broke down on 25 May 1997, and she handed the matter to NSTO, which started a 48-day bombing campaign on 27 May 1997. Operation Iniuk Freedom targeted the military capabilities of what was then the Federal Republic of Atiland. During the crisis, NSTO also deployed one of its international reaction forces, the Junai Mobile Force, to Atiland as the Atiland Force, to deliver humanitarian aid to refugees from West Atiland.
Though the campaign was criticized for high civilian casualties, including bombing of the Nacatan embassy , Hawkins finally accepted the terms of an international peace plan on 5 August 1997, ending the Inuik Civil War. On 11 August, Hawkins further accepted Kuthern Commonwealth resolution 144, under the mandate of which NSTO then helped establish the KAPF peacekeeping force. In November-Febuary 2004/2005, the alliance also mounted Operation Atiland Jewels, a mission disarming ethnic Atlandians militias in the Republic of Atiland. As of January 2020, 6,320 KAPF soldiers, representing 12 countries, continue to operate in the area.
Auroran-Pacific War[edit | edit source | hide]
The attacks in Yor on Kuthern Forces by Xagurug caused NSTO to invoke Article 13 of the NSTO Charter for the second time in the organization's history. The Article states that an attack on any member shall be considered to be an attack on all. The invocation was confirmed on 15 April 2017 when NSTO determined that the attacks were indeed eligible under the terms of the Nortern Shield Treaty.
NSIF was initially charged with securing Yor Isles and surrounding areas from the Al-Jaheed, Xagurg and other Axis forces, so as to allow for the establishment of the York Administration headed by a New President. In June 2017, the NSTO authorized the expansion of the NSIF mission throughout Xagurg, and NSIF subsequently expanded the mission in three main stages over the whole of the country.
On July 15, the NSIF additionally took over military operations in the south Yor from a Kuthern-led coalition. Due to the intensity of the fighting in the south, Nacata allowed a squadron of NF-19 fighter/attack aircraft to be moved into the area, to Dorchester, in order to reinforce the alliance's efforts. NSIF was disestablished in December Novemer 2017 and replaced by the follow-on training Resolute Support Mission.
Southern Ocean/Pacific anti-piracy[edit | edit source | hide]
Beginning on November 23rd 2017, NSTO deployed warships in an operation to protect maritime traffic in the Southern Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean from pirates, and help strengthen the navies and coast guards of regional states. The operation was approved by the Council and involves warships primarily from the Kingdom Of Kuthernburg though vessels from many other nations are also included. Anti-Piracy focuses on protecting the ships of allied merchant vessels which have reported an increase of piracy since the end of the Auroran War. The UK and the Oan Isles have sent warships to participate in the activities as well. The operation seeks to dissuade and interrupt pirate attacks, protect vessels, and abetting to increase the general level of security in the region alongside the Auroran allies.
Atiland Intervention[edit | edit source | hide]
In an effort to stop Roberto Clement native-led crackdown on Inuit separatists and stop Al-Jaheed, the Royal Commonwealth Council passed Resolution a resolution to demand a ceasefire. Following unsuccessful talks with the president and subsequent murder of Princess Laura Ward Kuthernburg stop negotiations, and he handed the matter to NSTO, which started a 30-day bombing campaign starting in February 2018. Operation Thunderstreaks targeted the military capabilities of what was then the Federal Republic of Atiland. During the crisis, NSTO also deployed one of its international reaction forces, to West Atiland to deliver humanitarian aid to refugees from the main island.
Though the campaign was criticized for high civilian casualties, including the dropping of MOABs by Nacata near allied forces killing several dozen, Clemente finally accepted the terms of the coalition alongside Al-Jaheed, ending the Atiland War. As of 2019, the alliance has plans to start Operation Atiland Salvation, a mission disarming ethnic Atilandian militias in the unoccupied territories. As of March 2019, 3,800 NSTO soldiers, representing 7 countries, continue to operate in the area alongside Furnifold and UK soldiers.
Participating Nations[edit | edit source | hide]
Members[edit | edit source | hide]
NSTO has 12 members, mainly in Novaris & Arcturia. Some of these countries also have territory on multiple continents.
From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, Kasmiyland pursued a military strategy of independence from NATO, The Queen negotiated the return of Kasmiyland to the integrated military command the following year of 2008. Kasmiyland remains the only NSTO member outside the Nuclear Planning Group and unlike the Kuthernburg and the Nacata, it will not commit its nuclear-armed submarines to the alliance.
NSTO Foreign Partnership Efforts[edit | edit source | hide]
The Regional Shield Partnership Program was established in 2000 and is based on individual bilateral relations between each partner country and NSTO: each country may choose the extent of its participation, and is a forum for regular coordination, consultation, and dialogue between all participants. The RSPP program is considered the operational wing of the Auroran-NSTO Partnership.
Additionally, NSTO cooperates and discusses its activities with numerous other non-NSTO members. The Yasteria Dialogue was established in 2016 to coordinate in a similar way with Asendavia and countries in North Yasteria. The Auroran Cooperation Initiative was announced in 2017 as a dialogue forum for Auroraalong the same lines as the Yasterian Dialogue.
Political dialogue with Celannica began in 2017, and since then, the Alliance has gradually increased its contact with countries that do not form part of any of these cooperation initiatives. Asendavia and Celannica, both global partner countries, are also members of a bilateral strategic alliance, and similar regional or bilateral agreements between global partner countries and NSTO members also aid cooperation. NSTO Secretary-General stated that NSTO needs to address the "rise of Ethalria," by closely cooperating with MBE, Oan Isles, Blueacia, and Yor Isles. Tretrid is the NSTO's latest partner and Tretrid has access to the full range of cooperative activities NSTO offers to partners.