Knootian International Stabilisation Treaty
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The Knootian International Stabilisation Treaty (KIST) is a broad trade treaty started by the nation of Knootoss. The goal of the treaty is to establish a framework in which nations can trade according to their own preferences to the mutual benefit of all.
Knootian International Stabilisation Treaty
Trade – for as long as sentient beings have roamed the NS earth they have traded. Ancient trade routes were the veins that carried the lifeblood that sustained the body of civilisation. Today, trade is becoming increasingly important as mobility increases and industries become more specialised. The economy is globalising; this creates new opportunities and new challenges, but also the need for more interdependency. Not only does this bring economic benefit: trade can often a guarantee for more lasting peace and stability.
There are different approaches to international trade – free trade has been the traditional view to maximise total welfare. By removing tariff barriers, competition becomes more fair and the total welfare is increased. More recently, ‘fair trade’ as a concept has become popular amongst several governments. Environmental and social regulations are key to this approach, and tariffs may be considered necessary to protect sensitive industries. Other, more planned economies may only wish to act on their specific needs but still need reliable partners.
It is in this environment that the Dutch Democratic Republic of Knootoss seeks to bring together nations of all kinds, based not on political ideals but on the will to find commonalities through which we can mutually benefit. It seeks a broad treaty that is not a military alliance of incompatible states, or a small club of closely-knit nations.
Goal of the Treaty
The goal of the Knootian International Stabilisation Treaty (KIST) is to establish a framework in which nations can trade according to their own preferences to the mutual benefit of all.
The treaty is for a flexible, open-end approach to trade, that still provides some stability for the signatory nations. The treaty does not seek to restrict nations and curtail their sovereignty, not does it push for domestic economic reform in any direction.
Basic treaty requirements
To this end signatories of the treaty:
Levels of participation
Signatories to the treaty can choose to participate in trade at several levels
The KIST can help you find national partners for fair trade with nations committed to similar ideals, but it can also open up new markets as well as gain you new products. Your fair trade products can be exported to KIST partners even if they do not mandate similar standards; economic research has shown that there is a viable market for ‘fair’ products. More importantly however, the KIST treaty can open up new avenues for fair trade abroad: while not all companies in a nation may produce according to your standards, some no doubt will and these can be viable partners for your imports. In fact, because of these imports you are contributing to the spread of fair trading practices in companies of other KIST partners!
If desired, signatory nations can take protectionist measures such as instituting tariffs against signatories with a different level of participation to prevent unfair competition. (For example: import tariffs against a planned economy signatory subsidising exports to a ‘free trade’ signatory nation.) Such measures not enforced however and national governments can make their own arrangements in this regard within treaty stipulations.
Optional: Cultural exchange and student exchange programmes
Bilateral treaties – for a flexible treaty system
The general rules of the treaty are broad rules which do not have to fit every specific situation: many signatories will no doubt already have running agreements that they may wish to retain.
The principle of "lex specialis derogat legi generali" applies here. A special treaty between signatory nations or groups of signatory nations has prevalence over general rules as laid out in this treaty. (“Special” means that it specifically applies to the special trade situation between KIST signatories or a KIST signatory and non-members)
Boycotts and sanctions
Economic boycotts between signatory nations are not recommended; the treaty calls for nations to attempt to resolve their differences diplomatically. However sometimes a political crisis can make such a situation inevitable. In this case nations experiencing the political crisis are strongly advised to attempt to reach an agreement themselves. (“Special agreements”, as stated before have prevalence over general regulations even if the special agreement is a mutual embargo.)
Should states be unable to reach even such an agreement then exceptions may be requested by any signatory nation; such a request is to be judged by a neutral body of experts from other signatory nations. To prevent excessive use of economic sanctions as a policy tool, exceptions from the rule that a bilateral agreement has been reached may only be requested in severe cases for:
Trade disputes may be judged by a body of neutral experts from all nations. This body shall have its office in The Hague and shall be funded by dividing the nominal operating costs between signatory nations to ensure its impartiality. Mediators and judges will be hired from experts in all signatory nations. ((Most of this is abstracted though. Your everyday minor dispute over specific tax cuts for the tomato industry in a nation. Not really worth Rping out unless you feel like it.
Relations with other economic treaties
The KIST will seek to join up with other (free) trade agreements such as the Martian Free Trade Agreement and other treaties currently existing and yet to be created so as to further expand the possibilities of the treaty.
A list of signatories to the KIST can be found here. Below is a wikified version of that list: