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United States United States Cordial Criticism
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Stable Good
Flag of Belgium Belgium Good Cordial
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands Good Cordial
Flag of Russia Russian Federation Tensed Good
Flag of South Africa South Africa Stable Good
Flag of Romania Romania Stable Good
Flag of Canada Canada Good Good
22PX-F~4 Scandinavia Good Okay
22px-Flag of Lithuania svg 22px-Flag of Estonia svg 22px-Flag of Latvia svg Baltic States Good Okay
Flag of Mexico Mexico Stable Bad
Flag of Germany Germany Good Good
Flag of France France Stable Criticism
Jamaican Embassy

The Jamaican Embassy

The Foreign relations of Lovia are the relations of Lovia with other nations worldwide. Lovia has a good to stable relationship with almost all other nation in the world. This is mainly due to the neutrality that Lovia maintains in major conflicts, only stressing human rights without picking sides. Since long the minimalist Lovian foreign policy has been determined by an isolationist attitude, but more recently some officials have been advocating a more involved attitude by tighter relations with other nations and giving more aid to third world countries. Recently, a Charter on Foreign Relations has been issued in which the core values that Lovia seeks to represent in the world are written down. The charter is in fact a reworked version of the Constitution.

Oversight Edit

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The Charter on Foreign Relations

Because many Lovians are of American descent, including several Founding Fathers who played a most important role in early Lovian history, the relation between Lovia and the United States of America is a very cordial one. The same can be said for Great Britain, which has a fairly good relationship with Lovia too. The Lovian people speak English and consider Lovia to be a part of the western world. Several aspects of the Lovian foreign policy have been determined by this relationship to the Anglo-Saxon world; examples are the isolationist view, the liberal approach to world trade and the advocation of liberal and democratic values in general. These marks are often described as Lovia's 'American heritage'.

Lovia has remained isolationist for the bigger part of its history, only establishing big trade treaties after the Second World War and never directly interfere with another nation's policy. Most Lovians like to think global and consider themselves to be 'citizens of the world'. These views are an inherent part of the Lovian society which is a mixture of various cultural backgrounds. This attitude goes so far that Lovian diplomats often consider themselves to be more close to the host nation then to Lovia itself. Another early example of this way of thinking was Sir John Lashawn, who requested his ashes to be scattered across international waters after his death so that he would finally be 'a global human being'.

Importance of economy Edit

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Signing of a trade agreement

Lovia has long had an isolationistic policy, and trusted on its own economy, mainly based on agriculture. Since the 1970s, this sector has decreased in importance, and nowadays Lovia searches for more cooperation with other countries in research and development. The main trade partners for Lovia are the United States, New Zealand and several states in Latin America. The Lovian government also has imposed boycotts on several products of which the profit is proven to be used to fund oppression, war or terrorism. Examples are Israeli goods, Iranian oil and honey from Yemen. The boycotts are however only partial, meaning that those products are still available on the market. They are however imported at higher tax rates and the public sector is forbidden to make use of them. Most of these boycotts came as a reaction on the public outcry after the Gaza war of late 2008, early 2009.

Notable is the fact that Lovia doesn't take part in the US boycott of the Cuban foreign trade. Lovian officials insist that the human right standards in Cuba are apart from the lack of democracy fairly good. Cuba has after all several large deals in the fair trade sector, which is heavily promoted in Lovia.

Importance of religion Edit

Lovians are mainly atheist or Christian. However, Lovia respects in general Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist countries as well as many other, smaller religions. State and religion in Lovia is firmly devided in Lovia and the members of the royal family do not openly speak of their religious motivation, all this to insure religion does not interfere with the law. This attitude has a double effect on nations whose policy is heavily influenced by religion; Lovia is often praised for its freedom and understanding but on the other hand never regarded as a trusted partner. Some lobbies from the United States that have ties with religious affiliations have tried to infiltrate the Lovian politics in the past, but without much success.

Notable relations by region Edit

United States Edit

United States Embassy

The United States Embassy

The relations between Lovia and the United States has always been good, although Lovia criticizes some aspects of the United States culture such as the gun lobby, the gun laws, the death penalty and the foreign policy of the United States. Culturally, however, Lovia is very much like the United States and the influence of American culture in Lovia is obvious. Lovians watch American movies, read American books and eat American dishes. Lovian cuisine is quite similar to American cuisine. The influence of the States on Lovian foreign policy is visible in various elements such as isolationism, anti-colonialism and international free trade.

In recent years the opposition towards the Lovian-US relationship has grown, portraying Lovia as a 'little USA' and attacking the core values of American society. The critique on US policy has however been around from the beginning, questioning the colonial relationship with the Philippines and the aggressive establishment of foreign markets in Asia and Latin America. Later on several Lovian officials commented on the betrayal of the isolationist views after the Second World War and the instrumentation of war for geopolitical and economic ends.

Benelux Edit

The Benelux countries, and especially the Dutch-speaking parts, are of great importance to Lovia. There is a notable Dutch community in Lovia and the Lovian royal family shares a common Belgian ancestor. Dutch, though not an official language, is spoken often by important Lovians on informal occasions. Next to the American culture, the Belgian and Dutch ones certainly are the most influential. Due to this, the relation between Lovia and the Benelux countries has always been fine; Lovia and those nations are very like-minded. The only dispute was the anti-colonial stance of Lovia during the Dutch war with Indonesia (1949) and the criticism on the Belgian colonial policy in Congo.

A region deserving special attention is Limburg. Although not legally a country and divided over Belgium and the Netherlands, nonetheless its influence on the Lovian culture is noticeable. The Lovian state of Oceana, where a unique mixture of Limburgish, Slovak and English (with elements of Dutch) is spoken, is the most obvious example. Their cuisine has also greatly been influenced by the Limburgish one.

Russia Edit

Russian officials visiting Novosevensk

Russian officials in Novosevensk

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, the relationship between Russia and Lovia has been stable but nonetheless filled with tension. Lovia has a small Russian community in Novosevensk and cultural exchanges take place between the two countries every year. Former prime Minister Yuri Medvedev, Minister of Foreign Affairs Semyon Breyev, and a number of other are also of Russian descent. The diplomatic relationship with Russia has been eventful, with many incidents involving Lovian criticism on the corruption and the lack of respect for human rights. Specifically, the wars in Georgia and Chechnya have been the subject of debate.

The latest controversy in the Lovian-Russian relationship is the position of the communist party in Lovia. Medvedev's rise to power has sparked off a large amount of debate in Russia. Some of the remaining communists are happy that their ideology partially survives in the West, but non-communist Russians are generally alarmed at Lovia's political situation. Medvedev has always insisted that his policies are very different to those of the Bolshevist regime.

South Africa Edit

Lovia has been known to criticize the South-African apartheid policy and currently criticizes the corruption of the government under president Jacob Zuma. Lovia also criticizes South-African polygamy (Zuma has several wives himself) which it sees as being 'degrading to women'. However, Lovia has a small population of South Africans (Afrikaners) living in Sofasi (Hessel Doorian being amongst the most famous). Several Lovian notables, including former prime Minister Yuri Medvedev, give however credit to the ANC for what they did and argue that the current failure is mainly the fault of the 'western countries' who issued economic pressure on the regime when it became too progressive.

Romania Edit

The relationship between Romania and Lovia has always been stable. In general there is a cordial understanding between the two nations but this is mainly because of the Lovian population of Romanian descent. A lot of Lovians are of Romanian background and speak the Romanian language. The cultural influence of Romania is most noticable in Oceana. Though the cultural understanding between Lovia and Romania is strong, the diplomacy goes rather stiff when it comes to welfare issues or corruption.

Canada Edit

Immigrants from Canada have come to Lovia since its founding. Canadian-Lovians are nowadays most concentrated in Malipa, a neighborhood of Newhaven. In 1965, the Canadian prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, a liberal who introduced Universal Health Care to Canada and created the "Maple Leaf" flag officially visited Lovia, meeting King Arthur III of Lovia, and discussed a possible peace treaty that would later be signed in 1977. Besides the Netherlands and Belgium, Canada is Lovia's closest ally. In Malipa there is a large statue of Pearson and Arthur shaking hands.

Nordic countries (Scandinavia) Edit

Scandinavian Embassies

The Scandinavian Embassies

The Nordic Countries have had some influence on Lovia's history, particularly in the earliest period. Founding Father Ole Nielsen was Danish, and up until 1900 Scandinavians formed a very significant proportion of the Northern Lovian population. These days Scandinavian-Lovians are well-assimilated into Lovian culture due to their status as one of the oldest minorities, and form perhaps a couple of percent of the total population. Scandinavian countries share with Lovia a long progressive tradition which draws citizens of the two regions together. Lovia has particularly strong relations with the Insel Islands, a Swedish-speaking wikination in the North Sea, and both are members of the International Wiki Organisation.

Mexico Edit

Mexico and Lovia have always had a strained relationship. As in the United States, Mexican immigrants illegally come to Lovia too, though not in such large numbers due to the isolation of the islands and poor transport links. In 1997 and 2005 immigration trials took place in Seven, and in 2006 Mexico's president Vicente Fox put a embargo on Lovian products, which was however reversed by Mexico's congress three months later when Felipe Calderon became president. In 2008 Mexico and Lovia signed a small trade act between the two countries, but they have not had much contact since, and the Lovian people tend to have a negative view of the country.

Germany Edit

Germany used to have a strained relationship with Lovia. Before WWII the two countries had a small trade agreement and some diplomatic exchanges, but afterwards, however, Germany cut all ties with Lovia. In the 1950s, Lovia sent ambassadors and workers to help rebuild the country. Now-a-days the countries work well with each other.

France Edit

China Edit

Although relations were strained during the Cold War era, today Sino-Lovian relations have considerably improved, with trade between both countries rapidly expanding during the 1990s and 2000s. Lovia does however express concern over human rights violations, but is rarely vocal in expressing these concerns, due to its broadly neutral foreign policy position. There was considerable controversy when a visit by the Dalai Lama to Lovia in 2006 was cancelled at the last minute by the Lovian government, with many in Lovia seeing this as evidence of the government bowing to Chinese pressure.

Italy/San Marino/Vatican City Edit

Italy and San Marino are of major economic importance to Lovia, while the Vatican City is of major religious importance to Lovia.

Spain Edit

Iran Edit

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The Iranian embassy

While adhering to an official position of neutrality on the issue of Iran's nuclear program, Lovia has urged Iran to co-operate with UN weapons inspectors and advocates a peaceful solution to the crisis. Lovia is neutral on the case of the Phaluhm - Iran proxy conflict

Israel Edit

Israel embassy in Lovia

The Israeli embassy

The country has been known to have peaceful relations with Lovia, and supplied hundreds of equipment for the Lovian National Army in the Burenian invasion of Lovia.

Lovian citizens made a minor fit when Israel threatened to nuke Burenia over the invasion, but they backed down on the idea.

North-Korea Edit

DPRK embassy in Lovia

North Korean embassy

North Korea has been known to import products to Lovia, such as Taedonggang beer, coal, crabs, seafood, and even frozen food. A Pyongyang restaurant is located in the village of Feltmolen, located in a converted mansion.

Lovia is neutral on North Korea's human rights policies and nuclear programs and tests.

West-Bank\Gaza\Palestinian authority Edit

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Hamas embassy in Lovia, hosted in a tent city on Noble City's outskirts (Hamas flag not pictured)

Lovia is neutral on Hamas' occupation of the Gaza strip.

Tibet Edit

Philip Bradly-Lashawn is a major advocate for the rights of the Tibetan people and is known to be a personal friend of the 13th Dalai Lama. Several prominent Lovians are strongly in favour of recognizing Tibet as an independent nation in its own right.

Most however, do not want to recognize Tibet as it would seriously harm the relations with China, which is of major economic importance to Lovia.

Japan Edit

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Japanese embassy in Lovia, located in the former Fitchburg Theater at 11 Marine Avenue in the Old Harbor neighborhood of Lovia

Immigrants from Japan have come to Xiandu and other locations, particularly during the World War II era.

See also Edit

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