Breisland–Varkana relations

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Breisland–Varkana relations refers to the diplomatic and economic relations between the Federal Republic of Breisland and the Fourth Republic of Varkana. Both countries established diplomatic relations on 15 December 1840. Diplomatic relations were cut off after the January Revolution in 1882 and were reinstated in 1948 after the Great Adonian War and the establishment of the Third Republic of Varkana. Post-war relations between the two countries improved significantly until the later years of the government of Inga Korsantia, who was overthrown by a coup organized by pro-Breislandic elements within the Military of Varkana and aided by the Federal Intelligence Service (BND). This was followed by an era of very close alliance and friendship between Ioseb Jugashvili's regime and the Breislandic government, Varkana being one of Breisland's closest allies, which was in turn followed by a dramatic reversal and disagreement between the two countries after the return of democracy and the revelations concerning Korsantia's assassination and the BND's direct involvement. Khatia Ochiauri cut off diplomatic relations. There was an escalation of tension during the Kastrunetian Civil War as both countries interfered on opposite sides. Relations were normalized again under President David Lordkipanidze and Prime Minister Helmut Bäumler. Relations with Breisland have strained following the Varkan revolution in 2000 and the New Anticapitalist Party's rule but were generally positive under the premiership of Stanislav Riabokon. However, the relations deteriorated sharply under President Giorgi Latso, whose administration has been heavily critical of Breislandic global influence. Gerhard Klepper has also been very critical of Varkana since becoming Prime Minister and has imposed sanctions on Varkana following the disclosure of the Varkan chemical weapons program. Klepper described Varkana as a "splinter in [the] hand Breisland extends to the Mesogean".

Country comparison

Early relations

Communist era

Great Adonian War

Varkan covert operations inside Breisland

Varkan Campaign

Occupation of Varkana

Post-war relations

1967–1975: Lamprecht administration

Korsantia socialism

Coup and military Junta

1975–1992: Wernicke administration

1981: Mesogean integration

Kastrunetian Civil War (1981–89)

1992–1999: Domröse administration

Normalization of relations

1999–2003: Bäumler administration

Varkan revolution

Varkan financial crisis

2003–2009: Riabokon administration

Attempts at rapprochement

2009–present: Klepper administration

Varkan chemical weapons program

Arms embargo and diplomatic sanctions

Economic relations

Trade between Breisland and Varkana reached ₭4.15 billion in 2016, making Breisland one of Varkana's largest trading partners outside the Mesogean Economic Area. Comparatively, Varkana represents an insignificant share of Breisland's considerably larger trade figures. Varkan exports to Breisland include trains, motor vehicles, aluminum, lithium, pharmaceuticals, and food products. Breislandic exports to Varkana include finished goods such as clothing and footwear, as well as machinery and tools, electronics, and pharmaceuticals.

Cultural relations

Cinema

Luka Bessarnidze is a prominent Varkan director established in Breisland. U/C

Sport

Varkan footballers are commonplace in the Breisliga and the Breislandic football structure. Several Varkan players have won the Breisliga in recent seasons including Badri Basilaia and Davide Basilaia with VfB Velden or Vakhtang Dogonadze and Xherdan Chiaureli with Eintracht Remscheid. However, it is rare to see Breislandic players in the Pirveli Divizionis although there have been some.

There are also prominent Breislandic rugby players in the Liga 1, Varkana's top tier rugby union league.

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