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Senior

FWIW, I chanced onto a podcast these days that pointed out that according to Article XI of the Outer Space Treaty - or more specifically Article 5 Item 3 of the Moon Treaty, for the few nations that signed it -, a First Contact situation is officially supposed to be reported to the UNSG.

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Wouter215

Protagonistan, specifically Gen. Bahin himself reported the aliens to the UN in 109-114.

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To some UN panel loosely resembling the UNSC, yes. However, back then, I wasn't aware that large parts of the area Protagonistan is located in are under an obligation to notify the UNSG. Who is technically required to inform the world in turn.

(Corrected links that somehow got broken in my original post: Outer Space Treaty, Moon Treaty.)

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So both General Bahin and the Major have offices with no anterooms, but a window in the door. With people they're trying to keep in the dark (Iskra) walking the corridors ... at least the General does stick to the Clean Desk Policy ...

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To be fair, this site was built in a rush.

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JoB

Yes. And doors without an inset window are cheaper and easier to come by, or to cut to a nonstandard frame size.

I would instantly believe that the walls are far from soundproof, except for a few (very few) dedicated top-tier meeting rooms, considering that nobody expected to have UN representatives on site, but I'd think that intransparent doors and a small safe to keep confidential files in should be a given for the top brass.

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Considering the time that has passed I'd be amazed if the U.N. isn't already aware. Or rather, a select security committee of the U.N. who are in on all this. My guess would be that the current orders are to simply keep observing and give "Protagistan" a chance to cease the "stonewalling" and work with them again.

The Major is correct though. By revealing the presence of the aliens and situation to the U.N. council and committing to work with the agency formed by the committee, they have made promises they are now breaking which will impact trust on both this and other instances. They are in possession of everything and in the position to fully tell the U.N. committee what they will and won't allow so it would have made more sense just to outright refuse to work with them or to agree to much less interference or

oversight.

Major asks the important question. What is the point? What do they stand to gain by refusing co-operation they themselves agreed to?

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Wouter215

Are any of those national flags in Gen. Bahins office or just Rank and Unit flags?

And while the Major personally informing the General about the goings on with the UN-Agents is fine, isn't the complaining about international relations overstepping a bit?

Love the special "Red Phone" on Gen. Bahins desk.

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Darth_Biomech

One is of the military branch Bahin is part of, the other is national emblem.

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tully

"When the red phone rings....RUN !"

Nah...One is Internal use / Secure for eavesdropping and the other considered compromised by default.

2 different networks with vastly different OpSec tech behind it.

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Wilson

Whether the major is overstepping probably depends on his relationship with the general. If they know each other well enough, and share enough mutual respect, it might be fine. And it might also depend on the culture.






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