Lisbon Accords of 1724

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By Rob Pierce

In 1731 (T201), a multi-national conference was convened in Lisbon to reach a set of international standards in the areas of measures, weights, machine sizes and so on. This is a national-level project that will require you to complete the Lisbon Accord Standards Project if you wish to take advantage of the accord. This involves nearly every level of your society and will then place your nation on a par (standards-wise anyway), with the other advanced powers.

Nations that have completed the Lisbon Accords Standards Project will have compatible rail-lines, shipping containers, yogurt flavors, wheel and gear sizes, ammunition calibers, gun barrels, measures of distance, time, weight, mass and volume. Despite a vigorous attempt by the Swedish, English and Occitanian delegates, Norman was not adopted as the international language of Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Nations and Companies that do conform to the Lisbon standards include:

Nations and Companies are working to conform to the Lisbon standards include:

The History

Still to be written.

The Newsfaxes

1731-1732 (T201)
Kiev: A delegation was sent off to the Lisbon Conference.

AEIC: Finally, Korsas Kuklone arrived at the Lisbon Conference with two zeppelins in two (the Baklovakia and the Crusader) and spent quite a bit of Company cash on dinners for the delegates. The Company had a few ideas about what standards should be adopted!

Sweden: Nearly the entire Ministry of Natural Philosophy was packed up from Riga and shipped down to Lisbon, forming the backbone of the huge multi-national effort otherwise known as the Lisbon Conference.

Britain: Elderly princess Alice, who had been rather daring in her rescues of Swedish refugees from the Ice-bound coast of Norway, completed her relief mission with the delivery of tens of thousands of the poor wights to Morocco. Her niece, Margaret, represented the United Kingdoms at the Lisbon conference.

Denmark: In addition to sending a pack of natural philosophers to the Lisbon Conference, Claudia reinstated her grandmother's Empress Zoë Chess Conference (once again held yearly, in the Royal Pavilion in Venice). This year an English lad won.

Nörsktrad: The House also hosted the Lisbon conference, which intended to do nothing less than implement standard weights, measures and specifications for time, distance, mass, nuts, bolts, wrenches, weapon calibers and ammunition types, railroad gauges and currency. Dr. Olesson (inventor of the Olesson Steam Engine) opened the conference, addressing scientists and attendees from England, the Commonwealth, Albanian East India Co., Kiev, Poland, Swedish-Russia, Denmark, Occitania (the hosts), Libya, the Duchy of the Isles and the Papacy.

The conference proceeded under very heavy security, with each delegate assigned an Occitanian man-at-arms to protect him. Several regiments of Imperial Guards also protected the meeting halls and served as riot-control. Due to the international nature of the conference, very large crowds were drawn - most of them outraged at the support of the international community for the "slave-holding Libyan dogs!" A lone Carthaginian delegate was denied entrance to the conference.

The Lisbon Conference ended with a mixed message - an agreement on standards had been reached for many things, save currency (which was ignored and then dropped from the agenda) and a heavy 'standards document' that promised to take years and a great deal of money to implement. On the last day, the closing speech given by Empress Teresa was interrupted by a gang of young Swedish, Polish and English delegates who took over the podium and unveiled a "Free Carthage" banner. Security troops charged the stage and a brawl erupted.

When word reached the huge crowds in the streets that the young scientists had been arrested and at least two of them shot dead[1], wholesale rioting erupted throughout Lisbon.

(1) A later inquest revealed the Empress Teresa had shot her way out of the mob, killing two and wounding six. When questioned about this, the Empress showed no regret and made disparaging comments about the young men.

Occitania: Emperor Reynard was quite displeased to be rousted from an afternoon game of whist to find the streets of his capital filled with rioting mobs of students and abolitionists. The Imperial Guards in the capital suppressed the riots within the day, leaving hundreds dead, but this only outraged the Emperor more. "This is a modern country!" He thundered to a jumbled collection of student leaders, the Libyan ambassador, the organizers of the Lisbon Conference, etc. "We do not settle our differences in the street, with bricks and stones!" Teresa was not in attendance at the browbeating, having escaped the riot unharmed, but then suffering a nasty face wound in an "undescribed" domestic incident.

Only a few days after the rioting had died down, and while the scholars, scientists and clerks attendant upon the Lisbon Conference had begun to leave, the sleep of the good citizens of the city was violently broken by the crack of rifles and the boom of cannon on Il Prado - the high cliff-like hill holding the Qualeuz palace. The citizens, fearing a return of the rioting, wisely stayed indoors. The next morning, when the burghers went out to begin their business, they found the national flags at half-mast.

Emperor Reynard was dead.

A statement followed, posted to the church-doors and in the central market:

My husband, God take and hold his Soul safe until the day of Judgment, for then it will be truly judged by the holder of the scales of justice, has died. While my son, Walter, is not of his majority, I will rule, as your Empress and Queen. Teresa de Cortez

As Reynard had been an old man, and not well-loved, the common people sighed in relief and the nobles looked the other way. The late Emperor, however, had no funeral, or period of mourning and the lowered flags flew high on the masts the next day. Indeed, they were now joined on each capstan by the family banner of the ancient and noble De Cortez[2].

(2) Some may remember that when Teresa was a young woman, her father had been murdered by Reynard, who had ursurped the throne and taken her - against her will - as his wife at a very tender age.

1733-1734 (T202)
Hosogawa: At Shigo's command, the kingdom began to implement - sporadically and in fits and starts - the newfangled Western ideas of the Lisbon Accord.

Britain: The Parliament, at [Cromwell's] stringent urging, adopted the Lisbon Accords and the government began implementing a wide-ranging and thorough effort to "get the nation up to speed!"

Nörsktrad: Johannes struggled to keep quite a number of projects afloat - the Company started to implement the Lisbon Accords, while also trying to ramp up steam engine production and a number of other interesting diversions.

1735-1736 (T203)
AEIC: The Lisbon Accords implementation project was completed - on time and on budget, thank you.

Azteca: [Trákonel's] own ministers embarked on the seemingly-never-ending ISO certification process called the Lisbon Accords.

Bolivia: [Joao Mascate] set his ministers [...] to the implementation of the Lisbon Accords.

1737-1738 (T204)
Tokugawa: Determined not to fall behind their peers, either in Asia or the Amerikas, the Shongunal government invested enormous sums in completing the Lisbon Accords. Though many years remained until every workshop, pottery kiln and shipyard in Japan was in conformity, the people would not rest until they had satisfied this demand upon their honor!

Poland: A government ministry was established to implement the Lisbon Accords, at least, as soon as they could find a copy of the darned things!

Three Isles: The Empress directed many improvements throughout her realm, as well as the adoption of the Lisbon Accords wherever practicable.

RSA: Work began on implementing the Lisbon Accords.

Bolivia: Unlike everyone else, the Bolivians scrabbled around to find a few drachmas to put together so they could try and implement these Lisbon Accord rules.

1739-1740 (T205)
Mali Ax: Work also continued in every workshop, office and palace to adopt the queer, non-traditional and annoyingly Eurocentric Lisbon Conventions.

Nisei: Work also began on translating the voluminous Lisbon Accords documents (which grew larger with each nation completing implementation) into Japanese.

Bolivia: Work continued on the Lisbon Accords, in a sputtering, half-hearted way. There was just too much to do for messing about with standard sizes of glass canning jars.

1741-1742 (T206)
AR&F: Work began on several new factories in Rostov, as well as the implementation of the Lisbon Accords throughout the company offices.

Tabor: Work also continued at Tabor (and in all of the chapter-houses and monasteries throughout the land) to implement the Lisbon Accords.

Mali Ax: Efforts to break down the intricate system of tribal clans also continued, as did work on the Lisbon accords.

Maasai: Work continued on the highway over the Mountains of the Moon, and a government office was established to guide implementing the Lisbon Accords.

Afriqa Co.: Determined not to be left behind (and to leverage their relationship with the Republic), the [HAC] announced commencement of a Lisbon Accords initiative.

Shawnee: The Empress ordered her fawning and crawling minions to get to work on this "Lisbon Accord business".

1743-1744 (T207)
Borang: A national effort to implement the Lisbon Accords began.

Franks: The Archon decided that the Commonwealth had studied this matter of the Lisbon Accords things long enough and set about finding the funds and manpower to abide by the Accord's strictures.

Azteca: Efforts were sustained to acquire the proper sized bolt cutters as mandated by the Lisbon Accords.

1747-1748 (T209)
Azteca: Work continued on standardizing the corn-bins to the proper Lisbon-Accord-Mandated-Size.

1749-1750 (T210)
Islamic Union: In Mosul, financed by large amounts of Persian gold, the Union was able to ensure that all sheep in the state matched the Lisbon Accords standard of fleeciness.

1751-1752 (T211)
Maasai: Work also progressed, mostly at the enormously expanded university, on implementing all of the agreements, procedures and recommendations of the Lisbon Accords.

Arapaho: Efforts began to implement the Lisbon Accords, though the chiefs in charge of the project immediately appropriated the gold and clerks who were supposed to be conducting a census.

1753-1754 (T212)
Franks: Amid general celebration, the Archon presided over a dual ceremony in Paris - one to mark the completion of the Commonwealth's implementation of the Lisbon Accords, and one to announce the opening of a new highway between Tours and Brest.

RSA: The Senate celebrated the completion of the Lisbon Accords, on time and on budget, which was something of a rarity, given the cost overruns on the railroad.

1757-1758 (T214)
Maasai: Implementation of the Lisbon Accords was also completed (in stark comparison to the railroad it was on-time and on-budget).

1761-1762 (T216)
Shawnee: Her ministers did report, however, that the primary tenets of the Lisbon Accords had, indeed, been implemented throughout her realm.

Last updated: 18 June 2003

© 2003 Robert Pierce

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