The Northern Coast Shipping and Trading Co. Proposal. Tonight the Duchess and I discussed the formation of an Alliance Merchant and Trading Federation. The Northern Coast Shipping and Trading Co. The concept began as a plan to have all Alliance Merchants (e.g. Cleopatra Selene, Tarwyn Runeblade, et. al.) friended to the All Public Forges and Crafting Halls in Dawn and Avalon. It evolved from there. The Northern Coast wouldn't be an actual 'Guild' - each character would retain his or her prior Citizenship (Britannia, Berg, Avalon, et. al.) and Allegiances - but instead would be an Independent League of Prospectors and Tradesmen who share their resources and exchange trade secrets. Federation Members would also be involved in IC Trade Agreements and IC / OOC Vendor Arrangements that benefit NCTC / BRPA Members. Federation members would be involved in Sosarian / Britannian politics (e.g. Union Representation and Trade Disputes) and IC interactions with current and future Pirate and Bandit groups. NCTC Merchants would be friended to Feluccan houses (e.g. Dawn Public Forges, the Avalonian Armory, et. al.) allowing them to gather double resources in the resource rich Northern Kingdoms under the protection of the Order of the Blue Rose and the Avalonian Guard. There would be a Federation Bank (Chest) established in a trusted members establishment or home that would be accessable to all Federation members. It will allow a Craftsman in need of that hard to find ingredient to borrow from the chest on the condition that he or she contributes back to it. (e.g. Federation Shipbuilder borrows 1000 Boards to repair a Town Guard Ship. It would be expected that he or she help to grow the Chest by contributing that or more back to it for someone else to use at some future point.) Federation members will elect their own 'Grandmaster.' I will be an OOC Adviser but this is to be led and organized by the dedicated Crafters and Tradesmen in our Alliance. (e.g. Tarwyn Runeblade, Cleopatra Selene, Camilla, et. al.) A uniform piece would be chosen to identify members. This would either be a Sash or Apron. It would only be required during meetings and perhaps Bazaars. It would be up to the members to determine the organizations moral alignment. Is the Northern Coast a benevolent and philanthropic organization that supports the Arts and gives to Orphanages? Or is it an Organized Crime Ring that smuggles Slaves and sends Street Toughs (e.g. Pirate Gang or the Order of the Crow) to harass the Competition? Could it be both? Discuss.