European Social Alliance
The European Social Alliance (ESA) was a proposed alliance of European countries. During the wars in Europe between ATLANTIS and PEACE, many smaller European Nations saw the benefits of forming a regional trade bloc and defensive pact. The ESA was designed to work alongside the two alliances, and was focused on economic co-operation and political takeover prevention.
The alliance was never formally created, despite several countries passing votes in their congresses to approve membership. Eventually, the whole idea collapsed after warnings from ATLANTIS that it was too PEACE focused.
The ESA was open to any country within Europe who agreed to the charter, although there were discussions of expanding into Asia or North America if the alliance was successful.
Countries which passed votes to join
Countries which suggested interest in joining
Countries which could join
These were countries judged by the ESA as being "potential members" due to being located in Europe.
Treaty and Structure
The final ESA treaty was never decided on.
The Alliance was to be headed by the Council of the European Social Alliance, often shortened to the "Council of Europe". It would comprise of the Presidents and ESA Representatives of every member nation and would function as the main approval body of the ESA. All legislation would have to pass through the Council of Europe before being implemented.
The ESA was never formally created. One of the major events leading to its destruction was the Austria-PEACE Resistance War. Germany-Austria was a member of the ESA, and appealed to the alliance for help, but due to its policy of non-interference, the alliance could do nothing. This damaged relations between the member states.
The second major reason why the alliance failed was the apparent bias seen by ATLANTIS towards PEACE. Out of the 7 members ever confirmed, 3 were in PEACE and 4 were neutral. Minor ATLANTIS members such as the UK and Croatia never finished ratifying the treaty. Despite a statement from the Romanian Government (the foremost world power at the time) that "a countries membership in the ESA doesn't influence its relations with Romania in either way, positive or negative", many outsiders saw the failure of ATLANTIS powers such as Romania or the Nordic countries to join showed it's partiality. Eventually, ATLANTIS decided to forbid any of its members holding loyalties to any alliance other than it, and the idea of a neutral, united alliance was destroyed.
Ultimately, it was clear that in its original form, the idea of the ESA could never work. Some members, such as Habraka Abrivianius of Belgium, wanted the "militarise" the ESA, and create a real third alliance to counter ATLANTIS and PEACE. However, this did not go down well around the world. Romania threatened to withdraw its blessing, and both ATLANTIS and PEACE issued statements that if any country left them and joined the ESA, it would be taken as a hostile action. Many of the neutral countries, most vocally the Czech Republic and Ireland, also decided that this was too far and withdrew. Thus the European Social Alliance was finished.
Despite the failure of the ESA, the idea of a third alliance to counter the increasing polarisation of politics was still a common one. However, this never came about before the Central European War.
The idea of a regional alliance continued though, and lead to the creation of the Alianza Latino Americana between Latin American Countries, and later the creation of Sol in South East Asia. The idea of a united Europe is becoming increasingly unlikely after the failure of the ESA, there are more rivalries between nations on the continent to make the idea feasible.