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The ZMDT is a treaty signed by the Zhen Dynasty and Mngolia. Its binding instrument is the Asia Accords, which was ratified and signed in 2020.


The Asia Accords are based on a series of clauses:
  1. All High Contracting Parties obligate themselves to desist from any act of violence, any aggressive action, and any attack on each other's sovereign territory, either individually or jointly with other Powers.

  2. Should one of the High Contracting Parties become the object of belligerent action by a third Power, the other High Contracting Party shall in no manner assist, condone, approve, or support this third Power.

  3. The Contracting Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations towards each other. They will seek to eliminate conflict in their economic policies and will encourage economic collaboration between any or all of them.

  4. The Contracting Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.

  5. The Contracting Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them, regardless of locale, shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them shall exercise the right to individual or collective self-defence to assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the Parties affected.

  6. Each Contracting Party declares that none of the international engagements now in force between it and any other of the Parties or any third State is in conflict with the provisions of this Treaty, and undertakes not to enter into any international engagement in conflict with this Treaty.

  7. The Contracting Parties will encourage technological and intellectual property collaboration between any or all of them.

  8. Each Contracting Party will eliminate its customs duties on goods from the other Parties, and shall not adopt or maintain any duty, tax or other charges on the export of any good to the territory of the other Parties.

  9. Each Contracting Party shall grant duty-free admission for the following goods, imported by or for the use of a resident of the other Party:

      (a) professional equipment, including software and broadcasting and cinematographic equipment, necessary for carrying out the business activity, trade, or profession of a business person who qualifies for temporary entry pursuant to the laws of the importing country;
      (b) goods intended for display or demonstration at exhibitions, fairs, or similar events, including commercial samples for the solicitation of orders, and advertising films; and
      (c) military goods in the event of a military emergency or incident.

  10. The parties agree to the exchange of the products of the following operations relating to foreign (non-ZMDT) communications in the event of an emergent conflict which threatens a member state's sovereignty as decided by a collective consensus:

      (a) Collection of internet, cyberspace, or technological traffic;
      (b) Acquisition of communicated documents and/or equipment;
      (c) Traffic analysis;
      (d) Cryptanalysis;
      (e) Decryption and translation; and
      (f) Acquisition of information with regards to communication organizations, practices, procedures, and equipment.

  11. Throughout this agreement, 'foreign communications' is defined as all communications of any intercepted non-ZMDT member government, military, air, or naval force, party, department, agency, bureau, person, or persons of interest who may communicate information of military or intelligence value.

  12. Each Contracting Party shall not subject investments of investors of the other Parties to Measures which constitute:

      (a) Denial of justice under customary international law;
      (b) Un-remedied and egregious violations of due process; or
      (c) Manifestly abusive treatment involving continuous, unjustified and outrageous coercion or harassment.

  13. Contracting Parties may not nationalize or expropriate an investment of investors from the other Parties without following legal procedure, consent, or adequate compensation.

  14. Each Contracting Party agrees to periodically make private or state-sponsored investments to other Parties to ensure continued economic sustainability for the Alliance.