That character is called 'long s', and it was uſed in older Engliſh ſcripts in all poſitions except when the letter s was at the end of a word.
It's juſt for roleplaying, as NOTW is ſupposed to take place in a Middle Ages-eſque environment, and it's kinda fun.
We would also like trade pacts and a non agression pact with you, we only excluded you because (we kinda want to create a European Alliance.. like the EU) and if that happened you would have to be excluded since your Not European, not being mean or anything. We would as above like trade pacts and non agression pact with you as well though!
Which way do you intend on expanding? I am hoping that you intend to go eastward so out two nations do not have border conflicts. We could split Myanmar/Thailand in half if you would like, or do you prefer to expand more to the north instead?
Actually, I thought about it: if I let you use France as a core starting next turn, that'll horribly unbalance the game. I'm going to have to treat Tibet as your de facto capital until France is 10 territories strong for you.