From: The Ottoman Empire To: All Concerned With the latest statement by the rebels, it is clear they do not care how it comes about, only that its autonomy is granted. While we understand the Spaniards' concerns, it does not appear that changing administration over until the talks are finalized will be required. Now, on to the more pressing concern of actually discussing the amount of autonomy the Arabs will be allowed. The Sultan has taken it upon himself to make the first draft: Treaty of Mecca The nation of Hedjaz will be released from direct Ottoman control to the limited autonomy of the Arabian People of Hedjaz. Hedjaz will remain a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire, required to pay annual tithes of 5 EP per year. Ottoman citizens are automatically eligible to become citizens of Hedjaz at any time. Likewise, Hedjaz citizens are automatically eligible to become citizens of the Ottoman Empire at any time. Hedjaz is free as a nation to do the following: Create its own military. Completely govern its own people, so long that required annual tithes are paid in full. Appoint its own ruler, but this ruler must first be approved by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The autonomy of Hedjaz is limited by the following: Hedjaz may not interact with foreign nations and countries. All concerns dealing with foreign powers will be handled by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire; if Hedjaz has any concerns of its own dealing with a foreign power, Hedjaz must seek the Sultan, who will then listen and act the way he sees fit on the matter. Hedjaz cannot have a military exceeding the strength of a quarter of the Ottoman Empire's military. Hedjaz is permanently obliged to join all conflicts as an ally of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and use its resources to assist the Ottoman cause. This includes but is not limited to war, diplomatic tension, and rebellions inside the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire reserves the right to set up military outposts and forts in Hedjaz. Hedjaz has no authority in these outposts; they are under full Ottoman jurisdiction. In times of peace and stability, the Hedjaz military is not allowed to leave Hedjaz borders unless otherwise stated by the Sultan. The Ottoman military, however, may come and go as the Sultan pleases. If Hedjaz is under intense rebellion, the Ottoman Empire reserves the right to stabilize the region by any means necessary. Even if it means completely rejoining the Empire. "Intense rebellion" is defined as at least half the country is occupied by rebel forces or at least a quarter of the country along with its capital. As compensation for this year's unjust attacks on Ottoman soldiers, Hedjaz must pay 80 EP to the Ottoman Empire in addition to the annual tithes, due in eight years.