STEC Archives, Print Document Division
Curator signature: Tautog
Format: Special – Transcribed Record, Class [classified]
Object: Audio Transcript of Event no. [classified]
Location (if known): STEC Archives
Time (if known): [Classified – item declassification pending]
Curator’s note: While no longer encompassing solely the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Conference was, and still is, one of STEC’s oldest diplomatic conferences. Designed to place STEC in regular contact with the other anti-Abyssal shipgirl agencies, the Pacific Conference requests that participating countries appoint one shipgirl and one officer as their representative in lieu of a diplomatic team. While the respective national authorities – civilian, military, and anti-Abyssal – are invited to observe, it is tradition for there to be no “intervention” on their part. Discussion and negotiation is relegated fully to the individuals participating, The moderately frequent instances of agreement or consensus-reaching is generally viewed by the shipgirl organization as an informal diplomatic agreement, and often provides the basis for more binding resolutions down the line.
Naturally, STEC and other shipgirl organizations views these conferences as a prime opportunity to build leadership experience in promising candidates. For STEC specifically, it is customary for the appointees to receive a list of questions by the observing entities as a part of feedback.
In the excerpt below, the observing entities range from STEC to various US governmental institutions/personnel. As it is customary for STEC, the identities of the questioners are scrambled using thematically appropriate codenames to minimize any undue influence on the responder’s part.