his is the first in a series of four interviews. Each focussing on the work of one the secretaries who play a huge role in the day-to-day work of running Stormwind, advising the Royal Court, and through them the King (and currently, regent). While politics, to many, is boring and dull, then the work these four people oversee - and the decisions they make on what to focus on and how has a huge impact on our lives as citizens of the Kingdom of Stormwind. This first interview is with Secretary of Foreign Affairs and National Intelligence, Kelly Jendrock.

Introductions

H. Lester: If you could start by telling me... and more importantly... the readers what it is you do as a Secretary of Foreign Affairs and National Intelligence? Secretary Jendrock: Naturally. I have been the Secretary, or Chairwoman, of the Office of Foreign Affairs for three political terms. I'll admit, politics is not something that I saw myself getting into. I come from the intelligence industry in Dalaran, and later Stormwind. I don't consider myself much of a bureaucrat, like some others here, but I believe that is what this position needs - certainly matters pertaining to Foreign Affairs. The Office oversees the Crowns relations with other Alliance factions, neutral factions, and even hostile factions. There's a strategy to our work, involving much wit and will. Indeed historically the survival and core strength of the Alliance, or it's previous iterations, have relied of cooperation. As I'm sure you understand, as this will be published for the public and therefore available to prying eyes, I will talk more about Foreign Affairs. The Stormwind Intelligence Agency, and its various branches hold a semblance of autonomy. The Office of National Intelligence has some oversight and work mostly with coordination - specifically when other projects of the court require it. H. Lester: 3 terms, so 18 months or so? Secretary Jendrock: Gosh. Time flies. But, yes. H. Lester: In those 18 months, what would you say was your biggest success, and biggest failure? If you can't say because its secret, then just the next best thing Secretary Jendrock: Hmmm.. I think the Crowns relationship with the Kirin Tor is certainly worth to note. Perhaps a surprise to no one, since I'm from Dalaran. But it's worth to note that the Kirin Tor came to the aid of Stormwind, much like the Argents, during the recent Scourge resurgence. Much needed aid, mind you. The Fall of Lordaeron is too fresh a memory for some of us. Admittedly, Foreign Affairs is a much more on-going process. We don't do big flashy projects like the Census, with a clear start and end date. Maintaining relations is much more complex than that. I would also point out that in my eighteen months here a lot of focus has been put on the North. But I'm sure we'll get into that soon enough. H. Lester: I can imagine. Must be some nice parties though, right? I was at that one ball in Dalaran, the one where a fight broke out. They had those lovely little snacks and... anyway, moving on!

Structure

Besides yourself, who else is on the committee, and how are they chosen? Secretary Jendrock: The Offices and their meetings are open to all members of the Court. For example, I could personally lead a project in Magical Affairs if I wanted to. Or had the time. Technically... everyone. But of course, the courtiers have their own preferences and areas of interest. H. Lester: No one from outside of the court? Secretary Jendrock: Of course we work with many external representatives, but in terms of quote unquote who else is on the committee, ie. courtiers, it's only people in the court. H. Lester: Alright. I just know some committees do it differently and sometimes invite experts in their field to the table. Secretary Jendrock: Mmh, indeed. The committees vary quite dramatically. It's actually one of the appeals of working here, I'd say.

The future, The North

H. Lester: Alright. You - as well as the other secretaries - gave a little speech on Monday about your focus for the upcoming term. Can you repeat that, and maybe expand a bit on it? What projects - that we can know about - do you have planned? Secretary Jendrock: Naturally. I'd like to preface by saying that obviously the policy points are not going to be the only things we work with. They are simply a result of our interpretation of the directives from the Executive, which was "Humanity" for this term. The three policy points I've identified are The North, quite broadly speaking. It's a massive area to cover, politically. The second policy point is the Admiralty of Kul'Tiras and the third the Council of Three Hammers. I'll start by talking about the North. We have military successes in the North, of course, but the area is a nightmare to navigate politically. There are so many factions present in the area, and said area is not particularly lush or rich. Currently there's the Alliance, the Horde, Banshee Queen Loyalists, Scarlets, Argents and Silver Hand, and other Northern Lords. That's six different factions, so you can imagine that it becomes quite a bit more challanging to maneuver. And the reason for the ambiguity of the policy point is because we intend on working on it all. It's absolutely at the top of the priority list, and in terms of concrete projects I think we'll be pushing for -another- Northern Delegation, of which I have done one each term as Secretary. H. Lester: That does sound like it can get messy. Northern Lords, those include the infamous Horse Lords? Secretary Jendrock: They are part of the puzzle that is the North, yes. Luckily I'm predisposed with the patience to lay puzzles. H. Lester: That was the North.

The future, The islanders

Secretary Jendrock: Grand. The Admiralty of Kul'Tiras is something we've wanted to work with personally for quite some time. Boralus is a capital that almost rivals Stormwind, and the potential for economic symbiosis between the nations is apparent. Not to mention we need ships for a new navy. The Kul'Tirans were instrumental in our victories at Dazar'alor, and thus we want to continue working closely with them, as to not seem to discard them after they suffered so much to fight 'our' war. You know, "we're done with you now you're on your own". Lady van Rook, of course, is Kul'Tiran, Ambassador Depthfist is too, and we have several associates with connections in Boralus, so we're looking forward to engrossing ourselves in what I predict will be a relatively easier task than the North. H. Lester: Any idea how you will do that? Any joint ventures in the works? or is it more a matter of a lot of talking? Secretary Jendrock: I think a state visit will be the first step. All offices will also meet in the coming week to more in-depth debate exactly 'how' to approach each office's policy points. Two words on a paper is too vague, after all. So to answer your questions, I think it'll be more than just lots of talking. But the joint ventures are still unclear, the exact details of with whom and with what. Et cetera.

The future, The Three Hammers

H. Lester: Alright. And the last point? Secretary Jendrock: Ah, yes. The Council of Three Hammers in the final policy point. Historically, we've always had a fabulous relationship with the dwarves. The priority might not be as high, but I still wanted to include them because Khaz Modan remains a very important strategic location towards the north. Before the victory at Stromgarde, the Thandol Span was the key. I believe the dwarves still have a part to play in the future of the North. Before my career in politics I personally fought alongside them on the battlefield, many times. Fierce in the field and a joy at the bonfire afterwards. I'm looking forward to working with some of the clans, indeed. H. Lester: Any thoughts on how you plan to keep them close to Stormwind, or bring them closer? Secretary Jendrock: I would love to get a proper Ambassador to represent them at Court. Other than that, I don't think we have to dangle a carrot in front of the Dwarves to keep them loyal to Stormwind. The tram is a wonder of the modern age and they have their own district in the City. I'd say the two races are more or less entwined. Indeed, they are not a policy point because there's a need to 'improve' our relations. H. Lester: One ambassador? or three? Secretary Jendrock: Great question. I'm not opposed to three. The council proceedings might be a bit rowdier, to the dismay of the High Chancellor. I wouldn't mind. H. Lester: I imagine the after parties might also be more fun Secretary Jendrock: I should hope so.

Challenges

H. Lester: Of course no one can predict the future, well, okay, maybe some can, but I'm assuming neither you nor me can. But despite that, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for the committee this term? Secretary Jendrock: Time. There's a lot on our plate. That goes for most offices, I reckon. H. Lester: Delegating the work? any plans for a vice-secretary.. or whatever the term is? Secretary Jendrock: Indeed. I look fervently for capable hands, I believe a deputy secretary would be a great addition. I'm just waiting for a courtier that can meet my expectations 'and' expresses interest. H. Lester: Well at least now potential candidates know you are looking, so who knows Secretary Jendrock: Oh, I assure you, they know. But it is a lot to ask, so I understand if the position is jarring to some. H. Lester: Is there anything you want to tell the readers in regard to your work and this coming political term? Secretary Jendrock: Admittedly we interact much less with the folk of Stormwind compared to, say, Internal Affairs. It's also hard for a member of the public to petition for changes to foreign policy, perhaps relating to a neutral organisation. Because why would they? But I want them to know that we delve into this very delicate work-- it's an artform, really-- to ensure the safety and renewal of the Kingdom of Stormwind. I think the Crown's standing around the world is good and it has shown in recent times. We know the recipe, now we just need to keep having at it. And there are some proper capable folks up here in the keep working on our foreign affairs - that I assure you. I would also like to instil a sense of hope for the people of Stormwind. Like I said earlier, I'm not a bureaucrat or noble-born like these others. I come from a very modest upbringing in Hillsbrad. While elevated through studies and association, I still remember where I come from and the plights of the commonfolk. If I can make it, so can you. And to any northerners reading, who might not be all too fond of the Crown, I am also a northerner - through and through. H. Lester: Alright. Well then I just want to thank you for your time. Secretary Jendrock: Naturally. Thank you for your interest, Hardhy. As stated in the beginning then this is the first of four interviews. We hope to have the other three out during next week.