There are 2 approaches to international subsidiaries/offices - either they're a well-used central part of the business - with then delegated employees who are real experts in their field (be it managerial, technical or the country/culture in question). Or they're the outpost somewhere no one understands and where you send people you want to get rid of at headquarters (German even has a compound word for this 'to praise away') respec. it's the end-of-career bonbon. Thank you very much. As a natural skeptic, I always feel that just relationships can't carry a full, longer story. (That's what makes a lot of even well-written porn boring imo .... it get's pretty repetitive and foreseeable). You need to find out more about the social context, what's going on in the characters lives to form a convincing picture. It makes me happy to know I'm succeeding in that to a certain extent.