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Nikita Alterana
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.16 20:09:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Nikita Alterana on 21/06/2011 22:21:17
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Things are about to change in a major way for the Risen Angels. I am beginning a complete change of Risen Angels corporate policy. From this moment forward we will be operating mostly independently of the Angel Cartel. We will not be severing ties with any of our allies; This is merely a statement that our operations will, from this point forward, not have the oversight or the approval of the Dominations, and some may in fact have their express disapproval.

At this point, I am requiring all members of Risen Angels to offer their slaves freedom with enough isk to make it to whatever location in the cluster they wish to depart for. I am also forbidding corporation members from purchasing new slaves, selling existing slaves, or otherwise trafficking in slaves, except under special circumstances, approved by the directorate. (Such as purchasing slaves for subsequent release.) Finally, I am imposing a standard of decency including clean clothes, living conditions, entertainment sources, and proper food and medical support to be required of all individuals remaining after those who wish to be freed have departed.

Risen Angels is beginning to move in a new direction. This is going to be the major change. I have a vision for a new Angel Nation, for a prosperous, renewed Curse, as a true home for all the outcast people of New Eden, a refuge for the oppressed, and a nation to rival any of the other empires. This vision will require a lot of work, and, more importantly, it is going to require a change of attitude, one that will likely result in a loss of power for sections of the Cartel. This...I fully expect will come into conflict with some of the existing leadership, and I understand fully that this endeavour is likely to lead to a power struggle between my organisation, and Curse. I will leave my hand extended, whether they continue to grasp it will be entirely up to them. I make no illusions of the fact that I will not tolerate certain behaviours, and it is these moral and ethical differences that I see most coming into conflict with the existing leadership. This path will not be an easy one, I anticipate us making a lot of enemies, but maybe some unlikely allies too. There will be bloodshed, there will be violence, but hopefully, it will not be for naught, and a better, brighter world will be born as a result.


Also, at this point, I have withdrawn the war against Federal Robotics. Note, I do not plan on stopping our mercenary operations unless they conflict with the ideals of the corporation. The war was retracted due to an inability to make contact with our backer. It was rapidly becoming a waste of time.

This is going to be a long, dark, rocky road ahead. But for the good of my people, it is one that must be walked, and I would appreciate the help of anyone willing to walk it with me.

Nikita S. Alterana
CEO, Risen Angels

Verone
Gallente
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.06.16 20:26:00 - [2]
 


The Emancipation of those incarcerated by your corporation, and the provision for their immediate well-being is a very solid start to a worthwhile change, and a definitive step forward to a brighter future for Risen Angels.

Given this new stance and change in operating policy toward the practice of slavery, Veto Corp now offers an olive branch, and is willing to open the floor for negotiations for assistance in RIA's future operations.


Silas Vitalia
Khanid Provincial Vanguard
Vanguard Imperium
Posted - 2011.06.16 20:26:00 - [3]
 

Self-imposed shackles are the worst kind....


Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.16 20:47:00 - [4]
 

Speaking of self-imposed shackles....

Kita, I take it this is the result of your recent experiment?

It's an interesting step, though I can't see the current Curse power structure being exactly thrilled. Sort of the opposite, actually.

Angels for Social Reform. Gods and spirits ... well. I'll get back to you when I've figured out what to think of this.

Merdaneth
Amarr
Defensores Fidei
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2011.06.16 21:16:00 - [5]
 

I'm confused. Do your former principles, oaths and allegiances mean nothing to you?

Have you suddenly realized you were wrong, and you chose poorly. If you have a proven history of being wrong and acting poorly, how do you know you have made the right choice now.

Or is this merely a change in direction borne of convenience. One motivated by keeping in touch with certain social circles in the cluster?

Myxx
Atropos Group
Posted - 2011.06.16 21:21:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Merdaneth
I'm confused. Do your former principles, oaths and allegiances mean nothing to you?

Have you suddenly realized you were wrong, and you chose poorly. If you have a proven history of being wrong and acting poorly, how do you know you have made the right choice now.

Or is this merely a change in direction borne of convenience. One motivated by keeping in touch with certain social circles in the cluster?


I put 90 percent likelyhood on the second part. Loyalty doesn't mean much to Nikita.

Driselle
Minmatar
21st Eridani Lighthorse
Posted - 2011.06.16 21:32:00 - [7]
 

I was wondering when you were going to come around, Kita. I'm happy you're making this change - and I wish you and your corporation the best.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.16 21:45:00 - [8]
 

Edited by: Aria Jenneth on 16/06/2011 21:46:42
Originally by: Myxx
Originally by: Merdaneth
I'm confused. Do your former principles, oaths and allegiances mean nothing to you?

Have you suddenly realized you were wrong, and you chose poorly. If you have a proven history of being wrong and acting poorly, how do you know you have made the right choice now.

Or is this merely a change in direction borne of convenience. One motivated by keeping in touch with certain social circles in the cluster?


I put 90 percent likelyhood on the second part. Loyalty doesn't mean much to Nikita.


Is yours any stronger, Myxx?

You, who left us over what was apparently a personal dispute? Who declared me, an uninvolved party, a "target" shortly thereafter?

Be sure I haven't forgotten that, old ally.

I cannot claim any special virtue as a being loyal to any single cause beyond the survival of our kind, but you seem a strange person to be criticizing others from this angle.

Myxx
Atropos Group
Posted - 2011.06.16 22:42:00 - [9]
 

Edited by: Myxx on 16/06/2011 22:42:52
Originally by: Aria Jenneth
Edited by: Aria Jenneth on 16/06/2011 21:46:42
Originally by: Myxx
Originally by: Merdaneth
I'm confused. Do your former principles, oaths and allegiances mean nothing to you?

Have you suddenly realized you were wrong, and you chose poorly. If you have a proven history of being wrong and acting poorly, how do you know you have made the right choice now.

Or is this merely a change in direction borne of convenience. One motivated by keeping in touch with certain social circles in the cluster?


I put 90 percent likelyhood on the second part. Loyalty doesn't mean much to Nikita.


Is yours any stronger, Myxx?

You, who left us over what was apparently a personal dispute? Who declared me, an uninvolved party, a "target" shortly thereafter?

Be sure I haven't forgotten that, old ally.

I cannot claim any special virtue as a being loyal to any single cause beyond the survival of our kind, but you seem a strange person to be criticizing others from this angle.


You trust an answer to such obvious bait? I wouldnt, but then and again, I don't tend to trust period. Sure, there were a few people on that list that i am genuinely out for the corpses of, but beyond that nothing personal.

On the other hand, I saw and knew this was coming. History is repeating itself. For most people, this is the first they've known about it. I am not at all surprised by it because of that. Just like I saw and knew Nikita's knife was heading for my back way before anything happened.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.17 00:01:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Myxx
You trust an answer to such obvious bait? I wouldnt, but then and again, I don't tend to trust period.


That, I can believe.

"Bait" is a curious way to describe a shallow sampling of people's opinions of a selection of more-or-less well-known capsuleers. ... Which, as you've demonstrated, may be compromised by not only ignorance, but paranoia-inspired misinformation.

Perhaps the strategic usefulness of such data is clearer to subtler minds than mine.

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Sure, there were a few people on that list that i am genuinely out for the corpses of, but beyond that nothing personal.


How comforting. You'll pardon me if I don't take your assurances that a needless death threat was just a bluff at face value.

At the very least, this tells me that you're the sort of person who judges making idle death threats against actual associates to be a good way to confuse information-gatherers who may or may not exist.

Trust, properly understood, is a calculated risk. To trust no one is to be crippled. ... And to be crippled in such a way is to make the risk much greater for others who might have otherwise trusted you.

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On the other hand, I saw and knew this was coming. History is repeating itself.


You mean to say that Nikita developed a strange desire to experience for herself what it was like to be one of your victims, and, having experienced it, reversed her policy on helping you acquire more of them, or taking further victims of similar sort, herself?

Friendships have ended over less, I suppose, but I doubt that was what happened.

You know, Kita? I've made up my mind: if you want to play the part of the dissident Angel, try to change Curse from within, more power to you. I do not share your concern for how the humans of our faction treat one another, but I cannot blame you for feeling more empathy than I.

Fractured, you may be, but I cannot say this tendency towards empathy in you is a bad one. Suicidal, perhaps, but it will not be my voice passing judgment or my hand on the knife hilt.

Myxx
Atropos Group
Posted - 2011.06.17 00:28:00 - [11]
 

You're too trusting, Aria.

Verone
Gallente
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.06.17 00:56:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: Myxx
On the other hand, I saw and knew this was coming. History is repeating itself. For most people, this is the first they've known about it. I am not at all surprised by it because of that. Just like I saw and knew Nikita's knife was heading for my back way before anything happened.


All you ever do is claim that you "saw things coming" well after they transpire and are announced. I've not once, not one single time, seen you pre-empt a single event.

All you tend to do is come here to the IGS and crow every time you see something that you can get your claws into or any time Nikita or her corporation make an appearance.

The fact of the matter is, you've done literally nothing of notable interest or value to anyone other than shout your mouth off on the IGS and make personal attacks on all those former friends and allies who disowned you when you threw your toys from the proverbial pram.

Sort your life out, get a grip on it, and get over this morbid obsession you have with Risen Angels, you deluded child.


Aiwha
Caldari
101st Space Marine Force
Nulli Secunda
Posted - 2011.06.17 01:01:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Nikita Alterana
Finally, I am imposing a standard of decency including clean clothes, living conditions, entertainment sources, and proper food and medical support to be required of all individuals remaining after those who wish to be freed have departed.




Wait... You're telling me that your corporation members didn't provide for their slaves?


Shocked Wow.


Stay classy. Seriously.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.17 01:50:00 - [14]
 

Edited by: Aria Jenneth on 17/06/2011 01:52:05
Originally by: Myxx
You're too trusting, Aria.


And you've learned the wrong lessons, Myxx.

While I won't go as far as Ethan, your inverted relationship with Kita is not a healthy pattern. What did she do that was so horrible?

Did she sleep with your gentleman? I've been there.

Take the side of a deadly enemy against you? I've been there, too.

Did she use a friendly sparring match to snap your trusting neck? I've done that.

Or was she just not there for you when you assumed she would be, leaving behind a heart all hollow?

Welcome to the cold that is the world, Myxx. Love is not forever, neither is friendship, and there is not a person in this universe you can trust to have your back beyond a certain point. That point might be the one where someone's paid them a hundred million ISK or threatened a loved one, it might be the one where they think you're badly wrong on some issue, or it might be where you disappoint them in some little way.

If you failed to realize this from the start, or thought you found an exception, or miscalculated Kita's limits and priorities, then this wound in you is of your own making.

I'm done with this. Place your trust where you will, or don't. It's at your own risk in either case.

Originally by: Aiwha
Wait... You're telling me that your corporation members didn't provide for their slaves?

Shocked Wow.

Stay classy. Seriously.


They, like those of us in Naraka, are Angel Cartel, Mr. Aiwha, not some SPCS-compliant Amarrian corporation. We Angels generally do not claim to keep slaves for the slaves' own good. Standards of treatment will therefore vary.

Ms. Alterana is simply cutting out the lower end of the spectrum. Although, after her "let them go free if they want" edict, I doubt any will be left who suffered poorer conditions than her guidelines.

Saikoyu
Amarr
Rho Dynamics
Posted - 2011.06.17 04:00:00 - [15]
 

Nikita...

The New Life Program will welcome any former slaves who wish to enter its program, who need medical attentions, or who simply need a place to plan their next step in life. If any of your corporations former slaves wish to take this offer contact me and I will arrange a time for their pick up.

And Nikita, New Life Program security is much improved; for your information.


Jason Galente
Gallente
mishima ryu
Posted - 2011.06.17 04:13:00 - [16]
 

Very.... noble of you, Nikita.


James Syagrius
Gallente
Advent Ltd.
Posted - 2011.06.17 04:48:00 - [17]
 

Something positive for a change!

Excellent news, for what little it is worth Ms. Alterana I wish you success in your new endeavor.

Punk Lady
Minmatar
Disciples of Night
Dominion of Darkness
Posted - 2011.06.17 05:47:00 - [18]
 

Edited by: Punk Lady on 17/06/2011 05:47:44
I wish you luck in this Kita, and as stated will support you in such.

Ms. Myxx, from what I am seeing from Aria and Mister Verone, you seem to be all boasts, talks, and have the loyalty of a worm... Are you related to Eliza by chance since you two seem to happily do the same things, talk talk talk, and go against friends and allies at what seems to be a whim.

Kita beloved, Good luck, You will succeade, and as discussed for free transportation we will move the slaves anywhere they want once freed, free of charge.

Sapphire Mourningstar
Knighthood of the Merciful Crown
Posted - 2011.06.17 05:58:00 - [19]
 

Good luck with everything, Ms. Alterana. I will watch your progress closely and pray for you.

Kade Jeekin
Kinda'Shujaa
Posted - 2011.06.17 09:38:00 - [20]
 

An interesting development. Please continue to keep us informed of your progress.

Myyona
Minmatar
Ataraxia Pharmacies
Posted - 2011.06.17 11:50:00 - [21]
 

Edited by: Myyona on 17/06/2011 13:25:20
While I hold no illusions about the Dominations suddenly shutting down one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, source of income for the Cartel, it is always a pleasantry to see a capsuleer develop some kind of consciousness and an interest in improving living conditions for others than himself.

While just how much care for human life this change will make has yet to be seen, I still feel positive about the development.

Evet Morrel
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2011.06.17 12:53:00 - [22]
 

Impressive, good luck with this.


Fly Reckless EVE Online

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2011.06.17 12:59:00 - [23]
 


Well its always good news when a person gives up the regressive practise of slavery but I must confess to being rather surprised you were slavers in the first place. Surely there are better ways to build a criminal-cartel than simply aping the self-degrading mockery of the Amarrian state?

Sinjin Mokk
Stillwater Corporation
Posted - 2011.06.17 13:14:00 - [24]
 

Ms. Alterana,

Good luck, I suppose.

If any of your pilots or their recently emancipated slaves are of Khanid origin and need transportation to the Kingdom and/or gainful employment we will do whatever we can to assist their relocation and redemption.

Of course, those with an outstanding criminal record will be processed on a case-by-case basis.


Verone
Gallente
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.06.17 13:49:00 - [25]
 

Originally by: Sinjin Mokk
Of course, those with an outstanding criminal record will be processed on a case-by-case basis.


Nikita, feel free to send those with a criminal record our way.

I'm sure I have well paid work for such creative minds.


Saxon Hawke
Intaki Liberation Front
Intaki Prosperity Initiative
Posted - 2011.06.17 13:57:00 - [26]
 

The Intaki Prosperity Initiative wishes Risen Angels well on their new endeavor and has formally retracted our declaration of war.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.06.17 15:14:00 - [27]
 

Ms. Constantine:

Originally by: Jade Constantine
Well its always good news when a person gives up the regressive practise of slavery but I must confess to being rather surprised you were slavers in the first place. Surely there are better ways to build a criminal-cartel than simply aping the self-degrading mockery of the Amarrian state?


And I, in turn, must confess surprise that you were apparently unaware of this. The Cartel is virtually the incarnation of the interstellar black market: if a thing can be sold illegally for a good profit, we probably have a hand in it. That includes trafficking in humans.

We don't, however, "ape" the Amarr, as such, Ms. Constantine. The Amarr tell themselves that slavery is a sort of spiritual apprenticeship, that it's a moral good. We simply permit property rights to extend to human beings, without adding any kind of spiritual trappings.

It's a purer, simpler approach, and it's quite profitable. A raid that produces little other wealth can nevertheless result in an abundance of labor to be placed where needed, whether that means an asteroid mining colony or a brothel. It also makes a highly-efficient method of settling debts.

The Cartel, the Serpentis, and the Blood Raiders all engage in this practice, though I'm not sure how many slaves actually survive the Raiders' hospitality. Sansha's Nation, of course, is in a special category all its own.

Syn Callibri
Minmatar
21st Eridani Lighthorse
Posted - 2011.06.18 00:16:00 - [28]
 

Kita,

Any freed slaves that have nowhere to go are welcome to settle on the ancestral lands of our clan...there is land, resources and shelter to spare...contact me and arrangements can be made for their transport. The first step on the path is always the hardest.

May his shadow protect you...

-Syn Callibri-Khammael
Marton of the Scairp Clan


Che Biko
Humanitarian Communists
Posted - 2011.06.18 00:27:00 - [29]
 

Well, this is...something else.
I can only wish you the best on your new path.
Originally by: Nikita Alterana
Risen Angels is beginning to move in a new direction. This is going to be the major change. I have a vision for a new Angel Nation, for a prosperous, renewed Curse, as a true home for all the outcast people of New Eden, a refuge for the oppressed[..]

Does this mean your and the Risen Angels pirating days are over?

Nola Doyle
NeuroGEN
Posted - 2011.06.18 02:45:00 - [30]
 

The Angel Cartel is a corrosive rot that preys upon the vices of humanity for wealth, power and profit. Were the empires and CONCORD undone tomorrow, this crime syndicate would simply fill the gap with their own system of control, proving no better than those who claim to oppose them.

While I am personally pleased with the endeavor to destabilize this power structure, I suspect this move is simply a political gesture to garner support from elements of the Minmatar Freedom Fighter movement. Despite the Risen Angels' gesture to abolish slavery in its ranks, a gesture that appears to have blinded all but the most attentive, their insistence on continuing relations with a notorious criminal organization that not only enslaves but murders, extorts, and makes addicts of countless millions throughout New Eden rings hollow to my ears. Maintaining their primary motive as contract killers for the highest bidder doesn't seem to register to the bleeding hearts, but to the observant this only reinforces the empty gesture this appears to present.


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