Edited by: Bataav on 17/08/2011 18:55:14
Mr Blackstone might have a point.
It's often said that the secessionist movement in Intaki is a minority compared with wide spread Intaki satisfaction throughout the Federation. It's a mistake though, for the pro-Federation camp to take their support for granted as there's more disquiet than they realise.
An ILF security operative in the field is currently working with the Aliastra corporation and was surprised to witness the following exchange between some of the other capsuleers:
Originally by: Aliastra Corporate Channel
Channel Name: Corp
Session started: 113.08.16 20:59:55
[113.08.16 21:03:23] *Curious Intaki Pilot* > so only Intaki ever get dumped in A?
[113.08.16 21:03:33] *Disenfranchised Intaki Pilot 1* > its discrimination!
[113.08.16 21:03:54] *Disenfranchised Intaki Pilot 2* > it really is
[113.08.16 21:03:58] *Disenfranchised Intaki Pilot 2* > the Gallente hate us
[113.08.16 21:04:00] *Curious Intaki Pilot* > but do all Intaki get dumped in A?
[113.08.16 21:04:06] *Disenfranchised Intaki Pilot 2* > I don't even know why we stay in the federation
[113.08.16 21:04:15] *Disenfranchised Intaki Pilot 3* > We have no where else to go
[113.08.16 21:04:19] *Disenfranchised Intaki Pilot 1* > we should have our own faction :)
[113.08.16 21:04:20] *Disenfranchised Intaki Pilot 2* > we should totally pull a Caldari and defect
[113.08.16 21:05:12] *Disenfranchised Intaki Pilot 2* > we should get together with our brothers in the Syndicate and found a new empire faction
Of course the identities of the pilots involved have been protected for their own security, but it's clear that there is no effort to disguise their disgruntlement or to hide open talk of secession or defection to the State as a people.
But secessionist groups such as the Intaki Liberation Front do not seek to remove all people of Intaki decent from the Federation. There are many examples of Intaki men and women who have prospered across the Federation and there is no reason for their successes to be interfered with. Instead our focus is on the populations, regardless of heritage, of the Intaki system and Viriette. The people who live and work here.
But our movement is known for it's tolerance and acceptance for a wide range of political opinion. There are those among us who might find themselves more sympathetic to the State, others are comfortable in the Federation but would see improvements in the system when it comes to Placid. Others still look to our exiled cousins in the Syndicate, but I don't conform to any of these particular groups so cannot speak for them. I can only speak for myself.
The ILF speaks of an "Intaki Sovereignty" and so setting aside my official ILF diplomat badge for a moment my own personal preference would be a truely independent "Confederation of Intaki Colonies" with the Intaki Assembly at it's head.
Intaki colonies across Placid would be able to join together, not only from Viriette but as far as Reschard
if they so desired. With the lacklustre Federation response to the YC108 Reschard V disaster
and the Reschard Senator Jolie Maurice's denouncement
of the Presidential voting rights denial bill, it is my opinion that outside the Intaki home system, Reschard stands as a beacon to the secessionist movement.
As for the final parting comment from Mr Blackstone. Regardless of what happens within the Federation, I don't see any value in holding any homeworlds hostage. The Federation has learned through experience that no matter how long occupation might last, in the end something as emotive as an entire people's homeworld is very likely to be reclaimed one day. I imagine the reverse would be true if they were to find their fortunes reversed.[Edit: Spelling]