Originally by: Arkady Sadik
[Uh. Yes, what about them? I think you missed my point. I am not saying that the Amarr are doing something surprising by doing those raids, or that all would be good if they just stopped those raids.
I told an Amarrian that their assertions of it being illegal to take slaves outside of the Empire sounds somewhat hollow considering how often it happens.
I'm sure the Empire would be able to do much more against those slave raids if it were allowed to bring the Navy into the Republics borders. I'm equally sure that while the Empire would embrace this step, the Republic wouldn't be fond of it. But it's exactly what you would have to do if you really want to see the Empire do something about it.
If you don't want to have the Empire's navy within your borders, you'll have to deal with those slave raids alone. It's true they're illegal by both Empire and Republic standards and laws, but that doesn't mean that the Empire can do something about it in Republic space. All it can do is persecuting these raiders within Amarrian borders with all the force of the law. And honestly, as we are kown for our drakonian ways in that regard, this is something that happens. Only a week ago I saw some of these raiders sentenced to slavery.
Truth is, though, that many of these raiders might not sell their slaves in the Empire - at least not directly. It's easy for Blood Raiders or other heretical sects, whether it is Sani Sabik or EoM, to bring a few Amarrian hulls in Imperial Navy colors. So, there are limited opportunities for the Empire to get them.
You on the other hand deal directly with those raiders and wish you success with dealing with those criminals. If you should happen to stumble over a batch of these and need help, feel free to contact me, I'm happy to provide the Empire's justice with a long(er) arm.
And lastly - transporting slaves within the Empire's borders is a legal activity. And it's legality isn't depending at all on whether or not it's morally acceptable to do so. It's legit by Amarrian law and as the Empire is a sovereign nation, what is legal within it's borders is defined by Amarrian law. You can't expect the Empire to respect the Republic's sovereignty if you don't respect the Empire's.