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Saxon Hawke
Intaki Liberation Front
Intaki Prosperity Initiative
Posted - 2008.06.06 18:08:00 - [1]

Since taking my seat as President of The Star League, I have been counseled to temper my calls for Intaki self-determination and in great measure I have done so. I have labored for the Federation, accepting missions from both her Navy and Senate, working to their ends and protecting the integrity of her sovereignty. However, recent events have taken me aback, grieved me for my lapse and given rise to my voice once more.

Before martial law is declared to be the supreme law of the land, and your character as free citizens be changed to that of the subjects of a military king, let me admonish you in the name of sacred liberty, to make a solemn pause. Permit a freeman to address you, and to solicit your attention to a cause wherein yourselves and your posterity are concerned. The sun never shone upon a more important one. It is the cause of freedom of the whole Universe for yourselves and your fellow men.

A conspiracy against the freedom of all, both deep and dangerous, has been formed by an infernal junta of demagogues. Our formerly free systems are to be consolidated into one despotic monarchy. Is not this position obvious? Its evidence is intuitive. Who can deny the president-general acts as king to all intents and purposes, and one of the most dangerous kind too-a king elected to command a standing Navy. Thus our laws are administered by a tyrant.

A quorum of senators, with a king at their head, possesses powers that extend to the lives, the liberties, and property of every citizen. Already this quorum of the well born, with their military king, using a standing army devoted to his will, are exerting their power over the free citizens of Caldari Prime.

The thoughts of a military officer possessing such powers, as the president general has exercised, are sufficient to excite in the mind of a freeman the most alarming apprehensions; and ought to rouse him to oppose it at all events. Every freeman of the Universe ought to hold up this idea to himself: that he has no superior but God and the laws. But this tyrant feels so much our superior, that he can at any time he thinks proper, order out the Navy to oppress liberty when and where he pleases. His officers can wantonly inflict the most disgraceful punishment on a peaceable citizen, under pretense of disobedience, or the smallest infraction of curfew.

The President-general, who acts as our king, is vested with powers exceeding those of the most despotic monarch we know of in modern times. At least the slavers of Amarr do not hide behind a pretence when they come with chains. What a handsome return have these men of power made to the people of Intaki for their confidence!

Intaki under one purely democratical rule, would be rendered the happiest and most free nation in the universe. But under the current one composed of an elective king with a standing Navy, officered by his sycophants, the starvelings of Luminaire, and an aristocratical Senate of the well-born-an iota of happiness or freedom cannot exist.

Zapp Brenigan
Ishukone Black Watch
Posted - 2008.06.06 20:30:00 - [2]

Edited by: Zapp Brenigan on 06/06/2008 20:30:25
Well spoken sir. You have summed up so eloquently what others of us have been struggling to say in other feeds. Unfortunately, many in the Federation are unwilling to believe this could happen in their nation, but are quick to point out when it happens elsewhere.

It would be a joyous day indeed should the bulk of the Intaki follow their bretheren in Mordu's Legion and the Syndicate and get out from under the rule of a corrupt Federal government. I am certain that the State would welcome your independence and greet you like brothers.

Awaiting the the day of Intaki Liberation,

The man with no name...Zapp Brenigan

Dastiris Arsomon
Posted - 2008.06.07 11:49:00 - [3]

Well when agression is what someone receives agression is what the other must respond to survive.
I know a lot of Intaki including me that are proud to be members of the Federation.

The martial law was an inevitable step against the brutal way of the new found Caldari Dictatorship.
Finally the power the president has comes from the people of Federation not because someone has more money or more military power.
Intaki are a part of Gallente federation and they shall be part of it, contributing to the world civilization and freedom.

Takeo Hoshigawa
Posted - 2008.06.07 16:26:00 - [4]

Edited by: Takeo Hoshigawa on 07/06/2008 16:27:48
I pray that this martial law doesn't last long. I feel the State is getting an itchy trigger finger.

Trent Valtine
Strix Armaments and Defence
Posted - 2008.06.07 16:28:00 - [5]

Originally by: Saxon Hawke

A quorum of senators, with a king at their head, possesses powers that extend to the lives, the liberties, and property of every citizen. Already this quorum of the well born, with their military king, using a standing army devoted to his will, are exerting their power over the free citizens of Caldari Prime.

I'm curious, Captain Hawke, what would you have the president do in this situation? Should he sit idly by as Caldari Prime tears its self apart because of long-standing ethnic tensions that have finally reached their bloody, violent boiling point? Or should he act decisively to curb the violence?

I certainly don't feel comfortable with the declaration of martial law on Caldari Prime, but it seems to me that it was the last remaining option. It certainly doesn't foreshadow some vast conspiracy to take away our freedoms.

Maybe if the entire Federation suddenly erupts in wide-spread riots and civilization collapses in on its self, maybe then a general state of martial law will be declared, but only because it would be the last remaining option to keep the Federation from falling apart. Otherwise, the Senate, the Court, and the citizens wouldn't allow it. That is what happened on Caldari Prime. Society eroded, violence erupted, and the place was coming apart at the seams. Something had to be done to stop the death and destruction, and President Foiritain did what he had to.

Remy Valios
Strix Armaments and Defence
Posted - 2008.06.07 18:32:00 - [6]

The difficulty in looking at martial law is that one sees it through the eyes of the apparently suppressed. One speaks of freedom with admiration, and yet when freedom of a sort, looser than other forms we enjoy and lift up, is put into practice, the order of society breaks down and violence is done by men against men.

Would you say that freedom is to do what you wish as you wish? That path leads to a breakdown of the order of society, and invites atrocity. To be free, in thought, in mind, in body, requires a basic agreement among those who partake in the society, that there are certain acts, certain courses, which cannot be infringed upon. How can any be free when they need fear retribution or even pointless violence for their birth? How are they to discuss, practice and participate in their freedom when their society crumbles around them?

Martial law is a necessary evil that gives context to freedom. When freedom burns too hot, the mob turns red and order must be restored. Order to govern the manner in which, and the means used, to try and protect, champion, one’s freedoms. It is within the frame, against the backdrop of the now, how things are, that freedom, to agitate for change, to strive for enlightenment, to achieve something grand, and to do so by one’s own free will, can gain its greatest meaning.

Protest and civil disobedience, have always been agents of the Federation and freedom. They are the means used to strive for change, to agitate and stir and arouse interest and issue and confront policy. The rule of law is one of the agents of the Federation to ensure that freedom is always valued, always put to the test. Without it, there would be no Federation, and no freedoms to be granted to us, on a legal level, to protect our basic human freedoms. Martial law is a necessary course to protect the most basic human rights and freedoms, so that we may practice those so more sophisticated.

Marie Trudeau
Rouvenor Technologies Sarl
Posted - 2008.06.08 00:45:00 - [7]

This is a less than ideal solution to a very much less than ideal problem.

The President has called for calm on all sides -- until that message is heeded, however, he has the responsibility to protect the lives of Federation citizens of all ethnicities, and to step between the bigots on both sides of the violence. Again, less than ideal, but these are strange times that we live in.


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