According to Triglavian sources, their ancient enemy Azdaja, whom we can relate to Drifters, are the Second Jove Empire. That leads to a hypothesis of the identity relation between Drifters and Jove.
If this hypothesis will be true, then Drifters shall be our friends, and Triglavians are the enemy. So far encounters with both have shown to be directly opposite.
First, how friendly Triglavians are exactly? They clearly want the Nation destruction, that automatically puts them on the merited side. On the other hand, their relations with “deviant automata” (Rogue Drones) brings certain concern. Since they can’t put these gallentean abominations into uniquivocal “enemy” category, they certainly shall be treated with certain degree of suspicion. Yes, they offer us goods if we show merit in the combat, but we can’t forget the old saying, “Beware of Gallenteans bearing gifts”. Of course, they aren’t gallenteans, but offering the goods without actual trade certainly looks suspicious. So far we have lack in understanding their true motives and we really shall not assume they are as friendly as they are trying to represent themselves.
Drifters certainly don’t look frienly, they even attempted an invasion into Imperial space. But if we review the recent history, didn’t Empire tried to invade Jove first? Their invasion failed with a battle of Vak’Atioh, and Drifter invasion failed in Khanid space (if I am not mistaken). Shall we consider it 1:1? Other than that, Drifter behave in aggressive-defensive manner, and we shall not forget that it were capsuleers who began pillaging their constuctions and ships in Anoikis first. Their war is a defensive one, and their lack of communication with us could lead to conclusion that they do want us to leave them alone.
That they were showing interest in “Jovian Observatories” is yet another evidence towards the identity of Drifters with Jove, yet, of course, it is not sufficient to be sure in that.
And still, if we assume they are, we shall remember that Jove actually helped us to win our independence from Gallentean oppressors. They helped us and it’s honorable if we help them. How could you help, however, to someone who doesn’t want to talk with you? What we really could do is prevent attacks on them and treat them as Jove.
If they are truly the “Second Empire” of Jove, we must establish friendly relations with them. And if they aren’t and will keep attacking us, of course they shall be “extripated”.
Again, the lack of their communication with us shows they simply don’t need our help and probably could fight Triglavians themselves even without our help. But, maybe, it’s still us who need their help? Like one they offered us about a hundred years ago? Imagine that, with Drifter technology we will be able to finally secure the cluster from gallente-minmatarian menace, return the Peace and secure lives of our citizens.
How to make them help us, is even more difficult question. We certainly can’t just jump around their ships with huge billboards: “NOTICE US!” And offering them back their place in CONCORD will likely give no effect either.
So, what could we do? Especially if we can’t be sure they’re Jove at all?
My answer is simple:
Fight with Honor. Fight with Valor. Show your merit and determination, even with lack of technology. Show your dedication to Victory and to Protection of Citizens of the State and Caldari territories. Behave proudly and with dignity like Caldari should, and maybe then (if Drifters indeed are Jove), they will notice us, they will help us, they will sign peace with Amarr Empire and we will form new CONCORD, consisting of Jove Empire, Amarr Empire and Caldari State.