You sent me some words and numbers on how you think your ire against the Republic was justified. You ask what have we ever done, while you have been fighting a war. And that is a fair question.
Let me answer by asking you something in turn.
Where were you when we fought a war in Thebeka, and forces both ours and RJD’s lifted people to freedom from the surface, or were shot down trying?
Where were you, when I brought home thousands and thousands again via the Tanoo station in Derelik?
Where were you, when Skarkon fell?
Were your ships in Krirald, trying to stop the assault?
What did you do so that Eygfe, Anbald, Avesber, Gelfiven did not fall?
Where were you when Deathglow rained on Matar?
Where were you when Red & Silver attacked Audesder?
Where were you when we put together the biggest fight in the history of Minmatar space and kicked out the criminal Hogs?
Where are you when our gunboats and diplomats convince criminals and extortionists to stop attacks on industrialists in Minmatar space - not just attacks against us, but unprovoked attacks against everyone in Republic space?
Do you even know we have done that with several such groups?
Do you think the Republic puts exact numbers and dates of people such as those we stole from Mekhios and Thebeka and Mabnen and Alkabsi and Tanoo and Anath and all other numerous places on a statistical table and quarterly corporate report, to advertise and brag, and to risk the possibility to continue such operations? Do you think the high-security space that feeds the funds also into your endless war remains secure just by itself, without work put into it both by the Republic and by forces loyal to it?
All these things done, while all you have done is dance an endless waltz of whelped Thrashers against a wannabe-lordling and a local pirate lord shoddily painted Golden, unless we count the time when your alliance just up and left to get their ass kicked in Scalding Pass and Delve while our space was being invaded.
You have become nothing but a warlord, barely one step above a pirate yourself. You are selfish and shortsighted and belligerent and a gloryhound. You are endlessly asking what your Tribe has done for you, when you should be asking what you can do for your Tribe.
I have done nothing but support your fight, Harkon Thorson. I have not called your war meaningless or your efforts in Eugidi in vain, because they are not, even if they are just a small part of our battles. I have looked away from your acts of sheer terrorism and kept calling you my brother, out of respect for that fight. As thanks, you came to a Moot organized by me and effectively branded me a traitor on stage in front of allies and outsiders. You insulted my Commander, you belittled our work, you attacked our loyalties.
And still I said nothing. And still it is me who gets to smooth it out, to sooth hurt prides, to explain all this both to you and my own people, to excuse your atrocious behavior to others when I was the target of it, to keep us talking. Again I do this. Because unlike you, Harkon Thorson, I do not think this is about counting points about who does most. It is about pointing our guns in the right directions.
The Militia is needed. Without the Militia we cannot survive. But we also cannot survive with only the Militia, and the Militia needs to keep on fighting the Empire, not the Republic.
We cannot afford a civil war, not with the Amarr at the gates.
And next time think twice before you make private quarrels public.
Of Rhiannon, born Rhiannon
Of the Sebiestor Tribe