As a Minmatar loyalist organization, EM is watching the negotiations between the four major powers with interest. We hope that cooler heads will prevail to ensure this ceasefire actually achieves what it intends to achieve and no unnecessary escalations ensue. We will take our lead from Republic policy and act accordingly.
As of today, our RoE has been amended as follows:
Caldari Militia are no longer considered red by default.
We no longer extend our requirement of NRDS in homespace to Federal space.
This brings the two neutral states to equal status on the warzones, conforming to current tribal politics.
All current blue standings hold. No current reds have been neutralized and, at least for now, no talks are ongoing.
We advice that we cannot guarantee the safety of entities without standings in the neutral (Caldari-Gallente) territory. If changes to existing standings are required, please do not hesitate to be in contact.
While this is not a policy matter but a practical one, I will also point out that as a result of the changed Militia rules, pilots belonging to entities with red standings towards each other joining the same Militia are at risk of friendly fire due to how overviews work. We are working on a solution to minimize such incidents on our behalf.
We might open fire if the circumstances make it reasonable. We are generally not in the habit of going out of our way to hunt civilian traffic and our priorities are in the defense of homespace, but it is not impossible that this might happen, if standings are not set.
That generally is the true meaning of NBSI. Despite the literal implication of the term, there in practice are very few organizations for whom neutral standings means kill-on-sight (outside of territories actively defended).
Thank you for issuing this releaseand I can (whilst I am still typing up a Peacekeepers Statement on recent affairs) confirm that our standings, both positive and negative, remain unchanged as they were before the signing of the Treaty of Airaken as of writing.
From practical point of view I see all conflicting standings as situations where “an enemy tries to pretend to be a friend” and would engage freely if someone with red status will fly under the same flag with me, or someone with blue status will fly under hostile flag: they are all to be eliminated without questions.
I do not consider either of these situations as “friendly” fire (or even as “incidents”, though for sure the other side might start some drama about it) while at least one characteristic shows a pilot as actual enemy, and if pilots really wish to be friendly they shall remove all the hostilities completely through diplomatic channels or otherwise.