My fellow pilots, fellow Minmatar especially.
It seems recently at least some in the Tribal Council have started seeing their error in giving the Sanmatar Maleatu Shakor unrestricted power over our people. This is indeed very welcome, and better to happen late than never.
For those unaware, ever since the emergency powers given to the Sanmatar in a kneejerk response to the Triglavian Crisis and the Blood Raider terror attack on Matar itself, he was given full control over every military matter regarding the Republic, and by extension he also gained full control over agencies maintaining public order, whose powers were further broadened in scope close to a year later with an influx of funds and other resources to the Krusual and Thukker Tribe’s coffers, long standing political allies of the Brutor Tribe, of whom the Sanmatar is descended from.
As noted in the news above, the reformed Tribal Republic has long been turning itself into a dictatorial police state, with the change accelerating considerably in recent years. The most recent and very worrying development is the further authority to search, detain and judge individuals by organizations under the direct control of the Sanmatar himself, bypassing the civilian law and order of Tribes and Clans entirely.
Effectively, the Sanmatar has been given the completely unrestricted ability to quell political dissidence under the pretense of internal security, and the only protection people have against this is likely their fame. He can’t touch opposing Tribal leaders without causing a revolt, but anyone lesser would appear to be fair game.
I am very concerned about the downward spiral our Republic has been for past several years in terms of personal freedoms and willingness to work with mercenary groups that routinely perform war crimes against civilians - and whose representative has openly threatened such against my family and the Clans of other Minmatar capsuleers in the past, for example.
What I want to say to my fellow Minmatar is that, do not bow down to authority you do not trust. And there is no reason to trust the Sanmatar to be working for the benefit of all Minmatar. If authorities approach you, demand to know what organization they represent and what department they are from. Demand to see the local police authorities and confirm the identity of any government officials that “just want to have a chat with you.” If they refuse any of the above, make a scene. Your life may depend on it.
The Tribes should be there to protect you, not to oppress you.
And please do understand, that I am not advocating for a rebellion against the Sanmatar. Deposing the Sanmatar is the job of the Tribal Council, and I hope they remember owning a spine sooner rather than later. We have already exchanged the government in a bloodbath once, and I’d much prefer that it would not become a habit.