There is nothing ironic about it. We were a part of the Federation for a very long time. We are familiar with the Gallenteans pushing legislation through the Senate, knowing that we did not want it, but that we lacked the numbers to vote it down. There is no point in being a part of an interstellar union if your voice is ignored but their laws still get forced on you. When the Gallenteans demanded our worlds out of fear of competition, we told them that enough was enough and walked out of the Senate. When they resorted to violence to bring us back in line, we showed them how far we were willing to go to retain our right to determine our destiny.
After a hundred years of war, the Federation got the message and recognized our independence. The State was, is, and probably will be the only Caldari nation which is independent, both de-facto and de-jure. The price for that independence is never-ending vigilance, in the form of an economy and military capable of deflecting direct and indirect attempts to bring us back into line. This is why we will never see the Federation’s vassal polities as equals to the State, even if their populations are identical to us. They might be Civire, or Deteis, or any number of kin-groups native to Caldari Prime, but if they were Caldari, they would be here with us. The fact is that they are not here with us, and have not undertaken any action that contributes to the preservation of our independence.
Having covered the segment of history which you left out, let us move on to your over-emphasis on the Providence Directorate. Heth was a populist who rose to power by complaining about the decadence of the status quo. That in and of itself was not bad because austerity has been a virtue of the Caldari people since the days before we met outsiders. The problem with Heth was that he was also an insane ultra-nationalist prone to violence who trod on the right to self-rule of the Megacorporations by forcing them to obey his will. In many regards, he was no different from Luc Duvailer. So if you want to pretend that all of us are like that man, perhaps you should take a look in the mirror.
And how did this man manage to appoint himself Executor, a position which did not exist before Heth, and has not existed after him? Heth filled a power vacuum and manipulated public outrage. Who created that power vacuum and the public outrage? The Federation did, when they murdered Gariushi and countless other innocent people by ramming a carrier into the Ishukone headquarters in the Malkalen system under the pretense of a diplomatic mission. Gariushi’s tenure was a period of unprecedented prosperity for Ishukone. It was also a period of unprecedented deconfliction with the Federation, as Gariushi’s success made us the most influential of the Megas.
We did not want Gariushi to die and be replaced by Heth. Using a diplomatic mission as a trick to assassinate the most beloved leader in decades paved the way for Heth. Heth turned the armed forces that were supposed to be our shield into his personal sword, then went on a mad quest to avenge a man who championed peace, to reclaim a world we chose to sacrifice to maintain our independence. Ishukone was the only megacorporation that managed to resist Heth, because we refused to betray Gariushi’s legacy despite the Federation’s stab in the back. The sanctions Heth imposed upon us nearly drove us to bankruptcy.
And now here you are, praising Adams, a man who turned his back on Ishukone during its darkest hour, whilst we were resisting the Provists. If he does not want to be one of us during the bad times, he has no right to call himself one of us during the good times.
Here you are, claiming that the Fed is some protagonist from a fable who slew the big bad. It was the Chief Executive Panel who unanimously voted to remove Heth from power and brand him and the Provists as terrorists, not the Federal Senate. The SAF and the CSF besieged and broke the Provist holdouts, not the Federal Navy. We restored the status quo ourselves. What remains unchanged is that your interstellar union with the unspoken “but some are more equal than others” caviat is just as unwelcome as the Provists are.
Our goal is to defend our independence, as it guarantees our way of life. The antics of outsiders are not our problem as long as they do not seek to damage us. If the deranged U-Nat revivalists which this thread was originally about cross into our territory, they will discover that we have been preparing for another Duvailer for longer than any of them have been alive.