It means you are trying to ‘convince’ the Republic to do something they are assuredly hell-bent on doing anyway. And you’re doing it in a downright insulting way. Or do you really think our ships are actually riddled with corrosion? Even the ‘In Rust We Trust’ nanocoating is just that: a nanocoating. It’s just colors and transparency. The normal appearance of our ships is due to significant amounts of Ferrite Carbide, which is red.
This stellar transmuter represents a massive piece of foreign technology that—for all we know—could have horrible impact on the lives of everyone in the system if it were to undergo critical failure. That’s the population of 2 stations, any planetary production colonies, and so-on. And that’s just the immediate potential effect of such a failure.
What will this thing suffering some catastrophic breakdown do? We don’t know. So we don’t know what it won’t do. Until we know a lot more about this thing, caution requires we plan for worst-case scenarios. Well, what’s the worst-case scenario for something screwing with a star?
Let’s just go with ‘supernova’. Because that’s not the worst-case, even. But a supernova’s high-energy burst would seriously impact food chains up to 30 light-years away. Now, generating that list is more work than I’m really willing to perform right now, but let’s just look at a small sample list (and keep in mind, even for 10LY, this is an incomplete list that doesn’t contain highsec systems):
Note that it includes 29 Gallente systems, 8 Ammatar, and 41 Amarr systems. And that’s just lowsec, and just within 10 LY. The entire cluster’s only ~100 LY across, so a potential supernova anywhere within the cluster is of considerable concern to pretty much everyone.
Now, sure, the most distant of those worlds have a decade to prepare… but most of Heimatar’s in that sphere, as is a large chunk (at least) of Metropolis. And a lot of it’s under 1 LY. So basically, no time at all to try to get up freaking planetary shields that can withstand one of the most energetic bombardments in the cluster. At those ranges, you’re looking at entire regions of Starkman Prime, if not a bunch of new Shattered systems. And don’t expect the gates to survive it, either1.
So, you know, ‘hey, don’t let this thing undergo unexpected catastrophic failure! Perform regular maintenance’? Right up there with ‘guys! Guys!! Remember to breathe!!’
Of course, that’s only a potential not-really-worst-case scenario. And it’s only a potential one because we don’t know what could happen. Because the Amarr haven’t shared their technology the way the Yulai treaty requires them to do. So maybe… just maybe… you should be calling on the Empire to make sure all of the other signatories have complete blueprints of these things and understand not only all of the principles behind them (at least as well as the Amarr do), but also have all of the maintenance procedures for them.
Because right now? As far as we know, these machines are potentially the biggest WMDs in the cluster, and the Empire’s the one leaving them out there like unexploded mines.
1. Btw, the stargates hit by this thing? They’d feedback into stargates not directly hit by this thing, much like what’s believed to have happened to the Jovian stargates. Basically, we have to assume the potential exists to bring down the entire gate network. Because we don’t have access to the research that says it doesn’t. And frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Trigs are using tech that could bring down the gates, because clearly, with their conduit technology, they don’t need stargates. The Poch gates are just for the convenience of the kybers.