To say that today has been eventful in Intaki is an understatement in the extreme.
After more than a decade of conflict, the Gallente Federation has finally removed the Intaki home system, along with its neighbours, from the CEWMPA warzone.
This is something the Intaki Liberation Front has campaigned for since our very foundation, and so this development is something to be celebrated and welcomed.
What this change does however, is demonstrate that Intaki’s consistent suffering at the hands of both Federation and State forces has always been optional. If the President had the ability to remove systems, entire constellations, from the warzone, why not before now?
This single positive action by the Gallente Federation, and let me be clear that I do not understate its significance, does not outway the years of neglect and oppression that have preceded it.
And when I speak of oppression, I of course mean the method chosen by President Aguard.
Today’s actions by the Federation Navy completely undermine a core agreement between the Intaki Assembly and the Federation. It has long been understood that the Intaki agreed to join the Federation on the clear understanding that there would be a minimal Navy presence in the system.
Today Present Aguard chose to ignore that understanding.
And this is not some archived arrangement that is largely forgotten, or no longer applies. This continues to be official policy, as demonstrated by the Intaki Assembly when the Federation Navy last attempted to deploy in numbers to the system.
Clearly not wanting to be told they are “neither required nor welcomed” as they were twelve years ago, the Federation Navy simply launched what has been described by the Scope as “an unprecedented level of cynosural beacon activity”, as part of “a massive invasion of the Intaki system and a number of surrounding systems”.
And those are The Scope’s choice of words, not my own.
But this is not the first time President Aguard’s choices have impacted the Intaki system and undermined the Assembly’s authority.
Later this month, her government will have been actively preventing the Intaki Assembly from awarding the critical Security and Shipping contracts to their chosen franchisees for three years.
I have lived and worked in Intaki during times of prolongued State occupation and when there has been fighting on the surface of Intaki Prime. I was there when Sansha’s Nation attempted to uplift the people of Intaki IV in the earliest days of their incursions and I was there when the Triglavians were pushed back.
I find it interesting that it is under the banner of the Gallente Federation and its so called freedoms that Intaki is experiencing its most oppressive military presence above Intaki Prime, and that the elected representatives in the Assembly continue to be rendered impotent and unable to enact their policies.
The Intaki Liberation Front awaits the Assembly’s response.