It is quite possible the senator smells opportunity knocking. This is the nature of the beast, there is an opportunity here to seize votes from the newly ‘liberated’ bloc of voters in the Placid region and garnering popular support is a pure influx of votes and favor with almost no cost.
Good. Question the motives of Federation leadership. It’s not only necessary but encouraged in democracy but don’t take for granted that you have a voice to do so and that your voice can actually shape policy.
I can’t speak for motives but I can speak to appearances. That ‘representatives’ from the Syndicate were in Placid shouldn’t be surprising but that these representatives were escorted out by DED following raids on suspected criminal strongholds in the area does indeed paint a picture, if a faint one.
The Syndicate is a pirate haven and while there are many that would see the relationship between an independent Intaki Sovereignty and the Syndicate strengthened, I would suggest that such a relationship would serve only the purposes of the Syndicate and the criminals that use it as a front for their organizations at the expense of the region and its people.
There is an opportunity here, however small, to begin to repair a long-eroded relationship between the people of the region and the Federation. We walk a precarious path presently but if we are wise, cautious and receptive to criticism, there is hope for a stronger future together.