[ILF] Official Statement Responding to Today's Events in Intaki and Surrounding Systems

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.

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That image, however feint, does communicate some details. The DED doesn’t escort pirates home and set them loose, so it’s likely that these representatives were legitimate negotiators acting in a formal capacity. The Syndicate itself was born from Intaki facing a fatal degree of adversity and they’ve done what it takes to survive as a culture and organization. Of course that includes predation.

If the Syndicate could gain a foothold in politics it would lend them a degree of credibility. Properly preserved and cultivated under safer conditions, that legitimacy would make it safer for the people of the region to engage in commerce and industry rather than robbing passers-by.

You could say that’s wishful thinking, and you’re probably right, but there’s something very interesting going on under the surface of CONCORD’s involvement.

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Presumably trying to get home from their meeting in Yulai with the DED last week about security assurances.

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Yulai’s in Genesis though.

It’s rare they actually come out and say it.

Yes, don’t take for granted that you have a voice, and don’t expect that it’ll make a difference to the Federal authorities. As we’ve seen, when the president and the government decide what they’re going to do, you have no say in the matter. They’ll break any agreement, overstep any line, and ignore any constituent as it suits them to cement their control.

People call us snakes, but the Fed has wrapped it’s coils around Intaki, and it’s not letting go. This is how Intaki freedom dies, strangled out of it by the very same python it laid down in bed with.

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Hard lines and fractures.
Intentional polarisation, I suspect.

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That’s worked out well in the past, hasn’t it? Former President Duvalier tried this, it didn’t end well for him. Those in power may try to cement their control but it never lasts and, in the end, the people will have their will.

Given the latest news that the Syndicate has gotten in bed with the State, it wouldn’t surprise me if the representatives were there to try and convince the Intaki Assembly to do the same. Time will tell.

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The notion that they were doing nefarious stuff in Placid is hardly reasonable based on what we know.

One only has to look at a map to see that Placid sits squarely between the Syndicate and nearly every CONCORD signatory nation. Of course Syndicate traders, officials and diplomats typically have to travel through the Placid region to get anywhere.

Inevitable polarization, I’d say. The Syndicate isn’t much better equipped to defend itself than Placid was. They know that, the CEP knows it, and the Feds know it too. It was wise of Syndies to seek protection from the State. Just as wise for the State to accept as this provides Protectorate forces a tremendous amount of logistical support in the region.