I was once proud to fly the EDENCOM colors. I am still proud of each and every system we saved from falling into the New Darkness. It was not an uncomplicated call, by any means, to make those allies, but in the end, I regret not one day under that flag.
In the past month, however, EDENCOM has failed to defend the systems they fortified against the Triglavians. If anything, their presence attracts the threat and makes the systems we supposedly “won” in more dangerous.1
EDENCOM does not re-deploy to the systems under Triglavian attack anymore. Systems on major routes, such as Perimeter, go undefended by EDENCOM forces.
EDENCOM regulations stand in the way of the Republic Fleet, Tribal, and other national forces taking direct action against Triglavians in their own territory. This means that most systems under Triglavian attacks are left completely undefended.
The technology the Amarr Navy used in their success against the menace has not been shared and put into use among other nations. While Amarr fly with the Caldari now, the technological disparity remains.
EDENCOM higher echelons are filled disproportionally with Amarrian personnel, and EDENCOM fortresses allow piling up of foreign troops and resources in Jark and Sasta on the border of the Republic and the site of last Vindication Wars, and in Teonusude and Gelfiven, on the route between Thukker Tribe space and the high security Republic.
As a latest, if maybe minor but personal insult, I have reports of foreign EDENCOM entities having attempted to suppress perfectly legal and legitimate biotech research of mutaplasmid interactions, claiming such research needs an explicit permission from the international governing body. Needless to say, they have no power to ‘request’ any such thing anywhere, capsuleer labs do not need permissions, and least of all do we need an EDENCOM permission in Skarkon, which is Tribal territory, occupied by Triglavians.
In short, we’d be better off without EDENCOM, and there is very little benefit from them for us. It was useful for a while, but it is time to abolish the institution or at least greatly diminish its role and powers and returning the resources and command decisions in Tribal territory to the Tribes. This needs to be done before it grows into an entity that serves more to suppress the freedom of the Tribes than to contribute to it.
1 If you do not believe me, compare attacks by Triglavian entities in the past two months in Gelfiven (at least six separate incursions) and in Faurent (zero). Former is an EDENCOM Fortress. Second is a system that we fought in, but where the Triglavians withdrew before EDENCOM established permanent presence. Neither system is a target for C279 wormholes. Amount of through-traffic is similar.
(SoE / EM research complex on Skarkon II)