Regarding Senator Bellaron's Proposal

Like Mr Menkalinan I am also conflicted.

At least to a point.

It will come as no surprise to some that I hold Federal imposition on member state’s own governance to be anethema, particularly in Placid. However in this case, I find myself in support of Senator Bellaron’s intentions.

And, like Mr Menkalinan, I also see the parallels in the use of punitive exile on Lirsautton VI, and that of the Intaki at the end of the Gallente-Caldari War.

If the Senate is to recognise that such a regressive justice policy in Lirsautton has gone too far, then Federal policy towards the people of the Syndicate must be held to the same standard!

I agree completely with the argument that in both cases, the policy of exile is little more than an extended death sentence by intention. Senator Bellaron is also right to draw attention to the fact that many of those rescued from Lirsautton VI were children, innocent of the crimes of their parents.

So the same can be said for those who still live under punitive exile in the Syndicate.

I think it was more that Duvalier had learned the lesson of Caldari Prime, and had little need of Intaki martyrs alongside those of the Caldari, rather than him suddenly developing a sense of moderation. I wonder how those who survived the Razing of Poitot felt.

And while the days of Duvalier and his U-NATs are long gone, two hundred years later, and still the Federation enforces its sanction on planetary settlement.

Perhaps if the Senator’s proposal is successful it’ll be evidence of reform in the Federation.


Tell me:

What is the functional difference, between the judicial arm of the state executing a traitor to the state by public spectacle, and the judicial branch of the Church sacrificing the unrighteous on the altar in a public spectacle ?

Were a Sani sabik member state to be established in the Federation, the laws on capital punishment would allow the unrighteous to be sacrificed upon the holy altar, for the glorification of the Red God, would they not ?

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The only detail worth mentioning is that the execution of Eturrer was an appalling act; but it was an appalling act which set the precedent that if one Federal citizen can have their personal dignity revoked to be burned as a public effigy then any citizen can be burned alive for treason.


Making a living through despicable crime. As I’ve noted before, the ancestors of those exiles took the poor hand dealt to them by previous administrations and turned to a life of crime, corrupting the young of Placid with drugs and filth. Others took a rougher hand and came out righteous. Those people who were exiled were clearly of the sort it were better that the Federation should do without.

If anything those who are pushed into committing crimes to make a living, are nothing but living statements of how the governments failed them.

Capital punishment or no capital punishment will not solve that.


I would like an answer to my questions.

What is the difference between the state making a public spectacle of executing someone for treason, and the church sacrificing someone on an altar for heresy ?


The most important that I can think of offhand is that treason is a much less far-reaching thing to violate than, say, the Scriptures. To violate the Scriptures to the point of heresy could touch on any number of things (as you would well know) and might only threaten the Empire in a cultural way.

Treason is a very serious and specific charge, and definitively describes someone directly threatening the well-being of the government itself. Someone committing a murder might be flouting the rules of Gallente society, surely, but it isn’t often directly attempting to destabilize the government. Therefore, it might well be reasonable to think that even heinous crimes don’t warrant capital punishment, yet treason (which directly assails the very means by which those crimes are recognized, investigated, and punished) does.


If the church is the state, as in the Amarr Empire, there is no difference.
If the church is not the state, then the church has no legal authority to kill anyone, and is committing murder.


Federation member states are allowed to use capital punishment though. Senator Bellaron is only proposing to ban it at Federal level, and ban it being made unto a public spectacle.

So, with the laws as they stand, is there anything that prevents a Sani Sabik member state of the Federation, from conducting sacrificial ceremonies?

Probably not.

People imbue the actions of large umbrella organizations like ‘the church’ and ‘the state’ with all of these strange capabilities and inherent moralities, as if just having people follow you means that you’re going to be making the right decisions, or have gained even a shred of decency. Ain’t so. Power, as they say, corrupts. The more authority someone has, the more temptation there will be to use that authority in ways that make things easier for yourself, or for the people you like, or make things harder for the people you don’t.

It doesn’t start big, either. It starts small, and subtle, in ways that nobody would get upset about. Things that seem perfectly reasonable and forgivable on a personal scale. And if they were being done by a normal citizen or subject… they would be. But because they’re being done by those in power, they represent a violation of the trust that the masses place in their leaders.

That trust, and the responsibility for upholding it, is part of the job. It’s not even a small part of the job. It is, in fact, the primary responsibility of leadership that they must be worthy of the job. A leader who cuts corners, who abandons principle and ethos in order to ‘get things done’… they have to go. The really good ones recognize this. They might do that horrible thing because it needs doing… but that will be followed by their own departure from their position, so that the masses can be served by someone who will remain worthy of their loyalty.

Killing people in the name of the state or the faith… in a war, that’s necessary. In peace, it’s just killing. With all of the resources at the disposal of modern cosmopolitical entities, there really is no excuse for failing to find some way the offender can justify their existence through continued contribution to society.

In the case of sacrifice, consent comes into play. If the person being sacrificed has consented to it… then that brings up all of a society’s potential dealings with suicide and self-annihilation. If they haven’t… it’s murder, no matter how you pretty it up. And no-one should trust leaders who murder people who are helpless in their care: if they can do it to someone, after all, they can do it to anyone. All they need to do is come up with a justification. And really, justifying lashing out at people who annoy us… it’s not a difficult thing. Most of us learned to do it before we learned to walk.


Even an offender like Nauplius ?

Don’t let outliers drive policy.


Mulch contributes.


There are numerous laws that could potentially prevent such a thing from happening with legal sanction from a Federation member state. Thankfully, such hypothetical scenarios are only ever likely to be considered in the context of particularly fanciful exams given to Gallente constitutional law students, and not in actual reality.

Senator Bellaron’s proposal, however, is very real and would have far reaching impacts within the Federation. I’m sympathetic to many of the points made already about how the brutal public spectacle of Admiral Eturrer’s execution was unbecoming of a civilized nation. For me, though, it is a reminder of the deep conflict between shining idealism and dark cynicism that is so central to the Gallente identity.

As an idealist, I can can be sickened by the grisly barbarism of the unrestrained mob. But as a cynic, I must ask “what do our enemies expect when they attack us?”

I may hope that even during our darkest times we will hold true to our highest ideals. I do hope that. But I have very little patience for moralizing from the very enemies who launched the attack that benefitted from Eturrer’s treason. Of course I mourn to see my people seized by their darkest impulses, and my leaders whipping those emotions into a frenzy. But then I think back to the death and devastation that had so recently been wrought upon my former home on Caldari Prime by Tibus Heth. I think about my father, dead amongst the rubble as he tried to rescue his Caldari and Gallente neighbors alike. When I think of those things, the part of me that enjoyed watching Eturrer burn is vindicated.

Our enemies can lecture us about being more civilized from the comfort of hindsight all they want. Fine. Perhaps they’re even right. But they should remember that we did not travel to that dark place alone, and never forget the wrath they risk if they attack us again. I hope that my people will be better than what we did to Eturrer for his treason. Don’t forget, he was one of our own. Imagine the horror we are capable of inflicting on our enemies if pushed far enough.


Having thought about it, I see your point; from a purely legal perspective and assuming a genuine act of State rather than a religious rite masquerading as one.

I would like to think this is a purely theoretical example but perhaps it is one for the Senate’s guidelines to address.

And this is why several elements of the Amarr Empire say the Federation is morally bankrupt and a breeding ground for heresy. If the Federation, even only in theory, allows Sani Sabik cults to openly exist and even thrive, then you will never have anything other than mistrust and hostility from the Empire.

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To be entirely fair to the Federation, the Sani Sabik aren’t exactly exploring legal loopholes to exploit in Gallente law in order to start a chapter there. Gallente culture certainly isn’t perfect, but I certainly wouldn’t put the burden of mistrust for the Sani Sabik on their doorstep, of all places.

They’re not? There’s more to the Sani than the Blood Raider Consortium, you know. Hundreds of different sects, including Valerie’s version of it. Don’t be so sure there aren’t more than a few flavors of Sani Sabik in the Fed.

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I am sure they are. As long as they are not breaking the law (federal or national), providing a tolerant refuge for people facing persecution for their beliefs (religious or otherwise) should be a badge of honour for the Federation. Having spent time living in Mista, I am aware of how religious views are used as a litmus test for picking political loyalties.

That said, other than in the hypothetical example above, I am fairly sure that human sacrifice would be breaking the law.

Doesn’t the Federation Charter, or Constitution, or Documents of Confederation, or whatever you call it, supercede Federal Law?