Sure. No argument there at all. But the idea that one side should offer negotiations that amount to ‘completely capitulate and damage your reputation, and in exchange, we’ll declare victory without having to do any more work’… that seems pretty bizarre too, now doesn’t it?
Well, Aldrith, you know us Matari… we learn that lesson slow. But don’t worry, we’ll be almost halfway there right about the heat death of the universe.
And again, ‘abandon those who aided you’. Would LUMEN do that? What if I said ‘get out of Thebeka and cancel all your wardecs or we’ll declare war and cloaky-camp you throughout all of empire?’ I mean, I wouldn’t expect you to take that deal. That’d be a pretty crappy deal, and frankly, it’d just embolden me to make more demands to not ‘change the terms of our arrangment’. Has LUMEN extended an offer to Samira to let her withdraw peacefully? Has LUMEN made arrangements with PIE to ensure it won’t be LUMEN’s allies nailing EM’s foot to the floor here while LUMEN tells them to leave?
Realistically, Garion, this isn’t a scenario where one fraction of one faction can negotiate with one fraction of the other. You’d need to have people on both sides with the standing to negotiate for the entire side, and the clout to enforce the agreement on their own people.
And really, I have yet to see any of those entities declared ‘enemies of Amarr’. They’re unmolested by the Imperial Navy. MIO doesn’t try to apprehend them. You’d think if they were ‘enemies of Amarr’, the Navy ships on the gates they travel through might actually pay attention to them, no? We’ve all seen the ‘criminals are not allowed in blahblahblah’ broadcasts. Ain’t seen FacPo stop a one of the folks you’re targeting, though.