Brothers and sisters of the tribes, esteemed allies; and those outsiders who would listen.
I think the time has come to take a very close look at the Republic politics of the past decade, and realize the mistake of the Bloody Hands for what it was: baseless warmongering, soothing wounded prides, and strategic decisions given to masses with zero understanding of the scope of the Great Game.
Take one look at Edencom, and you have to realize, that more than ever, these old wise words hold:
"Proud people… You forget how precious the Republic is… and how fragile. The Republic is here to protect that most precious thing. It is here to protect our freedoms. And so it does. The Republic serves its people, and the Fleet protects its people.
You would see the Amarr come tear this all down? You live in a dream brothers. I care not for the politics, I care for the people of this Republic and my solemn duty to protect them all, a Duty that Karishal himself swore to as well, as my men here swore too. Yes, we protect the people here. It is our Duty. It is the Duty. And it is not easy.
You think there is not one of us who does not want to take the fight to Amarr and bring all our people back? You think we dont hear their cries? We dont hear their prayers? We dont see them? Everyday we do so. Every damn day. Yet we carry on our duty, we carry on with our protection.
I am too old to fear the Amarr. I know certainties, that you would not. And one of them is this, and it is a sad one: The Republic Fleet is not strong enough to invade Amarr and have enough strength left to defend what it had freed. Nor could we stand against the Amarr without losing more than we would gain.
You are children, brave children, but children still."
– @Kanth_Filmir, Pator, YC109.02.12, when resigning over the Muritor incident
Yes, we won in Floseswin, and yes, those who fought that battle deserved to be drunk on that victory for a while. But after the party comes the time to sober up.
Here are the facts:
We did not “come for our people” on Floseswin IV. No one is free due to that campaign who was not free before Sarum’s landing.
We have no clear information on the 300,000 hostages the Enemy took. We do not hold anything in Floseswin we can use to negotiate further.
With the help of simultaneous massive attacks by invading aliens in multiple Empire systems we barely held the line.
The Amarr Navy is the only one of the national navies that fights off the Triglavians with ease. Amarr Empire is getting fortified all over. There is a double fortress on the Mandate border.
And now the warzone has fallen again.
How many Floseswins do you think we could fight and not lose one? How many planets could we take from the Empire?
Oh, if we fought The War now, we could make every step cost for the Amarr. We have, we could again, and if we have to, we will. And I trust to Fate that they have the sense to see that, and not want to pay that cost.
But we must see clearly, brothers and sisters. The beginning of all wisdom is facing the facts. Shakor’s war never came, and it is not coming. We had our window, and we missed it. A distasteful peace to protect what we have is better than a war where everything is lost.
It is our Duty. It is the Duty. And it is not easy. But never again another Long Night.