That is incorrect. I did not speak ill of my superiors in PIE or the Empire, and in fact submitted immediately and without question to their orders to desist. The waves I was making was in speaking ill of members of the Kingdom and other groups, who for political reasons we are supposed to make nice with. To put it in other words for you… the things you say about Priano or Ishukone? Remarks like those are what I was punished for saying. It was the looseness of my tongue, not disobedience, that I was disciplined for. Because in the Empire, it is considered more civil to keep strong opinions private and pretend to like each other, even if you and your superiors hate the people you are dealing with. Indeed, there was some sentiment by my superiors that they agreed with my remarks. I just wasn’t allowed to say them aloud.
That is what I mean about being disciplined for making waves. Speaking honestly and truly about problems in our society is considered inappropriate.
The Empire is not the State, Kim. Stop speaking about it like it is. Merit is not a factor in leadership in the Empire. Our leaders are born into their position. They do not work to earn it. The most faithful, intelligent, and dutiful slave will remain a slave at the whim of the Holder, while the most incompetent, immature, and faithless Holder will remain a Holder as long as he doesn’t make someone with even more power than him angry. Even the Succession Trials, which were once about proving the fitness of the heir through personal challenges, are now determined through the actions of others, not the personal merits of the heir.
Part of what I am fighting for is to change that. Because the Empire actually needs to respect merit, to give power to those who prove they deserve it and that they are competent and responsible enough to wield it. A great many of our current problems are the result of favoring blood and ancestry over our actions.
Because I was born into slavery, and they were born into noble houses. That is how the Empire works, Kim. In PIE, I was placed into the Praetorian Auxiliary Force, a corporation which was created for the sole purpose of keeping the ‘lesser races’ out of the primary corporation. Our rank structure was explicitly limited: No matter the merit and deeds of a PAux member, no member of a ‘lesser race’ had the opportunity to ascend to the highest ranks in PIE. Just like there are only two Minmatar Holders in the entire Empire, and most free Minmatar in the Empire suffer very poor economic prospects and frequently fail to find work as they are passed over for less-merited True Amarr or Khanid workers.
The Empire is not the State.
For what it is worth, though, I have no desire to rule anything.