Once, I believed in fair trade, fair deals, and fair wages.
Once, I believed that the system would help those that needed it.
Once, I believed in the promise of the capsuleers, the most advanced and wealthy caste the New Eden cluster has ever produced, would do the things necessary to change our galaxy for the better.
I was wrong. In every imaginable way.
When @Angus_Thermopollye pulled me up from the slums of Gallente Prime and funded my education to achieve my capsuleer status, I thought this must be how all capsuleers are, benign demigods that wished to help those on the planets achieve greatness never before imagined.
My mentor laughed at me and nodded. “You’ll see,” he said.
And I did.
I was educated in psychiatry, primarily. I learned the ins and outs of the human mind. I graduated with top honors and I immediately sought to figure out a plan to help as many people as I could achieve what I had achieved. I wanted to be the helping hand that reached down from the heavens to lift those in most need up to the promised land.
I tried to help develop an organization that would benefit all that joined. NEMA would be my crowning achievement and I would be able to tell my mentor, finally, he was wrong. NEMA would return the resources to those in most need, non-capsuleers that suffered daily on the planets beneath them.
That day never came.
No matter the policy, no matter the call to work for the common good of the whole, the participating capsuleers and their corporations made it quite clear that they only sought profit and cared very little for the struggles of those that had not achieved pseudo-immortality.
And it fell apart. Infighting, agitators, and morally bankrupt capsuleers sought to seed the path to the ultimate end. Vying for power, hungry for control… I found myself disgusted.
Then, my mentor came to me and said, “There is another way.”
He sent a communique to my NeoCom from one @Aiko_Danuja. It was the piece I requested concerning the nature of CODE. and how it was good for business. Too many times I had seen Ms. Danuja attacked on these very forums for fighting the greed of capsuleers. By the time I was done reading the piece, I saw, indeed, there was another way.
The next cycle, I booted all members of the failed alliance, tired of their constant bickering and thirst for power and control. I sold all of our structures. I made a decision.
You see, everyone looks at CODE. as a bad thing. What that amounts to is they don’t like the message CODE. sends or the acts they carry out. However, they are doing everything in their power to fight the corruption of the elitist capsuleers and true believers can see that.
I formed a new alliance, Zer0 Enterprises. Our rules are simple: the ore does not belong to the elitist capsuleers, but to the people. We will not pay taxes. We will not ask permission. If it is not given, it will be taken.
Since we have begun this campaign, I’m happy to say that we’ve returned over 15 billion ISK to the people of the New Eden cluster. We built schools, hospitals, orphanages. We’re working with local political systems to remove corruption and give power back to its rightful owners. We’ve poured even more into fundamental research into curing diseases and mental health conditions.
So, now, we roam the 0.5 systems. We find the moons that are pulling ore, we catalog them, and then we take back what belongs to the people.
In short, capsuleers, we will come and take back what you’re stealing. There will be no more negotiation, no more diplomacy, and no more goodwill. You’ve all shown that you care little for anyone other than yourself.
The ore belongs to the people. We will see you in the fields.