Today I address all those who walk in the rite, irrespective of fealty, or how profoundly their views may differ from those underlying His Grace Lord Sarum’s orders with regard to the system of Floseswin, you will all I hope desire to join me in a tribute to the courage and ability displayed by those of the Twenty-Fourth Imperial Crusade who fought so hard to execute them.
For my own part, I can only admit my awe at what has been accomplished by so few, for so long, with so little.
The second, and more difficult admission is that we are faltering. For years we in service to the Empire abdicated defence against the Republic to privateers, many of you spoke justly and movingly in castigation of their treason.
It cannot surprise anyone that after years of primacy within the crusade their departure left us unable to ameliorate the numerical advantages underpinning Minmatar offensives even the blindest knew were coming.
Where, however we have been surprised is not the growing pressure upon the limited forces remaining to us. But the deafness of our allies to the situation, that the March of Providence and State Protectorate are both pressured by aggressors is known; despite that both have granted what aid they have been able to spare us.
Some wish to portray themselves a shield, others speaking with bitterness, near contempt of reclamation, in some cases of slavery itself. I would entreat you clear your mind of such sanctimony upon these questions until such a time that we do not have a forces on a hostile world, until a Republic threatening reprisal does not hold most of Devoid and the Bleak Lands, until this shield places itself between those it professes to protect and those who would do them harm.
I am without means of judging what lies in store for persons who think it decent to stand by when their nation is in need, who think the mumbled words of “pendulum war” absolve them of any obligation, but for guidance I would look to Missions 13:21
“To know the true path, but yet, to never follow it. That is possibly the gravest sin”
I may be merely the representative of a modest holding, but I caution that this Empire will not likely forget or forgive those who in the height of their power, stray from their path denying to it the protection owed by all who are able.
Lady Saronu Yassavi