Oh, never lose that naivete and optimism, Aria. Plan ahead? Safeguards for a worst-case scenario being put in place when it makes sense to do it? Ahhhh, my friend, you should speak with any of the politicians around you. These things don’t happen. People don’t work like that.
And attempting to put the controls in at any time after… runs the risk of the exact same leak and blowback as above.
And that last bit… oh, that’s hilarious.
If a means to destroy all of the Empire’s capsuleers exists, probably conditions for its use also exist, and “DEAR GOD WHAT MAKES YOU THINK WE WOULD LET YOU HEATHENS DO THAT WITHOUT OUR DIRECT AUTHORIZATION??”
Yeah, no. Absolutely none of the CONCORD signatories are going to trust an outside organization with that kind of power over their own military, militia, and mercenary war machines. Especially not one where their enemies sit on the ruling council, too.
At the same time, if the Emipres go to war for real, they’re not going to abandon CONCORD. CONCORD’s too useful. They’ll be the Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of the independent capsuleers, telling us ‘don’t go trying to carve off a chunk of Aridia, or Lonetrek, or Black Rise’. They’ll simply be told to stay the hell out of the empires’ way, or else. A limited engagement like the Elder Fleet, while CONCORD still had the cudgel of the Jove looming out there to support their peacekeeping? Sure, CONCORD can step in and tell everyone to knock it off.
But the Jove are gone. CONCORD’s big stick is ringing a bit more hollow. And if they interfere… right back to cutting off funding.
Don’t think for a moment that CONCORD’s going to stick their balls in that blender.
Edit to Add: You are thinking, Aria, like an engineer. That’s not an insult, coming from a Sebiestor engineer, either. Power politics don’t work like that. People are too emotion-driven, too afraid of one another, too interested only in ‘how do I benefit?’ for that to work.