Here’s the thing though. The Black Eagles wasted no time performing their responsibility as the Secret Police, apprehending any Caldari sympathizer and traitors of the Federation, be it real or alleged. They do not follow any due processes and do not do trials.
The appointment of the Black Eagles, I believe, is the point the whole ‘Red Scare’ mentality (or in this case, Steel-Grey Scare) is solidified.
And only a few power brokers (e.g. Roden Shipyards) actually cared about what’s happening (because it affects them). Majority of the Federation citizens are too high or drunk or distracted to notice that there is something seriously wrong about this existing inside the Federation.
Also, the appointment of Jacus Roden as President kind of marked the obvious point when corporations big-shots are getting involved in politics (not to say that this didn’t already happen with corporations using their power to sway decisions made by various senators, but this time it’s probably more openly done).
As for problems with the Republic, well, there’s the issue with their crime rate (which is thankfully dropping), their very low tolerance for anything Amarr, even Amarr-devout Matari, etc. And that part about the Republic Secret Service being super shady with dealings with criminal elements e.g. the Cartel for the good of the Republic.
Let’s not forget that the Tribal Assembly and the Sanmatar post was established after a purge of every Parliamentary senator who is said to be a traitor collaborating with the Amarr Empire. No trials being done there.
Or the fact that despite supposedly united, there’s plenty of political intrigue along tribal lines. This Tribal Chief will attempt to form alliances with that Tribal Chief to undermine that other Tribal Chief and etc.
And how having the bad tattoo can cause the individual to be un-person’ed.