Sometimes, you have to fight for what you believe in.
In my case, this is liberty. The liberty of the individual to live their life as they please so long as they do not harm others, to believe what they please so long as they don’t force their beliefs on others. The liberty of the community to organise itself as it sees fit so long as it does not damage other communities. This is a central Gallente value. I have said many times in the past that the Federation not always lives up to its values, but they are values we hold dear and they are worth fighting for. These values are nowhere more threatened today than on Floseswin IV. There, Amarrian forces under the instruction of Lord Sarum are attempting to remove innocent people from their peaceful lives, to force them to convert to a belief that is not theirs, and to eradicate a human community on an entire planet. Those who resist are to be turned into slaves at least until they relent and accept the way of life, the creed, and the political organisation of their captors. This cannot be allowed to stand, not only because it is an affront in itself but because, to borrow from an old adage, if you tolerate Floseswin your own system may be next. Amarr won’t stop until the entire cluster has submitted to them.
And so, I am heeding the call for help issued by Cain Aloga, and joining in the effort to beat Amarr out of the Floseswin system.
But you also have to do what’s right for what you love.
In my case, this is the Intaki Diaspora. This confederation of capsuleers came together with nothing in mind but the better interest of the wider Intaki people. And, within its modest aims and capabilities, it has succeeded beyond our most optimistic expectations. This is largely the result of our credible commitment to staying focused on the well-being of Intaki. Part and parcel of this is Diaspora’s neutrality in other issues not involving Intaki.
My personal decision to fight in Floseswin cannot drag my whole corporation into factional warfare. And so, I am leaving OLDHR behind at least for the duration of my engagement. Similarly, my decision to take sides in the conflict between the Republic and the Empire cannot be allowed to bring into question the neutrality of the Diaspora or its focus on Intaki. And so, I am relinquishing also my membership in the Diaspora steering group.
Of course OLDHR will continue to be involved in Diaspora, but under different leadership. And I will continue to support, with my work, OLDHR-led projects such as the Diaspora medical centre programme. But I will not be the public face of either.
For liberty. For Intaki.
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