(IC) History and Slavery
The following text is an excerpt of an essay that has been the topic of hot dicussion and debate since its publishing.
History and Slavery: An examination of the practice and it's consequences.
In my travels, I have oft been confronted by those who stand against our glorious Empire, the seething curse-spewing elements who threaten the lives of our people and the sanctity of our holdings. While it is my duty to dispense justice unto those who threaten the innocent of Amarr, and to leave their remains to the cold expanse, a calling in which I thank my God and my Emperor for the privilege of performing, I seek more and more to understand the purpose, the ideology that propels a terrorist to his choice in life. A ship Captain is not just a man. He is educated, owns property, and runs business. This description applies not only to the brave men and women who defend our borders, but even to the ranks of those that oppose the Will of the Emperor.
I am aware and disparaged by the common Ammarian willingness to typify our enemies as a lower class of life form, mere dogs, fanatics, madmen. To classify them as such is inaccurate and a disservice, not only to them, but to our valiant Captains who best them on the field of battle.
Any traveler of the space-lanes can tell you of the constant banter between warriors scattered across the galaxy....and he can probably inform you at great wearying length of the major reason our enemies claim to be the sign of our injustice: the practice of slavery within Imperial borders. To a Minmataar captain especially, the practice is seen not as a simple disagreement, but a holy war of their own, which they see as an effort to liberate their wronged brethren....
I hope to clarify the situation somewhat. Our enemies, if made to know the truth of the matter, may have the will yet to hear reason, if properly presented. There are many who use the argument as an excuse to attack a power that they as a society can only envy, angered by the achievements of our pinnacle of society, but at least their ranks will not be filled by those who seek judgment upon a fictional assailant.
I look to history for my answers, and there do I find them.
As the Empire was forged, God himself placing within its leader the will and foresight to rule, the society we know as the Amarr began to come into being. As many of us know now, they knew then of the significance of themselves as a society...It was not that they were simply more powerful, but rather the foundation of law, the development of commerce, the encouragement of scientific advancement, all under the guidance and divine direction of the Lord's chosen. When such a society develops, it becomes that society's DUTY and role to spread itself, to expand, and thus to give to others the same privilege that we as a people enjoyed; the honor of serving the Creator himself.
This honor was not understood by those that the Ancient Amarr found in their travels. They mocked the Emperor, and his people, jealous of the gifts god had given his chosen. Throughout the ages of our history this cycle has repeated itself...and always there has been only one answer to it.
How can one fight a lack of understanding? Ignorance breeds ignorance, and many a mind is unable to be changed through reason. The old Emperors were compelled to spread the word of God through force. Thus was the Empire both expanded and weakened. How could the Empire continue its work in the World in the face of the losses suffered through war?
While this is how the practice of slavery began, it served a dual purpose. Those conquered were in no way ready to become true citizens of the Empire. They did not truly understand the Will of God, even though many claimed to as to avoid a life of servitude. How could the Amarrians as a people hand the 'keys of the kingdom' to such as them?
Let us look at the Ni-Kunni.
As the Amarrians first began to expand outside of their home world, they encountered this people. The Ni-Kunni would hear nothing of the Word and war was almost inevitable from the start. We all know the result, as the Ni-Kunni lands and holdings were taken and occupied completely, the people themselves made to spend their lives working to repay the debt their leaders had incurred in their insolence.
This situation smacks of familiarity no doubt. The Conquering of the Minmitaar race proceeded and concluded in much the same way....but there is a definite difference in how the Ni-Kunni handled their plight.
The Ni-Kunni as a whole served in slavery for hundreds of years...however, as the generations passed, their walls of ignorance and refusal of the truth began to crack, and light began to seep through. They accepted the Word of God to their hearts, and saw their role as servants to the creator.
Today, the Ni-Kunni stand among the True Amarr as brothers united, fellow servants of the Emperor and the People. They have now been entrusted with the same Cause that God gave to the First Emperor, and the Glory of the Empire shines with the fruits of their efforts as free men. Slavery served not as a punishment, but as a catalyst to enlightenment!
When the Minmitaar Rebellion occurred, Ignorance showed its power. Instead of seeing slavery as a process, a transition through penance, they saw themselves as victims of a ravaging foe. Thus they rose, in such a fury as to expel the armies and fleets of the Empire from their space. It was a pivotal moment in history, and no matter what the extenuating circumstances were that allowed the rebellion to succeed, we Amarrians as a people must respect the tenacity and bravery of those who fought us, and pity them, for their actions have condemned them as a race to live out of God's favor, farther than ever from their destiny; to serve the Creator alongside us.
The Existence of the Ammatar State should thusly be seen as both a miracle and a testament to the Lord's willingness to forgive. While their own people fought those who brought them truth, the Ammatars stood against the ignorance of their brethren, refusing to close their minds and hearts. They stood fast at the side of the Empire....and thus they exist today, not as slaves, but as Citizens, living the Dream...serving the Holy Cause as free men.
Your average Minmataar should be happy for his Ammatar brethren, who are blessed with the opporitunity to serve the Lord as free men. Instead they are seen as collaborators, in league with some great evil....
My, how the current situation in our galaxy would change if our enemies understood the truth! Our late and glorious Emperor Hierdaan saw that force could only do so much. In his remarkable "Pax Amarria", he implores us as a people to give diplomacy and education a chance once more, that force can only achieve so much in our efforts to secure our mighty borders. Centuries off attacks by unbelievers and brutal terrorism have jaded us into thinking such ideas are folly, and our enemies are somehow less human than we, and must be treated as such.
We cannot allow ourselves to descend to such thinking. We must allow the Word of God to spread through the ranks of our enemies, while bringing the Lord's wrath down upon those who perpetuate the ignorance that has cost so many lives.
Long Live the Empire.
Very nice speach, and so very true...
a great read and an amarrian testament