When the Shokorites launched their cowardly and unprovoked attack on the Empire nearly four years ago, PIE was amongst the first to answer the call and join the 24th Imperial Crusade to defend our families and our way of life.
Since then, PIE has often punched well above its weight. We were at the forefront of the campaign to secure the remains of St Aman in the Kourmonen system. We have in the past regularly appeared in top ten lists for the highest number of kills. We were the first podder-controlled body to amass one million victory points, and to this day we have more victory points than any other Amarrian corporation.
However, those successes have come at a cost. PIE exists to promote the causes of God and Empire throughout the cluster, and our work with the militia has meant that our other duties have been neglected.
It is with this in mind that we have elected to cease our formal ties to the militia and redeploy to outside of the current theatre of war in order to work towards other objectives.
We leave a militia that has many corporations ideologically dedicated to the Empire and the Amarrian way of life - corporations that are in many ways better suited to the Empyrean War than PIE. Groups such as the Amarr 7th Fleet are capable units and we trust them to continue to take the fight to the Shakorites and provide the Crusade with victory after victory.
I'm sure that there will be some speculation regarding our next base of operations. I will not go into any specifics here for what I hope are obvious reasons.
I want to emphasise that although we are leaving the militia, we are not abandoning them. Selected militia corps will qualify for discounted T2 ships, and there will be times in the future when we will rejoin for a period of time or declare war on specific corps working for the Republic. We will also continue to maintain offices with stocked hangars in the region, and may from time-to-time patrol through the warzone.