On April 4, YC116, the Intaki Liberation Front rebranded with a new logo depicting a gold infinity knot superimposed over a stylized red star. The new logo was introduced to better reflect ideals the corporation stands for and contains numerous layers of symbolism.
The infinity knot is a symbol found occasionally in fragmented Intaki writings which date from ancient times. While most information about its origin in Intaki culture has been lost, in certain circles it came to represent the Ida faith as well as the concept of continuity, both of which are two important aspects of Intaki culture. Each loop in the knot is a facet of existence: awaos (life), yekaliv (death), hyopayaahm (“between selves”), and jawnataat/juhambhaat (birth/rebirth). Capsuleers and clone soldiers employed by the corporation mirror this life cycle in their everyday activities: life, death, cloning, reawakening.
The knot’s color was purposefully chosen. Gold is associated with higher ideals, understanding, and enlightenment. Additionally, gold inspires knowledge, spirituality, and a deep understanding of the self and the soul, all of which are integral to Ida. Gold can also represent the benefactor or patron who shares wisdom, knowledge, and wealth. These qualities represent many general ideals that ILF upholds.
The star and its rays represent the Intaki sun, which calls on loyal patriots to protect the Intaki homeland and remember Intaki’s roots. Additionally, the Intaki sun acts as a shining beacon and the center of the independent Intaki sovereignty that ILF hopes to create. In the logo, the rays are thick at the base, diminishing to a point, to draw the eye inward rather than outward as a representation of self-reliance and autonomy.
As with the gold infinity knot, the color of the star is more than a literal representation of Intaki’s sun. Red is associated with endurance, excitement, and motivation to take action. It signifies pioneering spirit and leadership, confidence, and determination, which are additional traits ILF demonstrates. Red can also signify good luck.
Since the release of this new logo, ILF personnel have been spotted flying ships with red and/or gold highlights on them. Aliastra skins in particular are an attractive choice for special occasions. When they are out of pod or dropsuit, it’s also not uncommon to see ILF members in attire with similar color schemes.
Prior to the YC116 logo rebrand, the Intaki Liberation Front used a gold griffin rampant against a blue and black checkered background quartered by red bands. This logo represented the corporation for approximately seven years.
Historically, the griffin rampant has been known to represent a readiness for action and the promise of success, as the griffin unites force and industry together. A full-grown griffin is said to never be taken alive by its enemies; it is a valorous soldier “whose magnanimity is such as he had rather expose himself to all dangers, and even to death itself, than to become captive”.
This logo speaks to properties which contributed significantly to ILF’s past and current ideology. The corporation remembers the logo fondly as an important part of its history and continues to embrace its virtues to this day. Various goods produced by ILF which bear this classic logo are now considered collector’s items.
It’s not commonly known that for a brief period following the corporation’s founding, ILF was represented by another logo.
The fleur-de-lis, a stylized lily or iris, is an ancient symbol. Its origins and various meanings have been lost to time, but some records indicate the three petals could represent soldiers, industrialists, and followers of Ida. ILF used this logo until Saxon Hawke, the corporation’s founder, and his original contingent of members settled on the griffin rampant.