Since taking my seat as president of The Star League, I have been counseled to temper my calls for Intaki self-determination and in great measure I have done so. I have labored for the Federation, accepting missions from both her navy and senate, working to their ends and protecting the integrity of her sovereignty. However, recent events have taken me aback, grieved me for my lapse and given rise to my voice once more.
Before martial law is declared to be the supreme law of the land, and your character as free citizens be changed to that of the subjects of a military king, let me admonish you in the name of sacred liberty, to make a solemn pause. Permit a freeman to address you, and to solicit your attention to a cause wherein yourselves and your posterity are concerned. The sun never shone upon a more important one. It is the cause of freedom of the whole universe for yourselves and your fellow men.
A conspiracy against the freedom of all, both deep and dangerous, has been formed by an infernal junta of demagogues. Our formerly free systems are to be consolidated into one despotic monarchy. Is not this position obvious? Its evidence is intuitive. Who can deny the president-general acts as king to all intents and purposes, and one of the most dangerous kind too&0151;a king elected to command a standing navy. Thus our laws are administered by a tyrant.
A quorum of senators, with a king at their head, possesses powers that extend to the lives, the liberties, and property of every citizen. Already this quorum of the well born, with their military king, using a standing army devoted to his will, are exerting their power over the free citizens of Caldari Prime.
The thoughts of a military officer possessing such powers, as the president-general has exercised, are sufficient to excite in the mind of a freeman the most alarming apprehensions; and ought to rouse him to oppose it at all events. Every freeman of the universe ought to hold up this idea to himself: that he has no superior but God and the laws. But this tyrant feels so much our superior, that he can at any time he thinks proper, order out the navy to oppress liberty when and where he pleases. His officers can wantonly inflict the most disgraceful punishment on a peaceable citizen, under pretense of disobedience, or the smallest infraction of curfew.
The president-general, who acts as our king, is vested with powers exceeding those of the most despotic monarch we know of in modern times. At least the slavers of Amarr do not hide behind a pretense when they come with chains. What a handsome return have these men of power made to the people of Intaki for their confidence!
Intaki under one purely democratic rule, would be rendered the happiest and most free nation in the universe. But under the current one composed of an elective king with a standing navy, officered by his sycophants, the starvelings of Luminaire, and an aristocratic senate of the well-born-an iota of happiness or freedom cannot exist.