At the end of December, Empress Jamyl I emancipated all ninth generation and later Minmatar slaves. The news rightly labelled the announcement a historical event. Enslavement is a terrible thing to do to any person. The empress said, “The Lord in his infinite grace has instructed me that the chains that fetter us will no longer be necessary in this new age of light and reason, neither the chains of hatred that restrain our minds nor the chains of indenture that restrain those less fortunate than ourselves.”

I’m not a follower of Amarr religion. I don’t pretend to understand even an iota of their beliefs or their god. But it seems to me that any gesture, divine or not, that frees the Minmatar people from the imprisonment imposed upon them by the Amarr is a step in the right direction. I understand the empress’s return was controversial and some, I think, still question whether she should be in power. I’d like to believe this event is at least a hint that she is going to take the Amarr Empire in a direction that will to the betterment of both her people and the Republic’s.

But now comes this report from Luminaire about reaction to the freeing of all those slaves. I do not understand how people like Senator Sephas Glissad and even Jekas Sighruss can think so narrowly, selfishly, suspiciously. Instead of lauding the event for what it is, the Senator worries about the fiscal impact? So…slaves should only be freed when it won’t bother anyone else’s wallet? Good grief! These people were slaves!

I could maybe excuse Jekas’s suspicion given how often the Amarr have raped the Minmatar people. But even so… What is that saying? “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” Is it too much to ask to simply rejoice in freedom?

Ursalin Dovaille has it right: there is hope for the Amarr regarding the value of self-determination. I can only admire Empress Jamyl for this decision despite the difficulty it will undoubtedly cause her. There is still much to be done in the Empire to abolish slavery and reshape that society for the better, but this was a good first step.