For nearly a year now I’ve monitored the ILF’s public channel, FreeIntaki. Its intent is to be a freely-accessible comms stream for those of us in space to “discuss the security and politics of the Intaki system” on the fly. But often (at least when I’m actively paying attention) the channel is quiet or used for neutrals and blues to send greetings to one another.

Occasionally, however, the channel erupts into debate. In the past I have usually stayed quiet, feeling back then that my own opinion was not yet properly formed or that I would have little to contribute.

In the months since joining (and rejoining) ILF I’ve gathered a lot of experience here. I’ve spoken with my fellow pilots, I’ve listened to the Suresha and others, I’ve co-operated with our blues. I’ve killed a lot of pirates, mainly Serpentis (and always there are more of them, like a never-ending blight). I’ve been killed myself. I’ve seen and experienced firsthand the difficulties Intaki suffers from.

Today in FreeIntaki there was a debate regarding Intaki, and independence, and the role or value of the Federation. At the time it simply felt natural to weigh in as I did. But now, looking back at it, I’m actually finding myself somewhat surprised I had that much to say. When did I become so political?

I liked it.

Transcript follows.

Channel ID: 2114849776
Channel Name: FreeIntaki
Listener: Sakaane Eionell
Session started: YC113.04.05 00:09:13

Wei TianXiang > Namas!
Sakaane Eionell > Namas Wei.
Wei TianXiang > I am debating whether to offer my alliance a mining op within the Intaki area. Not sure whether the mix of ores and distance to travel will suit them well.
Sakaane Eionell > Where are you coming from?
Wei TianXiang > The extra bit of boost to the economy here would be one small way I see I might contribute.
Sakaane Eionell > Contributions are always welcome.
Wei TianXiang > All over. The alliance is recovering from losing access to a pocket in Syndicate.
Sakaane Eionell > Ah.
Wei TianXiang > We’re mutual-blue to I-RED and some others I recognize as mutual allies from the ILF website. Intel: Intaki, three -5.0 or worse, corp “Killing in the Nude”. Skull featured in corp logo. Triggers response under rules of engagement?
Sakaane Eionell > Mhmm.
Wei TianXiang > Celebrian Telemnar, Dj Turner, Gerth Dopple. Gerth had earlier convos in local with Sakaane, so unsure how to respond myself.
Sakaane Eionell > He proclaims he is trying to reform.
Bataav > Those three are an interesting trio… All three are “apparently” working towards being model citizens…
Wei TianXiang > All docked here in Intaki V Astral station, talking about the prices. I’ll be doing my bit in the coming months. Clone-jumping to Gisleres to handle some other business, start figuring out what to move into Agoze station.
Bataav > You’ll find that’s the paradox of Intaki trade… While on the one hand we struggle against the pirates…because of the low security rating of the system they are often frequent customers.
Sakaane Eionell > They spend money and buy our goods…and then use said goods to try and kill us.
Charles Baker > Well some of the pirate trade is welcome, their demand for weapon systems especially, however the booster trade that seems to follow them around is another story.
Sakaane Eionell > Indeed.
Bataav nods.
Bataav > I agree.
Wei TianXiang > Thus I’m thinking of mining gear — miners bring top cover, and it’s hard to get podded by a mining crystal.
Charles Baker > Intaki still needs a standing fleet to make the area safe for the miners.
Sakaane Eionell > Agreed.
Anais Castells is standing right now.
Victorick > Question is, how do we enthuse a fleet to commit such an act?
Charles Baker > See, I’m not a full supporter of independence. I would rather we become an autonomous region within the Federation.

This is where I suddenly found my voice. Charles’s statement was not unreasonable, nor inflammatory, to any degree. And not that I replied with anger by any stretch. But suddenly all those conversations with Njal made sense, and everything I have been working with my fellow ILF pilots for crystallized in my mind.

Wei TianXiang > I’m not yet capable of taking a place in even a standby fleet. I will have to train up via Astral missions. I’ll use the Intaki Navy (?) guide to help orient me. Tempted by the “Dominix with mining lasers and lotsa drones” concept, I must admit.
Sakaane Eionell > The Federation is slowly choking Intaki. Our culture, our very identity is being swallowed by the behemoth which cares not for us. We need to stand alone as we once did.
Charles Baker > I would argue that if we stand alone we will be swallowed by a less altruistic beast.
Ravede enDama > Namas. When was it that we stood alone, exactly?
Victorick > While it’s a peach perfect idea to think such ideals Sakaane, the question remains, do we have the manpower to pull off such a feat?
Sakaane Eionell > We stood alone before the Federation scooped us up. At the time such an arrangement was beneficial for Intaki, but not any longer.
Wei TianXiang > And, manpower or not, will the course we choose be acceptable to history?
Anais Castells > Things have changed since then tho.
Victorick > We were unable to stand without the Federation then, what has changed? I ask only to provoke your thoughts.
Bataav > Opinion ranges from renewing our links to our cousins in the Syndicate…or building upon Mordu’s Legion as an Intaki Naval force… Some see some form of relationship persisting with the Federation similar to that between the Khanid and Amarr…
Ravede enDama > We founded the Federation. The question isn’t how to cleave the homeworld from it, but how to recapture its erstwhile influence over the affairs of the body politic.
Wei TianXiang > How unhelpful it is that history only speaks to those who come later, and not all too clearly at that.
Sakaane Eionell > Our choice should be for us, not for history.
Victorick > Agreed, we are not the Amarr.
Sakaane Eionell > We will strive for the manpower, as we always have.
Charles Baker > I would rather see our culture swallowed and committed to the history texts than see us aligned with the criminals of the Syndicate.
Ravede enDama > How about neither?
Wei TianXiang > Agree with Revede.
Sakaane Eionell > I believe Intaki should be kept whole, and returned to its roots. Neither the Caldari nor the Gallente have any business here.
Wei TianXiang > Right action and right character stands the test of time and trouble better than not-right.
Bataav > There was talk of an Intaki Navy being put before the Assembly, and that Mordu’s Legion with its Intaki roots being the starting point. What is the consensus here on that?
Charles Baker > Our roots are a single planet, our influence is spread across and entire Federation and further, what do you propose? Some grand reclamation whereby all the Intaki across the universe converge on our home?
Sakaane Eionell > Those who wish to come should. Those who choose not to are free to follow the calling of their heart.
Bataav > Oh more than a single planet… In the years before the Federation it’s known that the Intaki had colonized other systems nearby.
Ravede enDama > Colonies everywhere, really.
Charles Baker > But that is the problem Bataav, millions of our brothers and sisters have integrated. Like it or not we as a people are part of something larger than our home.
Ravede enDama > Like I said, we are the Federation.
Sakaane Eionell > Just because something is, does not mean it should be accepted and left to stand.
Wei TianXiang > I thought Vey had first formed only after Gallente contact.
Bataav > This is a common argument. And while there are those such as Intaki Pure who wish to see those of Intaki heritage leave the Federation, other groups such as the ILF focus on the people of Intaki regardless of heritage.
Victorick > To fight is our right, hold those words close and true, for all Intaki who stand beside us.
Charles Baker > Agreed, it should be reformed instead of being mindlessly obliterated and leading to the weakening of our culture and state to the point where even the bandits and pirates would pose a real threat.
Wei TianXiang > Sort of the Minmatar problem only with less physical violence to go with the clash of principles…
Charles Baker > We are hardly slaves.
Ravede enDama > The Minmatar “problem”?
Sakaane Eionell > Depends on your point of view. I would say that those who see no problem with our culture being eaten way by Gallente ideals are slaves to the Federation, and would do well to consider what patriotism they have for their ancestral homeland.
Charles Baker > And what of the Gallente themselves who have seen their “Pure” culture corrupted by our influence?
Wei TianXiang > Yes, what do they do with the Amarr and the results of their contact? How to untangle what history has so far unwoven, without losing what makes us who we are?
Sakaane Eionell > That is for the Gallente to figure out, not us.
Bataav > You make a good point when you talk of not losing who we are…
Ravede enDama > Do any of you feel that you’ve lost touch with something vital?
Bataav > You’ll find it is those of us on the secessionist side who make efforts to improve commerce and trade… Make efforts to preserve our heritage… Our language… Ida…
Sakaane Eionell > Yes.
Ravede enDama > Then reconnect with it.
Sakaane Eionell > That is why I am in the ILF, to do just that, and see to it that others may also have that chance.
Bataav > I believe through self determination we can do that.
Charles Baker > I think we can achieve more at the negotiating table with the Federation than with blasters in high orbit.

Blasters in high orbit? What sort of organization does Charles think the ILF is?

Ravede enDama > Why does a matter of personal appreciation for culture have to extend to a political agenda?
Bataav > Oh most definitely. Only a fool resorts to violence without first exploring peaceful avenues.
Ravede enDama > Look, I grew up on the homeworld across the street from an ethnic Mannar family and watched the same holovids their kids did. But I don’t think that made me less of an Intaki.
Bataav > You’ve said it yourself… The Intaki people are spread far and wide. Through Federal integration the Intaki identity…culture…call it what you will is diluted.
Sakaane Eionell > There are those of us who believe our autonomy is just as precious as our heritage and religious beliefs. You don’t have to share that vision.
Ravede enDama > Diluted?
Sakaane Eionell > Very much so.
Bataav > It was even said that it would be preferable to be consigned to history rather than associate with our cousins from the Syndicate.
Anais Castells > ‘Our’ culture is a misnomer. Culture develops and progress according to its environment. While we were limited to Intaki it was an ‘Intaki’ culture, but now that we have broken the shackles of space that is not true, and never will be again.
Charles Baker > Oh I believe in autonomy Sakaane, just not full independence that would leave us weak and open to influence.
Ravede enDama > It’s expanded and diversified and magnified far beyond what it was when we lived on only one world.
Sakaane Eionell > I disagree, Charles. We are smothered by the Federation and thus already weak and open to influence. Mainly theirs, and whatever scraps they care to throw us from their table.
Bataav > They lead us into their conflicts with the Caldari… That is not our fight.
Sakaane Eionell > Agreed.
Ravede enDama > How is it not? The Assembly is a signatory of the Federal Charter.
Charles Baker > The Caldari are corporate expansionists. Without the Federation we would be their economic slaves, a fate as bad as that of the Matari.
Ravede enDama > We are bound to the mutual defense of the Federation. Not to mention keeping the Caldari from buying our homeworld is in our best interests. As Charles alludes to.
Sakaane Eionell > Why should we be? Before the recent war which saw the Assembly rightly refuse FDU access to our space, what did the Federation ever do to assist Intaki with its security problems?
Ravede enDama > The FDU has plenty of access to our space.
Sakaane Eionell > Why then should we assist them with theirs?
Ravede enDama > I’m in one of its stations right now above Intaki 2.
Bataav > The Militia say that piracy is not their concern… Yet who among us has been targeted by Caldari forces? And who has been the victim of piracy? Which is the real threat?
Ravede enDama > And to answer your question, the Federation did exactly what the Assembly asked it to do. It stayed out.
Sakaane Eionell > I refer to you to the Assembly action last year which had the Federal Navy turned away and refused entry.
Ravede enDama > Yes, and in that case they again did as they were asked. The FedNav turned around and went back.
Sakaane Eionell > The Assembly also requested ceasefire, which both sides blatantly ignore.
Bataav > They did… And on that specific point I would see such rights of the Assembly broadened to include all Intaki territories not just the home system.
Ravede enDama > Consequence of equipping independent capsuleers with the legal right to do your fighting for you.
Sakaane Eionell > They fight in our space all the time, and as Bataav points out, we are often used as target practice.
Charles Baker > I still think that the Federation could be persuaded, to grant us autonomous rulership of Intaki space while remaining nominal members of the Federation.
Ravede enDama > Look, you want hisec protections, lobby the Senate to make the necessary changes.
Sakaane Eionell > As far as I’m concerned they need to restrict their squabbles to their own turf. ILF has been lobbying for such things for years, to no avail, Ravede. The Senate has deaf ears for us.
Ravede enDama > When’s the last time you filed a petition on the matter? Or asked your organization to use its wealth and influence to do the same? Obviously the matter is more pressing now than ever before.

I couldn’t believe how incredibly ignorant this man was to make such statements. If you’re going to challenge an organization or the people who include themselves within it, at least be knowledgeable about what that organization actually does.

Sakaane Eionell > The diplomats of ILF work toward this and other goals all the time. It is a matter of course.
Ravede enDama > Last time I checked the diplomats of the ILF were engaged in a shouting match with the Gallente extremist lobby over Suresha Hawke’s decision to call for secession again. But maybe I’m not read up on the latest news. I’ve been unplugged and out of the country for a while.
Bataav > As part of the diplomatic team I can assure you we do much more than debate with our detractors.
Sakaane Eionell > Not everything is hung in public, certainly.
Ravede enDama > By the way, there is a killer Intaki restaurant in Pator at the RepFleet logistics station. Small expat community. Great southern food.
Bataav smiles.
Bataav > I shall have to visit when I am next in the area.
Ravede enDama > Highly recommend if you’re ever out that way.
Charles Baker > I’m guessing they have had their culture “polluted” despite how great the food may be.
Sakaane Eionell > I’ll keep it in mind. I don’t believe I’ve ever had cause to travel to Minmatar space.
Wei TianXiang > One can only go so far without the actual planetary environment around it.
Ravede enDama > Better southern style than I’ve had at most places on the homeworld, Charles.
Charles Baker > Exactly the response I was hoping for Ravede.
Wei TianXiang > Gets right back to Anais’s earlier point about culture being a product of the people and their environment. I haven’t gotten accustomed to many of the southern sauces. Some past classmates, dear friends at academy, say the same about many northern tastes. Yet north and south came together very well, and quickly, to prepare for the Second Contact with the Gallente. What are we missing, to not craft such amity and concurrence manifest now?
Sakaane Eionell > I don’t think it’s what we are missing necessarily as what simply overrides us. We look to them too much, instead of to ourselves, and forget what we have.
Ravede enDama > Sure, so get busy remembering and cherishing it.
Sakaane Eionell shakes her head slowly at Ravede.
Sakaane Eionell > It is not just for one person to do. Encouraging all Intaki to do so is ideal. What do you think I have been doing for the last six months?
Ravede enDama > And it’s within their rights to do whatever they want.
Sakaane Eionell > And you? What do you do to retain your roots?

I note that Ravede never answered this question, which disappointed me. Whether he missed it or simply could not answer because he realized he doesn’t do anything specific to retain the traditions of his family or his ancestors I’ll never know now. But his silence made me wonder, considering his proclamations that the rest of us should “get busy”. I didn’t appreciate his smarmy attitude toward us and our desires for Intaki at all.

Ravede enDama > By the way, FedNav contractor just slagged three Serpentis destroyers off the Agoze gate. Don’t say the Federation never does anything for Intaki.
Sakaane Eionell > That’s perhaps a good start but far from adequate. A mere drop in the bucket.
Wei TianXiang > Many drops make a torrent. How to encourage the drops to continue?
Sakaane Eionell > How indeed.
Ravede enDama > ISK?
Charles Baker > Well apparently you don’t want those drops to increase. You want them to cease and leave that space immediately, bloody secessionists.
Bataav smiles.
Bataav > Not quite…
Sakaane Eionell > If the Federation values us so much, then they should step up their game and prove it. Otherwise, let us alone.
Bataav > The Federation can’t have it both ways.
Sakaane Eionell > Exactly.
Bataav > The Federation cannot neglect its citizens and use autonomy as an excuse.
Ravede enDama > They have. How many good men and women died on FDU ships pushing the Caldari out? How many have died trying to keep them out?
Charles Baker > So you request that the Federation doesn’t help… Then whine when they don’t.
Bataav > But then insist on being present against the Caldari.
Sakaane Eionell > Again Charles, because they can’t have it both ways. If they won’t let us go, then they must show us due respect and protect us as they do anyone else. But in the past they have failed to do this, so we don’t want them.
Ravede enDama > The way I see it, most of the issue derives from the fact that CONCORD forces the terms of the EMWPA on the Foiritan administration. Terms that placed the homeworld directly in the line of fire.
Charles Baker > So you want them to ignore our requests for independence and send in the fleet, solely so you can complain that they infringe upon Intaki sovereignty?
Ravede enDama > We got dealt a shit hand, but that doesn’t mean we should backbite each other over it. We should come together, aim into the wind, and fight through it.
Sakaane Eionell > Not at all. I want them to acknowledge our right to independence if the people so choose, and let us secede peacefully. If they do not then they must not continue only providing their half-assed attention simply to maintain good press relations.
Charles Baker > You put them in a situation where they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
Bataav > It’s not a case of wanting them to defend us.
Ravede enDama > Of what right to independence are you speaking? The right to patrol our own home system?
Bataav > Yes.
Ravede enDama > The right to manage economic affairs on our own.
Sakaane Eionell > And to govern ourselves without Senate interference.
Bataav > And the rest of the Intaki territories.
Ravede enDama > Those rights already exist.
Sakaane Eionell > We should not have to answer to them.
Ravede enDama > Why not? We created the Senate for that purpose. To forge a more cohesive and more perfect interstellar Union.
Sakaane Eionell > They do not exist. The Assembly does not have its own force. Instead they have to borrow ships from other organizations.
Ravede enDama > Now that it doesn’t serve your purposes you are happy to run away from it without question? How very pragmatic.
Bataav > Not without question but the debate is not equal… Vremaja Idama said the very same thing.
Sakaane Eionell > I had no part in the formation of the Senate, and neither did you. What our ancestors did, they did because it was right at the time. Now it is no longer so. Life is change.
Ravede enDama > The principles that the Federal Charter embodies have not.
Bataav > He said that when the Caldari left the Federation and some Intaki spoke out in support of them they were silenced out of shock of the Federal response… Rather than risk Federal wrath the Intaki toed the line. To me that does not speak of support through free will.
Ravede enDama > Yea, well they got up and marched in the streets of Caille in the middle of a fascist junta. What do you expect?
Bataav > It speaks of silence through fear.
Sakaane Eionell > Agreed.
Ravede enDama > You can’t blame the UNat years on the Gallente of today. Might as well blame me for my great-great-grandmother’s crimes.
Sakaane Eionell > Then why do you use the reverse argument against me regarding the Senate, as if it is my fault? Quite hypocritical, don’t you think?
Ravede enDama > How is that?
Bataav > I invite you to visit the IGS… A place of debate and discussion… I invite you to show me a debate where the Intaki topic is not met by rebuttal by members of the Federal militia…military men. Not commercial business owners… Not industrialists.
Sakaane Eionell > Why should my beliefs and the beliefs of my peers today be discounted because of something people did a long time ago?
Bataav > Only the military respond…
Ravede enDama > I’m not discounting your beliefs, I’m challenging them. These are beliefs and actions you hold and take today. For which you are accountable.
Charles Baker > Bataav I would argue this independence movement is equally as bullish as the Federation military.
Ravede enDama > The actions of people 200 years ago cannot be brought up as evidence against their descendants.
Sakaane Eionell > But that is what you are doing! You argue that we are accountable to the Senate and so on. And I say we should not be any longer.
Ravede enDama > Where did you grow up?
Sakaane Eionell > On Intaki, until my early twenties.
Ravede enDama > Homeworlder? Okay, so you’re a Gallente citizen.
Wei TianXiang > Ah, as to the Senate, are they accountable in any way to us as Intaki?
Ravede enDama > So am I. Since we were born, we’ve received the benefits of being part of the society governed by the Federation. At a high interstellar level. We received allowances of social welfare, protection, etc. Each case is different, but every citizen in the Federation is essentially allowed these basic things. The stability afforded by government. Presently you wish to turn your back on that government.
Sakaane Eionell > Tell that to my father and siblings, spaced by Serpentis pirates interested in the cargo of a passenger liner inside Agoze. Where was the Federation protection then?
Charles Baker > Where will it be when we are independent.
Sakaane Eionell > There is no stability in Intaki.
Ravede enDama > Indeed. I lost my parents on Reschard V. I don’t blame Jacus Roden. I blame the EoM.
Charles Baker > When the Federation reduces its meager protection, what will hundreds of native Intaki rise up and defend our homeland, I very much doubt that.
Sakaane Eionell > We are overrun by pirates and hooligans, and have been for decades. The Federation in all that time has done nothing to eliminate these threats and make our space safe. And you question why a secessionist movement should grow out of that sort of history.
Ravede enDama > I just killed at least a few hundred of them on my way out of the system.
Charles Baker > Has your secessionist movement with its manned ships put a dent in pirate activity?
Ravede enDama > As I’m on the FedNav payroll does that count?
Charles Baker > Because without demonstrating the ability to defend yourself you hold no right to freedom.

I really hope he didn’t mean that the way it sounded. How could anyone believe that someone who may otherwise be defenseless against an aggressor, or an oppressor, or any other form of tyrant, have no right to be free from such tyrrany? Anyone who cannot stand up for themselves should just shut up and put up with the status quo? Really?

Bataav > Charles are you suggesting we make no effort?
Charles Baker > I’m suggesting you put ships in system to prove a point.
Ravede enDama > To be fair, the ILF do.
Bataav > ILF, IPI and our allies’ ships are out daily.
Sakaane Eionell > The Minmatar were unable to defend themselves from the Amarr. Does that mean they have no right to freedom, Charles?
Charles Baker > And yet the protection is still not great enough, until it is WE as a people cannot risk independence. They took that right by fire and proved their worth.
Bataav > But that is our point! Charles you have identified the issue.
Ravede enDama > Again this strange suggestion that the Intaki situation is alike the Matari. You say you’ve never been to Minmatar space, Sakaane. It shows. I’ve spent plenty of time in the Republic. And things are not comparable.
Sakaane Eionell > I do not have to have travelled there to be aware of their plight.
Bataav > Until we are able to prove we can defend ourselves we must remain part of the Federation… A Federation that would not tolerate an independent Intaki Navy… How can we prove it??
Sakaane Eionell > But Charles, instead of nay-saying, perhaps you could do better by pitching in to help your fellow Intaki.
Charles Baker > I have that exact intent Sakanne. I’m just working on finalizing the shipyard order now. I’ll admit I agree with you on many points, I just feel that we can have all of what you want without the danger of leaving the Federation.
Sakaane Eionell > Fair enough.
Ravede enDama > Yep, totally agree with Charles.
Charles Baker > I mean would it be acceptable, to the ILF and their allies if Intaki remained part of the Federation with all of the obligations and rights of that position, while giving complete administrative and military control of Intaki space. As a Federal Republic of Intaki.
Bataav > It would be a big step in the right direction. But again one of the key points is that we are not only talking about the home system.
Charles Baker > I meant Intaki space as in at the least the majority of the Placid region.
Bataav > Between the time of first contact with the Gallente and the founding of the Federation there was period of Intaki expansion. Ahhh well then yes that would be a huge positive gain.
Ravede enDama > What, run the entire Diaspora like a semi-autonomous division?
Charles Baker > Move the Intaki into a semi-autonomous position such as the Khanid.
Ravede enDama > Think the Sajhans would ever go for letting the Assembly tell them what to do?
Bataav > Although there are many differences between the two… If you look at the autonomy enjoyed by the Khanid, yet still linked with the Amarr Empire… A similar version of autonomy within a reformed Federation would likely have support.
Ravede enDama > I don’t see it working very smoothly.
Sakaane Eionell > As a brief stepping stone, perhaps. But only as a stepping stone.
Charles Baker > How do you define brief? If we can compromise and achieve this and prove that we can manage our space and defense we will be in a much stronger position to bargain full independence at a later date.
Sakaane Eionell > Such an endeavor, as any similar, would take a number of years, certainly. But nothing worthwhile happens overnight, excepting bloody coups and other such undesirable options. The key would be to not fall into complacency.
Charles Baker > We would have to endure it for a while. If the Gallente ever agree to this then see us pushing for independence straight away they will just revoke our newly found power and remove us from power.
Sakaane Eionell > This is why we have diplomats.
Bataav > Revoke? Remove? Democracy at its best.
Sakaane Eionell > And excellent leaders like Suresha Hawke.
Charles Baker > We can’t live in an ideal world Bataav, we don’t want a bloody revolution like the Matari. That would destroy us as a people.
Sakaane Eionell > True.
Bataav > True… It’s why the ILF model appeals. But similarly a government cannot expect to remove and revoke the rights from its citizens and not expect a reaction. I believe the Federation was lucky with the public response to the election voting rights scandal for example.
Sakaane Eionell > They started down a slippery slope with that though.
Ravede enDama > That was a megacorp trick.
Bataav > The public could have so easily been disenchanted by that move that they were alienated enough to switch to State support.
Ravede enDama > Roden bought the gerrymandering that got him the office.
Ravede enDama > Money talks. That’s politics.
Wei TianXiang > Not the most pleasant of thoughts to take leave to sleep on. Ah well. Such are the realities of our lives in the here and now. Namas!
Sakaane Eionell > Suprab nahi.
Bataav > Praatya yaavat.
Charles Baker > Hopefully living in Intaki will be a learning experience for me. I’m far too used to my Home in Osmallanais.
Sakaane Eionell > Coming home was a moving experience for me. I quickly felt that I should never have left.
Bataav > I think operating in Intaki and its neighboring systems is a real eye opener… It gives real perspective on the situation here.
Ravede enDama > Intaki is a reasonably suitable place to operate.
Ravede enDama > My sister ran industrial operations there for a while last year. No trouble.
Sakaane Eionell > That is good to hear.
Charles Baker > I did a lot of mining in the high security pocket around Vivanier. Tried moving out into Catch a while back but I’ve recently felt the call to come home.
Sakaane Eionell > What is the call?
Charles Baker > I want to experience it, get in touch with our culture. See what the reality is.
Sakaane Eionell smiles.
Bataav > I’ve heard talk on the market that a couple of industrial corporations are planning on using the Intaki trade hub for mineral purchases. If you keep an eye on the market you might find mining around Vivanier and selling in Intaki provides a good return.
Charles Baker > Might search around for planets to set up operations on, but for now I’ll be flying a frigate around to see what the local job market is like, maybe help with that pirate problem.
Sakaane Eionell > Help is always appreciated.
Charles Baker > Well one difference already. The stars are certainly brighter here.
Charles Baker > Let’s see how long I last before I’m explaining to my mechanic why there are holes in the side of my ship.
Sakaane Eionell > Fly safe. Intaki has been reasonably quiet today.
Charles Baker > Good to hear. Just to check, ILF forces generally don’t shoot people on sight right?
Sakaane Eionell > Not unless you are flagged red or actively making a nuisance of yourself.
Charles Baker > Me a nuisance, don’t think that will ever happen.
Sakaane Eionell > Then you should be fine.
Charles Baker > Unless of course a nuisance is a fellow Intaki who disagrees about the specific route to independence!
Sakaane Eionell laughs.
Sakaane Eionell > I would not shoot a man simply for a difference of opinion. Usually.
Charles Baker > Then remind me to always gun my afterburners when I spot you on scan.
Sakaane Eionell > Ah, you would be safe from me.
Charles Baker > I’m already starting to like it here, good work relatively low risk.

The conversation moved on at this point and shortly thereafter the channel fell to silence.