From: The Humanist Union, Department of the State, Office of Foreign Relations
To: Federated Ascendancy Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Acting Minister Crais,
The purpose of this communique is to address concerns expressed by the acting Ascendancy government in regards to the recent condemnation of the invasion of the Multiversal Empire of Happiness. The Humanist state acknowledges the numerous grievous acts and attributes of the Imperial government, among them detainment of sapients for the purpose of medical experiments, apparent enslavement of true AIs, and an anti-proletarian, dictatorial system of governing. This established, the Humanist state questions the motives of coalition members - and thus, the invasion itself - for numerous reasons.
In the first, only minimal attempts have been made to resolve the Empire's crimes in a diplomatic matter. The latter-most of these attempts was an obvious cover for military mobilization, with no resolution sought or to be accepted. In the second, minimal attempts to take into account the Empire's utterly foreign status into acting against them. While the acts of the Imperial government thus far have been undeniably repellant, they are not subject to this universe's current moral standard - let alone its international treaties. No attempt was made to reconcile moralities before resorting to maximum military force. In the third, the involvement of several dubious parties in the cooperative invasion of the Multiversal Empire throws into question the stated justifications for attacking that state.
The Bragulan and Byzantine regimes are particularly emblematic of such 'dubious parties.' Both states have a long, established history of blatantly disregarding international law and commonly-held moral standards, of brutalizing nationals and non-nationals alike. Particularly relevant, I think, is the recent trade of generational Tau torture slaves between the Bragulan and Byzantine state during the Nova Atlantean naval review. The Humanist state also points to belligerents such as the Chamarran Hierarchy, Emissaries of Xylyx, and the Centrality is examples of how invasion justified on moralistic grounds is clearly hypocritical. Recent criminal actions by the Byzantine and Bragulan elements of the invasion fleet against civilians reinforces this conclusion.
In light of these three primary reasons, the Humanist state finds it necessary to describe an alternative motivation for the coalition's acts on the whole. We have chosen to describe this war as 'imperialist' due to what is at the very least an attempt to reduce Imperial territories - and more importantly, Imperial proletarians - to culturally, economically, and teritorially subordinate entities at the mercy of greater galactic exploitation. That not all coalition members intend to annex Imperial territories is, we suspect, more a matter of capability than motivation. The state admits that this is not a perfect characterization of the conflict - for example, it ignores the likely genocidal motivations of the Bragulan state and the probable paranoid religious motive of the Byzantine state. However, the Humanist state feels that this is the single-best characterization of the coalition war at this time - that is, imperial conceit.
Hugh Bishop, Director
Office of Foreign Relations
Department of the State
John Brown was right.