Clark, on 19 May 2012 - 10:12 AM, said:
I see your point trycksh0t, but I kinda disagree. Part of what made the Capellan Confederation interesting in this timeline was their size minus the St. Ives Compact. Romano crazy-pants Liao had schemes upon schemes to take it back. Full invasion never happened because they knew that the Federated Commonwealth would take it as an excuse to try and take the rest of Capellan space.
As for it being an internal Capellan matter, it was declared that by the Sun-Tzu Liao. Not exactly an unbiased third party. The only reason he wasn't removed for the use of the SLDF in his own private war, was the fact that there was a term limit and no one wanted a second clan invasion which would have been triggered by his removal and the subsequent dissolution of the new Star League. The Nova Cats would have been very put out.
Capellan culture was maintained, but without the difference of allegiance, a rather significant portion of BT history is left out. Besides, I want to see contract and counter-contract from these two. Even if they aren't independent, wouldn't it make more sense for them to be allied with someone other than the Confederation?
While Sun-Tzu claimed it was an internal Capellan matter, the Star League council recognized the conflict as a civil war, not an invasion or attack on another member state. Sun-Tzu's use of the SLDF Peacekeepers was, regardless that he manipulated events, justified, due to Smithson's Blackwind Lancers assault and attempted assassination of Sun-Tzu. Cassandra made matters worse to attacking SLDF forces upon their landing, which gave Sun-Tzu more justifiable cause to bring in additional SLDF units. Up until 3061, I am not aware of any attempts by the Star League council members to stop the deployments.
At the 2nd Whitting Conference, held on Tharkad in 3061, Candace brought her grievances about the conflict to the Council. They voted to remove SLDF Peacekeepers from Compact space. This is also when the League declared the conflict a civil war, by a vote of 4-2 (The Capellan Solution
by Loren L. Coleman). Because it was deemed a civil war, the Star League could do nothing about it because it was, at that point, an internal matter.
And, just for the record, a Civil War according to the Geneva Conventions must meet 4 criteria:
- The party in revolt must be in possession of a part of the national territory.
- The insurgent civil authority must exercise de facto authority over the population within the determinate portion of the national territory.
- The insurgents must have some amount of recognition as a belligerent.
- The legal Government is "obliged to have recourse to the regular military forces against insurgents organized as military."
Now, I DO think that the Compact should be seperated from the Confederation, I'm just trying to give reasonings of why it hadn't been done. Devil's advocate, if you will.
Edited by trycksh0t, 19 May 2012 - 10:40 PM.