The Intaki are a major bloodline within the Gallente Federation and one of its four founding members along with the Gallente, the Mannar and the Caldari. Their homeworld is the fifth planet of the Intaki solar system, in the Viriette constellation of the Placid region.
Joining the Federation immediately after its founding, the Intaki remain one of the largest ethnicities of the nation. Exceedingly gifted communicators, the Intaki are today very prominent among the Federal bureaucracy. Though Gallente culture has permeated their society to some extent, they still cling to their cultural identities and beliefs, most notably their unusual theories regarding the human life cycle-in particular, death and rebirth. These theories give them a unique outlook on life and the living, and many attribute the Intaki's stoic nature to this philosophy.
The Intaki male is methodical and reserved, never outspoken or confrontational. He generally enjoys quiet reflection, and Intaki homes are traditionally places of peace and tranquility. The typical Intaki has absolute control over his emotions and is able to remain calm even under the most trying circumstances.
Like their male counterparts, Intaki females are quiet and contemplative, moving through the world seemingly without making a ripple. Yet their contemplative manner often embraces great beauty through both physical and literary arts. A great number of the universe's most notable contemporary artists are of Intaki heritage, and among them a disproportionately large number are female.
It is widely believed that the introvert Intaki create the most stunning and thought-provoking art around. They've revolutionized many art-forms and created new, such as metapaints and touch sculpture. Intaki artists seem to have a unique ability to create and convey unparalleled beauty that is universal for all human races.
Since their inauguration into the Federation the Intaki have slowly established a reputation as superb diplomats, negotiators, and bureaucrats. In the tense and often violent world of New Eden these qualities can be of vital importance.
Although persons in risky positions (such as starship captains) use clones, the general Intaki public refrains from using them. Instead they have a unique method for transferring the personality of a dying person into a newborn baby. Steeped in tradition and perfected with technology, the Reborn process is the ideal Intaki vision of 'afterlife'.
Intaki Prime is a tropical planet and a place of great natural beauty. In a speech, Vremaja Idama described it:
"Intaki Prime is a jewel among planets. It is tropical and filled with diverse lifeforms. We have lived and grown on this planet for time beyond measure. I was born in the town of Asaya, sitting at the base of the Akat mountain range. These mountains mark the southern end of the habitable region of the north pole. My town was hidden from the harsh sunlight in the deep valleys that intersect the mountain range. Intaki Prime is a very hot world, and both polar regions were once thick with tropical forests. The equatorial oceans are exceedingly hot, and few living things survive around the equator. The rich and varied life of Intaki Prime has been confined to the polar regions, and in constant struggle for land, food, and shelter from the environment."
In contrast to the beauty of the planet's surface, the Intaki solar system has a 0.1 security status rating from CONCORD. Similarly low security status exists throughout most of the Placid region, with the elevated crime rates that come with it. This has been a source of political contention, especially among capsuleers.
History and Politics
The first contact between the Gallente and the Intaki was made in 22794 AD, 327 years before the founding of the Federation. At the time, the Intaki were technologically pre-industrial but socially and culturally advanced. Within a century, they caught up with the Gallente, mastering space travel to settle other nearby regions and holding positions in the Gallente government.
When the Intaki were negotiating for Federation membership, one of the stipulations of their joining was for a minimal Federation Navy presence in the system. "The original Intaki representatives asked for minimal protection at the founding of the Federation," according to Vremaja Idama. "We have always valued our independence and self-reliance." In the modern era, however, he says, "We have been left to suffer", referring to the lackluster response to the Reschard V disaster and the rampant space piracy that didn't exist when the original deal was made.
Intaki citizens in the Federation comprise the largest portion of the "Doves" voting block. Doves object to military action in all but the most clearly defensive cases, though do not endorse total pacifism and similarly extremist views.
The Gallente-Caldari War
During the breakout of the Gallente-Caldari War, many Intaki sympathized with the Caldari, both openly and not. This was a potentially dangerous position to have with the ultra-nationalist politicians that had taken over the Federation government at the time.
Of the active dissenters, those that were deemed the biggest threat to the Federation were arrested and exiled, forbidden to colonize any planets or moons. A group of these exiles built stations in lawless space and formed The Intaki Syndicate in the region that now bears the same name. Dorn en Diabel, governor of the station in Poitot, became the de facto leader and established the Syndicate as a free haven from the empires as well as a hub of black market trade. After his death in a freak accident, governorship of the station bounced between his sons until his daughter, Silphy en Diabel, took over. Because of her ties with V. Salvador Sarpati, the Syndicate is now known to have connections with the Serpentis.
A group of more militant exiles went to the Caldari and joined the Caldari Navy. They were put under the command of the Caldari commander Muryia Mordu and earned a reputation as an elite fighting unit. After the war they were allowed to settle in Waschi City on the planet of Kamokor IV. They remained there until xenophobic sentiment among the Caldari lead to violence and ultimately drove them out. They called on Mordu for assistance and went on to form the mercenary corporation Mordu's Legion.
Vremaja Idama, who had been Reborn many times dating back before contact between the Gallente and Intaki and gave history lectures at the University of Caille, described the situation of Intaki who remained with the Federation at the time:
"We were afraid of those "in power". (...) [Violence was] never threatened openly. But when our fellow Federation citizens were bombarded, it was not a huge leap of reasoning to believe that any others expressing rebellious attitudes would be similarly dealt with. Whether it was true or not, I don't know. But we were afraid, and so many remained quiet and sought other ways to continue. Some left. Others became politicians."
YC 105 - YC 109
On February 8, YC 108, a planet-wide explosion struck the planet of Reschard V, destroying the agricultural, primarily Intaki colony and rendering the planet largely uninhabitable. The blast was eventually determined by CONCORD and Mordu's Legion investigators to have been caused by the deployment of a Judgement doomsday device from an Avatar-class Titan, which escaped through a cynosaural field accompanied by the activation of several other cynos to cover its tracks. It took rescue convoys from the Sisters of EVE over seven months to reach the planet surface safely, further complicated by pirate attacks on the convoys. CONCORD has never released details on the perpetrator.
Durring the presidential election of YC 108, Intaki voters played a significant role in the re-election of Souro Foiritan. The controversial proposals of Mentas Blaque to segregate immigrant populations into designated districts and his ultranationalist leanings brought voters to the polls in droves.
The Empyrean Age - YC 110 to present
In the aftermath of the Caldari attack on Luminaire, most Intaki in the Federation were as appalled as the rest of their fellow citizens at the events. Those that associate with the Doves were equally appalled at calls for unrestrained retaliation and hope that Luminaire can be recovered as peacefully as possible. A fringe element still sympathize with the Caldari cause but so far has not expressed itself in unrest on the scale of what occurred during the first war a century ago.
Because of the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers Act, most of Placid, including the Intaki system, is part of the active war zone in the current war between the Gallente Federation and the Caldari State. Placid shares a border with the Caldari State at Black Rise.
Having watched in horror the bloodshed of the two temporary war zones, the station administrators of the Syndicate are having to ask themselves some very difficult questions. While nominally a wholly independent and non-aligned body, the Syndicate has nevertheless always retained strong ties to the Federation. Currently, their residents are feeling immensely sympathetic to the plight of their Federal brothers-particularly fellow Intaki-even to the point of suggesting a more moderate stance toward them. The more far-sighted officials, however, have a feeling that relations will get a lot worse before they get better.
In the third month of YC 111, Federation forces in the Intaki system fell to the State Protectorate, ceding occupancy to the Caldari state. Unrest and violence broke out in places on the Intaki homeworld, divided between pro-Federation, pro-State and Intaki secessionist factions. Active protests mostly abated over the following weeks, but the general unrest persisted amid worry over the intentions of the Caldari (who did not take control on the ground at the time) and shortages of high-tech and heavy industry goods. Panic resumed mid-August upon the announcement that the Caldari Providence Directorate would be auctioning off development rights to the occupied systems, prompting the planetary government to instate a curfew. Fear and speculation led to a tense standoff in one farming community between police and armed would-be resistance forces, although the standoff ended peacefully. The system was bid on and the auction won by Ishukone Corporation. Unknown to the general public, Ishukone was involved in a deal with an anonymous Gallente or Intaki capsuleer to acquire the system as a form of protective custody. As with all other Caldari-occupied systems, Intaki was barred from voting in the Gallente presidential elections of November YC 111 triggered by the resignation of Souro Foiritan, a fact which may have hurt the chances of candidate Celes Aguard against the eventual winner, Jacus Roden.
Ida - The Intaki Faith
In a speech given upon his return to Intaki from Bourynes, Vremaja Idama spoke of the Intaki Way:
"We are considered by outsiders to be a quiet, reserved and thoughtful people. The unwritten laws, or customs, of the Intaki give rise to these impressions. We tend to think before we speak, preferring to give a concise statement rather than half formed thoughts. When someone is involved in a task we prefer to let them acknowledge our presence rather than interrupting. We also tend to look at problems in a more holistic way, considering all things connected. Much of this is crystallized in our philosophy, or as others call it "the Intaki Faith". We simply call it Ida—the literal translation is "to consider", and is a good description of the Intaki. Some try to belittle us by calling it "the path of least resistance", although that is a good description!
We who follow the Way aim to live a life of moderation, not succumbing to the extremes of self-indulgence or self-denial. Ida is a way of living, we do not have any beliefs in a heaven or hell, and do not take any writing or saying as "truth". Ida is a path, but Intaki are expected to walk it themselves.
One core tenet is that all things are in a cycle. Death leads to rebirth. A solution only leads to more problems. We know that the "soul" or "spirit" is eternal and will be reborn many times to learn new lessons, and once it fully understands the cycle it may finally move on. The Reborn are an important part of this. These were people who had reached a level of understanding that they may choose to be liberated, but choose to remain and teach others. In earlier times there were many tests and rituals to ensure that a soul had indeed been reborn, and through mental discipline and training these Reborn were able to continue their life work over many lifetimes. These rare people were given the title of Idama.
In modern times, with the assistance of technology, the rebirth process has been made more certain. In fact many of the techniques and experiences of the Reborn have assisted the development and perfection of psyche restoration and cloning. But even today the status of Idama is still reserved for those who have been reborn without assistance."
The former President of the Gallente Federation, Souro Foiritan is of Intaki ancestry. It was a sudden surge in voting from Intaki and Mannar citizens that secured his victory over Mentas Blaque, whose nationalistic campaign platform included a proposal to segregate communities of non-Gallente immigrants.
A couple of Idama have made headlines among the capsuleer community in past years:
- Vremaja Idama is an outspoken advocate of Intaki culture and the improvement of security for the Placid region.
- Sundari Idama was involved in a drug-trafficking scheme which resulted in a major incident (commonly known as the RISE Incident), in which a Serpentis carrier full of RISE was intercepted and captured by a fleet of capsuleer pilots under the temporary command of Vorada Kuvakei of the Illoren and then impounded by Inspector Xavier of Federation Customs.
Silphy en Diabel is the de facto leader of the Intaki Syndicate after taking over from her late father and seizing power from her less competent brothers.