FACT: The so-called Unifed Front is nothing more than an extension of the Diamond Isle’s domestic borders. The many outlying islands and island groupings alleged to be independent and autonomous partners are little more than slave states with no say in their foreign policies and minimal local control.
FACT: Between the Diamond Isle and its “trade partners” within the Unifed Front exists an economic imbalance firmly weighted on the side of the Diamond Isle. A net deficit of over six tons’ worth of silver! Six tons of silver in goods and products flow into the Diamond Island from the outlying “nations” of the Unified Front on a daily basis — enough to equip three hundred soldiers every day. This trade imbalance has existed since the formation of the Unifed Front at the close of the Last War.
FACT: Aside from a handful of tiny, poorly-trained local militas scarcely capable of engaging even a single great war captain with or without retinue, possessing no magical support beyond the tamest of jettatura, the Unifed Front nations have no protection from foreign invasion. If the Velvet Men took up arms against the common working people of the Unifed Front islands thousands might perish before the Diamond Isle was stirred to act.
FACT: The so-called Unifed Front Navy is little more than the Diamond Isle’s tool for oppressing the peoples of the outlying “nations” of the Unifed Front.
FACT: The UFN is incapable of waging offensive war due to its extreme vulnerability to magics of mass destruction. The Diamond Isle would have us believe it is intended for pirate-hunting and enforcement of tarriffs, but the relative slow speeds of its largest ships indicate it is particularly poorly-equipped for that task. It is however well-equipped for blockading the ports of uncooperative UF member states.
(From “A Few Facts About How the Diamond Isle Does Business,” an anonymous pamphlet promulgated in major Perfected population centures beginning sometime after DY 1483.)
SEE ALSO Jettatura, the Last War, the Velvet Men