It’s been an eventful few weeks in New Eden for both myself and the empires, not to mention capsuleers. Which of course means that the accursed planetside business that we all loath but must take care of on a regular basis decided that now is an appropriate time to rear its ugly head. So sadly, my space-based activities have been severely curtailed in recent days, for better or for worse. But I was not about to let a little thing like “serious business” get in the way of my explorations. And so, I was set to go out on another excursion. Before I left, however, I had decided to stop by my home system of Luminaire, having heard the rumblings of unrest on Caldari Prime. When I got there originally, the situation was tense but stable. After poking my news sources for a few minutes, I was about to get underway when something else caught my eye Something unexpected. I quickly banked the Professor and set course for about an AU out from Caldari Prime.
And yet my eyes hadn’t deceived me. There, well outside of Caldari orbital space, in the cultural of the Federation, sat a monument to the Caldari. I was half surprised that the Federation allowed it to be kept up, given the unfortunate history between the two states and the more recent tensions that have arisen, and yet another part of me would have been upset if the government had taken it down. The Federation may be many things, but we respect where we came from. If we didn’t have the Rouvenors to get started with the Enlightenment, we could just have easily turned out to be some no-name tribe still stuck on Gallente Prime, instead of the cluster-wide power we turned out to be. And in order to continue being that kind of power, we have to remember what, exactly, it was that brought us to where we are today. So I, for one, am happy that the Federation has decided to keep the Caldari Monument up. The Caldari secession was a painful time for the Federation, but it strengthened our resolve and brought about many reforms that are still in place to this day.
But philosophical musings aside, the monument itself is fairly straight forward. An old Caldari station dominates the scene. As with most ruins, it’s been picked clean in the years since the Caldari evacuated from Luminaire, but the harsh and often chaotic lines of Caldari architecture are still very recognizable. I never quite understood the Caldari love of asymmetrical structures with odd protuberances from every surface, but I guess I wasn’t exactly brought up in the Caldari tradition either. In any case, the relic of the pre-secession days still sits out here, in the middle of nowhere, slowly deteriorating in space. A cloud of debris suffuses the entire area, nearly the same color as the Caldari-home nebula that can be seen even from Gallente Prime. Fitting, I suppose.
The other notable object at the monument strikes me as a bit odd. It should look familiar to anyone familiar with Amarrian history, but the fact that there is a ruined temple monument here is odd nonetheless. Although obviously the Amarr and Caldari are close allies nowadays, this certainly was not only the case. Indeed, the alliance originally started as little more than a “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” type strategic decision, as the Caldari were being hardpressed by the Gallente when the Amarr and Gallente stumbled into each other. Still, the Caldari do have a bit of a spiritual side, if substantially less developed then, say, the Amarrian tradition, but it’s odd to see such a prominent display of it at a Caldari memorial.
I didn’t spend a long time at the monument. I had seen Caldari stations before and I will undoubtedly see them again. Caldari station ruins can be found throughout both Caldari and Gallente space, evidencing the oddly mutually-dependent if antagonistic relationship the two nations have had with each other nearly from the moment of first contact. The histories of the Gallente and Caldari are irrevocably intertwined, no matter how much factions on each side wish it weren’t so. And so I, for one, am happy that the Federation government has chosen to maintain this monument as a recognition that even though we’ve come so far, we still have a long way to go before the Federation truly lives up to its ideals.
- Attraction: Caldari Monument
- System: Luminaire
- Security Rating: 1.0
- Region: Essence
- Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -2 in security status, or -5 standing with the Gallente, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.