Hogwarts Professor - McGonagall
Joined: May 26th, 2011, 7:12 pm
I personally stand behind the Empire wholeheartedly. While they do have their faults, it is nothing compared to the disaster and persecution the Stormclaks presents.
First off is the wealth, trade, boarders, migration and welfare. Despite that the Stormcloaks tries to deny it, Skyrim needs the Empire. They need the East Empire Company, they need the trade and the traders and they need the imperial currency. If you go around talking to merchants around Skyrim, who hasn't taken a side, it is clear that they and the land prospers from being a part of the Empire. It's not only money that flows, but also a lot of goods which don't naturally exist in Skyrim.
Furthermore the Empire offers stability and safety for every one regardless of race and magical abilities. They do not discriminate and allows everyone to have a chance to prosper and make something out of them selves. The Imperial Legion is not just imperials, as the majority of it comes from the other races combined. We see this in Skyrim as well as there are High Elves, Redguards, Nords and more in the Legion. And in the Imperial controlled areas race does not matter.
When it comes to the Stormcloaks, they ARE racist and there is no denying that. The Dark Elves were forced into slums, the Argonians were thrown out and they completely refuses to help the khajiits who were attacked by bandits outside of Windhelm. The Stromcloak army is made out of 100% nationalistic nords who wants to go back to their old ways of pro-agriculture and pro-militant society. They are according to them selves defending their way of life. They want or "prefer" a pure nord society with no outsider especially those they consider as "inferior" such as argonians and elves. This life style which the Nords once had resulted in several attempt of conquest as well as murders in the neighboring lands such as High Rock, Morrowind and Hammerfell.
That is wrong and it really does not matter if they consider it their way of life and wants it back. It should not be allowed to happen.
They are also arrogant when they consider their own abilities to fight and defend Skyrim. While they Nords truly are one of the best warrior race in Tamriel, they completely lack everything when it comes to using magic. Both in the offensive way, but also when it comes to defending them self from magic. The Dominion would literally blow them to pieces if the Nords don't have Imperial, Breton, Redguard and Dark Elf mages to back them up. The Stormcloaks as an army is so anal that it's embarrassing. They only have melee warriors which can use a bow with some decency when needed. They are also to few to successfully stand up against the Dominion.
Skyrim is a part of the Empire and the majority of the Nords wants to stay and be loyal to the empire. It's only a few racist Nords who quits everything they once stood for in the face of the first setback instead of making an effort for everyone.
The Empire embraces unity and prosperity were the Stormclaoks stands for a "we versus them" militant view based on their "old true nordic way".
I once tried to play a Stormcloak character, but every moral decency in me objected and I had to delete the character. No, in my opinion, the Empire is not only the best choice, but also the only decent one.