This year, for the first time, sees the Viridian flags flying over the Serian parliament not just for the significance of this one day, but as a permanent fixture. That's something that looked particularly unlikely three years ago when the flag was lowered, seemingly for the last time, over the whole alliance.
In this modern era, full of rhetoric and worries about whether the 'old Hegemony' or the forces of Karma and Supergrievances will become the 'new Hegemony', and overblown predictions about what might happen, it's worth taking a moment to reflect on what really did happen at the height of the Initiative's control. A well respected, sanctioned alliance, shortly beforehand allied to (and seemingly friendly with) the central power bloc of the day, was destroyed utterly on a flimsy excuse in a naked power grab by the GGA and to satisfy the bloodlust of GOONS. And the rest of CN stood by and watched it happen.
This year we're seeing that no-one is prepared to step in and stand on Grämlins, but at least the main power groupings of the day are not supporting their action directly. In the 2007 mindset, IRON would have been excluded entirely from the Easter Sunday Accords and would be being utterly destroyed by the Supergrievances pseudo-bloc. On a day that marks one of the worst excesses of the old hegemony, take a look at the world today, and see that while it is not perfect, it is many steps ahead of where it was then.
Viridia came back from the dead, and is now stronger than ever – sixth strongest in the world, sanctioned and still guided by the same principles as it was three years and more ago. In order to return it had to make several compromises to be permitted to reform, including a limit on its Green character. In the last year we have seen several other reformations, which have not been required to make such accommodations to former enemies – even the much hated /b/ has been allowed to reform – another indication of how things have moved on.
This Viridia looks to the future, to how to best work within and improve the world of today. But on the anniversary of the blackest day in Viridian history, it is worth glancing back at the past and the lessons learnt through that experience. Let us never again allow the political scene to get to the point where another alliance has to have a day of rememberance.