- Mar 4, 2015
((Private @zenphoenix ))
To Sakamoto Naotari
While I am glad to see you are still interested in joining the Fujin League, I admit I am a little off-put by your confession of being a member of the Imperial Restoration Faction. That rebel faction was known to have received support from Nanban intent on overthrowing the Shogun. The extent of Nanban influence is uncertain, and frankly I fear that accepting the resources that once belonged to the Imperial Restoration Faction may thus tie the Fujin League to them and lead to condemnation if discovered. While we do favour an increased role for the Emperor as he rightly deserves, we do not openly oppose the Shogun. Such a move would be considered as treason and endanger the Fujin League. While the ultimate decision should be left to my Roju, I would be willing to accept you into our faction if you swear to cut all ties to any Nanban that the Imperial Restoration Faction held. If you possess any damning evidence against your former faction, I suggest you keep that as distant from the Fujin League as possible. We want nothing to do with any possible acts of treason.
- Daimyo Ito Katashi of Miyazaki
To the Honorable Daimyo Ito Katashi:
As I joined the faction the same day that it was investigated for suspicious activities, I did not know about the "secret" members and their motives, nor did I know about the gaijin they were in contact with until they were all revealed and killed. I can provide you with letters revealing their correspondence and cooperation with the gaijin known as the United Kingdom, but other than that I have no other important pieces of information regarding the IRF, which I shall destroy henceforth when I dissolve the faction. I was not involved in their machinations or rebel activities, merely considering the faction a platform from which we could discuss and develop new ideas. (Now that I think about it, I was heavily drinking sake the night before sending in a letter to join the IRF, so I may not have been the most sane when I joined it.)
After the last war with the gaijin, I should probably make my position on the ruler of Nihon more clear. I do not wish to overthrow the Shogun and completely replace him with the Emperor. Instead, I wish to seek a balance between those who support the Shogun and those who support the Emperor, with the goal of limiting bloodshed between ourselves as much as possible. I feel that a violent overthrow of the Shogun would not be beneficial for all of us, as that would mean revolution and civil war.
I shall immediately sever all ties with the Igirisu, as I do not wish to associate with them for their role in the last war; I have no reason to continue associating with them anyways. Would you prefer that I hand over all weapons they shipped to the IRF to your faction or for them to be destroyed/shipped back?
If your faction cannot accept me into its ranks, please at least take my son. He is talented and would benefit you greatly, and he has no affliations with the IRF.