So did a bit of reading back through the info subs entries since all the relevant quests have been kicked off of Today's Events for now, and here are some initial thoughts I had on what I could see each side standing for (input from others on what impressions they had would be appreciated on this):
Opposed to the Rebels (obviously). We've seen that the Umazen have been on the retreat for quite some time now, and in an effort to stabilize a foothold they've (among other things) given up no small amount of former freedom. The Loyalists stand behind the idea of re-stabilizing their society before attempting to reintroduce lost freedoms again. An attempt at regaining freedom now could have serious repercussions on the long-term survival of the Umazen as a whole, either through placing control of the Umazen in the hands of an unfit ruler, or simply weakening them to the point that an outside force can take them.
Even if some of the Loyalists don't like how things are right now, they believe that it's much better than things could be and are willing to make sacrifices for now to hopefully have a better future.
They don't seem to be as opposed to the Loyalists themselves as what they stand for. More ideological, they're seeking greater freedom from the current ruling class that, even by Loyalist admission, can be heavy-handed sometimes. I'm not sure whether they seek to completely overthrow Umazen society as we know it or simply seek a return to older days when " it was all about personal talents, not natural." (from the Foreman in Part 2).
As is the case with the Loyalists, I imagine there's some grey area within the ranks of the Rebels themselves on this point. The little man we meet in the woods seems to fall into the latter category, even making a reference at the beginning that sounds like at least the core of the Rebels want the fight to be as bloodless as possible. With that said, his companion refers to him as an "idealist" so it's probably safe to say his views on what needs to be done and how it needs to happen aren't universal among the Rebels.
Also, a quote from Cray on this matter:
Loyalists, beyond simply reacting defensively to the potential of a rebellion, generally prioritize the recovery of the Umazen people, then the eventual return to their former ways.
Rebels, generally speaking, think that this is an excessive sacrifice and prioritize the return to their ways over the status quo.
Hopefully this helps consolidate a little bit more what each side is about.
Ideologically, my character sympathizes more with the Loyalists, but I wouldn't be surprised if the promise of MC'd Energy-aligned gear brings out a lot of support for the Rebels since items are generally lacking in that element...
< Message edited by Lord Markov -- 7/14/2019 21:16:16 >
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