The history of the Peloponnesian War is a part of basic education for us all. Time and again, we all look back at that epic conflict, to understand and to learn from it. Lately, this chapter of history has become relevant once again. In the East it has been brought to daylight as an example of the relations between a maritime power and a continental one, while in the very center of the West it has been taken as a lesson of what the future holds in the rivalry of a dominant, yet fading power and a rising one. For the peoples of Intermarium it seems as a replay of the horrific scenario that we are all too familiar with: two hostile powers, whichever they may be, that force us all in-between to choose either one side or the other, and neither of those parties cares about our interests. We have nothing to gain and everything to lose from such a future.
Yet if one were to gaze deeper into the world of Ancient Hellas, one could see that in the end a third power emerged, which crushed both these powers and carved its own will upon the destinies of Greece. Multiple people from one region, that had not been united before, came together. The hard-working people of Boeotia, that had often warred with one another, united, because they held dear their customs inherited from their ancestors, their land and their freedom. Their unwavering will to be and stay free and independent, found for itself the greatest leader Ancient Greece had seen or would see until Alexander the Great. That man was Epaminondas, and under his leadership this region, that had mostly been under the hegemony of others, crushed Sparta, turned Athens into irrelevancy and became the center of a whole civilization.
Like the Ancient Boeotians we, the peoples of Intermarium, must too unite if we are to stay independent and free in our actions. Free in our beliefs, our customs and our spirit. Only then can we look upon the future with confidence. Only then can we regain our dignity, lost to Great Powers in the bloody and destructive 20th century.
I, as an Estonian, look towards the prospect of a united Intermarium with another longing. I am kin and family with the rest of the Uralic peoples. My brothers, the Finns and Hungarians are independent and proud. They are not threatened with fading into oblivion. But there are many of my brothers who are on the brink of extinction. All of them, Karelians, Mordvins, Udmurts, Khanty, Nenets and many more, have been subjugated for so long that even the most free-spirited amongst them cannot imagine a future where they would be free, developed and proud. Like we, the peoples of Intermarium are. My heart aches, when I think of them. I argue for and support the creation of a strong Intermarium with my rational mind, for there is no other possibility for us to remain strong if we do not unite. In my heart however, I hope and dream that like the Boeotians who freed the Messenes from their chains, subjugated and enslaved by Sparta for 300 years, so would the mighty peoples of Intermarium do the same for my kin.
There might never come a great leader like Epaminondas to us. It doesn’t matter. We are all him and we all know the reasons why we must unite. The future must be created by us all, we who wish the very best for ourselves. We must all be at work to bring it into being. The politicians must already be drawing charters and forming the necessary institutions. Our businessmen and intellectuals must find ways to work together. And our writers and artists must be creating works of art that speak of our shared history and our bonds of brotherhood, to keep our heads up for the future to come. Because we are free men and women, coming from free nations, with knowledge in our hearts that we will unite or we shall perish. Let us then begin our work!