So tricking someone into joining your side is as morally reprehensible as openly threatening them. Okay then.
That is still not enforcement.
Because, as the missive states, it could cause an unnecessary confrontation with the Thalmor and risk another war, which the Empire simply can't afford while it is dealing with Skyrim.
1. That is one city out of nine.
2. They don't stop him because he is technically allowed to via the White-Gold Concordat.
I'm not quite sure what you're trying to say here. Could you reword it, please?
Again, the Empire CAN'T do anything about it presently. And no, they AREN'T under the surveillance of the enemy. At least, not any more than the regular deal with spies and covert operations and such. The Thalmor have the right to hunt down Talos worshippers; they don't have the right to go into Imperial logs, charters, missives, storehouses, etc.
If that is stern, then I'm the second-coming of Jesus. There is nothing in his tone or manner that suggests he is being stern. If he was being stern, he would have reprimanded Rikke, even midly.
Riiiiiiiiiight. He wets his pants over the Thalmor. Even though he makes it very clear he doesn't like them or the White-Gold Concordat. As for generals playing politician; it was incredibly common in the days of the Roman Republic, Roman Empire, and the Good Ol' US of A.
They didn't spill first blood. That rests upon Ulfric's shoulders.
1. Ralof, opening scene: "Damn elves"
2. Popular Stormcloak dialogue: "Next Imperial I see is dead"
3. Ulfric forcibly keeps the Dunmer in the Grey Quarter, and the Argonians in the Argonian Assemblage.
4. Upon entering Windhelm, you are greeted by two Nords (and Stormcloak supporters) baselessly accusing a Dunmer woman of being a spy.
5. Rolff in Windhelm blindly hates elves, and apparently loves to/wants to go to the Grey Quarter and shout slurs at the Dunmer there.
"Mind you that the Thalmor want to dictate what they can and cannot worship, and if they catch people openly amitting that they worship talos they either get sent to prison or worst killed."
There's this lovely human invention called "lying". People are capable of it.
"Knowing what the white people done with the African American back in the days I think Ulfric shows just how much he isn't a racist by allowing his dark elves citizens to conduct business and allowing them to own vendors and homes like the rest of his nord living citizens. If you can provide me with a none editorial evidence otherwise feel free to show it to me."
He still segregates the Dunmer and Argonians. You honestly don't find that to be even slightly racist? Here's UESP's article on Ulfric. There are allegations of racism in it...
... That are again implied by Brunwulf Free-Winter.
"Ulfric nor his stormcloaks are no way bona-fide racist. They're just fed up with the imperials and their partner with the thalmor trying to run their lives. Why would such person like General Telluis care for Skyrim when it's not his home land? Hes an imperial who was born and raise in Cyrodiil who obviously doesn't worship talos so why the hell would he care? He shows no compassion for the people in Skyrim, the land of the nords."
Um, yeah, they kinda are. Not all of them, but a helluva lot of them. As for Tullius, it's his duty; plain and simple. He openly admits he doesn't understand the Nords of Skyrim, but a lack of understanding does not equate to a lack of compassion.
"Yet people like your self want to call Ulfric and his soldiers racist for trying to fight back against the imperials, their failed empire and the thalmor for restoring their freedom to worship talos."
Oh, please. They're not racist for fighting against the Imperials (that just makes them short-sighted, foolish, and fueled by passion rather than logic and reasoning); they are racist for their treatment of other races.
"You know If I was in the empires position I think I would rather be executed than to sign away the rights of my people from worshiping talos."
So you would rather continue a war that people were already weary from, had already cost you dearly, and risk the utter destruction of the Empire and the potential enslavement of Man; all because of pride and religion. Awesome.
"Nobody forcefully took the empires hand and made him sign the White-Gold Concordat. Had he been a true empire he would've forced it no matter what happens. Sorry but in my world I am fighting for my freedom to worship talos without fearing (like I need to fear anyways) of being killed by the dark elves. I am fighting for my human rights along with my nord brothers and sisters including none nords who do worship talos. Ulfric may not be perfect but at least hes fighting for his people. Even some of the people in solitude thought that the high king wasn't all that great since it was the empire this and the empire that."
1. Yes actually, the Emperor was essentially forced to sign the White-Gold Concordat. Yes, Lord Naarifin's army in Cyrodiil was annihilated, but so too were the Imperial Legions in the province. There was still Lady Arranelya's army in Hammerfell, Bravil had been burnt to the ground, and the Imperial City sacked and looted, and White-Gold Tower burned. You might not have paid attention, but the conditions of the White-Gold Concordat were almost identical to those of the ultimatum the Emperor initially rejected before the start of the war. He and the Empire were not in a position to negotiate on favourable terms.
2. "Fear of being killed by the Dark Elves"? Are you serious?! The Dunmer HATE the Altmer/Thalmor/Aldmeri Dominion (remember, the Dunmer were originally the Chimer, the original Altmer dissidents). Seriously now, when have you ever seen a Dunmer Thalmor agent, or a pro-Dominion Dunmer for that matter.
3. Ulfric may be fighting for his people, but he is doing so in the most destructive way, ultimately harming his cause and Skyrim. It not only makes him a fool, but he also doesn't realize he is being manipulated by the Thalmor for their own ends.
4. As for the comment about the High King, you can find people in Windhelm who disapprove of Ulfric and the Stormcloaks. I guess that means the Empire is the way to go.
"You're right about one thing... Their was a discussion regarding to attack on whiterun when you first enter Palace of the Kings in Windhelm, but why? Because the subborn jarl of whiterun was not cooperating."
Because Balgruuf cares about his own people, and doesn't care much for Tullius, Elisif, or Ulfric. The "stubborn Jarl" is not cooperating with an ego-maniacal blowhard? That just makes me like Jarl Balgruuf even more.
"This is war. Ulfric has his priorities of becoming the next high king. He needs all the support from the Jarls, and unfortunately Balgruuf decided to be more sympathetic for the empire than with Ulfric. According to http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Balgruuf_the_Greater
“While Balgruuf claims to be neutral, it is revealed he is more sympathetic towards the Empire than to Ulfric Stormcloak, who had been a rival of Balgruuf's for quite some time. During the quest The Whispering Door, his son reveals that Balgruuf still worships Talos privately despite siding with the Empire, much like Elisif the Fair of Solitude.”"
This is another problem I have with Ulfric and the Stormcloaks; the whole "fighting for freedom" thing is really just a cover because Ulfric is power-hungry. There were/are numerous alternate avenues available to Ulfric for taking the fight to the Thalmor and fighting for the right to worship Talos, instead, he really just wants to be King and the "OMGWTFBBQ they won't let me worshipz!" is really just a tool for him.
As for Balgruuf, it's understandable that he'd be more sympathetic to the Empire. In fact, I believe I outlined why in an earlier post. And it's never stated by Elisif that she worshipped Talos; I believe she says something along the lines of "I don't worship him, but my husband did".
"Even his own son,Nelkir, hates him. I wonder why? And why does Balgruuf secretly worship talos when he could publicly do it? Had he had the backbone to fight for his freedom to do it the attack in whiterun wouldn't had happen."
I'm pretty sure most young boys hate their fathers for real and silly reasons. Also, did you ever stop and think that maybe Balgruuf felt that the safety of his city and his people trumped his personal convictions about a certain deity? Again, this makes his a better leader than most we see in the game.
"Funny when you speak your mind people call you crazy and insane."
The guy has the crazy voice, stands there all day shouting, often about things that are incorrect and/or unverified. So yeah, he's insane. A relatively harmless kind of insane, but insane nonetheless.
"I admire the man for doing what he does, to be outspoken and not be a milk drinker like Balgruuf, who worships talos in secret because hes too afraid to go open. I rather have him be Jarl then a coward who does things in such secret."
I don't think Balgruuf is too afraid to be open so much as he is thinking about his city and his people. They even comment on his neutrality and they seem to support him in it, even though they'll admit it won't last.
"So why did he question her when she mention talos guide you when the dragonborn (or Tullius) kills Ulfric? It's obviously that shes a very confused nord whos being dictated by a ruthless Imperial who feels that he has the right to invade skyrim."
That isn't really questioning. He says it almost playfully. If he were really questioning her, he would have pressed the issue; instead, he changed the subject immediately.
And confused? She's actually pretty damn sure of herself and her beliefs.
And how in the bloody Hell is Tullius ruthless? Where is the evidence for this? And "right to invade Skyrim"? Did Ulfric have a "right" to kill the High King? The Stormcloaks are rebels; Skyrim is still legally a part of the Empire. It's not an invasion, and Tullius doesn't feel he has the "right"; he was sent by the Emperor. It's his duty.
"He failed to protect his people by making a political mistake. I don't think I need to be any clear on it."
That is so silly and trivial. Even though I provided several examples to the contrary, you decide that people forcing Balgruuf into making a decision between a rock and a hard place, makes it a political mistake (which is entirely subjective) that suddenly makes a him a failure to his people. Come on, dude.
"Legate Rikke would've been great... had she been fighting for her peoples rights to worship talos instead of being a puppy dog to an imperial who wasn't even born nor raised in skyrim."
Yes, she is clearly a puppy dog; that's why she helps convince him to go after the Jagged Crown when he doesn't want to, and routinely challenges him in every conversation we see.