I've finally picked a side in the Civil War, and I have chosen to fight for the Empire. I've done this for a few reasons:
- The Empire just seems like the better choice for Skyrim in the long run. With the ever-growing tensions between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion, it's vital that the states of the Empire stick together and support each other. With the Empire, Skyrim would have the backing of Cyrodiil, Hammerfell, High Rock and many others. With a Stormcloak government, however, Skyrim would be alone, and much less able to defend itself in the event of the Thalmor deciding to throw their weight around again.
- The Empire means good things for all the races of Tamriel. With the Stormcloaks, Nords > everyone else. Just go to Windhelm, and see how the Argonians and Dunmer are treated there. Is that really the sort of future you'd want, if you were one of them?
- Ulfric Stormcloak is only motivated by power — so much so that it drove him to murder High King Torygg. What if the power went to his head completely if he became High King? As the saying goes, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely". The Imperials seem to be much more level-headed vis-à-vis power than Ulfric is, and are therefore more likely to establish a stable government.
So, there are my reasons for supporting the Imperials. They really are the best choice for Skyrim, in my opinion, and no Stormcloak propaganda will convince me otherwise!