What is this? A contest who is more patriotic? I'am! (I would and should, I gave an oath after all).
If you've been treated like 2nd class citizen then either you're not loyal in eyes of imperial authority or you're not living in an empire. Empires are based on super-ethnoses (nation), your super-ethnic self-determination should be above whatever other ethno-social grouap you're in. If you're not then, well, they treat you like 2nd class citizen, like a threat. BTW I hope you're not talking from an experience =)