From what we understand of the lore, the neutral powers are pretty chill with that. There's not really any punishment for utilizing your free will--it's pretty much the whole gist of being Unaligned to begin with.
So why does this happen?
Can we give unaligned factions a break on the one thing that's supposedly in their favor (i.e. not being held up to strict moral ideals and expected to follow dogma to merit access to their powers)?- Because your alignment does not completely embody your faction's ideals, the Elder Powers are displeased; you take 80 points of damage! This was enough to kill you! (2022-05-08 15:16:03).