I'm having a hard time deciding whether I want to support the Imperial Legion or the rebel Stormcloaks in Skyrim. They both seem to be right in some ways and obnoxious in others. In the meantime, I'm studying with the Greybeards and pursuing that part of the game.
My problem is that I want to finish the main quest this time (unlike my history with TESIV) and would rather pick the side that doesn't end up with me indirectly supporting the Thalmor and the Aldmeri Dominion. At first I thought there was no way to support the Empire without supporting their Compact with the Dominion, but after studying the books in High Hrothgar, I realise that the history of the Great War is more complicated than Stormcloak or Legion NPCs seem to remember/admit. On top of that, supporting or opposing the Dominon apparently has theological implications that I was surprised to discover were important to my character. (... My immersion tendencies are taking over my game. Sorry.)
Is it possible to avoid picking sides for the whole main quest? I really don't want clear spoilers, but ambiguous hints about how I can participate in or avoid participating in the war are fine. My character might make up her mind at some point, but I'd be happier knowing that I'm not forced to join up with either to do the main quest, unless I want to.