The result of the last fight that I spoke about <a href=”
“>here</a> the system was taken and given to Sys-K. it turned out that it was just an over-eager sys-k member thinking that the station had been killed before it actually had who removed the SBU’s before their time.
Thankfully CCP has changed the sov mechanics so that the defending force would have had to repair the station to a certain level in order to trigger the restart of the station timer cycle. Since we maintained superiority in the system after downtime, CVA were not able to repair the station and it was merely a matter of waiting the three hours for our SBU’s to online again, after which, the station was taken without a hitch and the TCU was destroyed. Later that night Sys-K’s TCU came online and the system takeover was complete.
The Against All Authorities Alliance leader posted a very informative post on our forums about the current political situation. I have to say, I really really appreciate it when alliance leader or High-Council representatives keep the grunts like us informed of long term strategies and goings on that we aren’t normally privy to.
Here are the TL;DNR points in bold and my comments:
Providence: Remove the threat install content for us and replant the rain-forest.
This has been interesting – We liked Providence the way it was – it provided a good training ground for new pilots and some good pew for the others. We liked the fact that there were so many targets there but we couldn’t stand by and let threats to our sovereignty stand and hence CVA had to be removed.
Stainwagon: Big mess over misunderstandings …. AAA is keeping a close eye and trying to make sound judgment before decision.
(Apparently there was a bit of a fuss over the stain empire etc resetting a number of alliances in the area including IT alliance. a hesitant peace has been brokered).
Northern Coalition: What to do about the threat they pose? the Jury is still out.
The next biggest threat is now the Northern Coalition. This interests me greatly as once again, the Eve universe has polarised into two massive groups, the Northern Coalition + goonswarm and the Southern Coalition + IT Alliance.
The Southern Coalition headed by AAA, Atlas, Systematic Chaos and IT alliance are less tight-nit, preferring to be individual alliances with the chances of good fights between all.
The Northern Coalition however is a very different story. Having spent the majority of my nullsec career in the NC I know they are Extremely tight-nit, with each alliance readily deploying their forces to aid any of the others that come under sustained attack. and they intend to remain this way indefinately.
AAA sees the NC as the biggest threat to their existance in eve currently. I dissagree however. In my experience the NC has been a purely defensive arrangement with only the occasional poke into the south. The New sovereignty mechanics have made it very difficult to engage in a sustained campaign away from home, effectively preventing the “AFK empires” that existed pre-dominion. If alliances cannot muster their forces in time, a station system is only 5 days away from being taken over – far less than was possible in the old system, where so long as the system was not tightly locked down with the attacking forces had to be ever vigilent against new Pos’s being erected.
However, with the possibility of one half of eve uprooting and attacking the other half in a coordinated manner, the risk is minimised that each individual alliance will be vulnerable to a concerted counter-attack.
IMHO, the NC deserves to win any fight – they’ve proven to be the most solid and long-lasting coalition of alliances in the history of Eve and the recent attacks on their sovereignty in Fade and Pure Blind have only strengthened their ties. Triumverate, by no means an incompetent alliance has been broken on the bullwark the Northern Coalition presents time and time again.
The difference between the threat that The NC presents now and the threat that the Greater Bob Community presented last year which turned the rest of Eve against them is that the NC is not expantionist in any serious way, whereas BoB openly was.
Only time will tell, but at the moment, as it has been for the past year or so, Branch is possibly the most stable region in the entire universe. and to take it, any opposing force will have to wade through nearly 15,000 pilots. not something any coalition will want to do without very strong inter-alliance ties and the ever present threat of ex-providence holders re-taking their space in the south.