Last month, the CFC announced their plans to interdict Caldari ice. Spearheaded by GSF’s Ministry of Love, the CFC looked to repeat their infamous Gallente ice interdiction in 2011. But what are the real goals of the operation, and what were the effects on EVE?
For the unfamiliar, Caldari ice is particularly important to fuel industrial towers. Unfortunately, with Caldari capital ships regarded as worst of all the races, the consumption used as capital ship fuel is much lower than Gallente or Amarr ice. Lastly, much of the CFC’s controlled territory in null sec has Caldari ice.
Ministry of Love’s main goal in any of their operations is to harvest carebear tears and generate big carebear kills. Whether they are running normal freighter ganks in regional chokepoints or big public ops like Burn Jita, the goal is incredibly simple: wreak havoc.
But it would be short selling the CFC leadership to believe that the goal of such an ambitious interdiction would purely be to generate tears as they “burn highsec”. Where Burn Jita may hope to break even with freighter loot, mining ships aren’t going to drop anything epic (except when they do), and a sustained interdiction is costly. The impetus of this interdiction is primarily economic.
Odyssey changed the way ice was seeded into the game, bottlenecking supply so that “Empire can only generate 80% of fuel demand”. When the changes were announced, there was a sharp and sustained price spike thanks to speculation; when the patch hit, prices dropped and did not recover to their pre-patch levels. This interdiction was meant to push the price up so friends who stockpiled Nitrogen Isotopes could get their payout. If the price spike was sustained long enough, this would drive stockpiles to be burned up and hopefully reset the price to a new normal.
With these two goals, the CFC stood to issue a one-two punch to the whole community. Where carebears might suffer directly, the effects of a significant hike in fuel costs would ripple through much of the T2 market as well, raising the prices of moon materials and final T2 products. Liquidating stockpiles for a big personal pay day would not hurt either.
Frankly, the bar to mark the ice interdiction as a military success is not very high. If miners die, generate funny chat logs, and the killboard racks up a big juicy number, the op is a rousing success.
In the first week of the operation, CFC saw a lot of action and excitement in roaming into highsec and killing as many miners as they could find. Fresh off the Fountain campaign and largely bored, this ice interdiction served to provide content for the organization as a whole. It also serves to reinforce GSF’s reputation as extraordinary trolls, preying on the “fat pubbies” of highsec.
Unfortunately, the next week, the CFC also announced their deployment to Delve to take that space. Given the choice between null PVP and highsec griefing, the interdiction lost a lot of its steam. By the time the Delve campaign was wrapping up, the interdiction was largely forgotten by the general membership, with only Miniluv working on sustaining a rather wide spread interdiction.