Coalitions: The Evolution of Warfare

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Coaltions? (Yeah, ok, I'm a little OC about speelign.)
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Well stated, well written and well thought out. I've been saying these same things over the last couple days. The FACE of nullsec and its politiks have been changing and the ones leading the charge CURRENTLY are HBC and to a lesser extent the CFC. I muse that Mittani is ok with this 'backseat' to the HBC approach because there is something far larger in the CFC near immediate future, but I can't say that for sure. Does the CFC take sides in the East?
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progod as a coalition leader? He would bet it all away on poker. it would never end well.
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Mynnna, i think alot of that discussion is lost in rhetorics.Having a bigger group is meant to be an advantage, a factor. Yet a factor among many. The problem today isn't necessarily that numbers is strong, the problem is that alternatives to it are dwindling. That make numbers "too strong".It has to do with many things, from the objectives Weaselior discuss in his series of articles to the mechanics the existing objectives base around (hitpoints), the changes to mechanical details or the balance CCP prioritize (the "direction" of the development). If you balance ships based on an ideal that ships are meant to be easily replacable to see "more explosions" you undeniably also raise the value of numbers (commodity resources versus human resources).In short, the problem isn't that "having a bigger group" is valuable, the problem is that it's ramping up to become an exclusive valuable.It's the same for the core components of the game as for any detail like ship design: balance means a tolerable difference between the various factors (numbers, diplomacy, organisation, income, logistics, activity, tactics, execution, and the list goes on...).If "losing ships" matters less: aspects of tactics and execution also matter less.If "numbers" are made powerful by strong ingame mechanics: players' ingenuity in diplomacy or organisation also matter less.It's just a shame the discussion is so poisoned that it isn't held in any openminded way at the moment, and remains too focused on laying blame or brushing tar.I must admit i expected more from Grath, and i don't consider this a very good article. He did at least give vague hints of the fact that poisoned words like "numbers" or "blobs" have many definitions for different people, and it's well beyond a simple "us vs. them" relationship. That's another side of the game splitting apart into separated subcommunities with their own definition of things. In turn, that too is a result of design direction and the ideals the continued development of the game rest upon.If we continue to encourage separate content (FW content for FW etc.) in the game we will also continue to drive the community apart (and abandon the single-community ideal; "one world" etc. you see in the corporate buzzwords). At the end of the day, that is the biggest issue i have. It has nothing to do with any large group being successful, it's a question of the increasing lack of interaction between different groups of different ideals in different areas of the game. That was the big upset with Dominion Sov. It didn't solve the issues Apocrypha postponed.I want to be able to shoot some FW guys, some Pirates, some roaming NPC-null guys, some WH guys and some big block Sovnull guys. The more we split it apart though, the more difficult it is to maintain interaction with all of them and encourage interaction between them.As most people in anywhere from Syndicate to Wormholes experience: few actors quickly make a scene stale. It's not each region being better or worse, it's the fact that it's just one region. To close this up: that's also what i have always seen as a shame with the rise of the tripartite coalitions, that Grath is talking about, in 2007. It's few actors on the political scene. Grath is right that it's been like that since then, but shouldn't the ideal be to encourage more actors to develop in order the make the scene more vibrant? Isn't that what should be CCP's highest priority instead of catering and pandering to fools with unsustainable and separated or targeted development (like Merc marketplaces or w/e). Those are just odd ideals, priorities and allocation of development resources. It's skirting around "the problem", which has continued from Apocrypha after the failure to properly implement Dominion.
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not really. like every other article on this site has talked about how -A- lets its allies fall without helping them. Its been said over and over until every test and goon sheep believes it without ever being in the south. there is debate that -A- was absent in a fleet fight but remember 1 thing. This is WAR. there was a LOT of different factors that came into play before -A- gave orders through a chain of command. ...and here we are today. -A- doesnt help its allies. ... haha what a joke. every sheep repeats this and every article on this site repeats it again.
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You literally copied and pasted this over from the Nulli Secunda Alliance Update article, there as Nullie Suxtestoff.We cannot change your mind for you. You are free to believe what you will. Enjoy your stay in Stain.
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This article is well on its way to generate more comment content than all others in the last two days combined. The majority of it is even civilized.Grath, thanks for writing so frankly on the subject of numbers, blues, and coalition warfare. It's becoming increasingly clear you've hit a serious nerve with many people here, and it's fun watching this phenomenon of a comments section unfold.
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Exactly what "more" did you expect from me? You don't like the honesty in my article? If you think its dishonest in someway would you care to point that out?I used to be like you, in fact I still wish that CCP would give us SOMETHING for small gangs to have as targerts: POS guns have too many HP and the POS hit too hard for small gangs, POCO's have too many HP, station services have too many HP, ratters are virutally immune to roaming gangs if they have a pulse.Its become ever so evident that CCP have no intention of fixing whats wrong with 0.0, so in on that train of thought why should I rail against it, why not call the pig what it is? Its a pig. So if coalitions are the way forward in EVE then why not build one, and build a great one. Everybody has built one of late, even those classically considered to be strong on their own.If you want to write 5000 words detailing why you think players should just man up and fight alone, feel free to write it up and submit it, if its not gibberish the chances are that it'll get published, but I feel that doing that is just deluding myself because players aren't going to not ball up just 'because', its what they're going to do and nothing you or really CCP does is going to stop it because its a route to victory, and with more and more tools removed that equalizes the advantage of numbers, you're blind and silly not to use the only tool left.
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"I want to be able to shoot some FW guys, some Pirates, some roaming NPC-null guys, some WH guys and some big block Sovnull guys. The more we split it apart though, the more difficult it is to maintain interaction with all of them and encourage interaction between them."The notion that coalition warfare is peeling different aspects of the game apart from each other is tantalizing. True, even. In my current null experience, I have to create an alt for any meaningful pirate, FW, or industrial content. Hell, B0rthole, TEST's WH corp, actually requires a full combat alt to leave in K-space to join. This is sensible from a strategic standpoint, but limiting on my time and wallet, particularly when I'm just looking for fun and am not interested in growing into a multiboxed Army of One like so many others.
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well, then I'll back up his post without using a throwaway name...I think it is extremely important to keep in mind that PL, Raiden, INIT and whatnot are in fact failures.They didn't decide to change their behavior based on a careful analysis of incentives while they were still ahead.They tried their own thing until they visibly started to fail, then changed their behavior in reaction to that failure and only provided their analysis afterwards - to demonstrate that their failure was entirely attributable to systemic reasons rather than due to individual mismanagement.Mind you, I am not claiming that the arguments supporting their line of reasoning are invalid - however, based on first-hand experience of manufacturing ex-post rationales to support decisions that had in truth already been made, I don't expect these alliances to give us a balanced view which would include all the arguments that do not support their decision.It is easy to sound convincing when you only portrait one side of the picture (but more on that below)."Today's EVE has moved away from the Spartan warrior abilities of old. A group of skilled players can still take a fight and win it while outnumbered, but eventually, in the attempt to hold sov, the Spartans will meet the fate that all Spartans do – a brutal blody death at the hands of a mob."The crucial phrase in this paragraph is "in the attempt to hold sov".The elephant in the room are the questions "Why would an alliance such as PL, Raiden, NCdot, INIT, ... want to hold sov in the first place?" and "Would these alliances be able to carry on without being part of a huge coalition if they did not attempt to hold sov?".It is curious how PL members - who haven't displayed any desire to hold sov during the past 2 years - now find themselves arguing that the failure of Raiden or NCdot to hold sov somehow vindicates their own decision to abandon the nomadic life of a mercenary and team up with TEST...Strangely enough one of the most interesting essays on the virtue of holding no sov is itself a product of similar ex-post rationalization: http://themittani.com/content/...Written shortly after Goonswarm was forced to relocate to NPC space this piece contains entirely reasonable arguments in favor of abstaining from sov for the most part - yet awareness of these (his own) arguments did obviously not stop The Mittani from proceeding to build one of the largest sov empires in the history of EVE.(PS: a loosely related find I made a few days ago - you obviously don't need any sov of your own to reap the unqiue benefits of sov space http://pastebin.com/KeVr5Vh2)
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CFC infrastructure was in place long before they moved north, or there was a 'moongoo', you should learn the history of the game before you rant a little.And yes, Nulli is developing a spy network thats not exactly terrible, its not that hard, ship replacement isn't hard either, TEST had one long before they had moon goo, the same with sov, they paid for all their sov with ratting taxes alone.Just because you don't think its possible doesn't make that a fact, and that is largely why you don't lead, because you lack the vision and drive that the people who DO lead have. Theres nothing wrong with it but don't let your own lack of drive make you jaded.
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dude all this my pvp is better then your pvp shit is just that....shit.You might get less individual great pvp'ers in null, prolly cos they are diluted by the 1000's of terrible 1's, but really strap a camara on any noob and record every roam and i'm sure with a little editing even these null sec faggots could stitch a half decent pvp vid together like garmon or that kill2 dude.
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I know some ROL CSAA's that think you're wrong.
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I have to agree. Spartan alliances rarely stand to lose more than a couple of ships in their wild escapades about the galaxy.I feel as though making sovereignty meaningful is a fix that would apply more to larger coalitions, many of whom already let Spartans crash on their couch from time to time.
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I disagree, Goons and TEST will cross their swords... if you know what I mean.
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"...so that leaves luminaries like Progodlegend..."Progodlegend: "You ain't the prophet of the free world as I am but you're getting there"
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It just seems like the only entity to kill one of these super blocks, is themselves. While the event of a self inflicted head shot is amusing; I find events leading to the defeat of a super block by different players to be far more entertaining and healthy for the game.I hope I don't come off as hating on any specific block, I just think we all deserve a better game.
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I can answer this easily and in an instant: CCP soundwave has stated flatly that passive income sources like Tech are going the way of the dinosaur. They will be removed without question, and to have alliance income you will need to base it on members, and what they do in your held space.So like we frequently do we get out ahead of the problem and solve it early. I'm sorry if our foresight doesn't fit into your "failed" alliance category, but I'd not really call an active alliance that has a net worth of some 3 trillion isk a failure by a long shot.
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Then those ROL CSAA's should be the ones questioning their allegiance. if ROL is that easy to question their allies., Good. just another Initiative.
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Its a good thing not much people realise or want to see that HBC & CFC are twin brothers, two wings of the same large coalition. When they open their eyes and see HBC-CFC junction somewhere in east, it will be fun :P
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As said, above, of course you can, but being part of a 1/3 coalition eliminates at least 1/3 of your potential targets (blues). And usually means you have to travel great distances to find the other 2/3. Of course its not impossible, and there's nothing 'wrong' with blue lists. Its purely a matter of the material additional effort that is necessary to find non-blue engageable targets.
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Sounds hot
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Strange that most CFC enemies would agree with this article. Why do you think Dotbros lost tribute so suddenly after holding out for months? Because of stupid internal conflict. Everyone fighting the CFC right now is thinking 'it would have been nice to keep BL. on our side'.
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Steamy!
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Depends on where in the coalition you are living. If you are in the snug space (usually heavily populated by carebears) and you want to roam a lot, you've chosen the wrong member alliance to join.
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This is Eve, far stranger things have happened.
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Time to burn highsec so CCP will change 0.0!
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CFC and HBC will never take over WH space.
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Nice article Grath.
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just because test and goons wont fight doesn't mean CFC and HBC won't fight, test is neut to everyone in the CFC except goons pretty much, for example.it seems every time 1 or 2 groups get big that aren't at war the eve community thinks they will take all of eve... I remember NC. and DRF the best, both died mostly from the inside out.
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You need to have a k-space alt because otherwise you are just a regular J4Glord
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Have you ever tried rubbing pods with a goon? It's glorious.
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God forbid people move on and occupy space that was once owned by some random alliance in 3000 BC
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Love that synapses Grath! Took me on a journey through my time in EvE. I like most of the old guard remember the big three from back in the day. The BoB wars were probably the funnest time outside of right now that I have had in the game. So much content since then has been added to the game, and playing through the evolution of new technologies and seeing the rise and fall of so many have been whats kept me playing. I personally can not wait to see who stands up and completes the circle! I look forward to all of the good fights, the shiny kills, and the heart wrenching losses... It's what EvE is about. Glad to be flying with you and everyone else in the HBC!
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I am amused someone remembers KRYSIS
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One of the best moments in my EVE life was when I was still just a wee noob, living vicariously through the events in nullsec that I read about in the best place for 0.0 news aka CAOD - I had just found that one avatar class titan, piloted by a random noname guy i'd never heard about before in the two months i had been playing (his name was Shrike) had been destroyed. I remember quickly logging on and telling everyone I knew about it. It was awesome.
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I'd question the validity of having allies if those allies just sat with their thumb up their collective rectum while I was losing a hundred billion ISK in assets.
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fuck off grath
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Didn't read it yet, but I'm probably mainly here to read the comments anyways.Rumors have it they are extra juicy in here today ;)
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Okay, fuck that. who even cares...
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How about you stuck more dicks in your ass since your mouth seems to have a slight overflow of em right now ...
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Why stop at allowing your allies to lose CSAA's... I've got a better idea, lets sit back and watch those TEST/PL and pets noobs take 2 regions from ROL... yea, that'll show 'em that we don't leave our allies hung out to dry. -A- is delusional trash. You know, the kind that deletes Titan killmails off its KB and disables KM posting, cause that means it didn't happen... yea that kinda delusional euro-trash.
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Base out of a border system then.And anyways with todays jumpbridge networks hostile space is never more than 10-15 jumps away.
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Hi jeff
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I can go from fountain to hostile space in catch in 15-16 jumps. That's a long distance?
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" in the attempt to hold sov, the Spartans will meet the fate that all Spartans do – a brutal blody death at the hands of a mob."And yet the Spartans themselves were part of a larger coalition of Greek states that continued to fight the Persians outnumbered and ultimately defeat them. Seriously, this Spartan analogy is old and tired and mis-used by those who can't read beyond 1 story of history.
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Totally unlike razor who's titan death seems to have never made it to their killboard
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every single time one of you guys post. its just regurgitated propaganda and hearsay that youve never actually seen but someone told you. its laughable actually. yes ive heard and seen the pics where people say someone delete a titan KM. but i actually looked for it. and i found it.... but the jpeg still is floating around and people believe it just like every other post you sheep post. its fucking laughable
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Good luck crushing LGK br0
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It's a fairly long distance, yes. Small gang corps usually base somewhere that they only have to go 1-4 jumps to get fights.
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yes
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You can do small scale pvp as a part of a coalition, but the thing is that it's easier to get small scale pvp outside of a it. A smallish corp/alliance with no blues can deploy wherever the grass is greenest and can get pvp with a tiny isk and logistics investment.On top of that there are no CTAs, no coalition propaganda, no spies and no being fed bullshit by leadership.It's objectively better not to join a coalition if you want to do really small gang stuff. That's not saying you can't do solo/small gang as a part of the HBC or whatever - you can - but it's not ideal. Of course if you want to get involved in the big fleet fights or want to be a part of something bigger a coalition would definitely be more your thing.
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By Zeus fat butt.Truer words were rarely spoken. PvP in EvE gobbles goblin balls like Wicked Princess gobbles up chocolate. This whole glorification ~elite pvp~ is the biggest shit of a bull I've seen in a while, especially because thousands of people believe in it.
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i have a different perspective:modern eve warfare requires:- all TZ active fleets - power bloc capable of fielding 800-1000 people fleets regularly- exellent reimbursement programIn order to achieve that you need a small core of real capable FCs (1-2 per TZ), supers fleet and mass numbers of support fleet. This could be achieved by one good PVP alliance (PL) and mass noob numbers (TEST) which together make a good team - HBC. This should be the path of all other capable alliances should go for - BL, NC., Gypsy etc. Establish a good alliance structure, open to allows carebares to grind and develop, give them reimbursement program, treat them nice(not AAA way) and you will have numbers in your fight.This is a big step up from the old 'elitist' thinking, which PL first realized. The question is who is going to be the first to follow? I believe such a power bloc needs no more than 30000 people in it to operate sucesfully and there is a room for quite a few of them in eve. The natural way of noob development requires that he goes to 0.0 and 80% of all players are based in hi-sec so there is a huge base to thrive on. Nobody will do missions per 10M/h when you can do anomalies for 100M/h. Invest in and train those people and build your new empire!As of now all noobs go to HBC, which is a shame and we see huge unreasonable spike in their number. Should it be allowed to continue?
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Wow so much bias in propaganda in one article. I really am impressed.The obvious problem that these massive coalitions are bored to tears because no one will fights them is also completely not addressed here.TL;DR Grath is full of shit
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"One thing is obvious: crying about blues is a tenet clutched by the retard""Retard", really? Why not drop in "faggot" and "nigger" while you are at it?I was interested in the subject matter, but the predjudice at the end just turned me off the article. If i wanted bad posting and ism's id go to Eve news 24. When i want reasoned arguments, albeit with a slight bias, then i want to come here. This is beneath the site.
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That was not a bad piece, only problem here is that your not acknowledging the fact that HBC and CFC or really not 2 different coalitions but one huge blob that has split in 2 organizations working separately but on same side.So instead of there being 3 coalitions there is 2, whitch are blue to eatch other...
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I actually greatly disagree with you in the specific (and common) case of newer and poorer players - unless your smaller group has structures in place to help these players get fit ships that work wherever you're deploying at a given time, via JFs, industry dudes, loaned ISK, free ship programs, or carriers, these newer players are usually better served by larger groups able to support new players. For people that consider this to be the 'fun' part of EVE, getting them involved as soon as possible in their EVE career into the stuff they find engaging is very important, and this is a place where larger coalitions capable of organizing regular smaller gang stuff have strength. The requirements of some of the smaller elite groups - everything from 'must have a super/carrier alt' down to '10m SP minimum/ must have a capable ratting character' act as a barrier for drawing fresh blood. Fortunately, there are groups such as RvB and others that do their best to get newer players into smaller group PvP.That said, I see your point. Pilots in larger coalitions, such as myself, can just base out of, say, Syndicate, rather than VFK, to try to enjoy some of the other side of EVE, with people interested in that, but it doesn't completely escape politics all together.
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I mean I could have put those words in, I'm not opposed to their use and actually am rather well known for my ability to string insults together in new and colorful ways. Would it make you happier if I just let it all out? Retards not really that bad of a word in the grand scheme of the world bro, you need to ease up some and relax.
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Gem - it seems you missed the entire point of Grath's article. He didn't say anything about the quality or quantity of PvP in coalitions versus small gangs. Rather it was a psycho-historical history of coalitions themselves.
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TM.com would end up being blocked by profanity filters all over the place if there were more Grath.That said; yes, more Grath.
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well known for being so fat you can hear the sound of your blood pressure slowing as you struggle to put air into words that use the letter b. There is nothing "elitist" about any corp that would have your fat blubbering ass in it.
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relax grath, mes only make interweb comment.
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fat members of PL news 24, brought you from Grath's mom's basement where he lives with his mentally handicapped brother who has a reason to be there.
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lol, because you get ratting taxes by taking what? and how do you take that without a well funded, coordinated army>? It's a circle retard.
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just because you're fat doesn't mean i'm not going to point out the obvious flaws in your terrible logic.
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Cram every warm body who can squeeze a trigger into the breach so as to clog it full.This sentence sticks out like a sore thumb. CFC Maxim!
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TEST did things without being well funded. Just because you're too bitter and jadded to try doens't mean other people aren't.PL didn't start with a ton of money, we built it up over years and years, neither did Goons, neither did groups like Razor and even AAA who've been around forever and aren't dirt poor. Infrastructure and organization give you these things, and if you're mad because you're in a group that doens't have those things maybe you should look for a new home instead of raging in the comments section on a player made news site.
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Sorry we've been having about 4-5 fights a day every day for 4 months, I hope that doesn't shoot holes in your theory....
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I'll have you know I'm the perfect picture of health, and you shouldn't be so upset that me and your mother engage in sexual relations like this, its not every day a man can find a woman who begs for ass to mouth you know, let us have our freedom, and one day maybe you too can have a retard brother.
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stranger then 200bil atrons?
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JEFFRAIDER, Ever the voice of pure politeness.
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why does irc never get mentioned ? we always show up to a fight no mater the numbers
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If SOV-warfare seems unbearable and 'not-fun', then that is usually our strategic objective, working flawlessly.
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The average cog can make a huge difference to it's empire really easily, though.
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Big coalitions can't control lowsec or wormholes. Not yet. Back when I played b0rthole regularly got shat on in wormholes.

The urge to write this came to me as I sat camping AAA into their staging system of LGK, reading the cat calls in local about how many blues we have - from ex-Morsus Mihi members like Overman.

Yeah... I know, I know.

To get where I’m going we’ll need to go way back, so sit down and lets take a little trip and look at the way numbers involved in conflicts have evolved over the years in EVE.  In the early days, when the darkness was still receding, there were legendary corps that roamed around EVE, engaging against the odds and making a name for themselves in the heavens.  Largely in hindsight, a lot of this can be attributed to the skewed game mechanics that people were taking advantage of, but it happened and it’s the stuff of legends.  Over time, groups of these corps would end up working together, and the trend became so common that alliances were introduced by CCP as a mechanic.

From the primordial soup the first great alliances emerged, a collection of like-minded corps that operated in 0.0 and made names that still get talked about today.  They in turn would be devoured by newer alliances, consolidating into creations of legend such as Band of Brothers and Red Alliance.  This was human nature: strength in numbers and being part of a winning team.

But the universe was far from done turning.  It had one more evolution that players from that era could scarcely imagine, the rise of the coalition.

As game progressed and more people are able to be stuffed into a system, human nature dictates that we do exactly that.  Cram every warm body who can squeeze a trigger into the breach so as to clog it full.

Or as full as one particular group's diplomacy will allow for.

Historically, there have been three coalitions co-existing at any point in time in EVE.  Arguably the first three that actually cemented themselves as true coalitions were the Red Swarm Federation, the Greater BoB Community, and the Northern Coalition.  These three forces were the first to marshal diplomatic skill and military might to the fullest possible extent, though back in those days the integration hadn’t reached its current technological level. There were other minor extant powers concurrent with those three coalitions, but those were the movers and shakers of the sov warfare landscape.  Most other entities were in the process of being consumed by or muscled out by those precursors to today’s modern coalitions.

Later we’d see the rise of the Southern Coaltion led by Atlas and Against ALL Authorities, the rise of the new Northern Coalition, and the eventual fall of the GBC, but always the primordial returns us to the 3 that cycle around EVE's edges.

Today’s coalitions are much more sophisticated than the early forms that wandered the stars.  They feature shared comms, Jabber and IRC, uniform fleet doctrines, intelligence networks that dwarf anything that the first three could have imagined, and command channels that have more people in them then some mid-sized alliances have for alliance chat during peak hours.

But the core still remains the same: if you want to hold sov, you have friends.

Today's EVE has moved away from the Spartan warrior abilities of old.  A group of skilled players can still take a fight and win it while outnumbered, but eventually, in the attempt to hold sov, the Spartans will meet the fate that all Spartans do – a brutal blody death at the hands of a mob.

And the Spartans all seem to realize it now.

People like Black Legion, Darkside, Northern Coalition., Pandemic Legion, Gypsy Band, who traditionally have run the route of the lone cowboy are even now starting to gravitate towards other likeminded alliances and forming smaller coalitions (and in some cases larger coalitions) because it's what the game now demands for progression in the Sov Warfare department.  Even AAA, despite the elite hurf blurf uttered around the camp fires, formed a coalition to further its interests in the south.

The ability to hold these coalitions together is what makes or breaks them.  This includes sufficient leadership capability to hone and direct the egotistical forces of its FCs and CEOs.

And what of the classical three coalitions?

Currently we have the CFC and the HBC, and around EVE we have had the forming and destruction of coalitions like so many tiny universes that spin in and out of existence.  Northern Coalition. had a small entourage they were building that was fielding some nice numbers before She Who Shall Not Be Named poisoned the pond.  Down south, AAA formed a coalition and then let it spiral downward through apathy and inability to put it on the line for coalition members.  Solar Fleet has a loose confederation out in the drone regions but is now facing pressure that could fracture it.  The Gypsy Caravan birthed out of the Curse area shows some promise as it steadily picks up interest and gains in its fights against the Solar machine.

One of these groups will eventually cement into the fully realized third coalition of EVE and return the balance.  It will cement into the place that people who “don’t want to be a Goon” or “are too elite for little TEST retards” end up, and then we’ll start the cycle of destruction all over again as we have time and time before.  Whats missing right now is that galvanizing leader who can bring them all under one flag.  MACTEP seems to not fit the bill as he’s a leftover from a dying era, one of EVE’s last kings ruling over an empire of servants.  Herculetz from AAA has shown that he has no desire to do the things that are needed to hold a coalition together, so that leaves luminaries like Progodlegend, Elo Knight, and Vince Draken, or possibly some yet unseen newcomer to take the reins of a third house of power.

One thing is obvious: crying about blues is a tenet clutched by the retard and the leper who can’t find enough friends to back their cause.

The coalition has been a part of EVE for years now.  It's growing in its sophistication and ability.  Eventually, if you want to play the SOV warfare game (which is just about all CCP have left us non-wormhole dwellers), then you will deal with a coalition.  In fact, if you were to poke your head into a wormhole, there's a good chance that even in those quiet, dark, locked rooms you could run into a coalition, as a certain 0.0 alliance found out recently when it went after wormhole resources.  It’s as much a part EVE as the corporation or the alliance at this point.

So the next time you find yourself and your allies outgunned and outmanned, maybe you shouldn’t complain about how many friends your enemy has, but rather wonder why your leaders haven’t made you any friends.  The stakes are higher, the system has evolved, and you will either build your own machine or be crushed under the weight of somebody else's.

 

[name_1]
Sniggerdly CEO, I took the job after Shamis Orzoz stepped down (long live the king). Between my Kugu posting, several mails, and a recording here or there I've earned a reputation as "The Hate Monger of PL".