[Editors Note: With an event this significant in Cal/Gal FW, no account would be complete without the input of Mira deVorsha, a prominent Caldari FC. Please refer to the second page of the article to see an updated version of the interview with Subsparx.]
Anyone who has earned their stripes in Cal/Gal factional warfare knows that Innia represents the power of the Caldari. The Gallente have tried more than once to force the Caldari from this famous system, but the Caldari militia always brought strong numbers and repulsed all plexing attempts. On April 1st, though, the Gallente finally succeeded. To put things into historical context, Innia has been in Caldari hands since July 18 of last year; but even then this statistic is misleading; the July tenure under Gallente rule lasted only 4 bloody days. It would be more accurate to say that CalMil resolutely made Innia their home since late May - almost a full year - making this event something to remember.
The dust is still settling, but the mass exodus from Innia is largely beginning to die down. The rhetoric, however, is still in full swing. Recent GalMil defector B O R G seems intent on making sure the Caldari stay out of Innia, colloquially referring to Innia as "Borgland." While the battle for Innia is over, it's far from the end of the story.
In between victory laps around Innia station or jump freighter runs to the next Caldari stronghold, I sat down with leaders from each side of the war to hear what they had to say:
X Gallentius – CEO of Justified Chaos
Innia has been under fire many times in the past but hasn't been taken in quite a long while. What was different about this time around?
X Gallentius: Two things:
Lack of militia cohesion. Oicx was a big deal for many of the Caldari, and when others in militia didn't help them defend Oicx their cohesion fell apart. Their most active FC (Vyktor Hark) quit and moved on. The AUTZ guys in Enaluri who didn't help out said "I told you so" on the forums and message boards. Then the USTZ guys in Innia didn't help the AUTZ guys defend Enaluri either. So when the time came to defend Innia the USTZ guys in Innia didn't receive any help from their off-TZ counterparts.
Element of surprise. "We" (actually Yuri Antollare) started really pushing Innia late Sunday night (USTZ) and so we had a full day of plexing before their USTZ guys showed up to defend. Since Mondays are lower intensity days, we were able to win USTZ (our guys were active knowing this was going to be a big offensive). Then we finished it off the next day during EUTZ because we had stronger AU/EUTZ presence.
Innia has been regarded by many as a fairly annoying system to live and fight in, especially given its massive size. Any plans to get comfortable in Innia, or is this hostile takeover purely for the fun and fights?
X Gallentius: We are committed to holding Innia until the Caldari are settled into a different home system. We're actually doing them a favor since Innia is a cesspool of 100+ AU warps.
What is the morale and disposition of the general rank and file? Are people happy and proud to have taken Innia?
X Gallentius: Morale has been high for quite a while. Our guys are already moving on to other things.
What moments are you most proud of in your attack on Innia, and what do you wish you could have done differently?
X Gallentius: Well-planned attack. Timing was great. Executed very efficiently. No changes except maybe I would purchase fewer plexing ships next time. At least Eha will be well stocked for the foreseeable future. :)
OK, so you just punched "the squids" straight in the nose and made some waves. What's next?
X Gallentius: Operational Security, man.
Anything else you'd like to add?
X Gallentius: It's a team game. The team (many different players from different corps and alliances) did a great job on all levels. But if I have to mention some guys they would be Yuri Antollare of JUSTK (a one man AUTZ wrecking machine), PERUNGA of SoTF and Dom Pender of Rapid Withdrawal who both spent a lot of time leading fleets over the course of the campaign.