Why We Fight - The SoCo Perspective

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I like that Tempest posted this, but I learned nothing from the post. Absolutely no Insight.
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Unfortunately, Nova's comment about fighting for the little man is completely false.AAA awox'd quite a few corporations from Imperial 0rder attempting to flee from Omist after the disband. AAA had given word that they would support the move but in the end, only assisted those who would join the AAA family and turned their back or their guns on those corps who wanted nothing more than to leave the area.
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I think this article shows its bias on its sleeve, it is quite well written but doesn't achieve the insight into the organisation which I have been fighting against for the past few months now. Only true neutrality and analytical mind can an organisation get better, and it starts with the management of line members.
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It reads like a press release, rather than a a case study. Hopefully someone either better positioned or more astutely observant can knock up a real piece on the SoCo.
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I'd have loved to learn more about the bizarre green killboard doctrine. That seems to be a core value that drives a lot of their decision making.
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I was hoping for some information about their alliance structure, like if there is a command structure or if it's decentralized. Besides taking EVE more seriously, what else makes them stand out from everyone else? Also how do the corps interact with each other because of that language barrier. Do they provide reimbursements alliance wide or only certain corporations? So many questions!
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I am a TEST member. I'm admittedly biased. I tried to read this objectively, but I didn't find it persuasive. There is a lot of language that tries to imply courageousness or fearlessness by AAA. However, I don't see that in game. I know AAA has to fight outnumbered a lot of the time, but they usually compensate for this by bringing much more expensive ships and fighting only when they perceive an advantage.I can't fault AAA for not wanting to welp suicidally into huge HBC fleets, but I feel like taking a 'guerilla warfare' approach to your propaganda image would be far more effective and realistic. Trying to portray yourselves as elite and noble fighters just is not in line with the reality of needing to wage a cautiously calculated war of opportunism. Know thyself. If you have a clear and realistic vision of who you are, you'll be able to develop a thriving culture. What I read in this article really seems to suggest a measure of delusion in AAA as to the reality of how they operate.
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"being one of the newer FC's in AAA" -wat ? Who is actively FCing in -A- and has more experience or FCed longer ? EVEN outside -A- ?
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Break out the knowledge Dsan. Do It!
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Nice article.The bias was expected, but in a weird way, I welcome it. Only players enthusiast about their game environment have the drive to log in, shoot things, and be shot down by other things. And AAAers seem quite comfortable with the collective (pun intended) pat on their back they keep exchanging when they think of themselves as "true warriors", opposed to "those other ones".Good for them.It may be argued that this attitude reeks of elitism like a drunk Mittani on any fanfest day. But I don't want to ruin a good article with the usual, useless flame, and applaud their (somehow self-entitled and self-appointed) tenacity and determination!
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This is a first article from Tempest and I hope that she'll provide us with a bunch more, going into more detail. as to their structure and leadership. I actually liked that she did the work to go and interview people, as well. As much as anything else, I think it's really important that we get a view from the South, and I really appreciate that people are holding fire in the comments since I want to encourage her and others from the SoCo side to share more info with us from their side's view of what is happening.
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I started to write the typical -A- is shit comment just out of form, but then I remembered that we're trying to rise above the EN24 BS. I agree that I am interested in learning why -A- members continue to X up when the war in Querious feels like it's stagnating. I X for HBC fleets because "thats my house". Why do -A- continue to do so?
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How can you be proud about loosing your space over and again ? and only retaking it because the enemy got bored and abandoned it
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I am very glad to hear that there are many members of AAA that are proud of their way of life. +1 for going against the grain.As to the "demonizing" comments, I will just say that as a grunt who used to be in an alliance allied with AAA that AAA are pretty terrible allies to have. I didn't need the CFC to demonize AAA to get me to fight them or give me incentives to fight them. I have, and will always, happily kill AAA for free.
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I fondly remember a time where AAA were known to be 'those mad drunken russians that will fucking login trap your main when you look at them funny'. Is there anything left of that AAA?
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'bad at video games' lives up to his name by suggesting -A- blue corps that deliberately disbanded an ally.
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-A- is doing something right but what they are doing wrong forever limits their effectiveness as an entity in the game.1. -A- conquers space around Stain.2. -A- supports an ally in that space or near it. 3. Its great space so the -A- ally grows in members, wealth, and corporations.4. War comes to the South. Things get tough, -A- folds back into LGK.5. The ally fail-cascades or are utterly defeated and lose their space.6. -A- assimilates the best corps from the failed alliance, and rents or shoots the rest while they evac.7. Rinse and repeat.My guess is that Cascade is next up for the ritual slaughter that renews -A-' s longevity-- like a bad vampire flick.The real question is how long can this really continue? Is there a point where every prospective non-fail alliance leader sees it for what it is, or is it like Isk doubling--an eternal feature of Eve to cull the less gifted of their wealth and power?Seb
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Sorry but -A- does not fight for the little guy or the underdogs. They regularly abandon their allies. This accounts for their "relatively free political" position, they have abandoned their allies repeatedly and thus have none.Makalu is unmatched at running Tengu fleets is a pretty funny statement. I know you meant running as a verb, but here it should be a noun, as running is a main component of -A-'s current fleet doctrine. 100mn AB tengus can cut and run, dictate range, etc. with ease to mitigate losses. However they are not strategic vehicles. They will not win systems from HBC. Their DPS is compromised for speed and survivability. Then, in order to keep up, the scimitars are severely compromised as well. So perhaps Makalu is unmatched at Running Tengu fleets, but certainly not running a Tengu fleet.-A- has enmity towards large bloc playstyle? Then why did they get involved in Delve and form the Southern Coalition?
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When I0 Disbanded due to a traitor in their ranks, AAA knew the situation as it was clearly communicated to them. Some of those corps joined Imperial Ascension as a temporary way of moving out of the area.A lot of corps were stranded due to this disbanding of the alliance. And instead of assisting these misplaced corps like AAA had stated they would, they turned their guns on them.These corps never sent a menacing stare towards AAA, yet because their future did not merge into AAA's future, they were picked off. I'm guessing AAA's killboard wasn't so green that month. But who am I to nit pick about that.What corps moved to AAA and now have space is beside the point. Some of those corps leaving Omist never wanted that. And instead of keeping to their word, they awox'd the corps who didn't join and picked off every pilot they possibly could.But hey, if you wanna go with the "Traitor in their ranks", I simply need to point out the ex Imperial 0rder corporation "Dark Tribes" who is conveniently a member of AAA who recently had a traitor of their own. Still love you mula. <3<3<3
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in the past, -A- main reason for fighting was to keep russian botters in their space. Maybe with the crackdown on bots, they don't have a reason or real goal.
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I suggested nothing of the sort. I guess you read whatever you want to read, not what is written.The attitude "If you didn't want to help -A-, -A- didn't want to help you." is what I was commenting on. The "us" vs "them", this is prevalent in every alliance to a degree but with -A- it seems to be "us" as in, only the core -A- members and "them" being everyone else.This attitude is not just directed outwards to other entities within the game but also inwards towards other members. This was glaringly apparent when looking through the forum leak and other -A- member posts in various other locations. If you question the status quo within the alliance you are simply met with "if you don't like it, get out".And yes, I'm literally bad at video games, it's not much of an insult when I openly use it as a handle.
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Your doing a great job at taking delve back, so great that you haven't won a final timer yet. The only reason we havent taken catch yet is because we are still consoldating devle. But we will come and -A- will dock.
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This is a brilliant post!
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"he (Makalu) is unmatched at running Tengu fleets". Am I to base this on the fact that their Tengu fit is designed to run away at the slightest bit of opposition? Like when they left 15 supers to die on the field?
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Wow. This is an excellent comment. You are right, I am already working on a follow up article because of this post. I'm going to be talking to Makalu personally and asking that exact question. "Why did -A- survive where other alliances broke up?"I'd like to share your comment with Maka and see if he has anything to say on the issue.Thank you for the excellent post.
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The edit made it sound.. different. My point was is compared to some of the russian vets that have FC'ed for -A- Makalu is newer than them.
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It is good to see so many facets of the war.
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What the hell is this?! This is the second article I've read on here today...both were interesting reads, containing civil and insightful comments. Stop the madness!
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Could you also delve more into the effects of conflict denial and the toll it does/does not take on AAA?Also, I don't know about you, but I'd like to hear -A-'s stance on the war in the North.
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Could you expand a little more on your complaints?Especially in the last sentence.
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I would like to hear from -A- renters and how they feel about a landlord that sees fit to sacrifice territory without much care or thought. Do they feel threatened? What do they get out of the deal? Do they think their rent is being well spent on replacing 15 dead supercaps? The rent these people pay is both payment for space to live in and, very importantly, protection money. Do they feel -A- protects them well enough? The renter perspective is one that is rarely even talked about in anything other than dismissive terms so I would be interested in hearing from the lower plebian orders, especially as they are the ones financing the -A- war machine.
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Let's make WWII analogies about a spaceship video game. That'll work just great!
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Sure!This is a long post, so here is my short summary: AAA seemsto regard themselves as an elite crew of valiant defenders of their ideals, whoprevail through their skill and fearlessness. However they are adoptingguerilla tactics in this war out of necessity, and their culture/self image doesnot seem aware of the fact. Hence the delusion; they believe themselves to beone thing (the noble elite), when in reality they are something else (thecrafty guerillas). This does not seem to be a coherent sense of internalculture, particularly in contrast with the HBC. I was hoping this article mightenlighten me as to AAA having a coherent vision and outlook on the conflict,but I get no sense of that.The details of my argument:I am going to assume that this article is a fairrepresentation of a majority perspective within AAA. I know it isn’t a perfectone, but some of the other comments suggest to me that it isn’t entirely offthe mark. The article, at least as I read it, focuses on two things. First,what is the culture/self image of AAA? Second, what is the broad theoreticalapproach to combat within AAA and how does that mesh with their culture andself image?What I took from the article is that AAA views themselves asskilled PvPers who operate under something akin to a traditional warriors’code. They view themselves as bound together by a greater sense of brotherhoodthan most (hence there perseverance as an alliance), and they view themselvesas an outnumbered bastion against barbarian hordes. I’m couching this indramatic terms to simplify it. I’m not trying to put words in AAA’s mouth. Theyare, as they tell it, serious, thoughtful, skilled, and dedicated.So given that AAA’s sense of self seems to be somethingalong the lines of a group of honorable Samurai, Knights, or some other similarorganization, I want to assess their combat tactics and how they relate thatback to their culture and reconcile the two. The article, in addition to thecomment by Rank and File suggests that the bottom line for AAA fleets iscalculation. As an underdog that relies on skill and discipline to win the day,they have to make sure they are flying a good comp with enough ships to stand achance against the larger but less disciplined HBC formations.Here is where the delusion comes in. How does AAA, with itsnotion that they are a group of Samurai/Knights/Jedi who stand against themonolithic Blocs of the West, fight the HBC? Well the culture would suggestthat they take to the field passionately, aggressively, and give a far betterfight than might be expected for their numbers. And that’d be great if it weretrue, and in a few instances it has been true, specifically the push for 49-.However, that’s not the standard modus operandi for AAA, and the push for 49-ended with them quitting the field.AAA, being as outnumbered by the HBC as they are, has totake up guerilla tactics. They have to retreat from the Badger when its teethare fully bared, and strike at its flanks when the opportunity presents itself.This is evidenced by the regularity with which AAA attempts to ‘blueball’ theHBC. They take a willful stance that it is better to cede objectives and hopewe get frustrated by not getting to fight, than it is for them to stand theirground. So they do not stand it, and then they harass us when the opportunitypresents itself. These attempts on the flanks are not going so well. They lost350 billion worth of super capitals when the Badger rage-formed in response tocyno-beacon camping in our home system.I am not trying to demean the guerilla warfare. I think thatif they did not adopt such tactics they would be total fools. However, as Isaid before they are trying to think of themselves as a group of Samurai when theyhave to play like the Viet Cong. I see that as confused, deluded, and a littleinconsistent. While this might be a trivial matter, I think that cognitivedissonance will result in AAA weakening culturally as the war wears on.Contrast this with the HBC. We are an angry beast. We havelittle-to-no fear of consequences, except in a rare few circumstances (we havestood down on a strat-op only a few times, to my knowledge). Our tactics, whichare huge fleets of overwhelming force and fury, are in line with our culturalimage of ourselves as the Honey Badger. Are we elite? No. We’re actually quitebad. Are we noble? No, we crave destruction for its own sake. But we arelegion, and we give zero fucks. And when you fight our fleets in game, you willtruly know us for who we are.
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After about an hour of fighting three full fleets of welpcanes with ecm-bursting supers on field, after losing all three fcs and a fourth anchor that stood up, who also died.This is another example of ppl listening to just about everything their jabber pings say without actually figuring out it's lies.
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It's really more about realistic about the game.If the largest coalition in the game comes down to fight an SOV war with you, in this event teamed up with the 2nd largest (HBC), with also the largest supercap numbers ever assembled in the history of the game... you tend to stand down more often than suiciding into it.It turns out that welping your fleets into a sure suicide situation HURTS your future numbers more than standing them down. This is what CFC and HBC don't understand because they've never been in that same situation before. The goading doesn't work on -A-, even if it takes a propaganda movement as big as the one we've been seeing.
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Actually, HBC faced the blob from the outnumbered camp. But more often than not, the honeybadger doesn't give a damn, and rushes headfirst into the brick wall, happy to .It's the attitude that's different. When Makalu sperges about a welp, he's damn serious. When DurrHurrDurr sperges about a welp, nobody can take him seriously. Even our ragemaster Richter Enderas is just fun to hear, once you have the right perspective about TEST.I mean, look at TEST killboard: it's the only one I know of that has the highest LOSSES under the ship class K/D grid. A green killboard for us is totally irrelevant. AAA view is opposite: firing on their own capitals to have them appear as kills and not as losses is all too common. We wouldn't waste ammo on that, unless it's a blue-on-blue "overview bug (tm)" diplomatic nightmare.
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hi,about the 'elite' thing: even Makalu has stated numerous times during our ops that we are NOT elite, why your members don't post those recordings? We like to fight and are interested only in PvP. Stop. It may be that few times during smacktalk someone said 'we are elite', but in fact, this term is mostly used by you and your allies. Imho we lack in few very important things to 'deserve' the 'elite' label.I've been in -A- / allies for years, I participated to the reconquest of catch and I've lived the changes / metamorphosis that occured in this alliance. We gather our force from the fact that we have enemies that 'hate' us, have the time to write songs (nice songs) about us and so on. You seem to gather your force from your cultural identity. In fact TEST has a strong cultural identity that -A- doesn't have and will never have.Some time ago I was in one of your fleets and the FC or someone was talking about his rl problems, people was giving him advices and so on. I mean WTF? I have my own rl problems do I have to login and listen to this crap? When I play I want to relax and have fun, I don't want to care about the ""problems"" of a random dude on the other side of the world.From what I've seen TEST puts more 'brotherhood' and sentiment in it, -A- shares ideas and common interests only. Don't get me wrong, we also joke in ts etc..but rarely talk about our ex-gf, how to repair our broken car, our dead cat, and so on.Is it better to be in a bff environment or in something 'colder' like -A-? It depends, personally, like I said before, I want to login and get in fleet (there's for sure a CTA, a nano roaming, a sniper fleet or something else going on and, unlike in other alliances, this happens during war times and peace periods [seen similiar activity only in Triumvirate.]), shoot things feeling the adrenalin that a hard conflict can bring; then logoff and go back to my life. -A- identity / gameplay allows this.So, basically, the main difference between -A- and TEST is in fact that we play internet spaceship games and post on forums, you are forum posters that play internet spaceship games : )
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I have to say I'd rather attend 1 fleet where the FC and the "vocal" people in the fleet talk about what to feed their cat or fix their broken care then 100 where there is super strict comms discipline and silence.That's just my opinion though. I've never flown with -A- so I don't know what you guys are like, but the majority of Test FC's tend to be pretty relaxed and friendly. Well...... when they are sober.
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Yeah, I understand. It's about character and personal preferences I think, personally I prefer a raging FC instead of one talking to me (and other 200people in fleet) about his rl problems. Jesus christ, you don't have a gf/real life bf/etc to talk about this shit? But I understand that everyone lives as they wish and it's ok.Other thing that propaganda doesn't show (but it's normal it does not, what propaganda would it be?) is when, at the end of the fleet, our Fcs tell us 'good work' or / and admit their errors.About your relaxed and friendly FC's: this is a good thing, world isn't monochromatic, surely TEST has interesting/nice things and I think that every single member in -A- is aware of this, at the end is about preferences, someone wants a friendly environment, someone else wants something else.
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Personally I think the main factor in -A- survival is the fact that they always have, in the back of their minds, the idea that they can never be beaten - that worst comes to worst they will simply fall back to Stain and regroup...Other groups fall apart when put under consistent pressure but 'Stain' acts as a release valve for that pressure and ensures that the 'core' of -A- will always fight on.In a way it is a similar state of mind to that which exists in CVA. We have now been kicked out of Providence twice and while you do lose members during the process of such defeats the 'core' membership actually relishes the idea of having to fight to regain what they perceive as their home space - spanking whatever renters have been installed in the meantime.Another factor is the general underlying philosophy/culture of a 0.0 alliance.Most alliances whose sole goal is to own 0.0 simply go to pieces when 0.0 is taken away from them because people only joined them to get into 0.0 in the first place. Once 0.0 is removed for an organisation like that it generally leads to a blame game and fail cascade.However for -A- owning 0.0 has never been a consideration other than for the 'good fights' it generates. As such simply removing -A- Sov does not have the same impact upon morale that it does for a lot of other 0.0 entities. Yes there will always be disquiet and bitching when you are being beaten (especially for an organisation that prides itself on its leetness) and no doubt the people who relied on that sov for their incomes will kick up a bit of a fuss - but the core membership who joined for 'good fights' will take a longer view and not be too put out...Again I will compare this to CVA (apologies - but it's what I know)Most corps that join CVA know that our hold on 0.0 is temporary until one or other of the big blocks comes to curbstomp us. They join not necessarily because they want to profit from 0.0 (it is Providence after all) but because they either like the NRDS approach that we take or more historically our 'roleplay' angle (developing 0.0 on behalf of the Amarr Empire). These factors differentiate our 'culture' from other alliances and as such attract people who are looking from something other than 0.0 for the sake of 0.0. Whilst being kicked out of our space does/did create cracks it did not lead to a fundamental breakdown because the culture of the alliance is about more than just owning 0.0 real estate.
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I think this nicely shows the difference between AAA and TEST or Goons. While the first cares about killboard stats and points out stupid losses (seriously, not just for lulz), the other side does not. Because they don't have to, with that advantage in numbers (and most probably ISK) and whatnot.AAA are kinda more "serious". If you like this style or not is totally subjective.
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This is another thing."AAA view is opposite: firing on their own capitals to have them appear as kills and not as losses is all too common. "How many TEST have figured out that smartbombing causes this? Not too many apparently because they STILL seem to believe this. Go look at all the supers goons, PL, ncdot, etc have lost. They are on their own killmals - SMARTBOMBS. Get it yet?Killboards like brdoc do not change despite this. The green killboard propaganda has really been perpetuated by your own leadership. Most of this is a self-perpetuating aspect of your own coalition because well - this is EVE and you will try to demonize your enemy.
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Sorry but listening to our comms and forum posts hand-picked by people on your side, comms edited by Wrik Hoover, does not count as an accurate full description of how things work in -A-.And this whole betraying our allies non-sense? Seriously, have any of you actually went through the steps and logically THOUGHT about it?If anything, Nulli was the one that left Delve themselves. Losing against a massive coalition means "betraying your allies" to you these days apparently. This is how far the propaganda has come to.
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Fantastic! Thanks for the reply.My post above was a response to the article in the sense that I felt that article 1) didn't give a good cohesive sense of what AAA culture might be, and 2) if it was accurate it led me to believe that there was some delusion as to the reality of AAA's fighting and the necessities of the ongoing conflict.Your post gives me a much clearer and cleaner sense of AAA being focused on playing the game for its own sake. Obviously HBC plays EVE to play EVE, but we also have a lot of other interests which you touched on nicely.I definitely prefer the HBC environment to AAA, but now I have a better understanding of the latter.
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In a similar vein, I first heard about AAA (long before I joined a TEST corp) as a roleplaying group trying to form a genuinely anti-authoritarian libertarian/anarchist free state. That doesn't mesh very well with ideas like "calculating war strategists," "gotta keep the grunts in line by shooting anyone who posts in Local," and "you're with us or against us.' Is the anarchist free state, open stations/open borders, roleplay-emphasis a thing of the past, or was that never real to begin with?
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AAA never awoxed I0 corps, you are clueless. Look up what awoxed actually means. Puppetmaster disbanded the alliance for 300B from RA. Vampirelord gave him director roles against the wishes of almost the entire leadership. I was in the fleet that Hawkcrest led from Omist to Stain to help I0 members GTFO. AAA kept I0 blue and allowed us to chill with them in LGK. AAA helped I0 tremendously in a difficult time.
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I'd like to add that the whole "-A- shot their own supers for a green killboard" is propaganda. Firstly -A-'s personal killboard (which shows green for kills and red for losses, hence the 'green killboard' phrase) does not show alliance members under kills, regardless of who shot them. Secondly, if you check the super losses, the majority of them were only hit by friendly super smartbombs.
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I guess it depends on what you mean by helping, Word on the street is that Nulli asked -a- to stay out of Delve and it was their getting involved that brought down two coalitions on them.

Why We Fight – A SoCo Perspective

AAA is a hybrid Russian and English alliance, they are located in the south regions of New Eden. AAA was founded in 2006 by Rage and Terror and a corporation known as The Collective. They base mostly out of Catch and Impass and a few surrounding regions.

I spoke to a few members about the history of AAA.

StaticViolence gave us a good rundown since 2009:

“My time doesn't start that early, when Evil Thug was screaming at fleets, when TiDi wasn't even a twinkle in CCP Veritas' eye.  Back in 2009 AAA was the primary Stain Corp, with a small amount of Sovereignty in Impass. Goons/RA and pets controlled everything east all the way to Drone regions.” He pauses, just for a moment. “Then the Hargoth incident happened. Band of Brothers was disbanded and all Sov in Delve dropped. Goons abandoned everything to destroy what was left of BoB permanently.”

“At this time AAA took this opportunity to take everything east of impass that belonged to Goons and Goon pets. This is when Goon propaganda started against AAA and when the chant 'AAA is shit' was coined.”

“Some time after you can see on the influence that that we installed our allies Red Overlord and Atlas.”

In the South AAA matured as an alliance. As time went on AAA would lose and retake their space repeatedly over the years. However the main doctrine and core principles of AAA were never compromised.

What AAA Are Not

So, what is AAA's motivation? What makes them fight?  What is different about them compared to other alliances? What about them has helped them to survive when so many others have died? To find that out, you have to ask the general population of the alliance. I have spoken to several members of the general population- alliance grunts - about the culture within AAA. One overriding impression was that they are 'Not Like Goons' or “Not Like TEST'.

As with any great cultural movement there is a counterculture movement. The Beatles had the Rolling Stones while the hippies defined themselves as different from "the suits". The resounding opinion of many members in AAA is that they are the alternative alliance to OTEC alliances. From the outside many people will fall prey to the propaganda that is spread about AAA. However, not everything is as black and white as we would like.

In order to successfully fight an enemy you must demonize them. On one side we have the line members of AAA's enemies, the legions who regurgitate whatever their leaders tell them about AAA and singing the newest song about how Makalu weeps in defeat. While on the other side of the battlefield we have others screaming that Test and Goons are all badposting, meme spouting, self diagnosed Aspergers shut-in idiots.

What AAA Are

Most of us are smart enough, to know that things are not nearly that straightforward. Here's my perspective.

AAA at its core is a PVP alliance relatively free of political positioning and the 'walking on eggshells' diplomacy as we have seen in previous SoCo alliances. Many feel within AAA that they are the only alliance that, regardless of their sovereignty status, will never fully fail-cascade. Every time AAA has been forced to retreat they have come back fighting. This is because they have never compromised on their core values: don't let moneymaking get in the way of a good fight; PVP above all.

Overall, members of AAA are proud of their alliance. They are proud regardless of whether they are fighting outnumbered, blueballing or even simply denying fights. Winning or losing, they cherish that identity.

Nova from LAMB Federation says:

“We fight adversity, we fight for the little man. We are by far perhaps more serious players than the enemy, but if they want to outnumber us they can and do so easily.” while James Kordent of Maverick Nation says, “...we fight tactically, we'll take fights that we will win, we also take fights we may not win. But we pick and choose as best as we can. Fighting is what we do, we are PVP alliance ... an army of focused PVPers that enjoy watching things blow up.”

Makalu

AAA's anchorman FC is Makalu, and many within the alliance who fly with him most often, and know his fleets well, believe that Makalu is the reason why AAA has fared so well in the South. He may not yet be the finished article, being one of the newer FC's in AAA. But many within the alliance state plainly that he is unmatched at running Tengu fleets. Makalu holds high respect of most people in the alliance, and you shouldn't believe the cherry-picked recordings of a few minutes out of fleets that lasted for hours.

Makalu does hold his fleet members to a high standard and when those fleets members do not meet his expectations Makalu will make his displeasure known. However, when things go well and AAA is ready they will fight tooth and nail against those who wish to take them on.

In Eve everyone takes risks, sometimes you get burned, sometimes you get unlucky and other times you are rewarded with fame, fortune and good fights. Like with any good army you look at your losses and you learn, and then you keep moving forward. Every FC has made a bad call, been outclassed, outnumbed or just plain overwhelmed.  But Makalu wins a lot more than he loses, despite fighting outnumbered on most occasions.  And that's the most fun way to fight.

Summary

So, what makes AAA fight? A myriad of factors, subtly different for each member and for each corporation, but grounded in emnity towards the huge bloc playstyle of the north and west, and a belief that AAA should hold themselves to a higher standard. They are a tight-knit group who define themselves as different from the mass of Eve nullsec players. They are pilots who want to have fun and who are generally not as interested in Eve politics as some in other alliances. However there's one thing that rings true with every pilot and AAA, they are proud of AAA and what it stands for: Against All Authorities.

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