Enaluri Falls, Caldari Evacuate

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i want to thank CCP Superchair for leaking us IBS mails
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Caldari beat us in one cruiser fight on saturday, that I was in. After we won a few more tho their morale kinda broke and we were able to blob the system, Much respect to the squids that did fight tho.
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Also breaking: -GE- is out of FW, though it's unsure if it's just to make Evacuation from Enaluri easier or if it's permanent. Either way, probably not quite the entrance they were hoping to make.
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You keep calling the cal mil fleets kitchen sink fleets, but on Friday for instance when you say gallente were sandwiched between a pirate BS fleet and cal mil kitchen sink fleet this really wasn't the case. The pirate BS fleet had like 9 people on grid. The gallente showed up in a variety of cruisers - BS with a few exerqs, and the cal mil fleet brought an organized caracal/moa/4x osprey gang. That was gorgon empire though, there didn't seem to be a large presence of any other cal mil corp/alliance in particular at that time.
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Great fights all around to the Caldari, they put up a rocking fight. Superchair, next time pull that Chimera a weeee bit further off station.
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First of all, that triaged carrier was not a bad call....jackass. It's called bait tactics and knowing full well taking 15 guys into 40 to get some cap kills is worth it. Maybe you should interview a little better before writing up your post.
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As I wasn't there for that particular battle, I had to rely on reports from others to piece it together. The gallente involved were a bit pissy about it, but had no trouble admitting it was a defeat. I logged into TS just as the archon pilot was about to blow a gasket with the support fleet starting to warp off that almost left him behind. He got out a few moments later and that was the end of it. Their composition might be as you say though. The fighting in Enaluri 30 minutes later was definitely kitchen sink, I saw what they had personally.
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Pulling it in might not have been a bad call, but the way it was used WAS, and the support fleet nearly leaving it behind certainly didn't help in the analysis of the fight.
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Pulling my chimera off station would imply that there are friendlies to rep somewhere...off..station.... :DI did however take my dread and reinforced a smile tower that morning ^_^
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I was there, as a 'pirate BS'
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Next time then, next time =D
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Thanks for the information man, looking forward to pew pew!
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Well done everyone. The Gallente/Minmatar partnership here was key, and we look forward to working with our Smile N' Wave friends again soon.
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Indeed. Rather terrifying frig/dessie dudes. :P
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An honest and reasonable response. :) will look forward to fighting you a lot more than Ev0ke, haha.
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good onenot, really, im impressedi did the translate to the russian language:http://forum.eve-ru.com/index....thanks one more time!
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Excellent write up.
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well guess you guys got a warm welcome from snuff with the wyvern loss, u need to watch out for those guys, Hope you guys are up for GFs and even use battlships then the fights will flow this regions been starved of those type of fights and i heard gd things from null bout you guys
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It was a bad call on your part. You should own up to it rather than getting upset.
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RONIN is disbanding? Holy shit. This humble Gallente lineman salutes foes worthy of the Gallente militia.
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So what does this mean for the NPC stations when the system changes over?
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Caldari and Amarr FW pilots are not permitted to dock in stations owned by gallente or minmatar militias and vice versa. Neutrals are unaffected.
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Seems like FW is more interesting than Null these days
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We ran in to the GE dudes in Curse last summer, we fought both against and alongside them in that deployment and they are really chill dudes, good to see they are having fun again. Will be good for Gal Mil too, they desperately needed a competent foe.
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Great work Funky! Thanks. Thumbs up to all the GMVA people and Genstar Inc. too! Thanks for being solid rock! We rule! he he he...
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Sure, Ev0ke leaves and suddenly a shitload of Sov goes to Gallente... But Ev0ke "did nothing" for Factional Warfare... =D obvious shit is obvious
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As someone who recently spent some time in Black Rise as a part of the Gallente / Caldari conflict, I can tell you with great certainty that the Caldari facwar guys are completely shit pvp. I mean that. They are completely shit. All of them. The Gallente facwar pilots don't fuck around, they are serious about their pew pew, they just don't care much about having 100% control again. The caldari pilots have to have numbers to be effective, where as a roaming Gallente gang with a couple cockbags (as mentioned in this article) can do a shit ton of damage.. However, my heart lies in nullsex and got tired of chasing off LP farmers.
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So, a station owned by a non-militia NPC corp just hands out popcorn and goes on regular business?
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I flew with gallente for a while and we killed all the evoke we saw.. evoke left fw because they were shit. Complacency on the part of the gallente was the only reason the pendulum swung back the other way and the gallente lost 100% control.. they did it just to do it, most of them don't really care about holding 100%.. LP is shit when you are defensive plexing only.
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No. ALL stations in a FW system are locked out for the opposing faction.
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Ev0ke happened to leave at about the same time the minmatar got their tier 4 or 5, and a flood of minmatar farmers came to the G/C war zone. Farmers had a great impact on many fringe systems going vulnerable, however Nenna/Ena and immediately surrounding systems are far too defended for a typical plex farmer to operate in, so in this case, yes, Ev0ke had no swing one way or the other, and the farmers likewise had nothing to do with the Ena/Nenna battle as plexing in these systems took fleets to hold them.
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Good Fight to all those involved. With the addition of the Minmatar Militia the end result was inevitable. Faction Warfare has become a great way to plex, PvP and make isk recently. Some of the best fleets and fights for a long time. Nice job. That medal and high five is well deserved. Respect.
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I worked along side GE working with there Fleet Commander., I can tell you right now if the FCs that are talking together can work as a team then YES the tide may be about to change.I do how ever like how the Gallente keep saying " You are dieing so hard you using pirates to help you .. Yet.. You have Gallente. Min , And Your new friends...3 v 1. -- I was there for most of the weekend and i have to say and i never like to admit it but we(Caldari) got our asses handed to us. It seemed that once our main FC and GE logged off it all went down hill from there.I hope the GFs carry on and i look forward to flying against you all in a battle like this again. Hopefully not so rude in Local and just keep it to general banter?
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I really hope we see you guys back in FW soon. RONIN was one of few enemies where we had some solid respect for their piloting skills. You guys were also a HUGE factor in pulling your militia together. It didn't work out this time, but it COULD have, and you had us VERY nervous while we waited for the hammer to drop.
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RONIN is finished. I figured it would be a fitting end and had decided long time ago if Enaluri fell then I would disband it. As for IBS and Faction Warfare? We will be back in FW within 24hrs. Regards
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I think what we all need to remember is that the pirates are on no one's side. What I have seen happen a few times over the last few weeks is that one side or the other will be fighting them, then the other militia will show up and it turns into a 3 way. Who ends up shooting who first I think depends what's on field, like that carrier kill a little while ago. but on either side it can look like the other 2 are working together, when that's really not the case.As in the past with Happy Endings, if you know we're fighting neutral or pie bling BSs or Caps, you can always contact the Gallente fleet and request temp blue for the take down. I don't think we've ever told a caldari FC to stuff it in those cases. It's a lot better than being meat in a sandwich.
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was truly an effort by everybody in the Gallente Federation side of FW, we pushed hard, and in the end of the day the caldari tuck tailed and ran, one of their leaders Spoke to many of us openly in local, stating they we're only interested in the money, and he had alts in every side of fw.With that being public knowledge i think the caldari no longer cared about the game and were willing to push off from Enaluri go back to Empire and try again after a month of Incursion running to rally the isk back.Lets just say, we're going to be waiting for the return of Greg's young goons, and i hope he is more committed to the fight next time, was quite a mottled effort by all, but thats FW for you, and looks like they've run away to come back and fight another day.So I'm happy, as is most everybody else in Gallente militia.
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I wish there was mention of how covert intervention was the alliance that brought the ground forces which jumped the system control by 7%.
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I have personally worked with a Gallente FCs.Once we had 3 Carriers on field and Snuff dropped in a t3 fleet and 2 supers. The Gallente met us on the Tama station and aligned with us to go get them out. Sorry to say Snuffbox was to clever and we got the carriers then to top it off the CFC arrived.I will always works with the Gallente for a mutual gain. Even with the intentions of leaving the field and arranging a fight together after. I respect FCs that honor agreements like thatI am also looking forward to a story from the Caldari FCS/Alliance CEOS? Will this be happening or ?
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RONIN has Damar Rocarion in it, and therefore is shit, and if you like it, you are also shit.
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Looks like they'll be joining me on Eve Radio for a live interview this friday.
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Details? I would love to listen to that? Do we know who is going?
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There was a 5x logi and MOA fleet from the militia with a GE fleet of Caracals was good fun, for once not a Kitchen sink fleet.
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First of all, great article, really liked it. And you have my thanks for finally giving me the info to decide which militia to join. I got interested in FW while avoiding taxes in Caldari FW NPC corp (and having fun surviving jita-omg-alpha campers). Althgough interested, i had concerns about tagging along with Caldari - why the hell 4-4 is camped, some trash talk in chat etc (not to insult corps - just not planning to join anytime soon, and there are nice guys, but still). So I googled for forum opionions about FW maturity to find out that Gallente (despite being frogs :) ) should be the choice. Today, with days long Gallente reputation grind nearly over (dat caldari navy missions - my noobness), I just needed something to keep it up instead of just giving up grind, joining Caldari FW and never giving Gallente a go. Hell! This article would've made me pick Gallente on the day one, that awesome cooperation not corp/ally wide, but militia wide - the thing i had concerns about at the first place. So thanks again.

Enaluri, Black Rise: In war, history is often written by the victors. I have tried many times to maintain some semblance of balance in previous reports on the happenings in Black Rise, but with the events of this week there's really no point in trying. One side got its ass handed to it in such a fashion that to paint it in any other light would be doing a disservice to those involved on both sides.

As I type these words, a massive evacuation of Enaluri is underway. Thousands of ships have been destroyed in the intense fighting that has taken place over the last three days, and the back of the Caldari fleet lies broken. The Gallente that are not actively capturing plexes in the system are camping system exits and the station, with dozens of “Cockbag Thrashers” popping anything they can lay a point on. Enaluri presently stands at 90.7% contested as of early AM April 14, and it will likely fall before you read these words. After a three-week stalemate, this campaign is finally about to conclude.

How We Got Here

Some of you may recall a report I made two weeks ago detailing a Caldari offensive planned against Nennamaila. It followed a week-long buildup of assets and forces next door in the Enaluri system. With leaked intelligence flying back and forth on both sides, the Gallente mobilized a massive defensive effort to defend Rome from the barbarian hordes. Nearly every corp and alliance within the central command structure were notified and called upon to lend aide, and in true Gallente fashion nearly everyone answered the call. Ships, clones, and munitions were stockpiled at Nenna Station in preparation for a massive attack... that never came.

Fighting did occur that weekend, of course, but it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. With the extra attention brought to the area by TMDC's audience, it could be argued that more action came from outsiders roaming into the area looking for fights than happened between the Gallente and Caldari militias. Evemails intercepted by Gallente spies indicated that, with the element of surprise gone, several Caldari leaders advised against over-playing their hand against Nennamaila, and went with a more conservative approach.

Over the next week, both sides made advances on each other's systems, but with Caldari forces operating in an EU TZ and Gallente operations taking place later in the evenings, the advantage went to the defensive plexers on both sides. Systems were brought into the 20% or 30% range, only to be brought back down near stable as one side or the other slept. Then new factors entered the battle on both sides.

In early April, a Russian Mattari alliance - Smile 'n' Wave <WAVE> - made contact with Gallente alliances GMVA, BNANA, SPCA, and corporation JUSTK to settle up mutual blue standings for joint operations in the war zone. It took them some time to completely get into position, but when they arrived in Nennamaila ready to rock on April 11 their 272 members were able to completely fill the EU TZ gap unfilled by the Gallente, and the counter assault began in earnest.

The Caldari were not without some help of their own. 615-man null-sec alliance The Gorgon Empire <-GE-> joined Faction War on the side of the Caldari and began arriving in Enaluri to support their efforts no less than a day before WAVE made their entrance into the conflict. Unlike Ev0ke, -GE- showed no unwillingness to work with their new purple friends, and a joint operation was on. It became very apparent to both sides that the days of having back and forth “Gud Fites” were over, and someone was about to lose their home system. The gloves abruptly came off, and the fighting commenced.

With the addition of -GE-, the Caldari Alliance (not counting individual corporations) potential residency numbers in Enaluri doubled to 1,200 pilots. With the addition of WAVE, the Gallente/Mattari potential residency in Nennamaila based on Alliances only (again, not individual corps) rose to 978, an increase of 39%. Of course, actual numbers were likely less thanks to inactive pilots or those not presently living with the rest of their alliance, but the potential of having over 1,000 war targets ready to take Fortress Nenna from them gave the Gallente all the motivation they needed to call for an all hands operation to push the Caldari out first.

When fighting began on Thursday (Apr. 11), the Gallente found themselves outnumbered against the Caldari for the first time in recent memory. It wasn't by much - usually in the 4-10 range, depending on the specific battle - but it was noticeable. The Gallente made a point early on of attempting to turn the focus of the conflict on the Caldari home system Enaluri, and trying to draw them away from plexing Nennamaila. Between WAVE and the Gallente, Enaluri was brought to 25% by Thursday evening while Nennamaila was stabilized.

Early on, -GE- experienced some of the growing pains that almost every null sec alliance does upon entering FW. The mechanics of fighting and tactics needed are vastly different from how things play out in 0.0, and if you're not ready for them you can find yourself making silly mistakes, i.e., TEST not realizing a bait cyno ship is useless on a plex gate. Ooops!

Tech 3 ships and anything battlecruiser class or larger are nearly useless in a plex war, save for the rarely seen large plexes. Camping the outsides of such complexes is usually pointless, as most experienced FW pilots are able to use a mechanic termed Hans Sliding to slip inside a plex with very little chance of being caught on the gate, forcing the other side to engage inside the complex if they want a chance at it.

Friday saw a solid defensive effort by the Caldari bring Enaluri back down to 15% contested. The afternoon started ominously for the Gallente as they were sandwiched between a pirate BS gang and a Caldari kitchen sink fleet.

Mistakes were made, as they say. A Gallente triage carrier was misused, ships left rep range and were lost, and while the Archon was able to leave the field (after nearly being abandoned by its support fleet) the fight was a sound drubbing, with morale taking a serious hit for a short time. Several members left fleet, and a new FC - one who generally hates the job - took over and began to reform. Cruisers and triage were dumped in favor of a fast attack T1/Navy frig brawler fleet. 31 pilots were pulled together in the rally, with four volunteering for Navitas duty. The Caldari fleet at the time was estimated to be at 35-40 strong, with a solid mix of T1/T2 frigates, destroyers, and cruisers.

FunkyBacon
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