Less than one month after Gallente owned 100% of the war zone, the Caldari secured their fifty-first system, giving them more than 50% control over the 101 systems available within the Gallente/Caldari war zone. The attitudes of Gallente Command, once one of bemused observation, have turned to that of concern for the future of the Federation. At present, Tier 3 seems difficult to maintain, and the Caldari forces are presently sieging the rear staging system of Heydieles, having taken the fight to the very doorstep of the Federation.
What is most disconcerting is the lack of cohesiveness among the Gallente forces. Although many are troubled by the recent events, no one can seem to agree on a proper course of action to stop the Caldari push. Although Heydieles is not as key to the war effort as some other systems, losing it would be pivotal. Despite this, some members within the Command have written it off, citing the Federation’s inability to react during EU time zones. Meanwhile, the Caldari also press in at Eha and elsewhere within the war zone. While the Gallente proved very effective in an offensive stance, they are having difficulty finding ground with a more defensive posture.
With the Amarr taking over the majority of the war zone last week, both FW war zones have changed leaders since Retribution’s release. This causes some to speculate on what will happen next. Optimists seem to predict that, in the words of Battlestar Galactica and Peter Pan, “All of this has happened before and all of it will happen again”, suggesting that control of the war zone will continue to oscillate. Others stand by the idea that eventually the “endgame scenario” will occur. However, the most pessimistic seem to believe that the war zone will stalemate at around 50% control, with neither side caring enough to get an edge, and only half-hearted pushes causing any sort of stir.
For now, the defense/assault of Heyd is at hand.