While Null-Sec is a vast and well populated hotspot territory in the known parts of the New Eden galaxy, the only “regional” conflict that has been relatively constant during the last month is the Drone Russian Forces versus the Northern Coalition showdown in Geminate. With the help of our new political analyst “JoeyVegas” we delve into this conflict and try to get the “big picture” in this update.
Right now, in Geminate, White Noise., Solar Fleet, Legion of xXDEATHXx, and their friends who are collectively known as the Solar Legion of White Noise (a.k.a DRF) has been busy snatching systems left and right in a classic three pronged attack. Q-TBHW, 9P4O-F and P-E9GN have already fallen, leaving many in the Northern Coalition flat-footed with reports of assets being trapped in both station systems. The lack of a full NC commitment and a region which is mostly filled with renters and less experienced alliances are all contributing factors in the increasing rate at which Geminate is changing hands.
Gypsy Band, created from the remnants of the former Rebellion Alliance has been instrumental in this demise. It is up to each person to decide whether this is voluntarily or not, yet the evidence is stacking up against them. Thus far there have been several anecdotal reports of “accidentally offlined TCUs”, reinforcement timers mysteriously being set for Solar Fleet prime time, spies showing up on lone carrier/Rorqual killmails, failing to take basic wartime precautions and having stations improperly set so blues cannot dock.
The most common reply to the above-mentioned “shortcomings” has so far stayed in the realm of “Oops I did it again”, sprinkled with a little “Sorry I not understand your language” flavouring and the infamous “Speak with representative XXX” – a player whose account is not even active.
The Northern Coalition has shown little initiative and even fewer numbers in this round of the Geminate tango. Combined with some NC internal strife, and with most (if not all) of the leadership still nursing their Icelandic hangovers, the defence forces have been exceptionally hard to muster. Yesterday was a good example of an easy situation where the NC could get a tactical advantage only to find them fielding a measly 20 man fleet for it.
Meanwhile, in the 740IL constellation of the O2O-2X titan graveyard fame, the United Pod Service [-UPS-] has finally taken one system (5F-YRA) along with Solar (JE1-36) after weeks of fighting. Right now the DRF and friends are committing to their biggest push yet of their campaign.
Lastly, the third prong of the assault is in LS-JEP where the DRF have come through in huge numbers and some minor battles ensued. However, we should expect bigger battles in the days to come.
The Geminate NC political situation has deeply eroded in light of DEM0N HUNTERS pulling out and Gypsy Band’s misdeeds. Other less notable Geminate residents like Nabaal Syndicate and the Manson Family have been working closely with BricK SqUaD., winning skirmishes while losing the war for sovereignty there. In fairness to Stella Polaris it is worth mentioning that they have indeed been present yet have failed to defend their space.
The pendulum will definitely be shifting back, but only after a massive action from the NC, which seems to have already started as their timers page is now evenly showing not only friendly RF timers but hostile tower, IHub and station timers as well. Much of the internal strife has been resolved within the core NC members and rumors abound of even Deklein Coalition members joining the fight.
As the stakes grow in the region, and with the NC and DRF willing to commit time, money and resources to fight for the region as well as the addition of new regional players joining the fun, it is safe to say that the Geminate War is far from over.
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