The Kadeshi is not a new name in the world of new Eden. It has been around since the beginning of 2008 and has gone through some good times and some bad times. There have been changes in leadership, corporations and tactics, but one thing remained the same. We are and always will be a PvP alliance that walks it’s own path.
The Southern Conflict – a The Kadeshi Perspective
I’ve asked myself numerous times what makes a good or bad alliance. Often success is measured through statistics, a trend seen in the south. Afterall, eve is a spreadsheet game and the alliance with the greenest spreadsheet is considered to be the top dog, whether it be kills, isk or sov. One could say, the higher the number, the better. From my point of view, this is an incomplete assumption. Morale is what makes an alliance succesful and all things that contribute to that general feeling of being a winner. Succes is the ability to rally the troops, to engage people in unconditional loyalty to the cause and keeping your head high while facing a grim future. Size doesn’t matter.
In this light, the Kadeshi can be deemed succesful. In contrast to popular belief we do not consider ourselves “pets”. It’s a kind of terminology that’s often used in propaganda or forum wars as a means to generalize the smaller entities that are part of a power block. To me, a pet is something that doesn’t have it’s own identity, which is simply too black and white to be taken seriously. Kadeshi is a small entity that can pack a punch for it’s limited wallet. We are honourable people that respect their enemies for what they are. Unfortunately eve is evolving into a numbers game where small become less and less relevant.
So, what defines us…
Kadeshi is a small group of people, when compared with modern day 0.0 alliances. Some might know us from years ago, the Kadeshi that used to do very well in the alliance tournament, an alliance with a respectable name. Things change and like any alliance Kadeshi has gone through changes and evolved with the game. It mainly consists of corporations and members coming from BoB/IT space, insurgency or provi noobs that got curbstomped during the war against -A- back in 2009.
Now a bit of history…
The war in fountain was my first personal encounter with goonswarm and by god, it is remembered as a brutal one. The seemingly untouchable IT alliance got overrun by the new (old) kid in town. There was no way goons would be able to slaughter fountain residants just like that, but it happened nonetheless. Before the fountain period my alliance got destroyed in wicked creek, being atlas pets, by pandemic legion and friends, before this we got absolutely obliterated in the providence war and let’s not go into the DRF war to much. You could say that in every major conflict I was part off, I lost horribly. History seems to be repeating itself once more, not only for me, but for most of kadeshi’s members since they’ve traveled the same road.
My time in ROL was a good one. We had everything we needed, good space, nice pvp and loads of room to grow. Russians have a bad reputation amongst many people that never had to deal with them but let me tell you, this is not true for most of them. Effort was rewarded in ROL. Something I don’t always see in other coalitions (cough..Tribal Band) Kadeshi started to fly with ROL more and more and at some point my corp decided to try something else and joined Kadeshi. It happened to be a perfect match and even though many of the priviliges we had with ROL were sacrificed just to be in kadeshi, the ties would remain with our old friends that decided to stay.
Nowadays Kadeshi’s memberbase features alot of experienced and high SP players mostly focused around the EU timezone. Fun has always been the endgoal. Sov is seen as a nescessary evil, a means to get fights and ISK to continue what we like doing. This is the reason why we went to the south in the first place. It seemed like a bunch of regions that wasn’t a massive blueball and let’s face it, catch and providence were one of the few places where everybody came to get some “gudfights”. A place where a small alliance like us could do whatever we wanted with very few rules to play by. Are we relevant? Not in the big scheme of things, but we do what we can with the limited resources we have.
What is yet to come…
Recent developments are worrying for small alliances. Everything is getting bigger and bigger. Coalitions are polarizing in certain areas and are focusing everything they have on one single point. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the leadership of any big power block for their time, effort and achievements. It’s truly a fantastic feat. Organization in these coalitions is getting better and better and soon enough there will be only a few big players left. Critics will probably say that this has happened before and big power blocks will always fall, but I’m not sure if this will happen this time, atleast not in the near future. Powerblocks simply have to many branches, to good ties and to much ISK to compensate for any internal conflicts. Will small alliances like Kadeshi still be able to do their own thing, or will they be forced to join the big blocks and look for pvp over several regions simply because there’re to many forced blues. Will they be able to take any meaningful sov without having to face the full might of a coalition? Where else could you find so many smaller alliances with their own little wars then in the south.
Even elite pvp alliances like pandemic legion, or former elite like raiden, have to hide behind these massive coalitions, just to be able to take their pimp fleets out. Doesn’t being elite require one to take risks, fight against the odds? What PL is doing is not elite, since there’s no risk involved. Not on a sov level, not on a financial level, not even on a numbers level since they have HBC. A damn shame if you ask me, they could be so much better. Raiden never got anything of the ground either since they joined Soco. It was a rare sight to see any sizable raiden presence, yet everybody kept pointing fingers at -A-. Now that they joined HBC suddenly we see a jump in activity even to the point a 70 man init/raiden abaddon fleet was running around delve the other night. So why didn’t they fight before? Probably simply because they were fighting an uphill battle, don’t have a backbone and got convinced -A- was to blame. Good propaganda again. I do not envy -A-. Everyone is looking at them and blaming them because this war is not going well. Let’s be fair, -A- is not the only one to blame. HBC proves to be a formidable enemy and if you look past all the shitposting and intimidation, they really know what they’re doing. Probably their brilliant propaganda is what is winning them the war. Keep screaming-A- is treating their pets bad and people will start believing it. Much respect to the concept and the ones running the show.
One could argue that Kadeshi is getting used to being on the losing side and I can do nothing but agree to this sentiment. This is actually part of the thing that holds Soco together, or what’s left of it. We share the same ideals. We have been there, we’ve lost everything multiple times before, yet we’re still here, not because Maka is shouting at us. He’s just one of the guys at the helm we take with a grain of salt. Many players in SOCO think like this. If you ever wondered why what’s left of Soco is still fighting well this is the reason. One day I hope we get respected for it. A small group of people that stood up and refused to give in to the Blue blob, just because we love our game and the way we like to play it. Soco will not win this war, but we’ll be there untill the end…time and time again. This is called having a backbone, a thing some alliances have and some alliances lack.
With this I conclude my little contribution to the endless stream of EvE related propaganda. Respect to anyone flying for ideals, friends or foes, we hope to meet you in battle.