Analysis courtesy of Blaster Worm, diplo of Gypsy Band, so take it with a grain of salt.
Eastern Front Update – AAA Redeploys
After a series of obvious victories for the Neo-Curse Coalition (NCC), things have been quiet the last few days in the Eastern Front. Previously SOLAR FLEET and Imperial Legion used a well-known tactic – they placed their own Sovereignty Blockade Units at their systems under siege. For those who are not aware of this, the invading force then has to kill the SBU, then online their own and only after that attack the system (otherwise the owner of SBU comes and offlines his SBU, thus the system is saved for yet another few hours). So this makes a regular CTA turn into a 5h one, SOLAR & Friends are doing this in hopes that the barbaric NPC-station dwellers will not have the stamina to deal with it in the long term. Nevertheless, without much resistance on the 15th October a key system was invaded, “the gates to C-J6MT”, 1V-LI2. Afterwards, Q-GQHN, the last system that had been attacked by SOLAR was defended in Wicked Creek. This means that NCC now has the full momentum to move on towards other SOLAR systems.
Later the AAA alliance meeting was released with which came the official news that AAA are interested in moving to fight in this war. This did not come as a surprise as it was previously known that AAA had chosen the SOLAR side in this conflict, but the good news were spoiled with bad ones – Pandemic Legion will go after AAA and will continue shooting them at all possible timers.
I will comment the current situation from my point of view. This is a very unpleasant development of the conflict for those who hoped for it to be beautiful good-fights in RU-TZ. Fights with even numbers, in sub-caps, without titan-blobs etc. We (NCC) managed to show strength and the ability to lead this war with confidence and, more importantly, win it against such an experienced opponent as SOLAR who have many sov-warfare tricks up their sleeves and they are not afraid to make the grind so much more painful. We never had huge ambitions to make SOLAR sov-less, this was a war for two regions and C-J6MT (this system is the ‘home’ of Red Alliance, thus the importance).
When AAA comes with their problems and politics in this conflict and ruins our little sandbox castles, this makes this front fighting grounds for mega-coalitions for influence in the galaxy. Blobs, tons of supercaps – all the annoying stuff of this broken game. And I will say it right now, if AAA thinks that this will be a walk in the park then they are wrong, even without Pandemics the NCC would have something to show and surprise them.
For now the NCC has taken pause to really grasp with the situation. There are many possibilities on how to deal with this and every option has to be considered. Currently there is not a single consensus in the coalition and not even our alliance. So for now, we have internal discussions and are taking a small break with the offensive.
Today, 18/10/2012, there is a high chance of engagement between both sides as many CTA fleets have been announced - lets see how this conflict develops.