It has been quite a few weeks since last I posted. I blame the holidays and the constant griefing of my wallet that friends and family have participated in.
One of the major news stories of 2013 is the deployment of N3 to the east. Their sov grind has finally come to a conclusion and they now hold Immensia, Tenerefis, Omist and parts of Detorid.
A post from the Nulli Secunda forums outlines the deployment and other information regarding finances and the introduction of a new Abaddon MJD test doctrine. There is also a bit of information regarding what is left of the NCC.
Gypsy is disbanding while WHYso is bleeding members. INK has reset N3 and is moving towards an -A- style alliance. I’d like to think their diplomats are far superior to those of -A- so we’ll have to see how that goes. RA continues to lose capital ships but are currently blue with NCdot. I’m unsure if the remainder of N3 has also blued up with the Russians.
Updated due to high demand of Ke$ha.
NEW YEAR, NEW FOCUSED CAMPAIGN
Time for us to kick things off for the new year with a new focus for our alliance and our coalition partners. We’ve got an upcoming deployment that will kick off Friday, 11 January. We will be staging in I-1QKL. We will be bringing all of our standard fleet concepts with us.
We kick off this campaign on the heels of some enormous diplomatic wrangling amongst the larger powers that exist in various sub groups and coalitions throughout our south/eastern area. As some of you may have noticed, we have reset INK due to what can only be called “Elite PVP Syndrome.” Our (still) friends in INK do not want to blue up the entire coalition, but only hold a couple of our alliances blue. This causes problems with renters, allies, and neutrals on jump bridges and can’t really be tolerated, so we either have to be all blue or no blue. INK doesn’t want to blue up from the entirety of Wicked Creek to Omist (4 regions and 8 different alliances) so they will be blue with none. This isn’t something to worry about as they’re not the type of people to go camp in our systems or our renters, and that’s not something we will do to them either. They have made the decision to remain relevant in only their small area and with the neighbors they have, and that’s okay by me and I don’t think that we should have to worry about them. In the case of any of us coming under threat, obviously, they would still be inclined to help us.
This, however, isn’t the only thing that has been going on recently. Gypsy Band is disbanding. They’ll be merging some of their stuff into RA, others may be joining the wulfpax RUS RUS )) alliance in Stain. This leaves a power vacuum in the region which we must fill. RA is attempting to gain as much of a foothold into the area as possible, laying claim to Cache, Insmother, Scalding Pass, and Wicked Creek. Not exactly sure why RA wants to hold as much space as they do, but we’re looking into diplomatic solutions to control the amount of real estate owned by RA. RA is not part of our coalition, they’re not part of anyone’s coalition really, so they are attempting to leverage their position to the detriment of everyone else involved.
We undertake this campaign because quite frankly, we can’t afford to leave this war half finished. We need to step up the pace, place ourselves on the borders of our space and dive into SOLAR FLEET and applicable allies space wholeheartedly. With the escalation of this campaign we will see action in all timezones, AU, EU, US, including fighting in the Chinese Timezone. Rest assured, we will see some good PVP.
This fight is important to us because of the large presence SOLAR can be on a border that we dont work towards securing. Their foothold there is a very potent area for them to strike at us and when they have momentum they are an extremely strong group. They will put up a hell of a fight to hold onto what remains of their space.
Our goals for this portion of the campaign are simple:
-Eliminate SOLAR FLEET presence in Insmother.
-Put major pressure on SOLAR FLEET allies.
-Gain more experience working together as a group.
So what can you do to help? Help your corpmates, alliancemates and buddies from the coalition get moved into our staging system. Form carrier move chains. They’re easy. Make an effort to help everyone move all of the ships and items they need moved. You can also make sure you’re logging in and checking the S2N forum for formup information. It’s easily accessible on the top of the page.
UPDATES TO FINANCES, COALITION RENTERS
Our coalition wallet is healthy, we’re making a good penny off of the various programs we have running now. Our coalition has been doing quite well financially, and we will continue to improve. Our income growth is very rapid and we are filling out rental space quickly.
We’re moving forward with our coalition renter scheme. This scheme has helped us improve our renter totals quickly and with very high effectiveness. There are a few individuals from almost every coalition alliance involved. We’re looking to continue to run things this way because as it stands now, our program is only going to get more effective.
I plan on publishing some general wallet and accounting data to the public as soon as we’re finished developing an easy to digest and use way to display this information that is both functional and informational.
SHIP CONCEPT CHANGES, MORE TO COME!
We’ve recently added in an Abaddon fleet concept. Make sure you purchase these ships and get them fit out appropriately. They will be seeing a lot of use. They are a strong Armor BS that we will be using for our MJD capabilities, as well as a few other various things. They are also supported by Armor Triage, vice Shield, which we seem to get in a larger amount.
We’re looking to implement the Chimera based Shield Slowcat fleet (as an addition, not a replacement). We’re going to offer a bonus for this fleet concept and those that show up in the appropriately fit Chimera. Every Chimera pilot will be eligible for a 1 time refund of the Caldari Carrier skillbook cost. We will determine who is eligible for this refund based on fleet attendance. We don’t have a set timeline for that implementation, but we do still plan on doing it, stay tuned for that.
We’re also looking to get a few more upgrades (not replacements) to our other existing fleet concepts (like AHACs). Stand by for more on that. There may be some temporary refits and stuff to hold us over.
SO, HOW ARE WE DOING AS A COALITION?
That is a question I am asked with high frequency. Sadly, I’m not really able to answer it well, yet. S2N and NCdot are well accustomed to working together. On the flip side, though, we should be able to get things working together well via this deployment. The idea is to get set up for working together on a campaign like this, where we focus on getting a target burned down and work on our numbers, getting used to flying together, and all of those fun things.
In conclusion: BE READY FOR THIS DEPLOYMENT! We’re moving forward quickly and installing ourselves in Insmother.
It is also worth noting that Pandemic Legion is also pushing into Insmother and is fighting alongside N3 to push SOLAR further to the east. Initial engagements have swung in the favor of N3 and PL but we will have to see how SOLAR reacts to being pushed into a corner.