I’m always amused whenever I see Pandemic Legion touted as being one of the major partners of the HBC. HBC being the Test Alliance-Pandemic Legion coalition.
Pandemic Legion has about as much loyalty to the concept of a Honey-Badger Coalition as does Gentlemen’s Agreement. It seems all too apparent that Pandemic Legion’s allegiances lie firmly with the CFC (the Goonswarm controlled coalition). Why? Technetium.
(I’m not going to talk about Shadoo’s wargames. Most people see it as complete farce, and Ripard Teg has already written well on the subject.)
The two groups most resistant to the idea of a Great War, the CFC and Pandemic Legion, have the most to lose financially. Pandemic Legion’s tech holdings are not at the behest of Test Alliance, but rather at the charity of Goonswarm. Pandemic is not going to go to war under an HBC label, because the HBC offers them nothing financially. War would mean Pandemic Legion having to defend its holdings from the very people who allow them the privilege of those holdings in the first place. Entering a Great War under an HBC tag would be biting the CFC hand that has been feeding them.
There used to be a time when Goonswarm feared the Legion, a time when Goonswarm could not match the super-capital holdings of PL. In the last eighteen months, that’s flipped 180 degrees. Pandemic Legion is firmly under The Mittani’s thumb. If The Mittens doesn’t want war, then Pandemic Legion doesn’t want war. The threat of trying to wriggle out from under the heavy thumb is their technetium supply.
It’s hard to blame the CFC and Pandemic Legion for this reticence to fight. They rely on their big incomes. That’s what we’re told.
The CFC are barely making ends meet (I’m recalling some posts from Mittens, a few months back, after tech alchemy was re-introduced, bemoaning that they may have to resort to renters to survive.) A Great War could sink them if they lost any significant portion of their tech income. Or so the propaganda goes; so they would want us to believe. CFC certainly has some big bills, but even bigger income. Pandemic Legion has big income, very little in the way of bills to pay. It’s not so much that they rely on their big incomes, as they wish to see them grow. One day, CCP will get around to changing how nullsec and sovereignty work. The people with the really big wallets are going to find themselves as continuing superpowers. Why Great War, when there are rainy days on the horizon?
Passive technetium income is really to blame for all of the blueness in the western half of nullsec. When there is so much ISK at stake, you can’t really blame folks for becoming a little greedy. Once the Roman Republic consolidated its holdings, once the money started rolling in, they entered their Empire phase, high ideals were quickly overshadowed by wealth acquisition. That’s where the CFC and Pandemic Legion are now. Crassus and Pompey. Gone is the Republic, here be the Empire. It’s downhill from here, until such time as CCP changes the parameters of the contest.
If we were in a farms and fields scenario for nullsec, where member taxation determined income, where use of space dictated sovereignty, we would not be talking about this. The Great War would have been waging since January.
Until CCP sees fit to rework sovereignty, such that nullsec looks more like this:
And less like this:
Greed will continue to rule the day.
In the meantime though, can we agree that there is an HBC. There is a CFC. And there is a Pandemic Legion, who sort of sit in-between the two, though with obvious leanings towards the CFC side of the fence.
You can read more of Poetic Stanziel’s opinions at his Poetic Discourse blog.