Two things happened recently that shown the sorry state of pets: Razor lost a capital fleet and Tribal Band lost its regions. Both happened because of them being pets of GSF and TEST respectively. They both built up something (capital fleet and Sov infrastructure) which they couldn’t hope to defend, but they assumed that their masters will protect it for them. When the masters were unable or unwilling to do so, they lost their investments without hope.
Had they been neutrals, they would have been more cautious. Medium sized alliances don’t move 60 capitals casually, nor they build stations, knowing that they can be evicted any time. Had they been merged with their masters, they could influence the decision or at least know it and didn’t act on assumptions.
What is important to learn from these losses is that being a pet is not the choice of the master (it’s obviously not the choice of the pet). I mean that no matter how much GSF and TEST tried to be fair and respectful, they couldn’t turn their pets into equal allies. Similarly, no matter how big fan I am of animal rights and how much I love dogs, I can’t turn my pet dog an equal human family member. Being a pet or not depends only on an objective question: “are you significantly weaker than your blue?”.
Why do I write this, and why under this title? Because I have good news for pets. Formerly there were only two ways of stopping being pets: merging, therefore formalizing the situation and gaining equal line member rights, obviously at the cost of most pet leaders losing their status and get themselves demoted into line members. The other way is unbluing which will make you independent actor by definition (and likely eaten instantly by enemies who were held back by blues).
However as I was thinking about my fleetbear corp, I realized how can one become an equal ally from pet status. Pets are “separate but equal“, actually separate but weaker. Razor and Tribe had everything that GSF and TEST had but were weaker in every aspect: less small gang and fleet members, less income, less supers, less FCs, less everything. The solution is selecting one aspect of the game and focus all efforts on this aspect, becoming stronger in this one aspect than the master. Imagine that Razor would have 2/3 of the dreadnoughts of CFC. While still would be unable to stand alone, GSF leadership would have to consult with them before all decisions due to their inability to do fleet action without Razor. Similarly, if the Razor would be in trouble alone, GSF would be forced to save it, as its failcascade would be a devastating loss to the CFC capital fleet. The master-pet relation is “I need you and you don’t need me, but has some use of me”. Being stronger in one aspect would turn it into an “I need you and you need me” equal relationship.
So the solution to pethood is picking one field and be the best in it. If you happen to pick stratop fleet participation or financial backbone, I gladly help you to rise up from pet state. Yes, this offer stands for Goon pets too, I’m just as a pragmatist as The Mittani, who (just as I predicted) started a carebearing program. I don’t like Goons more than the Goons like renters, but we have something in common: we like losing even less.
- Gevlon Goblin
His EVE journey show a very interesting “outside the box” approach to the game, PVE and the trade hubs, reason for which we invite you to pay a visit to his blog.
p.s.: Xander Phoena made an interview with me.