I really have to wonder what exactly the point of this is. Initially it may sound like a good idea. You get the best of the best out of your main alliance and put them in this super group…and then what? NCdot already has a renter alliance. What becomes of the original NCdot? In business there is a thing called market cannibalization where a company negatively affects its bottom line by not letting its product have its full cycle. For example the company Pear puts on the market their new “YouPhone” and people begin to buy it. While the item is still popular and technologically relevant, they come out with “YouPhone Plus” drawing buyers from their original product that was still selling, into their new product. In essence, you compete with yourself and you always lose.
This is why Northern Army seems like a terrible idea. For one, you divide your alliance up. If all the leet pvp people go to Northern Army, what becomes of NCdot? Does it become a training alliance? Vetting system? What? Isn’t this just un-needed bureaucracy? Managing a renter alliance is a headache enough. Is there a point to trying to manage a second one? What is the purpose?
Secondly, you introduce a new level of elitism. Even though big fights in Eve for 95 percent of people consists of anchoring up to the FC, activating hardeners and pushing F1, people still imagine themselves being “elite.” And people are fickle, weak, insecure and unfortunately proud, usually in a way to compensate for those factors. So this WILL happen. There is no point pretending.
Thirdly, this gives your enemies a target. If you come out and name X entity the best of your best, and it happens to lose some fights (which it will) it provides a propaganda element for your enemy. This is why entities like the Goons and TEST always say that they are “bad at pvp.” This allows them to brush off losses. It disarms their opponent from having the satisfaction of winning. It’s a very potent mind game and Northern Army simply provides another weapon for your enemy.
Now there are a couple alternatives as to why the decision to make Northern Army was made. Let’s assume it wasn’t some thoughtless fickle off the cuff action. Let’s consider that this was done with some intent and forethought. Considering Traderjohn is involved, who hasn’t struck me as a terrible leader or someone unreasonable, perhaps there is some method to this madness.
My first thought is that it is more of an internal propaganda thing bu trying to fire up your base. But I wonder if the initial and momentary surge that would be created, outweighs the negative aspects detailed above. Eventually the steam will run out. Nobody REALLY does continual pvp. Very few individuals are truly on that wave length.
My second theory is that this is trying to enforce the idea of “nomad pvp.” Well here is the thing with nomad pvp. It’s really just a way to minimize signs of failure. And listen to me before you go crazy, I’ll explain. When an entity has a poco, a system, a station, any sort of claim to sov, they are putting targets out there with their name. They are laying some sort of claim to something and if that thing is taken from them by force, it shows that they are unable to enforce their will upon their claim. This is why you frequently see the statement “didn’t want that X anyway.” It’s a psychological way to deal with a failure to enforce your foreign policy upon a claim. A good example would be Querious. Does anyone really believe they didn’t want it? Of course not. Nobody grinds a bunch of structures just to have it all go away months later. They knew they had no chance to hold the region against the CFC, BL and most probably Solar as well. And I’m not saying this as a criticism, simply a fact of reality. So to get back to my point, being “nomad” is best defined by minimizing the targets which you put out there for others to hit. Plenty of sov owning entities roam across the Eve universe for pvp. Doing the same thing without sov doesn’t make you special.
My third theory, and you’ll need some tin foil and a nice hat model to follow me down this rabbit hole, is that this was mostly Traderjohn’s idea, or perhaps someone within NCdot that has some say on matters. N3 is a fairly decentralized coalition compared to the likes of the CFC and if it wants to compete with them, they will have to restructure. Look at the Goons, they keep their coalition members only strong enough to be useful, but not strong enough to challenge their role as hegemon. So I believe someone within NCdot is trying to create for themselves a nice seat of power from which they will be able to dictate some effective policy for a change, because right now let’s face it, if the CFC wanted, they could take anyone else out too. Until NCdot really takes effective leadership of N3 and sets up some organized objectives and goals, that won’t change. And i’m sure many of them will take this as me shitting on N3, but I really do want them to be an effective rival to the CFC or else Eve gets really boring.
So best case scenario, Northern Army is an internal coalition ploy at some sort of centralization. Worst case scenario, Vince got bored and wanted a pet project to accomplish to feel better. As always this speculation is just that and only time will tell how far this goes.
- Seraph IX Basarab