I wrote that according to the killboard statistics, Goonwaffe members are fleetbears, ratting outside of stratops while inner (and most probably outer) pets are PvP-ers, running small-gang ops when not fighting main battles. This isn’t by mistake, the Goon leadership enforce pets to have PvP culture by strict performance measurements, while allows carebearing for pure blood Goons. In result, Goonwaffe has serious income from ratting, PI and other taxes, while pet corps are impoverished and depend financially on top-down income sources like moons and renters who are controlled by the Goon leadership.
When I mentioned this article on the forum, Mynnna instantly appeared, commenting “The problem with your theory is that ratting taxes only make us 100b a month.” At first 100B/month isn’t “just”, if we compare it to other nullsec income sources. The peak of the “unbeatable” Tech Empire was 2T/month. For the whole CFC, 40K pilots it’s 50M/pilot/month. 100B for 4K Goonwaffe is half of that, 25M/pilot/month. And he didn’t say anything about POCO taxes (the nullsec ones), broker fees in VFK and such. So it’s not a bad income by nullsec standards (of course it’s laughable for highsec traders).
However we shouldn’t believe the master bee market manipulator, but use tools at our disposal to determine the truth. The easiest tool is Dotlan. It has nice toplists for various statistics, including NPC kills in the last 24 hours. Look at this screenshot (made on 2014.02.06), with added logo of the Sov-holder of the system:
Now, look at that! On the toplist of “greatest carebear systems” 6 out of 10 belong to Goonswarm, 3 belong to renters and only one other belongs to another Sov-null entity.
All the other regions in the toplist are highsec-dominated Empire. Deklein ratters (guess who lives there!) managed to beat several highsec regions! According to Dotlan, in 2013 there were 991,544,111 NPC kills in nullsec. Just in Deklein there were 80,426,202 and Goons have Sov elsewhere where they surely killed more NPCs. So Goons did about 10% of total carebearing in nullsec in 2013. Since in highsec there are no large PvE alliances (because of wardecs), we can claim without doubt that Goonswarm Federation is literally the largest carebear group of New Eden. An average Goon pilot (not player) killed 6540 NPCs in Deklein. In highsec 2065M NPCs were slain. So unless highsec has less pilots than 325K (which is unlikely), an average Goon is bigger carebear than an average “highsec pubbie”!
Deklein got to the top 10 NPC kills region in August 2013. Since then their percentage of total nullsec NPC kills just grows:
With the current trend, by the end of 2014, Goons will do 15% of total carebearing of nullsec and almost 5% of the total EVE population while they are about 2% of the total population!
We also have a pretty accurate way to determine the Goon income from carebearing. There is an obvious opportunity cost of having GSF ratting space: GSF renter space! I mean they could just rent it out trough Greater Western co-prosperity sphere. Their rental rules give the price calculation method, and dotlan gives all needed system info for GSF sov space: truesec, stations, belts, ice belts. I imported the dotlan table to Excel, put the price formula in and got 900B/month rent income without even counting dead-end systems premiums. According to their rental database, 23% of their systems are available, due to renter rotation (Lemmings have a dozen ex-renters wardecced due to automatically inheriting the wars).
So GSF could get about 700B/month rent if they turn into a “pure PvP” alliance that stages near the war front and doesn’t do PvE on main chars, since they could rent their current Sov out. Of course no need to go black and white, they could simply move the Sov of a few dozen systems to the renters. Why don’t they? The only reason is that the two incomes are currently near the optimum, I mean by renting out a system they gain as much rent as they lose on ratting and other taxes. Which means very nice 700B/month tax income. Of course not all GSF is Goonwaffe, so some of this tax goes to other corps, but not much, since they were forced to purge their carebears. This income is in the magnitude of the top-down sources which is distributed among pets to keep them dependent.
There is another approximation method: the NPC bounties are approximately a 50T/month ISK faucet. They were 32T two years ago when Diagoras tweeted it and they are the main ISK faucet. As PLEX price is more or less the indicator of ISK wealth, we can safely assume 1.5x growth. In highsec and lowsec bounties are low, as mission LP is the main income. So let’s guess the nullsec NPC bounties 35T/month. As we seen that Goons are killing 10% of nullsec NPCs, they get 3.5T/month bounties. With 15% tax, the alliance makes 525B/month just from ratting taxes. If we add refine fees, broker fees, POCO taxes, we get the same 6-700B.
This is what Goons wanted to cover up by yelling “pubbie carebear” to everyone who isn’t them. They didn’t want pets and enemies to know that their power lies in carebearing. Without clear example of a successful nullsec carebear alliance, the others kept believing in “pure PvP”, therefore both their pets and enemies remained weak. I’ve long told that power comes not from “skillz” or “morale” or even “numbers”, but from ISK. After B-R, no one can doubt it. Before that, you kept believing in that social nonsense, while Goons ran their empire just as I suggested (they did it first of course): lot of carebears, who only fleet up for stratops and ignore the pointless lolPvP of fishing fleets, roams, camps.
Now the rest of nullsec have two choices: one is sticking to the “PvP” ethos and being beaten into NPC space or pethood. The other is carebearing harder than Goons by opening their alliances to fleetbears. If you don’t want to spend the rest of EVE in Empire or as a Goon pet, make sure your alliance leadership sees this article. Link it in your corp forum and such, let it be known who are the biggest carebears of EVE.
- Gevlon Goblin
PS: considering how much hate the Goons spew on “carebears”, while them being the biggest carebears of EVE, maybe this Wikipedia article worth reading.
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