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Few things in life are guaranteed:
1. Death
2. Taxes
3. Drama

But one thing that, by design, was meant to be guaranteed is no longer – eternal struggle in Faction Warfare.

Currently, the Gallente militia controls 100% of the conquerable space in the Gallente and Caldari lowsec zones.

Usually something of this magnitude doesn’t happen, apart from some major players joining a side, an example being Test Alliance who were on the Caldari side at the start of the year.

With close to 100 systems this is no small task, unlike in null sec where a target is unable to dock unless they control the station, lowsec has various ways around this so assets are not trapped, such as using a neutral character to simply dock at any station and recover goods after they are contracted. This means that cutting off supplies can be quite hard, almost impossible, if the group is well funded.

It appears that Caldari groups have simply given up and been pushed completely out of Faction Warfare lowsec by the Gallente.

What does this mean for the Gallente?

Currently with all the systems conquered Gallente sits at Tier 4, which means they receive a 150% bonus to any faction warfare sites they run ( albeit they can only run defensively at the moment) verse Caldari who earn a mere 50% of the normal payout.

For instance a single site that standardly gives out 20,000 loyalty points, Caldari receive only 10,000.

While Gallente receive around 30,000 from each “offensive” complex and receive 15,000 from defensive complex’s compared to the Caldari’s 7,500.

While no one knows exactly how long this will last, each moment it lasts lets the Gallente shore up defenses and continue farming LP while any Caldari pilots who get close to taking a system will be quickly squashed, like whack a mole – but with Caldari groups. If we take a look at the Minmatar vs Amarr Faction warfare map we can see that while Minmatar are currently Tier 3, that Amarr forces still hold a good deal of systems and are holding Tier 2 firmly which can be seen below:

For now, what seems certain is Gallente faction warfare items becoming cheaper as all the loyalty points are spent and Caldari having to take some time and restructure to take back their systems. If they don’t, the long term ramifications will likely be severe with alliances leaving the Caldari Militia for greener pastures along with the Gallente wallets growing fatter.

  • Kregan

    Quote from your post “Usually something of this magnitude doesn’t happen, apart from some major players joining a side, an example being Test Alliance who were on the Caldari side at the start of the year.”

    That is wrong. Seeing as the Caldari did it when FW first came out without the help of a “powerbloc” and CCP did a reset pissing the Caldari Militia off.

    This has happened before. Nothing new other than the Gallente did it this time.

    • Usually, meaning doesn’t happen often.
      This being the second time it has happened that i am aware of.

      • X Gallentius

        3rd time: PERVS, 22nd, CAIN, and Cosmic Raider roflstomped the warzone the first year of FW and PERVS held it for 6 months.

        To put this in perspective: One side has “won” FW only three times in the 8 year long history of FW.

  • Thanatos Marathon

    Couldn’t find a writer that understands the Gal/Cal warzone, how FW works, and what actually happened to push the warzone to 100%?

    – Than

    • I fly in faction warfare on the Minmatar side.

    • amarrviktor

      Could you explain a bit further what u mean by that? I would like to know what actually happened in your version of the story.

      • Thanatos Marathon

        My story: Amarrians were molested. and they enjoy it. Everyday.

        • Thanatos Marathon

          That is not my story.

          – Than

      • Thanatos Marathon

        Well, he talks about LP payouts like they are the end all be all but only discusses basic plex payouts, and ignores mission running and cross plexing when it comes to lp generation.

        Then he goes on to say:

        “each moment it lasts lets the Gallente shore up defenses and continue farming LP while any Caldari pilots who get close to taking a system will be quickly squashed, like whack a mole”

        If the Caldari want a system they can take em, you won’t see many Gallente fleets out playing whack a mole. Now that the war zone is taken most of us welcome a return of Caldari to lowsec, and step one is that they start taking systems.

        – Than

  • ipvicus

    CalMil did not take the Warzone when TEST joined. Far from it.

    • BarDeGay

      Agreed. What we took was actually a severe blow in inter-corp drama. As a result many good CalMil pilots left FW. Thank you TEST. Btw, when you want to destroy an alliance, slap BigBrother, or plainly mess up an Eve entity – just send TEST Alliance to join their cause.

  • the vet

    when i was in fw, caldari had conquered all of Gallente low sec systems, many many years ago

    • Bakk

      I remember when Caldari did it. There were some nullsec FC’s involved from some collapsed sov holder – I forget who. CCP went on to write this into the lore with a statement from Heth. Wonder if they’ll do it this time.

      • Kregan

        Nope, there were no Nullsec FC’s involved back in ’09 when it happened. If there were, it wasn’t them advertising who they were. It was the average Joe’s of Eve

  • Lee Thrace

    “albeit they can only run defensively at the moment) verse Caldari who earn a mere 50% of the normal payout”

    WRONG. They can go to Minmatar/Amarr space and offensively plex, and they have done this before.

    • C.F.

      They can go to Amarr space and get shot by Amarr and Minmatar FW. No one on in Amarr militia trusts Caldari militia members, too much dickery and abuse of the “Allied Faction” standings kill Amarrian ‘plexers. Go back to your own space, squiddy.

      • yo bro

        u knew, that the term squid came from calamari which is a combination of cal(dari)amar(r)i and now eight tentacles dont know where to find their “own space”

        • guess

          now eight tentacles dont know where to find their “own space”

          What are they? henti lovers now? 8 tenticles? 😛

    • LJ

      also missions bitch, I mean that’s where the money’s at anyways.

  • LaLola

    So basicly you are whining that you guys Caldari FW pilots are shit?

  • guess

    How long before gall mil pilots start taking a wander into the amarr/min FW zone to help the minmatar due to “lack of gud fights”? 🙂

    • Tweek Etimua

      Soon™

  • Azzataky

    “It appears that Caldari groups have simply given up and been pushed completely out of Faction Warfare lowsec by the Gallente.”

    That is not exactly the truth. For one galls have better PvP corporations, better doctrines and skilled pilots. Caldari have a lot of new blood in there and poor doctrines. Galls came many times with the same stuff on us yet I haven’t seen (at least in my alliance) any attempt to make some anti-doctrine, we were just using same stuff. For ex. Gallente fielded T1 logi with AFs and frig logi with theirs frigs, we always had just dps ships kinda kitchensink fleet. This was obvious to me its going to happen as every encounter with Galls was the same. They also work much more like a group, Caldari seem to be like “elite” ppl who feel they have theirs own system and they live THERE, without understanding the basics of the military – cooperation is the key. Galls got it right, they deserve to be on top.

    Also Galls seem to care more for plexing and sov warfare. Cal/Gall zone looks like this – Caldari often having 20-30+ man frig / destro fleet flying around or small roams, not plexing, just hunting – don’t take me wrong, I love PvP as well. Galls on the other hand I’ve seen almost always in every system with few people doing some plexing. And they didn’t seem like farmers. So while Caldari were going for killboards Gallente were slowly getting all systems up, than it was too easy to finish this dying empire called Caldari State. Good thing tho is, Caldari can’t go any lower it seems, now they can go only up.

    • Don

      That was like the dumbest interpretation of what is going on in the warzone, that I have ever heard.

      Do you even faction warfare?

      • Azzataky

        Yes I was in caldari militia but I left few weeks ago. Maybe you could tell me what I said wrong here. 🙂 Also everyone has different experience as people are in different corps. But this is how I saw it.

        • ipvicus

          GalMil pilot here to say your analysis of Caldari is pretty close to our viewpoint of STPRO weaknesses. One thing about our mentality: GalMil doesn’t “care more” for plexing and sov warfare or look for fights less. We might be more disciplined about doing it when necessary, but that doesn’t mean we like it.

          The most relevant part of what you posted was the observation about tactics. AKA Squid 20-30 fleets roaming around “hunting” and seeing every system with 2-3 GalMil pilots plexing. That right there is the crucial difference between Gallente and Caldari Militias.

          Gallente pilots are more likely to be capable and motivated to operate independently solo or in small groups.

          Caldari pilots are more likely to have a “herd mentality” and try to operate mostly within the safety of a larger fleet.

          Obviously there are pilots in both militias that don’t fit the mold, but in many cases the generalization fits.

          This tends to be apparent when you look at the FC dynamic. Caldari are famous for having bursts of effectiveness when “Great Leader” personality FCs become active and drive content for CalMil. Without that FC though, most of the pilots in his fleet will be docked up or running missions in stealth bombers.

          Contrast this with GalMil: we definitely have a really strong bench of talented main line FCs who are great leaders, but in any given random assortment of GalMil pilots one of those random dudes will step up to FC, and the other random dudes will back him up to whatever victorious or destructive end. Also, this gives us an edge when we *do* ship up into those 20-30 man fleets. Individual pilots are better able to take initiative, FCs are able to give more open ended commands and know their pilots will be able to meet the objective without excessive handholding.

  • Spurty

    Grrrr gallente.

    Insert soap box canned response “why doesn’t high sec people do something about it?”

    Gerr gallente

  • Interested in FW

    Any decent fights? What size fleets were the sides fielding?