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An internal post from SpaceMonkey’s Alliance leadership has recently leaked outlining an SMA withdraw from the Fade Region.

“Good Morning SMA (and Reddit, when this invariably leaks)

If you were online for the alliance meeting last night, you already know what this post is about. If you weren’t, well, pull up a chair, have a seat, and get ready to read a long textpost that some asshole didn’t even have the common courtesy to put any pictures in 

You may have noticed that over the last few months, we’ve seen quite a lot of action here in Fade. What started off as some fairly routine cloaky camping slowly progressed into regular hotdrops. Hotdrops turned into skirmishes, skirmishes became into all-out brawls for our homeland against the backdrop of what is rapidly shaping up to be one of the biggest wars in the history of New Eden.

Through all of this, a core of monkeys, some of whom have been here for years, rallied to hold the line. Some of you even resubbed specifically to help SMA in its time of need. My heart goes out to each and every one of you beyond words for joining SMA in a time of relative peace and growth, and sticking with us through war and contraction. I could not be prouder to fly alongside you, shoot the shit with you in comms, and steamroller your asses in DOTA.

Over the last 24 hours, after more time digging in your heels and fighting than even I expected (and I’m the optimistic one ), the front in Fade has begun to boil over. MBC is fully aware of the efficacy of headshotting staging systems and has gone after O1Y with gusto. Thankfully, despite common narratives that profess the opposite, SMA is not stupid. For weeks we’ve been working to move the assets required to keep the alliance afloat, as well as assisting the CEOs of your corporations with doing the same.

I won’t mince words to you — with headshot attempts on our staging system and the fluid nature of sov under Aegis, staging out of a capture-able station rapidly becomes untenable when the fight is as hot as this one is. Rather than continue to risk our war assets becoming inaccessible and getting shut out of our own staging system…we have begun the war march to Saranen to fight alongside the rest of the Imperium. By the time this post goes out, the USTZ will have already begun move ops, nearly all corp/alliance assets will be secure, and supers/titans will be staged.

It’s looking more and more like in order to win this war, we’re gonna have to stage out of a single system and fight as a combined force. The time of fighting on multiple fronts with multiple stagings which can be Entosised or bubbled has passed us. So watch for move ops over the next couple of days, poke me if you have any questions…..

And let’s go to war, ladies and gentlemen.”

Over recent weeks, the combined forces of the Money Badger Coalition (MBC) have invaded Fade and set SMA space on fire.  SMA will now be the 3rd major Imperium alliance to withdraw from sovereign space since the war has begun, following in the footsteps of LAWN  and The Bastion.

This withdrawl by SMA is another significant victory by the combined forces of the MBC and is another step in a possible final showdown with Imperium Forces.  With this action, the Imperium’s courses of action are diminishing to what will likely either be a showdown in the Imperium stronghold of Deklein or a complete evacuation of it’s current null-sec home to low-sec space, likely the staging system of Sarenen. One thing is certain, the coming weeks will likely bring more engagements to Eve Online’s new Great War.

Caesar Manson is a long-time Eve player and current member of Shadow Cartel, part of the current LOWSEC Voltron group.