Reports from the Vale suggest a disagreement between the two sides escalated on May 5th when TEST diplomats signaled their intention to hold sovereignty over an area of space around the strategic system of NCGR-Q. Infinity Space replied by drawing a ‘line in the sand’ between NCGR-Q and the neighboring system of MC6O-F, in local chat. Unperturbed, TEST alliance proceeded with their plan to take sovereignty in the disputed area.
At 17:45 on May 6th Infinity Space and allies including Legion of xXDEATHXx (X.I.X) formed a large T2 Cerberus cruiser fleet and began to contest sovereignty in a number of TEST controlled systems throughout the constellation. TEST responded almost immediately by forming up a maelstrom fleet which drove off the attackers in a series of dramatic small gang skirmishes, with little time to spare as one critical iHub reached 95%. Infinity Space and allies then temporarily broke off from the contested space in order to reform with a machariel battleship fleet. This brief withdrawal granted TEST valuable time to restore their systems while more members rushed online to join the fight.
At 18:35 the two fleets came head to head as Infinity Space jumped their force of machariels into TEST alliances waiting bubbles at the U54-1L gate in NCGR-Q. Shortly after arriving Infinity Space hot dropped a further force including half a dozen carriers onto the field, in an effort to free their bubbled faction battleship fleet. TEST reciprocated by lighting a cyno and bringing a small dreadnought force onto the grid, sealing the fate of the trapped Infinity Space fleet.
In the ensuing 20 minutes Infinity Space and their allies lost over 150 ships including 5 carriers, at an estimated cost of 60bn ISK, before finally conceding the fight. The battle report can be found here. The hastily formed TEST fleet suffered losses of just 40 sub-capitals, at a cost of only 6bn ISK. In an effort to extend an olive branch to their defeated neighbors TEST warped off the U54-1L gate to allow the remaining Russian survivors to withdraw from NCGR-Q in good order.
As the field cleared and the costs were counted by both sides it became apparent that this was a decisive victory for TEST alliance, who now hold sovereignty over a large area of Vale of the Silent. Infinity Space were significantly weakened by the loss of 5 carriers and 60bn ISK in assets, as well as a number of key systems. The defeat was exacerbated over the following days, as Infinity Space suffered further losses including a significant defeat in the system of 7-K5EL on May 8th.