The Initiative. has developed from a relatively mediocre medium sized Alliance into one of the most creative and still often underrated entities in the game. I first encountered The Initiative back in late 2014 when they moved to Curse and were actually making an effort to fight pandemic Legion head on. At the time that wasn’t really heard of unless you were Black Legion. And even BL at its height had to be creative about how they did that. The ever constant presence of NCPL was the factor that I believe pushed Initiative closer and closer toward joining the Imperium. As the universe became more and more polarized, it only made sense. Since then, the Initiative has used the Imperium as a kind of political and Military meat Shield while mostly doing their own thing. They operate with a broad level of autonomy within the Imperium and carry out some of the Imperium’s most successful operations.

During World War Bee, The Initiative. more or less abandoned their space in the far north and opted to take Syndicate region resources from the OSS who in turn were taking space in the Deep North. What initiative essentially did was trade space with the invasion force. Perhaps not the most useful thing for the Coalition as a whole but to Initiative’s credit, they looked like they could provide counteroffensive results while minimizing the impact of losing their own space.

In the months following the Imperium eviction from the north, The Initiative. remained a force in Syndicate. They continued measured success and seemed untouched by the Imperium eviction and the hardships that followed. Instead, they opted to use Syndicate as a base of operation skirmishing and fighting the numerous pirate entities within range. Through their conflicts, they helped pioneer new tactics such as “Snatch fleet” making extensive use of Command Destroyers and their unique jump drives. Most of the rest of 2016-2017 would see Initiative on multiple fronts usually remaining elusive and developing their record as the most militarily successful alliances of the Imperium coalition.

Initiative’s presence in Syndicate was removed as a result of PanFam but saw a resurgence during the “Fizzle War.” Imperium command devised a strategy by which Initiative would strike at Mercenary Coalition assets in Syndicate, while the rest of the Imperium would threaten PanFam space in the north. The idea was to “force Panfam to choose between their assets in 0.0 and those in Syndicate.” PanFam naturally chose to defend their sovereignty. While the Imperium through billions of subcap ships into the PanFam supercapital meatgrinder, Initiative retook Syndicate. Within a month these gains in Syndicate were reversed, and the Imperium’s attack on PanFam resulted in complete failure aside from the “free ported Astrahauses” that littered the north dubbed “roach motels.” Relatively speaking Initiative once again looked the better having accomplished their objective.

In October of 2017, The Initiative would later take advantage of The Culture’s collapse in Fountain quickly taking over the resource-rich region for themselves. With that space secured, the Imperium potentially had a highway to strike at the north. A few months later during April of 2018, Initiative Titans would go head to head against Pandemic Legion’s dreadnoughts. PL ended bloodied losing 80 dreads and various other subcapital ships totaling 250 billion ISK. The Initiative of 2014 which struggled to fight Pandemic Legion in Curse, was now dropping Titans on them successfully. Throughout the rest of 2018, the Initiative solidified their hold over Fountain giving the Imperium a route to move their supercapital forces north which they sorely lacked during the “Fizzle War.” Their presence in northern Fountain and relationship with Cloud Ring Gallente Militia alliances provided the Imperium the beachhead they needed to strike at the north. This has made all the difference in the current Imperium vs. Northern Bloc war.

The Initiative continues to play a starring role among Imperium alliances being at the forefront of coalition success and showing unrivaled ingenuity among their peers.

15 Comments

  1. Init guay

    You have no idea about init history or current state. This article is just bad writeup of someone who doesn’t really know how and about what to write.

    August 7, 2018 at 23:41 Reply
    1. Omar

      Well he did not write up any inaccurates so not sure why you have sand in your vagina.

      August 8, 2018 at 15:41 Reply
  2. B Jouhinen

    Actually I have to say I like this article as it is truly different to most of your other writings, which seem to have a very bitter undertone.

    Well done ! 🙂

    August 9, 2018 at 09:43 Reply
  3. Do your homework

    A history of INIT, one of the oldest and most storied alliances, unique in its stability under the same leadership for almost 10 years and willingness to chart its own path at every step, participated with distinction in some of the most significant conflicts in the history of EVE and contributed countless innovations to the nullsec game (google firewall newbro), from someone who only knows INIT that flies magnuses and summarizes the INIT of yesteryear as “a relatively mediocre medium sized alliance”. Maybe your next work should be a book on the history of America. Chapter 1. The Obama Years.

    August 9, 2018 at 15:31 Reply
    1. Seraph IX Basarab

      I said in my article that that’s when I started getting to know them. Nothing prior to 2014 really stood out to me from an outsider perspective. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t more to them. It just wasn’t something that I was aware of. More importantly I was focusing on the past 4 years specifically once the initiative joined up with the CFC now known as Imperium

      August 10, 2018 at 01:35 Reply
      1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

        Did you consider, you know, talking to someone in INIT? The 4 main FCs have all been with the alliance 7+ years and any could give you a 5 minute summary of the Alliance’s history from the disband of PURE and humble NC beginnings, the wars over the South, the rebirth during the Curse years which built the alliance’s unique identity and culture, to the nullsec juggernaut of today. Not saying we need Pultizer level investigative reporting, but surely we can do better than this? At least you could have messaged Malcanis. The guy loves to talk.

        August 10, 2018 at 04:29 Reply
        1. Seraph IX Basarab

          Yeah but he hates talking to me.

          Again I never claimed this was some end-all-be-all history work about the initiative. My interest was simply in detailing the more recent stuff and how they are truly changing the game and favor for the Imperium. Truth be told if you wanted an in-depth article about the history, I would say somebody from within the alliance could probably do a much better job. If somebody in the alliance wanted to partner with me that could also be a possibility.

          August 11, 2018 at 05:30 Reply
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