If you look at my Employment History in New Eden you will find that I spent a few months in Null Sec with a Corp that I had hoped to learn the art of PVP. Though my time in Null Sec was short, the lessons I learned and perspective I gained around living in Null Sec and what that means was beyond expectation. What ultimately happened was that I was given my first glimpse into who the CFC were, what they stood for and the paralyzing influence they have on others. It was because of the events that transpired below that I chose to leave the Corp and Null Sec so that I could properly learn PVP so that I could ultimately return to Null Sec and do what I could to change what I saw – in so much as any one person can.
And for the record – yes. I do believe one person can affect great change.
I had been in Null Sec for approximately one month and had been reading up on the history of New Eden and the incredible stories that had taken place prior to my arrival. EVE: True Stories had already been released and admittedly I was fascinated with the Mittani and his ability to bring about such sweeping change and his influence to date over New Eden. I admired him, but I didn’t fear him nor the CFC and was looking forward to the day when I might actually encounter the CFC or even the Mittani himself. It was around that time that I started receiving Corporate notifications that one of our POSs in the system we called “home” had been attacked and the shields had dropped slightly. Over the course of the next few days the shields dropped closer and closer to 0%. I asked the person who had recruited me what they were planning to do about this? He was second in command as far as I could tell and was, for lack of a better term, the “Diplomat” for the corporation and the Alliance. I knew he would know what plans were in the works. The response I received shocked and still upsets me even to this day.
It was quickly explained to me that the people attacking our POS were part of the CFC and that they were here to take over our moon for mining and that for all intents and purposes – we were going to let them take it. There would be no POS defense fleets or gate camps to prevent them from entering our pocket of space we had come to call home. There would be no engagements whatsoever. I expressed my disapproval and asked him to reconsider. It was then that he said, and I’m paraphrasing here, that “The CFC can have a carrier fleet here within the hour if they wanted too. We can’t defend against a CFC carrier fleet and we don’t want that kind of attention from the CFC. They came for the moon, they can have the moon and if we leave them alone they will leave us alone.“. It was then alluded to that should I or anyone else should choose to try and take matters into their own hands that they would risk being kicked out of the Corporation all together. It was at that point I realized I had a very big issue with the way in which the corporation would handle hostile intentions and also that I had a very small say in the matter.
I believe that if you work hard to achieve something – whatever that may be – that you never just simply let someone take the fruits of your labor without a fight. Just because the CFC was bigger than the Corporation does not mean that they have an inherent right to take whatever they wished from it. But the CFC was not the only players at fault here – the Corporation and it’s leadership was to blame as well. They chose not to fight or defend what was theirs. They chose not to anger the giant and look the other way while they lost not only the POS but any future revenue from that moon ever again. And what’s more, in doing so they let the CFC know that they will continue to do this. That they will show no opposition and will simply bow down in the hopes that they don’t take more the next time or the time after that until they are ultimately ran out of their home.
I would rather defend my home and all that includes with my last ship firing my last round facing a fleet of 10,000 Goons than to simply sit in station and look the other way while they took what I worked to earn. Would I lose the fight? Yes. Would I lose all I am trying to protect and defend regardless of my efforts? Yes. But at least I would not lose my self respect and would not cower down to any fleet – Apex or not – regardless of the outcome. If you want something I have, then you can come and try to take it. But I won’t let you do so without a fight.
I know I have singled out the CFC in this story, but that is because this is my personal experience. And as someone so keenly pointed out recently – we should only talk about known knowns we know and not unknown knowns we don’t know . . . or something eloquent like that. In response to that argument I would offer up the following two points. First, I think everyone knows what it is like to have been bullied or picked on just because someone else was bigger or they were outnumbered. Second, I didn’t have to participate in slavery to know that was wrong. So making the assumption that just because someone has not experienced or “lived” something doesn’t mean their opinion is wrong or that they cannot see when something is not right.
There is no denying the fact that SOV Null is stagnant. I believe we all can agree on that point regardless of which side of the line in the sand you stand on. There are no indications that there is anything in development currently that will change the game mechanics to aid in relieving the stagnation and I stand by my original statement that CCP did not create a stagnant SOV Null so it is not 100% up to them to fix it. Nobody is calling for changes to Worm Hole Space so that people cannot live there anymore, yet Worm Holes were never intended to be used that way. The citizens of New Eden used the mechanics that were given and created new content for those daring enough to embark upon the journey.
We have that same ability to affect change ourselves once again in Null Sec should we choose to do so. There are a lot of systems out there. More than what CFC, N3/PL or HERO need. If they truly needed them, then they wouldn’t be renting them out – they would be using them. A war to break the stagnation in SOV Null may not be what everyone in New Eden wants and as I have said before – I respect their opinions and would never force my ideals on them. But the simple fact remains a war to break SOV Null would benefit thousands and is the right thing to do in order to breathe new life into New Eden for everyone.
There is a line in Firefly that addresses this point very well. When Malcolm Reynolds is asked by an Alliance officer why he chose to name his ship after a battle he was on the wrong side of. Malcolm replied “May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
We may lose the war to free SOV Null. But that does not mean it is not a war worth having.