2018 CSM 13 Elections Begin Today!


Elections for the 13th Council of Stellar Management opened today, June 4, and will continue until noon on June 11. All Omega clones are eligible to vote in the elections, which will determine members of the CSM for the next year. Those eligible to vote will be able to do so here.

The Council of Stellar Management works with CCP Games in shaping the development of Eve Online as the representatives of us, the players. CSM representatives carry our interests to CCP in structured meetings throughout the year, providing feedback on the development direction CCP is taking, and expressing the problems and areas of focus that players find most critical for the health of the game.

There are quite a few qualified candidates this year. For your convenience, INN has chosen to highlight ten of who we consider the strongest candidates, who best embody our values, and who we believe will be best for the game:

Aryth <GEWNS> Incumbent member of the CSM and Imperium ballot principal. He’s going to be on the CSM.

Merkelchen <SNOOO> CEO of KarmaFleet who looks forward to the new experience of contributing to the CSM.

Innominate <SNOOO> Another veteran of prior CSMs with a long history of service to the greater Eve community.  The less evil Goonfleet candidate.

The Judge <GEWNS> An incumbent of CSM 11 and 12, who pledges to continue to represent you, the players, whether you consider him a hero or a villain.

Brisc Rubal <STK-S> An actual real-life politician. What could possibly go wrong?

Mawderator <B1RD.> A Snuffed Out candidate with experience with lowsec, wormholes, and FW issues.

Sullen Decimus <P0LR> Bastion pilot and wormholing representative from CSM 11.

Commander Aze <Y0-H0> Member of the Bastion and INN Copy Editor.

Jin’Taan <STMOP> Veteran of CSM 12 and 11, now running for a third term. He’s been successful in getting things done in the last few years and still has work to do.

Steve Ronuken <FZZW> A representative since CSM 9. A highsec industrialist, his service on previous CSMs shows both the determination and knowledge to get things done.

Citizens of the Imperium may find this list eerily reminiscent of the official state-endorsed ballot, and for good reason! You, in particular, are reminded to do your patriotic duty and vote the party line!




Editor’s note: A previous version of this article said voting would close at midnight on June 11. It will close at noon on June 11. This has been corrected.

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  • hurf

    Freedom to vote exactly as instructed, glory to the state

    June 4, 2018 at 12:24 PM
  • Wigitgetit

    These are great choices and I am happy to vote for them.

    June 4, 2018 at 1:20 PM
  • “INN has chosen to highlight ten of who we consider the strongest candidates, who best embody our values, and who we believe will be best for the game:” – what? Thats the Imperium ballot… what a coincidence.

    June 4, 2018 at 2:28 PM
    • paramemetic Matterall

      In a shocking development, Imperium editorial staff from the Imperium, writing on Imperium News Network, chose to endorse the candidates on the Imperium ticket, because they best embodies the values of the Imperium News Network. This is completely unexpected and, perhaps, scandalous.

      June 4, 2018 at 2:44 PM
      • So INN is only editorial now?

        Should just say — Here’s who Imperium wants… or Here’s who Aryth wants to work with haha.

        June 4, 2018 at 2:44 PM
        • I think this passage identifies it as an editorial…

          “For your convenience, INN has chosen to highlight ten of who we consider the strongest candidates, who best embody our values, and who we believe will be best for the game:”

          June 4, 2018 at 3:06 PM
          • it is general confusion about what INN is… TIS plays on INN, is it an INN show? Yes, pretty much. There’s a streamer side, talk shows etc..

            June 4, 2018 at 3:25 PM
          • Bertram Renning Matterall

            I think this discussion illustrate well the fact that TMC and now INN have never really chosen if they prefer to be seen as reporting news or just as goon propaganda. It was even state by the mittani on the metashow when he annouced the rebranding from TMC to INN that it will go from space news to Imperium propaganda. But since then INN has follow a subtil line of sort neutrality via a clear acknowledgement of bias.
            So it would make sense report the Imperium voice without claiming the support of INN. It would allow the fantasy of space news to keep going 😉

            June 5, 2018 at 10:13 AM
        • Arrendis Matterall

          So INN is only editorial now?

          This page? The front page? The written words? Yes. That’s Editorial. The twitch channel? That’s Streaming.

          June 6, 2018 at 5:23 PM
      • Cecil Medici paramemetic

        After all it is the Imperium News Network. What did you expect?

        If you don’t like this slate, you can check out the one at PNN (Pandemic News Network) or perhaps TNN (Test News Network). Oh wait, those don’t exist. Effort?

        June 6, 2018 at 4:32 PM
    • Not even at all subtle about it, lol.

      June 4, 2018 at 3:10 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Matterall

      I must confess to being somewhat perplexed by your cries of bias. Taking a page from Arrendis’ book I had a look at your own submissions to INN to see if a pattern would present itself. I only covered the last six months or so as that should indicate where you are with a specific mindset.

      So let’s break this down.

      2017-12-20 https://imperium.news/talking-stations-influential-awards-2017/ – This was a weird piece in which you gave recognition to people who you felt warranted it. There was no voting process or transparency. This was simply what you felt. So obviously no bias here.

      2018-01-19 https://imperium.news/razors-edge-2017-review/ – This is very much a piece from the perspective of a PanFam member.

      2018-01-21 https://imperium.news/a-bigger-boat/ – You do not need to dive into this one too far to see The Imperium members refered to as “beasts”. This type of language is typically used to dehumanise an enemy. Need I say more?

      2018-04-06 https://imperium.news/freeports-are-dead/ – One can only wonder at why you would write such a piece. It is almost as if something had happened to you.

      2018-04-07 https://imperium.news/the-sanctuary-keepstars/ – Surely in this piece you would not push your own personal agenda? Oops my mistake, you are.

      So there we have it. 5 pieces in 6 months and I would say each and every one is bias. You have managed to have 100% bias in the pieces that you have written. This trumps even my own bias of which there should be no doubt of.

      Now I could leave this at that. But as you insist on being some sort of moral compass let me remind you of a couple of other bits. Remember those times when PanFam members were making personal attacks and doxxing people in your TiS discord channel? Well I do. So what did you do about it?

      I have no issue with you doing the things that you do in the main. Anyone who watches events in Eve long enough is more than capable of making up their own minds and understands the bias that is invariably present. I will call you out though when you are telling people to hold themselves to a higher standard than you are willing to hold yourself.

      June 4, 2018 at 5:09 PM
      • you wrote a lot.

        June 6, 2018 at 6:46 AM
        • Moomin Amatin Matterall

          Great come back. Also well done on dodging all the questions as well.

          June 6, 2018 at 9:42 AM
          • questions? I read a little and it was more like challenges. No, wont engage you or seraph in a back and forth. Only people reading this are you, me and a couple INN staffers.

            June 6, 2018 at 7:13 PM
          • Moomin Amatin Matterall

            I simply used science. I went over each of your articles and looked for bias. It was evident in every piece. Not sure how you consider that a challenge. Unless you mean it challenges your belief that you are somehow better than others when it comes to reporting.

            If you want to believe that then that is fine by me. Because each time you get on your high-horse you look like a hypocritical fool.

            Nice ad hominem as well. Especially for something that you did not deem worthy of even reading completely, let alone even attempting to comprehend.

            Good talk.

            June 6, 2018 at 7:58 PM
        • paramemetic Matterall

          Is this the discussion equivalent of “made you undock?”

          June 7, 2018 at 12:14 AM
    • Lekly Matterall

      I’m fairly certain that if you chose to, you could write an alternative article highlighting other candidates that say NC. would favor instead. From what I understood when I was writing articles here, INN would publish that article as well.

      June 5, 2018 at 3:56 AM
      • Of course they would, I set that up and championed that policy. Still do.

        It’s not about bias at all – I know a thing or two about it. Written articles about it defending TMC/INN against critics. Its about who at INN gets to speak for INN. Editorial, or a single editor, made this INN’s list…. but there are other people adn departments that are INN too – like TIS as a show. We don’t endorse this list. I would never put the Judge, above Commander Aze.

        Could have easly said “Imperium selects…” and kept objectivity. Instead they stamped what I presume is Aryth’s list of who he wants to work with. Pretty weak.

        June 6, 2018 at 6:53 AM
        • Moomin Amatin Matterall

          So why have you not written about the NC list?

          Is it because you would have to write about the well known doxxer that was banned from Reddit? Or perhaps you would risk being reminded of the failures of Vince Draken?

          June 6, 2018 at 9:46 AM
    • Arrendis Matterall

      Ok, Matterall… just gonna put this out here, but have you read any of Para’s other pieces? Like ‘PL bravely advancing out of Provi’ and such? Cuz you seem to miss his particular voice in this. Check out the para after the list:

      “Citizens of the Imperium may find this list eerily reminiscent of the official state-endorsed ballot, and for good reason! You, in particular, are reminded to do your patriotic duty and vote the party line!”

      It’s not being presented as ‘coincidence’. It’s not being presented as anything but what it is: ‘This is the Imperium ticket. We have it, so you’re getting it’. Relax, dude.

      June 6, 2018 at 5:21 PM
      • yeah I’m not familiar the writers voice.

        June 6, 2018 at 7:14 PM
        • Moomin Amatin Matterall

          Like your piece on your stupid “sanctuary” citadel thing was posited as an editorial? Did that mean that INN supported that idea? Did The Imperium support such an idea? Or was it one of those times when you were hoping to curry favour by using The Imperium name?

          June 6, 2018 at 8:02 PM
        • Arrendis Matterall

          Dude, it’s totally being presented as the Imperium ticket, it’s just being done in a snarky manner.

          June 7, 2018 at 4:38 AM
          • @arrendis:disqus its not coming accross.

            June 7, 2018 at 7:23 PM
  • Ugh, you linked to the candidate list that continuously re-randomizes. Here’s one that doesn’t. https://sites.google.com/site/csmwire/csm-13-election

    June 4, 2018 at 3:03 PM
    • Rhivre NoizyGamer

      Thanks Noizy! I hate the re-randomizing one.

      June 4, 2018 at 3:10 PM
    • paramemetic NoizyGamer

      Well I wouldn’t want to be perceived as biased by linking one with fixed order, you see. 🙂

      June 4, 2018 at 11:14 PM
  • dnara

    If anyone doesnt like this ballot you could always move Sullen and Aze to 1 and 2 (any order) and then just vote randomly for the rest. Mittani told me this isnt considered a state resource so I don’t get in trouble for saying that.

    June 4, 2018 at 8:38 PM
  • Caleb Ayrania

    The only coincidence would be that the Goon ballot tends to have the most competent and even “neutral” candidates on it, and only seem to secondarily have the org agenda bias. Not here to break the game, here to fix the game, just not your game in particular. 🙂

    June 6, 2018 at 10:41 PM
    • Thats just playing with words Caleb, It’s more of a list that Aryth put together. You know it, I know it. Saying those are the most competent CSM candidates is not accurate. There are plenty of competent CSM members not on this list.

      But, the list isnt the issue. Its who endorsed the list, and who speaks for INN endorsements. Staking a position as INN and having it match Goons is not a coincidence. That’s a laughable and disingenuous assertion.

      June 6, 2018 at 11:44 PM
      • Moomin Amatin Matterall

        Who is playing with words now? If you have any proof of your claim then write a piece about it and offer actual evidence.

        Or perhaps you can just continue posting as you have been. Offering no proof, ad hominem attacks, claiming to be “better” than all around you.

        The only thing laughable I have seen here is you clutching at your pearls.

        June 7, 2018 at 12:11 AM
        • Caleb Ayrania Moomin Amatin


          June 7, 2018 at 3:23 PM
        • @moominamatin:disqus – “Who is playing with words now? If you have any proof of your claim then write a piece about it and offer actual evidence.”

          Here’s your evidence. Now stop wasting my time.

          June 7, 2018

          [12:11 PM] Matterall: settle a bet. did you make the ballot for CSM for imperium?

          [2:01 PM] Aryth: yes

          [2:27 PM] Matterall: thanks

          [2:27 PM] Matterall: I win

          [2:27 PM] Aryth: who doubted that

          [2:27 PM] Aryth: oh i suppose if they are external to gsf it might not be totally obvious

          [2:27 PM] Aryth: but i did the posts even

          [2:30 PM] Matterall: internal GSF guys now less than I do about how things work.

          June 7, 2018 at 9:41 PM
          • Dirk Stetille Matterall

            Matterall, this chat log has no bearing on whether or not Editorial made a decision to present the Imperium ballot in this article. You’re assuming that the creation of the Imperium ballot by Aryth correlates to Editorial making a decision regarding this piece of writing, when it doesn’t. The image of our ballot is expressly a Ministry of Truth production, and the author of the piece has openly admitted to this being the Imperium ballot (even within the piece), presented in a satirical manner. Please, PLEASE, stop digging this hole.

            June 7, 2018 at 10:02 PM
          • Moomin Amatin Dirk Stetille

            How dare you question the wisdom of Matterall. Do you not know who he is? He knows the Mittani!

            June 7, 2018 at 10:58 PM
          • Muul Udonii Dirk Stetille

            Are you really shocked that the IMPERIUM News Network website would support any other CSM candidates than those endorsed by the IMPERIUM?

            June 8, 2018 at 10:40 PM
          • Moomin Amatin Matterall

            You made a statement on the 6th of June without proof. On the 7th of June you get proof. So your initial comment was made without proof and therefore had a bias. So not sure how you have won anything here.

            You did lose a viewer though. But that was ages ago when you were supporting doxxing and personal attacks with your TiS brand.

            June 7, 2018 at 10:40 PM
          • Haargoth Agamar Moomin Amatin

            NC doesn’t mind doxxing as long as it benefits them. Hence them supporting GIGX blantantly. I think ladyscarlets words where he didn’t deserve to be banned. I guess as long as people dox and threaten to kill their enemies it is quite acceptable.

            June 8, 2018 at 4:12 AM
      • Caleb Ayrania Matterall

        Or, it could be that its actual proof of my above argument. 🙂

        June 7, 2018 at 3:23 PM
  • Muul Udonii

    Are there any other candidates? Please advise?!?!

    June 8, 2018 at 10:45 PM