Alliance Profile: Goonswarm Federation

Hopeful Turtle 2017-11-16

Who are Goonswarm Federation?

Goonswarm Federation is an alliance of about 34,000 people living in the Delve region of 0.0 space. Autocracy run by TheMittani and an attendant directorate, Goonswarm places a strong emphasis on providing services and opportunities to line members.  ISK-making is just one of these opportunities. Due to a combination of territory and expert talent, they are the richest alliance in the game.

Goonswarm Federation is also the centerpiece of a coalition known as the Imperium. A number of other alliances, most notably The Initiative, stand with them in this massive coalition. They also run the Querious Fight Club, providing an area for smaller alliances and corps to engage with nullsec productively.

Where do they come from?

Goonswarm Federation has a long and storied history. They first erupted into New Eden in 2006 following the defeat of the Coalition of the South at C-J6MT. They allied with the Russians who had won that particular victory and cooperated in sweeping the CoS out of south-east EVE. Then, they ran into a wall in the form of Band of Brothers, a semi-feudal alliance which took umbrage at the free-form and irrerevent character of the Goons.

This dislike was sparked by geopolitical tensions into open warfare, and the 1st & 2nd Great Wars ensued, over the period of 2007 to 2010. As a result, Goonswarm cemented their status as a serious power in New Eden, leading the charge against Band of Brothers. Ultimately, Goonswarm destroying BoB in a combination of espionage and vast fleet actions that spanned 3 years. But after this victory, a disaster struck; a combination of incompetence and malicious intent in the Goonswarm director team saw them lose all of their space in Delve and the south.

This might have been the end, but Tau Ceti alliance in Deklein, to the north, gave them a place to rebuild. Over the next six years, Goonswarm went from strength to strength, building up a large coalition (known as the Clusterfuck Coalition or CFC) which – at its peak – spanned the entirety of the western portion of the map. One particular achievement was the defeat of the N3PL supercapital fleets at B-R5RB, which propelled Goonswarm and the CFC to superpower status.

However, a combination of internal rot and external pressure from ISK based casinos saw the eviction of the CFC in World War Bee from the north in early 2016, when almost the entirety of the rest of the game turned on them. They evacuated, bloodied, to Delve where they have rebuilt and fortified against the possibility of another such war occurring again. This brings us to the present day.

What are the positives of joining?

Goonswarm Federation has a number of key positives which strongly encourage joining it:

  • The most generous Ship Replacement Program in EVE bar none. In some cases, you can even make money losing ships.
  • Access to a massive variety of interest groups. For any profession in EVE, Goonswarm has a group of players involved in it. For new players, this is a great way to access parts of the game which might otherwise be hard to get into.
  • Strong industrial and mining content. Many condemn Goons as krabs, for good reason. They have access to expert individuals in all fields of EVE Industry, and extensive facilities. This allows the more peacefully inclined player a great deal of content.
  • Consistent PvP action of any conceivable size, from supercapital fleets to small gang roams.

What are the negatives of joining?

It would be dishonest of me to just write hagiographies of Goonswarm. They do have a handful of points against them:

  • Goonswarm is, voluntarily, typecast as the villains of EVE and have active roles in scamming and high-sec ganking. Any player looking for roleplaying or profoundly moral behaviour will be very disappointed.
  • Goonswarm is not an elite PvP organisation – its strength lies in an effective directorate and crushing numbers. If your killboard stats are something you worry about, it might not be the place for you.
  • Goonswarm has a particular culture, and it is important to bear this in mind when joining. Some may consider it a little toxic or otherwise unappealing.

What are they up to at the moment?

Goonswarm is currently, as of November 2017, in Delve making outrageous amounts of ISK. Of course, the directorate appears to be regarding the ongoing Blue Donut War with some interest. Right now, though, there are no active alliance or coalition scale deployments.

Who is Goonswarm Federation? One of the biggest industrial powerhouses of EVE Online, it seems.

Delve certainly appears to be where the money is.

If you would like to join Goonswarm, a good way to start is to read up on Karmafleet.

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  • Sylphinja the Dark Rose

    You forgot to mention under cons: “Leave independence at the door, all ye who enter.”

    November 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    • May i ask what kind of independence your looking for? because beeing part of any nullsec alliances means you have to follow the alliance rules.

      What is it that you (can’t) do in GSF ?

      November 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm
      • saulot CarlGustav

        only thing i can think of is goonfucking (scamming or shooting blues mostly)

        November 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    • This is a funny one. I have never had more freedom of how I play EVE or what I want to do in EVE as I have with Goons.

      November 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm
      • Vertigoe Erick Asmock

        Erick you are 100% correct the biggest rule is don’t fuck over other goons or blues. Nothing will get you blacklisted faster and leave a trail of tears in your wake as we all point and laugh at you for your stupidity.

        November 16, 2017 at 8:33 pm
    • WMWMWMWMWMWMWMWMWMW Sylphinja the Dark Rose

      is it too much to ask “don’t fuck blues”, or is that too limiting of your freedoms?

      November 16, 2017 at 9:56 pm
    • What the fuck are you talking about? You can do literally anything the fuck you want in Goonswarm and no matter what it is, there’s probably already an entire sig dedicated to doing it.

      November 17, 2017 at 2:40 am
    • I was totally against Goons when I started Eve due to all the propaganda against them. However, after my corp joined them recently I have come to love them for the freedom and community.

      November 17, 2017 at 4:01 am
  • Markonius Porkbutte

    I hate goons.

    November 18, 2017 at 12:41 am
  • DevilDude

    it doesn’t fit his preferred narrative.

    November 18, 2017 at 6:58 am
  • Denis Govorkov

    Joined a corp that is a part of GSF, moved to nullsec, although i’ve got literally zero exp in this game. So far I am having much fun, been shot 4-5 times, but ok with that, learning from my mistakes and the community really helps. Totally satisfied if to sum up.

    November 23, 2017 at 3:25 pm