Co2 – True Colours


The summer slump is over

Business has been hectic for many in nullsec over the last week or so. Events are firing off all over the place and it seems, that at least for now, the summer doldrums are over.

Test went north in order to find “content” and “good fights”. After an intriguing journey up that left everyone wondering where they were going to they arrived in the system MTO. Their intention was to settle a long standing grudge with Sort Dragon, the leader of the Dorkness alliance. Dorkness is the leading alliance of Guardians of the Galaxy coalition. Test was met by the mega-bluetral landlord coalition of PanFam and pets. With Test facing such numbers where its enemies have capital superiority, its quest seemed somewhat doomed.

Then The Imperium declared it was on the move in order to seek action and even possibly vengeance. Again, all of Eve was left guessing as to where they would go. Never in the history of The Imperium had the destination been such a closely kept secret. Once the move operation was completed, The Imperium settled in the lowsec system of Hakonen. All of the more vocal Eve “experts” were wrong in their analysis. With the arrival of The Imperium, dynamics in the north changed at an instance.

Test seeing this move by The Imperium then felt that they needed to move again. Test had setup their forward operating base in DRF space. This meant that there were potentially political issues that were in play here. Test had committed to not performing certain aggressive acts in order to not draw the DRF into having to get involved in one way or another. So Test decided that it needed to move in order to ensure that they kept its word to the DRF and did not complicate matters to their kind host. Test then fooled everyone again by moving to the lowsec system of Obe. Obe happens to be right next door to Hakonen, which is the staging area of The Imperium.

So now we have Test and The Imperium right next to each other with both setting their sights on targets in the northern bluetral landlord coalition. Test have made it very clear that it is not friendly with The Imperium, but instead has a target of greater importance. The Imperium have stated that it is in the area for their own purposes and do not need or necessarily desire to work with Test.

There is so much more to the actions in the north. Dorkness running around while Sort Dragon is seemingly claiming that they are leading the military efforts of PanFam. Initiative is sending shock waves through PanFam as well with very aggressive and successful actions of its own. PanFam is sending fleets to Delve to try and relieve the pressure that they are experiencing from The Imperium. The situation is in a complete state of flux.

But there is still more happening, and this time in the south-east.

Here we go again

Co2 joined The Imperium many years ago. The group initially performed very well, and was keen to earn its place. But as Co2 grew, its leadership’s true nature became more apparent through constant bickering with other coalition members, demanding ever increasing amounts of moons, doing their own thing, and expecting rewards from campaigns they were always first to leave from. This all culminated in the betrayal of The Imperium by Co2. Co2 not only flipped sides during the casino war, but also supplied the Money Badger Coalition with very valuable information about titans and super carriers.

To the rest of Eve, at least in the main, this would tarnish Co2 in a way that they would be unlikely ever be able to recover from. But there were some willing to work with Co2 in the belief that they were somehow mistreated by The Imperium.

A similar pattern seems to be present with their membership in The Legacy Coalition, led by Test. Although this time Gigx, the leader of Co2, has been far quicker in showing his true colours. There have already been a number of instances of “a difference of opinion” displayed by Gigx. Call to Arms (CTAs) have been extended by Gigx in order to kill his own line members that were simply trying to make a living.

Then there was the moment when Gigx declared war on The Imperium earlier this year: a move that seemed ambitious and ultimately, given the progress of Co2, one can say vastly over stated. Co2 suffered at the hands of PanFam with some major losses to their capital fleets. Gigx’s hot-headed nature means that he is often prone to being baited and then fully committing, where a more prudent leader would know to cut their losses. Some hail this as strong leadership, while others consider it more foolish. Co2 has also been observed offering assistance to PanFam, The most notable instance was during a conflict between The Imperium and NC where Co2 arrived to offer NC assistance.

As already stated, Co2 has a history of an interesting view of wealth distribution and accumulation. So it was no surprise to see this post pop up on Reddit. Of particular note is the comment from Tarkinius, the leader of FCON and the Phoenix Federation. Tarkinius explains at some length, something they are renowned for, the situation from his perspective regarding Co2. It is worth noting that the sentiment of Tarkinius is one echoed from over a year ago by The Imperium. Tarkinius does not blame Gigx for wishing to increase his wealth but does not like the apparent lies associated to the actions of Gigx.

Many do consider Tarkinius and FCON to be rather weak. Given the actions of Gigx it would seem that he should be considered one of these number. There is a fair amount of evidence to support this as well. FCON by its own admission was quick to alter its relationships in the south when news broke of Test and Co2 coming down. Most recently, FCON has taken in alliances and corporations that found themselves in difficulty with Triumvirate. But then FCON performed a masterstroke of joining the DRF after Triumvirate reset everyone else. Triumvirate still has the DRF as blue, so FCON had secured safety when Triumvirate was making noises of being restless and in search of “content”.

In Tarkinius’s plea for the south to look to the north for content, it could also be said “you have content on your own doorstep, why move?” But the history of FCON has always seemed to have them choosing the path of least resistance, as has been mentioned frequently by FCON admirer Grath Telkin of PL fame. So it is likely that FCON will try all that they can to ensure that they do not have to fight. But with such a public statement from Tarkinius you have to contemplate if this is a last ditch attempt for him to encourage Gigx to see reason.

The path to war

There is a certain amount of history between Co2 and the DRF and not always cordial. While living in the north Co2 would frequently cause diplomatic incidents that had to be patched up by The Imperium.

So now we have a Triumvirate that is hungry for war and resetting all but the DRF. The DRF’s newest members having a dispute with their neighbour Co2. A dispute that seems to have been initiated by Co2 at that. PanFam is quite distracted in the north so is unlikely to become involved. The Imperium is on a little outing to blow off the cobwebs. Finally, we have Co2, which has always insisted on its strength, and has an opportunity to finally prove it. It should be remembered that Co2 have done nothing of note for years aside from self-destruct Machariel fleets and turn traitor when suitable.

This all means that there is a war all primed in the south should the potential participants be willing to do so. They can of course remain “bluetrals” (thank you, Querns—I love this term!) and look to third party on fights many regions away. A potential issue is that the rest of The Legacy Coalition may be sucked into a war with the DRF over the actions of Co2.

It would seem that Gigx at least is sure of his course of action:

[CO2] gigX – Yesterday at 2:42 PM @[FCON] Tarkinus CO2 is reseting all your shit, keep sucking dick now

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  • davor safranko

    Lel why even bother with writing an article about co2 they would backstab them self if they could

    August 9, 2017 at 2:39 PM
    • Caleb Ayrania davor safranko

      Like sauropods, I guess they have very short arms.

      August 9, 2017 at 4:07 PM
      • Sauropods were the four-legged, long-necked herbivores, a la brachiosaurus, titanosaurus, diplodocus and brontosaurus. I think you mean theropods, which consisted of dinosaurs like carnotaurus, giganotosaurus, abelisaurus, and tyrannosaurus.

        August 10, 2017 at 5:33 PM
  • Pew Pew

    This is poorly written. If you’re going to publish naked propaganda can it at least be enjoyable to read?

    As an example look how many times you use the word “Test” in these two paragraphs.

    August 9, 2017 at 3:30 PM
    • Caleb Ayrania Pew Pew

      Detestable truthiness. Pretty sure people are now aware that the paragraph was about TEST?

      August 9, 2017 at 4:06 PM
    • Rammel Kas Pew Pew

      Nearly all of Moomin’s pieces are meant to poke fun at people if you didn’t notice that yet. Most of it is tongue in cheek innuendo. Some of it clever word plays that won’t mean much to those outside the events. It’s all “op-ed” here. It’s HIS opinion. Surely he’s free to have it?

      Also he welcomes criticism. Just hit him up in INN discord.

      August 9, 2017 at 8:22 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Pew Pew

      Thank you very much for sharing your opinion dear.

      Test got used a lot in the summing up as it was necessary to ensure that Test was the entity being spoken about. If I had not mentioned Test specifically then there could have been the possibility of confusion with some entity other than Test. My apologies if I tested your patience in this.

      PS: What ever you do stay away from reading anything by Timothy Dexter.

      August 9, 2017 at 8:42 PM
  • Moomin Amatin

    Oh you little tease you. You say that this is all wrong and then offer nothing else. If you wish to propose corrections then simply let me know what they are. Unlike some I am more than happy to correct any errors. I look forward to hearing from you.

    August 9, 2017 at 8:30 PM
  • waltari

    Iam curious what is the “long standing grudge” between Test and Lulz Dragon you are refering to. If you by any chance mean 2013 Fountain or post Fountain i seriously doubt theres literaly anybody in this… well, whatever remained from the real Test, who remembers anything from that period but maybe few folk in Dreddit, is Booda or Dur even in charge somewhat nowdays? Progod just jumped on a running bandwagon.

    August 10, 2017 at 7:58 AM
    • Rammel Kas waltari

      They could be referencing the recent /r/eve spat where PGL and Sort spun out pages of “dude totally mad/not mad at you for that bar scene years ago” as a possible cause. But why does it require anything as concrete as that these days?

      August 10, 2017 at 9:29 AM
      • Moomin Amatin Rammel Kas

        Yes, I was referencing that. Originally Test put forward the Dorkness are back-stabbers narrative as justification for heading north. But the real driver was more likely in search of content. But the stories are part of what makes Eve interesting.

        But oddly enough, as often happens with this sort of thing, these things start to take on a life of their own. So despite the justification being a tad hollow in the beginning it seems to be more concrete now with all that is being said.

        August 10, 2017 at 3:16 PM
  • Aileens

    Boring propaganda as usual from moomin

    August 10, 2017 at 12:24 PM
  • Kael Decadence

    Interesting propaganda piece. I’m in Co2 and don’t see the similarities, but what do I know.

    August 10, 2017 at 3:37 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Kael Decadence

      Terribly sorry dear but I am not sure what similarities you are referring to here. The piece is simply to draw attention to a situation heating up in the south. Additionally that the reasons for this relate to actions on the part of Gigx as have been well documented before.

      August 10, 2017 at 4:19 PM
      • Kael Decadence Moomin Amatin

        I’m just not certain how you can judge an entire alliance based on the actions of one person. We have fun in Co2. At least I do. I have never felt that any FC, gigx included, failed to make a fleet fun and worthwhile. I guess it just depends on your perspective. I could make the same assumptions about the goons, but I don’t because I’ve never flown with them.

        August 10, 2017 at 5:17 PM
        • Because that one person is the executor.

          August 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM
          • Kael Decadence Spectre06 Gaming

            Okay… But what does he have to do with me? We aren’t the same person.

            August 10, 2017 at 5:34 PM
          • Pherocks Kael Decadence

            But lets make you see it the way eve players see it.

            You have a war, you have the nazi’s and the allied forces and the russians.

            You fight for one of those 3 army’s and all have their own reasons and leaders.

            In eve you can pick who you fight for and if you decide to join one army it means you understand what army you joined and what their history is etc etc.

            offcource its not real life, but for many even for an old bittervet like me Eve is real.

            i will not go into details who are the good and the bad guys as every alliance has their hero’s and every alliance has their losers.
            Be it from the past or current time line.

            Line members can enjoy the game by not giving a shit for anything or they can enjoy the game and its rich history that Eve Online is famous for.

            I advise you to realy check and seek out some awesome history of alliances of old and the wars that have made Eve Online the #1 game when it comes to politics and wars.

            Let me say it again: You should realy realy realy look into the history of Eve Online as it will make the game just that much more awesome dare is say you get hooked even more.

            August 11, 2017 at 7:02 PM
          • Kael Decadence Pherocks

            Um… Do you even know me? Apparently not. I’ve been at this game for ten years, host a podcast, write for INN, and am very aware of the game history. Thanks for the insight though. Very provocative.

            August 11, 2017 at 7:17 PM
        • Moomin Amatin Kael Decadence

          Ah with you now. So with that all in mind. At alliance/coalition level in Eve your word is the only currency that you have. The actions of Gigx during The Casino War were such that the trustworthiness of Co2 will always be in question while Gigx is in charge in any capacity.

          This by no means that as a Co2 member you cannot have fun, especially when shooting your own ratters and miners. But it does mean that at an alliance/coalition level that Co2 integrity is worthless.

          I hope that all makes sense but do let me know if not.

          August 10, 2017 at 8:51 PM
          • Kael Decadence Moomin Amatin

            I perfectly understand what your saying. I just don’t agree with it is all. I guess you forget that this is a video game and we’re all playing a fancy puppet show.

            August 11, 2017 at 12:02 AM
          • Moomin Amatin Kael Decadence

            Excellent, I am glad to hear it.

            You are free to disagree with it. This is your choice and I have no intention of directing you on how or what you think.

            Oddly enough I am probably one of those writers that is all too aware that this is a game. For instance you will not see me bringing in real life accusations, threats or insults like some writers.

            August 11, 2017 at 12:21 AM
          • Kael Decadence Moomin Amatin

            Good to know. Nonetheless it was a good read as is most of what you write. I appreciate it. Cheers m8

            August 11, 2017 at 1:29 AM
          • Moomin Amatin Kael Decadence

            You’re welcome dear and comments are always appreciated. Especially where the commentators are willing to talk rather than sling mud, as is the case with this one :-).

            August 11, 2017 at 1:56 AM
  • Jump Clone

    gigX docked in Hakonen VII/7 14:30 Eve Time

    August 10, 2017 at 6:10 PM
  • Antar Logan

    Why dont you cover the 150b fight that took place today or the daily killboard of co2, they have lost upwards to ~500b in past few weeks.

    August 11, 2017 at 3:18 AM
    • Antar Logan Antar Logan

      oh NVM its YOU

      August 11, 2017 at 3:20 AM
      • Rhivre Antar Logan

        I look forward to your submission.

        August 11, 2017 at 4:41 AM
    • Moomin Amatin Antar Logan

      This piece was written last weekend. Since then there has been a lot more happening in the North. So I tried to keep our readers informed of what is happening in the South. But let’s be honest here, the fights have been rather tame so far.

      Also I only like to write about what I have seen when it comes to BRs. I would hate to write a story you see, to have it then published and then to finally be taken down as it was so inaccurate. I mean that would be a terrible thing to happen to a writer yes?

      August 11, 2017 at 4:49 AM