How PAPI Won The War


Header art by Cryo Huren

While the leadership of the former mega-coalition called PandaFam Alliance Please Ignore (shortened to PAPI, standing for PanFam+WinterCo+Legacy+Assorted Others) had the intention of destroying the Imperium forever, quite a few members of PAPI had a different goal. The goal was to save the game from the state it has slowly sunk into over the years, as more and more nullsec players coalesce into coalitions and blocs. The idea, then, was to break up the large blocs and return nullsec to alliance versus alliance (or perhaps even corp vs corp) conflicts. Many believe the way to achieve this redistribution goal involves war – hence, Beeitnam. Remember, one goal: to destroy the Imperium. The second goal: to break up the large blocs.

Sometimes the hammer breaks the rock . . .

This idea is akin to taking a hammer to a rock and breaking it into pieces. Considering humans are not rocks (though some demonstrate considerable rock-like tendencies), this idea tends to backfire, as exemplified in the case of Dead Coalition. That group, after a long campaign against PandaFam (PanFam+WinterCo), literally became a dead coalition. After Dead Coalition dissolved, its members, instead of breaking into smaller units and remaining small corps or roaming pirates, simply joined other large blocs – mainly the Imperium and Legacy. Therefore, the death of Dead actually exacerbated the issue of mega-blocs growing larger.

World War Bee – Beeitnam, or whatever you want to call it – was different.

And sometimes the rock breaks the hammer.

In this war, the rock broke the hammer instead. Unlike the death of Dead Coalition, the remnants of the PAPI dispersed into smaller blocs. Brave, a major playing in the last war, claims to be leaving coalition warfare for good. TEST claims it is no longer connected to PanFam or WinterCo. Only time will tell whether these claims will hold up.

The rest of Legacy has either disbanded or joined other small coalitions and alliances. For those seeking a more diverse map of nullsec, this diminishment is a good thing. Hence, my claim in the title of this article: In this light, through this lens, PAPI won the war. They break a mega-coalition, and some very large blocs like Legacy, into smaller groups. They reduced the wealth of large coalitions and they actually stopped a massive mega-coalition from dominating Nullsec. By destroying themselves on the walls of Fortress Delve, PAPI succeeded spectacularly in those goals.

My Experience

Though I do not often talk in local, I do watch it and read Reddit frequently. Before the war, while living near or in enemy territory, I often ran into  people who were fearful that the Imperium was going to dominate all of nullsec. I never understood this mindset or knew where it came from. There was plenty of space in nullsec and he Imperium had even cleared space for others to move into, such as Tribute. More often than not, these vocal people in local appeared to view themselves as freedom fighters. In their minds, they were fighting against the will of The Mittani and his horde of mindless thralls, myself included apparently. 

The rhetoric became quite dreary and defeatist with many clamouring for a giant reset of the game or an EVE 2. Many claimed that too much wealth had been pumped into the economy and that too many capitals had been built. The largest coalitions were getting richer and larger. Many claimed the Imperium had “won” EVE and it was time to start the game over. It is this mindset that successfully achieved its hopes in this war, albeit not in the way many had intended. I argue that it was PAPI, not the Imperium, that became the nightmare in EVE Online.

A Nightmare Made Palpable

The reasons for wanting the destruction of the Imperium were many. Reasons ranged from reducing the Imperium’s power to destroying the Imperium out of vengeance. Many sought to end the Imperium so that the other coalition would stop having to protect themselves against the Imperium. With all of this blather, a nightmare was born.

PAPI began as the largest mega-coalition in the history of EVE Online. With reported numbers ranging from 120,000 to 150,000 capsuleers (activity metrics may vary), it was several times the size of the Imperium. The blob to end all blobs. With a massive numbers advantage, its member alliances pushed to control all of nullsec.

At its height, around April-May 2021, the PAPI coalition controlled almost all of the nullsec map. Shortly afterwards, Legacy lost the majority of its home regions, thanks to the heroic work of The Initiative and allies. Despite PAPI’s desire to hold Legacy’s home regions and the Imperium’s home regions, it could not control both. But don’t lose sight of the fact that they wanted to control both. Contrast this grasping mentality to the Imperium goals: they simply want to own their home space and even after the war is over, they aren’t grasping to conquer former PAPI regions.

While the Imperium seeks active members and space to live in, PAPI was a coalition of landlords who rented out their vast amounts of space to others. Eventually the Imperium reached the limits of its needs in its home regions of Delve, Period Basis, Querious, and Fountain. Instead of further expanding its borders, the Imperium opted to burn enemy space and leave it empty. Examples of this are the Fade and Tribute campaigns. However, for PAPI, expansion is desirable as long as there are renters. It’s still taking place, among some former PAPI members. Look at the Venal area and understand what is happening there.

A large number of players underestimate the terror that would have been the Warden system, a council of the gatekeepers of nullsec. Certainly far too many cheered the idea. The warden system was discussed at length in an article written by INN’s Gray Doc, “The Serenity Certainty.” Much akin to bouncers at a club, these wardens would band together to remove anyone from nullsec they felt were not worthy of being there, especially should they pose a threat greater than any of the wardens could handle alone. Essentially this plan would have been a nullsec-wide mutual defense pact. It represented a nightmare scenario where a handful of allies or “bluetrals” (people who appear neutral to each other but otherwise act as allies) would determine the status quo of nullsec instead of sworn enemies working hard to keep each other in check. Enemies, who destroy each other’s assets, used to be the formula for containment, not blue-ing the entire map.

Destruction On a Grand Scale

One of the things that has worried people in the last few years is capital proliferation and out-of-control wealth generation. CCP has taken this worry to heart with the Scarcity Era. Scarcity, coupled with Beeitnam, saw a large reduction of wealth of some of the largest alliances in this war, notably Goonswarm Federation (GSF), Pandemic Horde (PH), and Test Alliance Please Ignore (TAPI). All of these alliances paid a hefty price to wage this war, with TAPI arguably taking the worst of it by losing a large portion of its titan fleet and almost all of its structures.

Titan caches on all sides were also depleted, as several hundred titans were destroyed in M2-XFE. As reported by INN’s Ban Syrin, the war cost the belligerents in excess of 154 trillion ISK. GSF, PH, and TAPI all took large titan losses. With the severe difficulty of replacing capitals in the Scarcity Era, it seems the worries of capital proliferation might become a thing of the past.

Now, at the end

Many in PAPI set out with the goal to create a healthier nullsec. However by the end of the war, with a desire to dominate all of Nullsec, PAPI became the monster many feared the Imperium to be. By expending a great deal of resources in its attempt to dominate all of nullsec and, then by disintegrating into smaller groups than before the war, PAPI succeeded in the goal of shaping a more healthy nullsec; albeit, it was not the way they had intended.

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  • Garreth Vlox

    This take is ironic and I like it. By smashing THEMSELVES to peices against The Imperium, PAPI has done what they set out to do and protected the game from the Chinese Server end game by destroying themselves and reducing the level of super coalitions.

    The only problem here is that didn’t actually happen, both brave and test batphone Phorde on the regular to save them from The Imperium when we come calling, regardless of whether we come for a bloc content level target like a keepstar, or a pair of random rorqs mining in null sec.The blue donut called PAPI is alive and well and simply pretending not to exist in an attempt to not draw further attention to how weak it has truly become.

    September 30, 2021 at 8:30 AM
    • William Doe Garreth Vlox

      I do think, using quotation marks around the word won seems a bit more apt for the title of this article.

      PAPI lives on and you’re exactly right, they’re trying to keep themselves somewhat low profile for the time being, TEST especially due to them being PandaFam’s pets. It’s fairly evident that PAPI’s current form will bully around smaller third party blocs like Rekking Crew and PIBC to get some sov and regrow their empire.

      It makes me wonder if this current form of PAPI will try to announce another “war” by next summer since it seems to be a thing for them hoping to make headlines.

      September 30, 2021 at 9:25 AM
      • Eve_Osir1s William Doe

        For those in PAPI who set out to create a healthier Nullsec, I’d say they won. They achieved their goal. As for those that wanted the Imperium gone, well they lost quite badly.

        September 30, 2021 at 2:57 PM
    • Eve_Osir1s Garreth Vlox

      PAPI will always exist to us. Anytime we do anything to the major players they will batphone each other. But, with any luck, they may fight each other every once and a while when we are not there.

      September 30, 2021 at 2:47 PM
    • Malcanis Garreth Vlox

      Most of Legacy’s previously held space is now a war-torn thunderdome, much like Vale/Tribute/Pure Blind were after the 2018 Jubilee campaign. That’s a positive outcome. I’d say “partial success” rather than ‘won’.

      October 1, 2021 at 3:54 PM
  • Guilford Australis

    The only goals I heard from PAPI when the war was announced were (from Legacy) “exterminate” Goons and drive us out of the game, and (from PanFam) permanently cripple the Imperium because we’re too big and too strong.

    Fail and fail. No win for PAPI.

    I don’t recall any of the coalition leaders within the biggest coalition in EVE history say they were interested in breaking up the big blocs. In fact, they were talking about a ridiculous “council of wardens” model in which they would be available at a moment’s notice to blue each other up again should someone ever threaten them.

    PAPI did not want to break up the big blocs. They wanted to break one particular bloc and keep their own in a permanent, invincible mega-coalition.

    September 30, 2021 at 11:26 AM
    • Eve_Osir1s Guilford Australis

      This article is not aimed at the leadership of PAPI. This article is aimed at the linemembers who wanted to destroy the imperium to prevent it from dominating all of nullsec such as this gentleman

      The article, while sarcastic in nature, is meant to point out the irony of PAPI working to save Nullsec.

      September 30, 2021 at 2:42 PM
      • Guilford Australis Eve_Osir1s

        Thanks for the clarification. I apologize for misunderstanding.

        Line members are bound by the plans and decisions of their leaders, so it doesn’t ultimately matter what the random Reddit warriors think. But it is certainly ironic that they got what they wanted… just not in the way they wanted.

        September 30, 2021 at 3:27 PM
        • Eve_Osir1s Guilford Australis

          I need to be more clear in my opening statement, I see now how it can be somewhat confusing.

          September 30, 2021 at 3:43 PM
  • Moomin Amatin

    TAPI are still blue to both PH and Frat. TAPI are also very active in supporting FIRE. Brave bat phone both PH and Frat. Brave also seems to be a feeder alliance for Frat and PL nowadays.

    The only thing that is broken up about PAPI is that AoM have been thrown to the bees. At least this is what PAPI leadership want the Imperium to do. Vily is back shooting his mouth off again about “agreements” the Imperium has with others. Even better Vily is pretending not to be part of TAPI leadership while trying to goad the Imperium into attacking AoM. As if the Imperium cares about what happens to AoM or needs support from them. I mean what are they going to do? Gather up all of null into a mega-blue-rental-coalition and invade 1DQ?

    I am hopeful that the point of your piece does actually come true. It would be nice to see a bit more independence in null. If the Imperium can support its numbers from just one constellation it shows how much space is actually needed. Other blocs need to start getting players into space and not renting it out.

    September 30, 2021 at 11:58 AM
    • Havish Montak Moomin Amatin

      AoM will pay, but Test is Next!!! muhahhaahahaha

      September 30, 2021 at 12:41 PM
      • Moomin Amatin Havish Montak

        AoM are already going to be in for a time. They were at war with FIRE and Frat are looking to pile in as soon as they can. FIRE can also call on the assistance of PH and TAPI. Frat have been especially busy in the south moving pieces about. I am expecting Frat to do something bolder soon.

        Also I would say that TAPI is very much now. Despite what TAPI may say about it the writing is on the wall. Things are not good for TAPI at this time and they are not getting any better. They are forever doomed to be at the beckon call of their benefactors and will be trusted by no one.

        September 30, 2021 at 2:23 PM
        • Eve_Osir1s Moomin Amatin

          After hearing about them offering up Initiative’s supercap fleet to PanFam and how they intended to backstab us during a full deployment to the dronelands, yeah I agree with you completely.

          September 30, 2021 at 3:08 PM
    • Eve_Osir1s Moomin Amatin

      I am honesty hopeful as well. But I’d bet good money TEST joins PanFam. I do suspect Brave will do as it said though.

      September 30, 2021 at 2:44 PM
      • Garreth Vlox Eve_Osir1s

        I’m sure test WANTS to join panfam, but I am also sure panfam wants nothing to do with an imperium grudge match. NC/PL are our former favorite punching dummy, letting test join them and once again becoming our favorite punching dummy probably isn’t on their list of things to do this year.

        October 3, 2021 at 9:32 AM
    • Malcanis Moomin Amatin

      FRT will take care of AOM quite handily without us lifting a finger.

      October 1, 2021 at 3:54 PM
  • Eve_Osir1s

    I would like to thank the artist for the picture. It is perfect. The way it is broken shows that it was used improperly, which sums up Beeitnam quite well 😛

    September 30, 2021 at 2:51 PM
  • Michael Porter

    The War, if nothing else, got a lot of players excited to play Eve again. Got the community fired up.

    September 30, 2021 at 4:43 PM
    • Malcanis Michael Porter

      Despite Gobbins’ best efforts. The Duke of Disappointment did a lot of damage to the player count.

      October 1, 2021 at 3:56 PM
  • Noob

    PAPI is the new BoB.

    And it’s already a dead horse.

    October 1, 2021 at 2:42 AM
    • Eve_Osir1s Noob

      Dead horse, no. Has it been beat too much, maybe but no more than it deserves 😛

      October 1, 2021 at 4:55 PM
    • Garreth Vlox Noob

      Hasn’t taken enough of a beating yet to be dead. We’ll get there, and then we’ll beat the dead horse to make sure it doesn’t get back up again and blue the whole galaxy a second time.

      October 3, 2021 at 9:35 AM
  • Elithiel en Gravonere

    I agree with Moomin. AoM will fall on their own sword, we probably don’t need to lift a finger. Besides, it’s good to have some target practice for young FC’s close to us, without wiping them out. Content is good. I’m much more interested in what Wrecking Crew and Volta and other independent groups are doing. We should encourage such groups to remain independent. It’s good for the game and we need to show that the imperium is truthfully, not here to take over everyone else’s space (we never were in the first place but no matter how many times I’d say so on Reddit, they didn’t believe me). I’d like to see some of these indies get big enough to keep WinterCo and PanFam occupied. TEST is next and if others want to become speedbumps to a freight train, feel free to lie down on the railroad tracks…

    The real future threat however, is Fraternity. They DO have a conquer all known space mentality. Everyone had a gentleman’s agreement in Venal with regards burner missions. It was a ‘live and let live’ unwritten law not to shoot each other’s citadels. We kept this agreement whilst we were living there.

    Then Fraternity came in and tried to wipe out all the independent groups and dominate it for their own greedy profits. They destroyed all imperium assets there too. Plus, in AUTZ they were the main opposing force bashing themselves into our walls. I think it’s time we paid them a visit too.

    October 4, 2021 at 4:07 AM