Carthago delenda est
Cato the Elder didn’t like Carthage. That’s a bit of an understatement. For many years he ended all his speeches – no matter how unrelated – with the phrase “Furthermore, Carthage must be destroyed”. I still remember the anger in Laz’s voice when Sebastian confirmed that CO2 was betraying the Imperium. At that point I decided to end my posts with my own “Carthago delenda est” and signed my post (after my name of course) with “FUCK CO2”. I eventually got tired of writing seven characters and stopped doing that, I’m not Cato, but the anger still burned. The Romans went to Carthage and tore down the walls and salted the land. Today Carthage has come to us.
One of the best things about EVE is having enemies. Everyone loves someone to loathe. How else do you explain letting ASCEE into comms? CO2 stabbed us in the back after we fought hard to defend their space (and made our favorite supercapital FC quit after he had to deliver the news of the backstab when GigX muted his microphone). TEST are ancient frenemies who have steadily filled up the enemy column, they were the only ones to follow us south after we gave up on the Casino War. FCON is a live action role playing experiment to see if French-style bureaucracy can ruin a space nation too.
On the flip side, loyalty in spaceships is like a monogamous rapper or an AM0K. good post. StainWagon was one of our only allies who deployed to the north and fought for months in what was becoming more and more clearly a losing battle. You can’t RMT fidelity (although I’m sure Russians have tried it) and we haven’t forgotten.
Most of you know how these wars start by now. The aggressors will take a few systems against the locals before we’ve fully deployed, win the war on Reddit and then watch as their numbers collapse week by week. Along the way a WIdot pilot will solo scout his titan into a dreadbomb and unknowingly bless our efforts. Someone will say something stupid in Elysium, it will get posted everywhere, our enemies will wring their hands and demand we remove him (or her, it could be a her, sorry for assuming their gender) or we will be complicit in his war crimes!
The FCON diplomacy team must have watched the movie 300 and turned it off right before Leonidas yells “THIS IS SPARTA”. Their main diplo Jacques and the FC leadership council of Theo, Louis, and Maxime have been threatening us in increasingly desperate tones that if we got involved in the war on the side of StainWagon that they will make two famous supercap groups deploy against us. J’accuse you of poorly bluffing us FCON!
Medieval scholars would debate how many angels could dance on the head of a pin, meanwhile modern-day Pokanos wonder how many goons can sit in a chair before it breaks (answer: usually one). Surely those many hours of watching a Myrmidon orbit a hub while indulging in gentleman’s entertainment (chinese cartoons) must have been for something? Yes, you bought a glorious shield super or half built armour one. Now you get to use it. All capital and supercapital assets are deploying with us. That means that Delve will be a ghost town. All capital ratting and mining should cease immediately.
Speaking of pinheads, did I mention that GigX is leading this campaign? That means you should be ready to see enemy dreads/capitals/supers dropped at any time. Probably at the most hilarious time possible, but it’s important that we are ready to strike back. That means not only are we deploying all our assets, we are deploying every soul. Bring every combat capable pilot, bring your cyno alts, bring your PI hauler, bring your copies of The Art of War and quote them to FCs right before we start a fight.
Deployment starts in all time zones on 12/30, with further deployment ops after the Fireside on 12/31
- We are deploying to Catch to help our allies and fight old and new enemies
- All ships are being deployed, including supercapital assets
- Every person is to bring all their combat capable pilots to the deployment zone.
- Stop capital ratting/mining while we are deployed
- Deployment begins 12/30
(As always, alliance addresses are propaganda aimed at internal and external audiences. This address was provided by Goonswarm’s Asher Elias.)
Fuck all FCONs.December 29, 2016 at 11:38 PM
“The Romans went to Carthage and tore down the walls and salted the land. ”
Well you definitely have enough salt to destroy our fields. That’s for sure.
Also “Speaking of pinheads, did I mention that GigX is leading this campaign?”
Nope. You guys can’t even get basic facts right. However I will say the way the article was written was enjoyable.December 29, 2016 at 11:42 PM
Myrddin Calyx SeraphIXBasarab
You really are incapable of anything except shitposting. Do you really not have anything better to do?December 30, 2016 at 7:59 AM
SeraphIXBasarab Myrddin Calyx
Oh come on Myr… he’s going on and on about how terrible co2 are over and over and then throws a softball regarding salt. What am I going to do? Not hit a home run?December 30, 2016 at 8:32 AM
Sure I’m annoyed about how FCON was painted in the article. But I’m not going to start ranting on about the things i disagree with in the article. This is a propaganda. So i don’t think ranting on about how “salty” you think this is will change anything. If you really don’t like it then go write one of your articles on EN24 (And it would be more interesting then these comments). There is nothing you can do to change this article or what people believe in. So i suggest you stop trying.December 30, 2016 at 10:28 AM
Daito Endashi malikorDuskryn
Actually you cannot change anything at all in internet discussions in general. I guess our goal isn’t to change anything in the first placeDecember 30, 2016 at 3:46 PM
What do you disagree with? Truth is that FCON has behaved like spineless cowards since they took the decision to leave the north. That is now coming full circle with aiding the very people who caused them to run and lose a lot of ships in the first place.December 30, 2016 at 5:19 PM
Moomin Amatin malikorDuskryn
This was not an article. It is a war post, just as the one from FCON was.
The biggest difference between the two was The Imperium did not have to write anything like this:
“As for CO2 (and FCON’s history with them) I completely understand that many people will be upset us working alongside them. I myself do not and will not trust Gigx again.” – Tarkinius 2016December 31, 2016 at 10:51 AM
Well, that was definitely of a different flavor than the Testco announcement.
An interesting choice of metaphor using Carthage. A lot of room for claims to both sides really, considering Hannibal and the alps. Then again, Rome stands today and Carthage is a footnote to Roman history.
All the same, I don’t think anyone believed for a moment that the Imperium would sit idle while the stage is set for a real dust up next door. Not only is it bad strategy, it just doesn’t seem right to let the narative be written without input.
Time to dust off my old scouts and see about salvaging my booster. Hannibal et portas!December 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM
“enemies will wring their hands and demand we remove him (or her, it could be a her, sorry for assuming their gender)”
hahahahaDecember 30, 2016 at 1:59 AM
Now I feel like watching some more documentaries. 🙂 +1December 30, 2016 at 9:06 AM
Do you already have forgiven CO2 ?December 30, 2016 at 10:28 AM
Who cares abt FCON anyway ?
A question yet to be answered. Who will Panfam join?December 31, 2016 at 7:05 AM
the whole deal with these goons, is to covertly glean info and use it to their small scale opportunist advantage. In addition, they use bullshit articles like this to feed to you shit. The goons….are weak and scared to commit ANYTHING now that they have no sov to hide behind. Its all cloak and dagger boys.December 31, 2016 at 3:49 PM