Prelude to War – Panfam begins evaccing Tribute


It is no secret that The Imperium is preparing for war. The Mittani, leader of The Imperium, declared on the Meta Show of May 11 that someone was in for a pounding. This would not be a campaign to expand the territories held by The Imperium, but “glass a region”. The Mittani also gave notice that this campaign would last one to two months at least. Everything is to be burnt to the ground.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Despite the actual target still remaining a secret some alliances have leapt into action. PanFam members Northern Coalition Dot (NCDot), Pandemic Horde (PH) and Pandemic Legion (PL) have started to unanchor a number of citadels in the region of Tribute. According to the Reddit post there are 29 citadels being unanchored at this time. One of which is even a Keepstar.

So little time, so many potential targets. While PanFam have been quick to act it is not known for sure yet if other coalitions will be the focus of The Imperium. For instance Elo Knight has been very vocal in “Delve Bots”. Elo Knight of course left Black Legion Dot Dot Dot, I hope I got enough Dots in there, to join Fraternity Dot. The release of data at the request of Elo  has made him look more than a little silly. Especially as he was basing his run for CSM this year on an anti-botting platform.

But then there is Dead Coalition (DeadCo) led by Sort Dragon. Just this last week Sort Dragon kicked out long standing member alliance Slyce, run by Riot Rick. This spat was over Riot Rick pursuing botters and according to Sort Dragon using racism within a Google spreadsheet. The claims of Sort Dragon seem a bit tenuous at best. But the numbers from the Monthly Economic Report (MER) do show that the region of Branch has been very active with regards to ratting. The ratting numbers even compare to the region of Delve which has a far greater population density.

Reactions to the News

The target of The Imperium’s ire is “Top Secret”. But there have been some “dank leaks” on Reddit, as you would normally expect.  It is not a secret though that The Mittani also vented in certain Eve related channels. With the release of more detailed data from CCP regarding users banned a truth was revealed. Quite simply all the bad words over many years about Goons (The Imperium members) being a safe haven for botters were without merit.

Weirdly, the groups casting unsavoury dispersions on the good name of The Imperium seemed to be far worse when it came to bans and botting. It would not be the first time a group had been very loud in their condemnation of others when in fact it was them who were doing the crimes.

The Mittani intends to hold a State of the Goonion (SOTG) this coming Saturday, May 18. This is quite a rare event for The Imperium. Normally a SOTG is only held under the most unusual of circumstances.

Is this a Mittens ruse cruise?

The targets available to The Mittani are not singular. He has played the game for a very long time and at a level that few can match. So despite what others are reacting to there is a very real chance that The Mittani may be doing something quite different to what is being expected.

The Imperium has had many successes since they were evicted from the north by “all of Eve”. But the list of those who still need to be reminded of their part during The Casino War is still present.

There is still a chance that The Imperium will be deployed somewhere unexpected. We will have to wait until this Saturday to find out. It is expected that the SOTG will be streamed live on The Imperium News Network Twitch stream. So tune in for the very latest in New Eden news from the only news network that counts.

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  • Rammel Kas

    It’s quite simple really. We just count those citadels as kills. RIP those rigs. Shame if anyone was afk lost an expensive pod in the process. And they cannot contest grid anymore.

    May 15, 2019 at 9:55 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Rammel Kas

      Perhaps they are being unanchored in order to hand them over to the goons. Much like GotG did :-).

      But you make good points. Loss of rigs/clones in conjunction with asset safety charges should they be applicable.

      The best bit of this though is some time ago The Imperium pulled back to Saranen. At the time we were mocked mercilessly but now it seems to be a valid tactic. But back then all the SOV stuff was a lot worse for The Imperium. A lot of changes have happened since.

      Thank goodness The Imperium did not let that NETC Keepstar nonsense come to fruition.

      May 15, 2019 at 10:50 PM
      • Rammel Kas Moomin Amatin

        Hmm maybe this is Panfam pivoting into a different kind of renter model? Like a hisec or lowsec burger franchise?

        May 16, 2019 at 8:12 AM
        • Moomin Amatin Rammel Kas

          So something like:

          1 – Talk up your “value”.
          2 – Convince people to put your name on things.
          3 – Profit.

          That seems familiar. 😉

          May 16, 2019 at 8:58 AM
  • Jeffery Weir

    I always keep an eye on the current wars ongoing in eve at any time. Whenever I see a large coalition war like this start kicking off It ends up getting my attention rather fast. I determined withing the first week whom I supposed the victor in this war would be. Well… at least short term. Long term though… PL and friends won’t be wiped off the map. They have dropped sov so many times now and have spent the majority of their time without it as nomads. Even if they lose all sov and end up moving it won’t happen over night and it won’t end them. More than likely they will invade someone else, take all their sov, setup renters and begin attacking on a different front while the Imperium is busy grinding down the majority of PL and friends sov.

    I have been in wars against PL and alongside PL, albeit… never blue of course. They don’t blue most folks.

    May 16, 2019 at 5:10 AM
    • Xandryll Jeffery Weir

      I agree with you and disagree at the same time. PL has been very nomadic in their past. They thrived during those times but the PL of the past is not the PL of today. I am not saying that PL is a paper tiger because they can fight and they are a capable group. But look at their reversals in their campaign to moonwalk in and out of Providence with a cache of faction fortizars backfired. They moonwalked in, fought Provibloc and then were blindsided by Legacy. By the end of that deployment, PL did not just find content. They became the content.

      As for the rest of PamFam, mostly speaking of NC. and Horde, I see them as much more of a conventional large bloc force. I believe NC. could be freed of the constraints of sovereignty but then where does the infrastructure come from then? Where is income generated? Where and how do they replenish their super capital force in order to keep pace with the Imperium? The Imperium have clearly signaled an intent to attack the income sources. Even if PamFam drop or lose all of their space, they will need an income. Spy networks make it a certainty that it would only be a matter of time, a very short time, to discover the who, what, when, where and how all of that is accomplished if done in other areas under new banners. Those new places would come under attack.

      The best way to create new super capitals is not from farming the pockets of those renting your space but is done by utilizing your own space. Ratting, Mining and PI all working together to produce. Mining of any type requires security and safety provided by fleets that live in their own space. What options would be available to PamFam which the traditional line members would accept that don’t include owning space?

      The Imperium have stated this is not a war to capture and hold PamFam space. This is to, “glass a region.” This is economic harassment. The Imperium wants to reset all of the frack timers by destroying every Refinery, end every super capital ship in production by vaporizing every Sotiyo, reset every system index to zero. Whether PamFam abandons their space for the safety of lowsec or is hobbled while they reset their war industry will be exciting to watch.

      But all of this assumes that PamFam is the target and I’m certainly not someone that knows any answers…

      May 16, 2019 at 7:26 AM
      • Moomin Amatin Xandryll

        You make some fine points.

        I would go further to say that PL have lost their brand identity. If you were a “1337 player” would PL be the place you wanted to get into?

        PanFam as a whole have had a great run of easy income from the perception others had of them. In conjunction with there being so much space that renting is a viable option. Who knows what the future holds for PanFam. But this is certainly a time for self-reflection.

        May 16, 2019 at 9:19 AM
        • Jeffery Weir Moomin Amatin

          I entirely agree with you 100%. I think this will be a trying time for PanFam.

          May 16, 2019 at 5:47 PM
      • Jeffery Weir Xandryll

        The play style of eve online has shifted over the years due to changes in various forms of income. Now coalitions seem to be very dependent on needing entire regions devoted to renting/farming. While before they could rely almost exclusively on R64 moon goo.

        You do make some very valid points about super capital proliferation. In the past PL was very capable of acquiring vast fleets of supers without owning sov.

        Now to keep up with the Imperium it may not be impossible for them to simply drop sov like they have done in the past while being able to maintain such a large super fleet.

        The next six months should prove to be very exciting for everyone involved or not involved in this next conflict.

        May 16, 2019 at 5:39 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Jeffery Weir

      Do you remember when The Imperium were vastly outnumbered during The Casino War? Back then PanFam were screaming that The Imperium were cowards for not fighting. But now PanFam are reacting in this way before a single ship has left 1DQ for their space. It is still just speculation that Tribute is the target of The Imperium.

      The Imperium has shown that PanFam only require a single region for income if they are to actually work the lands themselves. Renting is a side effect of too much safe space. Suitonia has done a really nice write up about that. Well worth checking out.

      May 16, 2019 at 9:11 AM
      • Jeffery Weir Moomin Amatin

        Yeah, I was there fighting alongside goons in the Casino War. I was in Bastion at the time trying my best to encourage more people to get more active in fleets. Everyone kept telling me that we weren’t staring down the barrel at another war. They were wrong.

        Within a few days time of PL beginning their attack on our jump bridge network, people began to accept my ideas of a much larger conflict on the horizon possible. They immediately began evacuating their stuff.

        I have read Suitonia’s article. It was brilliant to say the least. I think I would have to agree with your assessment of it.

        May 16, 2019 at 5:32 PM
  • Guilford Australis

    Assuming the target is PanFam, unanchoring structures from a buffer zone is a really foolish and counterproductive strategy. The whole point of a buffer zone (ideally full of renters who will put up at least a gesture of resistance on behalf of their overlords) is to keep an attacker bogged down in tedious fighting over insignificant objectives. This fighting wears down the attackers’ morale, material resources, and commitment to the war, and gives them few meaningful victories to energize them (and with which to fuel their internal and external propaganda). This strategy also keeps the fighting far away from home for the defenders, which helps them continue producing resources, making money, and enjoying a relatively normal quality of life.

    I imagine PL and NC are thinking, “We’ll just store these structures for now so we can plop them down again once The Imperium has gotten bored and gone back south.” All that does is pave a wide, empty highway straight into PanFam’s home regions. They’ve invited the fighting into their house, so to speak, rather than keeping it on their neighbor’s front lawn.

    May 16, 2019 at 3:52 PM
  • Sylphinja the Dark Rose

    It’s “World War Bee” and “Clusterfuck Coalition

    May 17, 2019 at 10:12 AM
    • Moomin Amatin Sylphinja the Dark Rose

      As you know only too well. You can use whatever names you choose. Meanwhile the rest of the World moves on.

      May 17, 2019 at 11:36 AM
  • Jason KG5ORD

    Great! A potential reason to come back to the game and use my titan!

    May 18, 2019 at 3:09 AM
  • Hiram Ongrard

    If The Imperium are going back to war, I may be sorely tempted to stop winning Eve for a while…

    May 18, 2019 at 2:12 PM
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    May 18, 2019 at 2:21 PM