Providence Update: Provi-Bloc Splinters


February 17 was no ordinary day in Providence . It started out with a literal bang, as Yulai Federation,a Provi-Bloc alliance, took down a hostile Raitaru. It finished with a whimper – and the sound of jump freighters hauling all YF assets out of Providence entirely.

The Storm Before the Calm

A YF CTA formed up at approximately 15:30 EVE time on Saturday, February 27. A Raitaru owned by SWIGG formerly of  WAFFLES and now part of PL was entering its final timer, and 22 YF pilots formed up to bash the structure. PL is heavily engaged in small-gang PvP against Provi-Bloc pilots, so the opportunity to put one over on them was irresistible. The structure went down in approximately 15 minutes, with no resistance whatsoever offered by by PL.

With so many pilots formed, and with PL IHubs and TCUs vulnerable across the YF “pocket” of space, the fleet switched over to entosis ships, with RLML Caracals for top cover. Over the course of the next hour and a half of operations, YF was almost entirely unopposed, except for one unfortunate pilot who tried to jump an entosis Griffin. By any possible measure, the fleet was an unqualified success: a serious push-back against PL sovereignty in the region, conducted by YF alone with no assistance from CVA or from any third party.

The Calm, and Then the Storm

However, at 17:30, just as the fleet was wrapping up its entosis operations, a meeting of YF corporation directors adjourned and dropped stunning news: YF was accepting an offer from TEST to join Legacy and be given six systems in Immensea. Immediately, corporation chat channels across Provi exploded. For the next few hours, news flew back and forth about such-and-such a corp that had decided to join CVA and stay in Provi, or such-and-such a corp who were going to join YF and evacuate to Immensea. Jump freighters and carriers began hauling out ships en masse. By 21:00, rumors were already starting to swirl about a mass evacuation from Provi, something far larger than the “withdrawal of non-combat ships” covered in INN’s last update.

Calling YF’s move a “bombshell” hardly does it justice. YF makes up nearly 10% of Provi-Bloc, so their departure hugely changes the calculus of the PL occupation of Providence. Much of the area where PL now holds sov belonged to YF before the invasion, and YF had been extremely active in contesting PL’s claims wherever possible, as evidenced by the aforementioned structure bash/entosis fleet. Without YF operating behind enemy lines, the rest of Provi-Bloc will have even more of a burden to bear.

PL/NC Crash In

On Sunday, just one day after the announcement, PL and NC descended on JEIV-E in the attempt to destroy a YF Sotiyo. In the ensuing 1200-pilot brawl, a Provi-Bloc fleet led by CVA and joined by TEST dreadnoughts absolutely wrecked the attackers, causing nearly 4b ISK in damage against losses of only 732m. One highlight of the battle was the CVA pilots repeatedly spamming in local chat a quote from INN’s second update on Providence, in which CVA FC Jin’taan said that he expected PL to have a hard time destroying Provi-Bloc’s structures – a prophecy which has indeed come true. The Sotiyo survived, and PL/NC had no choice but to impotently tether up on a nearby citadel and watch their efforts fail. They were even unable to take down a nearby Azbel that was in low power mode.

Unfortunately, in the next system over, a TEST fleet with a token presence from CVA was taken down in dramatic fashion. Caught unaware in transit, and outnumbered more than two to one, TEST fought hard but lost almost 150 ships, mostly Nightmares, for a total loss of nearly 39b ISK.  NC/PL losses totalled barely 6b. The presence of over 400 pilots in Providence is a major statement for PL and NC – a statement that PL is serious about defending their newly conquered systems.

What’s Next For Provi?

In way, YF’s departure from Providence changes very little about the actual situation on the ground. Providence is still under assault from PL, who have shown no signs of relenting or withdrawing. Indeed, there is no reason to assume that PL would withdraw at all, even after the long-awaited station changes finally drop and PL is able to plunder the NPC citadels. Why would they not simply hang on to the space and rent it out to their lackeys?

A full-strength Provi-Bloc did as well as could be expected against PL for a month and a half, and most observers would agree that PL’s progress was embarrassingly slow considering their advantage in manpower and capital ships. However, as the third-largest coalition in the game, one would imagine that PanFam can essentially do what they want with Providence, until such a time as someone more powerful says no.

In the meantime, CVA and the other Provi-Bloc alliances – strengthened with several corporations which have left YF and are determined to stay in Providence – will continue defending their territory with all the strength they have. Everyone has always known the fight against PL would be uphill. However, Provi-Bloc has benefited extensively from TEST involvement during the past month, and they may very well see their former coalition-mates return to Provi as third-party pilots, bashing PL structures just like old times.

As in INN’s previous update, Blade Sharpenter, an FC from YF corporation MUSE LLP, gave a quote that seemed to sum things up for most YF pilots. “[The news of the move] was a shock. Literally out of nowhere, we have to pack up and leave. A lot of people, myself included, thought we were going to stay and continue fighting, right up until we got the mails telling us about evacuation. We were told days earlier that we were not evacuating. But this seems like it’s more than just an evacuation; we’re getting a new home. Part of me wonders if Legacy had plans to snipe some alliances/corps since the beginning when TEST started helping Provi, but it doesn’t really matter. Where we are going seems like it’s going to be an upgrade. At least I hope it is.”  Blade’s mixture of grief and optimism were matched by numerous people across northern Providence, and the hope across YF is that there will be more optimism and less sorrow on the horizon.

Is there a place for friendly, medium-sized coalitions in the game? Is there a place for NRDS rules of engagement that welcome neutrals rather than treating them with suspicion? Perhaps.  However, thanks to PanFam, Providence is no longer that place. And so, dear reader, wherever you are and whatever you’re drinking tonight, pour one out for Providence. Pour one out for good content.  Pour one out for strong and independent pilots who want nothing more than to live freely and not be under the heel of PL jackboots. And, if the mood strikes you, bring a fleet to Providence and bash some PL heads in.

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  • Jason Knight

    who do u edit for irl? cuz level of mistakes in this post were glorious

    February 19, 2018 at 7:42 PM
  • Willam Crane

    This article has so many falsehoods, Breitbart could’ve published it.

    February 19, 2018 at 7:49 PM
    • concerned whiteman Willam Crane

      Thtas more CNN style

      February 19, 2018 at 8:56 PM
  • wayneOB

    This is complete testicles… where on earth do you get your intel?

    February 19, 2018 at 7:52 PM
  • Socos

    Are you even playing this game?

    February 19, 2018 at 8:01 PM
  • Deni'z von Meanace

    @author your link to JEIV-E battle report and what you actually describe about it is absolutely confusing. Is that for real 49 vs. 488 where TEST and INIT sided with PanFam + Sev3rance ?

    Meanwhile I hope YF will collapsed either completely set to the LeGo&Co pets.

    February 19, 2018 at 8:10 PM
  • Ryu

    what the actual F. Your own br link of “absolutely wrecked the attackers, causing nearly 4b ISK in damage against losses of only 732m.” shows 12b+ lost for the defenders and 1,6b lost for the attackers, you called waffles a member of panfam when its a an alt alliance, for the past 6 months sniggwaffe has joined PL and on the nightmare welp you dont mention the provi ferox fleet 1j away that choose not to engage and help their friends.

    February 19, 2018 at 8:34 PM
    • Sylphinja the Dark Rose Ryu

      Waffles = panfam, be it an alt alliance or not.

      February 24, 2018 at 2:05 PM
      • before he edited it he referred to waffles as the small gang pvp wing of panfam

        February 24, 2018 at 10:11 PM

    February 19, 2018 at 9:30 PM
  • Eli

    The trouble I see with all this is, who wants the Northern Coalition/PanFam in the South? They’re the worst alliance/coalition to deal with, their culture is pure aids. Compared to Test or the Imperium, neither side has bothered to invade Provi-bloc. They’re kind of love-able neutrals over there. It’s clear to me that PanFam are seeing Providence as the easiest place to gain a foothold in the South. The good news is, no coalition in the South, wants them in the South. So if things get too bad, I’m pretty sure all the southern coalitions will band together against PanFam. In a nutshell, besides ‘good fights’ they’re wasting their time.

    February 20, 2018 at 9:22 AM
    • Ryu Eli

      didnt imperium invade provi when fozzie sov got introduced?

      February 22, 2018 at 2:00 AM
      • Eli Ryu

        Ancient history probably bears little relevance to today’s goings on. Yes, Provi bloc’s trust of all larger entities isn’t going to be huge, but the facts remain, they need to do better an improved relations with other Southern coalitions, in order to survive the PanFam threat in the long-run.

        February 22, 2018 at 2:04 AM
        • Sylphinja the Dark Rose Eli

          We don’t need to survive it. It’s not about occupation, it’s about unique faction fortizars that 0sec nonNpc stations will turn into, with provi having the most of them.

          February 24, 2018 at 2:07 PM
  • Freelancer117

    ISK must have exchanged hands

    February 20, 2018 at 6:10 PM
  • Eli

    Maybe, but strategically speaking, the leadership of each of these groups will have campaign objectives. To realise them, they need to use a combination of fire power AND diplomacy. One without the other is a false economy. The real powers in this game, have power on many levels, financial clout, fleets, diplomacy, meta gaming, espionage and monitoring (both scouts and spies) and an industrial machinery to match. Providence lacks some of these things vs. PanFam, so needs to rely upon the resources of say, the Imperium or TEST to help out. You don’t do that, by pissing off your neighbours. You do that, by abiding by agreements and being a good neighbour.

    February 22, 2018 at 2:08 AM
    • Sylphinja the Dark Rose Eli

      Provi hasn’t been exactly a good neighbour because simply said, those same neighbours haven’t been good to us.

      February 24, 2018 at 2:09 PM
  • Sylphinja the Dark Rose

    So, why is there only PL mentioned? NC. has been down here in South Providence since the start of the agression.

    Stop posting how it’s only PL, while in essence it’s PanFam+Horde (without PHorde).

    February 24, 2018 at 12:29 PM