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The Blue Donut is coming for you. Whether you are an ally of the Imperium as they fight their last stand in Delve, an independent small alliance, or even a smaller PAPI member – they are coming. Ever since this war started with the rhetoric of extermination and expansion, the writing has been on the wall. This massive coalition is after one thing, galactic supremacy, covering the stars in renters, bots, and blues. This is the death of content.
When PAPI first formed under the mixed pretext of removing the Imperium from EVE Online, most shrugged. The Imperium held four regions. It had one of the largest super capital fleets in the game. Yet, nearly one year later, they have been reduced to one constellation. The PAPI leaders told us all they were here to exterminate the Goonswarm and their influence; yet beneath this vitriol lay an even worse objective – one of pacification of the entire galaxy.
At first they came for the Imperium
The Galaxy was alive with content. Assembling an armada never seen before in this game, the combined might of Test Alliance Please Ignore, Pandemic Horde, Fraternity, Northern Coalition and 100 other alliances descended upon their rival superpower. The tactic was simple: overwhelm the Imperium with numbers, shatter their allies, and methodically destroy their Keepstars one by one. Let’s not be under any illusions. All alliances in the game have enemies, and none more so than Goonswarm. Everyone enjoyed the content; even non-participants watched the fights on news stations across New Eden. The writing was on the wall, but no one seemed able to read it. What would happen if PAPI actually beat the Imperium?
Progodlegend (PGL) and his fellow exterminators stated early that PAPI would live as long as Goons remained a threat. Not everyone believed him at first, but as the noose tightened around the Imperium capital of 1DQ1-A, the truth was there to see; Goons were not leaving, and their grudges were now written in blood. “TEST is next,” The Mittani said, and whilst the spirit of revenge echoed through the Imperium ranks, it was also heard in PAPI headquarters. Vily knew that if TEST were to survive, whatever outcome the war brought, PAPI must remain together. The idea was reiterated as recently as this week in Town Hall conducted by PGL: PAPI will hunt Goons across the galaxy wherever they go. So, even the complete takeover of all Imperium space will not be enough for PAPI. Is the writing on the wall clarifying now? PAPI will chase Goons, and thereby remain blue, as long as there are Goons, which will be forever.
Then they came for the Freemen.
Whilst the conflict in Delve raged on, Fraternity looked to its own borders. The Freemen of the North, consisting of Rote Kapelle, Toilet Paper, and a few other groups, occupied systems in Vale and Geminate. Small independent alliances joined forces to resist the onward push of Fraternity and Winter Coalition. Fighting outnumbered, and without any large alliance support, who were all fixed in the south, these smaller alliances rebelled against their larger neighbor’s demands. “Babies Not Bots,” they screamed in their propaganda. Yet, they could not resist the tide and after a few valiant actions they were overwhelmed.
The Freemen live on now, the aforementioned alliances were displaced away from their homes and now seek refuge in neighbouring regions. After the conflict Fraternity leader Noraus said to INN that they “will rest a bit, while regaining strength we lost during wwb2″. But Fraternity is not done with their quest for lebensraum yet.
Then they came for Volta.
Despite claims that they were not expanding anymore Winter Co. have just begun a campaign against We Form Volta. Living in Deklein, Fade & Pure Blind this unaffiliated alliance occupied the territory left vacant by the collapse of Conifers. This past week they have seen Fraternity begin a campaign to remove them from their homes. What is more concerning to all citizens of New Eden is that they were supported by their allies Pandemic Horde and Northern Coalition. Fraternity cracked the whip and 500 pilots took a break from the 1DQ siege and flew north to swamp the outnumbered Volta warriors.
Where will the Fraternity expansion stop? With their rivals fixed in a hellwar that may never end and their allies unconcerned about their unchecked growth there is nothing stopping them from claiming the entire north and north west of New Eden. There is only one purpose here, to establish a rental empire like no other.
And then they came for me.
There are independent alliances out there who do not want to be a part of a big coalition. That is respected, they take the risk. But these groups must now start to look over their shoulder. Many are already starting to feel the sticky grip of the blue donut surrounding them. Rekking Crew, the Provi coalition have ties to PAPI but are not allies, they regularly drop on BRAVE ships and structures. How long until Dunk Dinkle calls in favours from Gobbins & Vince to eliminate the threat to his alliance?
Triumvirate. have been isolated from the war in their home of Cloud Ring but if VOLTA folds under pressure from FRT & their allies they are next on the chopping block. It doesn’t stop there. FI.RE a member of the PAPI coalition who have not been pulling their weight yet own sovereignty over three regions – what happens when Pandemic Horde start asking them for payments in order to protect your space? This is how it all starts.
And there was no one left.
PAPI may try and hide this from their line members but they are actively participating in the murder of EVE Online. No one wants Serenity Mk2. The Imperium may not be the ally you want, but it stands against this menace and will do so until PAPI is destroyed. There are two outcomes of this war, either the Imperium prevails or PAPI turns the galaxy into a rental bot empire. Alliances of all sizes, even groups in High Sec & Low Sec who can feel the oppression of TTT upon their trading, need to start thinking about the future.
It is time for all citizens of New Eden to resist. To join an organised Resistance against this dark blue future. If you are a renter and are fed up of paying for nothing, resist. If you are a low sec group that wants to keep fights fun but doesn’t want to be hot dropped by Fraternity every time you undock a capital, resist. If you are a null sec alliance who hates Goons but are seeing that blue sov map creeping towards your home, resist. It is now or never. Mount up, wings align, lock s-foils, do what needs to be done to stop this menace. The Imperium will hold them in Delve. It is time to do your part to “save the game”.