Test Deploy First Ever Highsec Keepstar

Moomin Amatin 2018-10-15

Highsec is being looked at by nullsec entities with great interest of late, and that is something that was not really expected a mere couple of months ago. For a significant amount of time, Pandemic Horde (PH) have been heavily invested in “protecting” trade hubs in the Perimeter system, in the region of The Forge. In fact, PH has had a monopoly on hisec trade hubs for over a year. It was reported last year by the CEO of PH that the highsec trade network generates 200 billion ISK a month for PH. It is very likely that this figure has increased since then.

As you would expect from a member of PanFam, deceit is ever present. Not willing to put the PH name on all of the trading citadels under the control of PH, they use proxies. “I Choose You” has been a front for the highsec scam employed by PH, for instance.

In recent months PH has increased their tax rates on trades made within these highsec citadels. At the time of writing this rate is at 0.5%. It has also been reported that there has been some foul play with tax rates being adjusted unexpectedly. This has, of course, caused issues for highsec traders, especially where margins are already tight in a very popular trading hub.

In an attempt to combat these trade issues, TEST Allliance Please Ignore has deployed the first ever highsec Keepstar structure just off of the Jita gate in the system of Perimeter. The Keepstar will be entering the repair cycle of the anchoring phase on 2018-10-14 at approximately 19:30 Eve time.

This development seems to have given rise to ire from certain parties. Vily relayed to me that there have even been a number of threats against this Keepstar. One of these threats comes from Raknor Bile of “Higher Than Everest.” This corporation is a member of Pandemic Legion, and prior to that was the lead corporation of The Culture. It is also notable that the CEO of this corporation is Harvey Skywarker, who is also formerly of Black Legion. Just goes to show what a very small world it is.

The Keepstar was purchased from Matterall during the Talking in Stations show on October 14. Vily stated that Test had been looking for a Keepstar or two to purchase for a few of weeks, but without any luck, so it was quite fortuitous that TEST were able to pick this one up. The Keepstar in question was previously used as an outpost of the New Eden Trade Consortium (NETC), and also as a waypoint for northern capital and supercapital forces to deploy across the galaxy.

I managed to catch up with Vily from Test and he had the following to say:

“We aim to provide safety and security to all members of the high-sec community. This is about stability and benevolent leadership and assistance to the people of high-sec. We all came from high-sec and now we can give something back. We are setting a 0.3% tax rate that we will never lower. This is 10% of Jita and 40% lower than the standard many are used to and will allow for a comfortable middle ground as people adapt to new managers.”

If the Keepstar onlines successfully, it will allow the highsec traders of New Eden a choice that has been sorely lacking. To add to this, it will be controlled by TEST Alliance, who have a far better record of honourable conduct than the PanFam alliances. For example, TEST have not turned on their “valued allies” as Pandemic Horde has against Guardians of the Galaxy.

To add another dimension to this, GotG have also declared war on PH. Normally war declarations are of little importance to nullsec entities. However, with the number, size, and capability of the groups declaring war on PH, you would think that Gobbins and other Horde leadership would be a little concerned about the future of their highsec income stream.

Although the Keepstar does not have the same defensive abilities in highsec as it does in nullsec, it is still a formidable structure with a large amount of hit points and significant damage potential. Even if it is put into its final timer, there will be at least 5.5 days before it could be destroyed. Additionally, high security restrictions mean there will not be an opportunity for capital ships to be used in its attack or defense. This means that subcapital battles will determine the fate of this Keepstar in the days to come.

Stay tuned to INN, as I am sure that we will have more news on this Keepstar in the very near future.

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Comments

  • General Thade

    Will it have a lower tax rate then most perimeter soytio’s? I am wanting to start trading, and im looking for the lowest tax rate possible, so when I learn and make mistakes im not getting my ass kicks as hard.

    October 15, 2018 at 2:57 am
    • It surely will.

      October 15, 2018 at 4:14 am
    • Moomin Amatin General Thade

      Test leadership has been very vocal that they intend their market hub to serve hisec. As Vily pointed out, we all started in hisec and this action by Test is in recognition of that fact. Personally I trust Test a lot more than I trust PanFam.

      October 15, 2018 at 8:33 am
      • My rule of thumb is, if you ask a simple yes/no question, and instead of a simple answer you get a lot of talk about ‘trust’, you can safely assume that you shouldn’t trust them.

        October 15, 2018 at 12:39 pm
        • Guilford Australis phuzz

          Vily clearly states in the article that it will be a fixed 0.3% tax rate – which is 10% of the Jita rate and 40% lower than the current dynamic in Perimeter. (For simple folk needing a “yes” or “no,” that would be a “yes”).

          October 15, 2018 at 12:44 pm
          • Please note, the number of plex/skill injector traders paying 3% in jita is precisely 0.

            October 15, 2018 at 2:54 pm
          • Guilford Australis Rhivre

            I’ll remove the offending Jita reference:

            “Vily clearly states in the article that it will be a fixed 0.3% tax rate – which is … [REDACTED] … 40% lower than the current dynamic in Perimeter.”

            October 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm
  • Interesting.

    October 15, 2018 at 5:19 am
  • Guilford Australis

    It was inevitable that the nullsec blocs would seek to impose a stricter influence on highsec. The highsec trade hubs establish the structure and stability of all trade in EVE, including the nullsec markets. Securing the trade hubs is one of the last remaining forms of ‘logistical warfare’ to tilt the axis of power in null. Pandemic Horde had a nice racket in Perimeter, but they won’t be able to prevent TEST from kicking over their sand castle.

    This came at an inconvenient time for Horde, as the organization was preoccupied with making grandiose declarations of its ascendant power to all of null. The optics are, shall we say, not flattering to Horde. It is clear that Horde inherited the hubris of its parent organization, but neither the hubris of an alliance with ‘Pandemic’ in its name nor the specter of Black Legion (which the Imperium humiliated throughout its northern campaign) counts for much in the current balance of nullsec.

    October 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm