TEST’s Sword of Damocles


Art by Cryo Huren

A lot of nonsense gets tossed around regarding World War Bee and the Imperium’s supposed demise. Yet despite fighting outnumbered for so many months, the invader’s assured victory seems rather tenuous. Claims on Querious seem mixed and confused. Period Basis, while taken, only really has value in peace time when the resources there can be safely farmed.

Despite The Initiative taking the war to the enemy’s backdoor through Curse, the invaders could not even spare a SIG to capture undefended Fountain space. It is obvious to anyone who has been following the war that the invaders feel gassed out. The attackers are worn out by constantly having to be on alert in Imperium territory. The prolonged nature of the conflict has likewise given way to various and often conflicting narratives and goals.

It seems like certain elements are looking for a way to damage control a potential retreat, and scale back the “absolute annihilation of the Imperium” victory condition for which they had initially been hoping. At best maybe they can hope for taking Delve and that Goons will quietly go somewhere else and totally not cause any trouble any further.

But let’s pretend that the attackers get a second wind, press on and completely remove the Imperium from Delve. Would they have really taken ‘our’ Delve? The Delve that the Imperium has held for several years now helped the coalition rebuild after the Casino War. CCP’s continued scarcity war against industrialists has ensured that that Delve will not exist again.

Instead TAPI will settle into a Delve much less valuable and productive than what the Imperium has had. Delve will turn not into a prize jewel for TAPI to flaunt, but a boulder they’ll have to drag as they are being continually hit by Goons who now have nothing better to do. Compare that with what TAPI’s space already offers them: established structures, secure space deep out of reach of hostile forces, secure supply lines. Doesn’t this seem at least somewhat foolish from a strategic perspective?

It makes one wonder if TAPI leadership has thought this through to its conclusion, or if they just threw it together as they went. There’s improvising as things develop, and then there is simply not having any plan at all. How do TAPI members really feel about this? And how exactly is having all the regions from Delve to Omist and Immensa under the same blue coalition supposed to be better for the game? Prior to the war TAPI and the Imperium had a non-invasion pact, but still fought. How exactly is having more regions under the control of the same coalition good for EVE? Have Vily and PGL detailed this anywhere?

Is this just “salty Goon spin coping about Delve?” It might be more comforting for TAPI members to think of it that way, but it will not change the truth that is being written.

Think of Delve like a stock. The Imperium “bought” the Delve stock rather cheap in 2016. We knocked out a few smaller groups, settled in, utilized Rorquals at their peak with unprecedented levels of security, expanded structures when they were at their cheapest, and were in the top of the MER —if not leading it—for months afterwards. Delve “stock” soared from 2016 until 2020 and paid yacht-tier dividends for Imperium members.

Over the years CCP threw some nerfs at the rorquals, nerfed ratting income, and introduced ore scarcity updates. “Delve stock” sank. Smart industrialists saw the value of their ore reserves grow to the envy of our rivals. Now TAPI are “buying” Delve stock but instead of taking it off some snot-nosed nobody-even-remembers-them alliances that once held Delve like we did, they are having the single most costly war of invasion in EVE history.

For their trouble they will get a deeply impoverished Delve “stock” that they’ve already burned a mountain of money at even claiming. If TAPI does keep their word and shuffle their old hand-me-down regions to other Legacy members, Delve will be the only thing to show for all their trouble. And the Imperium will hang over their head like a Sword of Damocles just before it drops on its inevitable victim.

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  • Guilford Australis

    It’s clear PGL and Vily have no clue what they’re doing. They somehow convinced PanFam to do all the work in this campaign and have changed their plans repeatedly as the war has failed to go the way they expected. PGL notoriously characterized this as a “war of extermination” to drive Goons out of the game because we’re bad for EVE. Vily later attempted to quietly retreat from that position, stating that “extermination” was unlikely and TEST’s plan all along was just to take Goonswarm’s regions and abandon Legacy’s previous holdings. Then PGL, in his characteristic gonzo-style mind-dump sperg fashion, directly contradicted Vily and claimed that TEST would in fact KEEP all its former regions while inheriting Delve, Fountain, Querious, and Period Basis. (Because having a single coalition in control of half the nullsec map is good for EVE, don’t-you-know). PanFam has carried these pompous morons around on a velvet-upholstered couch for this entire campaign, and they know it.

    I think M2- was probably the beginning of the end of this war (or at least PamFam’s commitment). CCP announced hours ago that they will not reimburse the titans lost during the hull timer. PAPI has lost a ton of supercapitals (which are now incredibly difficult to replace) and now knows that The Imperium will trade massive numbers of titans with them on every timer they contest from now on. If I were a titan pilot in Horde or NC., knowing that the only long-term effect of the war might be TEST getting four new regions (for which *I* did all the work on their behalf), I’d be thinking hard about throwing away that titan on someone else’s war. Gobbins must be aware of that calculus.

    January 5, 2021 at 12:35 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Guilford Australis

      Elise laughing when he saw where the cyno in M2- was tells you all you need to know about how good Vily and Piggles are at this.

      January 5, 2021 at 5:03 PM
  • Moomin Amatin

    “from cache to fountain” – you cannot claim to be fighting the blue donut while claiming half the map. For the small guy right? This is the funniest war yet. The best bit is I have no idea what the “new Imperium” will look like. With scarcity a thing and being in a really good spot to go mobile after the war anything could happen.

    January 5, 2021 at 5:01 PM
    • Simon Chui Moomin Amatin

      I’m thinking about it again, maybe “little guys” refers to all the disgruntled Imperium line members being exploited and oppressed by big bad Mittani, the people who exist in their imagination. Of course, there are some people who have left dissatisfied or been kicked out of the Imperium, like Vily himself. They did predict that a lot of people would leave the Imperium once the war heated up. The funny part is I’ve never seen a single Imperium line member who thought that they were one of those “little guys”.

      January 5, 2021 at 8:40 PM
      • Guilford Australis Simon Chui

        TEST hilariously tried to poach corporations from The Imperium at the beginning of the war by posting terrible Reddit memes (which appear to be literally the only thing TEST is capable of doing reliably). What irony that the only defections I’m aware of have gone in the other direction.

        January 5, 2021 at 10:01 PM
        • Simon Chui Guilford Australis

          Legacy leaders somehow understood that if the Imperium mistreated their little guys it would severely weaken the Imperium, yet they don’t take the time to treat their own little guys right. Baffling. RIP The Watchmen.

          January 5, 2021 at 10:40 PM
        • Garreth Vlox Guilford Australis

          The only poaching I know of test was successful in pulling off were the corps they poached from their own coalition… with friends like that who needs enemies?

          January 5, 2021 at 11:07 PM
  • Deni'z von Meanace

    Simlar of what Hitler did by spreading his forces on multiple fronts. What he was thinking about afterwards, after his glorious victory, how to hold and protect the burned lands he just occupied.

    January 5, 2021 at 10:07 PM
  • Garreth Vlox

    “It makes one wonder if TAPI leadership has thought this through to its conclusion,”

    This whole war has the feel of a plan that was thought up during a drunk roam and everyone just went with it.

    January 5, 2021 at 10:50 PM
  • what is this fanfic

    January 6, 2021 at 10:12 PM