The Giant is Awake


Art by Quendan Comari

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” – Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, architect of the Pearl Harbor attack

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, those were the words reportedly written in the diary of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of that plan. There may be some in PAPI’s blue donut looking at the last few weeks and wondering the same.

Following the death of the fourth PAPI Keepstar in NPC Delve, Reddit was ablaze with posts about the power of Delve manufacturing – the sound of hammers against anvils ringing out across the region. Those good with numbers have crunched what’s required to fuel the manufacturing needed to supply the conflict, and asked themselves, “How can they maintain this?” The answer? They can. The giant is awake.

Few imports. High production. September’s MER shows Delve’s production remains robust despite the war, and mining and ratting is surprisingly strong.

Code of Bushido

At Pearl Harbor, the Japanese missed the US Carriers. In EVE war, the blue donut missed the Imperium titan/super fleet. The spin/propaganda fed to the blue donut echoed over Reddit with each exploding Keepstar. “They have lost everything! We have won the ISK war!” Was it simply a need for their people to see success in such an obvious series of losses, or is the Kool-Aid really that delicious?

Is the blue donut now in a position where they cannot admit that defeat is even possible? Does their leadership think they are on the moral high ground, when in fact they are mired in spin – masters of the “Code of Bullshido,” not to be confused with the Japanese Code of Bushido?

Nitobe’s Eight Virtues (the ‘Way of the Warrior’, or the Bushido Code): Justice, Courage, Benevolence, Courtesy, Honesty, Honor, Loyalty, Self-Control

For the first few months of the war the blue donut advanced, and they did so without much opposition. Much like Japan marching across through South East Asia, they took Fountain and thought it was because they were powerful. They clung to a narrative that they defeated “Fortress Fountain” despite that not being the case, so there was no other way for them to see the outcome other than their absolute ‘domination’ of the Imperium. But it’s hard to maintain that narrative considering Fountain is again sov’d by The Initiative, and let’s not forget that the donut decided against attacking on multiple fronts despite the numbers advantage, and instead settled for Querious.

What’s Next?

So where are we now? We’re knee-deep in the mud, slugging it out. Maybe Australia’s Kokoda Track, where Japanese forces were pushed back from what looked to them like an easy assault in World War II. The “within jump range of 1DQ” line that makes it sound like a slam dunk is more like a ‘let’s see what happens’.

Japanese forces were halted in their attempt to use the land bridge across Papua New Guinea by Australian and native forces. Image courtesy Warfare History Network

Nor can we forget what is going on in Esoteria, where The Bastion is today’s Doolittle Raiders, letting TEST know that their home isn’t safe. Squad roams are striking at ratting and mining fleets in PAPI space all over New Eden.

The Bastion’s Delta Squad has harassed sov and infrastructure in Esoteria — regularly pulling TEST forces back home from the war front. The Doolittle Raid, was a U.S. air raid in April 1942 on the Japanese capital .. the first air operation to strike the Japanese homeland. Image courtesy DOTLAN

What is known is that there will be an EVE version of the Battle of Midway, which turned the tide of World War II and established the United States as the predominant power in the Pacific Ocean. It wasn’t the YZ9 anchoring of a Keepstar, after four failed attempts, unless that translates into some substantial progress for the attackers. Aside from giving PAPI another reason for a move op, and saving Brisc Rubal and the INN stream team from another 10+ hour marathon, the anchoring hasn’t had a significant impact on the landscape.

When the blue donut experiences the losses associated with an attack on a Keepstar in Delve, then we’ll know the long-term impact. Until then we’ll wait to see whether YZ9 was the start of something greater, or the high-water mark that led to their own Battle of Midway, and eventual demise.

Japanese cruiser Mikuma, after being hit by U.S. bombers. As a result of the U.S. victory in the Battle of Midway, Japan would remain on the defensive for the remainder of World War II. Image courtesy Getty Images and

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  • Marus

    No offense buddy, but that picture at the bottom of the article, if that is a fucking carrier…I am the queen of England. You can tell by the looks of it that is not a carrier and a simple google search would tell you that is a cruiser or a heavy cruiser. As for the rest of the article, it resembles the description of the mentioned picture.

    October 22, 2020 at 8:56 AM
    • Rammel Kas Marus

      I have pointed it out to him elsewhere. It is in fact the heavy CRUISER Mikuma after an air strike. I think bombs set off some of its “long lance” torpedo reloads midships. His source is attributed though.

      October 22, 2020 at 9:24 AM
    • Arrendis Marus

      Losing 4 rorqs in a single day isn’t exactly a new or unusual thing in Delve. That said, I do think it’s far too early to say with any certainty that the YZ9 Keepstar hasn’t changed the landscape. After all, PAPI’s still moving into it.

      Right or wrong, either way, barring an accident of birth, the author will probably never be “wright”.

      October 22, 2020 at 12:41 PM
    • Bumpy Dog Marus

      As for the rest of the reply, it resembles the the spelling of wright.

      Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. … You hypocrite!

      October 22, 2020 at 5:08 PM
    • The fact that you think the loss of four Rorquals (in a SINGLE DAY!!!!1!) constitutes some kind of desperate, insurmountable strategic setback speaks volumes about the mindset of PAPI line members. How dirt-poor are you guys?

      Not wrong about that “carrier,” though. Yikes.

      October 22, 2020 at 7:56 PM
  • Winston Archer

    That last figure is the Japanese “Cruiser” Mikuma not carrier Mikuma.

    October 22, 2020 at 11:05 AM
    • George Ewing Winston Archer

      thanks. fixed

      October 22, 2020 at 11:53 AM
  • Wilhelm Arcturus

    DBRB is out there somewhere with a tear in his eye knowing that you’re keeping up his tradition of bad historical analogies. Bless you.

    October 22, 2020 at 2:04 PM
  • Noob

    In terms of propaganda to fire up the troops, this is passable, but as a historic analogy it is laughable.

    The truer picture is Goons are Japan and PAPI just took Saipan.

    October 22, 2020 at 3:16 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Noob

      So you are saying The Imperium are the aggressors in this war?

      October 22, 2020 at 5:58 PM
      • George Ewing Moomin Amatin

        They’re just nattering. None of what they’re saying makes any sense, so I’m just ignoring it.

        October 24, 2020 at 12:29 PM
      • Crush Project Moomin Amatin

        and are you trying to say the imperium is the victim here? thats the funniest thing ive heard in months…

        October 24, 2020 at 3:24 PM
  • Nate Hunter

    Fun read, meanwhile i’m in this war just to help get past this stupid resource drought phase of CCPs

    October 22, 2020 at 6:31 PM
  • accorynot

    Thank you for your wonderful contribution to TEST Alliance’s Goon Cringe thread.

    October 23, 2020 at 3:51 PM
  • Deni'z von Meanace

    While it’s being a nicely written propaganda track and I’m on the 🐝 side no matter I’m not part of the team but I’ll be more careful in regard of what is coming next after the 5th KS been anchored and we still haven’t seen a true Goon’s Titanfist landing on papi’s face. So only the time tells who was “wright”.

    October 24, 2020 at 4:25 AM
  • Crush Project

    ya but japan was actually loyal to a cause and took the time to learn how to fight. goons? people only join goons because it was the biggest and easiest and offered an umbrella to hide from everyone else under, and if they cant blob their enemies what are they going to do? win in a straight fight? that would be a first.

    October 24, 2020 at 3:16 PM
    • Moomin Amatin Crush Project

      The imperium just won the worlds largest online battle ever. Oh and they did it while outnumbered by 100 thousand chars.

      October 24, 2020 at 9:28 PM
      • Crush Project Moomin Amatin

        beating another blob is like winning the special olympics but congrats to them i guess. we’ll see how long they can keep that going.

        October 25, 2020 at 5:35 PM
  • Eve_Osir1s

    Keep in mind the enemy have no intention of fighting us on our keepstars. Their entire strategy revolves around preventing us from doing so. I have to admire that PAPI propaganda machine that perpetuates the naivete that we’re going to stop fighting or that somehow they’re going to get us to fight with superstits out in the open. The only thing the PAPI line member has to look forward to is mostly structure bashes and capturing nodes. Judging by their declining participation, some are starting to realize it. Meanwhile the Imperium, being outnumbered, gets a buffet of fights outside the strategic ones.

    October 26, 2020 at 5:32 AM