The Rise and Fall of 7th Estate

INN Staff 2018-08-11

Header Image by Major Sniper.

We have been bringing you coverage recently of the newest coalition in New Eden, 7th Estate, comprising of Red Noise., Manifesto., Synergy of Steel, Blue Sun Interstellar Technologies, and Sl0W CHILDREN AT PLAY.  Our coverage includes their inaugural State of the Coalition and their most recent Coalition meeting on August 5.

A History of the 7th Estate

7th Estate started out as an idea from Jin’taan, an ex-provibloc Sky Marshal and all-round innovative FC. Jin’taan is also a three-term member of the Council of Stellar Management (CSM). There, he is known for his engagement with the EVE community. His outreach includes players of all skills levels and areas of gameplay.

From the beginning, the central idea of the 7th Estate was all about looking after the regular members. Their stated intention was to “create wealth for their members” – not only in-game ISK and assets, but a new community for players. They have been an alliance and a coalition that intended to put pressure on the blue doughnut. Indeed, Jin’taan wrote a wonderful document about his motivation and his intended goals for both his new alliance, Red Noise, and the coalition that he wanted to see emerge.

Running a nullsec coalition means more than having a great idea and some member alliances, though. It inevitably brings you into contact with the politics and meta-gaming that is a major part of life in null. Many of the relationships and feuds in nullsec stretch back over a decade or more. The Goonswarm/Northern Coalition. conflict, for example, can be viewed as an extension of the Great War, running from 2006 to the present day.

Wading into those waters is swimming with the sharks. A novice can quickly find themselves in over their heads, and devoured. Who you have in leadership can be make or break for your group. The wrong choice can finish your dreams before they have gotten started.

The People at the Top

While Jin’taan was the public face of this new coalition, others were involved in the day-to-day organisation. This is not an unusual situation, of course; A logistics manager deals with structures that are needed for services. A Sky Marshal directs your military assets. Financial directors ensure that the coalition isn’t overspending. These are all crucial individuals who do work to keep an organisation running, and this allows a coalition autocrat to focus on other problems.

Within 7th Estate, some of these individuals are recognisable, such as Nour Samy or Piotr Engels. Others are less well known, but still influential within the coalition. One of these unknown but very influential characters was TheCurator. Involved in every aspect of the 7th Estate management—from financial decision-making to diplomatic relationships—TheCurator was the one who signed off.

The Who?

While micromanagement is not an unusual technique, coalitions are usually controlled by experienced Eve players, especially a coalition in nullsec. What makes TheCurator unusual is that the character was created in May 2018. Interestingly, the character was created on the same day that Jin’taan created his new alliance, Red Noise. This leads to one large question – who is TheCurator, and is this new character an alt of some established player?

When questions were raised, various explanations were offered for the character, most commonly that they were a long time industrialist who had amassed a large quantity of ISK over the years, and now wanted to put it to use. This is not out of the realms of possibility, so it seemed a reasonable explanation.

Fast forward to the 2nd SOTA on August 5, where TheCurator was invited to introduce themselves and explain their position within the coalition. Following a one-word response from TheCurator, Jin’taan then rather awkwardly introduces TheCurator as being “in charge of a lot of things, [doing] a lot of work in terms of diplomacy, and also is helping to run [7th Estate] finances in some degree or getting Mystic Rosez setup. It’s complicated – [he] does a lot of work for us, really good person”.

Truly, “it’s complicated” is an accurate representation of TheCurator’s role in 7th estate. This one individual, supposedly very new to the game, is presented as micromanaging varied and complex aspects of 7th Estate’s organisation, with support from a wider leadership group. These many distinctions raised a number of red flags and a wider suspicion for INN staff, who then posed a direct question to a senior member of 7th Estate leadership; is TheCurator actually Jay Maricadie?

Our contact then reluctantly conceded that yes, TheCurator was in fact Jay Maricadie.

Who Is Jay Maricadie?

Jay Maricadie is one of the few people in EVE most nullsec power blocs agree on. His incompetence tears coalitions apart, while he works for them. And all across nullsec, the biggest power brokers in the game universally despise him.

Most recently, he is infamous for his involvement in the downfall of the Drone Region Federation (DRF). Jay joined the DRF after being one of the architects of FCON’s departure from the Imperium in 2016, and FCON’s subsequent move to the south-east. Quickly working his way up to being the DRF’s head diplomat, Jay inserted himself into every transaction and operation the DRF conducted. Ranging from their relationship with NCdot via the Brothers of Tangra rental organisation through to military coordination with the northern coalitions, he swiftly became the “go-to guy”, using this to cultivate a number of relationships across New Eden.

His troubles with the DRF began in August of 2017. DRF allowed Legacy Coalition to stage in MT02-2 for an assault on the northern regions of Tribute and Vale of the Silent. The timing of this assault lined up with the Imperium’s deployment to Hakonen. This caused friction between the Guardians of the Galaxy coalition (GotG) and the DRF. Jay told Guardians of the Galaxy representatives that Legacy would simply be moving through DRF space, not staging there.

This prompted a military response from GotG later in 2017. Sort Dragon assaulted the northern drone regions through the same system Legacy had staged in. GotG even went so far as to drop and fight over a keepstar in MT02. The conflict also raised tensions among other northern alliances. Many of the rental agreements in the north were built on the stability of ‘safe backwater’ regions like Vale.

The Eastern Front

At the same time, Jay masterminded the addition of FCON’s Phoenix Federation to the DRF to bolster their southern borders and add to their combat capabilities. However, Phoenix Federation were fighting with Triumvirate. This brought the DRF into that conflict along their southern borders.

As a result, Jay hired wormhole groups skillurself and V0LTA (now known as the Holy Rental Empire, or simply the HRE) to engage with Triumvirate and provide a distraction while the northern front was resolved. However, this seemed a spinning plate too far for the head diplo, and he was removed from the DRF by UAxDeath after only six months.

Unfortunately, the damage was done. Whilst the GOTG assault was resolved amicably by Jay’s removal, Triumvirate at the time were well able to handle both Phoenix Federation’s meagre defensive attempts and the assault by the hired guns. Phoenix Federation soon collapsed under the strain. The death of Phoenix Federation marked the first coalition to collapse due to Jay Maricadie’s inability to juggle chainsaws.

The inability of the DRF to defend their new coalition members was blood in the water. RL leadership issues meant the DRF missed payments on the HRE contract, and the chum was stirred. The sharks didn’t take long to bite.

In early 2018, HRE turned their attention to the northern DRF regions. They, along with TRI, quickly steamrolled through hundreds of systems with very little difficulty. This forced the withdrawal of DRF forces, first to Insmother and then toward Legacy Coalition space.

The conflict culminated in a 600 Billion ISK fight as a DRF supercapital move-op turned into a fighting retreat. Ultimately, Jay had caused the collapse of one of the oldest coalitions in New Eden, and at the same time, forever stained his reputation with almost all nullsec power blocs.

Blowback

Revelations of this sort are inevitably significant. They can cause the entire diplomatic landscape to shift and change around a fledgeling alliance, like a kid goat caught in a landslide.

In the SOTA on August 5, 7th Estate leadership announced that they would be blue to the Imperium from 2100 EVE on August 6. However, the revelations surrounding TheCurator’s true identity as Jay Maricadie came to light mere hours before the standings were due to be set. As a result, the Imperium cancelled the plans immediately.

However, very few people seem to question Jin’taan’s motives in this matter. The CSM member has a reputation as a genuinely nice, guileless person. This appears to have provided him a bit of breathing room, as people who are aware of the situation watch to see if he is just one more of Maricadie’s victims, and whether he and the 7th Estate can recover.

What Happens Now?

At the time of writing, it is unknown what will happen within the 7th Estate as a result of this. Sources have indicated that the 7th Estate is still considering their next move, with the majority of line members having been kept in the dark about why the planned standings have not been implemented.

This apparent stasis from the 7th Estate also creates questions surrounding their leadership, the alliances, and the line members. After all, the line members were supposed to be the focus of this effort. Will they all band together and continue to forge this fledgling coalition? Will some individuals or groups choose to leave and continue along their own path through New Eden? Only time will tell, but INN will be ready to bring you updates as we have them.

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Comments

  • Rammel Kas

    Is Jay Maricadie a PL agent?

    August 11, 2018 at 9:48 am
    • phuzz Rammel Kas

      I was think maybe an alt of Mittens? None of this has exactly been bad for the Imperium has it?
      Unless I’m not being cynical enough.

      August 13, 2018 at 11:22 am
      • Rammel Kas phuzz

        Do you know how PL came down on the side of TRI/Frat and the Therabois? Or even why? I don’t think you though that one through. So this confirms the PL connection?

        August 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm
        • phuzz Rammel Kas

          Think things through? This is the *internet*, all you’re getting from me is uninformed speculation, at best.

          August 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm
          • Arrendis phuzz

            Look, man, don’t go trying to make people all informed about you uninformed speculation! That’s not teh intarwebz way!

            August 13, 2018 at 11:24 pm
  • Punky260

    As former FCON leadership I can only agree that Jay Maricadie is someone who (maybe with good intentions) causes a lot of trouble and destruction.
    Why Jin’taan did you fall for him? Even Tark, the nice guy in person, didn’t trust him far 😀

    Don’t be dumb. Replace him immediately and try to renew the diplomatic relations…

    August 11, 2018 at 10:39 am
  • Gee

    jay maricadie strikes me as an extremely capable guy, but also and extremely self serving and extremely manipulative individual at the same time. those qualities makes for a very dangerous individual to an unsuspecting group.

    August 11, 2018 at 2:43 pm
  • MOMoney

    I find it strange with how many things this guy has been either the “reason” for or involved in that no one has gotten his “story” even the most vile pieces of crap in this galaxy are interviewed. But not this guy I think there is a a lot more to the story of who this guy is than anyone has reported on.

    August 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    • Rhivre MOMoney

      There is always more to the story than the parts that get published. That does not mean they need to be put out in public.

      August 11, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    • Carvj94 MOMoney

      Maybe he’s embarrassed man. Plenty of people don’t like to talk about their failures. Hearing more of the story isn’t as important as trying to force an interview.

      August 12, 2018 at 9:12 am
  • Sylphinja the Dark Rose

    Jin’taan is a dick. Always has been, always will.

    August 11, 2018 at 7:09 pm
  • The Curator

    I started this game over a decade ago. I spent much of that time working on the behalf of what is now known as PanFam. In this time I did things that I am ultimately regretful of. Often a willing instrument, following the wishes of others. This was still the case when I was a diplo in the DRF. With the events leading up to the downfall of the DRF I came to a realisation. All that I had done and worked for when serving PanFam was not a legacy I had wished for. In this time of realisation and reflection I made a decision. This was to simply try to undo some of what I had done within the Eve meta. I had helped in creating an unhealthy nullsec environment. As a final act I wanted to help someone and something that would at least be some small token in redressing the balance. I made several attempts to reach out to existing organisations. Ultimately these all failed as my reputation had been sullied, often seemingly beyond repair. But in this search I came to know more of the vision that Jin’taan had. Jin’taan has always been an enthusiastic and honourable in action. He has served our community for a number of years and done so with honesty and vigour. Jin’taan would be my chance for some small redemption. I set about offering any and all assistance that I could. Countless days of work and vast sums of ISK I willingly poured into Red Noise(dot) and its coalition The 7th Estate. But I am still me. My reputation from the past lingers and is unlikely to diminish for some. In order to allow The 7th Estate to have a chance in the future I am declaring my withdrawal from the Eve meta. Over the last week I have ensured that any influence I have within The 7th Estate has been removed. My final wish would be for all that I have given away to be used for the vision Jin’taan had for New Eden. It is a good thing to work for and will help our game last another 15 years.

    Below is a link to the recording of my final sota and farewell.

    https://services.7thestate.space/static/files/t7e_sota_8-11-18.mp3

    -The Curator/Jay

    August 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm
    • bandit773 The Curator

      Thanks for all your time, and efforts TC/Jay. As the new leader of the 7th Estate, I myself and my leadership team are looking forward to fulfilling your legacy and intent by being a beacon for good within Eve.

      August 11, 2018 at 11:05 pm
    • Carvj94 The Curator

      That’s for the best I think. Regardless of if you can avoid bad calls/choices in the future it’s probably best just just bow out and get into non political middle management. EVE politics is brutal and a bad reputation ruins not only deals but your own self esteem after a while.

      August 12, 2018 at 9:09 am
    • Arrendis The Curator

      Haven’t you quit EVE before? I mean, this is part of the problem: rather than just take your lumps and continue openly as yourself, in order to demonstrate contrition and a change in behavior, you adopt a new identity and attempt to say ‘that wasn’t me’. Heck, last time I seem to recall you taking to /r/EVE to claim someone had hacked all your accounts, and it was them doing the bad shit.

      So how can anyone trust any declaration like this, now?

      August 12, 2018 at 1:20 pm
    • Eve Talaminada The Curator

      There are other visions out there for a different Null Sec…

      August 12, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    • No one important The Curator

      I am glad I tried so hard to be a nobody. It lets me freely play the game, and no one cares about what I do. While I have no power, I also have no ability to cause noticeable damage.. and no one will watch my every move, like they do for you Jay.

      August 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm
  • Kael Decadence

    Yeah, Jay pretty much ran a fuck train all over my Discord for Mind Clash and made us all look like ass hats when he released names and address’s of other players on our server. Had me temp banned by Sort while I was in SLYCE. Made that week a social networking nightmare. Not worth my time.

    August 12, 2018 at 3:14 am
  • Dirk MacGirk

    Shouldn’t the title have been “Influential Member of 7th Estate Exposed as Jay Maricadie”? Or has the 7th Estate fallen and it wasn’t made clear in the article? I missed the connection between the body of the article, exposing Curator as Jay, and the title.

    August 12, 2018 at 3:49 am
  • January Valentine

    TL;DR: Jay Marcadie is theCurator, and the Imperium will not set standings with RN because of it.

    August 12, 2018 at 4:01 am
  • bag of dunks

    https://soundcloud.com/user-588571759/manifesto-reset

    Piotr Engels, leaders of Manifesto getting kicked from Vanguard coalition.

    Jay Maricadie will feel right at home with this band of merry rejects.

    August 12, 2018 at 7:37 am