There was a bitter sweet change on the sovereignty map with Tuesday’s update, as my own alliance gave up most of their systems in Deklein as part of the realignment of systems required by the changes to the sovereignty mechanics this summer.
Tactical Narcotics Team, or TNT, handed over a system I have considered home for most of my time in null sec. While TNT’s main base was CU9-TD, and the coalition staging systems have been VFK-IV and YA0-XJ, I have always considered 0P-F3K as home, the place where I hung my hat, stored all my excess junk, ratted, and always had a jump clone.
For the moment TNT still holds 4U90-Z and K5F-Z2, the latter being the current champion for a system continuously held by a single alliance, having been acquired by TNT back on December 2, 2009. Five and a half years is a long, long time in New Eden. That was before Goonswarm had come north, when they still lived down in Delve and Querious… on purpose and not because they recently invaded it yet again… and Pandemic Legion held sovereignty for themselves and Atlas Alliance owned the southeast.
When I moved into null sec at the end of 2011, and at the start of the war with White Noise and Raiden, the then-CFC was packed into less space.
The CFC then stretched out, at one time running all the way from Period Basis in the far southwest to Tenal in the extreme northeast, in an arc that covered about half of the area of sovereign null sec, if not half of the actual systems. During that time TNT expanded its holdings, picking up systems in Pure Blind and Tribute to tend for the coalition.
Then came the announcement of Fozzie Sov. With the Phoebe expansion, and the coming of jump fatigue, Period Basis, Querious, and Delve were sold off. And, as the next round of changes loomed, Fountain was abandoned as well, leaving the newly minted Imperium focused back in the north… with a couple of groups still operating in other regions.
Contrary to what I previously wrote, we do not appear to be letting go of Cloud Ring. Fweddit, or J4LP, or I Whip My Slaves Back and Forth, or whatever they should be called, appears to be taking up residence in the region, which is not all that large but which has a couple of important connections to other regions. Fweddit has been part of the coalition for a while now… I think. I just don’t hear much about them, they disappeared of the sov map for a while, and their logo doesn’t appear in official Imperium propaganda videos.
But there they are holding space in Cloud Ring along side Goonswarm, so they must still be on the team, and they’ll be our bulwark against Black Legion.
That all means we are holding eight regions, which annoys me for purely aesthetic reasons. I thought “The Seven Regions” was close enough to “The Seven Kingdoms” from Game of Thrones to be amusing. I guess I won’t be able to beat that joke into the ground. The lands of The Imperium have condensed though.
So amidst all of that, TNT is focusing on Tribute as our new home, a region we will be sharing with Circle of Two. That puts us on the doorstep of Venal, and NPC controlled null sec region, and just a few jumps away from our friends in Mordus Legion. It also, oddly enough, puts me potentially a couple jumps away from the first system I was blown up in (such a tale too, go click on that link) playing EVE Online, M-OEE8.
The move also puts me close to my original home in Caldari space. It is just five gates from M-OEE8 to Hageken, the system where I first set up shop after finishing up my initial missions in Jita. I remember feeling like I had gone WAY off the grid back then. It was the wild west, with people looting jet cans and getting feisty over asteroids and such. I lost a very badly fit Caracal to a jet can thief. That 0.6 security status was off the hook!
Now I look at the map and see I made it all of six jumps from Jita on my first venture. Well, it seemed daring back then! I still have a pile of stuff, including a Moa cruiser, in the Caldari Navy Assembly Plant station in Hageken.
So that is where I will be headed, at least once I get back north. I’ve moved most of my stuff down there already, leaving some strategic doctrine ships, and a jump clone, up in the coalition staging system at YA0-XJ. But the bulk junk is down in Tribute. We shall see how the new location plays out.