Last night we were out and about in the south attacking a few constellations and getting a few kills against TEST and friends in the process.
The nice thing about flying in a smaller fleet is that you get the kill mail a lot more frequently than you do when you are out with 250 of your close friends.
Anyway, while we were out it was announced on coms that Mordus Angels had finally wrested some sovereignty from The Imperium after diligently attacking various points in Pure Blind since the day Fozzie sov went live. They took ION-FG from FCON.
This was FCON’s, or Fidelas Constans’ (Latin for “Reliably Bad”), only holding in Pure Blind, a lone system without a station, some distance from their main territory up in the Branch region, but just eight jumps from the Mordus Angels staging system 5ZXX-K.
Still, a victory for Mordus Angels. They are now, if not actually on the sov map, at least listed on the changes with the other big alliances.
Now of course the question is, what happens next? Mordus Angels has a grip on a system without a station in a region where The Imperium has been hunting them for the last two weeks. Their own hold on the system was attacked once somebody woke up and saw that the system had fallen. And it is a pretty safe bet that a large Imperium fleet will drop on that constellation when the timer runs down and the system becomes vulnerable. The count down is already up on Timer Board.
So, Fozzie sov working as designed or not?
A smaller alliance (~1200 pilots) was able to take sovereignty from a larger alliance (~4x their size) and a giant coalition (~40K pilots). They system is working! We ran out and did the same thing to Darkness a little while back, way down in Querious, and we’re doing the same thing in another region down south as well.
On the flip side, there is no chance they will be able to hold that system. Sneaking in and taking a system is very different than holding it. Holding a system requires you to stand up to the attacker. We lost our gain down in Querious and I don’t suspect we will hold anything else down south. We just don’t live there. But we can make the people who do live there run around chasing us.
Sovereignty that is easier take… remains easier to take, and has the potential to turn into a new sort of sov grind where, instead of ongoing fights over the old structures with huge fleets until one side is exhausted, it will be ongoing defense fleets to drive off interlopers until one side is exhausted. It is just easier for a smaller force to tire out a larger one now. But the smaller one still can’t hold a system until the other side gives up.
I suspected that when Fozzie sov hit, we would be a while hitting the new equilibrium in null sec, the inevitable stable state that is generally reached some point after a change to the game. The changes are only two weeks old at this point, so nearly 280 systems in play is probably to be expected. But what will it look like in a month or two when exhaustion does set in?
Addendum: And the story ended about as expected.