It was announced in a broadcast this past evening that alliance
While FCON still holds two thirds of their sovereignty, it is up on the north flank of The Imperium, in the Branch region, beyond the range that the coalition can possibly defend from it staging system in Saranen. With The Initiative and Razor space in neighboring Tenal having been almost completely overrun by this point, FCON could no doubt see the writing on the wall.
FCON is the third alliance to leave The Imperium during the war.
As with SMA, which announced its departure earlier this week, FCON leaves The Imperium on good terms and with blue standings. FCON takes with it ~3,500 capsuleers, down from ~4,200 at the start of the war.
FCON’s plans have not yet been announced/leaked, but one can presume that they, like SMA, will look for a more quiet slice of space in which to regroup and decide what is next for their alliance.
Meanwhile, The Mittani has put out a war update entitled Forging of the Goonhammer which lays out the plan for continuing the struggle against those who would oppose The Imperium, with CO2 topping the list of traitors to be dealt with. FCON members and corps can join GSF if they wish to continue the fight, though the declaration of a “hellwar” means a protracted struggle with no sign of a return to happier times for the foreseeable future. FCON, being a different culture than GSF (for example, FCON members were not allowed to participate in Burn Jita/Burn Amarr), it seems unlikely that there will be much movement between the two.
Addendum: FCON’s alliance announcement has been posted over at TMC. Their plan is apparently to conquer sov elsewhere in New Eden on their own.