Summer has arrived! Following the closing of World War Bee, the north continues to be quite active…
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I am still not convinced that one side in a war, much less those calling things safely from the sidelines, can declare a war is done and pretend that ongoing fighting is something else entirely. (That said, I am happy to see the return of Updates Blog activity.)
Perhaps one might say that the operation, styled as “World War Bee” by one side, is over? Some of us in the north have been fighting since before that name was even a thing, and we carry on fighting now that the operation has been unilaterally declared done. Certainly plenty of individuals have said they are done with the war, but some of the same old names have carried on since January.
The again, we haven’t been doing ourselves any favors when it comes to reminding people that the war is still ongoing and that we form up every night. The Mittani dot Com, or however you’re supposed to write that out (I usually just refer to them as TMC), has barely made a passing reference to the war in the last few weeks, with the last actual post about the war being Matterall’s article way back on the third of June. Some organ of the state we have there.
Of course the flip side of that is, if some of our foes wish to declare the war over and move off to other places, that certainly seems to be to our benefit. Maybe letting the war be “over,” for whatever definition of over one might care to choose, is a better plan.
And on the “over” front, Pandemic Legion has been reported to be pulling out of Saranen in what one wag over the weekend referred to as the “PLExit.”
The most common response to this pull out that I have seen is that PL always holes up some place to prepare for the Alliance Tournament. Of course the dates for that were just announced, putting the whole thing out in November. Does PL really go dormant for a third of the year over an event that requires maybe 50 people tops out of an alliance of more than 2,000 characters?
Anyway, war or not, tournament or not, the pressure on Saranen has relaxed noticeably, leading to GSF taking a system in Pure Blind over the weekend.
93PI-4 is on the other side of Saranen’s gate to null sec, and was once PL’s base of operations. Now it is in Imperium hands, the station, ihub, and TCU having been taken and held.
A small start. We shall see if it develops further. NCDot is still in the neighborhood and we continue to fight them on a nightly basis.
Meanwhile, in another corner of Pure Blind, Imperium alliance LAWN, whose numbers were cut in half recently when the corporation The Graduates moved over to The Initiative, taking 368 characters with them, still managed to find the wherewithal to take not just one system, but a whole constellation in the region.
Dare we draw hope from these minor gains?
I doubt we will have the forces to reconquer even half of the space we lost over the last few months, and all the more so if we plan to do it the hard way. I have said in the past that I am not a fan of The Mittani’s book of grudges, where he has declared we will seek revenge on every last group who fought against us. That isn’t practical, and even the new occupants of our space, who complain loudly and at length when called the CFC 2.0, are still blue-ish to each other. They are okay fighting each other, but territory is inviolate, indicating that the age of coalitions and agreements is far from gone. Different, but not so different.
There will have to be some coming to terms with the new state of affairs in the north, and we will have to have the flexibility to make new agreements if we can. We are going to want some territory back, one way or another. The only group that is completely beyond the pale is Circle of Two. I would personally endorse any agreement or alliance that allowed us to send them packing after their betrayal. I would ally with TEST or anybody else and forswear any claim on Deklein to take Tribute. But that might just be me.
And any of that is all out in the future. Nobody is going to deal with us because we captured a system or a constellation. So we form up every night to press forward. The war still goes on for us.