I heard Monday on comms that Pandemic Horde was packing up to move. This was confirmed later via an article over at INN. PH were going to leave their home in Fade, Pure Blind, and a bit of Cloud Ring, and move east to pick up space in Geminate. That space was being vacated by the Russians who were going to consolidate deeper into null sec after Triumvirate gave up in Insmother.
That will actually put Pandemic Horde up tight against the rest of PanFam who sprawl across Tribute, Tenal, and Vale of the Silent, the latter sharing a border with Geminate. That is probably a good move for them as it makes for a tighter center of mass for PanFam.
Move ops should be fun as people line up to try and catch them exposed on the path to their new home.
But it raises the question of who will move into the vacated space once PH finishes relocating?
Certainly the Guardians of the Galaxy Coalition, led by Darkness, seems a likely candidate. One of their members, Mordus Legion, already holds some space in Pure Blind. But do they want to shepherd that much space?
One of the oft commented upon/complained about aspects of the current situation in null sec is that you do not need to control nearly as much space to have sufficient access to mining and ratting to keep your members happy. The Imperium, for the most part, is fine just in Delve, as the monthly economic report indicates. Farms and fields.
The Initiative went and took much of Fountain when the previous situation there fell apart, not so much out of need as the fact that the space was there to be taken. That put the reach of The Imperium up to the border with Cloud Ring and not so far from Fade and Pure Blind. There went the neighborhood. So PH’s move puts them a bit further from that mess.
Guardians of the Galaxy will no doubt scoop up the remains of Fade, which is small and in which they had maintained a foothold already. The western half of Pure Blind however seems like a lot of space for them to keep an eye on.
And Cloud Ring seems right out. Cloud Ring is already a bit of the Wild West with even some Gallente Faction Warfare pilots, off on a lark, grabbing the Assilot constellation in the region back in September, space that they still hold today.
I guess Cloud Ring could just roll along on its own, but western Pure Blind… GotG either have to take it to cover themselves or get somebody they can deal with to move in. Maybe Tri is looking for a new home?
Then again, Pure Blind isn’t anybody’s favorite region… unless you like to hole up in the NPC in the middle and hot drop on the things. So it will be interesting to see who ends up there and if they will live there or just hold it to keep somebody else from living there.
On the one hand, it is probably good that null sec is now all largely livable space without the useless systems that made people spread out. On the other, if you told me five years ago that there would be chunks of prime, livable null sec that people wouldn’t want to bother with I might have laughed.
Anyway, we will have to see what develops in the hole in the north left by Pandemic Horde’s move.