CCP has their monthly New Eden economic report out for April 2018 so it is time once again to see where the various regions rank.
I started doing posts about the monthly economic report (MER) in part to watch how Delve, the home region of the Imperium, was doing compared to that of competing coalitions. By that sort of measure the whole things has gotten a bit dull with the repetition of “Delve wins again…” when it comes to various metrics, such as mining output.
One of the responses I figured would come in time would be the rise of some competitor, some group set to vie with the economic power of Delve. Every month I look again for a challenger, but every month I seem to see much of the same instead, and April’s numbers seem true to form, starting with mining output.
Once again Delve is at the top of the list, a point yet again accentuated by the accompanying bar graph. (As always, you can click in the charts to see them in full, or at least more legible, size.)
The region held steady it total value mined, though with a further dip in overall mineral prices, that may mean more actual ore, as measures by volume, was actually extracted from the region.
Delve remains a happy place for those tending the asteroid fields, farming them for their ore, as this actual picture from Delve indicates.
Perhaps more interesting these days is where mining output is going down. Fade, Pure Blind, and Deklein, where we have been fighting a guerilla war against Guardians of the Galaxy, saw another down turn. Deklein was especially hard hit, with output dropping from 1.36 trillion ISK in value in March to just 455 billion ISK in April.
But other places of recent conflict have been down as well. Cobalt Edge, in the process of changing hands, saw a large drop. Providence remains suppressed as part of the PL invasion of the region. And even Querious, a holding of the Imperium, is down, likely due to NCDot deploying to Gehi to spur fights around there.
NPC bounties show a similar pattern.
As the bar chart clearly indicates, Delve remains out in front on this measure as well.
While Pure Blind and Deklein both continue to decline due to our adventures in the north, Fade held steady though the number was small. Branch, on the other hand, remained on par with last month. Branch is the one GotG region outside of the reach of our deployment, so remains a safe(r) place for them to rat.
Meanwhile high sec saw a slight increase in its piece of the bounty pie.
In April high sec had 7.2% of the bounties, up from 6.3% in March. That boost seems to have come as a dip in the overall amount of bounties as April wrapped up.
High sec activity, as measured by agent mission rewards, remains a constant while bounty payments fluctuate.
On trade value The Forge, home of Jita, remains the leader.
It continues of dominate so hard that the bar graph is only worth looking at when you remove it.
With The Forge excluded Domain, with the Amarr trade hub, continues to rule. (Domain is also pretty strong for high sec mining, coming in fourth place overall and ahead of The Forge.) Delve is behind that, but pretty strong for a null sec region.
When it comes to contracts though, The Forge’s lead dwindles.
The strength of Delve when it comes to contracts seems likely tied to production, as selling fully equipped ships (common for doctrine ships or when you order a capital or a super capital) boosts that.
For whatever reason there was only a bar graph for production this month, so actual values are missing. Delve stands out in front, though I suspect that if we were able to add up the regions around Jita, which include Lonetrek and The Citadel in addition to The Forge, we would find that those together out-produced Delve. (I could find this in the raw data, but I’m not feeling motivated enough to go download that.)
Anyway, production continues in Delve sufficient to outpace any null sec aspirant.
Then there is the regional summary chart, which I like because it stacks up a number of key items into one picture.
Last month I ended on some questions, which I guess I should try to answer. They were:
- Will Fade, Pure Blind, and Deklein remain down?
- Will the Space Violence SIG showing up in the north push them down further?
- Will the “Bee Control” attacks on Delve suppress its numbers?
- Will the Locust Fleet boost Querious mining?
- Will Delve production remain this high?
- Am I going to have to bring up Fountain at some point?
I am going to call it, “Yes, yes, no, no, yes, maybe.”
And so it goes. Another month and not much real change in who is doing what and where.