This covers the first month of the war, which means there is a month lag from what we see in this data and what is going on right now. Still, this might indicate some of the impact of the war.
Starting with minerals, which saw a decline in price last month, we see a resumption of the price climb we have been witnessing over the last few months.
Minerals were up a sharp tick again, pulling up the Primary Producer Price Index with it and flattening the decline of the Secondary Producer Price Index and the overall Consumer Price Index.
Was this war related? It seems likely.
While I reported on Tuesday that destruction overall in New Eden was down in July, the large null sec factions were also creating war time supply chains to keep the war going, so there was likely a lot of stockpiling in staging bases. There was a point when there were fewer than two dozen Muninns on the market in Jita, one of the key hulls used by both sides.
As for where mining is going on, high sec still seems to be the prime location:
- The Forge 1.56 trillion (High Sec)
- Domain – 1.29 trillion (High Sec)
- Metropolis – 1.23 trillion (High Sec)
- Sinq Laison – 1.22 trillion (High Sec)
- Lonetrek – 1.21 trillion (High Sec)
- Oasa – 957 billion (PandaFam)
- The Citadel – 914 billion (High Sec)
- Tash-Murkon – 876 billion (High Sec)
- Everyshore – 788 billion (High Sec)
- Perrigen Falls – 785 billion (PandaFam)
Eight of the top ten regions is high sec, with the other two regions falling with in the Fraternity areas of PandaFam space in the northeast of null sec. For the first time in what seems like forever, no Imperium regions made the cut. But there is a war going on.
The total amount mined was 29 trillion ISK in value, up from 24 trillion ISK in June. Some of that was no doubt due to demand pushing up the price, but there was probably more mined over all to get that big of a jump.
Then there are NPC bounties, the big ISK faucet in the game. Those went up a bit, with 57.7 trillion ISK in bounties paid out, up from the 54.2 trillion ISK taken in June.
As with June, PandaFam still holds the crown for most NPC bounties with the top ten regions looking like this:
- Oasa – 6.36 trillion (PandaFam)
- Cobalt Edge – 3.87 trillion (PandaFam)
- Perrigen Falls – 3.22 trillion (PandaFam)
- Branch – 2.66 trillion (PandaFam)
- The Kalevala Expanse – 2.31 trillion (PandaFam)
- Insmother – 2.04 trillion (Legacy)
- Delve – 1.93 trillion (Imperium)
- Malpais – 1.90 trillion (PandaFam)
- Vale of the Silent – 1.71 trillion (mixed small groups)
- Detorid – 1.70 trillion (Legacy)
The six PandaFam regions in the top ten represent more than one third of all NPC bounties claimed in July, so you know who is getting rich while the fighting is going on down in the southwest of null sec.
Finally, I want to look at trade values for regions. One of the events that occurred during August was the fall of Niarja to the Triglavians, turning that system into a combat free-for-all and cutting the direct shipping route between Amarr in Domain and Jita in The Forge.
Because of this, there were many questions about what impact this cut would have. Would it help or hurt Amarr? Would it boost the lesser trade hubs of Hek, Dodixie, and Rens. Well, maybe we can answer that over the long term, starting with the August MER. But first we need to take a snapshot of the state of things in July to get the “before” picture. So here were the top ten regions for trade in July, with their key trade system of affiliation noted:
- The Forge – 454 trillion (Jita)
- Domain – 36 trillion (Amarr)
- Delve – 20 trillion (Imperium)
- Sinq Laison – 16 trillion (Dodixie)
- Lonetrek – 14 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
- Metropolis 7.7 trillion (Hek)
- Heimatar 7.1 trillion (Rens)
- The Kalevala Expanse 6.3 trillion (PandaFam)
- Esoteria 5 trillion (Legacy)
- Essence 4.8 trillion (Gallente High Sec)
Jita (with the Perimeter trading citadels) naturally stands far ahead of all the rest. Amarr is comfortably in second, with Delve at about half its value in third place. After that the value starts to drop off.
Now we will have to see if there are significant changes come the August MER and further on. Maybe that will tell us if the fall of Niarja had real significance or not.
Anyway, that is my look at the July 2020 MER. You can find all the data and charts available on the dev blog post if you want to look into it yourself.
Others on the MER: