With the exit of FI.RE from the southeast of null sec, the open question has been what will happen to the territory that they evacuated?
Neither adjacent bloc, PanFam in the northeast and the Imperium in the southwest, seemed interested in the space and but were unhappy with the idea that it would fall under the control of the other. Meanwhile the area has already started to fall apart after FI.RE’s departure looking at the sov maps.
It was announced yesterday that PanFam and its allies and the Imperium have come to an agreement, along with WinterCo, and signed a treaty that will limit bloc expansion into the southeast of null sec.
The treaty covers the following regions in the southeast:
- Scalding Pass
- Wicked Creek
- Insmother (partial)
- Tenerifis (partial)
The partial zones are due to Pademic Horde and Slyce taking some systems on their boarder in Insmother.
Likewise, the Imperium is taking some systems in Tenerifis that are adjacent to its territory.
The agreement states that Those regions are now open for unaffiliated alliances to use, meaning alliances that are not affiliated with any of the four major blocs (B3, Imperium, PanFam, Winterco).
The major blocs can still roam through the area for content, but they have agreed not to take sides in any conflict within the area and to not attack sovereignty or structures of those who take up residence in the area.
In addition, no rental activity of any sort will be allowed within the designated region.
The agreement is slated to last for one year, at which point those party to the agreement can decide whether to extend it or not.
The signatories to the agreement are:
- Asher Elias of The Imperium
- Dark Shines of The Initiative.
- Gobbins of Pandemic Horde
- Hedliner of Pandemic Legion
- Noraus of Fraternity, leader of WinterCo
- Riotrick of Slyce
- Vince Draken of Nothern Coalition
Not represented as signatories were any of B3 coalition’s leadership. B3 resides in the northeast of null sec and includes many of the former FI.RE members who fled the southeast, so perhaps their agreement to leave the area alone was implied already.
The idea seems to be to allow space for smaller groups to come to and explore sovereign null sec. How it will play out remains to be seen.
Before World War Bee the Imperium used to use Querious as an incubator region for small alliances wishing to try and spread their wings. Querious Fight Club, as it was called, had specific rules to keep groups from being destroyed quickly, enforced by the long arm of the Imperium. However the war washed all of that away and Querious has since become a home to core Imperium members.
How the southeast will fare under the new treaty remains to be seen.