Carebears with Fangs also have Legs.
LATE EDIT: Adding a song that shoulda been in there from the beginning.
A few months back Mord Fiddle of Fiddler’s Edge made a post about “Carebears with Teeth” being the most valuable commodity in EvE. He made this post when NC was ascendant and looking untouchable. Things changed. Things changed FAST.
Now I’m not 100% certain of all the actions in the campaign that led to the NCs fall. But I have noticed something, I waited to see if Mord would strike with a post since it was his story, but his latest post didn’t take up the theme I had hoped it will. You will have to pardon me if I am neither as insightful or well written as Mord, but it is something that needs to be said.
Carebears with Teeth are invaluable in Nullsec. They feed the supercap machine, they drive the economy and they form the bulk of the defense fleets out there. They are the armed settlers that tame the wilderness. They are also apparently a disloyal bunch. Or that is they are loyal mostly to themselves.
They are out in nullsec to make money. As the great Danny DeVito said “Everybody needs money. That’s why they call it MONEY!” and carebears live by that creed. When NC was rolling along unopposed, or even ran into hiccups like the MAXX campaigns they were happy to yarr in and fight in the few battles forced on them, happy and confident that they will soon be back to mining, plexing, and all the happy moneymaking they can handle. Then came the DRF. As it turns out multi-month deployments don’t sit well with people whose primary interest is in making money. Then things got ugly.
Enter Strategic Operations Brigade. A small sov holding renter deep in DRF space. Not deployed. Not fighting. Carebearing it up. Half of R.A.G.E. seems to be in it, out in the middle of nowhere in Detroid. And they aren’t the only alliance of this type.
It doesn’t take a genius to see how this fell out. Your carebear corp has been deployed away from its home for months, NOT making money, supposedly to defend space, and your FCs aren’t even putting the fleets into fights because they have become too intimidated by the opposition. Suddenly you get an offer “Quit fighting, come over to our side, we don’t want you in the fight we want you to just make money,”
I don’t think that it was a flood, but I bet at least some corps were all about the offer after some VERY short discussions. Its not a hard choice between a side that isn’t fighting for its own territory and a side that’s winning overwhelmingly and offering you a safe spot light-years from any hostiles. Part of me wants to damn them for their disloyalty, another part of me wants to applaud them for their mercenary values.
The takeaway for all this is that the settlers that make up the lifeblood will fight for you, but not for long, and not if you blueball them all the time. If you don’t let them do what they want a good portion of the time, someone else will.