War, What is it Good For!
So the drums of war are beating. Sort of. In that “What the fuck are you smoking?” sort of manner.
Before I get into this I have a disclaimer: I am pretty much getting the CFC side of things. While I have friends in TEST, they aren’t really the “Core Personality” that people think of when they think of TEST. The forums, major channels, and the public information is what I can base this off of, so I am freely admitting that I might be wildly wrong.
Now I pretty much understand a couple things. First: TEST has a diplo that makes me look like a sophisticated, subtle driver. Thanks for that. Second: FA and TEST are having some serious pre-existing issues that probably need to be dealt with. Third: TEST’s inferiority complex is driving a lot of their “Core Personality” types. More on this in a moment. Fourth: The “Srs bizness” folks are shaking their heads, but playing along for the chance at some seriously awesome fleet battles. Fifth: Nothing will come of this.
I’m not going to talk too much about points one and two. TheMittani.com has more or less exhausted THAT possibility. Point three needs some explanation. I’m not saying TEST is an inferior alliance. They are most assuredly not. They have written themselves into the front page of the EvE Alliance list. They lead one of the biggest Coalitions to grace Null right now, and their leadership have worked damn hard and are rightfully proud of what they have achieved. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t a perception, both inside and outside of TEST, that this success is “tainted” by the assistance rendered to them by Goons. Personally I don’t buy too much stock in that belief, but for people who seek excuses or seek to instigate hostilities, that perception is a HUGE button. Bright red. Labeled “DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON”
Like I said, I don’t regard TEST as an inferior Alliance. I don’t regard HBC as an inferior Coalition. They clearly have enough military might, enough strategic skill, and enough diplomatic skill to thrive in the current EvE Paradigm. Right now there are elements within them that need a fight, and the list of opponents who might fight them is thin. They have an excuse, they have a rallying cry, and they have a button to press that will cause “TEH RAEG” to drive things to a head.
Mittens and PL are both looking at this with a more jaded eye. Were their leaders the kind for pithy comments I’m sure the average comment would be one of “wut?” or “SMH” but their disdain for the ham-handed workings of the TEST “Diplomat” is clear, as is their dislike for the entire war.
Finally this won’t be a war for territory. Alliances will be hurt, and FA will likely suffer out of all proportion to any other alliance’s suffering. TEST might suffer a little. Goons might try different things to keep the war effort “fresh.” PL may or may not be involved. I think they will act to prevent things from getting too serious. Goons don’t want more territory. TEST doesn’t want more territory. PL only cares for moons. The pets are all content, and while many of them want a fight, they don’t want to be blueballed all the time, and as an ideological war this one is a bit of a dud since it’s Pot vs. Kettle.
All and all I wouldn’t mind the war. I doubt it will turn into North Vs. South. This won’t be a war for survival (except maybe for FA.) It won’t be a war of competing ideologies, or styles. It will just be a war if the participants show up and fight. It would be the exact opposite of the old saw “What if they held a war and nobody came.” It would be a war they held just because people came.