The Cream Rises, and Gets Scooped Off
Posted by Corelin
So TEST has had a bit of a rough go of it in Aridia. Down 1/3 of their members in fact. And if some were booted, many, even most, were not. In any organization the cream rises to the top. There it can be seen, observed, studied, and stolen. There are many who have left TEST who didn’t have the cojones to deal with the upheaval. There were far more who had better opportunities elsewhere, especially with as many frenemies as TEST had.
Of note to me is Di-Tron, formerly the core of Atlas. Enlightened Industries, a 2011 TEST corp. Ponywaffe, which joined Di-Tron in Insidious Empire, not to mention the numerous defections to Black Legion and the leadership that has abandoned ship. TEST is bleeding talent out of proportion with the numbers of players they’ve lost. Which is something of an achievement when you’ve lost 5000 members in the last week.
So today TEST announced that they would harass Fountain. The good news is they won’t be taxing their leaders by demanding that they set up safespots, they should have good ones already. The problem is TEST is announcing this while still pouring random liquids on the million house fires they have burning in Aridia. They thought they were stepping on a roach nest in the classy russians of Infernal Octopus, instead they got scorpions. But really who could forsee Russians fighting with determination and fury when defending their homelands? When has this ever happened before? They thought they’d get breathing room to recover their strength, in a region that has connections to *Deep Breath* Delve, Fountain, Khanid, Solitude, Genesis, and 2 jumps into Solitude takes you into Syndicate *Gasp*. But surely there’s no one that could set up a midpoint cyno in Khanid, Ertoo or Hophib for Titan Bridges. So having moved from the fire into the frying pan TEST has decided that dancing on the edge of the pan and dipping their toes in the fire is preferable to out and out frying pan treatment.
Edit: Apparently the folks of Infernal Octopus use this gif to show how well TEST has moved them out (other than whomping some POS towers)
Good luck with that.
TEST still has the solid for of (D)Redditors to keep the alliance extant, but beyond that their ability to project power is more on par with an alliance less than a quarter their size (yet still in the top 20 alliances size wise) their ability to SUSTAIN that power projection is practically nil. They are broke on many levels. Their leadership capital is probably damn near negative. Their personnel capitol is scraping the bottom for an alliance half their size. Their money capital is a well advertised nil. I wouldn’t trade places with Booda if he promised to not touch all the wallets exactly as they are. They still have their super fleet, and they have their name. They don’t have a name. They don’t have enough FCs to run any kinda of a fleet, their logistics is beyond a shambles, yet they will survive. They will get pounded. They might fall below 6000 members. If they purge inactives they might fall below 3000, and they will take body blows on the way. They cannot realistically hope to drive FA from fountain. They can only hope to take some heat off the frantically reorganizing nullbears in Aridia. Some of the heat. Not a lot because the Russians will be there, as will the rest of the Aridia locals. TEST has been lucky running 80 man fleets around to pop Infernal structures, that kind of fleet looks awfully tempting to many of the folks in the area.
TEST has launched a campaign in Fountain when I cannot believe for a second that they have any clue what capabilities they really have to bring to the field beyond shitposting. They need to establish leaders who will be there for more than a week. They need to take stock of what they really have, even if it means mass kickings of people who can’t be arsed to show up or even log in. They need to take the time to get people on the same page, get them organized and get them moving in a direction that makes sense. They need time to develop a fresh crop of folks. They need time for cream to rise to the top, and time away from the spotlight so it doesn’t get crapped on or stolen before it’s any good.