Our little corp had seen a bunch of changes over the last 2 weeks and I would be remiss not to quickly give my 0.02 ISK to the situation.
Mme. Thalys over at Emergent Patroller explained the situation in more detail and with pretty much the same sentiment as I could. I shan’t repeat her excellent narration but the the short version is:
- plan and our motivation was for our single nullsec corporation to be folded back into the Lost in EVE Alliance.
- For the Alliance to be allied with a large powerbloc in nullsec.
- For the Wormholes and the nullsec corps to live happily side-by-side and support each other.
In other words, there had been no secret that one fine day soon, we (the wormholers) would find ourselves in alliance with a nullsec bloc of some sort. This combination offered us a unique selling point for the recruitment and retention of pilots and since it had never been done before (to the best of our knowledge) it was a unique selling proposition for both the alliance and its corporations. We capitalized on it and recruited heavily, being backed by a well-known podcast helped.
For me personally, it had always been a double-edged sword. I clearly understood the attraction of trying a “sector-spanning” alliance but I never was comfortable with the concept of being associated with nullsec life style. In the dozens of interviews that I conducted with recruits, the nullsec experience was always considered as a blemish on a pilot’s career record especially if the corp was allied with eg. Goons, Russians or TEST. It didn’t matter much what the actual pilot did, they were guilty by association. Nullsec is a cesspool, no matter how much you wash after you swam in it, you will always stink.
And then we had some theft, orchestrated by a TEST pilot who dropped out of TEST for the purpose to join our corp, rob us and then rejoin TEST. He was impatient and stupid and damage was limited but it was clear that his alliance and corporation tolerates and encourages theft and similar shenanigans. I personally lost a Tengu and a fully loaded Drake – probably 50% of my working capital. Our sister corp was hit harder even, for a bizarre reason that was also nullsec-related, details are not really that interesting – theft is theft for whatever motivation.
So, I made up my mind, when the day comes where we are setting ourselves “Blue” to a known nullsec powerbloc and fold the nullsec corp back into our alliance, I will quit and find a new home. I was going to do this without drama, plenty of transition time for the team take to care of the things I do. Also I planned no attempt of starting a new corp or otherwise giving the impression that things are not in order. To this end, I prepared my assets, started packing, trained successors and generally was looking forward to start something new in New Eden. I clearly informed our alliance leader of this and emphasized that I spoke as a player / person not for the corp. Nobody else knew about my decision. Shame my alliance leader who I had supported for >1 year through his various personal and in-game drama episodes flew off a handle over my decision. He expected that his ideas are carried out without any question from his underlings I suppose. Anyway.
On the corporation level, some questions were raised that needed answering. The most important was security. Being aligned with a nullsec bloc would make us instantly into a strategic asset and viable target for those that we are at war with. Neither on corp level nor the alliance level did we discuss these implications.
This omission was raised in a director’s call (which I missed, RL has started again) and the consequences are now clear. We quit the alliance with all WH corporations leaving the nullsec entities running their own path. To be clear, we did not set them blue, we do not have any further agreements with them and the ties are completely cut. For someone who put a lot of hours in building this dream, this was actually quite hard. Not even a “thank you” from the alliance leadership.
I guess I could go all bitter and rage for a while but I don’t. I am extremely happy that we are out of the Alliance and don’t have to play by someone else’s playbook. We are exposed to the normal dangers in WHs but we are not inviting large scale wars by being associated with a known entity. Evicting us is as easy now as it was before but the bragging rights are much reduced. We are just a couple of WH corps now and below most people’s radar.
And thats the way I like it.