One other topic came up pretty frequently during the Fatal Ascension deployment to Syndicate that I thought was pretty interesting. But it will need a little introducing before I can really explain it.
An important fact to remember about EVE's Syndicate region is that it's made up of 15 little pockets of between four and ten systems each. Ten out of 15 of these pockets are easily-defended dead-end pockets. If someone gets too aggressive in "your" pocket, it's a pretty easy matter to trap them inside. That's one of the reasons I made the case back in January about how much more aggressively an alliance living in Syndicate "holds sov" than an alliance that actually holds sov.
Syndicate-dwellers live in the region, and if you come by, you'll see us living there. And when we go out looking for PvP, we don't have to go far at all. Many of the pockets have corps or alliances living there, and very few of us have positive standings set with anyone else. A 20-jump roam there-and-back through eastern Syndicate will bring you into contact with three or four different unaffiliated groups, depending on time zone.
But if you don't know that, you might not realize that in this way, Syndicate is unusual. In most of the 0.0 regions in EVE, the dwellers are friendly with each other. Again, I'll use the CFC as an example, specifically the Pure Blind region. The sovereignty map shows four groups living there (including FA), but all four are friendly with the others. They don't engage in PvP with each other, and cooperate. They have to go to other regions to find PvP.
A lot of FA players apparently didn't make this distinction, and just naturally assumed that since their region is a mass of groups friendly to each other, our region must be the same. They acted as if they were fighting a nebulous "Syndicate alliance"... which of course didn't exist. Hell, we didn't even share intel about FA movements. Sure, Syndicate-dwellers might temp-blue for a special occasion or fleet fight, such as the pasting FA took from the combined Rooks and Kings/Agony Unleashed gang. But that isn't the norm and other than that one occurrence, didn't happen here.
Nevertheless, it was fun to see FA members talk to Rote Kapelle members about how many of "our" POSes had been killed. The correct answer is that zero Rote POSes were killed. The ones FA killed had nothing to do with us, or indeed with any Syndicate-dweller except the actual alliance that owned the POS.
In the larger sense, it was equally fun to watch FA swing wildly at the "Syndicate alliance" phantom in terms of fleet sizes. When their Wyvern self-destructed, there were 100 FA members docked up in the same system, likely more than enough to save it. But that was early in the deployment, when FA was sure that the "Syndicate alliance" would form up to fall on any super-cap or capital fleet launched to save their tackled Wyvern. It also took them quite a while to realize that the "Syndicate alliance" wasn't going to form up a 150 man Abaddon fleet to contest their alpha fleet actions. ;-)
And finally, it was also fun to listen to FA smack-talk that obviously nobody living in Syndicate was any good, because if we were "good", we'd obviously be holding sov somewhere, natch.
Anyway, just a topic that I found kind of amusing. Sov-holders, I realize that independent small-gang corps and alliances have been hunted to extinction where you live. But outside of sov space there's still a few of us around. Just... you know... FYI.
Finally and incidentally, if you're in a smaller corp or alliance looking to make that jump yourselves, several really nice pockets in Syndicate are currently unoccupied. We've had a bit of an exodus from the region lately, which means those pockets are now wide open to new corps or alliances looking to try 0.0. A pretty nifty unoccupied "starter pocket" is the 59H-0G constellation. It has a low-sec exit, four dead-end systems for bearing or PI, four cloning stations all with safe undocks, and an ice belt. Most of west Syndicate is also completely open. And of course, the region remains the capital of small-gang low-commitment PvP. Just something to think about for those of you out there thinking about it. You know who you are.