I'm not one of those guys that throws the word "ancestral" around lightly, but if there's any system in New Eden that deserves the moniker, it was until today C-J6MT, the ancestral home of Red Alliance.
This system has been Red Alliance's capital since before systems were referred to as "capitals". ;-) They've held the system on and off (mostly on) since there was a C-J6MT. Sure, they've lost it a time or two. Atlas pushed them out twice in 2009, for instance, and Atlas held it until their collapse in late summer 2010.
The thing about "See Tack Jay", though, is that even if you push Red out, they always come back, and they come back twice as big, twice as mean, and twice as pissed off. Russia has never lost Moscow to an invader for more than a few days, but I like to think that if they ever did, their reaction to that calamity would be roughly the same as Red Alliance's reaction to losing C-J when it happens.
It's kind of funny because the system itself isn't that good. It's difficult to defend, sitting as it does on a major crossroads between Etherium Reach, Scalding Pass, and Wicked Creek. The true-sec is terrible, the planets are terrible, and the mining is worse. Maybe if you could use the system as a staging hub for PvP, it'd be nice, but you can't because it's such a bad system that it's soon surrounded by a mass of friendly territory, taken more as an afterthought (or later, for psychological reasons) than as a true base. If it wasn't for the NPC station it supported, there would be nothing whatsoever to recommend the system.
But today, as of 0118 EVE time 7 March, that station is in the hands of Against ALL Authorities.
I find myself having somewhat mixed emotions about it.
I've been on the receiving end of three Red Alliance invasions, most notably alongside that very same destruction of Atlas. Red has never ever been shy about invading other people's territory, and they're good at it (Delve residents, take note). And I know -A- has been on the receiving end of this, and was dying for some payback. So, in that sense, I'm glad. Someone finally and forcefully shoved a whole lot of Red's own medicine down their throat. I'd be lying if I didn't say I hope they choke on it.
On the other hand, a bit of EVE's history has ended today, maybe temporarily, maybe permanently. And I can't help feeling a little wistful about that, too.
There's also a bit of a warning here. Against ALL Authorities (and your allies), great job today. You worked hard, and definitely earned your victory from what I heard. But keep in mind what happened to the last alliance that captured Red's ancestral home system...