So, let's talk about Delve War V a bit.
First, I have to say that I'm really impressed with this introductory write-up by Elise Randolph. Elise usually goes with a lot of purple prose and an overblown writing style. This time, he keeps things simple, descriptive, and eloquent. It's some of the best writing about EVE that I've seen all year. So even if you're not at all interested in sov politics, go out and give it a read. It's worth your time, and the piece will give you a great background about what all the fuss is about.
Speaking as two-time sov resident and current sov outsider, there doesn't seem to be any reason any longer to keep major assets in stations that can be captured. One of the blows that the "Southern Coalition" has taken in this war is the spy-caused sov flip of one of their major holding systems. When this happens, the players involved lose docking rights and with it, the ability to extract major assets stored in that station in any numbers.
When pressed, -A- has a history of falling back to NPC 0.0 and usually stages their major assets out of NPC space anyway. And it's increasingly a smart move. More and more, control of capturable stations is lost not through incompetence on the battle-field, but incompetence within the leadership structure of alliances months before the battle starts. You would think after the last few years that alliances would be better about keeping spies and saboteurs out at the highest level, but the fact is that most alliance leaderships don't seem to care about such things. If you say you're willing to do the boring scut-work associated with sov alliance logistics, it's easy to be promoted into such a position.
And when the time comes, like the Lannisters throwing open the gates of King's Landing for Robert's Rebellion, you lose your station without any hope of defending it or even firing a shot. Actually attacking a station is for the unimportant ones, and is done less for reasons of capturing territory and more in the hopes that someone -- anyone -- will show up with a capital ship fleet to defend it.
Between this and eventual destructible outposts, expect the outcry from big alliances to escalate for the ability to grief low-sec and null-sec NPC stations and the small alliance residents thereof.
The other interesting item about this war is this recording of the "State of the Goon" from 30 June. The Mittani makes a short (about seven minutes) speech about the invasion and the reasons for it. It's interesting listening. But if you have the time, the "State of The Goonion Q&A - June 30th 2012" toward the lower right is even more interesting. That one is Mittens answering questions from CFC members for about 30 minutes and in the process riffing on several interesting subjects.
Let's start with the first one first. It's amusing to me how absolutely nobody seems to care about the war in Delve.
Mittens certainly doesn't. The reasons he gives for the invasion are vague and half-hearted at best. In particular, he specifies that Delve is turning into a launching point for wars against GSF (or perhaps he means the larger CFC), which I found kind of amusing. "We have to fight them in Catch so we don't have to fight them in Deklein," is the argument, which true or not is so reminiscent of the most recent former U.S. President that it really made me smile.
Why Catch? I can only speculate, but I'd guess it has something to do with the 19 light-year jump that takes place between 49-U6U in Querious and 4-07MU in Catch in the far southwest corner of space, and the other long jumps parallel to it. Similarly long jumps exist in the opposite corner of New Eden, and the DRF was very intent on holding the linking systems there. The reason? If you hold both sides of this long jump, it's much tougher for an enemy to stage super-capital ships against you.
Overall though, the swiftness of Delve's fall (virtually all of it has now fallen) shows how little those who live there care about it. The region and Delve War V in general literally mean almost nothing.
It'd be nice if there was a war that was worth something, wouldn't it?
One of the forgotten details of Delve War II is that when that war was launched, the Goons gave up extensive holdings across the southeast part of New Eden. They moved their entire alliance into NPC Delve and launched their campaign from there, to win or die. Much like Cortez burning his ships to motivate his men, the leadership of the Goons gave their troops no options... no place to fall back to. It does kind of make me wonder. What would happen if -A- did the same thing? What if they struck their colors entirely in Catch and points east, left their former homes abandoned, moved their entire alliance to NPC Pure Blind, and then struck hard with their entire strength directly west?
It would certainly at least make the war worth something, and would make it mean something, don't you think?
Just something fun to think about. It won't happen.
Amusingly, Mittens also raises the spectre of rooting out this or that FC or corp that was in Band of Brothers once as one of the justifications for the war. This is a reason that Mittens has trotted out as justification for the last three Goon invasions at least. Maybe it was on the teleprompter and someone forgot to delete it. For the record, there's alliances in the CFC that were in BoB's sphere of influence, and corps and personnel in the CFC that were in BoB or IT Alliance. Needless to say, the spectre of BoB in 2012 rings hollow.
That said, it was kind of fun to listen to the end of the Q&A. The last question Mittens fields is "How do you respond to people who say that Goons are becoming more like Band of Brothers?" This is a comparison that I've made myself once or twice, very teasingly. So it was interesting to hear how Mittens would respond to it.
In response, Mittens entirely relies on how Band of Brothers operated internally. Mittens, we don't compare Goons to BoB because of how you treat your friends. Most of us neither know nor care about how BoB treated their friends. We compare you to BoB because of how you treat your enemies, and how you treat neutrals. That, we care about a great deal.
And in that respect, comparing Goons to BoB is rather more fair.
Anyway, that's it from me on Delve War V unless something really extraordinary happens. Given how fast Delve itself has fallen, I consider that massively unlikely. Expect to see the CFC roll into the Catch border regions and take the important linking systems that are within capital ship jump range of Querious. After that, the train should roll to a halt as "diplomacy" takes hold and all of us will be living in a New Eden split between two opposing super-massive blobs.
Which I'll again remind you is pretty much the exact opposite of what CCP has been saying is what they want in 0.0 for about the last three years now. How's that working out for you, CCP?