Previous thread here.Introduction to Eve, discussion of the new Trinity graphics engine, and info on how to join the PA Eve Corporation (Merch Industrial) here.Discussion for newbies on skills, fittings, and other basic game mechanics here.
Gentlemen, welcome to EVE Online.
EVE Online is an MMO set in the space region called New Eden, irrevocably separated from Earth after an incident involving the Eve Gate, the one connection between New Eden and Earth.
The game world spans hundreds of solar systems, divided into several regions of varying security level from 1.0 to 0.0 -- the former being highly patrolled by NPC police, the latter being lawless territory for the largest player corporations to war over. It would take several hours at best to travel from one side of the galaxy to another.
Not only is the game world vast in a spatial sense, but in a player sense. Eve Online is entirely unsharded -- every single player shares the same game world, with between 15,000 - 30,000 players online at any given time.
The mechanics of Eve, allowing player corporations to claim sovereignty over resource rich 0.0 space, has led to the emergence of player-created geopolitics that, for many, are far more interesting than the game content itself.
Space is divided into three general security levels on a scale from 1.0 to 0.0. 1.0 to 0.5 is considered high security Empire space, where players who commit aggressive acts against other players will swiftly and inevitably have their ships destroyed by the NPC police organization CONCORD. High security space is not a TOTAL guarantor of safety, but it's close.
0.4 to 0.1 is considered low security Empire space, where aggressive acts can take place without CONCORD retribution, but your personal security status will dive and automated turrets around stations and gates will open fire for a time.
0.0 is lawless space; there is absolutely no retribution for aggression, and most players consider it to be where the real meaty stuff takes place. It also has the best resources in terms of NPC bounties and asteroids to mine in the game. It's completely player-run. Players hold sovereignty over space, and players make the wars.
Here is the map as of 11/15/07, resized so as not to rape your H-scroll. I will be updating it and the rest of this OP periodically (every week or two).
You can also find a larger version updated daily here
, if you really
need to actually read who those nebulous blobs of color represent.POLITICS
I will attempt to keep this section as accurate as possible, but feel free to correct any inaccuracies about allies/hostilies and update me on even minor wars that are going on.THE SOUTHEAST
- 7-K to Paragon Soul
The RedSwarmFederation - Red Alliance (Russians), Goonswarm (Goons and other shitposters [it's us we're the other shitposters]), Tau Ceti Federation (French).
RSF Allies - Interstellar Alcohol Conglomerate (drunks), Against All Authorities (more Russians), United Legion (even more Russians), Knights of the Southerncross, VENOM Alliance, Black-Out, Ethereal Dawn, Intrepid Crossing (?).
Loosely tied to RSF or unaffiliated - Stain Empire (friendly only to AAA as far as I know, predominantly Russian?), Curatores Veritatis Alliance (very friendly with IAC, hostile to most others as they require people to operate NRDS in their space which few others will follow, Amarr RP alliance), Paxton Federation, Sylph Alliance (CVA allies), Kraftwerk (former D2).THE SOUTHWEST
- Period Basis to Fountain
The Greater BoB Community - Band of Brothers, Firmus Ixion, Mercenary Coalition. Non- (or minor) space claiming alliances include RISE, Executive Outcomes, Interstellar Starbase Syndicate, Red Moon Federation (?), STYX (?).
(As a note, I hate the generic terms "The Alliance" and "The Coalition," which is the only reason I'm calling them "GBC" here. I think it's a stupid name for a powerbloc but whatever.)
Unaffiliated - ev0ke and Outbreak (known as Krautbreak).THE NORTHEAST
- Cloud Ring to Deklein
Triumvirate. Others include The Reckoning., Scalar Federation, DeStInY, and Atrum Tempestas Foedus. I know some of those are Triumvirate-installed tenants, but I'm not sure which.THE NORTHCENTRAL / NORTH DRONE REGIONS
- Tribute and Branch to who knows what the fuck
The Old North - Razor Alliance and Morsus Mihi, with smaller allies and tenants including Combined Planetary Union, Phoenix Allliance, and Stella Polar.
As you move east, the friendly relationships start to weaken / blend a bit as far as I know. Hydra, Pure., Mostly Harmless, and Imperial Republic of the North are all either former Old North (MH, IRON) or long-time Old North allies (Hydra, Pure). They're also friendly to Roadkill / Smash though, who I'm not sure has much or any ties to Razor / Morsus Mihi.THE DRONE REGIONS
- who knows what the fuck to who knows what the fuck
Lots of people live here, including the aforementioned Roadkill and Smash, IRON, Mostly Harmless, Rule of Three, Dark Matter Coalition, Ka-Tet, Intrepid Crossing, Ethereal Dawn, Chaos Incarnate., Ultimata Rati0, Project Entropy, and Invictus. If any drone region dweller wants to sort out the politics of it, I'll update this section.WARS
The long-running war of RSF / Old North versus the GBC, going on for nearly a year now, continues in full swing. As of this posting, little else seems to be going on elsewhere; the North seems largely pacified territorially, between RZR/MM/friends and Triumvirate/friends, and the drone regions war between Roadkill/SMASH and FREGE ended in FREGE's removal from the area. ev0ke and Outbreak were independently attacking Exuro Mortis and other BoB allies in Fountain, but I believe they've won and that's largely come to a close.Major Events / News of the past months
- GBC allies take 25s and FAT from IAC in Catch, but lose an MC titan in doing so
- RSF allies take 2 RMF stations, 3 RISE stations, and 2 DFC stations in Feythabolis, but lose a Goonswarm mothership in doing so
- MC withdraws from Catch, stating their contract has come to a close; IAC/AAA/RA forces prevent the loss of F4R
- Having lost half of Feythabolis, BoB finds out about a planned RSF attack on multiple stations across Feyth, Esoteria, and Paragon Soul and choose to pull their tenants back to Fountain, Delve, and Period Basis
- RSF proceeds to consolidate the new territory
- Rumors abound that at least a few higher-ups in MC and FIX considered plans to turn on and attack BoB, although how widespread the discussion or anti-BoB sentiment is within those alliances is unknown
Go ahead and make poast. This thread not strictly war / politics, but should be considered more of an Eve General Bullshit thread -- possible mechanics / patch changes, inane tidbits about what you did in Eve today, discussion of how awesome Gallente are, they're all fine here.
Newbies or non-players who like chatting about the game's politics or general news should feel free to hop in, but please keep newbie questions related to joining Merch Industrial or newbie questions related to basic Eve information like skills/fittings questions to the threads linked at the top (which I hope vets will post in, to help the newbies out both in-game and here).
It's also not an RSF vs. BoB thread. Merch Industrial is part of Goonswarm (and thus the RSF), so naturally the information and discussion will tend that way, but honestly I'm always curious what the fuck is going on up north, in the drone regions, or in Providence and Catch. So if you're from there, fill us in, and I'll try to keep the OP updated.