This summer has seen numerous tremors in the Amarr militia. Personalities have left, new forces have entered, and now a major alliance is closing a chapter on its time in the Amarr-Minmatar warzone. The WINMATAR. alliance, largely led by the Biohazard. [-BIO-] corporation, has drawn ire as well as respect all across the warzone. But it is certainly not fair to sum up this alliance in such a short summary as WINMATAR. has quite a tumultuous history. Forced to leave the Minmatar militia after a civil war that corresponded with the rise of the 24th Imperial Crusade in February, WINMATAR. quickly saw itself leading the charge–after seriously grinding Amarr standing–against former allies in the spearhead against White Lotus in the system of Lulm. More recently, WINMATAR. Biohazard. was instrumental in supplying manpower and leadership during the “Burn Huola” campaign, resulting in carnage and weeks of fighting.
As of 8/10/2014 at at 20:00 (eight days after the anniversary of Biohazard. joining WINMATAR.), Executor Aslon Seridith announced that Biohazard. would be moving on to nullsec while the larger WINMATAR. alliance would be entering a period of dormancy. With member corporations already disbanded from the alliance, FactionWarfare.com reached out to Biohazard leadership to gain insight on Biohazard.’s departure from the warzone.
In the words of Biohazard director Maximus Decimal, “Firstly I’d like to make it clear that Biohazard. is not closing its doors. WINMATAR. however will not be recruiting or functioning as it has been for the last year, or in the way a traditional alliance does. WINMATAR. will act as a holding alliance for -BIO- members if they wish to farm some LP from Amarr FW missions. Biohazard. remains active and alive.” Maximus Decimal was also kind enough to take part in the following interview:
Q – Why the decision to leave the warzone? There are rumors of a shake-up at the leadership level in WINMATAR. Does that have anything to do with the decision?
A – The decision to leave the warzone was made for a multitude and combination of reasons. Biohazard. is nearly 1.5 years old now. We have gone from strength to strength, then from not so strong to even more so than before. We rise and fall like the tier, retaining our core members and staff along with our stubbornness and unwillingness to go quietly like many before us. But each time we take a hit, it chips away a little of our drive, currently we see the members and leaders strong but the will to rebuild from another fall is not completely there… The work that goes into running a corporation such as -BIO- along with our alliance is extremely taxing and the pressure on our staff members pushes them too far. We have lost good members due to this in the past. We will be moving away from this high stress, fast paced model to a more relaxed and laid back method of running and operating within the corporation. This is a preemptive move designed to prevent or avoid another activity/morale drop and therefore negate the need for a rebuild.
Q – Where will Biohazard be moving? What sort of focus will Biohazard be looking at in terms for its members leaving the warzone?
A – Biohazard. will be joining an alliance within the Syndicate region who maintain the same attitude as we always have in regards to our objectives. We will remain on the offensive concentrating our efforts on building our fleet doctrines and corp member ability while cooperating with our new alliance’s objectives. The move will mean we have to trim alot of inactive pilots and deadweight from the corp. We are looking at a cut of up to 60% of the member base, and this includes the members who will want to remain in faction warfare.
Q – Have provisions been made for members who would like to stay in the warzone, if any?
A – There has been talks with the other member corporations of WINMATAR. alliance and we suspect many of the pilots who want to stay in the Amarr militia will join one of the other alliance members. At least that is what we hope to see. We do understand that all pilots have their own choices to make and we hope that they also respect the decision for -BIO- to move on.
Q – Have you decided how the restructuring of Biohazard will proceed?
A – Biohazard. was formed by a guy who had never run a corp before and did not expect it to become a fearsome war machine. So alot of the infrastructure and procedures, such as roles and responsibilities, were put together and established ‘on the fly.’ This works for a corp that runs around blowing shit up, giving no fucks, and generally smallgang low(ish) risk stuff. However, with the new model -BIO- will up its game and make a step towards the future. This will give us a chance to break all the old and messy procedures down and rebuild them completely. We will essentially be starting with a clean slate, we hope.
Q – Reminiscing, what were the high points for WINMATAR. ? The low points?
A – I would say our high points have been numerous, but our low points hit hard. The forced disbanding of two alliances in the history of Biohazard. is always nice to look back on. It really shows what we are capable of. The capture and holding of the stronghold Sahtogas was a huge victory for us as we were told it could not be done. Conversely, our hardest challenge came shorty after a very low point for us. The Minmatar Civil war saw us defeated in Bosboger. We were attempting a defensive war against two militias, one hitting our POSes, and the other hitting our complexes and attempting a flip on the system. We were outnumbered and pushed with our backs hard up against the wall. The outcome saw us craving the blood of the Minmatar militia members and pushed us to defect to the Amarr… No easy task, the standings grind alone is a massive accomplishment not to mention the logistical and diplomatic issues. However, we made it and I dare say we made it as a respected member of the Amarr militia and we have earned our places in the ranks of the Empire.
Q – Do you have any additional comments? Parting words to any Minmatar out there?
A – Additional comments? No, people will say what they want about us, and they will believe the hearsay. Truth is, we came, we saw, and we had a fucking blast.
A – Parting words to any Minmatar? Sure, thanks for all the gudfights, I can honestly say that they DO exist and FW is a great place to find them. The Minmatar gave us a reason to continue, they made sure we would not fade into the ether and become a shadow of what we once were. Biohazard. remained strong if only to be defiant to what the Minmatar claimed to know about us and predicted would become of us… Inadvertantly, in trying to destroy us, they galvanized us against an enemy of greater numbers and greater force. See you soon, Huola.
Maximus Decimal & The Biohazard. team