The last couple weeks have been interesting times in the Caldari militia. From an alliance leaving Caldari, war declarations between Caldari groups, in-fighting, drama in chat, new alliances and more, the following is a synopsis of what has gone on in the last couple weeks.
The biggest issue was the feud between Khan Farshatok and mira DeVorsha (also known as TheKiller122 and Commander Vice). This is well known to everyone in militia at this point, and you can even see their final words on the matter here and here for Khan and Mira respectively. Some things were said in both private channels and the general militia by Mira that were out of line, and Mira apologized for it recently. In saying these things he received a 14 day ban. Now whether or not this was enough is a subject of debate, as there are numerous people on both sides of the issue who feel it was either fair, or should have been permanent. The issue got worse when Khan decided to take it upon himself to exact vengeance, as being the person wronged, he didn’t feel that the 14 day ban was enough. On February 2nd, the beginning of a civil war within Caldari Militia was started and BORG declared war on GHIOT, Mira’s corporation.
This is not the first time Caldari has seen civil war. It happens every 3-6 months and is just part of the drama we are used to on a daily basis in this militia. To be honest, the war between BORG and GHIOT was not a huge deal to anyone in militia, until they got dragged into it. Khan started getting more aggressive with his attacks, to the point of actively hunting and killing GHIOT members when they were in general militia fleets. As you can imagine, the rest of militia was not happy when their logi pilots started getting killed off while in-fleet by friendlies, and shot back. Khan found this infuriating and responded back that he would kill GHIOT no matter what. If you didn’t want your fleets shot at, he expected you not to let them fly with you. One thing lead to another and soon every Intel channel and the general militia chat was full of people yelling back and forth, siding with one group or the other and threats of bodily harm and war declarations flew around with abandon. This caused strife not only between BORG and GHIOT, but several other corporations as well, some of them to this day still wanting nothing to do with each other. However, not all was well with BORG itself, which became apparent a few days later.
On the 6th of February, things in BORG started to fall apart. Despite everyone’s best attempts to calm Khans fury and make cease fire agreements, he would not stand down. It was at this point several corporations and notable members within BORG left, one of the corporations disbanding in its entirety and some players even taking a break from Faction Warfare completely to do other things, such as joining SniggWaffe. It was at this point a decision was made. The bickering in Caldari, the loss of corporations, the lack of support for their attempt to exile GHIOT from Caldari, the instigation of fights in militia and Intel channels between various groups and BORG. These things all contributed to the final decision that BORG leave Caldari Militia, with the intent to instead join Gallente. If they couldn’t get GHIOT to leave, then they would join the opposing side and hunt down GHIOT and its conspirators.
In addition to the mess with BORG, other notable issues arose in Caldari Militia, one of the biggest being the dissolution of SPAM. State Protectorate Auxiliary Militia was stripped of its name due to being too similar to an in game entity. This was the final nail in the coffin of a corporation that while strong in numbers and activity was already suffering from internal issues. Many members of the corporation reported it having an issue of “too many chiefs, too few Indians.” There was a large amount of leadership in the corporation and many disputes on things such as fleet doctrines and goals for the corporation that hindered its progress. Once it lost its name, the corporation quickly began hemorrhaging users to other corporations and several damning emails were sent out by leadership in the corporation. Trust between leaders and FC’s was broken, and the corporation, now called EVE Corporation 98268976, is a shell of its former self. Most members of the corporation have moved on at this point to various corporations including a brand new one called Stronghold of the Condemned [STHD] lead by Leoline, and the resurrection of Great Harmon Institute of Technology [GHIOT] by mira DeVorsha. Despite all this though, Caldari has remained strong. Two new alliances have been born from the fire, The Bloc [BLOC] and Heiian Conglomerate [HECON].
The Bloc is a new alliance formed by one of the previously major powerhouse corporations of BORG, The Mjolnir Bloc [MBLOC]. Right now they are heavily recruiting, training new players and focusing on strong doctrines with driven goals in training plans for pilots to follow. Stability, unity and working towards a common goal within the Caldari Militia are the primary drives for the foreseeable future. Its end goals however, while continuing a strong focus on Faction Warfare, include null system opportunities for additional isk as well as a larger variety of PVP content available for its members. Right now the alliance consists of The Mjolnir Bloc, Stronghold of the Condemned and Beatemoffme, with strong leadership and incredibly talented FC’s, the likes of Mnemic001, Victor Hark and many more. Indeed, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that half of the active general militia FC’s within Caldari Militia now find themselves under a single alliance leadership, which should lead to very interesting results.
Heiian Conglomerate on the other hand is a different approach to the way alliances work. It is run by myself in Crimson Serpent Syndicate, a corporation of whom several members have been in Faction Warfare since the beginning. Coalitions in Caldari come and go and I personally have more Intel channels on my channels list than I can count. Most have been abandoned and are empty shells, occasionally reaching 3 people on a good day. HECON wants to change this. In essence, the alliance is actually a coalition. Intel, pub chat, everything that Caldari has seen before. The only difference is this time there is an alliance behind it. Something that won’t simply disappear on a whim. It’s with these hopes that HECON hopes to create a solid bastion for the Caldari to unite behind, and all of its services and channels are available to anyone in militia, not just those that join in name.
Additionally, Friday saw the launch of a new public TeamSpeak server for the militia. Crimson Serpent Syndicate hosted a semi-public one in the past . However, due to major issues that arose, it was decided to start over from scratch. Between EU users having frequent disconnects, DDoS attacks, poor permissions structure and tons of spies, the server was deemed unsalvageable and a new one was built. Instead of paying monthly for a hosted server time, they opted for buying an annual license to TeamSpeak and hosting it on RackSpace, which so far has had promising results. The lowered cost and increased number of users online has allowed the TeamSpeak to be extended from just corporations that were used to working together, to the entire of Caldari Militia. Additionally it provides the ability to host private corporation channels for those that wish to have them, without a huge spike in cost to maintain. Between the new alliances, hitting tier 3 yesterday and the general use TeamSpeak server, Caldari is hoping to come back from the ashes stronger, more unified and ready to bring the fight to Gallente.