The Goon war against highsec in general and Mittens-hostile bloggers in particular has not been going well for the Goons. Jade Constantine over at the Star Fraction alliance has turned things on their ear by making the war declared by 9,000 member Goonswarm alliance against his 100 person highsec alliance a mutual war, which prevents Goonswarm from withdrawing from the war at their discretion, and them inviting all comers to ally themselves against the aggressors.
Many corporations and alliances joined the war on Star Fraction alliance's side. Suddenly the worm has turned. Despite significantly outnumbering Star Fraction and company, the Goons find themselves aggressively hunted whenever they leave nullsec. Their losses, particularly near highsec market hubs, have begun to pile up as both carebears and pirates from high and lowsec combine to extract tears from a powerful nullsec alliance whose leader presently sits astride nullsec's Technetium throne.
For a moment it appeared as if the door of emergent game-play swung both ways. However, CCP could not allow this embarrassment of Goonswarm to stand.
CCP is moving quickly to restore the balance of power and make sure massive nullsec alliances are at no risk of peril of in highsec should they wardec a tiny carebear corporation. Because apparently that's just wrong. Jester does a nice summery of the wardec nerf and I won't repeat it here. However, as CCP leaps to Goonswarm's defense against the patchwork of high and lowsec entities allied against it, a few points do bear calling out.
The Goonwar against Jade Constantine was intended by the Goons as a forever war - the same sort of forever war the Goons object to being locked into against Jade's allies. The goal was to either drive him from Eve Online altogether or to shut him up through in-game griefing and intimidation. First they would wear down and destroy his highsec alliance through constant harassment. Subsequently they planned to isolate him in game by maintaining the Goon wardec on him and any Eve player corporation or alliance that would have him.
This is not game-play. This is harassment.
The same sort of harassment was applied to White Rose Conventicle who has since left game and shut down her blog. She was targeted for speaking out against The Mittani on her blog during the CSM election and the Alliance Panel debacle. Mabrick of Mabricks Mumblings and his four person corporation is likewise under a Goon wardec for having the temerity to give his opinions about The Mittani in an out-of-game blog.
Again, the goal in all these cases is not to acquire isk or territory, good fights or any other usual in-game reward, but to leverage Goonswarm's large membership and vast wealth to harass and bully targeted individuals.
As of this writing, the Jade's allies 'dogpiling' Goonswarm do not come close to matching Goonswarm's numbers. In fact, most of them have no presence in nullsec and are not a territorial threat to Goonswarm. What they have done is remove the presumption of safety from highsec for Goonswarm.
Given The Mittani's recent Ten Ton Hammer screed on that very subject, it is ironic that Jade Constantine is forcing the Goons to live out the Mittani's highsec vision; but from the point of view of the hunted rather than the hunter. Seems the Goons war on highsec assumed they'd be able to leverage the very presumption of safety Mitten's so recently decried.
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