With the new year comes thoughts at a leadership level of what the corporation and alliance should do.
Many organizations that form fresh from experienced pvp pilots follow a similar path: occupy low sec, gain strength, define identity, and move into 0.0 space where they either flourish or die. My last corp, Strife, followed that perfectly to the "or die" part.
M3 corp and the alliance is at a crossroads. We've accomplished the first two and much of the third ("we are a pvp corp / alliance") but we are led by mature enough players to realize that a sudden move into 0.0 while we are insufficiently prepared could spell the doom of Blackwater (I feel that the core of m3 is more than strong enough to resist collapse, especially in light of surviving its time in Wicked Creek with Friend or Enemy alliance last year).
There are many options open to us:
- continue to occupy Sukanan constellation and suffer the frequent security status hits from fighting hostiles who are not red-flashing pirates;
- move into Providence with CVA's blessing and exist as a "renter" there;
- move into some other power bloc's sphere of influence and be a "renter" there;
- move into some other power bloc's sphere of influence in force and occupy space there;
- move into NPC 0.0 space like Syndicate or Curse and grow in strength there;
- become mercenaries in empire and run the risk of becoming more cavalier about targets (i.e. abandoning NRDS for the more unfriendly NBSI).
This highlights why low sec is usually so unoccupied: pilots can't adequately defend the space without ruining their security status in the process making 0.0 space so much more attractive. But that's old news and until CPP changes things it can't be helped.
Part of the deliberations is thinking about the new content in the next expansion, specifically Tech III (a.k.a. Lego Ships) and Wormholes to possible claimable pockets of space. I've offered up my services as researcher to compile all available and upcoming information on these topics for the corp's leadership to digest. If nothing else, I'm good at that kind of task as evidenced by some of my articles in Eve Tribune like the Boosters articles and the Tech II versus Best Named article.