Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why Geminate?

The Forever war continues and the question a pilot might ask is why are two major coalitions doing their large scale fighting almost exclusively in Geminate region? What makes it so valuable / special? Why not start a second front?

The answer lies in logistics.

Have a look at the north eastern map of null sec:
North East Null Sec
Those three regions in the middle of the image are the inaccessible Jove regions. The two long purple lines connecting Venal and Tenal to Oasa and Cobalt Edge are the stargates that pass right over the Jovians, if I'm not mistaken the two longest connections in the cluster.

The upshot is that althought those regions feel adjacent to the regular pilot travelling by stargates, they are inaccessible to Supercarriers even with Jump Calibration V. And since sub capitals are virtually useless in modern sov warfare in terms of destroying POS and structures compared to supercarriers (rough calculation: you need 320 mid range BS to match the firepower of 20 supercarriers) then launching a full sov offensive from Oasa/Cobalt Edge to or from Tenal/Venal is impossible.

So what is inbetween the core regions of the NC and the core regions of the Drone Russians?
A big jump, but not as big.
Geminate region.

It is possible from Kalevala Expanse and Etherium Reach regions to reach Geminate and vice versa, as well Geminate is well within range of low sec for staging purposes. Both side want Geminate as a buffer to limit the options of the other for striking deeper into their territory.

As for opening a second front, both side would be forced to stage in low sec which may be OK for a short campaign, but really stretches pilots and resupply lines thin in the long haul as everyone likes the chance to be close to home for reshipping, R&R, industrial chores, home defence, etc.

Should CCP ever decide to finally open the Jove regions (i.e. Jovians finally died off / disappeared / enslaved) the dynamic would change the Geminate would no longer be the gateway region, but until then it shall always be contested.

3 comments:

  1. Staging out of lowsec is always awkward. You are at the end of a LONG supply line, and caps/supers draw pirates like maggots onto corpses. They don't tend to affect things up but it ratchets up the tension, all the nullsec tricks that a lot of alliances and FCs count on stop working, then you have to engineer the jump into nullsec, and of course the other side has internal lines of communication and supply, and unless you manage to completely surprise them is probably waiting for you.

    In the War of Southern Aggression all the staging systems for the "southern coalition" were in low. It was like pulling teeth getting people there, then moving back and forth was a pain, especially after the H-W fiasco started.

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  2. Admit it: you guys are all fighting for access to the God-forsaken place called Jita !!!

    Seriously tho, 20 moms = 320 BS... I think I'm gonna puke!

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