Yes, this is another response piece.
In this case, it’s to a piece on EveNews24
without an author listed (gotta love those…).
Essentially, it consists of an N3 member (based on the context clues)
trying to reinforce the N3 narrative that the CFC operates by Goonswarm
leeching power off the coalition’s other alliances to keep them weak and
Let me give my perspective. For
those of you who don’t know, I’m a member of Repercussus, a Razor Alliance corporation. Razor is part of the CFC. I can speak with some authority on the nature
of my experience in RP, Razor, and the CFC.
The Danger of Generalities
Any time you talk about coalition identity, you have to be very, very
careful. There is no single identity,
only competing narratives put forth by the CFC and N3PL (and I’m not putting
the parentheses or question mark that the other author does; these two entities
are like Hanna and Barbara) about their adversaries.
In this case, the false generality is the idea that the CFC bows to
TheMittani’s will. I know this through
personal experience. No Razor goat has
any concern whatsoever about pleasing or disappointing TheMittani. We fly with the CFC because we get
fights. We fly with the CFC because of
the Jump Bridge network. We fly with the
CFC because of the community that allows us, when we roam, to join up with
local blues to take down larger gangs.
We fly with the CFC because someone in the coalition will do something
stupid that generates a huge supercap fight (Asakai, anyone?). We fly with the CFC because of content.
As a result, this whole B0TLRD universe we live in has a lot of CFC
pilots grumbling, because it seems to run contrary to content generation. That’s not a coincidence.
On the alliance level, there’s one simple fact that the original author
overlooks that provides the most compelling reason CFC alliances follow
TheMittani’s political leadership: the
CFC has never lost a war.
Razor “crash on their couch” in Pure Blind, after which Razor provided the
second most number of pilots during the conquest of the north (Behind GSF, who
had about 4x our numbers at the time).
As a result, as the spoils were divided, we got exactly what we wanted…
Tenal. And through all the wars, we’ve
kept it for the past two years, without any issue. Razor is pleased to be a part of the CFC
because of this track record of success.
The CFC stated that alliances who chipped in to the common cause would
profit from the common spoils. Through
all the actions since, this has been borne out.
And all of the actions have seen us profit increasingly.
Has GSF sought to keep Razor weak?
No, we’ve done that to ourselves through incompetence and bumbling. The only reason TGRAD was allowed to form its
own coalition and hirr was not was because hirr had no connect with Eve Uni and
didn’t have a critical mass of members to make a viable alliance by themselves
(TGRAD is about 700, hirr was 350 or so).
Add to it the fact that TGRAD regularly put up huge numbers for alliance
operations and hirr did not, and you start to see that hirr was significantly
weaker and less valuable to the CFC than TGRAD.
In fact, if anything, the fact that the CFC accepted – without protest
or the need for persuasion – Razor’s blacklist of hirr speaks to the respect
the CFC has to component alliances.
The divergent results were the result of the same thought processes and
policies, not an about-face or attempt to mitigate losses. In all cases, the internal problems with
Razor (which I admit freely exist) were responsible, not some external pressure
from GSF to “poach” our best corporations.
TheMittani as Svengali
So, you tell me… if a leader tells you he’s going to do something, he
does it, and he distributes the spoils fairly and according to everyone’s initial
expectations, does that make him an egomaniac or a tyrant or a Svengali? No, it makes him a fair leader. Why is TheMittani the leader? Because he runs the largest member of the CFC
and the most organized alliance in the game and he spins a good motivating
speech. And leadership is about logistics
Do I feel oppressed or duped? Am
I being oppressed or duped? Not at all, and
nor does/is Razor. I suspect few, if
any, of the CFC alliances do either.
TheMittani has kept the promises he made.
Not once has GSF or the CFC ever complained about Razor deploying
somewhere. Nor did they resist when FCON
wanted to deploy to Geminate by themselves.
The CFC’s attitude was very much, “Godspeed, guys.” Whether FCON succeeded or failed is of no
consequence… the CFC and TheMittani (no one denies he’s the leader) didn’t seek
to oppose the effort.
Some would argue, “Yeah, but TheMittani knew FCON would fail, and that
failure would reinforce the belief that FCON needed the CFC.” That’s just silly. Even if TheMittani believed FCON would fail
and wanted them to believe they needed the CFC to succeed, it’s still a
tremendous risk to take. Moreover, it’s
a tremendous risk to take time and again.
When TheMittani doesn’t stand in the way of Razor deploying
independently, FCON deploying independently, FA deploying independently, etc…
those risks pile up. If you’re always
holding your friends’ coats every time they want to get in a fight, you aren’t
trying to keep them dependent on you… you’re actually letting them have their
But I suspect that those who want to spread the narrative that GSF wants
its allies to be weak would continue to spread that narrative even if
TheMittani wished CFC alliances well on independent deployments a hundred
times. Narrative can’t be stopped by
The Far Side of the World
As for N3… I find it laughable to call it a “feature” that the
alliances can deploy on their own effectively.
The success rate of N3PL coalitions deploying is no different than that
of CFC coalitions. First off, PL doesn’t
deploy on their own; they tag onto conflicts and tip the balance (or they don’t,
as has proven out more than once). They
don’t really play for their own objectives, but rather seek to maintain balance
by assisting the weaker side for significant profit (“Supercaps for Sale or
Rent, Supercaps for 50¢.”). To claim
that they successfully deploy is a bit silly… what sov objectives do they
achieve when they go it alone? The
answer is… none; they never go it alone.
As to N3… perhaps I missed it, but it seems to me they operate pretty
consistently together. That’s their
strength, they know it, and they apply it effectively. Despite being beaten time and again by the
CFC, they continue to retain their identity and come back in the next war
equally strong. This is admirable, and claiming
that individual deployment success is a feature of their identity is as
meaningless as it is inaccurate.
What You CAN Say About Style
I think you can say some things about the style of the coalitions very clearly. The CFC can easily be described by the word, “Organization”. Everything in the CFC runs from a central
belief that organization and logistics rules the day. For N3, I’d choose “Confederation”; a group
of independent-minded entities joining together for common purpose. And for PL, I’d use “War Chiefs”, as the alliance
operates mostly from a highly de-centralized group of FCs who take up
leadership in the short-term for specific campaigns or battles, then step back
into the fold when it’s complete.
Those are descriptions of three very different styles, but they’re
intentionally very loose descriptions.
To do otherwise is to constrain the reality, which is that each group is
a giant mess of different opinions, beliefs, and realities, regardless of the
utility granted to commentators who want to easily encapsulate the nature of
the groups for a reading audience.
The entire gameworld isn’t conspiring to destroy the CFC. Sure, N3 stated that their goal is to destroy
the CFC, but that’s not surprising since it consists of a bunch of alliances who
lost their original space because of the CFC.
Saying “People who we punched in the face want to punch us back,” is a
far cry from, “Everyone’s against us!”
Conversely, the CFC doesn’t consist of one puppet master with all of
the members of the component alliances worshiping him in cult-like
fashion. Rather, it’s one guy leading a good
logistic system making deals with other alliances and creating a rising tide to
lift all ships. He knows that his power
rests on continuing to successfully provide content and live up to the trust that
honoring his past agreements with CFC alliances has earned him.
Based on the context clues, it’s pretty clear that the author (who is
anonymous… always a bad sign for credibility) is very favorably disposed towards N3. With that assumption – which I feel is pretty
well-justified based on the tone, emphasis, and platitudes expressed – the whole
article strikes me as being a, “Let me tell you about the other guy!” piece.
In this article, I’ve tried to share my honest thoughts about my own
coalition, an exercise that is infinitely more trustworthy. Some may claim I’m simply putting forth
propaganda, but that’s a pretty thin argument.
Why? Because I didn’t put this
piece out first; it’s a response to someone else. An essential element of propaganda is to set
the tone of the conversation, not respond to someone else’s thoughts.
But more than that, I have direct, daily experience with being in the
CFC, whereas the author of the EN24 piece clearly does not. No one I’ve spoken to in Razor feels slighted
by the CFC, or feels as if we’re being repressed. None of us is angry at GSF or the CFC for
what happened with any of the corporations who left us recently. When we deploy on our own, our success is a
matter of pride for us.
And when we fail, no one has ever thought or said, “Boy, we best not
deploy without the CFC.” Rather, we look
to our failures as indicators of where we need to improve, and make
changes. Sometimes, those changes work,
and sometimes they don’t, showing us that we need to make further changes.
That’s the process of improvement.
It isn’t dependency, as the N3PL narrative would like people to believe.