It’s a freaking big one.
So my dream to turn the Minmatar into a single-minded Hive/borg/collective capable of crushing anything in its path has hit a sudden barrier.
Around two days ago, an alliance by the name of WINMATAR. rejoined our militia.
From what I know, the story goes like this:
Once upon a time there was a super strong Minmatar alliance aptly named WINMATAR. who, we’re very prominent in the FW scene. Suddenly, perhaps their power got to their heads, and they took it upon themselves to go appropriate friendly POSes, by force if necessary.
The other Minmatar alliances, I assume attempted diplomacy first, but ended up declaring unified war against WINMATAR. Civil war broke out, chaos reigned, atrocities were committed in the name of war and for the sake of victory, but eventually if the records I’ve read are true, WMTR were defeated and (dramatic tone) banished for eternity. So they did disappear for a while. Then they resurfaced, with the same alliance name, now oddly out of place on the Amarrian side of things. Many a Minmatar capsuleer were killed by their hands, and it’s hard to erase the bloodstains from the stars. I speculate sometimes about that reddish tinge in Minmatar space. Blood and rust. I digress. Where was I? Oh yes;
Now they’re back.
Me, being the innocent PvP-hungry independent player, found it an intriguing development at first. I was not present for the great betrayal and accompanying chain of horrific events, but from the side of the great Minmatar alliance Ushra’Khan, they tell it like it WMTR committed crime of the most heinous degrees. Ever since their return two days ago, every interaction between the old Minny alliances and WMTR have been aggressive, embarrassingly, on our side. It seems they’re returning with intentions not to aggravate, which can be perceived as good and bad.
How I see it is, the ones who generate fun win the hearts of the masses. Already, WMTR have established themselves as content-bringers; I was just poked out of a fleet with them. But more on that later. They are running fleets, providing links, killing Amarrians, making themselves known. They accept U’K members like me, and have open militia fleets. Someone in our fleet tonight said he hadn’t been in a fleet in our AU TZ for weeks. Suddenly, only two days in, he’s found a fleet with WMTR and it was pretty darn successful.
On the other hand, the Minmatar who remember the civil war… I hate to put it this way, but we just seem to be sulking until our leadership make a decision, most likely to wardec the now weakened WMTR after their ejection from AMARR FW. Our fleets, if formed at all, don’t usually include the Minmatar militia members, are more structured and organised compared to the organic “kitchen sink and go” fleet WMTR hosted which I personally enjoy, and if we did include the militia, it’d end up being two fleets wondering why one doesn’t merge into the other, and the reason will be because WE don’t want to merge into them, nor do We want them to be in our fleets.
So far, it’s obvious I’m siding with the “underdogs” that are WMTR here. I’m usually that kind of guy. Elitism has no place in my EVE. The goal to become the best solo PvPer is lofty, but solo PvP I feel beats humility into you through the inevitable losses. I hope I don’t become a prick… Ah, I digress once more.
Anyway, back to that fleet tonight. It was going great, we were killing big ships (click my face for the killboard) in destroyers and frigates. Then I got poked on Team Speak, and the conversation that ensued was more or less: “it’s us, or them”. Holy drama, Batman!
I’ll admit I didn’t see it coming. Ill admit I was a little annoyed that I was just pulled out of the hypnotic trance you fall into when your fleet is on a killing spree. Ill admit, I almost lost touch of my objectivity and saw our alliance as the bad guys.
But I complied and left the fleet, bid my (slightly peeved) good nights to log onto WordPress and vent. I don’t know what to say, really. It’s late and I’m confused. I told my alliance if we wardecced them, I’d fight. Does that mean I can’t fleet with them now? I was told no, because they would view me as a scumbag for fleeting with them, then shooting them.
Firstly, I don’t really give a damn what people think about me, because I’m writing this blog. (thanks sugar kyle for this devil-may-care attitude that ONLY APPLIES to this blog, irl I’m pretty reserved)
Secondly, if WMTR thought I was scum for betraying them even though all I want to do is shoot Amarrians with them, then I will happily call hypocrisy and be done with them.
In conclusion my analysis drew once again that it was us being the sore losers. I mean, second chances in a game can’t be too much to ask for, right? We aren’t even giving diplomacy a chance. Apparently our only option is to “crush them before another civil war starts”.
Sigh. Anyway, I don’t want to leave this alliance, because there are good people here, and enormous potential and history (I like history) so I don’t want to aggravate anyone to the point we can’t talk on friendly terms. Secondly, I just want to say I’m affronted my own alliance members, and I just thought of this now, would pull me out of a fleet and present such an ultimatum like that. The only concrete reason is that they were worried I’d turn to the other side. I suppose they don’t understand my stubborn loyalty just yet.
The last reason (that I am willing to disclose ;)) to stay, is because I like to pretend I’m a visionary sometimes. And it struck me that, if civil war were to erupt once more, it could create the perfect environment to temper our spirits and create a Minmatar stronger than ever before. A little charisma here and a dabble of diplomacy there, it could be the perfect storm.
Heh, what am I saying. I’m just a kid.
Oh, and sorry for the raw, unedited, un-prettified post. First post on my new phone.