Déjà Vu :: The Pendulum Swings Again

This is not intended to be a big history post, but I believe that certain current and near-future events are best understood with an awareness of past events.

While their enemies and friends have changed, The Band of Brothers (now IT Alliance), have always been the headliner on one side of the “pendulum” wars.

In the past we saw “the alliance” fighting “the coalition” and now we have North versus South. Sir Molle once used the analogy of a pendulum to describe the wax and wane in the long-term power struggle between Band of Brothers and their enemies, a metaphor that seems to be appropriate now as much as ever.

I find the “pendulum wars” to be a great analogy for how most alliances have lined up in relation to BoB/IT Alliance. Especially now, with the northern campaign showing signs of slowing and hostiles making moves to deploy into Delve and Fountain.

With Atlas  withdrawing from the Northern theatre, all eyes will be on the remaining Southern Alliances deployed in Pure Blind.

Atlas has a compelling reason to return home, the encroachment of invaders into the space occupied by their renters, but the trouble caused by PL and others in Delve and Fountain is easily much more of a threat.

The real question is if and when we withdraw from the North: will the NC try to follow us home?

Personally, I sure hope so. A pendulum that doesn’t swing is no fun at all.

When I first started playing Eve, I quickly immersed myself in every available resource. I watched Eve TV and other videos, lurked on every Eve-related forum and read plenty of guides and wiki articles (most of which were and still are BADLY out-dated).

I desperately wanted to know more about the history of warfare in New Eden and I was fascinated by the political relationships between the major players.

I understand how it can be very dizzying for new players when they attempt to comprehend the history of the alliances which are now in power, or even the reasons for the current power struggles being waged across New Eden. Many don’t try at all.

However, every “empire-building” alliance (as distinct from nomadic alliances) needs a steady stream of new recruits, both to replace the “bitter vets” as they burn out and to expand their deployment numbers in the ever-growing numbers race. When they come aboard, it’s best to have a history in place for them to identify with.

A two-sided narrative makes war more easily understood for new recruits and it seems that – with the unstoppable movement towards large coalitions – 0.0 politics is headed towards even further bi-polarity.

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4 Responses to “Déjà Vu :: The Pendulum Swings Again”

  1. Great analogy and completely fitting to this whole situation. I am really glad you decided to start a blog after hearing about you all the time over at Aggressive Tendencies. You write very well.

  2. I was a fan of molle before I started playing eve, and fled system when i say a BoB pilot in highsec (i had been playing all of 30 mins at this point).

    You can say what you want about the guy, but having flown with him in big fleets, small gangs and poured over evey bit of text i can find about or by him. He knows what he is talking about, and regardless of the SC’s percieved moral or whatever, I will stand beside him and against the NC – no matter what it takes.

    His little phrases and such are always great analogies, and he also said, no matter how many pilots you have in your corp/alliance, you can only rely on 10% – which is suprisingly very acurate.

    I hope the NC come to Delve.

    Great read again easley, i always flick through yours and PK’s blogs when i am sat waiting for titan bridges and such, keep up the good work 🙂

    • LegendaryFrog Says:

      To be honest, this is part of the problem with the SC. The NC has a cultural identity that is strong and helps preserve its ties. The SC has better cults of personality… individuals who draw allegiance. Molle is fantastic at motivating people to log in and assembly large groups of people to work together. However, he has proven time and time again that he is sub=par at best at tactics. He executes similar strategies for every conflict that have proven time and time again to be unsuccessful. The best thing IT could do it to keep Molle as a leader, but to delegate strategic decisions to someone who actually has a track record of success.

      • Here are my thoughts:

        I think there are definitely southern alliances with great individual cultures that provide great fun for their members.

        Furthermore, while the alliances that make up the “SC” lack the institutional foundations for cooperation – such as shared decision-making bodies – they do have a somewhat similar set of core believe about the game.

        The NC are, compared to the South, not embarrassed or shy about needing to depend on each other while the southerners tend to value individual strength. That’s the cultural difference.

        I also think that having slogans and shared communications combined with a history of cooperation definitely gives the NC a leg-up in large-scale conflicts. We can see that the North committed to each and every fight while many pilots in the South decided not to show up.

        I also think that big personalities like Molle or Bobby Atlas are invaluable to their respective alliances. Both are big morale boosters, as you mentioned, but they also lead fleets when others won’t.

        One of the major issues in a grinding war is to get people to step up and Molle is active as much as he can be.

        I think that it’s certainly true that there are better tacticians in the game, but Molle provides clear directions and overall he’s at least above-average as an FC.

        It’s very easy to criticize events after they’ve occurred with 20/20 hindsight.

        After flying with both, I understand why the popular consensus is that Bobby Atlas is a better tactician. He has a far more risk-averse style and Atlas has avoided many disasters because of it.

        However, if you look at the Northern war alone, Bobby did very little. You can sense that he never really wanted to be there, but he at least gave it a go for -A- with whom Atlas has a much closer bond than people outside those alliances understand.

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