What does the north look like after all is said and done, assuming Imperium falls or at the very least is forced to concede outlying regions like Vale and Tribute permanently? As timers continue to tick all across the north, I began to wonder – who exactly is taking all this space?
Vale of the Silent
The former home of LAWN and Bastion also borders a more or less stable region, Geminate – so it is no surprise to see Geminate based alliances taking their neighbor’s misfortune for opportunity, in particular Infinity Space, which holds sov in both Geminate and Perrigen Falls. Shadow of xXDEATHXx and Legion of xXDEATHXx both appear poised to take at least a few systems in Vale as well – however, what is most peculiar about Vale as of today is how low the demand for space there is. Completely ceded by the Imperium, most timers are going to the defenders by default. For an enterprising alliance looking to move up in the world, Vale may be the best bet – already being overlooked by everyone and hardly contested, far enough away from Imperium that they voluntarily ceded it even before things took a turn for the worse, Vale presents an interesting opportunity space.
The big news today in Tribute is that Mercenary Coalition took UMI-KK. I find it difficult to believe that they intend to keep it, but I have yet to see any word on whether they view the conquest as part of their IWI duties or something else. They have not taken anything else in Tribute, a region that while contested is still mostly stable due to the defection of CO2 away from the Imperium. The only space up for grabs would therefore lie between CO2 and whomever ends up moving into Vale, as well as the NPC space in Venal.
An incredibly small region when compared to most, Fade is nonetheless the region seeing the most diversity in terms of new occupants. NCdot, Exodus., and Chaos Theory all have space in Fade now, though it does appear that Pandemic Horde is poised to pick up most of what SMA drops as the latter slowly crumbles. What impact this might have on Horde holdings in Querious is unknown right now, but at their rate of growth they could probably actually make use of a totally new region.
Initiative and Razor both stand poised to lose it all in Tenal, as the Drone Walkers make a concerted push into the region. Of all the combatants in World War Bee to date, Drone Walkers and Pandemic Horde appear to be the only ones set on actually taking space from Imperium – a little fact that lends credence to some of the rhetoric coming from The Mittani. With three and a half regions in play – and we haven’t even gotten to Pure Blind or Deklein itself yet – but only two alliances gaining lots of ground, one might wonder whether the Allies will actually only humble, rather than break, the Imperium. At any rate, Tenal seems to be falling at a steady clip into the hands of the Drone Walkers, which actually only has 50 pilots. Whether they can hold onto it in the aftermath of the war remains to be seen.
And the rest…
There is also some movement – consider it secondary effects of the war – in places like Querious, Perrigen Falls, and Fountain. The thing that no one is really talking about is how the sudden opening of four to six regions of nullsec might impact the rest of the universe. Will it weaken alliances in the long run? Will it lay fallow until the Imperium, bent on revenge, retakes all of it and returns us to the status quo? Who in the world is going to move into all these empty systems?
All questions that remain unanswered.