VFK By Today


In the early hours of April 11th something monumental happened. The Infrastructure Hub belonging to Goonswarm Federation in the system of VFK-IV was destroyed. Within 15 minutes a new one was deployed and onlined by the one of the members of the Money Badger Coalition, Pandemic Legion.


The system had been reinforced two days prior by TISHU, and several entities worked together to flip the IHub. Test Alliance, The-Culture, Pandemic Horde, TISHU, Waffles and others all worked on clearing nodes and keeping the entosising ships clear of hostiles. Pandemic Legion and NCdot formed a Legion and Proteus fleet that hovered over the entosising carriers in the VW7-YN constellation, ready to dive in if hostiles threatened progress.

The Imperium fielded three fleets: Hurricanes, Caracals, interceptors and a stealth bomber fleet. The Hurricanes and Caracals skirmished in the systems of 2R-CRW, VFK-IV, and YAO-XJ. Specific details are a bit hazy as fighting broke out over a number systems with several clashes happening nearly simultaneously between opposing fleets.TISHU brought a Proteus fleet, assisted by Test and Darkness, that clashed with Imperium Hurricanes and Caracals in VFK-IV and YAO-XJ. Violence of Action also joined in on the action with a Confessor fleet.

The Imperium forces also suffered heavy losses at the hands of a Cerberus fleet flown by the low sec “Voltron” group consisting of Shadow Cartel, Snuffed Out, Dead Terrorist and others while a Svipul fleet flown by The-Culture picked off stragglers. Rumour has it the Horde/Honor fleets incurred heavy losses while leading Imperium fleets on a chase through a neighboring constellation, keeping them occupied while attackers made progress on the nodes.

There were many more entities involved and hundreds of killmails. Both sides sustained losses. In the end, Imperium forces were heavily outnumbered and forced to retreat.

Destroying an IHub in a system that has been relatively unused does not mean that the war is over

Now this does not impact the outcome of the war by any great margin. Destroying an IHub in a system that has been relatively unused does not mean that the war is over. What it does signify is that something that seemed impossible three months ago was accomplished in a few hours by a few hundred, not thousand, pilots. There were no massive TiDi battles with Twitch streamers and trillions of ISK being vaporized. It hardly seems fitting for the famous words “VFK by May” uttered over the course of the last four years to be fulfilled in a small clash rather than a behemoth struggle.

In years past, VFK-IV was used as a staging system and had great cultural significance. Many attackers to The Imperium had made threats over the years and “called their shot” by stating when they would take the capital system of Goonswarm Federation. When the jump range changes were put in effect The Imperium moved their capital to YAO-XJ, but the idea that VFK-IV was the symbolic heart of the region remained. Each time before, the campaigns had been unsuccessful and fallen short, making this system the embodiment of idea that The Imperium was an impenetrable fortress.


This lackluster defense shows that The Imperium did not value the system and the aftermath is yet to be seen

VFK-IV is no longer a capital system and nor is it of the same strategic value that it once was. However, it shows the defender’s great vulnerability in their inability to form a large enough fleet to fend off the attacking force. This lackluster defense shows that The Imperium did not value the system and the aftermath is yet to be seen.

VFK-IV still has timers to be contested, most notably the station. With its close proximity to YAO-XJ, only two gate jumps away, The Imperium may choose to commit more assets. YAO-XJ was the staging system for capital-class ships before the evacuation was called a few weeks ago. Allowing their opponents to have such a close foothold may complicate things further for the ongoing evacuation of Imperium assets.

Now that being said, my part in this war is that of a grunt and I can’t claim anything but speculation on the strategic decisions of either party’s leadership. I was excited for this engagement and stayed up until the early hours of the morning to participate in what I thought was going to be an iconic battle. Instead I helped reinforce POCOs while entosis ships slowly ticked away at their progress and our fleet stayed unmolested. There was a brief moment of adrenaline when two squads of bombers decloaked and bombed our fleet. Unfortunately for them they were dispatched quickly and the only lasting effect was a new killmark on the side of my Legion.

As someone in the Pandemic Legion and NCDot fleet said tonight, “It seems right that Goons would make the fight over VFK more like filing paperwork.”

Oh well, life is full of disappointments.

Tags: Dectoris, goons, goonswarm, theimperium, vfk, World War Bee

About the author


Dectoris is a pilot in a corporation named Carpe Noctem; a group of friends that stayed together after the collapse of Black Legion. They currently reside in Pandemic Legion and take part in many different scales of PVP.

  • Rob Kaichin

    Sometimes I think the importance of VFK is perhaps understated: every ‘returning goon’ (as few as they are) will be staged still in VFK.

    If they can’t move their ships out, they’ve only got ISK.

    That’s a bigger victory than the Mittani is willing to concede.

    • Chief Gumbo Speaker

      Solid point.


    • fdasfd

      NCdot owns YA0 now, so “returning goons” category also includes those that didn’t catch the move to Saranen…

      I wonder how much of their stuff are still in these systems. I imagine there will be some profit to be made from the firesales.

  • Rolfski

    Both VFK and YAO-XJ are lost for the Imperium now, which should by all means be considered a serious blow. And with the FCON alliance also bailing the Imperium, one should ask how much of it and its leadership will actually be there by the time Fanfest hits.

    • So what is considered to be the capital of Goonswarm now, either technically in the Sov system or in the official narrative / hearts-and-minds of GSF members?

      • Rolfski

        YAO-XJ was actually considered the main staging area at the beginning of the war and not expected to fall so quickly and decisively. Saranen in lowsec was basically a plan B capital that quickly became plan A for the Imperium. Problem is that this system is basically hellcamped 24/7 as well. So good luck forming up any serious capital Imperium fleet without MBC being all over it.

        Goonswarm at this point is basically gambling for all this insanely pressure to steam off at some point. But time is not on your side when the vast majority of your members is more concerned with ratting & mining than PvP. Also being on the terribly losing side all the time will take its toll eventually.

        • Kamar Raimo

          When the pressure “steams off” there will be small groups of “irrelevant” lowsec predators who will kill anything and everything they can get hold of in Saranen just for the fun and killboard stats.

          On the danger of sounding like The Mittani: Goons today do not know what it is like to base out of a station in lowsec.

      • Kamar Raimo

        Saranen in lowsec is currently their official capital. They lose ships on the station undock there the whole day, but I guess lowsec is safe.

        • fdsafdsf

          Goonie carriers that undocked in Saranen are getting doomsdayed. 600 goons refused to undock. It’s getting pretty sad.

  • Melos

    I was in the Horde fleet mentioned above. We were originally headed for VFK, but when it became clear the Imperium know our plans and had a fleet with over 100 ships including 70 Hurricanes waiting for us on the in-gate we took a hard left turn and led them on a chase down into Pure Blind. At some point they broke off, and we started entossing systems in Pure Blind. At this point I later heard they were engaged with the Spaceship Samurai force, who suffered heavy losses in the process.

    After that, their scouts found us, and we engaged them in the O-N8XZ system, on the L-TS8S gate. Being a fleet mainly of PvE Thrasher fits, we expected it to be a pretty one-sided engagement. About half-a-dozen interceptors warped right into us, probably with the intent of the rest of their fleet warping in after. . . except someone in the enemy fleet chose that moment to pop a bubble, trapping the rest of their fleet, allowing us to massacre all the Intis.

    Then as the bubble dropped we warped past the enemy who were furiously burning out of it towards us, and crashed the gate. Turned out the other side was full of enemies as well, so we engaged and tried to make a fight of it before the rest of them jumped back through the gate and wiped us. It was a lopsided fight, but we were all cheering on coms after the FC told us that while we were distracting the enemy, PL had taken the VFC IHub. Also we learned from TEST afterwards that they caught the Hurricane fleet that destroyed us and inflicted heavy losses on it.

    Our part in the plan was the bait, but it felt pretty good to have played it so well, and even gotten some kills against a massively superior enemy force (ISK positive!) in the process.

    • Kamar Raimo

      This is an amazing story and will go into my long-term analysis of the big picture on how this war went. No matter what the outcome.

  • Kamar Raimo

    VFK and YA0 might not hold much in terms of strategic assets these days, but they are strategic points. Those two systems were not chosen on a whim to become major staging locations and central caches of resources. They serve as bases for power projection both into the Deklein hinterlands and the regions nearby.

    The Imperium might not care about maintaining a hold on Deklein by this point, but if they did they would defend at least YA0.

    Anyone who wants to make Deklein their home better hold such gateway systems.