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SMA Avoids Continued Vivisection

 

Long time Imperium ally, SpaceMonkey’s Alliance [SMA], announced it it’s State of the Alliance that it was departing the the Imperium, and terminating involvement in World War Bee. The announcement came shortly after Lemba, a confessed traitor, and deeply planted spy working for Elo Knight, disclosed another batch of sensitive Illumittani logs. The logs specifically seem to indicate that The Imperium’s top leadership had been discussing how to quietly dispose of, merge, or purge SMA and other allies.

(10:48:04 PM) the_mittani: as people wake up and realize that fizzlesov is a basketball game and not a tug-of-war, the allied defensive hackers will burn out and their logi will fry, as we’ve seen with sma and beginning to see with tnt (10:48:20 PM) the_mittani: they will then ask us to widot instead of us suggesting it and them being offended (10:49:29 PM) querns: but as long as we’re aware of potential bleed there and can do stuff to staunch it using the wonderful dressings that is goonswarm federation poaching then we are doing good

The Imperium released an official statement via the themittani.com shortly after ExRiver, CEO of SMA announced in his State of the Alliance that SMA would be departing, accusing Lemba of selectively editing the logs. “As per the amazing and heavily-edited ~lemba illum leaks~ http://pastebin.com/Zk1D9FKf we’ve been planning to offer our allies a place to boosh to, so if folks from SMA want to stick with the Imperium and the war, have your CEOs hit up corps diplo; we’ve been discussing as a part of fizzlesov mechanics for a while now – which is why SMA announced this very thing in their SOTA moments ago.” Listen to the Soundcloud recording of the SMA alliance meeting here.

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Monkey Money Matters

ExRiver began by addressing rumors of corporate theft. He informed his members that over Ƶ1 trillion had been transferred to his personal wallets for safe keeping, and to deter alliance thieves only set amounts of ISK had been made available for departmental use. ExRiver went on to state that build materials for for future citadels had been successfully evacuated to safer space and were also secure in his personal stockpile of assets. Given the fact that just over two years ago SMA was robbed of over Ƶ600 billion in assets, coupled with the volatile state of the alliance for the past 6 months, this is not a surprising move by the CEO of SMA.

Shrinking Habitats and Funding for Itinerant Space-Dwellers

According to ExRiver, CEO of SMA, the current sovereignty system is broken because the defensive force is heavily undermined by the fact that an enemy can pile in greater numbers for effect than the defender. He also said that sub-capitals are essentially worthless for defensive fleets. SMA’s sovereignty in the Fade and Pure Blind region have been all but wiped out since the beginning of World War Bee. SMA once claimed ownership of nearly 50 systems, but that number has fallen by nearly 80% since February. While defending their sovereignty, and participating in strategic Imperium fleets, SMA has lost over Ƶ700 Billion in ships in the past two months. Most of it due to heavy fighting throughout northwest New Eden. The Moneybadger Coalition [MBC] has inflicted heavy casualties on SMA in the past week as SMA attempted to evacuate capital ships and other high value assets from failing staging systems to Saranen, in the Lonetrek region, that serves as the staging system for The Imperium.

Distressed Primates Escape the Imperium Vivisection Labs

SMA has lost approximately 50% of it’s Skyteam, while it’s Diplomatic Corps has essentially been gutted by defections. Many of those who have departed expressed a variety of reasons for their departure – from dissatisfaction with leadership to a desire for smaller scale PvP gameplay.

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In general numbers SMA was once home to over 5,000 members, and some 80+ corporations. As of today, those numbers have diminished to 42 corporations, and just over 2,000 members. View the DOTLAN stats here.

Eating Bananas in Outer Ring

ExRiver goes on to say that SMA has been left in a lurch and scattered, with FCs having to beg for members to join fleets. In his summary of the military situation, SMA was not really fighting World War Bee at all, had suffered a fatal brain and manpower drain, and to continue on would lead to a slow death of SMA.

“…ExRiver was forced to make the very difficult decision and announce that he was pulling SMA out of World War Bee, and the Imperium.”

Due to the pressures from within and without, ExRiver was forced to make the very difficult decision and announce that he was pulling SMA out of World War Bee, and the Imperium. The plan is currently for SMA is to rebuild themselves over the next few months in a region far less ravaged by the war. While in Outer Ring, SMA plans to run missions and anomalies, online citadels, and generally roam wild in their new home. One thing that was made perfectly clear is that SMA was not going to be using their super-capitals and that members should be very wary about undocking capitals until transit could be better organized.

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Amicable Parting with the Imperium

SMA and the Imperium will retain blue status with one another, and both parties seem hopeful that a stronger SMA will return to the Imperium in the future once they are in a better position. ExRiver sounds hopeful that such a reunion will happen later, once the war has ended or SMA is in a better fighting position. Imperium leadership, and dozens of GSF corporations have graciously opened their doors to SMA members who wish to to remain in the imperium and violently fling feces at the MBC hordes assaulting the north-west. It is not known how many corporations or SMA members will join the Imperium, but negotiations  as of yesterday point to anywhere from 5-7 SMA corps in negotiations to join GSF. New Eden’s political landscape is changing more rapidly than it has in years as the hell war marches on. Something people seem to forget about monkeys is though – they’re resilient creatures with a knack for survival. SMA has in these dire situations before as an alliance, and always bounced back a much more cohesive and dedicated group of friends. We wish them all the best, fly dangerously monkeys.

Tags: Imperium, SMA, Space Monkeys Alliance, Viktorr Fel, World War Bee

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Viktor Fel

Viktor is currently a member of Goonwaffe, and has actively not existed in the Reavers SIG since its founding in 2014. His EVE hobbies include aborting baby titans, making renters miserable, mass murder in space. You know, just Reaver things.

  • GrouchyOldGamer

    I’m willing to bet a chunk of ISK (although not in Florida) that the SMA leadership were told to fold or leave.

    • Rob Kaichin

      It’s going to be nice to see if the famed Corps Diplomatique will spin up for one last poaching season.

    • Joseph Blade

      sure sounds like it. And the fact that on exit they are trying to poach corps shows that they are still killing their so called coalition partners.

      • GrouchyOldGamer

        They don’t poach them, it is a lifeboat offer. GSF have form doing this to other allies, asking them to leave or fold into GSF or another ally.

        • Joseph Blade

          Yeah to me, that definitely reads like poaching. Extracting a good portion of members on their exit. It shows that leaving the coalition can cost you a lot of members.
          Good allies or friendlies don’t try to gut you on the way out.

          • Mineral

            “If you’d like to continue the fight you are welcome to join one of the many corporations that are open to you as well as any of the other alliances continuing the fight”

            Doesn’t sound like poaching to me. Sounds like an olive branch for those who like the war and may not be interested in moving to cloud ring.

            To a lot of people this is the most content they have seen in years. Claiming this is ‘poaching’ is simply a one sided affair aimed at further propagandizing the narrative.

          • Joseph Blade

            This presumes a narrative, to which I am not party.
            I am a former cfc member and have seen alliances pushed, caused to crumble and all the interesting members given a ‘would be a shame to see you leave’ offering. This is apart from the offers of membership that occur at other times, which generally don’t go the other direction. I’ve seen several FC’s join goons which weakens the source alliance’s ability to define it’s own game.

            To me that is leeching. It’s how I felt about it back then and it’s how I feel about it now.

            I have no agenda in this, but I would not consider this a friendly act if it happened to my own corp or alliance. Hence my response above.

          • fdasfd

            Plenty of ppl like the war, but they’re all on the winning side. While Outer Ring is a frozen hole, it beats jumping back into the fire in Caracals and get burnt over and over again covering the Mitten’s glorious rear end.

          • Joseph Blade

            Actually, from leaked logs of today:

            (11:02:44 AM) Laz: Just had an idea while laying in bed had to get up to put it in words before I forgot them.

            (11:02:48 AM) Laz: Dont WIdot our allies

            (11:02:56 AM) Laz: just let all of their corps join

            (11:03:03 AM) Laz: dont force them under a single corp

            (11:03:12 AM) Laz: bring in all of their corps
            (11:03:38 AM) Laz: and let amok / widot / mrchi / enli / goons / whatever poach their members

            So um.. how is this not poaching?

    • Jensar Antak

      I’ll take that action (and I’m not in FL).

      Our discussions with GSF basically boiled down to SMA does whatever it is that SMA feels it needs to do, and so long as that doesn’t include flipping sides in the war GSF would support it.

      “Why is GSF poaching corps then?!”

      Because before the address to the line, we had private conversations with CEOs and several corps simply weren’t up for what we were going to be doing and wanted to stay in the Imperium. We let GSF know and they agreed to find them new homes. We want to rebuild, and aren’t going to do that on a weak foundation of people that aren’t really sure they wanted to be there with us.

  • Rob Kaichin

    “deeply planted spy working for Elo Knight, disclosed another batch of sensitive Illumittani logs”

    Maybe I mis-read what he confessed to, but ‘arranged fights’ isn’t being a ‘deeply planted spy’. Arranged fights is “look, we want to have fun”.

    • Joseph Blade

      In most alliances this is common practice, have seen it up close. Better organise something close to a match rather than everyone docking up or the line members won’t join fleets when it matters. (e.g. when your space pixels are on fire)

    • Viktor Fel

      Nope, there were other intel things that Lemba was sharing with Elo that wasn’t for gud fites

      • Rob Kaichin

        Do tell.

        Other than the Reddit leaks, which he was sharing with Reddit.

    • fdsafdf

      The Imperium wins by denying content. Don’t you know good fites aren’t allowed? How dare he bring content to file and rank goons, who have it not.

  • Rob Kaichin

    “According to ExRiver, CEO of SMA, the current sovereignty system is broken because the defensive force is heavily undermined by the fact that an enemy can pile in greater numbers for effect than the defender. He also said that sub-capitals are essentially worthless for defensive fleets.”

    Well, if that’s what he took from the lessons of the war, is there any surprise that he, and his alliance, are on the verge of death.

    1) Defensive fleets of *real* sub-caps would’ve trashed PL’s entosis carriers, meaning that all the progress the MBC made, wouldn’t have been made.

    Anything but interceptors would’ve probably saved TNT’s space. That Goonswarm chose literally the worst tactic of all is their fault, not the fault of the game.

    2) “an enemy can pile in greater numbers for effect than the defenders”

    Welcome to war, baby.

    Parsing his words, I expect he means that “all my enemies can offensively entosis, but only my alliance can defensively entosis”.

    My response to that is this: suck it up. That’s how the game is designed. If your allies want to help (and let’s be honest GSF were close-to-zero help) they can shoot the enemy entosis ships. The Russians proved this during the first ‘real’ Aegis War, and Provi doubled down on that lesson.

    You remember the Provi ‘War’, right?

    “Learned our lessons”, I think the Mittani said. It’s plain to see that the whole CFC didn’t.

    • Montolio Was Right

      True that, feature working as intended.

      Do Mittens and co think it got put in by accident, or something?

    • fdsafds

      What he meant is that ships which can’t receive rr is too hard to kill with only ceptors, and that game changes should be made so that ceptors can kill carriers easily. CCP should thus balance Eve ftw.

  • Montolio Was Right

    If you want to avoid greater numbers coming to dogpile your space, maybe don’t waltz around pissing off every other faction in the game?

    Just a thought.

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  • Freelancer117

    So Lemba, a confessed traitor, and deeply planted spy working for Elo Knight, disclosed another batch of sensitive Illumittani logs. The logs specifically seem to indicate that The Imperium’s top leadership had been discussing how to quietly dispose of, merge, or purge SMA and other allies.

    And Elo knight and his “white knights” were mentioned by mittens in his fireside chat / metashow to help defend the goons in his losing war against the rest of new eden.
    So does this mean mittens is losing the meta game in new eden as well ?!

    Regards, a Freelancer

    • Chief Gumbo Speaker

      Mittens was out-meta’d by Elo when Elo stole the booze.

  • Lemba

    It is really cute that he said all of the logs were ‘edited’. I didn’t know that the logs edit themselves when you pull them straight from Jabber. Maybe the folks that I handed the logs to edited them, but not me~ 😛

    Hail Hydra.

    • Chief Gumbo Speaker

      So you mean, Mittens lies? Oh my!

  • Kamar Raimo

    I really wonder how moving to Outer Ring will work out for them. Intuitively I would expect a scenario like this: Phew, guys we finally managed to escape the Syrian Civil War. Let’s go to some nice and quiet place in Mexico. This one looks chill in the brochures. Ciudad Juarez.

    Also, I really have to call bullshit on that whole story that Aegis-sov does not allow for a successful defence against a numerically superior foe. The Imperium Provi Invasion played out much differently.

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