Viceroy

The Sun Never Sets…

 

In the history of humanity it has almost always been the case that no matter how much you have, you want more. This is true for a single person and this is true for an Empire; It’s also true in the microcosm of New Eden. Recently, The Imperium announced plans to install Viceroys into regions across New Eden, with the purpose of collecting taxes from their subjects, in return offering them a small part of the benefits of belonging to the Empire. This has obviously been a controversial decision.

The Black Ships Arrival

The general idea behind this program is similar to the traditional mafia racket of offering protection to businesses. “That’s a nice POS you have there, it’d be a shame if something were to… happen to it.” The Imperium Viceroy will come contact an alliance or corporation leader, introduce themselves and ask for a “small” protection fee. If the newly approached entity pays their taxes on time they are offered a few services for their loyalty. However, if they refuse, The Imperium sets their house on fire and breaks their legs. It’s just business though, nothing personal.

The Imperium response, though not specifically stated yet is easily imagined.  If someone doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain, a fraction of the Imperium’s overall power will be tasked with siegeing assets until eradication or taxation is achieved.  This could mean anything from an Imperium SIG (Special Interest Group), a specific Corporation/Alliance, or even the Imperium Supercapital fleet being deployed, depending on the expected resistance.

Imperializing New Eden

The basics of the plan are simple enough, pay the Imperium Viceroy, or risk your alliance assets being destroyed and your space being full of angry foul-mouthed bees for however long it takes to accomplish the task. What is less simple is the reasons why anyone would want to attempt to implement such an audacious system. The official reason given during the first “fireside” chat between line members of The Imperium was that if the vast majority of EVE players viewed us as bad guys already, then we’ll let them be right. In addition to that, the alliance as a whole could always use more SRP ISK.

Many of the voices in Mumble asked why we would want to do something that would make so much of the universe recoil in disgust, causing them to draw their pitchforks and torches. The answer to that is simple, it’s the natural progression of an empire of our size. Historically, it’s what you do.  It boosts your economy, drives conflict, builds jobs and all-in-all expands your sphere of influence.  

Fatbee_Emporer_of_Man

My personal take on it is a little bit different. I was sitting in on that initial chat, listening to The Mittani explain the plan and ask for suggestions and comments from everyone gathered on mumble.  My first reaction was that it was a conceited ill-thought-out plan.  However, as I continued listening to the responses of the gathered masses and the real discussion that followed, I began to see the value in the program.

There were people that wanted to be the Viceroys, given systems to bring to heel. We started making parallels to Ancient Rome, Medieval Spain and the British Empire. The comparisons felt natural and somewhat accurate.  A major power in the world, unable to expand their real borders without being stretched too thin, but not satisfied with the power and the money they already had.

“We could visit the ‘savages’, ‘enlighten’ them and show them the true light of the Imperium.”

We could visit the ‘savages’, ‘enlighten’ them and show them the true light of the Imperium.  In return for our generosity they would gladly pay a small tax. Or better yet, they would throw our Viceroy’s kind words in his face and send his head back to us on a pike, giving us a reason for war. Real war.

Megalomania complexes aside, I began to see the program for what it was, or at least, what I thought it was.  An interesting way to generate content for The Imperium as a whole. One of the most engaging things to me about EVE is the ability for players to spin their own narratives around their actions.  If you allow yourself to buy into the dramatization of your actions they can take on an even greater meaning for you.  You could ask yourself if it’s worth setting an alarm clock to wake up and press a button on your keyboard to fire some pixels at another set of pixels. Or you can ask yourself if that extra hour of sleep is really worth allowing the offending nations to go unpunished and keep themselves living in the darkness, outside of the bright light of civilization.

To me, one of those is a lot more engaging than the other.

This. is. Chaos Theory!

117

“Myravingian > 117 Billion isk.”

One of the first Imperium Viceroys was given this as a response to his offer of Imperium light, according to Reddit anyway.  I can’t imagine anyone read the entire response without picturing the movie 300 in their heads. Leonidas kicking the Persian messenger down the well and it leading to the iconic battle. Propaganda posters bearing the number 117 sprung up all over Reddit, and the narrative was strengthened. People swore themselves to align with Myravingian and his corporation and help resist the Imperium Menace.  Imperium voices shouted out that justice would soon be delivered on the non-believers and I found myself getting very excited for EVE in the coming weeks.

See, it’s my belief, that deep down, the Viceroy program is meant to encourage conflict, more than to earn money.  The massive member base of The Imperium likes to get in their ships, find other ships and shoot people.  Unfortunately, that same member base makes it very hard for us to find engageable targets, so the leadership has taken to staging fights. The invasion of Providence, the deployment to Curse, the recent Cloud Ring war, none of these had much strategic value, other than to provide pilots and fleet commanders things to do, and reasons to do them.

The 117 rebellion has yet to start in earnest, but I look forward to seeing where it goes. The narrative is prepared, Imperium shipyards are churning out ships as quickly as they can and the hounds of war are beginning to bay. Hopefully EVE will see major conflict generated by this move and everyone can have some fun. Real conflict, with internet spaceships and lasers, not pointless forum bickering.

Tags: Imperium, Sarin, Viceroy

About the author

Sarin Blackfist

Sarin Blackfist is a linemember with Karmafleet, part of the Imperium.

  • Forlorn Wongraven

    Viceroy is obviously the attempt to bring content to CFC, as nobody else wants to come to knock at Deklein’s door. Somebody won’t bend the knee and “content by entosis ops” is made.

    Clever girls.

  • Kamar Raimo

    “You can ask yourself if that extra hour of sleep is really worth allowing the offending nations to go unpunished and keep themselves living in the darkness, outside of the bright light of civilization. To me, one of those is a lot more engaging than the other.”

    To me too …. the extra hour of sleep 😀

    Anyway, good piece. I wonder whether the plan will even work. There is a good chance that some cowards and bears will just pay, and those who don’t *maybe* get a few Imperium guys on their ass and some fights result, but not really to a degree where they cna be forced to do anything. At some point people from the Imperium might just leave it be and do what they and other landlords have always done: Watch the ISK rolling in from the people who submit and largely ignore the rest.

  • Diana Olympos

    Or that or noone accept to pay. And there is no content, because moving in any way means that nothign will happen…

    I really don’t see how attacking everywhere for uninportant goal will create the so called ocntent for a coalition of thousands pilots. But well. The CFC will survive to another bad decision.

  • Inzek

    I guess its the most that the CFC can do to create content for them. If they follow their own game it could end in good content and/or the whole map actually being CFC.

  • Shadoroth

    I want that forum Bee

  • Justin

    Driving conflict by creating more blues. Solid Goon logic.

    • Fuzzysteve

      Nope, not blues. Just people who won’t be completely ground under the heel. They’ll just have their ships blown up when Imps want to do a little roaming, in nearby space. Their towers etc will be safe. (kinda)

      • Kamar Raimo

        It’s about as genuine as the CODE mining permit. There is only one way to respond to something like this: Fight of die fighting.

        After all, long ago there was a power in EVE who told the Goons to bend the knee. They didn’t, and look where they are now.

    • Drogo Drogos

      Only the weak accept this and once 1 or 2 regions fall people start to notice something might actualy have to be done before we come knocking on your door.

      None knows the outcome but it would be hilarious if people actualy choose to pay instead of bonding together and unite to fight the evil empire 🙂

  • xade

    what will happen: people wont pay, goons will grind structures and loose ships to bombers/slippery petes etc
    what wont happen: fleetfights against the CFC

  • Playing EVE is such a bother

    It’s like Goon leadership said “You know, renting was pretty good. But is there a way to improve it so that we still get rental income, but don’t have to defend the rental space or have fleets or play EVE?” And aside from making a book Kickstarter, this was the only thing they could think of: making people defend their own regions but still pay Goons to do it.

  • CommunistAnimeTroon

    Hope it works tbh. Toot toot~

  • GrouchyOldGamer

    The biggest threat to the CFC are its members having no content – so this is a genius idea.

    What would be interesting if another group decided to burn down the space of anyone actually bending the knee.

    Off course if all the null sec groups take their towers down and fuck up anyone trying to put other towers up the scheme will die on its feet.

    Looking forward to seeing it in action

    • I like this idea. Burn up anyone who actually bends the knee. I too am looking forward to seeing the whole thing in action.

      • Kamar Raimo

        Daesh in EVE? Everyone on the side of the corrupt overlords needs to suffer?

        • Thats a bit of an extreme parody. We are immortal in EVE so no, I don’t think it would be like daesh in EVE. Thats just wrong on so many levels.

    • Bryan Frye

      The big question is how much content they can generate. Goons have shown us how weaponized boredom works. Should we do that as they rot from the inside?

  • Bill

    The rational response to something that keeps getting bigger is to get smaller. Mittani should know better than to try to apply real-life historical lessons to a video game. The dynamics are different. If an overwhelming force invades your country in real life, just picking up and moving is not a very attractive option. Not really so in a video game.

    There are plenty of ways to earn isk, and enjoy the game, that are beyond their reach. This whole thing is desperation on their part, and the Mittani’s part specifically, to find a reason to keep existing. Unless you want them to keep existing, don’t give them that reason. Let them swing their huge e-peen around and hit nothing but empty space until they collapse from within.

    • Dirk MacGirk

      “The dynamics are different. If an overwhelming force invades your country in real life, just picking up and moving is not a very attractive option.”

      I don’t know. That seems to be the thing in the real world these days. Pick up, jump a raft and make your way to German hisec.

  • Goons have free reins in deploying racketeering schemes on New Eden, while maintaining economical stability for their own and shareholders. Some are already making claims that there is a clique of power players, not all goons, that share New Eden and will prevent any serious opposition to their money making enterprises built from a network of real life connection and in-game anonymous alts that will keep any rising power in check, from internal destabilization to fleet spying.

    CCP must take notice of the fact that anonymous alts favors the established powers more than anyone else. It is time for the game to shed another layer of immaturity, like they have done when they banned the ISBoxing cancer. Holding players to their loyalties through their alts, by publicly asking all players to link their alt publicly under the EULA will make it more difficult for power players to keep a grip on their opponents, preventing the rise of challengers from the flock of newer or more casual players.

    There is no coordinated insurrection possibility when the capabilities to infiltrate a group are linked to how many accounts one can have to influence the meta without any risks to their existing assets and loyalties, and where each power player can be Doc Jekyll and Mr Hide at the same time.

    Find out more about my CSM XI run, as linking all alts of the same player publicly (while keeping players anonymous of course) is part of my campaign platform.
    https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=6069221#post6069221

  • Rob Kaichin

    ” We started making parallels to Ancient Rome, Medieval Spain and the British Empire. The comparisons felt natural and somewhat accurate. ”

    Jesus Christ. Someone needs to actually read a history book. All these analogies are so fucking wrong.

  • Abraxis

    I guess there has never been a better time for starting to win at EvE.

  • nivin

    Thing is though, it won’t be long before people are going to start treating viceroy invasion fleets in the way old timers tend to treat wars in highsec, maximum unfun harassment fleets that stand 0% chance of winning but 100% chance of pissing people off, and/or bugger off somewhere else, whether that’s another place in EVE or another game entirely, until the aggressor gets tired of blue balls and goes to harass someone else.

    The CFC have rode weaponized boredom all the way to undisputed dominance, and now every else worth a damn has learned the lesson too. You reap what you sow.

  • nivin

    Thing is though, it won’t be long before people are going to start treating viceroy invasion fleets in the way old timers tend to treat wars in highsec, maximum unfun harassment fleets that stand 0% chance of winning but 100% chance of pissing people off, and/or bugger off somewhere else, whether that’s another place in EVE or another game entirely, until the aggressor gets tired of blue balls and goes to harass someone else.

    The CFC have rode weaponized boredom all the way to undisputed dominance, and now every else worth a damn has learned the lesson too. You reap what you sow.

  • Agron

    I really didn’t get the whole 117 thing. I mean I read the pastebin of the convo, but it really seemed like a pretty lame response yet everyone’s like “OMG HOW AMAZING”. Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand the rejection of the goons demands and if they ever head over my way they’ll get the same, but just this weird random number followed by a threat of burning assets that presumably don’t exist. It was certainly no “This is Sparta!”.

    • Burt

      The 117 has meaning, it wasn’t just some random number.

      • Agron

        Oh OK, what is the meaning then? Perhaps knowing that will help me appreciate it more because to the layman it just looks like a random number.

        • Zadan Tyvianne

          117bil was the demanded payment from what I understand no?

  • Saint Michael’s Soul

    “Pay us, or else”.
    “No.”
    “We’ll take your assets”
    “We don’t have any”
    “Oh. Uhm, we’ll take your sov?”
    “We’ll take it back when you’re gone”
    “Oh.”

  • Freelancer117

    117 ftw

    keep wagging the dog mittens, after that kickstarter failure 🙂

    Regards, a Freelancer

    PS: throws a pair of laced together shoes on top of a street lamp

    • Kamar Raimo

      +1 for the reference. Great movie 🙂