It would appear that projections in my initial post about the Imperium, formerly CFC, surviving the ongoing defensive war have just taken a turn towards being proven false. In a somewhat shocking turn of events, the head diplomat for the long-time member alliance Circle-of-Two, has announced that they’re resetting the alliance. As of writing, the reset has already occurred, the expected shuffle of members and assets that follows events like this is ongoing.
This comes just hours after the Imperium’s “fireside chat”, wherein Mittani spent nearly ninety minutes talking about justifications for the contracting of Imperium territory, as well as praising the variety of defensive operations carried out today, some of which were defending CO2 assets.
This development seems to have been a longtime coming if the public statement from The Judge is to be believed. It would seem that after months of being left out of the loop and being relegated to lower-tier status, CO2 has had enough. The final slight would be the hasty decision made by Imperium members The Bastion and Get Off My Lawn to abandon the region of Vale of The Silent. It’s now been revealed that a separate defensive agreement to defend Vale and Tribute, Tribute being the region CO2 call home, has left CO2 without assistance. It would seem that this is an attempt to avoid being crushed under an Allied offensive by distancing themselves from the Imperium. Time will tell if this is the first true crack in the foundation of the coalition. Alliance departures happen, but the writing on the wall suggests that overall dissatisfaction and war fatigue might take out more Imperium members in the coming weeks.
For years now we (CO2) have been loyal towards the CFC (Imperium). We, as an alliance, have for a large part never been seen as a full member by GSF. As a result we’ve never been treated nor represented as such. The basis of the coalition -it being a meritocracy -became an affront over time.
In the same timespan the list of grievances grew. I will not go into detail as the people involved know full well whom and what I’m talking about. They can mostly be summed up as GSF taking care of their interests and at the same time blatantly disregarding the coalition policies they claim to uphold.
Plenty of times Goons (Corps Diplomatique in particular) showed a total lack of consideration – we remained silent. Corporations were poached from us, disregarding coalition procedures. The Goonswarm director responsible is still sitting in his chair – we remained silent Blacklisted corporations were recruited by allies – unblacklisted because it suited them – we remained silent We were not okay with messing with Provi’s sov – we remained silent The Viceroy plan was just ridiculous – we remained silent
Exactly 5 months ago Sion threatened to expel Circle-Of-Two from the coalition. In very clear terms we were ordered to fall in line or suffer the consequences. We choose the latter and informed our members that expulsion was imminent from that point on.
We continued to do what good allies are supposed to do; help where assistance was needed. At the same time we did what we think an alliance should do; take care of our members, try to grow and better ourselves.
We had, separate from Goons, made plans to defend Tribute and Vale together with The Bastion and Get Off My Lawn. All it took was a candlelit dinner with Mittens for The Bastion and Lawn to completely abandon Vale and leave CO2 alone to defend Tribute. The whole time other Imperium alliances were called to Saranen, while we were not even informed of such movements or how they would relate in regards to the defense of Tribute.
Over the past few months it has become increasingly clear that we have served (only) as a meatshield. Circle-Of-Two is NOT a meatshield. We will not stand as the wall that defends Deklein from the angry hordes for the benefit of Goons. We will no longer subject our pilots to the indecency of watching their hard work burn while Goons sit in their ivory tower. We will no longer stand as an unequal partner in The Imperium. For the good of our members we will be separating ourselves from The Imperium with a full and complete reset of all Imperium member alliances as of 2016.03.29 at 00:01 EVE Time.
The Mittani responded with the following statement: