Monday, September 24, 2012
Sovereignty: Mine, Mine, Mine!
Most would take this to mean that the pilot doesn’t care about sovereignty mechanics. And, it would be partially true. FW pilots, in general, have an aversion to anything seen as relating to null-sec. Many of the ‘old-guard’ joined FW to get away from the structure bashing, blob mechanics, and cutthroat politics of null-sec, and become very agitated at the thought that those things could be incorporated into FW at any time.
However, there is much more to Sovereignty than strictly mechanics. After all, do null-sec pilots attempt to gain sovereignty because they enjoy shooting structures?
I believe that there are many reasons, but they all come down to one thing –Ownership. Whether it is power you seek, or control –whether you simply want to use and develop a system’s resources, or build a home—Ownership is foundational.
However, the concept of Ownership is missing from Faction War at a fundamental level.
Faction War pilots are locked out of Ownership within their Faction almost at every turn. They cannot control which alliances and corporations join. They cannot control who joins the NPC militia corporation.
Because of this, most FW pilots do not identify with their Faction in the same way they identify with their alliance or corporation. Therefore, owning something as a faction does not mean the same thing as owning it with your corporation or alliance.
System upgrades are given to any neutrals in the system, whether they are affiliated with FW or not. Any neutral can dock in FW stations, and once a system has been taken the FW station does not even change hands. (For example, the long held Minmatar system of Huola still has a FW station owned by the 24th Imperial Crusade, even though members of the 24th Imperial Crusade corporation cannot dock there.)
CCP wants us to fight over space—over sovereignty. They try to give us more cookies in the form of increased upgrades so that taking systems is more ‘worthwhile.’
But why would anyone fight over something when they can get it with their neutral alt no matter who owns the space?
What risk is there when I can simply leave FW and temporarily avoid any station lock-out consequences?
Why should I care about Warzone Control Tier, when I can put an alt into any winning militia and reap the LP benefits?
I can get all the rewards, I can get all the benefits, and I can avoid the consequences no matter who owns what.
Why should I care about Sovereignty?