Casus Belli and Background
This war was long in the making, and above everything shows Russians hold grudges.
Named after the 3 founding alliances of Northern Coalition., Nulli Secunda, and Nexus fleet, N3 came into being after the end of the Tribute war of 2012. The then displaced NC. formed a partnership with also displaced Nulli Secunda and decided to invade the Drone Russian Regions with the help of Pandemic Legion. The newly formed coalition was successful in removing Solar Fleet, and took over the rental empire left behind by Solar. Recently, N3 intervened in the CFC vs TEST Fountain war on the side of TEST alliance, but was unsuccessful in halting the invasion.
Faced with a prospective Russian invasion, N3 decided to strike first, sparking the Halloween War.
Solar Fleet and Black Legion
In early 2013, the newly formed N3 coalition and their allies in Pandemic Legion invaded the eastern dronelands that had traditionally be the home of EVE’s Russian alliances. Since the Drone Russian civil war of 2012, the Drone regions were controlled by Solar Fleet following their victory over Legion of xXDeathXx. Solar was largely removed from their space, and eviction became complete after a N3 decided to purge remaining Solar space after the S2N Citizens sov drop during the Fountain war.
Exiled, Solar found an ally in Black Legion. Solar had hired Black Legion in the defense of Drone space, and now found themselves united by their animosity towards N3. Solar Fleet looks to regain its space and BL. looking to fight their rivals PL and NC. as much as possible.
The current incarnation of the Stainwagon power bloc is a continuation of the long series of Russian/Eastern European alliances living around the Stain area.
After the Southern war of 2012, the old Southern Alliance was destroyed by the TEST/PL led Honey Badgers Coalition (HBC), and Darkness of Despair formed from the Russian speaking corps of several SoCo alliances, including Red Overlord and Against ALL authorities. After the collapse of the HBC following the departure of TEST and PL, Stainwagon attacked the HBC remnant “Dinner Squadron” led by The Initiative <INIT> and EMP, re-conquering much of the old SoCo space.
The eastern Russians of the Drone regions and southern Russians of Stainwagon have mixed relations historically, having fought each other as many times as they have allied with each other. On October 30th, leaked standings showed that Solar and Stainwagon had allied with each other, and large amounts of Solar capital ships staged in a -A- system 2 jumps from N3 territory. In response, N3 launched a preemptive headshots of the -A- staging system of GE-8, kicking off the “Halloween war”
N3 Coalition + Pandemic Legion
· And others
· And others
“third party” deployment, aligned with Stainwagon CFC officially declared for Stainwagon
· Goonswarm Federation <CONDI>/CFC squads
CFC separate deployment to Kalevala Expanse Now ended
-Gentlemen's agreement <GENTS>
-Fidelas Constans <FCON>
The war to date (11/7)
The war started with a failed N3 headshot on GE-8. Afterwards, the war settled into a steady rhythm of very large fleets and heavy Time Dilation. Russians would reinforce N3 systems, which would be time for US Timezone, forcing the Russians to stay up until the early morning hours to contest the timer. So far, the Russian attention has been focused on KW-I6, a lone S2N system in Russian held Catch, and G15Z-W, a N3 system in Immensea. Both these fights stretched for hours in heavy Tidi, and KW-I6 ended in a node crash.
Faced with large numbers of DTF/CFC subcaps after official CFC intervention, N3/PL has deployed large numbers of "Slowcat" sentry carriers to establish superiority. With all sides deploying server intensive drone fleets, server performance in the Halloween war has been decidedly poor. The sentry carrier fleet has yet to suffer a decisive loss despite CFC/DTF attempting Dreadnought escalations on two occasions; once by Black Legion and Razor in E-Y, and once by Solar Fleet+Stainwagon in ZJA . E-Y ended in an N3 supercap escalation, and the Dread fleet was only saved by a node crash. The ZJA drop was more successful, with the Russians being able to destroy a number of carriers before the carrier fleet de-agressed and docked.
One month into the war, and virtually no space has changed hands. While heavy pressure has been put on the sole N3 catch system of E-Y and the S2N staging system of I-N, both systems have yet to fall. The only sov exchange in the war has been in the Kalevala Expanse, where GENTS flipped a number of NC. un-IHUB'd systems.
While engagements in the south continue at a brisk pace, very few systems have changed hands. DTF+CFC have yet to find a viable counter for the massed sentry carriers fielded by NC.+PL, and N3 has saved many systems on defensive timers. This led to the CFC announcement of mass adoption of "Omegafleet" artillery Naglfars to break through the spider tanking carriers with sheer alpha. The main front in the south will continue to simmer until either DTF+CFC find a way to defeat massed sentry carriers, or either side loses the will to fight.
While the main front in Immensea stalls, DTF and N3 have been skirmishing in Omist, with some space trading hands. Meanwhile, the GENTS/FCON/CO2 incursion up north in Kaevala has been beaten by by EMP with N3 support.
Public Timerboard, http://timerboard.net/ , managed by Lucia Denniard of PIZZA
Local/Dscan tool http://eve-dingo.com/index.php# , created by DingoGS of CONDI
TMC Twitch Stream http://www.twitch.tv/themittanidotcom , DBRB will stream battles
Edited by angry_mustache, 19 December 2013 - 10:17 PM.