Hello, allow me to introduce myself, I am Mattpat139 Sukarala. I have sampled nearly everything to do in New Eden at least once, I now live off of factional warfare and have found my home in the Gallente Militia. I have always wanted to give something back for the people of New Eden and am proud to begin the delivery of a series of short weekly updates regarding new stories and events as well as a recap of the week around our little campfire in low-sec.
With The Gallente Militia sounding a retreat on their assault of Hasmijaala I figured it was a good opportunity to look back on why it failed. All the parts seemed to line up for a usual system bash, the alliance leaders said “this is a target, disable the Caldari advance.” Ships were moved to staging areas and we went to work.
However this was different, it was a system closer to the Caldari “core” systems allowing them to figure out what was happening and move their assets within 48 hours of it beginning. The system became a blood bath, fleets chasing each other and various antics. However constant AU time zone plexing of the system kept nullifying the work done by Gal-Mil during their more active EU and US time zone. This resulted in a stalemate of the system.
Let’s face facts, the assault on Hasmijaala was a failure. Yes, we struck a major blow. However, and I hate to admit it, we had a strong dose of tunnel vision. The Cormorants and Kestrels wouldn’t seem to stop and neither would our Tristans and Catalysts. The campaign was to “chop the head off of the Caldari.” We lost sight of almost everything else in the war-zone.
We were so set on cutting the head off the snake, that we didn’t see the rest of them sneaking up on our backdoor and claiming 3 systems in the process (Alamel, Ardronne, and Mantenault). Now 1/2 of the systems we own are over 40% contested. If we don’t turn this around and start truly defending some of the “buffer” systems we will have some big fights ahead (most of which I look forward to). If we’ve learned anything, it’s to not put all our eggs in one basket.
See you guys next week, fly safe o7