Monday, 13 July 2015

News: Providence Bloc and Phoebe Freeport Republic Clash Head On in D-GTMI

D-GTMI system, Providence region. On the 11th of July at 22:00 EVE Standard Time, forces belonging to Phoebe Freeport Republic [PFR] and Providence Bloc clashed in the system over a Sovereignty Blockade Unit.

The fight began as an event for [PFR]'s academy, which was celebrating a graduation cycle and wished to fight Providence Bloc, choosing an Amarrian motif for its fleet. 57 pilots assembled in an array of Amrrian ships, with 3 Triage Archon Carriers and a Fenrir Freighter filled with spirits. The fleet made its way from the 4-CM8I system in Scalding Pass to the D-GTMI system in Providence without an incident.

The Original Post for the Event

The Fleet Commander for [PFR] attempted to arrange a fight with Providence Bloc, but was ignored and subsequently banned from the diplomacy channel of Providence Bloc by moderators. Attempts by other fleets members resulted in the same pattern. This caused the [PFR] fleet to attempt and draw Providence Bloc's attention in another way. Since D-GTMI had defensive Sovereignty Blockade Units already present in the system, the [PFR] fleet decided to shoot the station, hoping to alert Providence Bloc and cause it to form.

After a while though, with no apparent response, the [PFR] fleet moved to the Sovereignty Blockade Units on the T-RPFU gate and started applying damage to it, hoping to at least have a killmail out of it. However, by this time Providence Bloc had already formed, a 60 pilot mixed Cerberus Heavy Assault Cruiser and Caracal Cruiser fleet. The force quickly made its why towards the system, swelling its ranks as it burned forwards.

Deciding not to jump head long into the [PFR] force, the Providence Bloc fleet took a detour, attempting to enter the system through FSW-3C. And yet, the [PFR] force may have had a spy on the Providence Bloc force, as their fleet relocated to the FSW-3C gate. Luckily, the [PFR] force was quite a way from the gate, allowing the Providence Bloc fleet to enter safely and start the fight.

The two sides fought for a while, the [PFR] fleet completely outgunned and out ranged by the kitting Cruisers, who ripped apart the Amarrian ships with their missile salvos. Even with the prevalence of Triage Carriers on the field, the damage proved too great. Another factor that went against the [PFR] fleet was the Providence Bloc Stealth Bomber wing, which accompanied the main fleet and carried bombing runs on the [PFR] fleet.

The Fighting over the FSW-3C Gate

With most of their sub-capital support gone, the Providence Bloc fleet went to work on the [PFR] Carriers, taking down the cynosural field mobile inhibitor and bringing their own Capitals into the system. One after the other, the [PFR] Carriers were destroyed, the entire [PFR] fleet decimated.
With no more hostiles left to fight, the Providence Bloc fleet returned to its staging system, having secured the system once more.

Battle report for the D-GTMI system can be found here.

The Battle lasted 40 minutes, with local seeing around 200 pilots at the height of the battle and Time Dilation not reported as a major issue.

[PFR] lost nearly the entirety of its fleet, 58 ships including 3 Triage Carriers and a Freighter, for a total of 12.63Bil ISK damage. Providence Bloc losses were only 12 ships, mostly Stealth Bombers and Interdictors totaling at 600Mil ISK damage.

It seems both sides managed to achieve their objectives, with Providence Bloc defending its sovereignty while [PFR] getting the fight it wanted, though not in the format it wished for.

With FozzieSov around the corner and the so-called impending invasion of the Imperium to the region, this may have been the last "fun" big fight in the region for the near future.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

News Bulletin: corebloodbrothers, State of the Region, Looming Imperium Invasion

Since the departure of Northern Coalition(dot) [NC] from the area, things have calmed down in the Providence region. Thus, not much has transpired during the passing week, giving Providence pilots a much needed breather after nearly two months of constant fighting. The things that did happen, were either unimportant enough to merit their own post or were already covered by other major news outlets. 

The EVE Scribe has gathered all of the events into one news bulletin to keep the pilots of Providence up to date with the occurrences in the region.

corebloodbrothers Resigns his Seat on CSM X


In a move that surprised all, corebloodbrothers announced his resignation from the Council of Stellar Management 10, also known as CSM X. corebloodbrothers cited demands on his time and an inability to balance them with his work on the CSM X as the main reason for choosing to quit the council.

With his resignation, Providence Bloc loses its voice on the council, with the candidate most likely to succeed his seat being a representative of High Security space interests,Lorelei Ierendi. The full resignation letter can be found on EVE News 24.

State of the Providence Region


On the 2nd of July, the G-5EN2 system, the first system conquered by [NC] during its campaign, was finally re-claimed by Providence Bloc forces. This marked the official end of the war between the two entities, with all systems in the region once more safely in Providence Bloc's control.

With [NC]'s departure, large scale conflicts have subsided in the region, allowing its residents to re-build and resume their peaceful activities. With Pandemic Horde [REKTD] and Spectre Fleet otherwise engaged, it seems Providence Bloc will enjoy the peace for a few more weeks at least.

Pending Imperium Invasion


Only recovering from one war, and already reports are coming in of the Imperium's preparations to invade the region. The residents of Providence had been reporting increased Imperium activity as well as spikes in border systems, such as Esa in the Tash-Murkon region. 

The system's close proximity to the Providence region and the Amarr system in Domain which serves as an important trade hub for the South of New Eden, makes it an ideal staging area for sub-capital operations. The station in the system has historically served as the home base for several anti-Providence groups.

As the sovereignty mechanic changes, termed FozzieSov, will probably be implemented next week, bar no further delay, Providence Bloc may face a full scale invasion of its space, as Imperium forces hope to study and perfect the new system in order to protect their holdings in the future, using the region as their testing ground.

This may mean that the coming weeks may make the past two months look like a picnic in comparison. Only time will tell. 

The EVE Scribe will keep you posted.
Lorelei Ierendi
Lorelei Ierendi
Lorelei Ierendi

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

News: Northern Coalition(dot) Re-Deploys, Drops Sovereignty in Providence

Providence region. Northern Coalition(dot) [NC] announced its new deployment, moving away from the Providence region and to the system of Litom in the Curse region. While [NC] assets haven't moved yet, sovereignty dropped in several systems, allowing Providence Bloc to grab them.

On the 29th Providence Bloc managed to re-gain BK4-YC system. The system was left undefended by [NC] forces, allowing Providence Bloc to capture it without a fight.

On the 30th, [NC] ceded sovereignty over KBP7-G and Y-MPWL systems, which Providence Bloc was quick to re-claim.

The only system in Providence currently remaining in [NC]'s hands is the G-5EN2 system, which was the first to fall in the campaign. Its eventual re-capture will symbolize the end of the war between [NC] and Providence Bloc.

Providence Bloc forces have kept an eye on the situation, but no major action has been taken against [NC] assets in the region so far. It seems Providence Bloc leadership is awaiting the [NC] convoys to leave Hasateem, thus ensuring [NC] has actually re-deployed.

The news of the deployment came as no big shock, with the entire conflict growing stale as time went on. The question is what does [NC] expect to achieve with its move to the Curse region, which operates as an important junction from which both the East, South East and North East of New Eden can be accessed.

While no comment was given by [NC], Providence Bloc leadership had stated that [NC] proved to be a strong and tough opponent, whose tight fleet compositions, professionalism, commitment and experience proved to be an immense challenge. Providence Bloc had fought hard, and lost a lot, but also manged to win against the odds at times. In summary, it was a war where both sides showed respect for each other, and afterwards come new challenges and new enemies.