Okay here’s what I understand of the way wardecs work now with inferno. Entity X pays a fee to declare war against entity Y. This becomes a formal war. Entity Y has a couple of options at this point. It can:
a) Fight the war alone
b) Call for allies to fight the war
c) Offer a surrender to the aggressor
d) Double-down by declaring the war mutual.
Ways of finishing a war (again to my understanding)
1) Beat up the aggressor so they stop paying the war and the war ends (all allies go home)
2) Get beaten up by the aggressor, offer a surrender that the aggressor accepts (all allies go home)
3) Run away and hide so the aggressor gets bored and stops paying for the war anyway
4)Disband alliance / corp etc and skulk off like a yellow dog
Now these all really give the aggressor a bit too much power to either pay or stop paying and thus control their own involvement in the war. The aggressor could even run away and keep paying just to save face before claiming an accidental “oops we forgot to pay concord this week :shrug:” style excuse
So to the more interesting option in the new system making a war mutual.
By the text of the Inferno war blog it seems that if the war fee is zero (as it will be in mutual war) then the aggressor can no longer just :shrug: and forget to pay the bill they are stuck in the war as long as the defender wants them to be. This means the aggressor would have to propose a surrender contract that is accepted by the defending entity (and would presumably have to be worth quite a bit!)
Now originally in the Inferno war blog they said they didn’t know what to do about allies in a mutual war and discussed having the allies drop and barred from joining if the war is made mutual – but it seems CCP thought the better of that option (which is good because otherwise there is a huge advantage for a large power deccing a smaller one). I’ve tested making a war mutual, and adding allies to the war on top and the functionality works.
So to the destruction test of the new wardec system.
My alliance “The Star Fraction” has been wardecced by Goonswarm Federation. Presumably as part of Mittani’s “ministry of love/deathsquad” kneejerk against forum foes – but really the details don’t matter. Currently The Star Fraction is about 9000 members smaller than Goonswarm. The Goons have enough isk to maintain such a wardec for about ten million years so from their perspective would be eternal as long as they want it.
This didn’t sit well to my taste so I decided to make it mutual. This means the war is eternal unless they surrender to The Star Fraction. A surrender contract you can be assured will be widely publicised and circulated. The minimum sum we're likely to accept from Mittani for a surrender will be 5 billion isk per active ally we have at the time of the surrender but we promise to invite the heads of all allied corporations into a channel to discuss and vote on such terms and division of spoils across all allies - before they can be agreed.
We do however have a bit of a problem. We’re currently allied to the republic militias fighting against the Amarrian 24th Crusade and formally wardecced against both the Amarrian Imperium and the Caldari State – which rules our ships out of sensible combat options across the majority of hisec where the goons like the travel.
So we need more allies!
Our allies will get for the grand cost of “well nothing really” an enduring wardec with the largest alliance in Eve Online which will last as long as it takes for Mittani to offer a formal and expensive surrender to the Star Fraction.
I will accept all allied assistance offers as long as the contract is offered for free.
My ambition is to see hisec New Eden turned into an Inferno-scale grand war of Goonswarm Federation (9000 members) against 9000 heroic rag tag mercs, independents, vengeance-seeking ex victims, rival warlords, in fact anyone who wants to shoot Goons in high security space anywhere in new eden.
If this can be done it would mean more people would be on the books on the Goonswarm Federation vs New Eden (hosted by the Star Fraction) wardec than in Gallente vs Caldari faction war, and you have to admit that would be rather grand.
I’d like to test the system to this extent.
I’d like to see if CCP planned for this kind of huge mutual all-encompassing wardec
I’d like to see if it’s possible for an outfit that is initially 9100 v 100 outgunned can use the ally system to significantly even the odds.
And I'd like to see if Eve's biggest organization can be hoisted on their own petard and humiliated by the wardec system.
So if you are interested in adding 9100 FREE wartargets to your hisec activities whatever they are then open the Wars dialogue in your corp management screen and search for “the star fraction” select the “Goonswarm Federation vs The Star Fraction” (mutual war) option only and offer assistance. If you make the offer zero isk I’ll accept it and welcome to the free war against the fattest target list in New Eden.
(Be aware, if your organization is ALREADY in a war or allied to a war against Goonswarm Federation I will not be able to accept your offer of assistance at this time.)
I'll keep the thread updated as heroic new allies join the struggle and bright acts of revolutionary violence are done against the regressive hulls of Goonswarm vessels.
If you want to kill Goons click corp/wars search "the star fraction" find "goonswarm federation vs the star fraction" click the the plus sword icon and send an offer for zero isk.