It's been awhile since I've written anything about Goonswarm Federation and their leader The Mittani. It's not that I haven't noticed what's going on outside wormhole space. I frankly didn't care. If it wasn't a K162 leading into my space, it was effectively off d-scan for me.
But now I'm taking some R&R in high-sec, and I did post awhile back about a friend's take on TEST threatening Fatal Ascension, so I suppose I've already dipped my toes into this one. Since then there has been an escalation, a deescalation and tens of thousands of blog words spilled over the incident - and absolutely no POD goo.
This has left one indelible question mark inside my brain. What the hell happened to Goonswarm? This is not the alliance I've come to know and love. They NEGOTIATED a deescalation of tensions. There wasn't even a single large fleet engagement. It was at best a proxy war and a disappointing one at that. Is this appropriate behavior for vaunted Goonswarm? I think not. It certainly doesn't match their swagger and strut image. They took a smack talk torpedo from "crazy" Montolio amidships and turned the other cheek.
I once posted something about the Mittani, an obscure and unremembered bronze age empire, and compared them to The Mittani of Goonswarm. The analogy I made was the Mittani faded from memory and so will The Mittani. What I did not discuss is why the people known as the Mittani were not remembered.
It was because their existence was simply not memorable. They built no monuments. They did not conquer any worthy adversaries for the half millennium of their existence beyond their initial conquest of the Hurrians. They left no written histories for others to ponder. They kept to themselves, took no chances and faded into oblivion. In all, they did nothing of note and people don't bother to remember nothings.
This latest crisis is exactly that - nothing to remember. It's about as memorable as a boil: exciting when it erupts but once lanced completely forgettable.
Why did this outcome happen? It seems it was because Goonswarm and TEST don't want to risk what they have. That's a carebear attitude. "Dude, why'd you attack me? It took a year of campaigning and endless CTAs to obtain sovereignty over this many systems!" How is this any different than the high-sec miner who doesn't want his expensive mining barge blown up? Just because Goonswarm's mining barge is comprised of dozens (hundreds?) of Technetium moons doesn't change the attitude equation. Not taking risks so you can protect what you've invested your hard work to obtain IS a carebear attitude. I ought to know. That's what I am at heart.
But that's not what I have to be. That's what I choose to be - usually. Sometimes Mabrick does DIAF. And Goonswarm makes excuses not to fight. Damn, hell has frozen over ladies and gentlemen.
Here's some free advice from a capsuleer who's been a carebear longer than you Goonswarm. Ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are built for. If you really are the combat pilots you claim to be, the self-proclaimed masters of emergent game play, then start acting like it. Dare to be great even if it risks everything. And in this instance...
Don't Fly Careful