One reason is because it made me want to shout, "Hey, there already IS space colonization going on. It's call Anoikis. We colonized it. Something you thought we'd never do, but we did." That statement is true. I live in a wormhole system with a whole lot of other capsuleers. It is ours. We have colonized it.
Of course, I didn't shout that at my monitor while I watched Fanfest. I'm not that far gone. But I have also never stopped thinking about it. Most players see this space colonization possibility as referencing new space. There are plenty of hints to that effect. I don't disagree with such speculation. There will eventually be new space for capsuleers to explore, conquer and call their own. I think the vision goes so far as to allow for completely capsuleer run empires out there among the stars.
But what I want to know is will CCP do this for currently colonized systems as well. What could this mean for Anoikis? Part and parcel to this colonization vision, which is fait accompli in Anoikis, is the "right kind of stargate" thing. For a group of capsuleers to get to these new colonization areas, they would have to build a new type of stargate. It would be a huge undertaking but it would open up these new frontiers. Would CCP allow them to be built in Anoikis? Why not?
Gates do not currently exist in Anoikis for a variety of reasons, the biggest one being the Sleepers. I am certain they would destroy any gate before it was completed. But that was before capsuleers started colonizing Anoikis. In our system, we have the Sleepers firmly under control. They are not a threat. The sleeper argument is moot.
The other issue I see with stargates in wormholes would be the strange weather we have. Black Holes, Wolf-Rayets, Cataclysmic Variables: they all have to play hell with current gate technology. That's now however. In the future, gates will be more advanced. Why couldn't enterprising, intelligent and dedicated capsuleers research and develop gates that compensate for Anoikis weather? I am certain Sleeper technology holds the secret to that technology. Let that sink in a moment. With advanced stargates and wormhole technology we could built stargates in Anoikis space.
Again I ask, why not? All worm hole systems have their random connections. After living here for some time, I've come to understand they really aren't all that difficult to manipulate. We do it all the time. Need a good pipe to high-sec for loot movement and the current pipe sucks? Roll the static and get a new pipe! Don't like that K162 from null-sec? We can mass close it in seconds. We control our wormholes just as assuredly as CONCORD controls high-sec stargates. We just have to go through a few extra steps to do it. It really is not that hard.
Currently there is one thing that is damn hard to do in Anoikis: conduct multi-system operations. There is no guarantee that once a capsuleer organization expands into another wormhole system they'll have access to that system again once the connection dies. Eventually another connection would be found. In fact, we do similar connection finding operations already for other reasons. But it's damned dicey, takes time, and isn't a lot of fun.
If I could build a stargate to connect two wormhole systems together, I'd be very, very tempted to do so. Does that constitute an extreme risk? Yes, it does. There is the time and ISK involved in building it in the first place and the cost of having a "direct" line of advance into your home as well. Is it a game destabilizing change? I doubt it. It just makes easier what we already to. As with all things, the pros and the cons must be weighed - but I am certain there are those in Anoikis who would build stargates if for no other reason than to reduce the complexity of that black box Jester wrote about. It would be nothing more than the Anoikis version of a super-capital and jump bridge. It doesn't ruin null-sec so I doubt it'll ruin Anoikis.
So if stargates are allowed in Anoikis, what could they connect to? Could a C6 connect directly to high-sec? Why not? I would say this must be allowed under the "in for a penny, in for a pound" philosophy. But don't make it easy. In fact, a stargate from Anoikis to known space would be the most difficult, and most expensive, stargate to build.
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So what do you think? Should wormhole denizens be allowed to build stargates should CCP's vision come to pass? I'd like to read arguments from both sides of that question. If yes, why and how do you think it would affect Anoikis? If no, why not and who would it hurt? With CCP looking to make the sandbox even more engaging, I can't imagine they would really want to just dismiss this possibility. For the same effort they will invest anyway, they could create an entirely new challenge to some of the most hard core and dedicated players they have. That's gotta be worth consideration.