Entry: six hundred seventy-five.
I finally heard what Morsus Mihi and Brick were up to the other day. My CEO found them in a low-sec location that I won't name, but it seems they've been moving to Curse. I can't honestly remember who owns Curse, but my feeling is that the Angel Cartel presides over that domain. I'm looking forward to hearing how things go for Morsus Mihi and Brick after they've moved in.
Now that all but the very last few members of those alliances have left Delve, things have been pretty quiet. With Cascade now making up the majority population of Delve at any one time, the population average has dropped from one hundred fifty, to one hundred twenty, to one hundred, to seventy, to fifty. With a population that small, I sense that there won't be many frigate gangs to bomb on the 1DH-SX undock any time soon.
With those allies gone, there has been some serious grumbling within the alliance about what Cascade is still doing in 1DH-. Cascade controls seventy-two systems between Querious and Delve, and the alliance has technically been deployed away from home for over three months. If Cascade isn't going to push back the Freeport mission, or attack Evoke and Ewoks to prevent capital construction in Delve, then what are we doing in 1DH-?
My simple answer is that it is to prevent station flipping over the course of dealing with Raiden. Raiden does control a small portion of Querious and does pose a serious threat, and it would be the best practice to stage out of Blood Raider space to prevent Cascade assets from being trapped in stations by Raiden. My answer, however, may not be the real reason Cascade is still in 1DH-. To be blunt though, I don't want to leave.
In recent history, Cascade has moved several times since going home so many months ago. First, we staged in CZK- first, then P-Z, followed shortly by FV-SE8. After a month long period in Stain, we redeployed yet again to 1DH-, and we've now been here for a month or two. I and my CEO are tired of moving, and I'm sure much of the alliance feels the same. At the same time, much of the alliance wants to go home, while I don't.
Given the war fatigue settling in with many of the members, as well as depleting wallets, there is an additional factor not yet mentioned: the alliance leader.
Recently, he's been absent for days at a time with no one to take over the reins even temporarily. Additionally, he has apparently not been comminucating with the alliance as to what is going on and what he plans to do and simply attempting to do everything himself. You could say that Cascade is facing a crisis period, to the point where the alliance leader has been disassociated from his main corp and had to move to the asset holding corporation. Things are looking a little dire.
It'll be interesting to see what Cascade's next play will be in the next few days. Will we move, and if so, to where? Will Archie remain the alliance head? If not, will he go peacefully or try to take the alliance with him? If he does remain, how will he remedy his serious issues stemming from trying to run the entire alliance by himself, and will his plan put an end to the threat of corporations leaving the alliance? What is Cascade's next objective, or do we even have one?
Equally as interesting, what will my corporation do if the alliance disbands? Will the member corporations of Cascade create a new alliance free of the current leader? Will my corporation even join it? Who's left to join that meshes with our corporations goals aside from Goons, TEST or Against All Authorities? Will we even join the DRF and have to learn Russian?
Living in interesting times can be such a curse.
Computer: terminate recording.