Before I begin, I think I should take this time to cover a piece of General Tso's history for our readers. Play this while reading the scrawl part:
A long time ago, in the Thoulde Constellation of Essence Region...
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A group of allies existed as part of a lowsec coalition known as "Pain Vault" consisting of several corporations, TKPRO, SMERG, DEP, JEDI, and others. They existed to fight the -10 groups of Hell's Rejects, Basgerin Pirates, Evil Alts, etc. TKRPO was the major PVP force in the area, but internal issues and desire to head to nullsec began the downfall of that corp. It wasn't long before SMERG and DEP were the major players in the area, with only a couple TKPRO members participating at all. It became quite apparent to SMERG, however, that they were carrying most of the fleets, with all the top damage of every engagement being racked up by the small, younger, corporation.
With the exodus of the "enemies" to regions unknown, and the absolute cave-in of TKPRO, SMERG decided to restructure its standings with the Pain Vault allies, understanding that very few "blues" offered anything in the way of PVP support, or even free ships to defend the industry corps. We formed our own alliance (with offers to old Pain Vault members to join) and every other corp was reset, save DEP and JEDI, as they had always been supportive of SMERG in the past.
Before too long, DEP became as restless as TKPRO had been in our dead-end lowsec, and a lot of their members had grandiose dreams of life in nullsec, so there was little presence from them in Seyllin and Ane, aside from their POS's in Ane. One day they returned, and some of their noobs did not have properly configured overviews and shot at Yin, who was -10, but absolutely blue to DEP. We retaliated, in what I've (now) dubbed: The shot heard up my sphinct.
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This was the first kill against our old-time friends, and they chose to take the side of some idiot noob over their long-time allies. They were then reset.
Over time they have joined much larger alliances in nullsec, and somehow convinced their members to come back into our little pocket of lowsec to harrass us, in some misguided attempt to vindicate their wrong stance many many months earlier. Here is a good breakdown of blog entries if you are interested in more of our insignificant (by nullsec standards) history:
- My Finger Slipped
- 30 Minute Transition Time
- I Hope Grinding Those Structures is Fun
- POCO Destruction... Erection
- Operation "I CHAEM on Your Father's Chest"
But, I think this image sums it up (we are the mouse, it has AIDS... sucks for the turtle):
BDEAL (the alliance DEP joined) eventually fail-cascaded and a lot of the corps joined other alliances, including DEP joining Fatal Ascension (FA). And with Goons/TEST taking all of CFC to the south, they would bring FA with them. We, at first, wanted to take this window to finally remove DEP's only attachment to the area once and for all, their 4 POS's situated on 3 of the more valuable moons in Ane. I mandated that as soon as ten Dreadnought pilots were logged in, the Op would start, as setting scheduled times never works for SMERG. While we hit 8 pilots many times, we never managed to actually ring that important (read: arbitrary) "10" bell.
And then, a week or so back, I had a nice conversation with Killer Predator (KP), the (former-and-now-once-again) CEO of DEP. He informed me that he was forced from FA by their leadership, who gave KP an ultimatum: either he goes, or DEP goes. He didn't want to screw his corporation, so he bowed out. He also told me that things were rocky for DEP anyway, due to FA's obsession with K/D ratios and killboard epeen-ness (word?). And it wasn't long before DEP was out of FA, and the moment we realized this (read: 3 days before this blog post) we rallied every imaginable motherfucker we could and put all 4 towers of DEP's into reinforced.
We then used our new "Alliance Bounty" system to place 3 Billion ISK on the destruction of all 4 towers, ensuring the assholes in Tso's would actually show and finish this shit once and for all. And show they did.
But I'm sure some day DEP will once again get some big brother to fix the problems they can't; and claim the victory for themselves. Our future, picture below:
But the thing about SMERG/Tso's... we are a lot like herpes. Just when you think we are gone, we spring our disgusting faces out right as that hot guy from the bar is about to go down on you.