Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Fountain Core

Fountain is a warzone…plain and simple. While the BoB alliance claims control over this region, the core constellation of Phoenix is heavily contested. There are many corps and alliances per side, and my men are being tested under fire. Some of the newer recruits I may have to send back up to our bases in Aridia until they learn more situational awareness…but we also have a need to patrol our space up that way as well. Overall, the OEC has performed admirably…especially since we have skirmished heavily outnumbered most times (but not all).

Aftermath Alliance and Coreli have been the utmost of professionals…especially Coreli. It has been a pleasure sharing fleets and operations with such dedicated pod pilots. Joshua Foiritain runs a very tight ship with very experienced pilots. Aftermath is a new alliance formed from various Fountain corporations in the area from what I can tell.

Our known enemies in the area are fighting uphill now I believe. Still….Celestial Apocalypse proves a more than worthy adversary. We would not win the area of battle if it were simply a dual between our corps. Our efficiency in the campaign is hovering around 60%, with more battleship kills but also more battlecruiser losses.

Overall, this has been the right move for the OEC. We needed to get back to our original base of operations…and start gearing up for larger things. I have suspended my training of leadership curriculum to instead train from some more CEO functions….most notably Empire Control. In the future when we form the alliance planned, I will have this ready to go. Already a very strong and powerful industrial corporation has expressed interest in partnering in an alliance. If so, they would form the required industrial backbone of such an enterprise.

With the OEC securing some 0.0 space, this has a hint of destiny…but I suppose it is a pity I believe in self determination.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Operation Phoenix Nest

“Behold the flame of the Phoenix…and fear its wrath of sadness. Go forth my brothers, for you are the wings of the Phoenix…burn the heretics, and cleanse the soul of this Empire!” – Joma Yurk, Prophet and Historian (Kor-Azor).

Operation Phoenix Nest is now upon the OEC. While we have prepared dutifully during the previous off time…no plan really survives ‘first contact’ with the enemy. Our move into the Fountain Core region has not gone unnoticed by the local corporations and alliances that lay claim here. Celestial Apocalypse and Foundation have been the main targets. While we are not looking for any sovereignty, we are looking to enforce the peace for those that actually lay claim to the region. Evolution Corporation has been a long time friend of the OEC since before CONCORD authorized pod pilots to the heavens. In fact, we have many former OEC pilots in the ranks of Evolution this very day.

Band of Brothers alliance has laid claim to this area of the Cluster, and by our opinion…we shall help them enforce this claim in return for us being allowed to re-base in the area. Almost 4 years ago, Evolution, Xanadu, and OEC started the first military operations in the area that eventually formed the Fountain Alliance. While we went our separate ways afterwards, the friendship was always there…even when we traded laser fire across the Eve Cluster due to area of operations and contracts.

We hope to rebuild our once powerful industrial base to eventually support a decent Capital Ship fleet. We cannot do this anywhere other than the safety of zero security space. Being a Mercenary Corporation does not mean total neutrality, unlike some would like to believe…it deals with way more than just combat. We must put ourselves in position to grow stronger to obtain larger contracts. With the Eve Cluster moving rapidly towards capital fleet warfare, our small tactic focus must also change.

We are actively engaging a NBSI policy in the Region at this time….and will not be doing any Mercenary work until Q2 of this year.

The fighting is only going to intensify…and if the storm growing in the North decides to blow this way…we shall be in the fight for our lives.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Preparations Complete

“Concerning military matters, the commanders best prepared are not always the victors. They only are able to react to the fast changing pace of battle. Those with innate tactical abilities often pass for being prepared…only to flunk the mid-term as the first Tachyon beams hit their hulls…” – Instructor Ralsa Dumas, Imperial Navy

It has been a ‘tough’ month for me personally. I never much liked the logistics part of running a corporation…and thank god I have a competent quartermaster that handles most of the load. However, it still is my responsibility to prepare the OEC for the coming months. Whether or not I ‘flunk’ the mid-term we shall see in short order. As I write this, I take a break from outlining our operational orders and watching OEC crews prep our ships for combat in the dry docks.

We have had a good run as of late. While I consider ourselves still “fighting broke”, we have had an excellent retainer contract to keep gas in the tank. Our operations in Beke shall continue, but at a much lower frequency now. Several members have installed jump clones to the system to do patrols a few times a week. Speaking of patrols, we bagged a few more brigands in the system this week…including a Megathron class battleship. I have also learned that CONCORD has arrested a well known pirate in the system finally (read: permaban). Not sure why they finally decided to act…probably something about illegal isk wire transfers. To be honest, the best pirates are the smart ones…the ones you don’t hear about often. They just ply their trade in the shadows. Pirates out to make a name for themselves usually end up broken in the end. Overall, Beke is looking far more secure than it was 3 months ago…and I am glad we helped to that end.

Still, a mercenary corporation cannot sit still for long. Boredom is the enemy of all professional mercs everywhere…and we shall have a great deal on our plate. More on that in future communiqu├ęs that I will save for later…as I cannot discuss pending operations.

The OEC has welcomed some new recruits recently. I am sure they are about to experience a baptism by fire. We have some excellent raw talent, and my hope is that they latch onto what the OEC is about, our professionalism, and our goals. My corp members do not have to be the most skilled, but they have to be dedicated to the team and our accomplishments.

On another note, the fitting of the OEC Blackguard is still progressing. I must say, the Khanid paint covering a prophecy hull fills the soul with much imagination. While my aim is not to get too close in combat with the ship…it will definitely inspire fear among our enemies when viewed up close. We are still running capacitor simulations trying to figure out what a good fit will be with full Armored Warfare capabilities…good thing I am a patient man.

Looking across the drydock at the OEC ships, I wonder how many will make it into next year...much less next month.