Hello fellow capsuleers and those who have access to the IGS.
14 years… time certainly races by. Upon extending my capsuleer license recently I noticed that it has now been more than 14 years since I’ve become a capsuleer. I’ve spend some time thinking about how much impact the capsuleer program has had in those years. Both on our Universe in general and on me specificly.
During those 14 years I have seen the rise and change of capsuleers and their position. Those who have come before me and made it possible to have the capsuleer program from which I graduated. I thank you for all you have given up to make it possible. You are those who I consider to be generation zero.
I consider myself to be of the 1st generation of capsuleer. We had to find our own way with a very limited infrastructure to support us. We had to make do mostly with refitted non-capsuleer ships and we were little more than prestige items for the Empires whom we strongly felt connected to. I remember reading in the news of how a new record was set with a little over 2,400 capsuleers being active at the same time. How far our numbers have grown…
Slowly the Empires started to see our potential and the benefits of integrating us. This has led to the rise of what I consider to be the 2nd generation of capsuleers. These felt welcome and needed and much like most of the 1st generation, they worked to help their empires grow and prosper. It certainly wasn’t without strife as the increasing integration and new technologies to support capsuleers also gave birth to those who wanted to create empires of their own.
As we capsuleers were given more and more permissions and access, we head out and started to truely claim previously unclaimed and unregulated space. With this 3rd generation we slowly started to be allowed to drift away from the Empires. This has resulted in increadible advancements and a growing dependancy of the Empires on regulations to keep us in check and to try and keep up. It is at this time that a growing sence of independence has started to show.
With the advancements that have been made I believe we are now seeing a 4th generation of capsuleers. The Empires are now learning and adapting their military based on how we capsuleers are doing combat. And this is something that capsuleers have become aware of. They often feel superiour and can’t wait to build their own kingdom in which they rule. I find them often inpatient and unthankfull as they seem to forget how far our technology has grown and how barren it was for those of the 1st and 2nd generation.
As for me personally… I no longer introduce me as a Brutor first, Minmatar second and capsuleer 3rd. I now consider myself a Minmtar capsuleer 1st and Brutor 2nd.
I have seen many things happen that deeply worry me:
The outcome of the Elder invasion and following failure to integrade those brothers and sisters into the tribes;
The ongoing fighting over the regions in which we are fighting the pendulum wars. It is a massive waste of life and resources and I truelly wish for it to end as it only makes the Empires drift apart;
The rise of the sleepers and their military strenght;
But maybe I’m just feeling a bit of melancholy after looking back. Regardless, feel free to ask my any questions.