Hi Garlock, a very interesting and thoughtful post. I assume you are living in low or null sec to be building capitals for defence. As such, I must also assume that you have some form of logistics setup to extract products from where you live to markets for sale, and return with things you cannot produce yourself?
Surely this can be used to purchase the additional materials required to continue your build programmes? If not, and you have been thus far entirely self-reliant, then I must commend your choice of backwater, as living in such space without a larger group coming around and giving you a kicking for fun is hardly common…
I also feel you are looking only on the downside - as a small group in null, I’ve been considering various options for us to profit from these changes - we are expanding operations in a number of areas (don’t wanna give the game away, but it should be pretty evident where these sit) so we can keep up with our capital builds as well as profiting from the new industry meta (maybe).
Ultimately if this change pushes your group out of the game then that is sad to hear, but suggesting that there are fewer opportunities for small groups is, I feel, a negative approach that doesn’t really consider the options that have been made available.