Tinfoil aside, these "null sec cartels" are in no way IMHO, able at present, able to bring CCP to the table. NOR are they important enough long term to EvE in CCP's vision of what is to come to require any type of negotiation at present "in the AMOUNT of minerals that null sec will be given."
I do however NOT agree that there is any bottlenecks in low end ore mining efficiency, from null's perspective, simply a LACK of desire to mine the lower end ores given that the current time/isk ratio of mining the NS ores is currently outweighs the extra cost of importation of the LS and HS ores. This thus provides the HS and LS miners jobs they otherwise would not have (demand for their ores) as well as the Logistical Pilots that make the freighter/ JF runs as well as opportunities for the PVP content of shooting fish in a barrel that cannot shoot back.
Your mention of a dev, whom came from Pandemic Legion, thus inferring a continued loyalty to that Null Sec Alliance, is a means of supporting a theory that CCP gives concessions to ANY Null Sec group.
Since Phobe, WH space became much closer to being self sufficient with the advent of Ice fields in the shattered WH systems, much like the new mining meta, it is NOT without risk. That RISK, is a major factor in deriving content, the Reward or ISK vs the RISK vs Content is what is going to drive a lot of the smaller (non blob) content that many pvpers are desiring in the ability of more roams in search of that content without blueballs. The new mining meta simply magnifies that!.
YES there will be great ISK to be generated, Yes, there will be content to be had. It will require smarter players, more intel gathering. It will require players to work more cohesively as a team, both to gather that ISK, and to counter it. Denying larger blocs of their goo, will in-fact become a more powerful tactic as those whom wish to understand the mechanics of the drilling process realize that over a 2-3 day period of engagements results in a 7-30 day loss of production. Whereas in the past, the previous moon owner simply lost up to 2 days production before re-stronting the pos and defending it, or recapturing/replacing it afterwords.
To those whom wondered if you could place another citadel in range to defend it with the defenses of the citadel, the answer is no, the mechanics dictate at least 1000 km range of another structure, and or a celestial object.
The META of mining is changing. The META of EvE HAS changed. It is up to us as players to use the tools that we have been given to maximize OUR individual vision within the constructs of the mechanics of the sandbox to achieve our goals. How you the player adapt is up to you, crying about it will not change the META, although I so appreciate their salty deliciousness.
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