Text has a funny way of portraying one’s tone and attitude. So lemme just express that I’m by no means here to poke fun, laugh and make fun of the Caldari Navy.
I want to see the Caldari Navy to do better. I feel as if the Navy CAN do better.
I was at Konola - I wasn’t a first responder that dedicated half an entire day to fighting on the frontline - but I did play a small role in the defence. I was at Arshat first, per request of my friend Kranacoi. I was in the neighborhood and got a drake and made my way out there. This was about an hour or so before the system collapsed to first liminality, I stayed and fought till evac call was given then deployed to Konola with the fleet.
Arriving on scene the fleet was starting to get organized and Kran asked for someone to take over as commander of the Site wing. Without really thinking I said “Yeah, I’ll do it.” With no prior experience to show for it. Next thing I know, I’m given the job and have to learn how to get the ball rolling and start making some progress.
There were some fumbles, yes - Eventually I got the hang of communicating and giving out orders. Ship started sailing real smooth but… I couldn’t help but feel like I wasn’t doing something right, or I wasn’t going fast enough. Because no matter how ontop I tried to be on my task, we still couldn’t push up the EDENCOM influence rating in system… Kran was out there with a wing hunting down Triglavian patrols. Yet we kept seeing the influence go down and down…
Eventually I turn in after being exhausted with Arshat and commanding a EDI wing for the first time. And what do I see tomorrow? That Arshat was pulled from the depths… Hot damn! That is big! That’s a legit victory for EDENCOM! Yet, Konola fell to liminality…
… I ask myself, why wasn’t that ambition and drive used to pull Konola from liminality? I feel in my gut that the State kinda needs a break, just for once you know? Why couldn’t we have saved Konola…?
Why did i find myself back in Arshat, patrolling the system under calmer conditions, with EDENCOM having a foothold than ever before? I left this system in a state of collapse! Why is it suddenly almost an EDENCOM fortress? Why was Arshat saved? HOW was it saved?
Then I realized that these invasions are a team effort… Capsuleers aren’t the main forces of this war, we’re just the backup - the specialists coming in to help the actual main force that’s gonna win the battle - Capsuleers cannot repel the Triglavians without the Navy acting as a backbone to hold ground and allow us Capsuleers to go on the offensive and try and push them back. Not to mention needing to counter act the Kybernuat support.
EDENCOM Capsuleers need to know and have comfort that the Navy can handle the pressure and allow Capsuleers to make that push back, to suppress the Collective’s advance.
So what is my point? My point is that the Caldari Navy is at risk in losing the confidence of Capsuleers who are putting in shift after shift to be on the frontlines and push back Invaders. I’m thinking Arshat was worthy of being brought back up because the Amarr Navy is known by now to be competent at pulling it’s own weight when it comes time to defend their territory. EDI can take the risk at kicking around in a First Liminality system because they know the Amarr Navy is gonna make their efforts worth it. If Capsuleers start seeing Caldari space as a lost cause because the Navy isn’t living up to expectations? - You’re ■■■■■■ - The State is ■■■■■■. Your entire nation is free real estate at that point. Kybernuats will ensure the Trigs steamroll ANY system that is hit by them knowing Capsuleers won’t be there to balance the scales.
The Navy is failing to pull it’s weight. And Konola isn’t the only battle on Caldari turf I’ve been a part of. I may live up in Venal and have my own responsibilities up there, but I try to come down to Empire space and toss my gun in to push these ■■■■■■■ back. Everytime I fought in a Caldari system? It collapsed to Triglavian occupation. Then I start seeing systems I wasn’t apart of collapsing to the Trigs.
Why is this happening…? I don’t think this is funny, I. Am. Concerned. I legitimately want to know what’s going on with the Caldari Navy. You’d think that since I’m heavily associated with the Guirstas, I’d be gloating about the Navy’s failure.
Nah, I’m concerned and deeply troubled at the State’s lack of success. I rather have them than the Collective ruling over people. At least I KNOW what the State’ about and don’t have some vague understanding like I do with the Collective.
Citizens are starting to become pissed off at this effort by their Navy that they’ve all been led to believe is one of the most well disciplined and skilled military forces in New Eden - yet you continue to lose territory to a FOREIGN ENTITY that may very well ERADICATE YOUR CULTURE AND WAY OF LIFE IN FAVOR OF THEIRS.
Where is the Caldari Navy in the propaganda? I want to see THAT Caldari Navy right about now. That Navy I’m supposed to be afraid of because I’m Guristas filth. Where the ■■■■ is THAT Navy at?
You know, the hardest part is that it’s sorta hard for me to ask that the Navy gets stronger - Because every loss is weakening them. The resources and colonies are one thing, but every battle is taking away personnel and manpower, training is some expensive - in time more than anything, time the State just does not have to make sure they have an infinite supply of able body crewmen.
The bodycount of personnel is just the start, that’s gotta have it’s own toil on morale. All this effort in fighting for the nation the swore to protect and what do they have to show for it? Dog tags of their dead comrades and a new star for the Collective to suck dry? I’d be questioning my employment sometime soon…
Which brings me to the reality of what’s going to happen… The Caldari Navy’s continued failure is probably gonna lead to the greatest spike in recruitment for the Guristas - ever. I wouldn’t be surprised if they already noticed a spike of Navy defectors who lost faith in the government they thought was too strong to be conquered. They’ll bring their families along too - The Guristas can keep them safe…
I don’t think the Caldari Navy wants this… I don’t think any proud citizen of the State would want to abandon their homeland to be with the Guristas. However if the Navy continues to perform so poorly, they may have no other choice if they value their own, or their family’s life. Pride can wait.
I will continue to fight for systems the Caldari occupy so long as the opportunity emerges. As much as I will continue to watch the Navy’s progress and hope for some improvement. I however end this post with one question.
Can the people of the Caldari State trust that their Navy will safeguard their lives and prevent them from being evicted from their homes?