The following takes place the 8/03/2021 Terran Calendar, Interviewing Ulianov and Maplefox.
Ulianov tries to present himself as a simple miner, which just from seeing his profile bio you can see he’s not. Maplefox takes the pose of a sort of “presenter” of Ulianov. I found them on Abudban, a 0.7 system next to Rens. Profitable mining can be done here. Guess the miners theme got me there for the first interview to be published here. This series of interviews will focus on the people interview, the aura and sense I get from them and what they say. Here’s the interview to Ulianov and his, for a lack of a better word, mates:
ARG Zunztu > Who is Ulianov? How does he make a living here? Answer as long as you like.
Ulianov > I am a humble miner who lives mainly in Abudban.
Maplefox > I can attest that Ulianov keeps space clean by removing unnecessary and sloppy pilots’ cargo. Confiscation if you like for misuse of the ships, actions like autopiloting or leaving the AI of the system on and going to sleep. If you are spotted doing this there is a harsh lesson to be learnt. Miners here flourish from tidy space.
ARG Zunztu > You have been living in this sector for 10 years? what can you tell me of your past and your relationship with CSM?
Ulianov > I am very afraid of Nullsec and Lowsec, that’s why I live in this area always.
Maplefox > I have very little to do with the CSM. EVE politics have never been my strong suit, I aspire to play for content and for fun. IF you are looking for TIDI - please go to Delve. The best fights and best pilots are born and raised in high-sec/low-sec.
Ulianov > consider Maplefox answer also my answer please.
Maplefox > We are unison.
ARG Zunztu > the content of my new series of interviews will be regular folks, you seem to have a past, care to enlighten me of it?
Maplefox > I am, like Ulianov here, a humble miner. I’ve started my journey in Caldari Space- Poinen - eventually moved over into Sasta - Lisudeh, around 9 years ago, and then I discovered ICE - and I made my nest here and have called it come ever since.
Ulianov > I came to the game to fight for the LGTBIQ+ community, my past as a salt miner is very related to this fight. No discrimination is tolerated in Abudban.
Maplefox > Ash Styles and Deigo Dragitor both lived in Sasta at the time and moved with me. And that’s correct. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination. Anywhere in EVE.
As we approached the subject of the LGTB community, I had a sensed they drove me away from the conversation of the past of them. Nevertheless, to gain their trust, I followed along.
ARG Zunztu > What can you tell me of the struggles of the LGTBQ+ community here?
Maplefox > Pilots are seen using profane language to express discontent. Seldom see a “GF” like the old days of EVE.
Ulianov > yeah, a lot of hate speech is produced when I am in the belt mining salt, 90% is LGTB+phobic.
ARG Zunztu > so, we can say that you are championing the fair game and end of abuse of speech, sort of? Quite a troublesome task to do in this profane universe. How do you set to it?
Maplefox > we encourage teamwork and friendship, no hate speech. You reach out to people. Many different tools, sometimes you’ll meet on a belt and then you’re tickling each other with neutrons. The best of people loves that. Many different tools associated with these meets. I’ve been tickled by Gay Pride’s aRtillery cannons.
ARG Zunztu > Nice, it’s good to see people trying to make a change for the better it would seem. Would you like to add anything to this interview that you think would be nice to the readers? Maybe raise awareness on a subject?
Maplefox > Any oxford graduate would endorse and sponsor you for this article, I bet.
Ulianov > yes, James 315 invested billions during my training. He was a great Highsec Hero, and I am a Knight thanks to his SRP program.
Maplefox > I thought you would pick a subject.
ARG Zunztu > The idea of the interview program is to know people playing and their role in this comunnity.
Maplefox > My role in this community so to speak. Is to reach out to those who want help. Take loss with a grain of salt and grow from the experience. This life is all about growth. If someone wants to learn how to mine, how to properly set up their industry, look into what skills to train up for a ship they want to fly, I will help them.
The interview was short lived because I didn’t have enough time, but an interesting character appeared out of nowhere to me. Ulianov, why a guy with only one short name, followers, a knight of James 315 (who is this guy anyway?) was making sure that the miner space was leave open for real miners, not robots who work mindlessly for greedy companies, and also protecting the LGBT community from feeling pushed out of place? Who is this guy?
I left the interview with one true feeling, there’s a LOT more than meets the eye. Hopefully I will find a way to cooperate with him and learn more. I think I might be unto something, who knows?
Until next time, Zun.