Writer’s note: The following is taken from my own post on Reddit, and expanded upon following recent events.
Several days ago the Minmatar Republic dispatched several blockade taskforces to run interdiction operations at key regional border systems between the Amarr Empire and the Minmatar Republic.
Seen as little more than a trivial show of force by the capsuleers that inhabit and traverse the area, the blockade forces we largely ignored; however, in the early hours of 18Dec a member of a Dirt ‘n’ Glitter “Heavy Metal” fleet (Magus Command Destroyer with Deacon logistic support) was, without provocation, detained, fired upon, and destroyed.
Dirt ‘n’ Glitter leadership has long had strong ties with the Amarr Empire, acting as de-facto mercenaries in the past both on their own and as a major force in the Local Is Primary [CTRLV] alliance which was, at it’s peak, the largest Factional Warfare entity that had ever existed at the time.
Determined to not let this incident go without retribution, and with no apparent action from the empire of Holy Amarr, a flash-form of Zealot class Heavy Assault Cruisers and Guardian logistic cruisers was called for and answered by outraged Dirt ‘n’ Glitter members.
Shortly after 02:30 the fleets engaged and the Blockade Taskforce was wiped out to the last ship. There were no reports of ships escaping the slaughter and an inspection of the wrecks indicated that no survivors would be found.
In the hours following the engagement Dirt ‘n’ Glitter leaders were noted to express interest in re-joining the Amarr Empire’s war efforts against the Minmatar in the regions surrounding their current home system of Huola.
Since the destruction of the blockade our Holy Amarr’s own navy has dispatched a task force to take up station on the same site. This is no doubt a show of support for the actions of loyal capsuleers, as well as a show of force by the navy to secure the area. With this development comes renewed spirit for Amarrian supporters and the faithful.
In the mean time, Dirt ‘n’ Glitter leadership has set their sights on the remaining blockades, as well as any other overt fleet action by the Republic Fleet.
Intelligence on Republic Fleet movements is welcome in the in-game channel: dirtnglitter