I was thinking in terms of what finally happens with the final liminality systems, surely CCP won’t leave them as they are now. Its seems a lot of trouble on CCP’s part to just change the color of a star, and also what happens when this npc conflict ends? Will Trig supporters be shot everywhere in Empire space? Will there be treaties guaranteeing safe passage, or will the gun platforms continue to fire upon pilots with negative standings to that side in the conflict? Will highsec space be carved up into smaller chunks as an aftermath of this conflict, and if so, what are the consequences of that? Will some systems simply “disappear”?
My understanding is no one knows.
That is the type of “consequence” to which I was referring. As I understand it, at this point no player knows where this npc story will end, or precisely when it will end, and if it ends with a bang or not.
So, yes, you are quite right the “immediate” consequences are known, but as I mentioned, and CCP demonstrated this week with the standings change, no player at this point can guess the “lasting” consequences of their actions, and the cumulative effect of the actions and or inaction of the player base at large in this npc storyline.