I’m a new player, so I don’t claim to know all that much, but I wanted to see what other people had to say on this.
A few weeks ago I read about how earlier this year the Gallente-Caldari border was closed to non-capsuleers and that made me think:
What if it was closed to capsuleers too?
As in, what if every single Gallente-Caldari border stargate ceased to function. Either go around or light a cyno. Maybe just for a month or two, but long enough to actually matter.
Lore-wise, this wouldn’t be too problematic. The Gallente and Caldari have hated each other forever, and as shown above it has (some) precedent.
Gameplay-wise, consider this: the most heavily-traversed route in the entire game is through the Caldari Border Zone. If that route were closed, how would trade change? Would we see a rise in jump freighters ferrying goods across the divide? Would people just go around? Or would players abandon Jita entirely in favor of something more central with this new setup, like Ammar? Where would all those gankers in Uedama move to? Would the effects spill over into nullsec? Who would be the winners and losers? What other effects might it have?
After it ended, would the old systems revert, or would some of the changes stick around?
(Honestly, if I were CCP, I’d want to make this change unannounced during a random downtime just to see people’s faces when they wake up to find all their trade networks destroyed. And also to give all those bored econ majors something to talk about. And maybe make a point about trade and open borders. But I digress.)
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.