Indeed, as soon as we saw the writing on the wall, we evacuated to lowsec, and continued to fight a war of attrition for many months there, with the goal of being as cancerous as possible so that our enemies would not have fun, and would hopefully lose the will to live.
It wasn’t enough of course, but our leadership insisted we would not give our assembled enemies the big decisive battle that they promised, and, we kept the bulk of our assets intact.
When we’d had enough of this, and we thought the rest of EVE was tired of fighting, we retook space down in Delve that had historically been part of our empire, and consolidated into basically a region and a half of space that is extremely defensible because of the natural choke points in that region of space.
After settling back into Delve, our pilots started rebuilding their personal warchests, our corporations and alliances started rebuilding their warchests, and our shipyards kicked into overdrive as we dug in deep and expected all the people that drove us out of the north to close in on us again in the south, but they never did, and we kept getting fatter and lazier as it became clear that we were waiting for a war that wasn’t coming.
At this point, we’ve lost interest in holding half the region in the game, because under the current sov mechanics, you need to pack pilots in space like sardines in a can to have any chance of holding that space against a concerted attack - in the north, we not only had everyone else in EVE against us, we also were too spread out to mount a viable defense.
However, we do have a score to settle with those that took away our homes, and, now that we’re not fighting an enemy with near-infinite financial reserves anymore, we’re back in the fight - not to take back the space, but to make holding it miserable for those who took it from us.