All four factions have a pretty balanced no. of ships across the board - everyone has options when picking a ship for a role in every empire… except for industry, where the Gallente have all the fun.
When it comes to hauling, all factions have their basic and upgraded haulers - one with small capacity and one with large, like the Caldari with the Badger and the Tayra, but when it comes to dedicated holds, only the Gallente and the Minmatar have them - with the Gallente reigning supreme: nobody really has any reason to pick Caldari or Amarr Industrial skills other than as a step towards Freighters.
I have three ideas for this, one with just the Empires, one involving ORE and one involving the Upwell Consortium.
Idea No. 01: Empire Redistribution
So, I propose a small redistribution: taking the Gallente Miasmos and Kryos and handing them over to Amarr and Caldari, respectively. This would even-out the number of industrial options to all four factions, help bring some incentive to branch out into other factions, and deal with the usual “Wanna go industry? Pick Gallente!” mindset.
The Caldari look like the type that’d need to set-up quick military staging points, so they’d build stuff on-site like an RTS, while I can see the Amarr, having the largest empire, having dedicated ships to haul ore to/from various production sites all across the frontier.
Idea No. 02: Upwell Consortium Ships!
The Upwell Consortium is already part of our daily lives - with all those vital citadels and engineering complexes. We could deal with this discrepancy in empire dedicated haulers with a simple option: taking all of them - the Miasmos, the Kryos, the Epithal and the Hoarder to the Upwell Consortium!
Upwell really seems the logistics type - what with the already existing citadels and stuff, so it would seem fitting for them to have the dedicated ships. You could even have MORE dedicated haulers under “Upwell Industrial” or something, like a dedicated Capsuleer transport or a Marine/Janitor/Livestock ship.
Heh, you could even have an Upwell Freighter, for moving packaged citadels around! Or move the Bowhead to Upwell, since it’s about moving fitted ships, and not raw materials, while making an ORE Freighter with a massive, dedicated cargohold for raw ores AND minerals - that would be WAY more fitting to ORE than the Bowhead, I believe.
With this option, I guess you could have the Miasmos and the Kryos moved to ORE instead, since it would make much more sense.
Idea No. 03: Move everything to ORE
ORE already deals with Industry and all, so you could solve this difference in empire specialized industrials by simply moving all of them to Ore Industrial. The only people using it today are miners planning to get the Porpoise, the Orca and the Rorqual, people moving out of a system and incursion runners looking for the Bowhead, of the salvage junkie going for the Noctis. That could draw more utility to the Ore Industrial skill for the common man.
This option would have the side-effect of drawing attention out of the empire industrial skills however, so while being an option, I wouldn’t favor it much. But it’s here anyway for appreciation.
Sure, having everything in one place is convenient, but it’s not cool, man - gotta share the fun!
I think this would be really cool, so looking forward to hearing from you guys!