Before PL invaded Providence and drove out Provi-block, I used to alternate between running missions / events in my favorite hi-sec system and ratting in Provi. My tiny 2-man corp (with a dozen or so alts) knew the sov-holders in the Provi system we ratted in, and we didn’t have to join another corp to be there. The folks there were cool, and we had fun down there, jumping back to hi-sec when needed.
Is there a region where players are able to casually rat in null or low-sec now? Paying a minor rental fee is fine, but we don’t need a whole system, and I don’t want to have to pay 8 billion / month when we might not be there very often during any given month. Ratting is the most fun, but if I’m tired, mining can be mindlessly therapeutic sometimes, although I don’t really want to mine very often. So, quality ice belts or moons or other mining resources are not a high priority. I.e., we’re not picky about a system’s “quality”, but fun / friendly system “owners” who don’t mind us being in system are a big deal.
Where do players casually rat now? Where is the new Providence?