DISCLAIMER: I have not been affiliated with Provibloc, have not been in contact with them since 2016.
For those who do not know, CVA is pulling out of Providence, others within the ‘bloc’ will probably follow suit. If or rather when that happens it will be the end of NRDS space in Eve Online. The how’s and why’s of this (r )evolution are covered in many posts and podcasts elsewhere. What is more important is the future of initiatives like NRDS (Not Red Don’t Shoot):
- Do we, the player base, want a region where new and experienced players alike can have a taste of nullsec life, a region welcoming to strangers as long as they don’t break the local rules ?
- Is it the responsibility of the community at large to have something like NRDS space, is it valuable enough to preserve and protect on occasion ?
- Is it a shared responsibility of the major blocs (panfam, imperium, legacy, etc) to keep the zone more or less intact when it really matters ? Is it in their interest ?
Many things can be said about Provibloc, or CVA, or any of the other members that are/were part of Provi. The matter at hand is not wether this bloc was run in a decent/flexible enough way, nor if it has to be Providence region. Names on the map do not matter. Nor does it matter, in my honest opinion, if the sov holder has enough firepower to fend off any level of sustained attack and endure any level of pressure, the bigger numbers at the right time in Eve always seem to win. Of course there is the power threshold that avoids that feeling of being ‘perpetually farmed as cattle’. And yes, they struggled since 2015-16, yes Provi is allegedly the poorest region on the map. That is not relevant. What does matter is the existence of a special, perhaps wider community driven and supported part of the New Eden map.
The fact is simply this: Any new sov holder for Provi will bring nothing new to the game but destroy something unique, if it isn’t NRDS space.*
Do we want to preserve this old idea or not ? Why ?
EDIT: *Confirmed it will not be NRDS space, see reddit open letter the rogue consortium