True Slave Foundations
|Posted - 2011.07.07 23:18:00 -
The balance of power in the EVE Universe is very fragile between the major political entities.
If one entity moves a massive force against another in a land grab or total invasion scenario, it opens them up to assault on other sides. The Angels are pincered between the Guristas and the Sansha. Mobilizing their military into the Republic would open up huge flanks on their north and south. Serpentis are in a similar situation. If the Covenant mobilizes against the Serpentis, the Amarr Empire will probably have a holy crusade go stomping around in their land.
It's the same effect as attacking a major alliance's home region when they're out on campaign several regions away.
The Nation is in a unique position where it could, in theory, afford to both defend its homelands and invade others - which to a degree it is doing right now. This puts it a strategically strong position, but one that can be flipped on it. If its two major allies are convinced to turn against the Nation, then it may come out to the effect of 8 different empires attacking the Nation.
On the flipside, the Empires are stuck in proxy war with each other and they cannot form a cohesive whole. If one Empire moves against a pirate faction, then its opposing Empire will move in while the numbers are depleted.
Think of it as a galactic wide cold war - every side has a loaded deck, but the one who makes the first move will get hit hardest. If the Nation is making the first move, it may be the only faction capable of doing so without being compromised. All the cards are in its hands to hit and attack as it pleases without significant repercussion.
As to motivation? That varies.
The Angels and Serpentis are best thought of as space mafia - they live in the black markets and underworlds of main society. It could be argued the Angels are attempting to forge their own civilization, but much of what they do is mystery. The Covenant are big on the great harvest of blood for their religion, and the Guristas do it for the thrill. The Sansha are intent on rebuilding their society again - the only ones to have an expressly civilization building agenda. Or, merely concluding the century old war the Empires started against them a year ago.
In the end, true imperialism does not seem to be a motivating factor - even if we ignored the political deadlock the galaxy is in.
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"A blade's edge is simple to maintain. The conviction of its wielder is the True test of strength." - Alpha, speaking to a diplomatic attachT.