public:dojo:wiki:brave-history

An Ever Evolving History of Brave

Brave has a long(ish) and storied history, some glorious, some not so much…

Items completely bolded and italicized are universally major events for time reference.

Green Labels indicate a corporation has joined the alliance.

Red Labels indicate a corporation has left the alliance.

Purple Labels indicate two corporations in the alliance merged.

  • 30 January 2013 - Brave Newbies is conceived on reddit when Eternal President Matias Otero posted about his experience of stumbling into PvP and invited people to join him.
  • 1 February 2013 - Matias is bombarded with requests to join the action and Brave Newbies Inc. was formed, along with the Brave subreddit. Our initial HQ was in Imya.
  • 2 February 2013 - The "Brave Salute" (7o) was invented by Khalor Anzomi when he drunkenly mistyped the traditional Eve salute (o7).
  • 4 February 2013 - Brave moves to Hek, a highsec market hub in Metropolis.
  • 12 February 2013 - All this activity culminates in CCP publishing the (now famous) community spotlight wherein Matias asked the people of New Eden the million dollar question:
  Forget ISK for a moment. It's a fictitious currency in a digital universe. What's your fun-per-hour rating?

(A much more complete history of the very early days can be found on bravenewbies.org, in case you want more detail and/or dates. Alternatively, watch this and get the story of the very early days first hand)

Note: A key feature of Brave's history in this period was the rapid growth in membership numbers. As a result, selected entries are postfixed with an approximate member count (accurate values aren't available).

  • 1 March 2013 - Brave outgrows Hek and announces a move to Rahadalon, a border lowsec system in Devoid. This mass movement of players became know as the Hexodus, and it inspired great works of art. BNI members: ~1.7k.
  • 7 April 2013 - Brave declares its first lowsec war over moons in Ussad. BNI members: ~2k.
  • 10 April 2013 - The "stay classy" rule is born - the cornerstone of Brave culture.
  • 21 April 2013 - Matias forms the Council of Newbie Management (normally abbreviated to CNM). A brave (and not entirely successful) experiment in Eve democracy.
  • 27 January 2013 - The Battle of Asakai (TMC article).
  • 6 June 2013 - CFC announces the invasion of Fountain, kicking off the Fountain War (TMC article and Scott Manley video).
  • 19 June 2013 - Brave deploys to shoot both sides in the escalating conflict in Fountain. BNI members: ~3.1k.
  • 28 July 2013 - Brave moves again, this time to Barleguet, a more permanent lowsec home.
  • 29 July 2013 - TEST concedes the loss of Fountain and returns to Delve, effectively ending the Fountain War. They abandon nullsec altogether two weeks later.
  • 13 October 2013 - Matias steps down as CEO and appoints Lychton Kondur as his successor to general acclaim. BNI members: ~4.6k.
  • 2 November 2013 - The Battle of GE-8JV signals the start of the Halloween War (TMC article).
  • Winter 2013/14 - Sick of being harassed, Brave declared war on Usurper. in Syndicate leading to the Winter War.
  • 27 January 2014 - The Bloodbath of B-R5RB becomes the single most destructive event in Eve history and effectively ends the Halloween War. Media coverage of this event sparks another influx of new players (Wikipedia article).
  • 2 March 2014 - Lychton announces the formation of the HERO (Hopefully Effective Rookie Organisation) coalition with Test, Spaceship Samurai, and Nexus Fleet. BNI members: ~6k.
  • 9 April 2014 - In response to Brave's ever growing member count, CCP throws their hands up in frustration and doubles member limits for corporations.
  • 5 March 2014 - "Deployment" to Sendaya announced (video and Eve mail). Move fleets go up, but the goal of the deployment remains a mystery. Sendaya instantly becomes the most dangerous system in lowsec space.
  • 7 March 2014 - Lychton announces the purpose of the deployment - HERO has been paid to "disrupt" Catch.
  • 11 March 2014 - Darkness of Despair disbands, dropping ~60 systems. Brave take sovereignty for the first time in ERVK-P (video). Other systems fall with the help of Northern Coalition. BNI members: ~7k.
  • 26 March 2014 - The FC-led "Burnination" campaign is announced - the plan is to bash what is left of Catch, sometimes using destroyers!
  • 18 April 2014 - DRAMA! Draleth, alliance IT guru/diplomat, leaves and leaks all Brave API keys (Draleth's leaving message, Matias' response, TMC article). The April 2016 edition of PC Gamer contains an article about these events from Draleth's point of view.
  • 3 May 2014 - Lychton appears on the alliance panel at Fanfest (video).
  • 4 May 2014 - Brave move again, shifting staging system from Sendaya to the recently captured nullsec system V-3YG7.
  • 7 June 2014 - Mission accomplished! The last TCU goes up and Catch belongs to the HERO coalition (Eve mail).
  • 22 July 2014 - Brave staging moves to GE-8JV, which becomes Brave's permanent home in Catch. BNI members: ~10k.
  • 29 July 2014 - HERO forces attack UL-718 in Northern Catch, aiming to take the six remaining Provibloc systems in Catch (TMC article). Pandemic Legion turn up repeatedly to third party the fights.
  • 14 October 2014 - Pandemic Legion reinforce EVRK-P and GE-8JV to force fights. Reddit drama ensues. HERO forms and saves the systems, but more timers are created over the next few weeks…
  • 27 October 2014 - Under pressure from Pandemic Legion the "skirmish" with Providence ends inconclusively. Lychton announces the terms via Eve mail.
  • 21 November 2014 - CCP releases the "This is Eve" trailer, featuring a Brave fleet getting pipe bombed by Rooks and Kings (amongst other things). This leads to another influx of new players, many of whom join Brave.
  • 16 November 2014 - HERO (+ friends) fight Pandemic Legion over F4R2-Q, resulting in the biggest capital fight in Brave's history so far (PL report, brave report).
  • 30 November 2014 - Pandemic Legion member Hurley loses a titan during a fight over an POS in V-3YG7. This becomes a bit of a meme on reddit. Hurley (the character) is sold.
  • 5 December 2014 - HERO (+ friends) and Pandemic Legion face off over a timer in HED-GP. The result is one of the biggest battles in Eve history (in terms of numbers of ships killed). HERO calls in help from Black Legion and Northern Coalition and another Pandemic Legion titan is killed (video, EN24 article).
  • 15 January 2015 - Brave spymaster and propaganda maestro Markonious Porkbutte leaves Brave to form Karmafleet, a reddit-based new player-focused corp. in Goonswarm.
  • 19 February 2015 - After a period of relative quiet, Pandemic Legion return to Catch and reinforce 3GD6-8.
  • 24 February 2015 - Pandemic Legion drop a full supercap fleet on F4R2-Q, intending to capture it for use as a cyno/logistics system (ref). In the fight that follows they lose a supercarrier. Brave wins the timer by getting the "last hit" on the station (i.e. via blind luck).
  • 15 March 2015 - GE-8JV station is reinforced by Pandemic Legion. Reddit drama intensifies.
  • 16 March 2015 - Black Legion and NC. deploy to Hophib to harass the CFC in Fountain. This may be important later… (TMC article).
  • 18 March 2015 - Nancy Crow announces the evacuation of GE-8JV in advance of the final station timer. Staging is moved to HED-GP, one jump from highsec for ease of evacuating. Apathy LLC are kicked from the alliance for acting as agent provocateurs and attempting a coup.
  • 22 March 2015 - Test leaves HERO (Eve mail).
  • 24 March 2015 - Elise Randolph (famous Pandemic Legion FC) posts a fake SOTC on reddit. Elise's "morale posts" are seen as a death sentence for alliances…
  • 27 March 2015 - Lychton announces a "deployment" to Sakht to work as mercenaries in the escalating conflict thereabouts (SOTC). One way or another this signals the final fall of Catch. The SOTC he delivered may have owed something to an earlier morale post.
  • 30 March 2015 - In the midst of drama we hit peak Brave! Corporation membership peaks at ~16k.
  • 31 March 2015 - Brave's military director Arik Alabel steps down, and is replaced by Anna niedostepny.
  • 1 April 2015 - GE-8JV falls to Pandemic Legion.
  • 3 April 2015 - HED-GP falls to Pandemic Legion. The evacuation of Catch is formally announced by Malanek Askelus in Lychton's absence, destination Defsunun (EN24 article). There is some confusion about the destination for a short time (Efu - never forget).

At the start of April 2015 Brave Collective underwent one of the most famous coup d'etats in Eve history. Articles have been written about this stuff which explain what happened (from a certain point of view) and why it's important much better than a bulleted list can. So this section has two parts - the bullet points (just the facts, maam), and then a link dump of related reading. Enjoy! I know the rest of Eve did :(

  • 5 April 2015 - COUP DRAMA! A late night meeting ousts Lychton as CEO, replacing his executor corp. with one run by Anna niedostepny and Lquid Drisseg. This effectively takes control of Brave Collective away from Lychton, but leaves him in control of Brave Newbies Inc., the single largest corp in the alliance. Massive and unprecedented reddit drama ensues. Seriously, people still talk about this stuff in hushed tones: "it's good drama, but is it as good as that Brave coup drama?" Malanek Askelus is installed as the new alliance CEO.
  • 6 April 2015 - With Brave in trouble and no longer contesting Catch, Pandemic Legion announce the formation of Pandemic Horde, a (you guessed it) reddit-based new player-focused corp. affiliated with Pandemic Legion. Nobody sees the timing as suspicious.
  • 11 April 2015 - COUNTERCOUP DRAMA! The coup-er becomes the coupee. With the help of a DAMN PATRIOT and other members of Dropbears Anonymous Lychton takes back control of the alliance. Much purging is done, reddit drama reaches hitherto unknown levels, witches are hunted, pitchforks sharpened. Lychton hands HERO coalition leadership to June Ting of Of Sound Mind.

C O U P B O I S links:

  • 16 April 2015 - News of Brave being given space in Fountain by the CFC leaks (reddit post).
  • 17 April 2015 - June Ting confirms the move to Fountain, staging out of YZ-LQL (SOTC), and Blue Ice is appointed as new military director. The CFC are set "blue" on a temporary basis while sovereignty is transferred.
  • 06 May 2015 - Black Legion start to disrupt the handover of sovereignty and then begin taking systems/moons in Fountain. HERO Coalition resists, but… erm.
  • 19 May 2015 - HERO keeps losing moons, but rumours suggest that Black Legion might be avoiding more direct conflict (EN24 article - the cake is a lie).
  • 03 July 2015 - After months of fighting Nancy Crow takes over as Brave CEO, officially replacing Lychton Kondur, and announces a staged withdrawal from Fountain to lowsec. Following the announcement various corporations leave the alliance/coalition for pastures new (alliance mail, TMC article). This marks the end of the HERO coalition.
  • 10 July 2015 - New staging announced: we're moving to Aunsou (TMC article).
  • 15 August 2015 - Brave takes part in the Alliance Tournament for the first time (we tried to do AT XII, but someone forgot to pay the entry fee…) The resulting run is a glorious mix of victories and defeats, but overall - op. success.
  • 28 August 2015 - With Brave already gone, Black Legion announce that they too are abandoning Fountain (EN24 article).
  • 20 September 2015 - The Great Purge Occurs. BRAVE's inactive membership is purged, leading to a drop from over 12,000 members to just 3,600. Numbers would further fall to just over 500 memberships over the next 3 months, with growth only restarting after the move to Querious in mid January. Dotlan Membership Graph
  • 21 September 2015 - Nancy Crow announces that Brave is moving to faction warfare to fight on the Caldari side (ISKMogul article).
  • 18 January 2016 - The announcement goes out: Brave is going back to nullsec. Specifically, I1Y-IU in Querious to join the Querious Fight Club alongside Pandemic Horde and others (bravenewbies.org announcement).
  • 8 February 2016 - 4.20ly Mining Range joins Brave.
  • 9 February 2016 - Honey Duck Corporation joins Brave.
  • 27 April 2016 - The Citadel Update is Released, completely changing the way Eve is played by introducing cheap, dockable structures in the first steps to replacing Player Owned Starbases and Outposts. Capital ships also undergo a complete rework in this update.
  • 19 May 2016 - Zansha Industries joins Brave.
  • 21 May 2016 - Zap Blap Mining Co. joins Brave.
  • 26 May 2016 - Brave pilots are instrumental in a Revenant kill (YouTube video).
  • 6 July 2016 - 4.20ly Mining Range leaves Brave, joining Rabble Alliance shortly after.
  • 10 July 2016 - The group known as Broski North anchors a Fortizar in 9CG6-H called 'NC/PL Staging' with the intention of harassing the QFC. Using it the group would eventually disrupt the coalition's ability to freely move, make money, and conduct operations throughout their own space.
  • 20 July 2016 - Honey Duck Corporation leaves Brave.
  • 4 August 2016 - Zap Blap Mining Co. leaves Brave.
  • 6 August 2016 - The Querious Fight Club mounts a final stand to destroy Broski North's staging Fortizar in 9CG6-H, resulting in the loss of over 10 billion isk and the objective. (Battle Report)
  • 17 August 2016 - Cagali Cagali anounces that Brave are moving north to DO6-HQ to join our French brothers in Fade.
  • 1 September 2016 - The corporation Spoopy Newbies is created as an official Brave wormhole corporation.
  • 22 September 2016 - Cagali Cagali becomes the latest Brave CEO, officially taking over from Nancy Crow.
  • 17 October 2016 - Brave executes it's first successful pipebomb, under the command of its resident Rooks and Kings Member, Neutral Shock (Reddit Post with Battle Report)
  • 10 December 2016 - The Battle of M-OEE8 becomes the largest battle in Eve history, resulting in the destruction of the first fully operational Keepstar owned by Circle-of-Two.
  • 09 January 2017 - Against all odds, Brave stands its ground against the entire force of Pandemic Legion's supercapital fleet, holding them off long enough to kill the astrahus PL had recently anchored in DO6H-Q. (Battle Report, Amazing Video)
  • 22 January 2017 - Pandemic Legion puts Brave's staging fortizar in DO6H-Q into its final stage of reinforcement in a nearly 1,000 player battle. (Battle Report)
  • 11 September 2017 - In one of the largest betrayals in Eve history, diplomat The Judge coups CO2, stealing everything he had access to and transferring nearly all CO2 citadels including their staging Keepstar in 68FT-6 to TEST and Goons. CO2's CEO gigX in a fit of rage over the incident gets himself permanently banned from Eve.
  • 16 September 2017 - Legacy fully conquers the region of Impass and divides it between the alliances of BRAVE, REQ, and DW.
  • 27 September 2017 - Brave is given the go-ahead to begin making money in Impass. The regional staging system is set to the Keepstar of 68FT-6.
  • 03 October 2017 - Brave gets its first Keepstar, purchasing the one sitting in 68FT-6 from Test (who bought it from Goonswarm, who bought it from The Judge, who stole it from CO2). It is glorious.
  • 11 October 2017 - The corporation Dutch East Querious Company, a friend under the banner of Asteria Concord during the days of the QFC, joins Brave.
  • 16 December 2017 - Kinera Anurin is removed as Military Director by Cagali. As second in command, Motre takes over the position. (Relevant SOTA)
  • 18 December 2017 - NINE Continent joins Brave.
  • 31 December 2017 - Zansha Industries leaves Brave for Mercenary Coalition.
  • 11 February 2018 - Motre steps down as Military Director of Brave, leaving for TEST. He is succeeded by Shattered Armer.
  • 24 February 2018 - 0nly Pixels joins Brave.
  • Unknown Date - Legacy deploys to Providence to disrupt PL's invasion of the region.
  • 26 April 2018 - Yalaan-Timirgor Conglomerate along with The 1st Regiment join Brave.
  • 7 May 2018 - Pyromaniacs Anonymous joins Brave.
  • 11 May 2018 - Fuyue Industry Inc. joins Brave.
  • 5 June 2018 - The Faction Citadel Update Hits, converting all Conquerable Stations and Outposts into one of 5 types of Faction Fortizar. Legacy, having full control of all stations in Providence distributes the citadels among its members.
  • 11 June 2018 - The Providence deployment officially ends, and PROVIBLOCK begins retaking the sovereignty throughout the region.
  • 18 June 2018 - The Holy Rental Empire, Triumvirate, and Winter Coalition move their super forces to Legacy's Northeastern Border. Legacy announces a change in Coalition Staging to the Keepstar in DY-P7Q (Test Forum Post)
  • 07 July 2018 - Pandemic Legion deploys their super fleet to ZMV9-A in Tenerifis. At the same time, The Imperium announce a deployment of the Armor Division of their Super Fleet to the North. (Reddit Post Regarding PL / Reddit Post Regarding The Imperium)
  • Unknown Date - Legacy and The Imperium officially become allies, setting eachother permanently blue.
  • 19 July 2018 - The Battle of UALX-3 begins, and for the first time in years, two roughly equal Super Forces engage eachother in open combat. PL, TRI, HOLY, and Winter Coalition face off against Legacy and Goonswarm Federation. The battle culminates in the node for that system dying, and the PL, TRI, HOLY, and Winter Coalition forces giving the order to not log back in, effectively trapping hundreds of titans and supercarriers in the system. (Reddit Post)
  • 20 July 2018 - As a Legacy Keepstar in the system onlines, UALX-3 is declared the new Coalition Staging System. The enemy supercapital fleet remained trapped in system for nearly 2 weeks before a deal was brokered allowing them to leave.
  • 12 August 2018 - The Fade-Era Armada System is reinstated, setting dedicated ratting and mining systems every day for the purpose of raising ADMs. Certain moneymaking ships also receive SRP within these systems.
  • 22 September 2018 - With Winter Coalition signing a Letter of Surrender to TEST, World War Reee officially comes to a close. In exchange for a 6 month NIP, they forfeit Immensea, Tenerifis and all previous gains within Legacy territory. The Armada System is discontinued, and Coalition Staging is set to 08-N7Q, though shortly thereafter would be reset again to the pre-war staging of U-QVWD. (Test Forum Post / Brave Forum Post / Reddit Post)

Some context is needed for the start of this section. The combination of the Blackout and Cyno Changes had an incredibly detrimental impact on the stability of Eve. Concurrent logins for the game dropped to levels not seen since 2006. Once the Blackout ended most of Eve began to bounce back, but for a combination of reasons Legacy's active numbers continued to dwindle, dropping to levels not seen since the Coalition's inception. Our bounce back finally started at the end of the weekend on October 13th, 2019, and we rapidly began to regain strength from there.

  • 20 October 2019 - Legacy Announces Victory Over Winter Coalition. WC is forced back first to the region of Cache, and then to PANFAM's home space. Members of Legacy Voltron return to their respective home regions, gathering ships, isk, and strength for whatever may come next.
  • 6 December 2019 - Presumed Dead Enterprises joins Brave.
  • 21 June 2020 - Through a Reddit Post, TEST puts The Imperium on notice that the NIP between them and Legacy will expire on July 5th.
  • 22 June 2020 - Everything For Efficiency joins Brave from VINDICTIVE.
  • 23 June 2020 - The Black Crow Bandits joins Brave from VINDICTIVE.
  • 24 June 2020 - Poor Old Ornery nOObs joins Brave from VINDICTIVE.
  • 4 July 2020 - NullSsay joins Brave.
  • 5 July 2020 - The NIP between Legacy and The Imperium officially comes to an end. PandaFam and Fire Coalition join the war effort on the side of Legacy, creating a Mega-Coalition called PAPI, made up of over 100,000 members; the largest in Eve Online History. The Imperium by comparison is just over 50,000 members strong. Two Keepstars are anchored in the system of FAT-6P to act as Legacy and PandaFam's initial staging.
  • 6 July 2020 - The first Infrastructure Hub of the war falls to a Brave corvette pilot, in Z-Y7R7. (Reddit Post)
  • 30 July 2020 - The first XL Imperium structures of the war are destroyed; 2 Sotiyos both belonging to The Initiative in the system of J5A-IX. (Killmails 1 / 2)
  • 5 August 2020 - Disorderly Vagrants splits off from Rational Chaos Inc. and joins Brave.
  • 8 August 2020 - The first Imperium Keepstar belonging to Goonswarm Federation falls in the system of J5A-IX in Fountain. (Killmail)
  • 9 August 2020 - ProviBloc collapses as relations break down between core members of the coalition. This allows Wrekking Crew coalition to completely take control of Providence and soon start expanding into the surrounding regions. (Reddit Post)
  • 25 August 2020 - Dutch East Querious Company leaves Brave, joining Pandemic Horde shortly after.
  • 4 September 2020 - The final Imperium Keepstar in Fountain, belonging to Goonswarm Federation is destroyed in the system of Y-2ANO. In the region a total of 6 Keepstars, 7 Sotiyos, 15 Faction Fortizars, 41 Standard Fortizars, 31 Tataras, 12 Azbels, 244 Athanors, 12 Astrahuses, 29 Raitarus, and over 18,000 ships beloning to The Imperium have been destroyed, totaling 5.6 Trillion ISK. (Killmail / Fountain Campaign Report)
  • 19 September 2020 - The Siege of Querious Begins! The entirety of PAPI consolidates, staging out of a newly-anchored in a Keepstar in P-ZMZV in Querious. The largest combined force in Eve Online's history sets its sights on the gates of Fortress Delve.
  • 5 October 2020 - PAPI successfully anchors and moves staging to a Keepstar in 8QT-H4, a Querious system bordering Delve.
  • 18 October 2020 - Fortress Delve is Breached! A PAPI Keepstar is successfully anchored in and the mega-coalition re-stages to YZ9-F6 in Delve.
  • 30 October 2020 - Rage Confederacy joins Brave.
  • 9 November 2020 - Danger Zone. leaves Brave, joining Arkhos Core shortly after.
  • 13 November 2020 - A disgruntled Director disbands Requiem Eternal. Minutes after hearing the news Brave and Legacy forces flash form at Beacon 0 to retake the territory Requiem Eternal previously held. In total all territory previously held by Requiem Eternal is recovered by Legacy forces, preventing the Imperium from using this opportunity to gain a beachhead in Impass. A faction Fortizar in FR-B1H is transferred by the rouge Director to Goonswarm Federation, but is later killed by Legacy forces without contest. Requiem Eternal is reformed as Eternal Requiem and their territory is handed back to them.
  • 15 November 2020 - Pipebomb Pinata joins Brave from Requiem Eternal following the coup.
  • 21 November 2020 - PAPI forces muster at the gates of 1DQ1-A as PAPI anchors a Keepstar in T5ZI-S. Following the successful anchoring of this Keepstar, PAPI restages there - now just a single gate separates them from the Imperium's home system.
  • 10 December 2020 - Disorderly Vagrants leaves Brave, joining Test Alliance Please Ignore.
  • 16 December 2020 - We Broke The Game joins Brave from Already Replaced.
  • 22 December 2020 - C5 Flight joins Brave from VINDICTIVE.
  • 22 December 2020 - Unqualified Chaos join Brave from Warped Intentions.
  • 26 December 2020 - Fatalix Industries joins Brave from Warped Intentions.
  • 29 December 2020 - Csavargok joins Brave from The Watchmen, following the collapse of their alliance.
  • 30 December 2020 - 49 City. joins Brave from VINDICTIVE.
  • 30 December 2020 - The gargantuan Titan Forces of PAPI and The Imperium square off in M2-XFE, culminating in a 14 hour battle that became the most destructive in Eve Online history, with 251 Titans and 24 Trillion ISK being destroyed. (Battle Report)
  • 24 January 2021 - Flaming Fist Rising joins Brave from Warped Intentions.
  • 27 January 2021 - Unqualified Chaos leaves Brave, joining Freight Train Diplomacy.
  • 6 February 2021 - The Legacy alliance Siberian Squads flips to the The Imperium. The Imperium promised Siberian Squads territory in Querious in exchange for their defection. (Reddit Post)
  • 11 February 2021 - Brave establishes a High-Priority Staging in the system of P-ZMZV in Querious, while dropping Impass as a staging. (Forum Post)
  • 12 February 2021 - Cagali Cagali announces Dunk Dinkle as the new Interim CEO of Brave.
  • 20 February 2021 - DNS Requiem joins Brave from Warped Intentions.
  • 27 February 2021 - Savannah Logistics joins Brave from VINDICTIVE.
  • 27 February 2021 - During an Alliance Meeting, Interum CEO, Dunk Dinkle, announces that Querious will be Brave's new long term home. The already-established staging of P-ZMZV is made Brave's Home Staging, and the alliance goes to work burning and flipping the region's sovereignty structures. (Forum Post With Recording)
  • 3 April 2021 - Unsung Heroes joins Brave from Eternal Requiem.
  • 3 April 2021 - Everything For Efficiency leaves Brave for the newly formed alliance Sentinel Dawn.
  • 6 April 2021 - The final Querious Infrastructure Hub in the system of O3L-95 is taken by Brave. (Map of Querious following this victory)
  • 11 April 2021 - Presumed Dead Enterprises leaves Brave, joining the hostile alliance Against ALL Authorities who had been actively attacking Brave holdings in Catch.
  • 11 April 2021 - The final Imperium Keepstar in Querious, belonging to Goonswarm Federation falls in the system of B-7DFU. In the region a total of 5 Keepstars, 8 Sotiyos, 25 Faction Fortizars, 22 Standard Fortizars, 19 Tataras, 3 Azbels, 121 Athanors, 77 Astrahuses, 25 Raitarus, and nearly 50,000 ships belonging to The Imperium have been destroyed, totaling 8.7 Trillion ISK. (Killmail / Querious Campaign Report)
  • 20 April 2021 - Spaceships for Dummies joins Brave.
  • 20 April 2021 - Hemus joins Brave from Sentinel Dawn.
  • 26 April 2021 - 0nly Pixels merges with Rational Chaos Inc. under a new unified leadership, with BeardyCheese, Morgaine Mighthammer, and Quinn Munba in command of the merged corporation.
  • 20 May 2021 - Shadow of Embers joins Brave from Already Replaced.
  • 2 June 2021 - Pyromaniacs Anonymous leaves Brave.
  • 9 June 2021 - HollowPoint Studios Inc. joins Brave.
  • 13 June 2021 - Military Director, Shattered Armer, creates Monitor Inc. to serve as the FC corporation for Brave Collective.
  • 17 June 2021 - Taking advantage of a lull in the fighting in Delve, Brave Stratop FC, Kel Drosto, announces the start of his Khanid campaign against Darwinism. One of the notable casus bellis for this campaign was Darwinism's raid on Brave's John Bellicose day cyno vigil, which honors our fallen capsuleers. Brave Blackops, Brave Elitis, Brave United, and the alliance joined with local forces in the mission to evict Darwinism from the region and burn down as much of their infrastructure as possible.
  • 18 July 2021 - As the fighting in Delve intensifies, the Khanid campaign against Darwinism is brought to a close to focus on the fighting in Delve. Under the leadership of campaign commander Kel Drosto the majority of Darwinism's infrastructure was destroyed and their dominance in Khanid was greatly diminished. (Campaign Report)
  • 24 July 2021 - PAPI Coalition Campaign Commander, Progodlegend, announces that the final push into the Imperium's fortress constellation of O-EIMK will begin in the next week and will be two to four weeks of intense fighting before the resources of both forces are depleted, resulting in victory for one or the other. As part of this he also asks for all Capitals and Super Capitals to move back to Delve and for the markets to be stocked up for this final push.
  • BEFR - Beyond Frontier
  • BL - Black Legion
  • BNI - Brave Newbies Inc.
  • BRAVE - Brave Collective
  • BO-LD - Brave Operations - Lollipop Division
  • CO2 - Circle of Two
  • DEQC - Dutch East Querious Company
  • DW - Drone Walkers
  • HERO - Hopefully Effective Rookie Organisation
  • HOLY - Holy Rental Legion
  • NIP - Non-Invasion Pact
  • NC. - Northern Coalition
  • PANFAM - Pandemic Horde, Pandemic Legion, and Northern Coalition.
  • PandaFam - PANFAM and Winter Coalition
  • PAPI - Pandemic (or PandaFam) Alliance Please Ignore - A mega-coalition made up of PanFam, Winter Coalition, Legacy Coalition, and more.
  • PH - Pandemic Horde
  • PL - Pandemic Legion
  • PROVIBLOCK - An Amarr loyalist coalition with ambitions to control the Providence region.
  • QFC - Querious Fight Club
  • RCI - Rational Chaos Inc.
  • REQ - Requiem Eternal
  • TEST - Test Alliance Please Ignore
  • TRI - Triumvirate
  • WC - Winter Coalition

Wiros' propaganda archive

Wiros' propaganda archive

https://imgur.com/a/Scjl6

Aernir Ridley on Querious onwards (source = Slack, 2017-11-07)

Aernir Ridley on Querious onwards (source = Slack, 2017-11-07)

When I joined Brave in March of 2016 we had recently moved to Querious. We were based out of the system of I1Y-IU, and at the time we had just under a dozen systems under our control. Our staging structure was a little astrahus until we finally placed our first Fortizar without issue. We were among the leading members of the Querious Fight Club, a newer coalition whose goal was to remain neutral to eachother but come together and defend eachother when needed. We also had an incredibly good ratting pocket (U-H), and for the most part life was good.

Around early-mid July, an alliance known as Broski North (the complete and utter definition of cancer) anchored a Fortizar in nearby 9CG under the name _PL/NC Staging Area_. (At the time my stupid newbro self made a panicked post on the forums about it here: https://forums.bravecollective.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2839 ). This action sort of marked the beginning of the end of our time in Querious, as an increased enemy capital presence effectively shut down our ability to make money. We led a final stand against the Fortizar in early August, which led to our over-100-man tempest fleet getting absolutely massacred, and morale plunged. On August 17th, the call was sent out that we were moving to Fade, which our friends Beyond Frontier had taken control of during WWB and handed over to the rest the alliance.

Fade was a time of heavy PvP. We owned a single constellation and lived in the middle of a super-highway surrounded by neutrals. Our staging at the time was DO6H-Q (which we lovingly called DOG-HQ). Our location meant that while there was no shortage of fleets to fight, money making was incredibly difficult. So we created an "armada system." Basically every day all ratting and mining would be confined to one system, in an attempt to keep our ADMs up and allow for easy defense. We developed our Capital force, and things began looking up as time went on. Our resident Rooks and Kings member, Neutral Shock, also planned and successfully executed a Pipebomb on a 120 man Pandemic Horde hurricane fleet during this time period.

Eventually, Pandemic Legion (and especially Doomchinchilla) decided to start a proxy war against Brave because of an old grudge Doom had with Cagali. They anchored an astrahus in our staging system, which we successfully destroyed. They then anchored another 2 astrahuses. We failed to destroy the first one, but during the OP for the second one we managed to hold back the entirety of PL's supercapital/titan forces while a few HAW dreads destroyed the structure. The writing was on the wall though, and we needed to get away from PL, so on January 13th 2017, the invasion of Cloud Ring was announced.

We took Cloud Ring with ease, and holed up in the system of 9-4RP2, with one of the best ratting pocket systems in Eve, XZH-4X next door. With PL still nearby and constantly harassing us though, this was short lived. On February 10th a Move OP was announced with no destination. In reality we had decided to moved down South, with TEST and CO2 as members of Legacy Coalition.

We had a rough relationship with Legacy to begin with. CO2 had a serious hate-boner going on for us, and we were skeptical about the trustworthiness of TEST, who had abandoned us in the very region we were moving to 2 years earlier. Beyond Frontier left for PH, and slowly rebuilt themselves over the next few months. Morale for the remainder of the alliance was incredibly low, and for the first time in my history of being in Brave, I and several others began getting messages from line members who were concerned that the alliance was no longer good for newbros. Making money was hard in this new low-truesec space, and enemy fleets beyond our capabilities to fight were common. I forwarded as many concerns as I could to leadership, but our numbers actually began to fall and I started to worry.

We got a bit of a break when BO-LD rejoined us on February 23rd. They caused a tiny bit of drama in their return, but all in all they definitely helped improved morale with the fun roams they were taking out and their contributions in STRATOPs. Morale began to boost back to manageable levels, and with the war we declared on Stainwagon we actually had something to do as well. We continued to rat, mine, roam, and all the other things people normally do for the next several months.

When late August came around though, all hell broke loose. Pandemic Legion, using information obtained from our Capital Director Chester Paterson, managed to convince the head of CO2, gigX, that Legacy was planning to backstab him and invade Impass for his joining a war against one of our allies. He responded by posting the logs to Reddit (thereby burning Chester as a spai), and declaring war on us. Less than 3 weeks later, gigX's right hand man The Judge couped him, and destroyed CO2 from the inside. Legacy took what used to be CO2 space, and turned it into a "secure" ratting region for our members. This brings us to where we are today: a fast growing alliance eager to taste the awesome power that is a supercapital force.

Jana Halley on Legacy in the South (source = Slack, 2018-07-20)

Jana Halley on Legacy in the South (source = Slack, 2018-07-20)

Let's roll this up from the beginning. About a year and a half ago TEST and CO2 got kicked out of their space by PL, as did Brave. TEST, CO2 and a few other alliances took Catch, Impass and Esoteria from Against All Authorities and the Stainwagon Coalition. Brave joined shortly after, moving into some systems that test gave us in Catch. The first few months were spent clearing out the rests of Stainwagon out of Stain and a few conflicts with goons since CO2 and them really don't like each other. Brave started skirmishing with a small stain alliance a bit later that kept attacking our moons in Stain. When they began to lose, they batphoned Red Alliance and later their friends like Midas 22, Dream Fleet and Legio. PL also had a few structures in Catch and held a small amount of systems, but we pushed them out after a while.

Now the interesting part starts, Test deployed north to harass the Guardians of the Galaxy Coalition, staging from space of the drone region federation which held the majority of the east. Below the DRF there was Triumvirate holding a few regions, Immensea and Tenerifis were owned by the Phoenix Federation Coalition, their main member being Fidelas Constans (FCON). We were neutral to them, but supported each other against common enemies. At some point, Triumvirate decided that they wanted space from Phoenix Fed and subsequently attacked them. Phoenix Fed realized that they didn't have the power to withstand Tri and joined the Drone Region Federation. In exchange for being allowed to harass GotG from DRF space, TEST had agreed to defend the DRF if the would get attacked. Test decided to help them and in exchange phoenix fed. CO2 didn't like that and had wanted space from Phoenix Fed anyways, so they joined Tri in attacking them. The rest of Legacy then decided that they didn't like CO2 anymore and kicked CO2 out, resetting them to neutral. There were about two weeks of intense fighting along the Catch-Impass border before one of the CO2 diplomats couped them, transferring their keepstar to goons and a lot of other citadels to test and PL, effectively destroying their space and trapping the assets of all their members inside citadels they didn't have access to anymore. All of Impass was flipped in the course of a few days, test bought the Keep from goons and finally Brave bought it from Test. REQ and WALKA moved in with us, abandoning their space in Catch, which led to a short incursion of Red Alliance and friends that got dealt with after some time.

In the following months, FCON and the rest of Phoenix Fed died, Tri pushed against the DRF and GotG also led a short incursion into their space that was basically repelled when an anchoring GoTG keep died that they would have used as a bridgehead. The space owned by phoenix fed got taken over by Fraternity and their allies, forming the Winter Coalition. Tri slowly lost systems, and finally their keepstar, but never failscaded like CO2 or FCON did.

Brave enjoyed a period of relative peace, Catch got filled with a few other alliances, but elsewhere there was still conflict. the region of Providence got slowly taken over by PL, because they wanted to own the faction forts, and further up north skill urself, Volta and a few wormholer alliances started attacking the DRF. It took a while, but the DRF, previously being thought to be an incredibly strong coalition, fell and started retreating south with the aggressors, now being called the Holy Rental Empire, taking over that space. At the same time our coalition deployed to take back providence and steal the faction forts from PL, counting on them not bringing their supercapitals down to defend it. This worked and we extracted a large amount of faction forts from Provi when the stations were switched over into them.

Fraternity and the Winter Coalition had previously skirmished with TEST, getting pushed back and their war hat pretty much just fizzled out during the Provi campaign. Now with the DRF gone, tri decided to get rid of the rest of them and also to give us a bit more of a problem. They allied with Winter Co, moving their Supercaps to our border. The Holy Rental Empire decided to do the same and finally, after us being at a supercap disadvantage already, PL moved their supercaps as well, stating that they wanted to wipe legacy of the map for the humiliation in Providence. Before PL moved down, we had deployed the DY keepstar to get a defensive beachhead into Immensea, allowing us to cover our eastern border better.

Goons, being friendly with us since CO2 being couped, saw their opportunity and moved their full armor super fleet to the north, deploying an offensive keepstar and are currently attacking the western border of GotG in the hope that once they fall, they can push into NCPL territory and kick them out.

A few days ago, we deployed another keepstar, causing the united Northwest to attack it, while our coalition and the Imperium (Goons + their friends) shield fleet defended it. The keep died, but a server death disconnected all players, with only us logging back in and starting to camp the logged of superfleet of our enemies into system. The Fort on grid is now anchored, making it a lot harder for them to extract, and another Keepstar a thousand km over will anchor tonight.

If we effectively prevent them from logging back in, that gives us a supercap superiority in the south, allowing us to freely engage and destroy hostile assets there, while the Imperium keeps pushing in the north.

Dunk Dinkle on The Beekeeper's War (source = Slack, 2021-09-04)

Dunk Dinkle on The Beekeeper's War

The briefest tl;dr of the war

Early summer – I’m in command and there’s allusion to a war against Goons but no real specifics. To this day, I don’t really know how it was green lit or how the initial conversations with soon to be PAPI started, I assume through Vily and PGL.

War starts – at this time, there was no plan for what was going to happen if we won in terms of regions, who lived where, etc. Just war fever. Brave really has no choice but to go along. As part of Legacy, the choice was basically go to war or GTFO. Moving out of our two region entrenchment seemed impossible at the time.

Brave was never in the highest level coordination room of the duration of the war. I was able to talk with most of the leaders, but we weren’t consulted in the planning in any serious way.

By mid-fall, I am effectively the decision maker for Brave. The war is muddling along and several times I am told that “the war will be over in 4-6 weeks”. About this time some Legacy alliances start to struggle and there is first really talk about what happens “when we win”, which quickly turns into “how do we stop Legacy from falling apart”. The ideas about Brave living in Querious are now raised. I am very hesitant, as if we fully commit to Querious, we are basically homeless if the war goes poorly (this is foreshadowing…).

There a plethora of high-level ideas at this time. Many swirl around Legacy forcing all the alliances to join into Brave, making Brave the default auxiliary partner to TEST in a Coalition. I didn’t feel this was a great idea about “widoting” people.

At the same time, Imperium leadership is reaching out to me directly about the war. I am friendly with almost all of them. The want us out of the war. Either by flipping or simply backing out of the war. Or as I was asked “ease off the pedal and push your people in another direction”. I felt this was the wrong decision. That was my decision solely.

Why not flip? Forgetting all about who won, it was about Brave’s ability to work and negotiate in the post-war future. If it was seen that Brave was willing to flip on their coalition, we would never be seen as trustworthy by the rest of the game. It would mark us as group that could not be trusted in difficult matters. In my opinion, this was an unacceptable choice, as EVE is a game about relationships and relationships are built on trust. If we flipped, we’d never be trusted again, and permanently aligned with the Imperium.

At the same time, our Military team wants Brave’s fighting focus on the war in Querious & Delve, not with having a bunch of folks basically living in Catch & Impass, operating as if the war is not happening. We are still working to deal with the problem of the Quantum Cores, as everyone in catch & Impass want everything cored and this costs a lot of ISK. A lot of difficult and hard discussions over this.

At that time, I remain concerned that ordering a move to Querious is untenable for a few reasons. We don’t have several hundred billion ISK sitting around liquid to turn into a new infrastructure that in needed in Querious and there still remains to “win the war” which has progress slowed.

So there is in-fighting about what to do. Two things happen (I’m not remembering the timing exactly so don’t get all “we’ll actually” about it). Initiative deploys to our space to burn Legacy’s backlines. This is probably the Imperium’s best strategic decision of the war IMHO. Second, the M2 disaster occurs and everything is in turmoil. Immediately after M2, I know there were serious discussions about ending the war there, but it didn’t happen. Cue the “what if” scenario if it had.

I decide to refocus on defending Catch as, it was getting hammered by a variety of folks and we didn’t have a good foothold in Querious and the war seemed in trouble. This is the time there was a lot of heated debate about what to do. Others felt we had to go all-in on Querious immediately and let our space burn and I was concerned that if we didn’t win the war, our situation was going to be homeless.

On top of that, we didn’t have a lot of liquid ISK to spend on the infrastructure that everyone was going to need KS, industry, moon mining, etc. I refused to do warbonds because we had no way or ability to guarantee that we could ever pay people back. I wasn’t going to take people’s ISK knowing we had no way to pay it back.

The defense of Catch & Impasse is going poorly because we are basically were on our own to do it. We see the writing on the wall that there are no good choices and everyone is tired, worn out, and frustrated. The least worse option is managed move to Querious that we hope doesn’t end up in a rout in our old space and a desperate hope that we win the war.

Around this time the leaks happen of command arguing and talking frankly about the situation, which as was revealed, “we’re fucked”. Not a good day.

As a result, a couple things happen. TEST gives us the Keepstar, Sotiyo, and Tatara outright for free. I will always be grateful for this. The rest of PAPI also helps out in variety of ways. PL, our former nemesis, gives us 25 billion in loot from a destroyed Imperium Sotiyo as an example. Almost every PAPI group reached out to assist in some way.

The BC Piggy thing is since PAPI only trusted me in Brave completely, they wanted no other hands on the buttons of the Keepstar, even the rest of Brave leadership. BC Piggy (Brave Collective Piggy Bank) was a corp that Lychton set up to stash ISK years ago. Nancy Crow held it while he was CEO. I took it over because we try to make sure that Lychton’s characters always remain in Brave. So it was a corp that I was CEO of and the only other member was Lychton, who I was fairly sure was not going to flip the KS to Imperium. So after assuring PAPI, BC Piggy became the owner of the Querious ‘XL’ infrastructure.

We move into Querious while Catch & Impasse burn and we try to save as much of people’s stuff as possible, but many take huge losses in personal citadels, stuff that can’t moved, and other painful losses.

Around this point clarity is needed and I’m named Interim CEO. We try to avoid mistakes of the past in a variety of ways like giving the corp CEOs more freedom on structures, lowering the alliance investment in deploying and fueling. I also get very tight fisted on spending and try to rebuild our wallet. BC Piggy gave me a good vehicle to stash the ISK quietly and securely. As our industry/mining came online we started generating more income into POS Boys and the Holding corp, enough to cover our operating costs. We get a serious low sec mining operation running and people are making ISK and feeding industry materials.

Things are going fairly well. Our unified culture is a relief from the Catch vs. Impass drama and our wallet is growing. Cleary there were issues about our focus with needed Brave to be on the front line of the war vs. people recovering for losses due to the move.

And then we lose the war.

From what I can put together, there is argument and frustration in the highest level of PAPI leadership about the war. We weren’t in there, so I don’t know exactly. But basically the agreement is that PAPI is going to make a very strong push into the Imperium, it will be costly, but we need to crack them now, or PAPI will walk in 6-8 weeks (the dates always varied depending on who I spoke with). This led to the big announcements about the “final push” that coalition leaders gave.

We made honest preparations to make this push, driving the industry & market folks to make huge stockpiles of ships in T5. I invested 200 billion+ in the effort, others put even more into it. From what we were told, the major assaults would begin mid-week and then in earnest on the Friday before the weekend.

I still don’t know exactly how this was decided, but late that week before the assault, I was told that we were going to make a big push, and if it didn’t work, PAPI was basically going to cover an evacuation. If I revealed that information before the weekend, it would be betraying all of PAPI, whom we would need to cover our evac.

As you know the weekend starts with no huge fleets, and throughout the weekend, nothing really happens and I am told we are going to bloody their nose well on Monday and maybe get lucky, but be ready for the PAPI leaving announcement to happen.

Obviously, I’m frustrated for us as we are investing even more resources for the final fight all weekend, but I can’t call it off without the news being revealed.

The Monday assault happens and is a fizzle. Mid-fight, structures start unanchoring and it’s clear what is happening. I get time between work meeting to have the alliance chat where I read the words I wrote in case things went bad.

Rather than orderly evac with heavy defensive coverage by PAPI, everyone basically is rushing for the exit with loose coordination of the Keepstar chain plan to move the supers and fighting capitals out. PAPI basically abandons the plan to hold the Imperium in 1DQ for 3 weeks while everything unanchors in about 2 days and it’s free for all of chaos. The rest as chaos as the Imperium explodes out of Delve, preventing the ideal unanchoring and scooping of citadels plan for the most part.

We hold the line as long as we can to keep the JF and evac routes to high sec covered for Brave, while hammering our capital pilots to get their stuff moved to a safe place ASAP.

I’m also negotiating a place for Brave to regroup (Geminate) as I don’t want us in Legacy or another mega coalition as I feel that it’s the root cause of our losses. Not being in control of our own destiny and having to follow the lead of others.

That’s long enough for now. It’s only the briefest summary. I probably got some of the timing incorrect.

Yes, we need to reorg for better effectiveness and spreading of the load and address our paranoia that often makes us fearful to trust members.

Yes, we need more clarity on our direction, but we are only now securing Geminate as our regroup, and we all need to be focused as a group. When we try to have several major goals at once, it leads to internal strife, which is the death of alliances.

And yes, I’ve built us a nice nest egg to help our move to a long term home, but it will be no easy task, even with ISK. It will be even more hard work and sacrifice.

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