Instigation Guidelines for Non-Aggressive Organizations

Background

In the past, the Lotek of New Eden was a strictly non-aggressive organization. To a large extent this is still true: the Lotek Alliance continues to be largely non-aggressive; however, the member corporations of the Lotek Network outside of the Lotek Alliance have considerably discretion in how they conduct themselves with others (provided they comply with Network policies). However, at one point we found ourselves considering taking such action against a corporation that had been committing numerous crimes against not only our alliance but also their own members. A set of Instigation Guidelines were drafted to help justify our taking hostile action and outline the criteria we used for making that decision. Eventually the situation resolved itself without the need for hostile action, and the Instigation Guidelines have not been used since.

The Instigation Guidelines have since been deprecated, but is made available below to preserve our history and to serve as a template by which others may base their own Instigation Guidelines

Lotek Instigation Guidelines (Deprecated)

The Lotek of New Eden does not actively seek to take offensive action against non-hostile entities that is of benefit to their membership and of no detriment to the Lotek of New Eden. However, should an entity be deemed unsatisfactory in this regard, then offensive action, including but not limited to the waging of war and espionage, may be carried out to the mutual benefit of the vast majority of those involved.

A non-hostile organization may be targeted if:

  • It provides a weak social atmosphere for its members
  • Their leadership possesses few if any qualities which would maintain or propel their organization and its members, including but not limited to charisma, knowledge, experience, wealth, devotion, wisdom, ability to learn quickly, objectivity, etc
  • Leadership possesses a number or extent of ‘fatal flaws’ that is not compensated for nor likely to be redeemed to a satisfactorily extent within a reasonable period of time.
  • The organization lacks a cohesive and sustainable identity, purpose, and goals given the abilities or capabilities of its leadership. For example, their corp description or operations far exceed what the corp is capable of doing or sustaining.
  • The organization is of detriment to its members or deprives them of opportunity for growth and/or enjoyment of the game
  • The organization deprives members of opportunity for advancement
  • The organization deprives members of liberty, freedom, justice, equity, or identity
  • An organization makes gross use of “pay to play” mechanics in an unsustainable fashion, such as investing high end assets (POSes, ships, etc) with no means to ensure their safety or recover from their losses without using additional “pay to play” mechanics

Targeted organizations who appeal may be given consideration to rectify their negative influence on others. Members of such targeted organizations may also be given the opportunity to join the Lotek of New Eden alliance or a member corp of the alliance.

It is the intention of the Lotek of New Eden to maintain integrity, legitimacy, and honor in all endeavors, including those that are inherently dishonorable in nature. It is not the intention of the Lotek of New Eden to target newbie “grow with us/learn with us/from scratch” corporations or “bar buddy” corporations (in which members enjoy the isolated social atmosphere despite the lack of progression of their organization or of themselves) provided they do not grossly violate the above described guidelines.

How an organization is determined to be a valid target, whether or not they would be pursued, and how they would be pursued is beyond the scope of this document.

Introducing Lotek 3.0

Wardec Eligibility Mechanics

Recently, CCP introduced a long-awaited mechanism in EVE by which a corporation or alliance can elect to be ineligible from being declared war on (and subsequently be ineligible from declaring wars on others). The purpose of these mechanics is to stop a small handful of griefers from repeatedly decimating player-owned organizations who are PVP-adverse or not yet PVP-ready. These bullies have kept many corporations from progressing past infancy, and have led to many players to severely limit their activities in EVE to avoid PVP, going as far as remaining docked up for the duration of a war, forfeit membership in player corporations, or to quit the game all-together in frustration.

For the first time ever, player corporations aspiring toward PVP now have the opportunity to expand their numbers, amass firepower, train their forces, and stage deployments freely and at their leisure before making the decision to engage other players in combat. Should their forces crumble, they can simply re-enable wardec immunity until their forces are rebuilt, and disengage wardec immunity when they’re ready to charge into battle with a chance at winning and maintaining space supremacy.

(Please note that wardec immunity is not immunity from PVP: Players with suspect/criminal timers active can still be legally engaged, suicide ganking continues to run rampant in Hisec and is expected to increase as a result of the introduction of wardec immunity mechanics, and there is no CONCORD intervention at all in lowsec and nullsec.)

The Lotek Network

In order for the Lotek of New Eden to best take advantage of the new wardec immunity mechanics, a bit of restructuring is in order: the Lotek Alliance now has a new parental organization, the Lotek Network, which embodies the Lotek Alliance and all corporations and individual players who swear fealty to the Lotek Alliance and abide by the Lotek Network policies. External members (ie. members of the Lotek Network who are not in the Lotek Alliance) are not subject to the additional policies imposed onto the Lotek Alliance.

Henceforth, the Lotek Alliance will be dedicated to PVP and require that its members demonstrate fluency in PVP fundamentals and take appropriate steps to preserve the alliance killboard. Members who fail to maintain these standards for themselves, and alliance corporations who fail to maintain these standards for their members, will be removed from the alliance; however, they are welcome to remain members of the Lotek Network and may reapply to the Lotek Alliance in the future.

Network PVP vs Alliance PVP

External corporations may decide for themselves whether or not to engage in PVP (and, in particular, whether to render themselves immune to war entirely) and what kind of PVP to engage in. Whereas the Lotek Alliance does not warmonger, offer mercenary services, enlist in Factional Warfare, or engage in piracy, external Lotek Network corporations are free to engage in any of these activities provided they abide by the (relatively few) Lotek Network policies governing PVP (namely our “No Griefing” policy).


Whereas the Lotek Alliance does not warmonger, offer mercenary services, enlist in Factional Warfare, or engage in piracy, external Lotek Network corporations are free to engage in any of these activities provided they abide by the (relatively few) Lotek Network policies governing PVP (namely our “No Griefing” policy).

Presently, all POS-owning organizations are eligible for war; therefore, organizations electing opting to be immune from wars must forfeit owning their own POSes. However, war-immune organizations are still able to use POSes owned by other organizations. In particular, all members of the Lotek Network are welcome to use POSes owned by the Lotek Alliance.

Changes to Lotek HQ

Lotek and Ryoga HQ has been relocated to
Gulfonodi X – Moon 15 – Republic Fleet Testing Facilities. This station will also serve as primary staging for Lotek operations and will house Ryoga’s BPO repository. The Gelfiven office previously used as primary staging has been shut down, and the Egbinger office formerly serving as HQ has been emptied and will no longer be used.

Changes to Ryoga Lonely Hearts

In order to better serve the needs of newbies and conservative industrialists, Ryoga has been removed from the Lotek Alliance and has opted to become immune to wardecs. (Archer en Tilavine will continue to serve as both the CEO of Ryoga and the Executor of the Lotek Alliance/Network.) Members of Ryoga are no more or less vulnerable to PVP than members of NPC corporations; however, they also get to enjoy zero taxes (compared with 11% of NPC corporations), access to one of the most complete BPO collections in the game, and access to our wonderful community. In addition, Ryoga makes no effort to preserve its killboard, so members are welcome to be as reckless as they’d like without punishment.

In order to provide members with a more complete EVE experience, piracy will be permitted in Ryoga for the first time ever; however, this is not a focus of our corporation and will generally not be encouraged. Please note that piracy is still prohibited in the Lotek Alliance in most circumstances.

The Ryoga-owned tradehub previously established in Gelfiven is currently in the process of being relocated to Gulfonodi. It will take some time before the new market is up and running.

Impact of War Immunity on Lotek Operations and Growth

With the wardec immunity mechanics and restructuring of Lotek in place, the Lotek Network, we now have the opportunity to aggressively grow and expand without fear of drawing the attention of a major group looking to decimate everything we’ve worked so hard for while remaining flexible in if, how, and when we engage in PVP. Member corporations can decide for themselves if, how, and when they will engage in PVP, and individual members have the option of joining a corporation which best suits their PVP preferences.