Sightseeing in the Cluster

Wirykomi Engineering Outpost (Contested Canyon of Rust)

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A Gallente designed, yet Caldari megacorp controlled, rest stop for wayfarers

Caldari and Gallente. For two peoples so diametrically opposed to each other, it’s ironic that they both arose from the same system. Whereas the Gallente value individual freedom and liberty beyond all else (with admittedly some uncomfortable exceptions that have come to light in recent years), the Caldari as a people naturally subsume all individual wants and desires to the needs of the State. And, to a point, that makes sense. Caldari Prime is a cold and unforgiving world. In order to survive the Fall, the Caldari needed to band together, putting survival above all else. The Gallente, on the other hand, had it comparatively easy. Gallente Prime is a lush, verdant world, and the ease with which the Gallente survived the Fall is demonstrated in the individual ethos that the Gallente have evolved. Humans on Gallente Prime have never experienced the fight for survival, so that survival of the fittest dropped from the species as a whole (as it did on Caldari Prime) to the individual. Given these starting points, later developments seemed almost unavoidable.

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Alsottobier shines just above the Gallente resort, owned and operated by Wirykomi.

Yet despite the tension between the State and the Federation, and despite the outbreak of war between the two, there appears to be one thing that can draw the two together (or at least to the point where we want to stop killing each other): greed. Where there is money to be made, you can almost guarantee that there are Gallente elite and Caldari megacorporations ready to pounce on the opportunities. And so it is in the Algintal constellation. The home of a number of natural wonders (almost TOO fitting given the liberal nature of the Gallente), the Gallente have recently begun to develop some of the resources in the area. Needless to say, environmentalists (if such a word can be applied to space) have been up in arms over this. In a rare case agreement between environmentalists and hawks, the hawks have been similarly upset when Caldari megacorporations were given a green light to help develop the area. One of the areas being developed is the Canyon of Rust. Aura brings up the following information:

Wirykomi3Renown for its natural beauty, the Canyon of Rust has vast amounts of untapped resources. The Federation corporations have been afraid to exploit due to the public outcry this would inevitably entail. But now one of the Caldari mega-corporations, Wiyrkomi, is using a loop-hole in the joint trade agreement between the Federation and the State to move in full force.

Numerous environmentalist in the Federation have reacted and are gearing up in Algintal to fight the planned constructions. Being on the border between the Federation and the Republic makes the constellation also a prime location for smugglers, smuggling cheap Federation made goods into the Republic and drugs and small arms the other way.

As I made my way to the Canyon, I did a bit of background research. The Canyon consisted of two deadspace pockets, connected by acceleration gates. As I slipped Professor Science through the first of the gates, I did a bit of reading on what I could expect to find:

Wirykomi4The Wyirkomi Engineering Outpost is a popular maintainance stopover for Caldari figthers, traders and haulers.

The Rust Canyon’s draws its name from the first deadspace pocket. Its incredible scenery and comfort of some old Gallente luxury recreational facilities encourage pilots to spend more time than they absolutely need in here. And the same goes for their hard earned ISK.

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The station viewed from just above the surface of one of the asteroids in the Canyon.

The site itself is something to see. The entire site is bathed in a soft glow of a reflection nebula, softening the harsh black of surrounding space. Arranged in near perfect lines, asteroids surround each side, presumably what gave the Canyon its name. Within the canyon, rows of entertainment facilities (those famed Gallente casinos) can be found leading a way up to a resort station near the “top” of the canyon. Near the station, an acceleration gate stands ready to whisk nearby ships to the second part of the deadspace complex. Given the backdrop of the nebula and asteroids, the area seemed incredibly relaxing, and I had an admitted desire to dock at the resort for a while. Showing uncharacteristic tact, the Wirykomi Corporation, who had won the bid to develop this particular area, seemed aware of the concerns of a Caldari megacorp this deep into Federation space, and the site showed no overt signs of Caldari development. If I didn’t know better, I would have said that it was Gallente through and through.

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A side view

Given the development I saw here, it seemed like the collaborative effort was well underway here. Which, considering the war currently in existence between the State and the Federation, not to mention the years of animosity and the 100 years of war prior to that, is no small effort. Ironically, it was at that point that Aura notified me of a sale of some datacores that I had recently come across, netting a few hundred thousand isk in my wallet. If there was ever to be peace between the Gallente and Caldari, a truly lasting peace, it was to be not through higher ideals of cooperation, but rather to the lowly (yet also mighty) ISK.

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: Wirykomi Engineering Outpost (Contested Canyon of Rust)
  • System: Alsottobier
  • Security Rating: 0.5
  • Region: Sinq Laison
  • Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -4.5 in security status, or -5 standing with the Gallente, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.
  • Additional Notes: This also serves as an Gallente COSMOS site.
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