New Jita Memorial
Editor’s Note: For anyone interested in reading the original background of the Memorial, please see here.
The word “milestone” dates back to the Dark Ages of New Eden, before any of the current civilizations (beyond the Jove of course, but they hardly count) had retaken the stars. Apparently, a “mile” used to be a measure a distance in a particularly gruesome measuring system. Something called a “foot”, which measured 12 “inches,” was the basis, and 5,280 feet went into a mile. Whoever created that particular system of measurement clearly was a braver man than I. Regardless, milestones entered the modern lexicon because on Amarr Prime, the Udorians used the mile system, and at every mile would place a stone to mark how far long the road a traveler was. “Milestones” soon evolved to refer not just to notable distance markers, but also any notable event in a person’s life. While (thankfully) the mileage system itself has faded away, the words never have.
I bring up milestones today because today marks not just one, but 3 separate milestones of my own. First, today marks the 4th anniversary of me graduating from the Center for Advanced Studies with my pilot’s license. Today also marks the 2nd anniversary of this travelogue of New Eden. Finally, this marks the 100th entry on said travelogue. Long time readers may know that I hesitate to focus on myself much in these entries. New Eden itself is the story, and I’m merely a minor player in the vast web of its history. Still, I hope my readers will forgive me a bit of introspection on this fairly momentous occasion. That a short entry two years ago about the EVE Gate would span such a massive undertaking was really quite unthinkable to me. With 100 sites profiled, and still plenty more to come, I am quite happy in the knowledge that this will not be the last milestone I find on my journey.
But not all milestones are positive ones. New Eden has recently undergone a milestone of sorts: CONCORD’s over-aggressive attempts to dictate capsuleer activities and funnel them into a variety of (generally unwanted) activities. Capsuleers responded to this attempt to dictate how to spend their time in classic capsuleer fashion: organizing what is almost certainly the single largest riot in known history. Riots broke out in most major trade hubs for days on end, with capsuleers venting their frustration in the only way they knew how: live ammunition. Rens, Amarr, and Dodixie all saw local fluid routers jammed with protest messages against CONCORD policy. But nowhere was the riot larger than the central trade hub of Jita. The object of the mob’s rage: the Jita Memorial, originally built to commemorate the winners of the Ruevo Aram Riddle Competition, back in YC 108. The poor thing did not take it well, and today its tattered remains are all that’s left. Aura was able to dig up the following for me:
This was once a memorial to the winners of a riddle contest sponsored by the late entrepreneur Ruevo Aram. After standing proud for half a decade, it was destroyed in late YC 113 by capsuleers who were staging a mass uprising against an intolerable status quo of intergalactic affairs. Today, the ruins of this once-great work of art stand as a testament to the fact that change is the universe’s only constant.
The now-destroyed monument still sits only a few kilometers from the main trading hub in New Eden, Jita IV, Moon 4, at the Caldari Navy Assembly Plant. Wreckage from the riots remain, strewn about the old temple-like structure. A monument to the tenacity of capsuleers everywhere, and their determination to not let anyone tell us what we should be doing.
So it seems like both myself and New Eden are reaching our own milestones. New Eden’s showing of the lengths capsuleers will go to demonstrate our discontent, and myself with a multitude of anniversaries and records. As we approach the traditional winter season festivals, I can only add this: A happy holidays, and my sincerest thanks, to all. Safe travels.
- Attraction: Jita Memorial
- System: Jita, near Jita 4-4 Caldari Navy Assembly Plant
- Security Rating: 0.9
- Region: The Forge
- Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -3 in security status, or -5 standing with the Caldari, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen. Furthermore, there’s always the possibility of spatial anomalies (OOC: Lag) in Jita due to its high volume of traffic. Because of the high volume of traffic, suicide gankers and station camps (not to mention isk scammers) can be common.
- Scheduling Note: Thanks to aforementioned winter holidays, EVE Travel will be on break until the first full weekend of January! Happy Holidays!