One of the interesting things about human nature is how we gravitate towards certain ideas, even when ostensibly eschewing them. Humans (even immortal ones) are ultimately creatures of habit, and once we get certain ideas in our heads, it’s almost impossible to excise those ideas, regardless of how hard we try. Take null security space, for example. This area is ultimately dominated by people who have decided that big government isn’t right for them: they want to live their own lives their own ways. So what do they do once they get out to null sec? Why, they start collecting taxes. They start conducting diplomacy with their neighbors and, if necessary (and sometimes even if not necessary), conduct war against their neighbors. The alliances start providing infrastructure for their members, and cultivating loyalty. They set up structures to air disputes, while providing for the general common defense of their lands. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that this is precisely what a government does.
Even the pirate organizations, the ones who fled “civilized” life to strike out on their own, ultimately end up creating their own forms of governments. To be sure, pirate based governments tend to be more heavy handed than most. They’re not afraid to use extreme measures to maintain control, and they likely don’t exactly care much about popular opinion, but they are governments nonetheless. Indeed, it’s rare that you find true “anarchists” who want to bring the entire system and keep it down, rather than just being unhappy with the current form of the system or the policies of the current system.
A classic example of this can be found out in Feythabolis. It’s a distant region, found near the southern tip of the current gate network in New Eden. It’s essentially the furthest you can possibly get from CONCORD and the empires. And yet even here, you see the basic qualities of a system of governance for the region. Capsuleer governors keep an eye on their holdings, farm them when they can, quell rebellions when they must. The local pirates, the Angel Cartel, likely fled from Minmatar space to get away from the classic tribal structure, and yet here they’ve merely set up a government of their own. We can see this in this week’s site, Minecore HQ. Minecore headed out to null security space for the reason that many do: to make isk. And they ended up getting taken over by the Cartel in the process. As Aura explains:
Minecore Inc. is a corporation founded by groups of freelance miners and mercenaries who had ventured into Feythabolis in search of valuable asteroids and gas clouds rumored to be located in this perilous territory. By banding together they also hoped to withstand attacks from marauding pirates and other outlaws. Inside this area of space they have set up an outpost which operates mainly as a gathering point for their mining expeditions before they venture out into uncharted space in search of harvestable gas clouds.
Shortly after Minecore’s conception, the Angel Cartel came in force to I-3ODK to claim their share of the profit. Minecore was forced to concede a large portion of their earnings to the Cartel, and have paid tribute ever since to keep them off their backs. Today Minecore is partially controlled by the Cartel, and their outposts are guarded by Angel ships.
The Minecore site is now a classic example of an organization ostensibly dedicated to taking down governments and creating general mayhem doing the exact opposite: imposing order (albeit their own kind of order). They weren’t going to let something like a few miners get in the way of profit, so they took by might what they couldn’t take by right. And in doing so, the Cartel even goes so far as to protect their investments. Arguably, defense is the most important of all governmental functions, and the Cartel provides it with gusto. Indeed, the Minecore site is now replete with Cartel forces, probably as much to protect the Cartel’s investment as it is to keep an eye on the local inhabitants.
Beyond the heavy Cartel presence, however, there’s little really to see at the site (beyond my ability to let my political science geekery out to play, of course). It’s your standard mining site: a main base dug into a fairly large, arc-shaped asteroid, with a variety of supporting industries and habitation modules. The site is certainly on the larger end of mining operations that I’ve seen, but there’s really little to recommend it unless you have a pronounced fascination with mining efficiency and industrial processes (granted, I know some people love this kind of thing, though it’s not quite my cup of tea). You have your standard asteroid habitats, foundries, and the myriad of other things you can find in just about any system in New Eden. If it wasn’t for the slightly distinctive background, it wouldn’t be worthy of note at all.
I didn’t spend long at Minecore. Though I obviously sympathizes with the workers, I had no desire to face the wrath of the Cartel (who already are not exactly my biggest fans). After I finished taking my photos, I set off for my next destination, wondering if that one to would let my inner political science geek out.
- Attraction: Minecore
- System: K-X5AX
- Security Rating: 0.0
- Region: Feythabolis
- Potential Hazards: K-X5AXis deep in 0.0 space, involving jumps across a number of different alliance territories, many of which may be operating under “Not Blue, Shoot It” protocol. Gate camps (including warp interdiction bubbles) can be found often in transitioning from 0.0 to high security space, as well as on other gates. Caution is advised.
- Additional Notes: This site is a COSMOS site, and agents are available if you have the proper standing with the Angel Cartel.