"To have a large war, you need two large adversaries. To have a large battle, you need two sides willing to commit large numbers of expensive assets." - Ripard Teg, "The Last War", 30 Jan 2014.
Aegis Sov started to change this opinion. It used to be that the cry was that you needed a fleet of supers to take sov. Now suddenly the weight of the game mechanic shifted, and the cry was that anyone in a troll-ceptor could threaten sov. Player inventiveness responded of course and we've hit somewhere inbetween as best I can tell from my station down here in lowsec. Stuff was definitely starting to happen and then suddenly...
Where did that come from? I recommend Nosy Gamer's blog as a neutral starting point for what he termed The Casino War. There's a summary today by EN24 (not neutral) of the Allied Forces. The breaking news this afternoon was that LAWN and Bastion are evacuating Vale of the Silent, straight from none other than Mittani on his own Metashow, surrendering that region to the anti-Imperium forces. The propaganda on reddit has been voluminous and often quite good. I hear that this is what TEST does best. :)
It's enticing. The possibility of joining on of the "Allied" combatants and battling the hated CFC certainly stirs the imagination, We here in RDRAW have gotten in a few ops via our connection to Snuffed Out, and from what I hear it sounds like our northern GalMil cousins have taken some fleets up in search of CO2 assets as well. But being third-parties or allies-of-an-ally is a bit different from shifting home and living that war.
There is one measure that I think all Eve players are looking to right now. There are plenty of "that's it, I'm resubbing" comments in the propaganda threads. Will that really come through? Here's the one slope that we'll all want to watch:
War for our Time, pilots, let there be War for our Time.