Greetings! My name is Obil Que and I have been running a wormhole corporation for 8 months…and 2 days. Is that right? Time must move faster inside a wormhole than normal space because the three months I spent in a high-sec corporation seems to be a much longer span of time than the eight months in wormhole space. Must be that time dilation everyone is talking about.
This space will be a collection of my thoughts on the EVE universe specifically from the perspective of both a wormhole resident and CEO. I cannot profess to be an expert in either of these things but hope only that this serves some benefit to those that take the time to read it.
The nature of wormhole space develops a kind of operational paranoia within you, perhaps more so as a CEO than as a member. Plenty of space exists in EVE where you are constantly looking over your shoulder but none like wormhole space where you are left without any built-in intelligence of your surroundings. It is an exciting landscape filled with opportunity, but as CEO, there is something greater at work. You see every open wormhole as a doorway to disaster with a fleet of tower bashing ships waiting for you to blink. You read stories of evictions and wonder how you can protect those pilots that have chosen to join you and not lose everything. You take a risk with every pilot you do accept into the corporation because they introduce an unknown variable into your presumably working equation. And then, then you become paranoid of your own members and their ability to make off with assets that you cannot protect from themselves or from each other.
I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I am invigorated by the challenges associated with wormhole space. I certainly am not the type to revel in loss or looking forward to being evicted from our space by an occupying force, instead knowing that we have made this space our own is a powerful motivator.
I think that the most difficult aspect of running a wormhole corporation lies in expansion. Open invitations to recruitment only open your corporation to destruction from within. As such, my approach has been to recruit only those pilots that I personally invite or that comes to me via one of my existing members. But being in wormhole space is isolationist in many ways and encountering pilots organically is near impossible without opening yourself up to additional risk. One common tactic is to recruit those pilots which you destroy in your own space. If they were adventurous enough to enter, they may be excellent recruits to live in wormhole space. But every open hole for explorers to find is an invitation for something darker to enter and has a negative effect that perhaps outweighs the positive possibilities.
I often think that the mechanics of living in a starbase is holding us back. Truthfully, if we had a perfect management interface with intricate levels of security, it still would not change the fact that an individual can bring disaster to your doorstep by being in your corporation and sharing the location with threats from the outside. This is the crux of secure wormhole operations. It perhaps is similar to null security space in some places, but in every other EVE space, you have, at some level, the safety of a station nearby where you can retreat assets to quickly and easily. Not so in wormhole space, and especially not so if a competent group takes control of your wormhole entrances denying you any possibility of entry or exit.
There is no easy answer to this “who do you trust” question so I ask, how would you answer the question of trust in this type of environment?