It's been almost six years since EVE University was ousted from 0.0 nullsec during the collapse of the Big Blue alliance back in the Summer of 2006. Since that time, E-UNI has relied on a series of guest lectures, theory classes, and roams into NPC nullsec to provide its students with a small taste of what life is like beyond the boundaries of Empire space.
Unfortunately nothing teaches quite like experience and without a presence in nullsec, it has been an area of the game that E-UNI has never truly been able to prepare pilots for. With this in mind, discussions and plans for a return to nullsec have come up frequently, only to be dashed by the inability to find a suitable location, or concerns about the logistical difficulties involved in maintaining any such project over a protracted period of time. For years now we have waited for the right opportunity and though offers were made, none really matched our criteria until this past couple of weeks.
TEST Alliance Please Ignore approached us with an offer: They would allow us to set up a camp inside the NPC pocket within Fountain and give us access to their jump bridge network and markets and all we needed to do was set them blue. Too good to be true? We thought so too, but as discussions went on we realised that TEST were serious - we get a nullsec camp with access to an already active market and jump bridges to boot and they get to feel good about helping out the noobs of the world.
So what does this mean for E-UNI? It means we get to expand the nullsec portions of our syllabus and allows us to offer our students genuine experience in a nullsec environment, including some of the complexities that come with interacting with sov-holding alliances. We won't be changing our rules or policies, nor will we be abandoning our neutrality because TEST are doing us a favour, however much we appreciate it. E-UNI will still be E-UNI, only it can now offer moar.
Over the next week or so we will set up an office within the NPC pocket and start feeling our way around. Once we're happy that we have the necessary infrastructure in place, we'll begin moving interested students into the pocket and start having some fun. There are a lot of details to come, but for now feel free to ask questions or discuss at your leisure.
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