Let's discuss about PH assault on trading hubs.
The reasons behind it. The consequences of the assault. The effects on free trade.
It seems it started with a dialogue between two greedy corporations, "Riemannian Manifold Torus" wanted to eliminate the competing Fortizars, "Pandemic Horde" wanted all the profit from Jita trade. Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/5o7lhl/people_of_perimeter_your_traders_have_lied_to_you/
Then after talks failed, PH turned against to RMT and destroying their structures around Perimeter, while making arrangement with other citadel owners. The arragenments are mystery to me but I am guessing PH forcing other structure owners to channel portion of their profits to PH in the name of "protection fee". This is still speculation and needs further confirmation. Sources : https://imperium.news/horde-attempt-takeover-of-highsec-citadels/ & https://imperium.news/pandemic-mafia-horde-moves-highsec-extortion/ (And if that is the case, it will remind me how GSF tried to extort low sec corporations nearby which ended badly for GSF. )
This incident also caused disruption on free trade as well, since traders left with stranded goods at asset safety following to the destruction of the trade hubs they used, while PH constantly reinforcing other trade hubs and forcing traders to use their citadel only.
Here, let's gather our intel and opinions about the incident, discuss and speculate the results.