If any of you have been following nullsec news, you will be aware that the North has been invaded by Goonswarm and their assorted supporting alliances (the 'Imperium' coalition).
Their stated objective is to destroy the territories belonging to Pandemic Legion and Northern Coalition., namely Tribute, Tenal, and Vale of the Silent.
From the outset, we in the North knew we would be facing a fairly difficult battle. Combining the manpower of the 49,000 character strong Imperium, with their current allies in Legacy Coalition (38,000 characters) and Dead Coalition (14,000), we in the Panfam coalition (24,000 characters strong) knew we would be vastly outnumbered.
It became clear that we would not be able to engage in a toe-to-toe battle against the vastly numerically superior forces against us, and with that understanding came an acceptance that the space we held would be lost, however we would bleed the enemy dearly for what they took from us.
We began bide our time, waiting for critical opportunities where we could turn things around and win decisive battles.
A pair of these battles are shared below:
The Battle of 15W-GC
Fleetcom Battle Report Link
Panfam Coalition and Allies (338 Pilots)
149 Ship losses (18.1b ISK total)
Imperium Coalition (723 Pilots)
359 Ship losses (60.6b ISK total)
NC and Shiva FC Killah Bee noticed that an Imperium Megathron fleet was attacking NC structures in the system of 15W-GC in Tribute. This was just outside the range of the Imperium supercapital armada, which had moved in to KQK1-2 in Pure Blind as part of the Imperium's overall invasion plan.
Thinking fast, Killah Bee formed a Northern Coalition. Muninn fleet, and notified allies in Pandemic Horde to do the same.
Tactically speaking, the Muninn heavy assault cruiser is considered small and fast enough to evade the tracking of most battleship long-range platforms. The Imperium Megathron fleets were composed of 425mm Railgun Megathrons and Beam Laser webbing/neuting Bhaalgorns for support.
The way to make this work would be for the Muninn's to fly near enough to the Megathron fleet to out-track the railguns by having a higher angular velocity than they would be able to track. At the same time, they would also have to ensure that the Muninns were not near enough to the Megathron fleet for the Bhaalgorn neuts and webs to wreak havoc.
NC. Muninns entered the field first while Pandemic Horde were still forming. With the artillery firepower that Muninns are able to employ, the goal was to remove 1 enemy ship per volley (i.e. no wasted shots).
The Muninns set to work, deleting enemy battleships with their deadly fire. The Imperium fleet sensed they were in trouble and began to ping for reinforcement fleets in KQK1-2, their staging system, to bring in their own support in the form of Eagle heavy cruisers.
By this time the Pandemic Horde Muninn fleet managed to transit into system and between the two fleets, the Megathron fleet was quickly shredded, while taking comparatively light losses in return (though this included an error by the FCs later on which got a few logistics cruisers killed on a gate).
Finally, when massed Imperium Eagles began swarming into the system with the objective to overwhelm them, the Muninn fleets withdrew, having concluded a relatively bloody struggle, and to leave the Imperium forces to their churlish task of reinforcing a structure, once more.
The Battle of WH-JCA
Fleetcom Battle Report
Panfam Coalition and Winter Coalition Allies (900 Pilots)
305 Ship losses (51.7b ISK total)
Imperium Coalition and Legacy Coalition (1200 Pilots)
735 Ship losses (87.8b ISK total)
Imperium forces managed to successfully reinforce the Infrastructure Hub ("ihub" for short) for SH1-6P, which is the primary staging system of the Panfam Coalition and where their supercapital fleet is also housed.
This was a significant event because should the ihub be successfully destroyed, it would result in all strategic upgrades in the system being turned off; the most notable of which is the systemwide cynosural jammer, which is presently preventing Imperium Coalition from bringing in their significantly greater supercapital fleet directly into tactical set pieces in the Panfam staging system (they are still able to come in via regular gates, however given the lack of being able to choose the combat grid, this is considered an unfavourable tactic, even when fielding grossly superior numbers.
The Imperium understood the importance of this full well, and both sides began a period of hyping the timer to maximize participation. Legacy Coalition led by TEST Alliance quietly confirmed they intended to attend to assist Imperium (bringing together all the entities of the mega-coalition Imperial Legacy, or Tapirium), and accordingly Winter Coalition also confirmed with Panfam Coalition that they would attend on their side, led by Elo Knight in Fraternity.
Sovereignty battles (currently known as 'Fozziesov') in EVE consist of Command Nodes spawning throughout the constellation of the target system (in this case the 52-JKU constellation
in Tribute). Individual ships can fit an Entosis Module which can then be used to gain control of the Command Nodes (also called 'toasting'). Each successful node capture either works toward or against the defender; at 100% the target system sovereignty is safe, at 0% the ihub is destroyed.
Panfam determined that the best way to win the battle against superior opposition numbers would be to deny them entry into the constellation. With cynosural jammers in effect closing off most routes in, there were only 2 real ways for Imperium forces to enter the constellation to gain access to the nodes; either by gating into D7-ZAC from H-W9TY, or via 3A1P-N in NPC Venal, and then gating into Q-CAB (an outlier system but still within the constellation) into WH-JCA.
Panfam decided that the best places to defend would be either D7-ZAC, or WH-JCA, depending on the route the Imperium forces took. The battle plans laid out, it became clear that Imperium intended to enter via 3A1P-N, and so the defensive forces arrayed themselves in WH-JCA.
Panfam's fleet consisted of Eagle heavy assault cruisers, with Winter Coalition supporting with Muninns. 20 High Angle Weapon ('HAW') Dreadnoughts were also deployed in range of the in-gate that Imperium forces were coalescing on the other side of, as well as a small bomber and smartbombing ('chemo') Machariel and Legions gang. There were approximately 700 pilots.
Imperium forces consisted of Megathrons and Bhaalgorns again and an overflow Harpy asault frigate fleet, with Initiative and TEST Alliance operating Stuka/Goku bomber fleets (on-grid bombers that do not cloak like traditional bombers, and instead rely upon afterburners and MJD cruisers for mobility). Imperium had additionally moved their supercapitals into range. Imperium forces numbered 900 subcap pilots, and a further 300 supercapitals.
Imperium forces jumped into system and the battle commenced. The Eagles and Muninns focused fire on clearing battleships and assorting support ships, which the HAW Dreadnoughts focused purely on whittling down Bhaalgorn numbers, killing them off one by one.
Early on in the conflict the Panfam chemofleet struck a deadly blow, deleting half of the TEST Alliance bomber fleet in a single maneuver, and then shortly after the Initiative Stuka fleet. With battleships dying at an alarming rate and the Harpy fleet all but decimated, Imperium commanders made the decision to withdraw, and their supercapitals also withdrew back out of range of the constellation. Taking the victory cry, Panfam Coalition mass logged in their own supercapital fleet and deployed them to the field to help kill off the last stragglers remaining on the field.
It was a bloody battle, with 9 of the Panfam dreadnoughts being the majority of the loss on the Panfam side, but ultimately Panfam held the field and the SH1-6P ihub remained secure. By the time the battle ended Imperium had lost 124 battleships, and a significant number of the rest of their fleet destroyed (735 ships in total).
While these battles have gone favourably, ultimately Panfam Coalition is fully aware that Tribute will be lost over time, but it is price that we are extracting from Imperium that is our goal, and with nearly 2 Trillion in total losses to the Coalition over the last two weeks since the war began (including the destruction of two Titans, numerous supercarriers, and astonishingly over 70 Rorquals in the Imperium's home region of Delve), it is clear that Panfam intends to go down fighting.
Hopefully you enjoyed reading this brief scenario and it gives a bit of a snapshot of the kind of things we are up to nowadays! Anyone interested in joining, or if you have any further questions about the fights or the tactics used, please don't hesitate to get in touch.