Previously, I wrote about some of the reasons why miners violate the New Halaima Code of Conduct. By far the most controversial provision of the Code, the one which inspires the most defiance, is the mining fee provision: Those who choose to mine in New Order territory are required to purchase positive standings from the Supreme Protector. These mining fees are extremely affordable--10 million isk for 365 days. For miners down on their luck, there are cheaper short-term permits, such as the 1 million isk 24-hour permit. However, the 365 permit is the most economical and is by far the most popular payment option.
As I wrote in the post about miner non-compliance, when a miner pays his mining fee, that's a very good sign that he is adjusting to the New Order. He's no longer just droning along as a zombie "playing" the game at a rote mouse-click per hour. He's interacting. He's learning new things. This is good.
But I also believe paying the mining fee is very beneficial for the miners, right from the beginning. One of the main problems with highsec miners is that they only care about senselessly accumulating piles of isk. They log in, do something boring to grind out isk, and log out. Next day, same thing. What do they use the isk for? More mining upgrades to grind out more isk. And when they've maxed-out their mining yield? More grinding for more isk.
Then what? What do they do with all that isk? They've spent their entire EVE career doing something they don't enjoy (as evidenced by the fact that they're AFK), so what's the meaning behind their sacrifice? Well, highsec miners usually don't think that far ahead. When I ask them about it, they tell me most of the money goes toward PLEX. Obviously that's not an answer, because PLEX just allows you to do more mining and isk-grinding. The miners ultimately have no greater purpose for their isk-grinding. They pile up the money, and eventually they quit.
As I've said before, they're bots. Bots do things. They don't ask why; they just follow their routine. Then, one day, their batteries give out.
This kind of behavior is detrimental to all involved. It's dehumanizing. The solution is to shake the miners out of their quiet, desperate routine and make them realize there's something better than hoarding isk. The first step is giving some of that money away. If they're unable to give up some isk, the isk has control over them. By paying me their mining fees, the miners reassert their control over themselves. At last, they control their money instead of the other way around.
And so it is. When a miner gives you the 10 million isk mining fee, do you need to thank him? To be polite, maybe. But it's the miner who should be thanking you.