Earlier this week, I declared open season on Torarjan Collective, a highsec mining corporation that kicked out one of its own members for following the Code. Their CEO, Jake Salvator, brought us into conflict after repeatedly refusing to engage in diplomacy. In his parting words to me, he declared: "We will never give you those 'miner tears' your supporters beg you to supply." It was a promise he would struggle mightily to keep.
Jake announced his corp was ready for all-out war against the New Order. Yet he found himself perplexed. Like so many other resistance movements, he couldn't figure out a way to inflict damage against the New Order. Our bumpers are Invincible. Our gankers are designed to die, only to be reborn and strike again. How do you attack the New Order?
After giving the problem some thought, Jake's solution was to create a one-man alt corp called Tolero Guard, and to supply EVE with bucket loads of miner tears. He went to EVE-O and posted more tears, hoping to rally support around Tolero.
The website for the corp, a near carbon-copy of Torarjan's, inspired laughter throughout the galaxy. This new resistance movement made Anslo's "Proveldtariat" look competent by comparison. Anslo at least came up with a number of different strategies for avoiding bumps. Tolero's advice consisted of "orbit", "nestle between rocks", and "leave the system". Having made the herculean effort to provide highsec's miners with this advice, Tolero invited the miners to show their gratitude by donating money to the cause.
It was a public relations disaster. After EVE-O mockery ran for several pages, Jake Salvator was forced to report to the thread on his main, where he admitted creating the Tolero website but denied creating Tolero Guard. He claimed he was merely "asked to build them a website", but that "this movement was going long before I knew who James315 [sic] was". Needless to say, no one believed him. Barely a day into the conflict, Jake and his Torarjan Collective became the laughingstock of EVE. And the New Order hadn't done anything yet!
Meanwhile, Aria Stane, who received the CEO of the Year award for requiring her miners to uphold the Code, declared war against Torarjan Collective. Aria politely engaged in peace talks, but Jake showed his usual diplomatic grace, calling Aria "crazed" out of nowhere and ending the conversation.
I paid a visit to Lirsautton, Torarjan's HQ system, which is two jumps from Brapelille. A few members of Torarjan had already been killed by members of Aria Stane's alliance.
Torarjan Collective's members docked up in Lirsautton, afraid to face further attacks, so we chatted with them in local.
During my private convo with Jake prior to the conflict, he described Torarjan as "a corp full of mature, adult players". Naturally, the Torarjan crew proved it by smacktalking in local.
The conflict with the New Order had brought Torarjan to the brink of panic. Jake cancelled all mining operations and ordered the corp to dock up, to deny us kills. But Bruze Wayne boldly declared that the New Order was not having any effect on Torarjan--and that he was mining freely, without interruption.
Torarjan was actually huddled together in their HQ station, including Bruze himself. He hadn't noticed that I was also in that station, able to see his non-mining status. Another self-inflicted humiliation for Torarjan Collective.
Embarrassed and exhausted, Jake ordered everyone in Torarjan to cease talking in local. He was tired of being made to look like a fool. Jake instructed his miners that if they stopped providing tears and encouragement to the "trolls" of the New Order, their enemies would get bored and go find someone else to grief. An impressive war plan, but hypocritical: Jake himself had provided more tears than anyone else so far.
Toarjan Collective shut down its mining operations--the chief reason for the corp's existence--but was not able to impede New Order activity in the least. Professor Billions, the miner who had been persecuted and kicked out of Torarjan for following the Code, rolled a ganker alt named Meth Sores. His Catalyst assisted the Knights in taking down multiple Code-violating miners in the region.
As is plain for all to see, the tyranny and incompetence of Jake Salvator and his Torarjan Collective are unable to squelch the human spirit and its thirst for freedom.