When I'm not tipping my hat to a new shareholder, or taking my hat off to the responsible citizens of highsec collectively, I wear a lot of hats. One of the hats I wear is that of Diplomat-in-Chief. It's one thing to encourage people to gank random miners, but when you're building a civilization... Well, that involves a lot of paperwork.
Absalom Gerhardt filed a formal complaint against Agent Alyth Nerun. I wasn't familiar with Alyth before this, but after reading Absalom's complaint, I already had a high opinion of the new Agent. However, I still had to answer the petition. That's what a Father of the New Order does (when he feels like it).
I dashed off a quick reply with some advice on handling the situation. Generally, obeying the Code and paying a bumper 10 million isk per mining character will clear things up. Sending an Agent his money is like rebooting your computer--you should always try it first.
Infected Space-Monkey wasn't happy when Agent Gaylord Fappington destroyed his ship, so he flung some ironic insults at him. That's fine. This was a low-level matter, and it didn't need my attention. But Gaylord's next act of Code enforcement was another story.
You see, governing highsec is a lot like reading "Game of Thrones". You need to know all of the different families and houses and conflicting loyalties and such. For example, Gaylord Fappington is of the highsec Fappingtons, one of the most well-regarded families in empire space. You see their good work everywhere.
But because the New Order transcends corporations, alliances, and coalitions, things can get complicated in a hurry. Gaylord is an Agent, but is also a member of GoonSwarm Federation, the most powerful of the nullsec alliances. What happens when worlds collide?
Tyler Oney, the CEO of a small highsec mining corporation, was disturbed by Gaylord's enforcement of the Code. He sent a complaint to the Goon CEO, The Mittani. Note that even when speaking with the leader of the largest EVE alliance, a highsec carebear will still claim to "have friends in larger corps then yours".
Could a conflict between Gaylord and Tyler lead to the New Order being drawn into a war with the Goons? Luckily, The Mittani was more interested in settling the score with Tyler Oney, whose breach of diplomatic protocol didn't impress the sophisticated nullsec leader.
The New Order dodged a bullet. Tyler's wrath shifted away from Agent Gaylord Fappington and toward The Mittani and his thousands of Goons. Despite Gaylord's role in the kerfuffle, he and the New Order were able to slide by.
The Mittani tweeted about the incident and gave our hero some much-deserved kudos. All's well that ends well. Another catastrophe averted.
As we saw with the Fappington Affair, EVE galaxy can, at times, resemble a powder keg. Actually, most EVE players are eager for peace. When Erotica 1 planted some Sovereignty Blocking Units (SBUs) in Providence on a whim, an interested party contacted CODEdot's CEO Khoda Khan and suggested we join the N3 coalition.
And time, of course, heals all wounds. Remember Reaver Revaer from edition #45 of the Highsec Miner Grab Bag? The screenshot above was his response to getting ganked. But just a few days later...
...another victory for the New Order. Time is always on our side. We're running a marathon, not a sprint. In the end, highsec will be ours.