Uphene is a system in the Everyshore region of Gallente highsec. At first blush, it looks like a random, non-strategic system. It's nowhere near a trade hub, it doesn't have ice, it lacks station services, etc. At second blush, well, it still looks like a bad place to set up shop.
But at third blush...
Uphene is next door to Leremblompes, a system with a name so long it gets cut off on the Dotlan map. It just so happens that Agent Mildron Klinker cares deeply about the Leremblompes system. He always has. (See, e.g., One Night in Leremblompes, Part 1 and One Night in Leremblompes, Part 2.)
A few days ago, something told Mildron he needed to make the jump to Uphene. A New Order Agent's instincts are always on the money. He saw an out-of-control miner with a fail-fit Retriever and torched it. For good measure, Mildron saw to it that Eromaki Uzu's Capsule and Eromaki Uzu's Mobile Tractor Unit were taken care of, as well.
Whenever our Agents kill a miner, they investigate the situation to see if the miner is a symptom of a larger problem. Upon looking up the miner's corp information, Mildron developed real concerns. It was a highsec PvE corp that encouraged new players to spend all their time mining in highsec. The corp description glorified AFK mining in highsec as participation in "alliance fleets".
Worse yet, the alliance had an ore buyback program. Instead of trying to sell ore at a mark-up to buyers far from the trade hubs, or simply mining near a trade hub and selling there, the alliance told its members to go to Uphene and sell ore to corp leaders at worse prices than Jita. What a delightful experience for new players.
Highsec is filled with terrible industrial corps that serve no purpose other than being vanity corps for the CEO. Some have evolved into vanity alliances. This was the case for Alwar Alliance, which, in addition to its main industrial corp, had shell corps like Big Beaver Club and Big Beaver Corp.
The next day, Mildron visited Uphene again. He encountered and killed Brian McMullin's Retriever. It was another member of Alwar Alliance. Alarmingly, Brian's Retriever had an even worse fit. Mildron made an appointment for the following day to give the Uphene system another check-up.
Alwar Alliance was still up to no good in Uphene. Mildron ganked galendor Darine's yield-fit Covetor and arranged for the destruction of his Mobile Tractor Unit, as well.
Mildron Klinker > o/Within minutes of this gank, Mildron received a convo request from someone in Alwar Alliance.
Javen Kai > You need to stop attacking my miners.
Mildron Klinker > well, get a permit
Javen Kai > a permit?
Javen Kai > really bro
It was Javen Kai, the self-described "Brutor Bulldog". Javen was the executor of the Alwar Alliance. A four-year veteran of EVE, Javen's ambition was to build a highsec mining alliance. (Naturally.) By performing three attacks on Alwar Alliance miners in three days, Mildron Klinker had gotten Javen's full attention. Now the Mildron problem was the only item on Alwar Alliance's agenda. The alliance executor would need to handle this matter personally--to speak with the ganker one-on-one.
Mildron Klinker > yes sir, really, only 10 mill for 365 days of code compliant miningThe Brutor Bulldog was not one to be trifled with.
Javen Kai > nah noone is going to pay you to mine in Uphene
Javen Kai > this is where i operate my alliance you dont say who mines and who doesnt
Mildron Klinker > then miners will die
Javen Kai > dont you have anything better to do with your time?
Javen Kai > other than being a greifing faggot?
To be continued...