So, CCP SoniClover finally released the war declarations devblog. What was interesting me the most was the war declaration cost calculation. As originally announced, the cost was to be a flat 500K ISK per member of the target alliance/corporation. With no ceiling. That was unacceptable.
The problem with the cost, as announced, was that it was going to screw mid-sized highsec alliances and corporations. Corporations the size of EVE University, were going to find themselves wardecced very little. So who to wardec then? The much more affordable mid-sized groups.
The cost to wardec the University, at their current size, would have placed the fee at over a billion ISK. If this wardec system had been active during Burn Jita, it would have cost the heroic Save Jita contingent well over 3B ISK to put up a defense against the stalwart Goonswarm.
That sort of pricing structure is unacceptable, for any large group who likes to do all or some of their business in highsec. A fair number of people made that opinion known on the forums, and the new CSM took up the cause as well. To CCP SoniClover's credit, he was listening. I'm going to chalk this up as the first win for CSM7.
The graph below represents the much revised war declaration cost algorithm, the algorithm which will be introduced in the Inferno expansion.
The actual algorithm is over in the devblog, if you want to plug the member count number into it.
Basically, a 2000 member entity is going to cost around 275M ISK to wardec. That's actually quite a bit lower than I would have suggested. I'm of the mind that an alliance of 2000 members should cost around 400-500M ISK. Oh well, if the formula as is doesn't work out, then it can be tweaked in the future. It's my thinking that a 2000 member entity should spend approximately 16-20 weeks per year under non-mutual war declaration.
I feel pretty good about the new system. The cost structure is reasonable (maybe too reasonable.) Corp hopping is limited. Mercenaries become a viable path of employment. Wardec shedding is eliminated. CCP has done good work here. I'm excited to see how the new system plays out over the next year.