Sunday, January 6, 2013
CSM8 Campaign Season - Goonswarm Candidates
Although CSM7 elected a Goonswarm candidate, that candidate, The Mittani, was unable to take his seat as Chairman, due to a mistake made at Fanfest 2012. CSM7 was, thus, without Goonswarm representation. That strong and guiding hand was sorely missed this year.
Goonswarm Federation [GSF] and allies are sure to field a candidate this year. Perhaps two. Based on folks I've been talking with, there seems to be one sure candidate and two other strong possibilities.
As everyone knows, the former front runner was to be Vile Rat, but world events conspired against that, and he was taken away from us all on September 11 2012. We'll never quite know what Vile Rat could have offered the playerbase through the Council of Stellar Management, but it's hard to imagine he would not have been a powerful force.
Courthouse. He became the front-runner as the next GSF CSM candidate. He was always reasonably well-known, especially after becoming Goonwaffe's Diplomatic Director, but became a true public figure during EVE Vegas. He showed himself to be bright, savvy, and with that indelible Goonswarm swagger. He is well-versed with the in-and-outs of the New Eden political scene.
The character, Courthouse, has been online since 2008. First a member of Merch Industrial in 2008, then moving to GoonWaffe in 2011. 2013 will be his fifth year in Goonswarm.
Unfortunately, he quit EVE Online last month. Life, job and family obligations have assumed most of his responsibilities. And that is as it should be. Real-life is always more important than game life. I suppose there's always the possibility that he may return to EVE Online, but likely he would still not have the time or energy to divest it towards spaceship politics. As strong a candidate as he is, he's currently out of the race. Only a hopeful at this point.
Mynnna (aka corestwo.) Is currently the front-running GSF candidate. By all accounts a very strong and able leader. Highly intelligent. The only potential drawback, he's not quite the political beast that The Mittani or Kesper North are. So whereas his game knowledge is exceptionally high, and well-regarded in the community, his ability to play the political game with CCP might cause a misstep or two. That seems to be the general perception. A strong candidate, nonetheless.
Mynnna is one of EVE's oldest active characters. Although the character dates from 2003, the current Mynnna became owner in mid-2006, immediately joining GoonFleet. He is currently the Director of Finance, responsible for tech moon sales, alliance contracts, as well as the trillion ISK bug in faction warfare back in June 2012. Mynnna loves poking holes in the system and then writing about them at themittani.com.
Kesper North. He is the CEO of Gentleman's Agreement, one of the front-line CFC allies. He's very much cut from the same cloth as The Mittani. He would likely be the front-runner, but from all indications is currently waffling on a decision to run or not. Apparently wants to be assured he has the GSF political machine behind him if he does decide to enter the race. Hard to blame him for that, though. Anyone that runs wants to win. If you have the GSF firmly in your backyard, there's little chance of losing, and a strong possibility of gaining the chairmanship.
The downside here, from a Goon perspective, is that he's not true Goon. Gentleman's Agreement is with the CFC today, but that might not be the case tomorrow.
Kesper has been playing EVE Online since 2008. Spent a year in the Majesta Empire (with Reliables Inc), and then moved permanently to Gentleman's Agreement at the beginning of 2011.
Arydanika. She is not a Goonswarm-sanctioned candidate. She is not a heavy-hitter within the alliance. I'm including her in the discussion, because I've seen recent comments state that if she wanted to run for CSM8, she'd be a shoe-in, considering she has nearly 10K votes behind her. This is not the case. At this time, Goonswarm votes will go to Mynnna and/or Kesper.
Arydanika is to Goonswarm Federation as Mintchip is/was to Pandemic Legion. Her value to the alliance is in smoothing the rough edges among the unwashed masses of New Eden. "Oh. Dani is in Goonswarm? Wow. I guess they mustn't be as awful as I thought." She currently hosts a popular and well-regarded podcast, Voices from the Void.