The title of my post is a true question. I don't have an answer. I'm not proposing an answer. I originally had it attached to my "Why I Live in Low Sec" post but the two are separate and really, it was getting obnoxiously long and rambling.
It seems that it has been on others minds. It is a reoccurring subject. It cannot help but be considering the type of space that it is. What I do not agree with is the concept that low sec is for faction warfare and all of low sec should be faction warfare.
It was raining today and I had time to do some reading. I read this article on Eve News 24 and was mostly grabbed by the idea that all of low sec should be FW and/or the pirate factions should have PW in low sec.
All of it.
That is not the cookie to fix low sec. That makes an assumption that the entire Low Sec population has been writhing around longing to get into faction warfare. I understand that the people in faction warfare enjoy faction warfare for whatever reason they enjoy it. I have zero desire for it.
The other half of the idea was that low sec should be a stepping stone for null sec.
People who live in low sec live in low sec because they want to live in low sec. It is not this step to null sec and this step to sov warfare because that is what everyone wants to do. A large chunk of the game wants to do that. That is why they live in those areas. The people who want to play faction warfare have faction warfare to play in. I don't live in a faction warfare system for a reason.
I don't want that.
No more do I want to be a member of pirate warfare then I expect everyone in high sec to want to PvP. I don't expect the members of null to want to pirate. Just because I do those two things does not mean everyone else does. I have corpmates who have no interest in running missions for the various reasons I may do them. My corpmates don't enjoy salvaging. I do. I don't assume that because I vastly enjoy my gameplay that everyone else does.
Forcing Eve Players to play style through content would be an irritating and intrusive method to diversify the systems. Creating gameplay from the void is a trait of Eve. Players make their own niches and define them. Not all of the game has to be defined by the game mechanics.
Not everything has to be Sov Warfare.
Not everything has to be a subset of it.
Not everyone wants the game to make the play for them.
While low sec needs to be buffed I do not have the technical experience to know what would be true increase. I do know that leaning on my own tastes will skew any idea towards my own play style. There must be a mesh and balance. My taste matters but so do the wants of the FW warfare people. While I ask FWless low sec not to be taken from me I also don't demand that they go back to empire for their battles.
The game defines in terms of risk and reward. Simply put, low sec is a dangerous place where people kill you. But without the pull of Sov Ownership it's hard to see why one would stay here. Those of us that enjoy that thrill and thrive on it want it and stay here.
We'd stay here if it stayed the same.
I like my neutrality. My neutral position to the empires is something that I have kept. FW destroys some of that. It's a nasty hit and it's a grind to get back into the positive. I already suffer a grind for my sec status. Now I will suffer a grind to return to empire whenever I want to.
Also, does that mean I can no longer fight other pirates? We already have groups that we are aligned with. Those groups are called our corporations and our alliances.
Being an 'outlaw' may be bad to some but it is a way of life to others. Just as I take GCC for repping my corpmates the game. Why? I am a pirate. They are a pirate. Why is concord randomly judging me for interacting with my corpmate?
I truly love the low sec that I live in and do not wish to lose it. If a buff would be a destruction of it I'd fight against it. It is not that there is nothing here it is that there should be better things here.