Caldari Independent Navy Reserve (Player corporation)

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Name Caldari Independent Navy Reserve
Ticker [CAIN]

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The Caldari Independent Navy Reserve (CAIN) is one of the oldest and most established Caldari loyalist paramilitary corporations in the cluster, established in early 107 by Dev Larren. It was the founding corporation of The Fourth District alliance and is currently operating in Providence.

Political Stance[edit]

The Reserve has traditionally be apolitical, following the dictates of the Chief Executive Panel regardless of which political faction is in control at the time. While a number of prominent Reservists have criticized the current regime of Tibus Heth and the current State leadership, the corporation itself has remained loyal to the Caldari Navy and the State government.

Most members within the Reserve tend to be traditional corporatists, however, and generally aligned with the moderate Patriots in political matters. The Reserve has traditionally been extremely wary of Federation intervention in the State and fiercely protective of State borders and interests.

Recruitment Information[edit]

The full list of recruitment requirements can be found at the Reserve's website here.

While previously, the Reserve only accepted pilots of Caldari descent, the corporation has recently relaxed these standards somewhat. Pilots of non-Caldari descent now have the option to join the Reserve, if they have a history of service to the Caldari State and an existing relationship with the Reserve and its members. This change was made when many of the pilots formerly in the Cold Wing corporation were brought into the Reserve in a consolidation effort.

For pilots with no previous relationship with the Reserve or its members, recruitment is still only open to pilots of Caldari citizenship and of the Civire, Deteis, and Achura bloodlines. Regardless of race or bloodline, recruits must be in good standing with the Caldari State and Caldari Navy, and with at least one month of flight time. Pilots interested in joining the Reserve should make an introductory post in the recruitment section of the Reserve's forums.

Further questions can be directed to Reserve personnel in the CAINCOM public NeoComm channel or to members of the diplomatic staff via EveMail.


Hnolku Incident, May 107[edit]

TKI Involvement, July 107[edit]

First Rogues War, December 107[edit]

During December 107, the Reserve declared war on the Rogues corporation, a group of extortionists supposedly aligned with the Minmatar cause. The Rogues had been shaking down a number of Caldari corporations in the State supposedly for their support of slavery, and a number of other corporations had declared war against them in response.[1] The involvement of the Reserve was requested by Tsurokigaarai CEO Gorion Wassenar, and Reserve forces declared war shortly thereafter.

By the time the Reserve entered the conflict, however, the Rogues had largely withdrawn from the area and casualties were light on both sides. However, this conflict would be largely responsible for sparking the Reserve's next two major engagements.

SERK/Rogues War , January 108[edit]

In mid-January 108, a number of Caldari loyalist corporations led by Tsurokigaarai (TKI) worked together in order to create a combined intelligence channel for the combating of piracy inside the State's borders, known as the Caldari Civilian Defense Force channel.[2]

Shortly after its inception, the corporation known as the Serial Killers (SERK) attempted to join the channel, only to be removed as the corporation had a history of engaging in piracy. Many of its members were also associates of the Rogues, which the Reserve and other Caldari corporations had fought several months earlier. SERK protested the removal, claiming innocence, but declared war on TKI after several days of verbal sparring.

The Reserve declared war in response shortly thereafter, as did the Union Aerospace corporation. On the other side, the Rogues declared war on the Reserve and its allies.

The Reserve and its allied forces took heavy losses throughout the course of the war, which lasted a few weeks. This was largely due to the fact that SERK and its allies had considerably more experience and better supplies than the Reserve and its allies; during most engagements, SERK fielded heavy assault cruisers, battleships, and interceptors, while Reserve forces generally consisted of frigates, cruisers, and the occasional battleship. For many of the Reserve's pilots -- the second generation -- this was the first taste of real combat many of them had faced.

Eventually, after the Serial Killers suffered increasingly poor publicity on GalNet[3] for attacking the very corporations that they supposedly agreed with, hostilities were ended between SERK and the TKI-aligned forces. The Rogues continued their wars for another week, but without the help of the SERK forces, the Caldari loyalists' numbers finally won out over the Minmatar-aligned extortionists, and the corporation withdrew its war declarations and retreated for a time.

Second Rogues War, March - April 108[edit]

Following the SERK/Rogues War, the Rogues retreated for a time. It was not long, however, before they returned to Caldari space, engaging in the same extortion racket which they had done during the fall of 107. After forcing a Caldari corporation to prostrate themselves on GalNet[4] and being confronted by Reserve members, the Rogues declared war.[5]

However, instead of the green cadets they had faced during the last conflict, the Rogues quickly found a much more skilled, and better supplied, force of combat pilots to meet them. Reserve fleets inflicted significant losses in the first week of the war; many of the victories were led by future leaders of the corporation, such as Derrys Otireya, Ladel Teravada, and Svetlana Scarlet, who had been line pilots during the SERK/Rogues War.

The Reserve was also joined against the Rogues by a number of the corporations that would later join the Kimotoro Directive, as well as CAINf, the Reserve's corporation of foreign fighters. The allied forces continued to score strong victories through the second week, but as the war dragged on, the war bogged down into a stalemate. The Rogues, chastened by their losses, appeared to refocus their efforts, and ceased recklessly engaging Reserve forces, while the Reserve implemented deliberate measures to prevent the extortionists from having easy targets.

Unfortunately, as the war dragged on, the pressure on the Reserve pilots mounted, and midway through April, most of the pilots in CAINf departed to form a new mercenary corporation. The split caused a great deal of bad blood between them and the Reserve, many of whom saw them as deserters or worse, especially after they appeared to reject the Reserve and befriend the Rogues on GalNet.[6]. This rift would never fully heal, though the bitterness appears to have largely disappeared at this point.

The war persisted until the end of April, when the formation of the Kimotoro Directive made the war fees apparently not worth renewing for the Rogues.

Reorganization, April 108[edit]

The experience of the Reserve in the Second Rogues War revealed a number of problems with corporate operations. Many of these had proven to be hindrances not only to the Reserve's combat operations but to its internal dynamics and morale as well.

In an effort to fix these problems, a corporate reorganization plan was conceived and hammered out by the corporation's members. Though initially conceived by Svetlana Scarlet, the final plan included significant contributions from many other Reserve pilots.

The core elements of the reorganization were as follows:

  • Separation of the corporation into functional divisions. Prior to the reorganization, most of the Reserve's pilots had been in a single pool of pilots, though some were designated as quartermasters or recruiters as special roles. The reorganization created four divisions; Fleet Operations, Logistics, Intelligence, and Public Relations (later known as Diplomatic Staff).
  • Rank based on combat experience rather than time-in-service. Until this point, rank in the Reserve had largely been based on time-in-service and standings with the Caldari Navy. Part of the reorganization made combat experience the largest contributor to promotion, allowing pilots to easily identify officers with greater combat experience and depend on them for leadership during operations.
  • Stronger chain of command. Prior to the reorganization, the Reserve was largely a collegial group for ex-Navy officers; rank was often overlooked when it came to conducting combat operations, and orders from superior officers were often considered "suggestions." The reorganization made discipline much more important and orders were now expected to be followed by subordinates.

The reorganization was implemented during the war, and fully implemented by the time it was over. Van Cleef took over as the Reserve's Commander in Chief, Derrys Otireya became Commander Fleet Operations, Gothan Kin Quartermaster General, Svetlana Scarlet Chief of Diplomatic Staff, and Halunoto Vankaalen Chief of Naval Intelligence.

Kimotoro Directive and Placid Campaign, May - June 108[edit]

During May and June of 108, the Reserve and its allies in the Directive moved a significant portion of its forces into the Placid region in order to assist a number of Intaki corporations, including Placid Reborn, with antipirate operations near the Intaki homeworlds. As the first test of the emerging alliance, it was a moderate success, with Reserve and APEX Unlimited pilots taking the lead in the region. Ladel Teravada was one of the leaders of this operation, and helped to cultivate relations with a number of local antipirate corporations.

Most notably, during this period the Reserve, under then-Captain Teravada's leadership, led the escort force for Intaki spiritual figure Vrejama Idama from Federation space back to his homeworld of Intaki Prime after Mordu's Legion claimed to have a contract out on him. While Mordu's Legion did attempt to intercept the convoy in the Intaki system, they were ultimately unsuccessful and he was delivered safely.[7]

Mito Conflict and Collapse of the Kimotoro Directive, August - November 108[edit]

One of the most trying times for the Reserve, the Mito Conflict marked the first real test of the Kimotoro Directive's mettle. The war had its origins in the antipirate activities the Directive had conducted in Placid, and then later in the Mito constellation, where it made its home after returning from that operation. A hotbed of piracy, lying at the edge of Caldari space, the constellation was chosen as a place where the Directive could act as a stabilizing influence and gain valuable combat experience.

It wasn't long after settling in and beginning regular pirate patrols that the criminal element took notice of the Directive's operations, however. The Reserve fought several short conflicts with local pirate corporations (including a brief conflict with the Serial Killers again), and continued to raise its profile. Unfortunately, a number of extremely visible arguments, especially between Gilead's Bullet leader Nikolai Nuvolari and pirates on GalNet, began to attract the attention of larger pirate groups.

In August 108, the Black Rabbits, a Gurista-aligned pirate group, moved into the Mito constellation, staging out of the Jan system. Well-equipped and with numbers easily rivaling the Directive, they quickly became one of the largest threats to traffic in low security areas of the region. For several weeks, an unofficial state of war existed between the Directive and the Black Rabbits, with combat occurring regularly in the Otsasai, Nalvula, and surrounding systems.

At the same time, the Star Fraction alliance, a well known group of anarchists and so-called "free captains" who had fought the Reserve previously, began to move into the Mito area. While the confrontations between Star Fraction and the Directive remained limited to GalNet and local communications channels for the time being, it became increasingly clear, especially based on their previous record, that the Fraction was preparing to declare war against the Directive.

In late September 108, the tensions went from simmering to a full-on boil as the Black Rabbits declared war on the Directive, and Reserve pilots began to meet the pirates head-on in low security areas of Mito, with smaller skirmishes bleeding over into high security systems such as Oimmo and Vuorrassi. While holding their own for the time being, the beginning of October brought the Star Fraction into the fight, placing the Directive at a distinct disadvantage, despite growing numbers of allies.

With the availability of numerous advanced starship and module blueprints, as well as a hefty war chest, the Star Fraction and Black Rabbits had a significant advantage over the lesser-equipped Caldari forces. Even so, Reserve pilots continued to engage the enemy as best they could. Largely using standard cruisers and battlecruisers, they carried out hit-and-run attacks against small groups of Star Fraction pilots while attempting to evade heavier Star Fraction fleets.

While many of the Reserve's allies took expensive losses, especially in the opening weeks, the Reserve's disciplined approach kept most of its losses to manageable amounts, while destroying much more expensive Star Fraction heavy assault cruisers, interceptors, and other advanced ships. While numerically, the Reserve was losing more ships than the anarchists, the Reserve was far ahead on monetary terms; unfortunately, due to the Star Fraction's deeper coffers and cheaper production costs, the substantive impact was somewhat lacking.

The true damage inflicted by the war was the inflammation of tensions that already existed between the Reserve's command staff and a number of other Directive leaders, most notably Gorion Wassenar and Nikolai Nuvolari. Even prior to the start of the Mito Conflict, the Reserve was considering withdrawing from the alliance; many Reserve members believed that they were doing most of the alliance's heavy lifting while other corporations were taking credit for the alliance's successes. This dispute came to a head when allies of the Directive, the Curatores Veritatis Alliance, provided a supply of advanced ships and modules for the war effort. When the majority of the supplies were claimed by the smaller corporations, the Reserve's command staff considered it the last straw and began to working to extricate itself from the alliance.

On 17 November 108, the Reserve withdrew from the Kimotoro Directive and quickly rejoined the war as an independent entity, still considering a unified Caldari front a laudable goal.[8] However, over the course of the following week, tensions continued to build between the Reserve and the Directive, and shortly thereafter the Reserve withdrew, negotiating a ceasefire with the Star Fraction.

Establishment of Pure Blind Operations, December 108[edit]

Following the Mito Conflict, the Reserve made the decision to move much of their operations into the Pure Blind region with a base at the Mordu's Legion station in 5ZXX-K.[9] While there were several reasons for this move, the two primary ones were to gain more combat experience and to build up the corporation's financial reserves, which had been depleted during the three month battle in Mito. Pure Blind was chosen for its proximity to the State and history as a Caldari frontier, as well as the presence of Mordu's Legion as well as friendly pod pilot entities such as Mordus Angels.

Using the Reserve's capital fleet for logistics, an office and base of operations was established in 5ZXX-K within a month, paving the way for mass movement of the majority of the Reserve's assets to be shifted into the Pure Blind region. For the next year and a half, the Reserve would spend most of its time in Pure Blind, with abbreviated operations in high security space against threats to State security.

Operation Smoldering Cinder, January 109[edit]

Operation Cascade Fire, April - May 109[edit]

New Caldari Incident and Operation Azure Quarantine, May 109 - July 109[edit]

Operation Just Redress, September - October 109[edit]

Return to Pure Blind and the Fourth District, November 109 - April 110[edit]

Operation Shepherd's Light, May 110 - February 111[edit]

The ascent of Tibus Heth to the leadership of the Caldari government strained ties between the Reserve and the Caldari Navy; the Reserve's leadership made a number of announcements condemning the Executor's process of taking power and his policies during May and June of 110.[10][11]

However, the Reserve maintained that the blame for the Malkalen Incident lay squarely on the shoulders of the Federation, and pledged to defend the State should war break out.[12] Following the declaration of hostilities on 10 June, the Reserve began Operation Shepherd's Light.[13]

Because of CONCORD bureaucracy, the operation would target specific Gallente corporations with war declarations from the Fourth District, in an effort to blunt the strongest Gallente militia forces and hopefully turn back Federation forces pushing into Caldari regions. For two weeks, the Fourth District engaged corporations such as Strix Armaments and Defense, but ultimately, the operation was a failure. The CONCORD restriction of targets made it difficult for Fourth District forces to land a killing blow, and made it nearly impossible to coordinate with other Caldari militia commanders.

As a result, on 24 June 110, the Reserve and other Fourth District member corporations placed the alliance on hiatus and reorganized under the auspices of the State Protectorate.[14]

Operation Liberation, February 111 - March 111[edit]

Operation Amber Phalanx, March 111 -[edit]

Operation Peacemaker, March 113 - May 113[edit]

Operation Whetstone, January 113- June 113[edit]

The Reformation of The Fourth District, June 113[edit]

In June of YC 113, after long discussions between CAIN leadership and CVA executor Equinox Daedalus, CAIN signed a draft territorial claim for ownership over a constellation in Providence. This was the first step towards a permanent home for the Caldari in nullsec, under the auspices of Caldari Independent Navy Reserve, Copperhead Arsenal, Sacrosanctae Plebs, and Cold Wing.

Previously, the constellation had been held by the Polaris Syndicate and Ewokes alliances, and both joined talks with the newly-appointed head diplomat for the Fourth District, renowned Admiral Ladel Teravada to finalize the cost of transferring ownership of the constellation's assets. These included everything from outposts and infrastructure upgrades to security deployments and personnel reassignment. Initially, the cost quoted to the Fourth District was well above what they were willing to pay, and military assets from the Reserve were mobilized in preparation for forcible eviction. Military action was avoided, however, when Ewokes and Polaris Syndicate diplomats accepted a Fourth District counteroffer. In order to facilitate the transfer of assets, the Fourth District created Fourth Infrastructure Investment Ltd as a holding corporation for the newly acquired assets.

On 21 June, the exchange took place, and the Fourth District took possession of I-MGAB immediately. It was only fitting that the outpost in this system was a Caldari design, and it was here that the Fourth District established its new administrative headquarters. The station was rechristened “Port Larren” after the Caldari Independent Navy Reserve's founder, Admiral Dev Larren. Over the next several weeks, the District took control of the rest of the cluster, assimilating its infrastructure into their alliance.

As the last systems fell under Fourth District control, the alliance entered further negotiations with CVA. The Reserve, which had founded 4TH, had been a close ally of CVA for many years, and for the most part adopting the Amarr social structure within Providence was not a difficult proposition. After a formal agreement on rules of engagement in Providence and the surrounding systems held under CVA's coalition, the Fourth District was named a Holder of Providence. Though titles of nobility are somewhat of an outmoded concept among the Caldari, being made a Holder within Providence conferred both benefits and obligations to the Fourth District, but also gave considerable independence from CVA; it was a prerequisite for Fourth District participation in Operation Deliverance that their enclave be self-governing and independent from the CVA military hierarchy. The agreement also ensured a mutual defense pact between both the Fourth District and CVA.

Over the last two years, a number of Caldari corporations have joined the Fourth District and established themselves in 4TH space. Black Phoenix Legion, another corporation with a long working relationship with CVA of largely Caldari and Khanid origin, joined not long after the establishment of the District's enclave, and was followed not long after by research and manufacturing corporation Lai Dai Infinity Systems, which was founded by a former member of CAIN. In late YC 114, Ubuntu Inc. joined the Fourth District, bringing a large number of new pilots of varying skill to the alliance. All three corporations were highly valued additions to the Fourth District's ranks, adding both combat and industrial capacity to the alliance's resources. There were departures from the District as well during this time. Cold Wind, which helped to found the District as well as the Providence enclave, departed the Fourth District on good terms, as its CEO, April Knox, decided to take her corporation in another direction.

Today, the Fourth District's constellation remains open for business to all non-hostile capsuleers, as with the rest of CVA and holder space. Corporate rules, as well as the dictates of both CVA and the Fourth District, must be accepted by new arrivals; arrangements for long-term residence may be best negotiated by contacting alliance or corporate diplomats.