As I've mentioned before, I do some industry on an alt as a way to make ISK. With the release of Citadels, there has been a move for Citadels near tradehubs to be used in what has been termed "offshoring". Basically, long term buy orders are set up near tradehubs so that their range will reach the tradehub. Items purchased using this buy order are filled at the tradehub but subject only to the broker fee of the Citadel owner, typically 0.1%. It is a great savings from the 2.4% that my character pays from buying directly in a tradehub. Personally, I haven't moved my buying operations to a Citadel yet mostly out of laziness. But I have been watching them. I operate near Amarr and there are currently seven Fortizar Citadels in Domain with three of them being within 2 jumps of Amarr (the closer the better for market operations).
Now, in the past week or so, a third Fortizar has appeared, in Ashab, the same system as the Syntonex Fortizar. Boom and Gam is, judging by their bio, a 14 person Russian operated Fortizar claiming 0% tax. Guess what.
They are wardec'ed. By the Vendetta Mercenary Group.
This has caught my eye because, as someone who does industry and enjoys pet projects, I have toyed with the idea of putting up a Fortizar of my own (with other EVE friends) both for the savings and as an investment project. It did seem that my prediction of wardec'ed Citadels was incorrect. With the introduction of this third Citadel, however, maybe instead something a bit more interesting is going on. Have the owners of the first Citadels near trade hubs instead negotiated a kind of protection agreement that not only keeps their Citadels safe from wardec but also results in the active removal of competing Citadels?
I'm hoping to see the story behind this and will be watching the killboards to see what happens in Ashab.