Flash forward six months:
Interstellar Starbase Syndicate (ISS) is under attack. Today, thousands of combat pilots from various alliances joined forces to achieve one goal - the complete and total extermination of ISS. All six ISS outposts are being sieged and traffic in and out has been halted save for a few ISS convoys trying to run the blockades. ISS Navy has tried to fend off the attackers but they are only equipped to handle small time pirates, not the combined forces of 10 alliances.
How did this come to be? Afterall, ISS is just a neutral, industrial alliance concerned with making money and not wars. How could so many mega alliances who represent over 10k players pick on a peaceful alliance like ISS? Well, the problem is that the game of Eve Online is built upon player interaction. Everytime you buy or sell something, you're doing it with another player. Their daily actions, be it trading, building, or mining affect the free markets galaxy wide. Even through the act of choosing who can and cannot dock at their stations prevent ISS from being truly neutral. ISS has stepped on too many toes and their neighbors seek compensation.
Weeks ago, ISS thought they solved the problem by hiring every merc in the galaxy to attack their enemies. The mercs were quite successful and threatened to elimate ISS's problems forever. Based on rumors that ISS command had issued orders for the extermination of IAC (ISS's chief rival), IAC's many allies threatened to intervene. The mercs immediately pulled out of the war amidst accusations of being cowardly and only concerned with their own wallet. Later on, some of the mercs did return only to fight on IAC's side. How typical.
Now, ISS stands alone outnumbered 6 to 1 against combat alliances. The end seems inevitable and the stockholders are in a panic. But there is one last hope... Band of Brothers, the undisputed most powerful alliance in the game, is still sitting on the sidelines.
"And so he spoke, and so he spoke, that lord of Castamere. But now the rains weep o'er his hall, with no one there to hear." - The Rains of Castamere