Capsuleers to Riot Over Ship Redesign
Capsuleers are reported to be united in protest over design changes to the Vagabond Minmatar Heavy Assault Ship. In a recent revision of their hull design, manufacturers Thukker Mix removed the twin vanes that were positioned to the aft of the command-and-control deck. As part of their ongoing maintenance contracts, this also included the removal of the structures from vessels already in service.
Whilst there has been no reported decrease in the performance of the Vagabond, Thukker Mix have been unforthcoming with an explanation for the revision. As the research and development arm of the secretive Thukker tribe, they have a history of being guarded about their latest technological developments. Thukker Mix declined to confirm that the vanes were removed to allow the Vagabond hull to better withstand re-entry for planned atmospheric flight and battlefield strafing maneuvers.
In any case, segments of the capsuleer population have openly opposed the change, demanding the return of the “frill”. In a chilling echo of last year’s terrifying protests over capsuleer treatment aboard stations, many pod-pilots plan to gather at the Jita memorial at 1900 on July 15, where they intend to start a protest “march” to the headquarters of Thukker Mix in the Great Wildlands region.
Thukker Mix refused to comment and whilst CONCORD are expected to contain any outbreaks of violence in Jita, they cannot provide the same protection to bystanders elsewhere along the march route and advise all travellers to exercise extreme caution.