After some technical difficulties, I am extremely pleased to be able to formally introduce the Equator Armada.
Since Armadas were first announced some weeks ago, the leaders of the Ausmonauts and our Equator allies have been discussing Armadas and how we'd arrange it.
We have also been approached by one or two fleets, who you will come to recognise as a result of those discussions.
With the extremely gracious backing of Special Service Squadron, the Ausmonauts are the Alpha fleet in the Equator Armada. This is a wholly pragmatic decision based on our fleet's size and position within the larger alliance. The Ausmonauts main fleet therefore benefits from a 10% skillpoint bonus, and a 2.5% dilithium discount.
In Beta positions are our long-time allies the Special Service Squadron, the Dark Allies, and the 101st Fleet. These fleets at this time have an even 5% bonus to skill points and 5% discount to dilithium costs.
It is notable that both our Alpha fleet and these three Betas are all Tier 5 fleets. With the sole exception of the new Research Lab, each of these fleets has completely finished their main and secondary holdings.
In Gamma positions, we have Ausmonauts 2nd Fleet (formerly Ausmonauts Alpha Squadron), 101st Fleet's Delta Squad, Wolf 359 Special Ops, Brotherhood of the Mercenary (another Australian fleet), the Federation's Elite, Grand Alliance Fifth Fleet, Terran Empire 1st Fleet, and our old Core Alliance friends, the Xindi Alliance. These fleets gain a 10% dilithium discount, and a 2.5% skill point bonus.
By the numbers:
The Equator Armada:
Total members: 1,906
Number of T5 Starbases: 4
Maximum dilithium discount: 10%
Maximum skillpoint bonus: 10%
Welcome to the Alliance.
Fleet Commander, Star Trek Online