The winners of the ninth election of the Council of Stellar Management (CSM9) were announced at Fanfest. Three weeks prior, I published a list of candidates for whom I was going to vote. How did I do?
- Mike Azariah - my top pick, for his advocacy for a high sec based, casual play style. I spoke with Mike at Fanfest before the election results were announced, and he honestly did not know if he would be selected again. He is not affiliated with any large voting blocs, and so he had to earn broad support from a wide variety of constituencies. It appears he was able to do that again this year.
- Steve Ronuken - my second pick, for his demonstrated expertise in EVE Online industry. I also spoke with Steve at Fanfest, and he was also dubious about his chances of being elected. But significant changes to industry, starting with the summer expansion, probably raised awareness of the importance of this critical aspect of the game, and helped push Steve over the top.
- Sugar Kyle - my third pick, for her ability to clearly articulate low-sec lifestyle concerns. This was a space that was woefully under-represented on CSM8, to their own collective admission. Low sec definitely needs some care and attention from CCP Games - I think Sugar Kyle can help make that happen.
- Ali Aras - my fourth pick, for her dedicated work ethic on CSM8, and for representing the needs of new players. I met Ali at Fanfest and was once again impressed with her intelligence and thoughtfulness, as well as by her genuine care for new players. She was one of the two top finishers, and thus earned a permanent attendee slot for all CSM9 meetings at the CCP Games headquarters. I think she's the obvious choice for the chairman position, and I hope CSM9 agrees.
- Mangala Solaris - my sixth pick, for his good track record on CSM8, and for representing new player interests. His leadership of the RvB alliance, consisting mostly of casual PvP players, closely aligns with the objectives of my own corp, EVE University.
- Matias Otero - my seventh pick. Matias' leadership of Brave Newbies represents yet another large group of younger players who are simply looking to understand the game and have fun in EVE Online - this also aligns with the objectives of E-UNI.
- Xander Phoena - my tenth pick, for his passion for EVE Online. As host of the Crossing Zebras podcast and news site, Xander has been a prominent spokesperson for the improvement of EVE Online.
- mynnna - my twelfth pick, for his strong track record on CSM8, and his expertise in industry in EVE Online. Yeah, he's also a Goon, but nobody's perfect. And I've been impressed with his sincere interest in improving the new player experience, too.
- progodlegend - my final pick, a Nulli Secunda candidate. I voted for progod because of his contribution to CSM8, and reasonable positions on null sec issues.
- James Arget - my fifth pick - I really expected James to do better, and continue to represent w-space residents. But his campaign was not well organized, and he faced strong competition from Corbexx. Despite his contributions to CSM8, James couldn't pull enough support together this time.
- Karen Galeo - my eighth pick - Definitely a long shot, admittedly, I still liked what Karen had to say about representing new player interests. I hope she runs again next year.
- Asayanami Dei - my ninth pick - I liked Asay's ideas for making more information about EVE Online available in player-generated content. As a wormhole candidate, however, he didn't have as focused a message as Corbexx, so he could not garner enough support from his core constituency to earn a spot on CSM9.
- Jayne Fillon - my eleventh pick - I like Jayne's attitude about having fun in fleets and supporting new players, but he didn't get enough broad support to earn a CSM9 post. Maybe he'll do better next year, after he develops higher name recognition amongst voters.
- Psychotic Monk - my thirteenth pick - Clearly, the "content creators" constituency (i.e., high sec gankers) aren't as large or as well organized as they make themselves out to be. In order to win a seat on CSM as a non-bloc candidate, you need cross-constituency support, and Psychotic Monk failed to foster it enough to win.
Rest of the winners
- Sion Kumitomo - Goon bloc candidate. He got a permanent attendee position, so I hope he enjoys visiting Iceland.
- Major JSilva - Pandemic Legion bloc candidate.
- Corebloodbrothers - Provibloc candidate. They were highly motivated this year, and undoubtedly had a higher than normal proportion of votes.
- Corbexx - This was a bit of a surprise. I expected James Arget to continue to represent wormhole dwellers interests, but Corbexx ran a stronger campaign.
- DJ FunkyBacon - Not only do we get Sugar Kyle on CSM9 to represent low-sec interests, we also get fellow low-sec denizen DJ FunkyBacon in support. I did not like DJ's position on the Erotica 1 incident, so I didn't vote for him, but there's no doubt that he's a passionate EVE Online player.
The final tally
So, nine of my selected 14 candidates won, which isn't too bad.
I knew that the large power blocs were going to take a sizable share of the CSM positions, and they did. But the STV method once again showed that it provides a reasonable level of representation of different constituencies. CSM9 includes a good collection of candidates from every type of space: high sec, low sec, w-space and 0.0.
I am concerned that half of the group are hard-core null sec bloc candidates, or affiliated with null sec alliances. On the other hand, sovereignty and power projection are going to be major themes this year, so it's only right that they have strong representation.
However, for the issues of most concern to me (new player experience, high sec play style, industry, improving PvE content), I'm happy with the mix of remaining candidates, who are aligned with my principal interests.
Final vote tallies have not yet been released by CCP Games, but I strongly suspect that the percentage of total potential voters was at an all-time low this year. In a way, that is a tribute to CSM8, who performed well and without controversy. CSM votes definitely rise in times of crisis, and there just weren't any this year.
I hope that CSM9 continues to operate as smoothly, and continues in CSM8's tradition as strong stakeholders, representing the entire community's interests in the ongoing development of EVE Online.
Fly safe! o7