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Faction ...what?

Factional Warfare (FW) brings war to New Eden by launching open conflict between the four main empires of EVE in the Empyrean Age expansion, giving all role-players huge stiffies. Players are now able to enlist and fight for their empire to earn ranks, obtain unique faction ships and compare their performance with other pilots. It is also going to be a new source of annoying RP cock-goggling faggots, who will OF COURSE let us know how important they are in this monumental fight in local chat. Ugh.

Right now, we aren't quite sure yet what we'll be doing with all this faggotry, but it's very probable that it will:

  1. have something to do with us making a lot of pubbies cry, and
  2. let us be goons

Keep an eye on this thread: http://goonfleet.com/showthread.php?t=99601 where we are voting on which faction to join. A FW corporation should be going up soon. Right now we're discussing absolutely hilarious gimmick corpnames like Coonswarm, BOSS MATAR [BNGR] or G-had Unit. I prefer "Band of Bruthas" and that we "roleplay" Amarr who think they are minmatar slaves. Or something.

Sign-up Page

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Look for a station in Empire space owned by your chosen race that has a Militia Office. Look for the Militia Office icon ( Image:ButanFW.jpg )upon docking, which then leads you to the sign-up page. You can sign-up either as yourself, the character (this means you MUST leave your corporation), or as a corporation (you MUST NOT be in an Alliance or be waiting to join an Alliance). This will probably mean we'll be doing this with Alts, since we still have plenty of normal 0.0-based faggots to kick out. Use the "Enlist Me" or "Enlist my corporation" buttons.

TO JOIN YOU WILL NEED 0.5 STANDINGS WITH THE FACTION YOU ARE TRYING TO JOIN. There's a bunch of other shit required later down.

Obviously, you can join either:

  • the Amarr Empire (24th Imperial Crusade),
  • the Caldari State (State Protectorate) - killboard: http://xbps.org/kb/?a=kills,
  • the Gallente Federation (Federal Defense Union) or
  • the Minmatar Republic (Tribal liberation Force).

The FW militias are NPC corporations with special rules. Unless you join with a corporation, you will now be a member of the NPC FW corp (like State Protectorate, for example).

The way this works is that the Space Nazis and the Space Fundies have joined forces against the Space Niggers and the Space Hippies and want to destroy them like the old days and honour and pride and whatever bullshit the backstory says. If you want to know more, go read the Backstory to EVE. And go read Etymology of Ship names while you're at it.


There ARE some restrictions in place:

As a player

  • Pilot must not be a trial account.
  • Pilot must not be enlisted on another faction.
  • If the pilot is joining from a player corporation, instantaneous transfer to a Factional Warfare militia will only occur if the pilot has no roles or grantable roles. Otherwise, a 24-hour waiting period will be enacted.
  • Players joining up individually are moved into the FW militia of the selected faction.
  • Players joining up individually must not have left a FW Militia in the past 24 hours.

As a corporation

  • The pilot signing up a corporation has to be either its CEO or Director.
  • The corporation must not be a member of a player alliance or currently applying for a player alliance membership.
  • Corporations joining up are moved into the faction they selected (consider it as an alliance).
  • Corporations are moved into a FW faction after the next downtime, either instantaneously or, if they're leaving a player alliance, after 24 hours.

Common to both of them

  • The entity must have 0.5 or higher base faction standings with the side it joins (social skills are not taken into account).


Two major points of Factional Warfare to remember:

  • Factional Warfare is strictly optional and will not affect a character or corporation until the sign-up process is completed. Neutral corporation activities will not be affected by this release.
  • Player alliances cannot join Factional Warfare. Corporations must leave their alliance to be eligible for the new content.

Battlefield Intelligence Page

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Once you sign up, the sign-up page is replaced with the Battlefield Intelligence Page. This page gives you worthless statistics (as it does not show "amount of pubbie tears cried"), which you can filter on a militia, corporation or personal level. Once (while) you're in, you are given certain extra abilities and attributes. I'll let the CCP guide explain this one for now:

Effects:

  • Players in FW corporations can shoot any other player belonging to an enemy FW entity, no matter if it is a Militia or player-made corporation.
    • Example: player A belonging to an enlisted FW player corporation in the Gallente Federation can shoot any other player enlisted with Amarr or Caldari. Player A cannot shoot at a player enlisted in the Minmatar Republic.
  • On top of the regular agent missions, players in FW corporations can take missions from agents in their assigned faction's Militia Corp, as long as standings requirements are met.
    • Example: player A belonging to the Gallente Federation can receive missions from its FW Militia (Federal Defense Union).
  • Players in FW-flagged corps contribute toward player counts for dungeon objectives and, if enlisted with the attacking faction, can lock the Control Bunker (please refer to the Control Bunker section for more information).
    • Example: player A belonging to the Gallente Federation will be able to capture FW dungeons for both Gallente and Minmatar (depending on the combat zone location) but will only be able to lock vulnerable Control Bunkers belonging to the Caldari State.
  • Players in FW corporations may receive role-playing and military mails sent from their faction entity.
  • Players in FW corporations are attacked by enemy Navy NPCs when entering high-security space belonging to either of their enemy factions.
    • Example: a player A belonging to the Caldari State entering Gallente Federation or Minmatar Republic high-security space (0.5 and above) will be engaged by faction navies.
  • Players in FW corporations have access to their faction's "FW Alliance channel".
  • Players in FW-flagged corps receive their faction's "alliance" EVEmail.


Player Aggression in Factional Warfare

Since all corporations in a particular empire faction are permanently at war with their enemies, FW players may be attacked anywhere by their faction opponents . The exact difference between player corporations and FW Militias are explained below.

Warning: the permanent struggle between the four empires does not count in any way for the price calculation of player-declared wars.

FW Militias:

  • FW Militias may not enter war with player corporations or alliances.
  • Shooting your own FW militia member/container/wreck will result in a security status hit, CONCORD aggression-flagging in high-security space, and a standing hit with your own faction.
  • Corporation settings may not be changed and are set to default.
  • Having container contents stolen triggers a flag to its sole owner for 15 minutes only.


Enlisted player corporations:

  • Can participate in player alliance/corporation wars, whether it is declared by a corporation in the same, allied or opposing faction.
  • Shooting your own corporation member will result in no penalties.
  • Having container contents stolen triggers a flag to the whole corporation for 15 minutes.


Warning: shooting a FW pilot part of another player corporation not located in your own faction does not make you lose faction or FW militia standings (though it remains an act of aggression and will activate the Global Criminal Flag, resulting in CONCORD in high-security space, sentry guns shooting and security status loss). However, shooting a FW pilot part of a NPC corporation Militia will result in standing losses.

Example: if player A, located in the Federal Defense Union shoots player B in the Tribal Liberation Force, player A is not going to lose any standings toward the Gallente Federation or his own corporation. However, player A is going to be engaged by CONCORD in high-security space while being shot by the sentry guns. Empire Navy Forces

As a reminder, there are four different types of NPC security forces in high-security space, triggered by different conditions:

  • CONCORD, arriving when a character commits a criminal aggression as part of a Global Criminal Flag, by engaging another player or player assets without having rights to do so.
  • Empire police, intervening when a player with too low security status jumps into high-security space. The exact numbers are:
    • 2 and lower: police attacks the player in 1.0 systems.
    • 2.5 and lower: police attacks the player in 0.9 systems.
    • 3 and lower: police attacks the player in 0.8 systems.
    • 3.5 and lower: police attacks the player in 0.7 systems.
    • 4 and lower: police attacks the player in 0.6 systems.
    • 4.5 and lower: police attacks the player everywhere in high-security space.
  • Empire customs, taking action when contraband is found in a player's cargo hold.
  • Empire navies/militaries, reacting if a player with the FW flag or -5 and less faction standings jumps into an enemy high-security system.


Empire Navies and police have been made considerably more challenging with the FW expansion: they can easily destroy any unprepared player ship venturing into their area of jurisdiction. As such, players are strongly advised to remain extremely vigilant to their plotted route when being part of a Factional Warfare corporation. Even if the destination may not be located in an opposing faction space, always be sure to check the route itself does not pass through enemy territory.


Leaving Factional Warfare

Player:

Willingly:

  • If part of a FW militia, a player has to click the “retire\xE2\x80\x9D button in the sign-up FW page to leave it. The process happens instantly.
  • If part of an enlisted player FW corporation, the individual will have to leave the corporation though normal means to retire. If you have roles, the process will take 24 hours, otherwise it will be instant.

Automatically:

  • If an individual’s raw faction standings drops below 0.5, the player receives a notification mail to raise them back at the next downtime. If they are not recovered during the downtime after that (thus, two downtimes after the standing drop), the player will be instantly kicked out of the FW militia.
  • If part of an enlisted player corporation, individual faction standings do not apply for the check. Corporation faction standings are used instead, see below.

Corporation:

Willingly:

  • The CEO/Director has to press the “retire corporation\xE2\x80\x9D button from the FW page. The change is done during the next downtime. Before then, any Director or CEO can cancel this action by pressing the “cancel retirement\xE2\x80\x9D option.

Automatically:

  • If a corporation’s raw faction standings drops below 0.5, mail notification is sent to the corporation mailbox at the next downtime. If the standings are not recovered after the second downtime (two downtimes after the standing drop), the corporation is instantly expelled.

Combat Zones

With the war raging, various battle fronts are opening between the opposing empires. These areas, all located in low-security constellations between major empire space, are named combat zones. The main point of Factional Warfare is to bring players in your enemy combat zone to either complete missions or achieve territory control (implying FW Dungeons and Control Bunkers), both with a heavy focus on PvP.

FW Missions

The expansion introduces a new type of factional warfare agent who only gives kill missions to signed-up FW players. They differ from the regular agent missions in several ways:

  • Players are always required to fly through the enemy combat zone in order to achieve the objectives.
  • The mission difficulty remains far easier than their regular counterparts.
  • Once warped to, the mission beacon is broadcast in space and on the overview, allowing any player to enter the mission area.
  • The missions are only “kill\xE2\x80\x9D types. No storylines are given after 16 missions completed.
  • FW missions may only be given by a FW militia corporation to enlisted players. Characters not part of such a corporation will not be able to receive a FW mission regardless of his/her standings.
  • Microwarpdrives are allowed in FW Missions, but cynosural fields are not.
  • Apart from the above, FW missions work in the same way than their normal counterparts: players receive standing increase, LPs and ISK for completing them.

Example: a character belonging to a player corporation enlisted with the Amarr Empire will be able to receive missions from the 24th Imperial Crusade (the Amarr FW Militia) on top of the regular non-FW missions from standard agents. He will also be only granted ranks for his own faction.

FW Dungeons

Each solar system located inside a combat zone will spawn a certain number of FW Dungeons that may be found using scan probes (the scan difficult is quite low). Depending on the system location and which faction a player is part of, pilots may either attack or defend the complex.

The FW Dungeons are classified as "Cosmic Anomaly" in the scanning menu (CTRL+F11). A multispectral probe may be launched first to verify if any of them may be found, then appropriately ranged quest probes should be deployed to pinpoint it.

Note: the ship on-board scanner may also be used with good results due to the high signal radius of FW Dungeons.

When found, players may warp to the FW Dungeon just like any regular exploration site.

When first warped to, the FW Dungeon will switch to an active state where its location will be broadcasted in the system and available as a warp-in beacon in the overview. From this point, it is possible to right-click the beacon line from the overview to know exactly which vessels are restricted to enter the dungeon acceleration gate.

On the right, the FW Dungeon icon broadcast on the overview when activated.

If your ship matches the acceleration gate restriction filter, it is then possible to warp inside the complex itself to either attack or defend the site, depending on character faction.

Warning: The site is guarded by NPC spawns whose strength varies based on the importance of the FW Dungeon.

Claiming such a dungeon for your faction is done by:

  • Staying inside the beacon activation range until the countdown timer expires. This varies depending on the FW Dungeon size.
    • Small: 10 minute timer, 10km Range
    • Medium: 15 minute timer, 20km Range
    • Large: 20 minute timer, 30km Range
  • Players may conquer FW Dungeons belonging to any opposing faction, but they will only conquer it for the defending/attacking factions in this system
    • Example: A Minmatar player may claim a Caldari FW Dungeon, but the points will be awarded to the Gallente faction for that system.
  • Flying a proper ship, not a pod or shuttle.
  • Not being cloaked.

FW Dungeon limitations:

  • Microwarpdrives are allowed in all FW Dungeons.
  • If the FW Dungeon is closed (meaning, if it possesses an acceleration gate at its entrance), then no cynosural fields are allowed.

The countdown timer:

When capturing a FW Dungeondungeon, pilots have to pay attention to the countdown timer that may show the following:

  • [Faction name] capturing [time]: a faction is currently conquering the site as at least one player is close enough to the beacon. It will be captured in the amount of time specified.
  • Contested: two or more players belonging to opposing factions are close enough to the beacon. One of the two opposing factions will have to be eliminated for the capturing process to resume (the timer is not restarted when switching from "capturing" to "contested"). This flag is also shown when no faction is currently capturing the beacon.

Warning: the capturing countdown does not function in an absolute fashion. If a first faction has been capturing the site for a certain amount of time before being crushed by an opposing force, the victors will first have to undo the capturing time before starting to claim it for their own.

Example 1: a Minmatar Republic strike team seizes and starts capturing a FW Dungeon belonging to one of the Amarr Empire systems. Timer displays 7 minutes out of 15 elapsed when an Amarr fleet destroys the Minmatar and conquers the site. The Amarrians will have to wait 7+15 = 22 minutes before capturing it.

Goal:

The main objective to capture FW Dungeons remains to make the system Control Bunker vulnerable to open attack, which will then switch the Occupancy occupancy to the attacking faction. Control Bunker

The Control Bunker is the key to unlock the system occupancy and switch it to your faction. In its natural state it remains completely invulnerable to attack and cannot be locked by anyone. However, if an attacking faction manages to capture enough FW Dungeonsdungeons, the Control Bunker will enter a vulnerable state where it may be locked by any character belonging to the attacking FW faction.

Warning: please remember that pilots not part of a FW faction or not belonging to the attacking FW faction will not be able to lock it.

Example 2: in a vulnerable state, a Gallente Control Bunker may only be locked by Caldari State FW players. Any other pilot (including the Gallente Federation enlisted pilots) will not be able to do so.

Unlike FW Dungeons, Control Bunkers are not in exploration complexes but are static structures. When vulnerable, the Control Bunker may be attacked and conquered when its hull receives structural damage. If that happens, the attacking faction will gain control of the Occupancy occupancy during the next downtime, while all remaining FW Dungeons will grant no progress toward capture and no more FW Dungeons will spawn until the system Occupancy occupancy switches.

When the Occupancy occupancy has changed, FW Dungeons belonging to the new faction occupying the system will spawn and the whole process starts again.

Warning: nothing prevents FW Dungeons from being captured while Control Bunker is attacked. As such, it is perfectly possible for the bunker to go back into an invulnerable mode if the defending faction manages to claim several FW Dungeons.

Example 3: after the Minmatar Republic captures enough FW Dungeons, the Control Bunker, sitting quietly in a static dungeon, switches from being invulnerable to being vulnerable to attack. The Minmatar Republic blobs it, but when it is at 10 % shield the Amarr Empire manages to win another dungeon, returning the system Control Bunker to an invulnerable state. Occupancy and Territory Control

The main objective for a particular faction remains to conquer enemy systems while defending its own. To meet this goal, a new variable, Occupancy, is used to determine which faction currently military owns a particular system.

Warning: Occupancy has nothing to do with Sovereigntysovereignty. Sovereignty specifies which faction originally settled in a particular system, while Occupancy occupancy displays which faction armed forces are currently occupying it. As such, Sovereignty will never change from FW victories.

Changing Occupancy implies:

  1. Capturing enough FW dungeons until the bunker becomes vulnerable.
  2. Once vulnerable, capturing the Control Bunker located in the system.

Attacking/Defending factions:

Each system located in a combat zone is fought over by two opposing factions. The faction owning Occupancy occupancy is named defender, while the one trying to gain it offender. "Allied" factions cannot claim the system by themselves but may help the attacking/defending faction in their task.

Example: Old Man Star is a combat zone system disputed between the Gallente Federation and the Caldari State. The Gallente Federation, owning Occupancy, will be the defenders and the Caldari State attackers. Amarr and Minmatar may conquer FW Dungeons, but they will help their allied faction instead of claiming it for their own.

Warning: "Allied" factions or the defender itself cannot lock a vulnerable Control Bunker, only the attacking faction may do so.

Note: the "allied" term is only used to refer to a friendly faction as the game mechanics do not make a difference between it and a neutral entity. Even if Minmatar players may be able to help Gallente pilots claiming a FW Dungeon, they won’t be able to shoot each other without facing a Global Criminal Flag.

System Occupancy states:

There are different system states appearing in the "Occupancy" line on the top-left corner of the screen depending on the attacker/defender general strength status:

  • Un-contested: natural state of a system occupancy and thus not directly shown. The system is currently not actively fought over by different factions.
  • Contested: FW Dungeons have been claimed by the offenders. Defenders may take it down to "un-contested" by winning FW Dungeons back.
  • Vulnerable: the attacking force won enough FW Dungeons to put the Control Bunker to vulnerable for attack.
  • Lost: the system has been successfully captured by the attacking faction. As such, the Occupancy will switch to the new faction after the next Downtime. Existing FW Dungeons no longer affect the power scale and new ones won’t spawn until then.

Standing Mechanics

Two main standings are used in Factional Warfare:

  • Faction standings for joining requirements and NPC Agression.
  • FW Militia standings for ranks.

Faction standings:

This standings type determines a character's or corporation's eligibility to join a particular faction. It must be kept above 0.5 for the entity to join and stay enlisted toward the faction.

Faction standings are also used when verifying NPC aggression, as a character with positive standings will not be harmed by that faction's NPCs unless they are aggressed first. The exact standing value may vary depending on the FW Dungeon or mission.

Characters with -5.0 or less faction standings toward an empire will be shot when entering its space. Finally, high faction standings may determine the kind of mission a player can accept from a FW militia, as long as he is enlisted with its linked faction.

Warning: social skills are not taken into account with faction standings for the sign-up requirements.

Example: player A has 8.0 standings with the Gallente Federation. That means he will be able to individually join the Federal Defense Union corporation which is the FW Militia of the Gallente Federation as he has more than 0.5 faction standings with it. NPCs belonging to the Gallente Federation will not shoot at the player and once enlisted to FW, the player may start doing all mission levels from the Federal Defense Union as the agents requirements are met.

FW Militia standings:

FW Militia standings indirectly reflect a player’s rank as long as he remains enlisted to the same faction. Each player starts with 0.0 Militia standings when joining FW to prevent any advantage for mission runners.

Leaving Factional Warfare will make a player retire and lose his rank, but he will retain and get the rank when/if joining later as long as the FW Militia standings are not modified.

Ranks

Since pubbies not only have hard-ons for role-playing shenanigans but also LOVE ranks to make them feel important, CCP have included a number of Ranks.

Ranks are tied to the standing you have to the "Militia Corp", not the faction, and this is important because everyone starts at standing zero when they first join. It's also important because Militia Corp standings, and all changes to them, are not affected by relevant skills as per normal with standings. I.e. you cannot sweet talk, bribe or sleep with your commander to get him to give you a fancy rank, you have to earn it, soldier!

As you gain in standing towards your Militia Corp, so you gain in rank. You start at the lowest rank which is standing zero and then gain a rank for every full point of standing gain. So you would next get promoted and advance in rank at standing one, and then standing two, all the way up to standing nine. You can also lose standing and get demoted in the same way.

In addition for every rank gained your overall faction standing gets an incremental increase.

Ranks are displayed on your character sheet in a new tab entitled "Decorations", where you can view your current rank. What else? Oh yes, if you leave the faction and later rejoin it, you retain your previous rank.

In future expansions of Factional Warfare they are supposedly going to look at linking additional functionality and rewards into ranks like tying them into dungeons in space and adding additional equipment and ships to the loyalty store that will only be available at certain ranks.

Here is a list (taken from http://myeve.eve-online.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&bid=559 ):

Amarr Caldari Gallente Minmatar
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Paladin Crusader
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Protectorate Ensign
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Federation Minuteman
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Nation Warrior
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Templar Lieutenant
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Second Lieutenant
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Defender Lieutenant
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Spike Lieutenant
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Cardinal Lieutenant
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First Lieutenant
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Guardian Lieutenant
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Spear Lieutenant
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Arch Lieutenant
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Captain
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Lieutenant Sentinel
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Venge Captain
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Imperial Major
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Major
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Shield Commander
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Lance Commander
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Marshal Commander
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Lieutenant Colonel
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Aegis Commander
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Blade Commander
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Imperator Commander
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Colonel
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Vice Commander
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Talon Commander
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Tribunus Colonel
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Wing Commander
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Major General
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Voshud Major
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Legatus Commodore
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Strike Commander
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Lieutenant General
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Matar Colonel
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Divine Commodore
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Brigadier General
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Luminaire General
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Valklear General