The time has come again for the EvE Star Council, or the Council of Stellar Management, CSM for short, to be elected.
This is primarily a representation of the interests of the players to CCP. The idea behind this is the integration of these players as representatives of the entire player community and should ideally include all player groups and types.
The German-speaking area can see a relationship with the well-known works councils in companies.
The main task is, as I said, to advise CCP when it comes to further development and adaptation. For this, of course, there must also be secrecy. How much CCP then also takes into account the council is then another story.
CCP does not have to accept the council and has done so more often against the opinion of the council. It is first only advisory on the way. Has but nevertheless a relatively high position both with the players and with CCP.
And every year there is a new round to redesign the CCP.
The current schedule can be found here and can be viewed by you at any time.
All candidates had to give a detailed presentation to get your votes.
Basically you can find the overview of all final candidates here.
Personally, I’m very ambivalent about this, because a big problem is of course the formation of blocks. Players in nullsec are much more organized than in highsec or in the smaller groups in lowsec or the wormholes.
Therefore, these candidates often manage to get voted into the CSM due to the mass of their supporters. For example, six out of nine members are currently provided by one of the large nullsec blocs.
Other factions are represented relatively rarely, if at all. People who don’t have a community behind them or are better known usually have almost no chance of ever getting a seat.
This is also clear once again by the interview with Erstschlag, who points exactly to this situation and currently has a corresponding project running to give candidates independent of Nullsec a chance and thus make them better known.
The variety should be a goal and no monoculture of the Nullsec pilots.
Of course I don’t want to tell anyone what to vote for. But this year I also prefer candidates who are not members of Nullsec and also topics that are appealing as a Highsec pilot.
So pick the candidates that interest you and can represent you. Make it also independent of the language, whereby I would wish myself personally also at least one German-speaking pilot in the CSM to have, since the German-speaking pilots, even if internationally on the way one of the largest groups in New Eden represents.
I wish the candidates in this way much success with your candidacy and possibly we experience a surprise and a balanced CSM. I would be pleased.