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The Vortex Coalition (widely known as VoCo) is the longest-running and largest faction in 2b2t history, and has had a concurrent 200+ members for the past several years, even with inactive members being removed and applicants being subject to rigorous vetting.
VoCo owns one of the most populated 2b2t-related Discord servers, which has over 2450 members and counting.
VoCo has its own economy which is based on its own currency: VoCoin™️. Players can buy rank-ups, in-game items, or even priority queue and paid clients with VoCoin™️.
VoCo's motto is "The Vortex Coalition is an elite group of players dedicated to making 2b2t a better place"
Before creating The Vortex Coalition, Coltsnid joined 2b2t on August 17th, 2014. During his first few months, he simply explored near spawn, walking around until his hunger bar depleted, dying, and exploring more. Colt would sometimes invite friends to play on the server with him.
In December 2014, AmericanOreo, an IRL friend of Colt's for 7 years, first joined 2b2t. The two decided to walk through the nether to 100,000 blocks out from spawn (overworld) and founded a small base which they would work on every once in a while. This base would later become the Phase I VoCo HQ.
Everything changed when the 3rd Incursion began on 2b2t during May of 2015. Sato86 and the rest of Valkyria had amassed their members at spawn. However, this was largely unknown to Coltsnid and AmericanOreo, who still didn't know what an Incursion was.
Colt and Oreo were on a trip from spawn back to their base, when they encountered a player in the nether named FuzzyFutureFox. At first, the two befriended the player, however, Oreo decided to push the limits of true anarchy, and turned on the player, killing him for his items.
As fate would have it, FuzzyFutureFox was a participant in the 3rd Incursion, as Colt and Oreo quickly found out through an angry chat praising Valkyria and the Incursion.
Within 15 minutes, much to the disbelief of Colt and Oreo, Sato86 comes running down the nether highway in full god-gear, and after a quick fight, the ill-prepared new players were easily killed.
This chain of events is what inspired Coltsnid to create a group that would mock, meme, and satirize Valkyria, to take revenge against Sato86.
The Vortex Coalition was founded by Coltsnid and AmericanOreo in late May of 2015. A logo was designed by Colt which resembles the spiral of a vortex. Efforts to harass Valkyria began with VoCo's infamous "Did you know?" Spam Bot.
The VoCo Spam Bot, which originally ran on the accounts InvisibleGecko18 and DeadlyMause, would frequently post satirical, over-the-top messages that were designed to annoy Sato and other members of Valkyria.
The bot would post messages such as ">Did you know? The Vortex Coalition is currently occupying and renovating Spawn." and ">Did you know? The Vortex Coalition single-handedly carved out all of the Nether highways." These messages are the source of all 2b2t "Did you know?" memes.
The VoCo/Sato86 rivalry is one of the oldest on the server and has become a meme to many. The nick-name "VoCo" actually came to exist through constant arguments in the 2b2t chat about the group, with the term being coined by someone saying very negative things.
As it turned out, the VoCo Spam Bot was not only good at annoying and mocking Valkyria, but also advertising The Vortex Coalition. Over the next couple of months, VoCo rose in membership, peaking at times around 25 members.
This was actually quite sizable for a group in 2015, as 2b2t only had an average of about 40 active players around this time in 2015. As such, VoCo still represented a relatively large percentage of the 2b2t player base due to it's easy to join and lenient nature during the late half of 2015.
The Vortex Coalition was not as active during the first half of 2016, and consequently suffered a loss of members and relevance. However, they began to increase in activity just before TheCampingRusher joined the server, who subsequently brought hundreds of players onto 2b2t. With the influx of new players ready to make their mark on 2b2t, and the group's policy of accepting anyone regardless of being a newfag/oldfag, The Vortex Coalition was able to recruit far more members than they ever had before.
The Vortex Coalition worked to expand its reach by advertising through memes on /r/2b2t as well as /r/TheVortexCoalition. They also began actively uploading videos to their YouTube channel. This allowed the VoCo community to expand very rapidly. The Vortex Coalition was so prevalent at the height of its popularity that the 2b2t subreddit implemented a new rule forbidding low-quality posts due to VoCo memes that completely covered the subreddit's front page for 4 days.
Roles in The Vortex Coalition had remained relatively static up until mid-2016. After the large increase of activity, The Vortex Coalition was able to obtain a large number of members, which required a shift in roles to distinguish trustworthy members and new members. In mid-August, the Vortex Coalition added its first new Executive member since Cyanlime; Ovnel (now known as Joe as of 2017).
The Vortex Coalition has built ~365 bases (although the logistics of this number are up for debate, Coltsnid claims this is an estimate), which are spread throughout the 2b2t map in all quadrants.
VoCo defines a base as "a relatively safe and controlled area outfitted with amenities including beds, ender chests, defensible fortifications, and renewable food sources." Most of these bases are small outposts that serve as "checkpoints" for members to set their bed and possibly farm/autofish. Some, on the other hand, are large, active bases that can have up to 15 members. One of the largest of these bases (member-wise) being Gamma base.
The Vortex Coalition has remained relatively peaceful during its existence, not antagonizing other groups, and declaring themselves a noncombatant third party in the Rusher War. They are neutral with many groups and have allied with many over the years. They view PVP as "pointless" and the vast majority of their members do not partake in PVP at spawn, due to most VoCo members not being very good at it. In September of 2016, Sengorn_Leopard built one of the server's largest lag machines. He was later granted an Executive role in VoCo to reward him for his efforts, as well as to solidify the group's control over the lag machine. The coordinates of this lag machine were later leaked by Coltsnid in retaliation of Sengorn_Leopard betraying the Coalition during the disciple/religion meme.
During 2016, The Vortex Coalition created their own take on the Wrath Outpost at 420/911, which they built overnight. It was unfortunately destroyed within days of its creation during the 5th Incursion. This was the first consecutive summer that The Vortex Coalition had renovated its spawn base. They have continued this trend into 2017 with another renovation at 420/911 (which has already been destroyed). Structures build near spawn are not expected to last long, and VoCo knows this.
End of Phase II
In January, the Vortex Coalition started getting banned unfairly by the mods in the /r/2b2t Subreddit, they were using rule 4 as an excuse to remove any Vortex Coalition related post. This caused some controversy, however many were glad to see the subreddit cleared of VoCo members.
Coltsnid decided that since VoCo had lost the 2b2t subreddit as a meme platform, he needed to push the memes to the next level. He began to call himself a god, and VoCo members that accepted him as their Lord and savior were accepted into his group of disciples. While many thought this was funny, some were not happy with this change of pace, and this caused controversy within the group. Some members who outright denounced Coltsnid were banned.
Around this time, one of the group's executives, HermeticLock, who was responsible for running the website, decided to change the home page to a meme displaying the Don Fuer logo, which further escalated the tensions within the group, despite it mostly being a joke. On January 13th, 2017, this controversy drove executive member Sengorn_Leopard to the point of banning all users from the discord. When Coltsnid became aware of this, he deleted the discord server and posted an "official disbandment" on /r/2b2t. This post gained a lot of attention and once again the focus of /r/2b2t was The Vortex Coalition.
Before going inactive for the next several months, Coltsnid had a few more memes up his sleeve, such as "VoCo II" and "selling" the server to "RockyEric" and HermeticLock. VoCo Phase II was to go out with a meme-filled bang.
With VoCo being one of the largest groups on 2b2t, going inactive caused a significant power vacuum on the server, allowing several other groups to rise and fill the void the meantime. Some of these groups were created by former VoCo members, notably Singularity and the Spawn Masons.
On June 2nd, 2017, The Vortex Coalition ended it's second Off-Season and began recruiting new members. With 2b2t falling into decline, activity in The Vortex Coalition thought it would likely never reach the levels it had during the Rusher Era. Despite the decline in 2b2t popularity, their discord server remained one of the most populated 2b2t related servers with over 330 members (Phase III numbers, purged of inactive members regularly).
Salamander, Joe(ovnel), Cyanlime, and househousehouse1, remained as the executive members.
During Phase III, The Vortex Coalition built 11 separate group bases, two of which are major bases sprawling across thousands of blocks. One being a large above-ground city, another being a large underground cave housing a dwarven fortress. They have also renovated their 420/911 spawnbase for 2017, although it has already been griefed heavily.
On September 28th, 2017 The Vortex Coalition expanded onto the me_irlcraft server as a side project/recruitment scheme outside of 2b2t. This expansion proved wildly successful, with The Vortex Coalition receiving over 50 applications from the player base, as well as completely dominating all other forces on the server. Me_irlcraft closed down on November 22nd, 2017.
The Vortex Coalition continues to be the largest and oldest active group on 2b2t, with over 110 active members as of January 21st, 2018. Recently VoCo has been heavily investing in spawn operations, such as public infrastructure, spawn bases, and public builds. They are also actively working on a streamlined currency system for VoCo called VoCoin™.
End of Phase III
On January 30th, 2018, Coltsnid announced that Phase III of VoCo was coming to a close. In this statement, it was also announced that all VoCo staff members, including Executives and Trinity members, would be fired, and a new staff will be chosen during the Off-Season and at the beginning of Phase IV. The position of discord Moderator is currently the only staff position, which anyone can apply for.
"This was the most streamlined phase VoCo has ever had, and it yielded great success, not only for our Coalition, but for 2b2t as a whole.
...It has been an honor working with you all throughout the past 7 months to take The Vortex Coalition to new heights, never seen before by any 2b2t group. Our reach is nearly endless when we work together. Our dominance on 2b2t is so unbreakable even I couldn't truly end VoCo, and that means something.
I will see you all in Phase IV!"
-Coltsnid, Phase III closure announcement
On June 15th, 2018, on the 3-year anniversary of VoCo, Coltsnid announced that The Vortex Coalition Phase IV was starting. After a recent purge, the group sat at over 165 active members (the largest for any organized group in 2b2t history). VoCo has not had this many members since the height of the Rusher War. Throughout Phase IV, VoCo’s staff team grew to be larger than it has ever been in the group's history.
Near the beginning of Phase IV, VoCo acquired the domain joinvo.co, which redirects to the Apply page on the VoCo website. According to statistics released by Coltsnid, this has dramatically increased the rate of new users joining the group.
During Phase IV, The Vortex Coalition successfully renovated their 420/911 spawn-base twice, once at the start of Phase IV and once in December.
In August, The Vortex Coalition expanded onto the anarchy server Constantiam.net. VoCo completely took over Constantiam for weeks and had several large scale spawn takeovers to showcase the dominance they had on the server. VoCo continued to maintain a presence on Constantiam throughout the rest of Phase IV. On the 6th of August VoCo launched their very own PVP server for members to practice on.
Utilizing the Chunk Dupe of late 2018, The Vortex Coalition mass-produced and added the VoKit™ 3.0 and 3.1 Unbreakable Edition to their Trade Network. They also introduced their brand new VoCasino™ for members to use their VoCoin™ in, and The Vortex Coalition Security Service was set up to protect VoCo operations all over the map.
VoCo was heavily involved in the 6th incursion before the start of Phase IV, and the disassembly of the rogue 7th incursion alongside their ally (at the time) The Emperium. The incursions led to The Vortex Coalition forming new alliances and strengthening older ones. At the time a multi-group discord was created for VoCo, The Emperium, and the Spawn Masons to communicate and make plans for the temp map and any future projects.
This alliance would later falter and dissolve over the Phase IV Off-Season due to Emperium aggression and toxicity.
End of Phase IV
On February 12th 2019, Coltsnid announced that Phase IV was coming to an end. This will likely be VoCo’s most active off-season due to the upcoming temp map, 1.13 arriving to 2b2t, and the re-enabling of elytras.
“Hello VoCo Discord Members,
As of today, The Vortex Coalition will be entering the Phase IV Off-Season until 2b2t-related activity begins to rise again around May/June.
Phase IV was another successful and historic season of VoCo activity, including reaching a new peak membership count of 265+ during the 2018 summer, two 420/911 rebuilds, multiple Constantiam take-overs, the VoPerium disassembly of the rogue 7th Incursion, destruction of enemy groups, forging new alliances, expanding our Staff team, the launch of the VoKit™ 3.0 and 3.1 Unbreakable Edition, the introduction of VoCasino™, the announcement of The Vortex Security Service, and the recent formation of the VoCo/Emperium/SpawnMason multi-group discord server.
In Phase V, we will continue to set the standard for what a 2b2t group can accomplish.”
-Coltsnid, Phase IV closure announcement