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This is a simple question, but I can't find a decent answer.

I have recently started to play Eve Online as a Caldari capsuleer, and I am currently doing lvl 3 missions in a Drake.

As I didn't pay much attention to faction standings at the beginning, I am now at -2.03 towards the Gallente Federation, and I'm starting to wonder if I should try to get this standing positive again.

As far as I have understood, the only reliable way to gain faction standing, apart epic arcs or factional warfare is doing storyline missions, which is going to take some time to go from -2 to 0.

So, does it really worth it to manage to get a positive standing towards all four major factions ?

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The problem with Storyline missions is that while increasing a faction standing, it does decrease your standing toward this faction enemies. So, storylining for the gallente would decrease your Caldari standing, and (to a lesser extent) your Amarr standing. My own advice would be to kill that faction foe rats, but you'll need to kill thousands of them... –  Lysarion Mar 31 '11 at 11:25
    
As long as you're not below -4 standing, you still have access to all that faction systems... As long as you're carefull enough to not drop down you standings anymore, you'll be fine, and there are no good reason to try to go back to positive standings. –  Lysarion Mar 31 '11 at 11:29
    
Well, I'm aware of the backside it could have on Caldari standing. But AFAIK, the standing decrease is lower than the standing increase, thus allowing having all four standings positive at the same time. –  astryad Mar 31 '11 at 11:30
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But you'll have to run countless storylines, and since you only obtain rights to do one storyline each 15 (i don't exactly remember) normal missions, it will take you a loooooooooooong time... –  Lysarion Mar 31 '11 at 11:34
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@Lysarion: Your comments are actually complete answers. I'd recommend posting them as answers so they can be voted up! –  Shaun Mar 31 '11 at 16:15
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I've thought of this myself after realizing that my gallante standing was -7 (running with a Caldari mission corp will get you there pretty fast), and eventually decided to just pump up my social skills. Its quicker then trying to get your standing up, and unless you've completely buggered your standing with a faction you shouldn't be killed on site if you happen to wander into space claimed by a faction that doesn't' like you too much.

The only time I'd worry about having great standing with all four factions is if your character is going super hardcore into industry(and I mean 100% non-stop indy character). If you're in EVE for the pew pew, just keeping your faction standing around the -2/3 area for everyone is good enough to not have your ships popped on sight should say, a war target fly through space that you'd get popped on sight for.

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