There is a certain duplicity of thought, an unspoken but visible rule that aggression is immoral and unjust, while at the same time belligerent parties use the open world forum as a tinker-toy to create an illusion of strength and grandeur, all the while they cowardly wait for another party to cast the first stone. In the past wars of aggression have been used to eliminate threats, and gain political capital by blocs such as One Vision and Continuum, and ever since Karma the acts of aggression have been overtly tarnished.
Is honor never a valid reason to fight? Is not alliance pride alone, the willingness to show your mettle on the battlefield not reason enough to fight? Apparently it is not. Instead we cowards satiate our desires by making false announcements to ridicule each other under the guise of politics. Look at the similarly outrageous and childish "Pretender to the Throne" theater acts that are going on between the Mushroom Kingdom and Pacifica. While sufficient for a cheap laugh, these stage acts have taken the place of meaningful political rivalry. Neither alliance is willing to jeopardize it or it's allies pixels in the name of good political sense, which is only a poor veil for cowardice.
Why is it immoral that the strong should triumph over the weak? Never has anyone made the statement, but never the less, the cyberverse follows it. An alliance is decried as tyrannical when they crush a weaker opponent, yet in the early years, one sided wars drove the politics of the game. Everyone immediately assumes that disbanding an alliance is a bad thing, but never considers the impact that the exodus of former members from that alliance has on the rest of the community. Some of our more exciting politicians are from disbanded alliances, AlmigtyGrub comes to mind. Another outcome is that sometimes alliances experience a new incarnation that remedies the mistakes of the old community. Umbrella came from Genmay. Viridian Entente is stronger in its second incarnation than its first. The strong will survive and the weak shall perish.
The imminent death of twenty thousand men,
That, for a fantasy and trick of fame,
Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot
Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause,
Which is not tomb enough and continent
To hide the slain? O, from this time forth,
My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!
Has honor and pride died a meaningless death in all real alliances, except those consisting of a sole individual? So much so that valid provocation for war goes unduly ignored in favor of idle thumb twiddling on the forums?