I also said this a long time ago, that the more OPSEC entered the game, the more backrooms, the more you have like 4-5 coalition channels, each with a higher level.....the more you disinterested people in the real game - which is the politics. Because they were left out of any real intel.
So that forced people to make their own alliances, and you had this huge wave of micros form, which is where we currently are. Also boring. As then everyone got protection so you couldn't even start micro drama due to protectors.
I reached a point during the Doom War that for the first time, the extreme boredom outweighed all the time investment I had in the game (sunk cost theory). I'm currently being rogued and my first impression was, "meh" followed by, "glad he is nuking me and not someone who actually gives a !@#$, lol". I can't even be bothered to care that he's winning most his GA's, something that in the past I've prided myself on not allowing.
I lament, but I really wouldn't even miss the game anymore if the servers went down. My NG community is entertaining, but why does anyone even play the game? I have $8b and I've not even saved for that long. I know most nations have $20b that have picked the winning side of wars for the last 2-3. What's even the point? You get 1-2 rounds of war every year? You literally fight for 14 days each year.
Kind why I thought what DBDC did/is doing/was doing made things interesting. They actually had a plan that they tried to carry out. I'm not a fan of raiding believe it or not, but at least it's something to stem the massive boredom.