I made this giant post but it got deleted. I have been playing this game for a while and have pretty much seen it all short of actually leading an alliance. I can't think of any other alliance that would go to bat for their allies other than STA. We weren't the perfect alliance, we made some mistakes and we didn't have a lot of allies, but I'll be dammed if we didn't back up our allies. I am proud to have played with you guys and shed pixels for my fellow Tigers. Za Sibir'
I always knew and accepted that I was going to be a soldier when I started this game 8 years ago and have seen and played a lot of roles in this game. I never participated in politics because the people who posted vitriolic, but I can say this, give it up to NPO for winning this game. When I saw Pacifica burn, I had a feeling they were going to come back. Here we are today, a full 25 points ahead of the second alliance in this game. Congratulations. No alliance is going to try and take you down since the ones that can are your sheep and will call when you command. And sure as hell the neutrals will not ally and try to take you down.
To give a lord of the rings analogy, Pacifica is Sauron, the ring wraiths are your sheep alliances, Neutral's are the Dwarves who don't do anything. Except, Human and Elven Alliances are all dead and defeated since Frodo goofed and lost the ring. Now the one ring has returned and Pacifica rules again. Congratulations. You win.
tl;dr STA is the best alliance ever.