Continuing my thought stream from last week...
Being in a big active 0.0 alliance in real sovereignty wars has been eye opening to the complexities of Eve intra-alliance politics. Its something akin to pre-world war one diplomacy in its complexity and ruthlessness.
Take a recent example. Red Alliance (RA) was in the process of attacking Ethereal Dawn's (ED) station systems in Etherium Reach. RA had two alliances from the Northern Coalition helping them, Majesta Empire and The Initiative, while ED was getting help from my alliance Intrepid Crossing (IRC).
We are not friendly with Solar Fleet alliance but they are even more not friendly with the Northern Coalition so Solar Fleet came and helped us against Majesta Empire and the Initiative, forcing them to withdraw. (The Initiative came back a couple weeks later to help RA but only in combat, not to deploy towers and hold space.)
The enemy of my enemy is my friend indeed.
Then you have the political machinations to do with the recent fighting in Insmother and Detroid regions between ATLAS, Legion of xXDEATHXx, and RA. We cheer for ATLAS now, but what happens if they take RA space in Insmother and look upon ours with a glint in their eye? Shifting allegiences are common in 0.0 politics so remember that next time you feel like smacking some reds in local; you might depend on them for your life someday.
All in all I'm having a hell of a time so far, my only regret is that I don't have more time to participate.