The problem is doubly difficult in alliance built around a leadership council mechanic. Democracy may work great in a static environment where most of the membership is happy, but it sucks balls when things are rough and everyone has divergent ideas on how to go forward. It gets even worse when basic membership gets antsy and wants to know what the leading council is thinking and talking about so that they can give their two cents (and its usually worth that much too).Apparently my optimism was misplaced. From what I can tell, the way forward that a lot of the membership liked was not sitting well with a tired and displeased Paxton Industry leadership. They have been in Providence for so long following the e-honour of NRDS that the thought of "rebuilding the alliance" for the next two years was simply more than they wanted to commit to. Rather than try, they are cutting loose and offering themselves up as applicants to any other interested alliances. A part of me would like to chastise them for their actions but I can see where they are coming from. Still, it sucks.
For those worried that Paxton will not recover from losing space in Providence, never fear. Paxton Federation will be back on the scene in null sec somewhere soon enough.
Paxton Industries is not just one corp of the alliance, it was the core. Forming one quarter of the members and a large contingent of its PvP base (not to mention industry), its departure effectively critically wounds the alliance and coming so soon after Firestar corporation left (another cornerstone) it is a morale blow the alliance will not recover from. Even as I type this other corps are tendering resignations from the charter, such as cornerstone Rennfeuer. Some hopeful souls are still trying to recover and rebuild from a smaller base of corporations and I wish them luck but I have my doubts of their success.
What's next for M3 Corporation? When its no longer secured information I'll let you know.
EDIT: I blame CVA for everything. I hope they rot in low sec.