When I heard Saturday morning that Ushra'Khan had been infiltrated and disbanded, I thought to myself, "Good".
Apparently, a member of Hydra Reloaded alliance spent a single year to join a corp in UK and work up the ranks to the position of Head Diplomat, which apparently gave him access to the alliance controls. He then kicked all corps out of the alliance and stole as much stuff as he could in the process. I think this is all part of a Hydra Reloaded assault on Providence but that could be just noise.
While I know some good people that were in UK, I won't miss the alliance for two main reasons:
1) Smacktalk: they were notorious smacktalkers, both in game and on blogs. We couldn't win with them, either we brought "blobs" to beat them, ran when they had superior numbers, or failed to catch them when they cloaked up. I know smack talk is part of the game as a psychological tool but for UK, they were just tools. If you are going to smacktalk, at least use some imagination.
2) They claimed they wanted "good fights" in New Providence yet used the flimsiest excuse to rally the New Providence holders and kick Paxton Federation out. I understand why they did what they did because one on one Paxton was a match for any of the new Holders, possibly even UK itself, but I still hate them for it.
Yeah, in this case, I'm bitter.
At the end of the day UK leadership should acknowledge that they were responsible. Any alliance in today's Eve that lets someone only a year in the alliance move up the chain of command to a point where his finger is beside the big red button deserves to die. Rotten from within I suppose.
This does not excuse CCP for their inaction on fixing alliance mechanics such that a colossal single blow against an alliance is possible. I'm a fan of what they are trying to do with Planetary Interaction, Dust integration, and even Incarna but this type of defect in the game should be addressed. For shame.
NOTE: No podcast recording due to getting home really late last night. But I got some great intro music from the man himself so I'm excited about recording soon. Now I just have to figure out how to use it in Audacity!