Yeah, always those pesky Russians, right?
Apart from flat and unappealing Cold War allusions, what I have to say is that alliances are deeply rooted in any global Inter-Alliance competition system. This is the part of the strategy that makes most of the leaders spend only 30% of their time actually playing the game in MMOs (The study may be a little bit too old now, feel free to prove me wrong) (Less so in MMORTS, since we have fury, ambrosia and stuff to limit our activity anyway). Politics are important and, in my opinion, are extremely beneficial for the game.
With that said though, the devs gave us the perfect field for such Big Games, calling for politics and cooperation… While omitting the means of communication. And I am not talking about advanced features, such as a built-in google.crap translator yet, we don’t even have the means of private messaging, global chats or alliance description (For not always the General is the one controlling the Alliance). Without this solved, alliances would always be limited to those capable of contacting each other, which explains how the two Russian alliances are cooperating, whereas, say, Spartans and Brazilians would have a harder time.
My take on that is simple: everything is linked. The things this community is begging for (new war system, communication system, balance tweaks, etc.) are all connected, meaning that amends have to be made to any to impact the others. There are myriads of solutions, ranging from focusing on proper communication system implementation to the separation of AW into global and tournament devisions to Introducing features like Alliance Bases or by-culture matchmaking (would be crap, but its a solution). Lets stick to suggesting those over blaming Russians, Chinese, Global Warming or Wife (Alright, this one you may actually blame).
P. S.The point of the topics like this is to suggest and discuss issues and not making holly wars over who is right, who is wrong and who should be dismissed. Lets make it a concise and seminarian-like discussion, so people making this game can easily read and consider what every single one of us has to say. This is my plea to everyone involved.
I dont think there is a law, but generally people do avoid duplicates. I believe, moderators normally merge those in a single topic, but it heavily varies with every forum.