I planted yesterday to watch. I made an alliance by the tag of llll and went afk for a while only to get back and see my alliance filled with players, to my biggest surprise. What’s more is that I was shocked to see how well the members were placed. I went on and messaged the members asking for their skype.
Morale of the story, I think I’ve contributed on making the era slightly more competitive by only creating an alliance.
Leadership was ultimately transferred to one of the alliance members since my brief holidays are coming to an end.
Perhaps, I should try that more often.