Topic: An Open Letter
This is a brief open letter to the Alliance Wars community as a whole. Please read carefully, and consider before replying. I would note that it appears I still have some moderation abilities.
It has come to my attention recently that there is a "Lithium" alliance playing this round, and that this alliance has claimed to have among its membership numerous former Lithium members, myself included. While this action may be considered flattering by some, I take great offense to this act. I am not playing Alliance Wars at the moment, and I am most certainly not a part of this "Lithium" alliance. While I have no power to change the alliance name, or enforce its dissolution, I politely request that those responsible individuals take the following actions:
(1) Admit that this Lithium alliance has no connection to the former Lithium alliance founded by myself in Round 3 of Planetarion and later carried over to Alliance Wars Alpha Testing round and through to Beta 0.8d.
(2) Cease any indication, suggestion, or otherwise cryptic remarks that would indicate that I, or any other former Lithium members who are not currently doing so, are a member of or supporter of this alliance.
(3) Publicly apologize for, whether inadvertently or not, misrepresenting, misusing, and generally sullying my good name as well as those of the other former Lithium members you are misrepresenting.
I retired from this game due to real life issues taking up too much of my time, not because I turned my back on a community that I spent many countless hours with. Multiple members of this community tracked me down and contacted me to ask if I was playing, which is a testament to the bond we shared, and continue to share. This bond does not, and is not likely to, exist between the members of this new "Lithium" alliance; even moreso, it is unlikely to exist between the new members and those former members who committed themselves to the betterment of this game and to interpersonal relationships that span the globe. There are few people I would be willing to fly across an ocean to see and meet, but many of those members of Lithium I gamed with are the exception.
Real life issues are still taking large amounts of my time, and while I have taken up a minor role in another online game, Alliance Wars is still a fond memory - but that is all. I enjoy my memories of Alliance Wars, I enjoy my memories with those individuals I was blessed enough to share years of gaming experience with, and I enjoyed the comraderie that I have found nowhere else.
I will ask only once more - cease this offensive mockery of myself, my former alliance mates, and the legacy we created. The last thing I want is to be drawn back into a game I have long since been forced to walk away from to once again prove the power, the might, the comraderie, the community, and yes, the family, that Lithium once were. We can beat you, and we will if we have to. I only ask that you don't make me.
Lithium Alliance Leader and Founder