Well since I'm waiting for Aristotle to get his lazy self to one of my cities, might as well do a top 12. I joined this world a few months late, so don't get mad when I start talking and you realize I have no idea what I'm saying:
1). ThePlague (Blue):
Total BP: 15,548,131
Yes I am going to comment on my own alliance because I am that pompous of a human being. Hands down the alliance with everyone's least favorite name. We don't even have a picture. We've heard all the complaints before, but hey we're still number one in every category in the rankings. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the server plays out with our recent expansion to a second alliance (even though we weren't the first to do this by far), but we have a pretty solid core and excellent leaders. We are currently at war with: the world.
2). Grey Bear (Brown):
Total BP: 3,090,787
Number two alliance in the world, but their battle point ranking are straight butt cheeks in comparison. That could be from being a relatively newly formed alliance. Judging from their position, I'd imagine they are at war with New Dawn, but have also taken in several New Dawn players. If they decide to move west and continue taking in New Dawn players, they could potentially end up fighting with ThePlague. I don't know about their relations with The Wolf Pack or Relentless or much about them at all really. They could be a contender when world wonders hit, but I doubt they've had a real challenge fighting so far since New Dawn is in shambles.
3). The Wolf Pack (Red):
Total BP: 3,445,743
Seem to be doing better than Grey Bear bp-wise, but still not great for a number three alliance. They appear to be fighting rim alliances? I'm not sure really I don't get out of my neck of the woods very often, but I haven't heard anything of them which doesn't make them very impressive to me. At least not yet. Could be good, could be bad, only time can tell...or anyone who is more educated than I.
4). LAELAPS (Dark Red):
Total BP: 12,425,597
Trouble in paradise for the conglomerate of greek mythological animals? Despite their good stats in bp, they have dropped in the rankings due to the formation of a new alliance: Ride or Die. They appear to have lost some of their more active players. I guess they had issues with the leadership. This could just be some minor drama, but it doesn't look good for laelaps going forwards if this persists.
5). Panda-monium (Purple):
Total BP: 10,882,850
In the words of some people in laelaps:"All the pandas can do is drive low morale CS'". After beating The Ways of Shadows I haven't heard much about them other than complaints. Even if the complaints are true and Pandas are cheesing their way into cities (which I have no problem with it's part of the game), they appear to be in good shape. Good abp and dbp for their size, and they have a sister academy in Ex-Panda-Bles. They seem to be gearing up for wonders way ahead of time, as are many other alliances.
6). EPIC Riot (Yellow):
Total BP: 2,632,067
I literally just don't even know what's going on here. Is the third installment of the EPIC series? Fourth? I missed everything with them in the beginning of the world, but they seem to just be having a whale of a time on the rim. Could be a lot better bp wise. I just don't see anything really big happening here, but I could be very wrong. Apparently them and the players in Phalanx had a little break up so we'll see how that plays out.
7). Relentless (Dark Blue):
Total BP: 5,138,599
Compared to some the other alliances in the top 12 they have decent stats when it comes to bp. Unfortunately, I don't know much about them but they appear to be taking cities off of Ex-Panda-Bles, rogue bunnies, and The Wolf Pack so color me impressed in that area. I have high hopes for them just because they seem to be putting in work. Maybe I'll hear more about them in the future.
8). Ex-Panda-Bles (Purple):
Total BP: 2,660,608
Same as Panda-Monium above.
9). New Dawn (Pink):
Total BP: 12,163,380
Oh New Dawn, what happened to you? Who hurt you this way? Was it your leader messijoshi who abandoned you? Was it your lack of active players? They had lots of promise and are still being carried on the back of players like Sib and Goldfisch, but they are losing cities and players quickly. They are done.
10). Joyous Rage (Light Green):
Total BP: 2,839,852
A massive nuisance of an alliance. They are really nothing to write home about. They have several players whp are very good and a good leader in Batalo, but I just don't see this war with ThePlague/ThePlague2 turning out well despite the pacts and assistance of Friends Only and The Golden Horde. It's about even in city losses and gains for both sides currently, but that is expected as both sides get geared up for war, shift active and inactive players around, and move players to the front. Will be a fun war and interesting to see how this plays out.
11). ThePlague2 (Light Blue):
Total BP: 1,192,125
Combination of players from Intentionally Punny and New Dawn. Same as ThePlague above, it's a real pleasure to be playing with everyone in this alliance and they're an amazing addition to the family.
12). Angels of Hell (Green):
Total BP: 3,811,076
Haven't heard much about them (I know it's the theme of my top 12), but I have been in many worlds with them and they always do well. A very tight knit group of active players and I am always impressed by them.
The Alliances as body parts:
The head (running the show...I apologize for my cockiness)
The liver (takes care of waste)
The Wolf Pack:
The Pinky Toe (because I guess we need them to balance everything else out?)
The kneecap (because one more torn ligament could mean an end to them walking and by that I mean winning the world sorry I'm running out of analogies)
The arms (they're putting in work)
The appendix (because I have no idea what they do)
The nose (they're there but you never see them unless you purposefully put all of your attention on it...like you know how your eyes just kinda tune out your nose? You know what I'm saying)
the tailbone (because you're just a remainder of something that use to be useful)
the armpit (they remind a lot of what it must've been like in the Vietnam war. Hot, humid, and even though they've taken so many L's they just keep coming)
Angels of Hell:
cankles (because even if you don't want them, there's a high chance you get them)