This is a long post. It addresses a complex problem, so it has to explain the causes of that problem, then propose some solutions. If you keep reading, you’re signing on for a discussion. You’ll probably disagree with some of it, but it’s valuable for those interested in it.
EUTZ is larger than USTZ; EU tops out at around 50,000 players, US at 32,000 or so. There are natural consequences of this in null-sec: in EUTZ, finding targets are easier, finding cosmic signatures is harder, fleets tend to run larger, fleet discipline is more important than individual pilot skill, and solo roaming is more difficult since it’s harder to find fellow solo or 2-3 pilot gangs roaming about.
But, that’s not the point of this post. Maybe I’ll do another one about preferred styles of fighting, valued characteristics, and which group of pilots is “better” in another post. But my point here is that – as an alliance – recruiting and keeping good numbers in the USTZ is more difficult than doing so in the EUTZ. There are just fewer people to go around.
And that inevitably skews towards the USTZ getting neglected. But this is a very bad thing for an alliance, and the solution to it is not at all easy. Yet it’s absolutely essential to maintaining a successful null-sec alliance, particularly if you want to be taken seriously as a major player.