Quick update. We got our first new member since right after the patch, about two weeks. Guess it was just luck. 1 in two weeks is going to be really bad if thats how it will work from here on out.
Also, for the first time since wars began, it took us nearly 5 hours to find an opponent at 35v35. Its usually instant or within 15 mins. Could this be a side effect of shrinking alliances? Longer war queues for us doing 35v35?
One more thing, we looked up an old old alliance some of our members came from, it is called "Intelect plague" (yes spelled incorrectly). They've miraculously filled up to 48 people. Their leader is inactive for nearly 200 days, as are most other members, and there are no co leaders so there will be no wars or growth possible in the alliance, but it looks to be about a dozen people dumped in there recently. This is the new experience for those searching for a new alliance. Frightening!!!