I agree with this, unfortunately there are a lot of players on the forums that are pro alliance, PvE and all that. but I agree with you wholeheartedly. alliance servers have done nothing but harm the game since they were made possible, and make grinding and achievements useless when you have some alliance dude who hardly knows how to play the game, cant fight. and barely knows how to sail a ship himself, have all the same commendations and have fed off everyone else giving him stuff. and that same guy will boast about all the stuff he has or has unlocked, when it was not him that actually did any of the work for those things. us hard working players are often annoyed by this, and even now. we refuse to be of that same likeness. alliance servers are so common in posts these days that its actually affecting how many people and players are playing the game how its supposed to be played, when the LFG posts online are like 40 percent alliance xbox only players. there is something seriously wrong. they are abusing the alliance system rare integrated to make sailing with other ships fun, and turning it into "xbox only grind for whoever we are grinding for at the time" and "get your stuff in a quarter of the time with no effort" people will comment saying its not abuse but it is.
there is NO system in the game for alliance servers, to do so. you need to hop until u get into the same server with someone u know, OR go round trying to convince and often even bully people out of the server specifically so you can have people join their ship and lock the server down, so there is no threat or even chance that something will go wrong.
furthermore, if ANYONE in your server or discords tried to do anything else other than what you want them to grind for you, they are banned from discords, removed and unfriended. or deliberately spawn camped by the rest of the server, and are treated very badly. then they are never allowed back in. this is abuse, abuse of the system and of the alliance system rare has given us
unfortunately some of these discords have grown to big, and now rare has their hands tied. they cannot ban alliance servers without angering a lot of these players abusing the system. which makes sense, but is sad. sad that it is allowed to happen. its killing this game. I only hope one day rare sees that exploitation and does something about it