I think the gorilla in the room is an old one, but will not be solved by programming, reskinning or tweaking the mechanics of your/my sect, guild, or org (although these may get the ball rolling at first for pure novelty value). It is one of psychology and indoctrination. Each one of us is ultimately free to up and leave their circle at any time, and some do - repeatedly. You now can even bring your profession along with you, if you've chosen a "neutral" (misnomer) one. What more do we want? Full neutrality and a return to Caanae? Let's give it a try, I think affinity is lame. Loyalty or entrenching is not the problem here (there are empty or half-empty political seats in EVERY org, as far as I know), but rather a human one. It IS personal, because science has repeatedly proven that people are NOT rational, especially if their feelings get hurt. And collectively, as a game, we can't (and don't want to) prevent that.
I will agree with what many have said before me. IMO, the reason we get clumping (and I assume PKer clumping is meant here) is not that we have all gotten "too comfortable" in our snuggly orgs, but that certain orgs (in rotation) tend to attract one of two extremely polarized factions that would rather not stand in the same room with members of the other group for more than a few minutes. Without making any value judgements: it's currently "Killing is my Business, and Busyness is Good" and "The Journey is the Destination...Dude, Where's My Car?". I fully agree that we need both groups to have a healthy community, and I am fumbling about in an inept sort of way in my own organisation to achieve this, but believe that whoever can resurrect the "rare unicorns" of middle class will truly rule Imperian. However, they will have to show the patience of a saint and keep their elitism well hidden, because the other guys will repeatedly "refuse to get it". PKers will continually wonder why RPers don't love them for forcing them to fight (If only they TRIED it, sigh!), RPers will get frustrated why PKers never return their emotes (Don't they ever take a moment to question why? Groan). I can name one or two unicorns, and I really hope it works out for them, because it is a very tough road, leaving you loved by neither extreme. My take-home message from this event was that in a cozy community like ours, tight personal friendships cross all faction lines (PKers and RPers alike), making adherence to a particular lore dogma seem moot.
Overall, I liked the event. It was my first participation in a major one. Lots has already been said so just a few points from my side: 1. The choice between Legion (pool), Lhortae (phylactery) and Silantor (phylactery) came across as "Welcome to the final Boss Fight. Behind doors number one, two, and three are plague, pestilence, and cholera. And you cannot even scratch the Boss". Uh what? None of the above. Even if I was demonic, I'm not sure who I would root for/against, and what did this have to do with the chain and saving my city? Not a WHOLE lot of rational decision making going on there. That said, however: I'll join in and say that faction was basically irrelevant in that event. 2. I was relieved that the actions of our little band of "Making a Difference(TM)" RPers was not completely overwhelmed by the "Taking A Stand(TM)" PKers, so cheers for that. That was a very real concern of ours. Given that wee hour of the evening in GMT+2, getting sidelined there definitely would have been a MAJOR letdown after a week of bashing to avoid "OR ELSE". 3. I think that it's grand Grashella saved her city despite of insurmountable odds. That was my goal too. Hats off! I get all the talk about game balance, but don't believe that giving in should EVER be on a player's to do list. If we, as players are all eager to start "taking a knee" to make org deletion easier, then something really has to be looked at carefully. 4. Esmy dropping out of outer space felt like she should have been wearing a red Star Trek uniform. Would she have tried to eat Boss B if we had had picked Boss C? Or both, if we had picked the "wrong one"?. Who knows. Did SHE save the world, then? Shrug. Just saying would have been nice if we had learned on the spot if 3.5+ hours of focussing and bashing had "Made a Difference(TM)" or not. I'm really hoping the dangling carrot (bashing saved your world/org) for round two of this event has a better reward than another carrot, but I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt and see.