We did die anyways. He decimated any armies that didn't log in on time with near zero losses. And no, we will not be ranking. We didn't hand for ranks. We handed because it was the only thing that made sense to speed era up.
I'll take on a TEAM with 10x more power than me any day. A smart and active player with 500+ R5 though. Nope. Honestly, it's worse. They don't need ANY coordination. He is self sufficient even if ALL territory is taken as he has 1000+ conquers. So us using numbers to take his territory will do ZERO damage to him. Only chance we'd have is to conquer him. But he could very honestly out play us on that front too since he positioned himself mid era on an island where the only spot less than 10 ticks ETA attack on him is via relic (and we happened to NOT hold any territory near his colony to top it off).
So I'd have to sit my entire alliances armies on a relic, fly it SLOWLY at his colony while my team is surrounded by nukes. I seriously wouldn't take milan's army in E1 currently without 6+ members and even then, I'd be hesitant. And to top it off, I'd have to ensure NONE of my members or ANY OTHER members on the world get frickin killed by him, or else we just gave him MORE R5. So essentially, I'd have to take over and be responsible for about 30-40 players and keep all of them super active (meaning I have to be super active and call them all online) while Milan only has to worry about himself. No thank you. I warred TLA with him. He woke ME up half the time. I know how many ticks he missed. And it was damn near close to none. I was the only person competing with him for wrecks and conquers for a while and he beat me on most of those too.
So asking why I didn't put the effort in? Because he got too overpowered and to the point where he no longer needed to rely on ANYONE else to help him. Do you know why people hate leading alliances? It's because you get the burden of having to be responsible for EVERYONE else. It's tiresome. And every person that fails simply makes him more powerful.
If milan had 2000 power and a couple squads of R5. Sure. I'd take him on in a heartbeat. But to ask me to literally kill myself with lack of sleep to face 1 person while I have to keep the rest of the world safe from him in fear of feeding him even more xp; no thank you. If I only had to worry about my team, maybe. But I know I'd have to pull in the entire world to deal with him (which in itself would be a hassle, let alone needing them to be active). So yes, you can say we gave up. We "could" have fought with him and it would of lasted maybe a week if we suicided. The result would be him losing absolutely no ranged units. Maybe a couple hundred armor kills. The other option would be to stall by just running away to annoy him. Which would mean us being active and losing sleep for about 2-3 weeks and end with the same result.
I've held alliances at bay with 50-70 R5. He has over 500. I don't think you know just how powerful R5 really is. I'd take on multiple teams over someone active with a couple R5 squads any day. It's been said before, but R5 is seriously overpowered in this game. Once you get a few, it just landslides immensely quick. And simply put, there is no good way to close the gap unless you simply kept up and didn't collide prior. I however, did not do that this era. 10 R5 was all I had.
And you've played with me buddy. You know I love fighting. But I don't fight stupid fights. It's like asking 100 men to face off against a nuke. "Maybe I'll get lucky" is about the only strategy in that scenario.