or did his FRIENDS abandon him??
Both. He got sick of the game and went into vmode, and called out the players that were worthless in the coalition. Then his FRIENDS in BOW/PR abandoned him and the rest of his friends in Globo. Had Straun (and the 8 or so other players in Globo that left the game and/or defected) actually stuck around, we probably could have saw this through. The merger with Death Row would have have gone over, and we'd still be rocking the server.
But it's all a "what if" scenario, at this point. The cause is lost, as far as I'm concerned.