That sucks.. Was that a person doing sabotage or the founder?
In which case, inexperienced and beginner players should join a dictatorship IMO. This way they can learn the do's and don'ts of an alliance and in leadership. Side Note: I've seen more "dictatorships" be successful, win, and be the top alliance more times than I have seen ones with "councils/senates".
As this allows a quicker response to events in the game. A group of leaders is timely and unless all leaders are on 24/7, it really doesn't work well.
I personally am a fan of having a council where you make general decisions, but one major guy/founder who gets final say
FF and Thadeous? Didn't see that coming..
In which case, why join an alliance if all you want to do is be a founder of one? Why not make your own?
Also, I really hate on whoever came up with the Major and Minor disbands as a milestone. I think that's a load of garbage and quite frankly really makes me ill and irate. Where is the honor?