It is easy to find a good alliance, if you know how to look for them. All you have to do is start out at tick one, when the world refreshes (don't come in after the fact and think you can win.) Build your workers, and resources, then build your power, get your crystal, let it get taken and you conquered, don't rebell, sit back and relax as your build your structures, when proper structures and producing reasources, then start building only range ships 2/0/1 ratio. Do not except the first alliance invitation you get, but save it for later. When you do what I just said, you will get many invites.