Repeating an experiment first performed in January of 2007, I will not be inviting any allies in any games I play at Cosmic Encounter Online this month. Not on offense ... not on defense ... not on purpose ... not by accident ... no allies, bro.**
The results will be there for all to see, thanks to CE Online's statistics feature; I suspect I'll do about as well as I did last time (which is to say: about the same as always).
**One exception: defending against an offensive player going FTW might result in alliance invitations; to not do so is to risk playing kingmaker