Bingo. It comes down to personal style, a lot of IQ alliances/government were after a "game over" style victory. Which would have been enjoyable, at least for a time before stagnation and boredom kick in and they would have devoured each other.
The whole point of these games is to continually hold grudges in order to force political movement. The tipping point is when you push too far; resulting in wanton destruction or scattering (disbandment).