Life comes at you fast. I generally agree with the comments on this post. There are certainly ways that you can survive and thrive as a micro--staying active, finding a niche, developing a community and a distinctive identity all help. Getting good at the game mechanics and working hard can help a lot. I'm pretty sure that no one wants to see people complaining that "life is hard," though. There's plenty of ways one can play this game well and build the respect of others, and hopefully you can stick it out and develop your skills and get the respect of your fellow players, who will respect you no matter how big of an alliance you happen to be a part of.