For those saying it isn't physically possible to counter the syndi-OOsphere as is, you're right completely. Syndicate foreign policy has cultivated this sphere for about a year and a half since breaking away from Paragon. The amount of goddamn protectorates (much to my frustration) they had when they started out was insane, along with allying with the side that had lost the Great VE war or whatever it was called (someone in t$ still has the sig on here from the propaganda from that war huea). Of the two sides, t$ were on the underdog side for a long time, take a brief second to look at the Oktoberfest wiki page to see the standings then: http://politicsandwar.wikia.com/wiki/Oktoberfest
It was only going into the Silent War that the Syndi-OOsphere were considered the outright top dogs, and that was simply of the virtue that they had won every war since it's formation, numerically the advantage wasn't that great. t$ had taken the time to woo BK, TKR, Pantheon, Cornerstone and all the other big names that we see today but when they began their friendship with t$ they weren't big powerhouse alliances (granted BK was still strong iirc). All of those alliances recruited new players and grew them into strong nations that form strong alliances. A year and a half ago, only MENSA and t$ itself were top alliances that remain in their sphere today, the sphere which by no coincidence occupy the top 6 spots in terms of points on the alliance leader board at the time of posting. I'm pretty sure t$ & MENSA held spots 7 & 8 going into the Proxy War, or there about.
The overall point of this pseudo-history lesson is that it's going to take some sort of FA work to cultivate new alliances, p&w is growing (you'll all have noticed we've just overtaken (That terrible game that is totally irrelevant and I shouldn't be bringing it up anyways) in numbers of players) so there is fresh blood coming in, you just have to exploit them and turn them into allies and/or new recruits. VE and UPN used to be the big mass alliances that were light years away from the rest of us, it's going to take a bit of effort but that's exactly what we~ did to get to the state we are in today.
Edit: Also see http://politicsandwar.wikia.com/wiki/Great_VE_Warfor MENSA's position a year and a half ago and the compare the two sides of that war and their respective strength/positions.