Hey, I'm gonna assume you're Sean Anthony, so I'm going to talk to you as if you were him. Welcome back Sean, it's been a while.
Hey Sean, normally people make alliances with protectorates before they form. It's actually a good idea to do so because it means that you will be protected for as long as you can. With that in mind, it's an even better idea to get experiences being a government member before you form an alliance. Making previous failed alliances does not count. There are plenty of micro alliances (with 20+ members) who need new government members, and there are plenty of major alliances who may welcome you into their low government. I wish you luck in whatever you will do. And, if you continue on the path you're currently on, I will happily be making smores over the fire that is your nation.