An alliance is a group of Nations. Alliances are generally considered looser groupings than factions, since a Nation may be in many alliances but may only be in one faction. However, there are exceptions. Alliances get their own Communications and Discussion board, but do not have the democracy features of factions. Alliances are created for many purposes, including RP groups, geographically oriented alliances, special interest alliances (eg Olympics, Vehicular Independence Union), corporations, counterparts and subgroups for factions, and more.