You are probably right on that one, I joined late enough that that was before I had any influence (if ever I had that)
I don't see much difference though, except if NS or NGU had started out in the SW. We are pretty equal on all fronts, and the teams would probably not have been any different, except now we are slightly more compact by being in a single quad where you chose to spread out more. I assume you are made up of two premades, and it was never your intention to be forced together. It also means you have an abundance of spies everywhere, since both of you probably covered your bases.
We will most likely never agree on whether your true target was justified. I believe you tried fixing something delicate with a hammer, and I'm fairly certain that most people reading along silently will be agreeing with me. I'm not even trying to sow doubt with your subjects, I really have a hard time understanding your motivation.