Naw nothing to do with each other, mex agreed with everyone that the game needed real diplomacy like alliances but it got rejected at the suggestions table by you know who. So we got what we got from what he could work with. Also the defection bug has nothing to do with trying to stop snowballing, it actually made it much worse as this patch returns to some crazy snowball levels we havent seen since first testing for snowballing.
You're assuming im believing this decision lies with Mexxico. My assertion is that higher brass than him saw and approved of his help with that one issue -and on a very PR level chalked that "worked things out with the community".
Ive seen this happen with other games and companys. Kind of like a bait and switch -if the outcry seems loudest with one isolated issue -treat it like your treatin the entire illness. But in the overall scheme of things -made zero difference in the enjoyment factor of the game. This game is literally 0.00% more fun post snowballing -you dig?