You don’t need allies when you win.
War makes for strange alliances, putting you into business with people that, under other circumstances, you wouldn’t even shake hands with.
Sometimes great enemies become allies, so they can fight a common foe.
If you only trust the people you grew up with, you won’t make many allies.
The best way to forge a lasting alliance isn’t by peeling a man’s skin off. The best way is marriage.
Survival in here is all about your alliances.