A few recent threads have shown that there are actually plenty of people willing to talk on these forums - they are just not very good at finding something interesting in the game to talk about.
I thought one thing that would be interesting would be hearing about the different oceans. I sure would love to hear about the state of the different oceans and what stories people have to tell.
I'll try to tell my view of ocean 54 - others who are more involved might to it much better.
This is the home of Tiny Teddies, and they are the big bad to look out for. No doubt that they have quite a stronghold here. Another decent alliance in this ocean are The Pink Death, who seem like a mixed bunch, who at least have a few strong players. Only the top five alliances really seem worth a mention. Kraken and The Dark Crusade both come off a quite harmless, with the latter probably looking the most hopeful. Order of the Temple O 54 are probably the ones most likely to mingle as top alliance in this ocean, but even they are very limited.
One top alliance that might join the ocean at some point is Oceans Elite, who look very active and a somewhat close by, with four cities (one recently conquered) residing with this ocean. I think there's a chance we might see WOLFPACK as well. I suppose Goddess deserve an honorable mention as well (with them being fairly powerful in ocean 44), but I'm yet to see them leave any mark on the ocean.
My own situation
My part of the ocean is fairly quiet, despite The Pink Death knocking on the door. I think this is probably a general reflection of the ocean, which looks to be fairly dead after Tiny Teddies conquered it. I have been saddened by looking around and seeing that around half the players with more than 1000 points near me were inactive - half of those are conquered now, though, and hopefully more active players are moving in.
I haven't been feeling any heat, but I'm still hopeful. I'm slowly building up my own alliance, but it'll be a while before we can do anything. I guess I am playing fairly defensively at the moment - not much to throw my units at, much unlike two weeks ago.
As I started a week late, I'm in the northern outskirts of the ocean, so I'm not the in center of any action just yet. My position, as illustrated by Grepolis Maps:
Top 15 alliances
Top 15 players