nice points, once again we've completely wandered off the updates though.
still i don't think charlie would know right now. we also don't know how useful the decrypted are for info. ansom mentioned he remembered most things, but it's plausible his original city information may be amongst the stuff lost to his death. if that were the case the archons would probably be in the same situation. remember the events that lead them there. but not specific's of their previous side.
i was also thinking maybe they are still loyal to their old sides which would be a pretty hefty spanner in the gearbox, a huge army that has limted attack options wouldn't be much use. bt they could easily get around that by splitting main army by tribes and sending one after each city if they were shared amongst the coalition. we don't know much about erfworld but it seems only one side could occupy a city. an alliance doesn't appear like it can.
last thought before i give up until the next update, why didn't stanley occupy faq's 3 cities? if he DID conquer them (and i still doubt he did) then why didn't he claim them as well? i think there's more to it than wanda revealed. jack has no particular reason to be more loyal to stanley than jillian yet he is. transylvito hasn't found faq, and jillians reasoning makes no sense if the foolamancer was one of their targets at the pass. so 3 cities are"conquered" and awaiting an overlord someplace within 4-6 turns of transylvito's capital. i call BS. FAQ is hiding something...apart from themselves. [speculative] maybe they cut a deal with stanley, leave us be, the following casters will be yours, and they took said oppurtunity to cut jillian loose. maybe disbanding an heir createse a barbarian?[/speculative]