When reading, I noticed a typo and reached out to Hidysmith. In our correspondence, he asked:
What do you think the point of Island was? I'm not sure there was one.
My reply, hyperlinks added for clarity:
In some object-level sense, Pala failed & was overtaken by Molochian forces, but in a more zoomed-out sense, Pala pushed forward the frontier of what social possibilities could be reified & made progress towards the Moloch-Elua reconciliation.