> It looks like they are only doing it because of ideology.
You say that like it's a bad thing. Ideology is important to some of us.
> Is it really worth spending the resources?
Since the outcome is likely to be the same state we have now, probably not. I don't see a way out of it unless the "alternate distribution" idea takes off. A Debian derivative that's officially maintained by the Debian project which meets all of the FSF requirements seems possible.