I honestly feel like this was KIND OF Joe Kelly's own attempt at a much smaller scale version of something like 'kingdom come'
Except instead of the gritty heroes of the late 80s early 90s it was in answer to the all too short but burning hot popularity of the authority.
Personally I would like to have seen another swipe taken at the idea when the nu52 hit. With authority now in the dcu they could have easily had the actual ellis/millar style authority overthrowing regimes, killing dictators, crossing borders, doing crazy rockstar violent shit. Then have the JLA having to kinda put a stop to their shit. Have a nice little crossover JLA vs Authority story with competing ideologies and some damn cool fights. Maybe get to see Midnighter completely hand batmans ass to him.
But nope instead we just got that awful nu52 stormwatch.