Oh boy, this is a hot topic. Even I have to admit that this experiment isn’t working, and it is particularly dangerous for me to say that. Noticed the recent urban sprawl? Notice how noobs just come in and build ugly slums? Notice how no one respects their land anymore? It’s all connected to the removal of pirates. While re-adding pirates would basically cripple the economy at this point, it’s the only realistic solution to this ridiculous outbreak of urban sprawl and the wasting of scarce resources.
When pirates existed, people actually used their land. People had to develop their land, build a real base, and struggle through ages of hardship that made possible the banding together of the server’s players into nations and alliances in which we all had a shared goal, no matter if we were united or divided, the goal of survival. People built tall, people strived for efficiency, people built cities with large, productive populations. People got their land and sticked with it, because they knew that that land and what they built on it is the only thing stopping the onslaught of the ghoulish Arimfean hordes looking to tear apart all men and women that stood in their way. But now that is gone, and feckless noobs are spreading like wildfire, drying up space and resources they don’t even know how to exploit responsibly.
Point is, people who don’t know how to use their resources responsibly are reproducing at an exponential rate because there are no ghouls to eat them… er… I mean pirates to stop them. Arbusto is fully claimed. Quod is almost fully claimed. Lots of planets are getting claimed up fast, faster than ever before in history, and no one is even doing anything with that land! And because the human species now lacks any natural predators, noobs have no reason to join other people’s already-built bases, and small noob slums are appearing everywhere because no one is stopping them from wasting our space, fuel, food, minerals, water, and air.
Someone has to stand up to the plague of urban sprawl. Noobs should be coerced by the dangers around them to join settlements instead of building undefended trash cans. Otherwise, there will be noobs everywhere on every planet, and the only way anyone will be able to get any room on those planets is through full-on, hardcore war. This is NOT a desirable outcome. If there is any hope for the future of mankind, it is if pirates are added back, and if there is population pressure so that a tall, rather than wide, playstyle is encouraged.
Oh and not to mention that politics is a complete and utter cluster ####, some players get bored, the concept of duty basically doesn’t exist anymore, it’s almost time to fire the nukes at Ekatera for grabbing up every resource that exists, and most importantly there is no struggle. These are all bad.