The current PK events and combat mechanics in general punishes players for being on a less populated side. While timequakes sparked some fighting, I fear I see us going right back into the same rut as Lusternia has been in for over a year. I am not certain how far back this goes. As a player who used to participate in promotions and elite membership, I can say that the current state of the game makes me stay away from any substantial purchases. I have even cancelled my elite membership.
It's funny how people think they are amazing at Lusternia PK only to fight with superior numbers. Numbers have always been an issue, and of course there will be those that say this isn't an issue or that's just the way it is. This mindset is terrible. The game will die to me without competitive PK, and there are a select few who will try their best to snuff out any real competition because it inflates their ego. It is sad that this will slowly destroy Lusternia as I believe Lusternia has the best geography, flavor, and history of any of the IREs. I have offered and encouraged ideas to curb this problem, but it seems to have been in vain.
When there is no conflict, when there are no cities on the politics board aside from the one side, or when one side wins yet another TA, it won't be because they earn it. It won't be because the other side wasn't good. It will be solely because the game mechanics/player base rewards population and discourages healthy competition.
Hopefully, something is changed to actually fix the problem and doesn't band-aid the solution. Until then, you will probably see me around, but not as much. Maybe, I can hop in those magical times with my side has enough numbers to even compete.
It is sad when it feels a few whales have gotten to dictate the game to it's death, but that definitely seems to be the case. This may be my issue with what I expect from PK in a game, and while I haven't spent substantial money in some time the reason has been because I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. I won't invest in a game just to be an ego inflation to a certain few.