Not to diminish what A-21 has done because they really have done an amazing job considering the circumstances but the world was very much dead before Hybrid and co came back again. RAID and NOB!! were pretty much rolling over due to extreme inactivity in both tribes and TDE was casually snacking on both. Nothing significant happened during that period of time and so the world could be qualified as dead or dying.
The outcome was clear until Hybrid and Foc came in and saved the day. lol
When Ru4x leadership left us we found ourself with a 50 accounts tribe, half without player and in need of sitter.
When joker left, Rohan found himslef duke of Raid with 3/4 of the frontline with TDE being sat accounts.
He was so desperate he even promoted LBJ and me co duke with him lol.
With Ramman we all had 4-8 account to sit all time (half being under pression by TDE).
We hold because TDE was sending terrible trains (sniping !), was never thinking of pre noble or recap and were changing target as soon as they encounter resistance.
Seing the situation i don't see how we could have done better, TDE was more than active, almost twice our size and we didn't lost much ground (the vills lost to jeremy doesn't count lol).
Sorry Rohan i can't let you say your best decision was to leave the leadership to HS (even if it was a good one lol).
I wouldn't say the world was dead either, there were action on all the frontline every day. It wasn't as active as it has been after A-21 creation but you can't say dead.
During that time Nob ate their inactive and prepared to join the war.
After HS came back secretly with enough players to fill the inactives accounts, then Nob declared on TDE.
Since the situation was still not really in our favor the project End Game that was suspended for some time was rediscussed and rename A-21.