Is someone organizing a relief effort? If not I'll volunteer. Anyone who wants to help out the disaster ridden NE, just send a small (or large) monetary donation to me, I promise to take care of it :icon_wink:
Based on memory when I was keeping much better track of the maps, I remember thinking that the NE developed slower than the other areas. So if players joined in that direction less frequently, the areas would have developed slower (and more spread out), so the players there would not have grown the same.
Never a lot of attention paid to rim tribes early on as the most exciting and skillful fighting is happening in the core. There are pros and cons to that as even the biggest rim players/tribes can freak out when the incomings start flying or, they learn along the way slowly and become dangerous through a combination of skill and size.