Thank you Bert, but it was not down to me, I am but 1 member within TLA. Perhaps one with a bit moreskin in the game then some others, but without a vast majority of the members remaining and past within TLA, it would not be as strong as it is today.
Grind held on for much longer then I had anticipated. When Exile split off, I fully expected to see a civil war break out, but purposely decided to stay out of it, as I saw both tribes as the enemy. Grind falling apart from the inside was down to a large number of factors, some of which are personalities of Grinders in power and with strong vocabulary, but I think you would find that many of the areas of dispute were instigated by people under attack by TLA, or friends of those under attack. TLA's pressure may not have had a 100% impact of the downfall in Grind, but if you follow the domino effect ofoccurances, I suspect you will find TLA's pressure has had an incredibly strong imprint on what has happened within Grind.
The remaining players there are a mixture of those who have nothing better to do so will see it through, but have given up trying, those who will fight till the end, regardless (like Harvey), those who have happily sat on the backlines sitting on their own support nobling barbs this whole time who have yet to see much action, and inactive accounts whose premium points have stopped them from going barb. I think there is about 5,000 villages left.
Once the world is over, I will be posting a thank you to everyone who has made this game fun for me, including those in TLA, Grind, and many other tribes in the past. Biggest thank you obviously for those who have helped make TLA what it is today, but without a reasonable adversary the game would have been far too boring to continue with.
(and Bert, I too have found you to be quite a good player, and one with honour)