The game-killing has been done by AE itself; ancient WHs, v2, rapid-fire releases, Q now smallest server population ever. Truly elite GMs and the legit crew, we always help keep the game alive (and populous; look at the top fleeted guilds!!
) in spite of itself, and the players' en masse own nature.
I said helped. And I was refering to all of the GM's of all of the at least slightly relevant guilds. The metagame pretty much requires to totally obliberate your enemies, and people get tired of putting effort into something to be totally destroyed without any chance to recover. I'm not so much "pro alpha" but they actually worked out a solution to maintain the server alive.
I personally only enjoy the first 2-3 weeks of a server because it's exciting to see guilds form with silly names and wonder who is who and where, etc, and conquering your galaxies is kind of fun, but like in this server pretty much no-one contested anyone relevant. It's kind of sterile at best.
Also, obligatory Y U NO EVE WITH MEH? ;-;
TL;DR Ae is bad and southy is a fgt :3