yes it isn't "obvious", that's why I'm asking and wrote a huge-ass wall-of-text why the merge button doesn't make a difference to the game. If things were "obvious" we obviously wouldn't need to have a talk in first place?
The main thing I can guess by the kingdoms on the server itself is that some teams apparently thought hat VP's would get merged as well and have maintained two kingdoms clearly marked as unions, but collected treaures and VP's with both of them instead of swapping all their treasures to one of them as Jett described is what the tops do.
Like thinking that if they have two kingdoms with 500k victory points and they'd merge them they'd have a million afterwards.
But kingdom unions won't and were never meant to merge victory-points (that would lead to huge frustrations as the dominant strategy would then be to wait with merging 'till the endgame and then merge among the most powerful kingdoms, not merge early and strong with weak kingdoms).
In that case, the strategy would have failed miserably regardless if with or without the feature, because people have built their strategies not on this feature as designed but on fantasies we can't read out of their minds. That's currently my only explanation and to see if there's anything actually messed up systematically instead of just a frustrating misunderstanding is what I wanted to investigate with this response.
Ofc i know that there is no VP merge... But if the merge was implement on time my team wich was ready to use the merge as soon as the option would be available would make our kingdom propably the biggest on the server. That means more prestige to atract more players in the area etc etc. Diplomacy is a big factor in the game(at least for my kind of play/I was first on server with city to expand my kingdom as soon as possible etc,etc). Never the less the Travian company promised a server with the merge option available and that not happent.
Let me clear things up here, actually I do play with @sersor_COM. I do not want to tell our whole plan here but this gives us no choice.
First of all, we knew that when merged, the other VP will be unused. That's why we had a plan that the other kingdom (sersor's) will attack and take as many treasure as wanted to gain enough VP to contend. While the other kingdom (which is us) to stay blind side and gain enough troops once the merge happens. We also thought that the merging will happen mid game as you said, if that happened mid game, we couldve had controlled the area faster. Since the delay was too much, it came to the point that our kingdom has overtaken their VP because of too much attacks and controlling of the area happened to us.
Now we ranked as 10th place and them as 11th. Take note that if the merging happened few weeks back, they were 5th place and we are 29th place. You think nothing wont change if the merging happened during those week? There's already so many factors that changed this late merging. So now if we will merge, their VP will be of waste.
Think of it, if we merged during mid-game and we made war with the other kingdoms, our generated VP could've added on their kingdom. But instead it was added to us which then generated enough VP to overtake theirs.
Anyway i fed up with this. Do as you like, you just lost me as a hardcore travian fan.