Hi. I need some clarity on what will happen under the new union rules for kings.
The situation is that shortly after our kingdom union our extremely active king suddenly went absent and all attempts to contact him through his other Travian server account and through Facebook have failed over the course of several weeks now. Leaving aside the worrying high probability that this implies something very significantly bad has happened to either him or someone very close to him it does give us some questions in the game.
Previously if this had happened with a bit of jiggery pokery you could end up with a senior Duke taking up the mantle but I understand that in order to enforce commitment from kings and 'vice-kings' this is now impossible, why this should be necessary when it hasn't been previously is something of a mystery to me and it does seem a little unfair to be honest, after all the punishment for that failure in commitment falls not on the guilty party* but on those left behind, but it is what it is.
(*and in this case we are as close to 100% certain as we can be that the "guilty party" is far from guilty but has in fact suffered some terrible misfortune).
We can limp along in some fashion for the time being however at some point we understand that his sitter will be prevented from logging in on his account due to him not keeping his account active himself (when will this be?). Further once the sitter has not been able to log in for 7 days we're going to have a grey king and some time after that (how long in this circumstance?) our king will be automatically deleted from the server.
At any point is there any action that we can take to mitigate the negative effects that this train of events will bring to us?
The server is in it's 58th day and our kingdom is in the top 10 by victory points and fairly well placed territoriality for Wonder release.