Nice, you totally ruined your kingdom. Will you even have a player left on your return? How many gold users will be dissatisfied with players doing what you are doing?
Kings need to be available and that is something you should have taken into consideration when joining a server. Have any idea how poor this is for your team?
To enter any sort of vacation mode you should abdicate first and allow someone active to take the reins.
Pandering to players like spinix is why we are in this mess in the first place.
Thank you for expressing you view.
You will note that under the rule changes that came in with kingdom unions kings have no option to abdicate although I'm sure you will appreciate that I see no obligation to do so in my circumstance.
I appreciate that you're not here so you don't know but to give you further context.....
I started the server a month after it started with the intention only of looking at the mechanics of the king role. When people joined me, which was only by accident of geography only (I made no recruitment efforts at all), I made this clear and advised that not only was it unrealistic to attempt it when there were already clear contenders with large, strong pre-formed kingdom groups but that I had absolutely no intentions of attempting to be a major power on the server.
No player that joined the kingdom expressed any desire to alter our stance.
I negotiated an alliance with another smaller kingdom with a very aggressive attitude to allow those who wished to to join co-ordinated attacks to have a crack since I had no offence capability and no-one else in the kingdom had the activity levels required to act as offence co-ordinator.
That allied kingdom fell by the wayside to retaliatory attacks and when the Wonders got released I brokered a deal with the king of the leading kingdom to allow any of my players who wished to, to join his kingdom. The numbers at that time were something like 95 in his kingdom and 12 in mine, they had over 8 million vp's, we had 300k or so.
I have been by some way the most active player in the kingdom and, I think, the only gold buyer (certainly the 2 Dukes I sit for do not use gold and they are among the other higher activity players).
It cannot be known but I suspect that had I played the server with more ambition then most of the few players I had in the kingdom would have seen a little more action but over a shorter period and would have been destroyed by one of the major powers and would have quit well before now.
The server is now to all intents and purposes over.
I'm now going on holiday with my family and my conscience is entirely clear.
Not activating vacation mode would, in all probability, be more damaging to my kingdom (given that clearly I'm not going to tell my kids to go play on the beach on their own because Daddy's too busy playing a persistent universe online multi-player game and the dozen people he met up with online over the past few months are more important to me than you are).
What I would say is that if I were the only active leader in a kingdom that was in with a real chance of competing for victory or some other rewarding endgame goal then the decision would not be so easy, however it is highly unlikely that a kingdom without a strong leadership team of at least 4 or 5 players would be in such a position and again I would be comfortable in leaving them to get on with it.. I have twice in only two previous kingdoms servers I have played, had the misfortune of playing under kings that went awol (in the second case completely, never heard of again, within a week of union). The leadership team that I was part of in each case was frustrated with the situation and it certainly held us back but in the first case we won the server despite the king's lack of contribution because of the strength of the team and in the second we managed a creditable performance despite having no king at all for months. The absence of a single member in a game such as this even if the king is not the determining factor for "ruining the kingdom" especially not if it's for a week on the beach.
The approach you bring to the game is not the same as many, there are plenty with a far more casual attitude then that which you display.
"Pandering to players like spinix is why we are in this mess in the first place." - really? I think you're overplaying your cards here. It's not a "mess". You are occasionally getting frustrated in having farms closed off from you or targets hiding away before you finish them off, is that really game breaking for you? Annoying yes but seriously hampering your progress in the game? I very much doubt it. And really it's not pandering to enable someone to take a break from a game that takes months to complete when it's necessary.