Thank you for the response.
Let's say you've planned this to a certain point in time (yes, the one kingdom creating armies and the other collecting VP's is a sound strategy with this.) - there must have been a point in time for you where the merger would have *had* to happen or else the strategy would fall apart as you've described. Why did you not free one of the duke-slots of the VP-kingdom, invited the dukes of the other kingdom in turn, to then invite all the governors in their (temporary) space, and continue to do this until the 'manual' merger was complete? Duke-hopping I've called it in my last posts?
The thing is we settled on the far WW. Which means that connecting from spawn to WW would take a lot of connected Treasury village, which in my opinion can only be done thru the early merging. Not all of us spawned at the right place. Some adjusted as we are not that part of a big kingdom. Most of our dukes were just met on the actual server. As you can see right now on our area. Our villages are connected thru my duke, then his duke, then my duke. Which means even if we are already connected, with the late merging, still our area is not connected.
With the delay we had to suffer on villages not connected which in return didn't grant tributes for us.
Yes, you would not have gotten the 'big area' thing in that instant, but you'd have kept the armies and VP's all the same. That's my question - why didn't you follow the strategy - which is a strategy metas use, just with more than two kingdoms - despite the button for it missing? This should have been done a few weeks back, when you were in the right position, anstead of playing on seperately, of course, so this ain't no solution for you anymore. Didn't you know that could be done?
With the late merging, we had to deal with the other kingdoms reaching our territories. If the merge happened already, and we attacked them. Then the VP produced would already be part of the Merged VP. Instead the VP distributed with my kingdom and the other kingdom.
Our VP right now compared to before was a huge diff. Right now our VP is 489,224, imagine if this was added to our merged kingdom. Then it is not wasted. Their VP is 473,701, let's say the merge happened earlier, then atleast I can say that our VP shouldve been atleast 600k in total and not as 489k (if we merge today or in the future) since if we merge theirs will be useless.
As for the 'big area' thing - why would anyone be intimidated if *everyone* on the server would have done it all the same? It's not like noone else would have merged - if everyone grows twice as large, the relative size among each other doesn't change and cannot impress?
We occupied the area earlier than them, but due to the face that we don't want to waste our troops that early, we waited for the merge to happen and attack so that the VP will be added on the merged kingdom. Instead we waited, then waited, then waited, till all of them are settled already too... and the rest is messed up.