In a way i can agree with Rory and yourself (majoo) over this.
The lore factions haven't done enough to warrent a successful wipe. We have not had any events that promote these groups properly. UN have hid away, CDF became inactive and disbanded and Chedaki didnt last long enough to make an impact.
The UN could have sorted out care packages for the people in SZ mainly in Cherno. Yes they were kicked out of Cherno (from what i heard) but IC transmissions could have been given for meet ups even just Ural drop offs. CDF became inactive which is a shame and Chedaki aswell but again this could have been working with simple mini events.
Now inactivity is a huge problem on the servers and um gonna say this now, you cant just blame the game. Yes the game isnt as fun as it doesnt have alot to offer but for our servers its about 20% for actual game build with 80% based on RP. The game doesnt make our servers, the players do and if inactivity and falling server population is occuring then there is only one answer:
-The RP isnt good enough
TBH i fully agree with that, from my time online all i have is regret that i wasted my time logging in. Now im not saying everyday will be awesome but from my time in the last year playing i cannot tell you a memorable session. Ive seen trolling/badrp, ive seen the server practically dead due to people hiding away.
Simple ongoing events could have spiced things up, simple supply runs and drop offs could have lead to many dynamic choices such as robbing the event or following it to the plan. Either choice would make the RP go down a certain road.
Im actually worried now about the server, with the way it looks of UN disbanding after this weeks event all i can see is a server full of survivor groups, a majority of which will hide away. There will be no military groups to act heroic or even set up a new government. When you look to the past the servers were full of a power struggle which kept things interesting. Before lore wipe all groups were happy simply surviving and i can see that again.
Basically to sum it up, we need a power struggle on the server that will last longer than a month to allow drama and dyanamic RP to flow. I thought we were getting there when i saw VDV, CDF and UN with suddenly Chedaki thrown in. I thought to myself, here we go this is like the good old days, map split into sectors war between groups, laws passed down... but no.
Why anyone would stay in SZ when the UN have practically supplied a way out i have no idea. Why stay scavaging when you can be on a plane/helicopter transfered to a facility and supplied with food and clean clothing?
So much could have been done.