I honestly agree with your statement of the server being boring, I haven't read your whole post but if the jist of it is that the server is boring then I agree.
hostile RP has been eradicated almost fully, if you do get hostile RP it's from the same group over and over again, of which gets repetitive and boring. The same people make the same groups with different names but almost the exact same play style n mindset (sadly I suffer from this conundrum quite often myself).
many of the people I would say made my time on this server interesting and I believe effected others on the sever have been banned, 90% of them, not due to their ingame actions, but due to their actions on the forums.
The game was always dead, it was always killing the server, but bad decisions and a harsh forum punishment system has led to the already dying playerbase being slaughtered even more. This isn't just about my friends, as I have felt this backlash of my friends being banned, you don't feel like playing anymore, especially when they were banned due to forum actions.
groups are archieving, peaceful groups come, get shit on, archive. Hostile groups come, get reported loads, go. I had seen that new paladin group appear, I was happy and it gave me hope, however they then archived.
Another issue is the fact 'apparently' groups have been told that their settlements need to be moved to specific locations, yes they are not forced but the threat of being in pvp constantly forces them to, so they move, RP gets centralised and it goes stale.
personally a big issue for me is there only being 1 hotspot, and for selfish individuals trying to force groups to not create rival hotspots, centralising RP doesn't work, even with a small player base we need to strive to have at least 2 hotspots which aren't attacked every hour of the day, because it makes the game more interesting.
-The game is boring, update may fix this
-RP is stale and bland
-1 settlement is a bad idea, 2 or more are required
-anyone trying to force a settlement to move unless this group had been openly hostile is doing something stupid and irresponsible
-reduced rules regarding shit posting, prioritise someone's RP over their forum activity (as it should be)
This is my opinion and isn't to be taken as fact or fiction, it is just my perspective on the sever