Removing all progression rules is killing us.
Writers are leaving Chaos faster than joining. My theory is because there's not much variety left to write for anymore. Now you either join a Major Faction and clique up; do doms; invasions etc.
Or you write one off's or private threads.
Gone are the days when you could put in the effort and be proud to display that shiny Tier 6 Company that can crank out a big ship, bigger than just what a Major Faction could do alone.
Gone are the days when you could feel a sense of pride about your character getting promoted to Master after much, much work.
Gone are the days when Diplomacy and Contracts actually mattered.
Gone are the days when you could be proud to hold a cool Cannon item that you put effort into finding.
In this writers opinion we have nerfed too far, and invalidated several avenues of alternative RP besides the grind of Factionism or Private Threadism.
I know folks will say "It's on the Writer to display their creativity, it's all in your hands."
But really who wants to see twenty noobie RP'ers running around with Master tags? Or massive Companies they put zero effort into.
I think a lack of a progression system has cut off a large chunk of writers who came here for that attraction.
We are competing for folks attention on all fronts. We vs TV, Movies, Video-games, RL stuff etc.
We used to have over a couple hundred active writers. I notice we are down to like seventy five writers (approx.) That log in and participate daily.
The map game and the cliques just aren't cutting it anymore....