What you are doing with the all-time peak stats is what all modern news media seems to do these days with statistics, using a stat for a narrative without actually explaining the significance.
The top player peak was from Janurary 2021…right after covid lockdowns really started to become severe. So the playerbase obviously exploded which is why that month it increased 132% and had declined. People just went back to work.
no people in chat selling anything no more
Thats because shops have become much more useful and people no longer really need to.
i dont want the game to be about who has biggest team and who out grinded who!
There is nothing that can be done about this, more people and more time just means you have the advantage. Just need to play to your own strengths.
Your points about tech tree removal is radical but not misguided.
I am in the same boat as many who think that progression is too fast these days, but completely removing the tech trees isnt really the answer, too many things you would have to find these days
Imagine trying to get everything for electricity , farming, or cars naturally by roaming, it would just be too much effort.
They definitely should rebalance tech trees tho, I dont think there is a reason that someone who does nothing but run their local dirt road is able to tech tree to raiding tools without actually needing to do any monuments. Certain things should definitely be more rare. But that is just my opinion.