I am hoping to clear up some of the misinformation I am seeing on this post. Its unfortunate that we get only here from the disgruntled and argumentative folks on the forum and they paint with a very large brush. Here's some facts that might help clarify the US situation:
We did form a congress which is representative of all the US clans that want to participate. We have a weighted voting system and we try to focus on weekly planning strategies since that's about the longest term that makes any sense. Currently we have 4 main clans. Our moderator brings up issues one at a time and we allow each clan to speak on the subject and then we evaluate the consequences and opinions in a very civil manner and vote. We were getting along great.
With the departure of VCO, TF and now IGG we are short on veteran players but we still have quite a few talented and civil minded players. It might seem toxic based on the continued ranting and name calling we typically see every day by a few bad apples. Overall we aren't in a meltdown. As for NPG it seems you heard that Lion will be less involved due to his new endeavour. Daniel Silver puts a lot of effort into organizing with our crafters and coop system, negociating with other nations and clans, and will probably continue to improve with port battles. We may try to adopt a 4 group strategy next time instead of putting all the pressure on just one battle caller. I think Black clan does something like that. I don't think DD will be cooperating with the rest of the clans anymore and will probably try to solo attack pirate held regions...to each his own.
We are crippled by a lack of conquest marks atm. I attended every pb we ever had since the wipe and was making 7 per day. I got up to 90 at one point and then they all got spent on aggies, blueprints, and a couple of Loceans. The rest of the guys in the US nation barely have any CMs and it looks like we aren't going to be able to do a lineship pb for quite some time. I got 15 CMs and will be making only 1 CM per day by this weekend so it doesn't look good. We need to be able to feel we can replace our losses Aggies and lineships if we are gonna sail them. Hope that makes sense.
Taking Savanah wasn't such a horrible thing IMHO as it has given us a chance to improve on PVP teamwork. I see a lot of new pirate names patrolling and some lower ranks as well which is great for everyone to learn the tactics. I think in a week or so other dynamics will begin that may draw the pirates to defend against the brits and maybe at that point we both will feel we've had enough PVP practice around our capital for a while. It does put a damper on moving trade goods around and doing missions is quite risky. So in some ways its helping us get some skills but in other ways its keeping us crippled and falling further behind.
So just wanted to share my overview of the US situation at the moment and hope we can all move on with good sportsmanship and enjoy the battles to come. Good luck to you all and happy sails!