I remember joining during the Q era, being and new to Foreign Affairs but SNOW was my first venture into being on my own while being part of TOOL. Something to run all on my own, I stayed throughout the years, becoming Council, deputy Hand of Foreign Affairs and then finally Hand of Foreign Affairs. I've seen much in my time in TOOL and watch myself approach 1000 days and wonder how many eras of Planet Bob will pass before I finally put down the torch?
It has still been painful to see all the faces come and go and the most painful one was recently watching the longtime leader of TOOL - Graham and Dodo respectively step down and pass over the torch to me. This is never a position I thought or hoped to have. Certainly not one I wanted. But then again - a true leader sees all the work to be done and never really rests.
The other day I was shocked when I realized the larger alliance is only about 600 nations, and the top sanctioned alliances are all between 200-300. I thought TOOL was on the smaller side with 180 because I remember when we were 300 but it seems it is a Planet Bob wide thing. 180 is big now compared to when NPO was nearing 1000.
So many things have changed when IRON is only 511 nations and others I remember at 600 are now 280. I thought people were kidding about recruiting being tough now but I can see why with the shrinking numbers and not many newer ones coming in.
So many more faces are leaving now and more aren't coming in. It is hard to see what keeps us going in this world. Some of us say community but when communities are suffering from inactivity and slowly wasting away, I wonder what the future of Planet Bob is and how this will impact us all. It gets difficult to watch friends leave. The numbers shrink every day.