With the age of the game, and the declining number of players, some of the stringent forum rules are being updated and amended for the smaller player base that the game is played.
One such rule that has been updated is that a forum ban no longer means you are automatically banned in-game unless the punishment for the content of your forum post is a gross misconduct, then it will be reviewed and your nation may be deleted at that point based upon moderator(s) discretion. You will still be restricted from participating at the forums but normal in-game actions, as long as they aren't rule violations, will be permitted.
Rules have been updated to such:
If you receive a 100% warn level on the forums, you will be subject to removal from the forums AND have your nation deleted and banned from the game at moderator(s) discretion.
Along with your normal Warn Reduction Requests that you file to have your warn level lowered based upon good behavior, moderator(s) now will be doing "drive by" warn reductions when they are monitoring a thread and see a poster who is exhibiting good forum posting but has an old warn hanging over their head. So mind your P's and Q's and you might just get a surprise warn reduction for your good posting behavior.