Just because you see a nation with more than 2 years of play don't assume they sit here nightly and read every topic on these forums or even remotely want to get involved in politcs of CN. Up until 6 months ago when we merged with the GDA..we hadn't been in a single war outside tech raids. So to say things are pretty standard to you and others in the political/war arena, they don't necessarily apply to the community as a whole.
This is remarkably common.
My feeling it is due to the rather hostile environment that the forums have become. When I first started playing CN, in the summer between GWIII and the Unjust War, the forums were not terribly difficult to keep up with. Mostly back then I read them to keep up with Valhalla's antics; that was the summer of Wedgie's reign of terror in Purple.
People argued, but there wasn't that sense of incredible bitterness that permeates the forums now.
Back then, there were plenty of sycophants, as there are now, but back then sycophancy mostly took the form of posting nice things about your idols, whereas now it mostly takes the form of slamming your idol's enemies.
It worries me that we seem to have taken up Josef Thorne as our model for posting.