This… I don’t have words to describe the headache I got reading this.
Vanilla was their first release of the game. If you think ANY game is released pristine and perfect. You. Are. Wrong.
The fact that the game has evolved over the years (let’s ignore the money grab changes for now), is proof that they are continuously attempting to improve the game.
The fact that the guards become aggressive if a player attacks another is proof that neutral cities are a no fly zone. Period. Fight the guards too or don’t fight at all.
The fact that you are defending people who exploit the ‘gaps’ just makes me think you’re salty you can’t do it anymore!