Why did you retire from trying?
I mean its just too much effort. Like running elite tribes (~10 or so core players) gets very tiring once you start hitting 150+ villages. The game UI just isn't very well suited for massive villa management (the mass recruit function is also broken & buggy, constantly fails to recruit in all selected villas), and spy management after 100+ villas is just a pain. For late-late game, losing even one player frontline player can drastically change the world dynamic (given competitive opponents) - and that honestly was a little stressful since I am usually the one that versus the top enemy players/wherever help was needed.
Also sucks to not have data analytic tools like tw2-tools (though someone did build an improved replica we used for en44 internally - made the game much more interesting from a strategic analyses perspective)
ah yes my guide to new players
1) don't build archers
2) i mean who needs archers anyways
3) spearman is so cheap just build tons of them and you'll be fine
4) have i said archers are bad
5) no one is ever going to build ma especially not me