Server History

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Simplicity PvP is a survival Minecraft server which has existed since April 2011. The server was created for the purpose of uninhibited player versus player combat. Griefing, killing, stealing, and scamming are not only allowed but encouraged. The only thing forbidden is hacking. Despite these unforgiving conditions, the server has developed a strong community, and players have cooperated to form large teams and create immense structures.

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Contents

The First Era, The Dawn Age (2011-2012)

The first era of Simplicity PvP history begins in early 2011 and ends in late 2012. It includes the very early days of the server, as well as the rise and fall of its first major team.

Prehistory

The server began on April 23, 2011. In the early days, PvP [1] was very common, and there was little focus on construction. Players rarely ventured more than a few thousand meters from spawn. The map was reset on September 15th, 2011, eliminating all traces of this era from the server. Yet even without leaving any physical remnants, this was a formative period in the culture of the server and the time when many major players made their first appearances.

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Both the world files and a cartographic map of the 1.7 map can be downloaded as torrents.

Simpson's House

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One of the only major build projects from before the map reset was RevStoningpot's replica of The Simpsons House.

PvP Castle

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The PvP Castle, also built by RevStoningpot, was another landmark from before the Map Reset.

Eden and the Birth of Civilization

In late September 2011, only shortly after the Map Reset, construction began on the first significant project of the server, a large ocean base called Eden. Ten players joined together to create and defend the base, at the time an unprecedented feat of both diplomacy and engineering.

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The leaders and principal architects were BoxyLiz and LittleBoxOfEmo. Though neither play on the server today, their legacy lives on. Eden remains one of the most well known and respected bases of Simplicity PvP.

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Other players who helped with the project include EricCMiller, Lavadude42, mitte90, frejeban, LaughingMan, worldruler086, LoneSoldier55, and Gygantorz.

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Many of these players went on to play important roles in later bases and teams across the server.

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In November 2012, following a disagreement on the recent votes on the server distance limit, Eden was tragically betrayed and griefed by one of its residents, Worldruler086. He felt immediately guilty and, despite some pushback, was able to stay. However, not too long after, while the roofing of Eden was being placed, the coords were discovered, and the base was abandoned.

After the destruction of Eden, most members of the team, including BoxyLiz, LittleBoxOfEmo, Lonsoldier55, and Worldruler086, went on to construct a new base, Avalon.

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After only a few months, Avalon was also abandoned, when its location was compromised.

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The team left Avalon and began work on a new base, The Hive, intending to surpass their previous constructions. After completing the Hive, many members of the team became inactive on the server, having grown tired of griefers.

The last bases that BoxyLiz and LittleBoxOfEmo took part in were Kashyyyk and Damocles, which were mainly built by RevStoningpot. The construction of Damocles marks the end of the first era.

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Stone Island

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Another significant early team base was Stone Island, led by RevStoningpot. Dpylz, Qwuke, FoSchnizzle, xavter, StarryRose, and mitte also lived there.

Stone Island fell when one of its members, Qwuke, betrayed it.

The Flying Castle

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In late 2011, trouble_354 built the Flying Castle, another major server landmark. Though he no longer plays on the server, others have continued to repair the castle over the years.

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Castle Snowfrog

Roughly concurrent with the rise and fall of Eden was the birth of a new base, Castle Snowfrog. An immense cobblestone castle only a few thousand meters from spawn, it has been a fixture of the server for years.

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Unlike nearly all other bases from the era, Castle Snowfrog is still inhabited and is periodically repaired by its owner, snowfrog43.

Oasis

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In 2012, DeflowVesper created Oasis, another of the server's oldest active bases.

S.S. Snow Pot Princess

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On April 20th, 2012, RevStoningpot held a party[2] on his yacht, the S.S. Snow Pot Princess, and then blew it up.

World Border and PvP World

During this era, many players began moving farther from spawn to attain greater safety. This had a negative impact on the server community as a whole, however, because it reduced player interaction and cohesion. A vote was held on the forum, and on December 26th, 2011, a 5k world border was implemented. Players already outside of the border were allowed to remain outside, but those inside who attempted to break out were given a temporary ban as a deterrent. The border helped, but most players found it overly restrictive. As a compromise, the border was eventually removed, and a new feature was added called the PvP World in October 2012. Now, by typing /world, players can teleport to a small area intended for trade and PvP, allowing them to interact with distant players. Though /world, as it's called, is far from vanilla, it has proven to be a popular feature and remains implemented to this day.

The Second Era, The Golden Age (2012-2014)

The second era begins in late 2012. It is defined by an increase in the size and complexity of bases, as well as the birth of several significant clans.

Pooligan and Berni's Place

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Pooligan and Berni's Place was a large structure created in late 2012 by berni1410 and Pooligan. It was a significant architectural achievement for its time. It was eventually griefed by IMMERONE.

Valhalla

The second era truly began with the founding of Valhalla in late 2012, or perhaps early 2013, by MisterStrawman.

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Strawman was accompanied by DakkaDok, Deflowvesper, Infam0us, Skaterhan1, and IMMERONE. Together, they constructed one of the most advanced bases the server had yet seen. It boasted iron farms, a gold farm, an enderman farm, and other impressive achievements.

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Like most bases on the server, Valhalla was eventually raided when griefers discovered the coords. It is commonly believed that it was Skaterhan1 who betrayed the base, but the details are still unknown, and he denies involvement with the raid. After the fall of his base, Strawman was absent from the server for several years.

Mushroom Kingdom

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In mid-2013, RevStoningpot established a large team, the Mushroom Kingdom.[3] It had many residents, including Eggthief, Oldolwa, Mr_Hole_Digger, LetsGetTr0pical, FoSchnizzle, and Morganrath.

Castle Toadstool

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RevStoningpot built a replica of Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64 on the server in 2013.

Castle Black

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Another significant base formed in 2013 was Castle Black. This castle was built by EggThief, while various others, including Morl0ck, helped him. It was not nearly as large as many other bases on the server, but it was notable for its proximity to spawn and its role in helping introduce new players to the server.

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Chain City

In early 2013, the player Unclechain created a large city called Chain City or Unclechain City. He was helped by Xestia, Pippenger, and other players, but did most of the work himself.

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The city would impress[4] travelers over the ages, such as Ultra_Badass, and also served as a partial inspiration for the highly influential Imperial Architecture style in later years.

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Morl0ck's Castle

In mid 2013, the server saw the construction of the largest base so far, Morl0ck's Castle.

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Aided by Renf0x, EricCMiller, LetsGetTr0pical, el_andres96, LegendaryArtz, Wolfbitten, and Ellitra, Morl0ck created a truly immense base. Not only larger than those before it but also constructed with greater attention to detail, this castle set a new standard for architecture on Simplicity PvP.

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The castle was not discovered until 2017, and it enjoyed approximately four years of safety and growth.

MCMAFIA

In the spring of 2013, Lysergidi created a new clan, MCMAFIA. Since Lyser had a reputation as a longtime troll, the team was not initially taken seriously, but several rich and skilled players such as Clipchip became associated with the team and developed it into something greater.

Nara

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Nara was a base created near the end of the Golden Age by OdinFire. Other residents included Clipchip and JavelinFury. Many residents of Nara were part of MCMAFIA. Nara was abandoned after less than a year.

Cindisfarne

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Cindisfarne was a small island base constructed by Cinnabars in the spring of 2013, with help from Pippenger.

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It was here that Pippenger learned the building skills that would allow him to create Imperial Architecture later on. Cindisfarne also served as a form of an early prototype for the much larger city Ascaris, which was founded roughly one year later.

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The Empire

The second era concluded with the rise and fall of Pippenger's first team, The Empire, which was possibly the largest team the server has ever seen. Pippenger was a highly ambitious player, who intended to remake the server in his image. The Empire was extremely controversial. Many players disliked its authoritarian structure and believed that Pippenger lacked the skills or the roots on the server (having only joined in early 2013) to lead a major team.

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Pre-Imperial History

Pippenger joined the server for the first time in May 2013, with very little prior experience playing online. He was fairly noobish and required much help to survive in his early days, from players such as eggtheif.

Pippenger spent time helping at Unclechain City and Cindisfarne, where he learned the skills necessary to create his own bases and make his mark on the server.

In the months leading up to the creation of The Empire, its future leader, Pippenger, became notable on the server for his attempts to help many noobs survive. This would bring him popularity among some players, but it would also bring him the hatred of others, who believed that his projects diluted the intensity of playing on SimPvP, and filled the server with soft and undesirable players.

The Carrot Wars

In the summer of 2013, Pippenger embarked on a project to turn /world into a public carrot farm for noobs to freely access. It was intended to prevent starvation and bolster the server's population. However, the farms were eventually all destroyed by Baron_Ultimax and Pippenger's other enemies.

This period has also been referred to as /World War I.

Birth of an Empire

Not long after the conclusion of the Carrot Wars, Pippenger declared himself Emperor of a new team, the Holy Pippenger Empire, or The Empire for short. Pippenger hoped to continue his pro-noob efforts on a larger scale, undertaking projects such as planting grass and trees at spawn, providing free food to noobs, and constructing many public bases, this time with the help of many allies.

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The Empire was also intended to be a large and highly disciplined team, carefully organized to build the largest and most architecturally impressive bases on the server.

Caladan

The original capital of The Empire was Pippenger's ocean castle, Caladan.

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From their capital, Pippenger and his allies attempted to colonize other areas of the server and attempted to create more public farms in /world and near spawn. The Empire was dedicated to rapid growth. It not only helped noobs but also recruited many of those noobs onto the team. Partly as a result of this, The Empire itself gained a reputation as a noob team and attracted the ire of more serious long-term players.

The First Betrayal

As the population of Caladan and The Empire grew, tensions arose between Pippenger and the citizenry. The Emperor insisted on strict building codes mandating which styles and materials to use, which angered much of the server's anarchic player base.

Shortly afterward, Caladan was griefed, after being betrayed by an unknown resident, and many players left the team.

The Spawn Wars

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During the latter part of the summer of 2013, The Empire redoubled its efforts to aid and recruit noobs in the spawn area and constructed several new castles. However, none of these castles rose to the level of more major contemporaneous bases such as Morl0ck's Castle, mostly due to their proximity to spawn and the frequency of raids, but also due to the general poverty of the team.

Verdolaga

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After being forced to abandon Caladan in late summer 2013, Pippenger and his allies formed a new castle in the mountains, Verdolaga, this time built of cobble instead of stone brick. The new castle was uglier, but also larger and more durable. During this time, The Empire focused its attention on helping and recruiting noobs. Because of the decrease in the wealth, prestige, and security of the team, it suffered a drop in population, especially among more skilled players.

In early September 2013, Verdolaga was discovered and raided by The Empire's enemies.

Tamarisk

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After the destruction of Verdolaga, The Empire constructed a larger castle in a vast plain in the opposite quadrant. This new castle was called Tamarisk, and it eventually grew to rival Caladan in size and population, though not in quality.

During this period, many new players joined the team. The vast majority quickly left the team, but some, including Quint, Kikigreydragon, alexknvl and RythinTheSasauge, would remain on the team for some time, and eventually influence late Imperial history.

By the end of 2013, Tamarisk had become a much less central part of Imperial history and was largely forgotten, for a time.

Kudzu

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Before Tamarisk was complete, Pippenger set off to construct a secondary castle, which he named Kudzu. It was built upon the ruins of an older base of unknown origin on a swamp island.

Several players, including SpencePent, joined The Empire at this point and chose to help build Kudzu.

The Christian Rebellion

Controversy erupted when citizens placed a crucifix on the front of the town's church, in violation of the Emperor's decree that the only allowed religion was Pippengerism. The residents refused to allow the cross to be taken down and instead rose in rebellion against Pippenger. Kudzu was abandoned, but the other imperial towns were unaffected by the revolt.

Wurst

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Castle Wurst was a similar imperial spawn castle built in the same period. It was adapted from older ruins already present in the area.

New Caladan

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In late 2013, Pippenger and his allies relocated to New Caladan, a new imperial capital hidden tens of thousands of meters from spawn. It was intended to become the largest city on the server but fell short of that goal. Residents included DakkaDok, Quint, KikiGreyDragon, alexknvl, Deflowvesper, Morl0ck, and many others.

New Caladan was the first base to be built entirely in the Imperial Architecture style.

During this period, the Imperials attempted to construct the largest city on the server, while maintaining spawn outposts such as Tamarisk, and also continuing to aid and recruit noobs. Ultimately, the strain proved too much, and before long progress slowed considerably.

Kiki's Ban

New Caladan suffered an early setback when one of its founding residents, KikiGreyDragon, was banned for x-ray.

Spence's Quarry

After the Christian Rebellion, Spence later rejoined The Empire and mined a large quarry at New Caladan. This quarry provided most of the stone that was used to build the city.

Deflow Arrives

After Kiki's ban, several new players arrived, including Deflowvesper. Deflow built a large and architecturally impressive house in proper Imperial style, but unfortunately, no photographs of it remain online.

The Quint Affair

In the fall of 2013, controversy erupted in New Caladan when Quint was suspected of harboring traitorous intentions by DakkaDok and Pippenger.

Although Quint was revealed not to be disloyal, this would be the start of a rift between Pippenger and Quint which would contribute to the fall of The Empire, as well as many conflicts later in SimPvP history.

Imperial Decline

Due to various factors, The Empire had entered a period of undeniable decline by late 2013. The citizens were discontent, construction fell far behind schedule, and the prestige of The Empire continued to fall.

Tamarisk Independence

Eventually, the strain of maintaining bases in the distant and dangerous spawn territories proved too great for the failing capital, so Tamarisk and other towns were declared independent, and The Empire stopped actively recruiting noobs to the team. This would represent the start of Tamarisk's vibrant Independent Period, but for The Empire, it was a sign of impending failure.

Birth of the Republic

Sensing growing discontent and disillusionment among the populace, Pippenger declared that henceforth, The Empire would become a republic rather than an autocracy, and citizens would vote on national decisions, even including who would hold the office of Emperor.

Sadly, this did little to slow The Empire's rapid decline.

Death of an Empire

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In February 2014, New Caladan was griefed by an unknown player under the pseudonym Horus, who was later revealed to be DakkaDok.

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At this point, The Empire was officially disbanded.

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The Third Era, The Dark Age (2014-2015)

The third era began in early 2014. It is thought of as something of a dark age in Simplicity PvP history because during this period the server suffered from a major drop in population and player activity. It was generally believed during the time that the server would never recover, which turned out to be only partially true, as the server did eventually regain some of its player base. As recently as April 2015[5], some players considered the server to be dead, though most no longer do.

Nirvana

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Nirvana was an attempt by DakkaDok to recreate the lost base Valhalla. Many people came to help or expressed interest in helping, including DeflowVesper, miniwimi, Infam0us2, and Cinnabars, but sadly, little was completed.

After only a few months, Horus threatened to grief the base, causing it to be abandoned.

Uinia

Uinia was a large castle built in the general vicinity of spawn in 2014. It was constructed mainly by Pippenger, Ostrich1414, and Cdnam5.

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During this time, Pippenger and others worked to replace missing dirt, grass, and trees at spawn, in the hopes of making the server more hospitable for noobs. They had some success, but it's debatable how much this helped in raising the server's population.

Ascaris

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In early 2014, Cinnabars and Pippenger began work on perhaps the server's largest city, Ascaris. Most of the work was carried on in secret, with no screenshots or information leaking. Thus, most of the server was ignorant of the details of Ascaris, though the city slowly grew to be quite large, eventually gaining well more than one hundred buildings. Pippenger continues to work on Ascaris to this day.

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Stonetown

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During the construction of Ascaris, Pippenger took a break to build a smaller town closer to spawn. Ostrich1414, JavelinFury, and Unclechain helped.

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Stonetown itself was unremarkable, but behind it was a massive, hollow artificial mountain filled with giant mushrooms with bridges between them.

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Stonetown was also the birthplace of The Order of Wilbur; on July 29th, 2014, ostrich1414 brutally slaughtered Wilbur the Pig whilst riding him off of the top of the tree dome. Upon his death, two memorials were built in both Stonetown and /world, and Wilbur's death has since become a server-wide tragedy.

Nos Astra

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Nos Astra was a futuristic city founded by DakkaDok in June 2014. It would later be destroyed in the Great War.

Reminiscence

In June 2014, FoSchnizzle established a new team called Reminiscence [6], in an attempt to keep the spirit of the server alive. The team included veterans from Eden and other historical bases, but Fo's new team fell apart before making any significant constructions.

Trogdoria

In 2014, Brntrogdor built a domed flying city with the help of Pippenger and a few others.

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The official name of the base is unknown, but it has been referred to as Trogdoria.

MCMAFIA Rises

In 2014, MCMAFIA continued to create new bases and establish itself as a serious team.

Prelude to the Great Wars

In late 2014, MCMAFIA was involved in a relatively minor conflict which would later contribute significantly to the Great Wars of 2015-2017.

Odinland

OdinFire, a MCMAFIA member, established a base called Odinland sometime in late 2014, along with his allies Clipchip and JavelinFury. He also invited fluz43 to the base, but later banished him. MCMAFIA promised not to raid Fluz's base but then raided him regardless. In retaliation, Fluz burned the entirety of Odinland.

No known remnants or photographs of Odinland exist today, but those who visited it, including the op Senator_Bix, agree that it was a very pleasant and impressively built base.

This was the start of the major feud between Fluz and MCMAFIA.

Jez's Base

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During 2014, JezdziecBezNicka spent time working on an unnamed base.

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Before the end of the year, it had been griefed by the clan Fish.

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Aggersel

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In November 2014, Pippenger embarked on a new plan to restore Simplicity PvP by creating a large city with a very high population. The city was called Aggersel, and it was modeled on the old imperial capital, New Caladan, but it had much less restrictive building codes. Residents of the city were each given their own district and allowed to build what they pleased, with Pippenger mostly taking on a support role. The city grew until its population was roughly equal to what Eden's had been.

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Many of the residents built significant structures and neighborhoods.

Moira

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A large castle built by Dariepearjuicy.

Mr. Digger's Wild Ride

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A very large automatic wheat farm built by Mr. Hole Digger.

Capnruch Castle

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A very tall tower built by Capnruch, encircled by a wall and several smaller medieval buildings.

Sandstone District

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A neighborhood of sandstone towers built by Pippenger.

Redstone District

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An island filled with Redstone machines, built by Mr. Hole Digger.

New Eden

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An incomplete replica of Eden, built mainly by C4K3.

Public Buildings

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Game rooms, rail stations, and defensive fortifications built for the good of the town.

In May of 2015, Pippenger retired from the server, leaving Capnruch in charge of Aggersel. But, with Pippenger gone and most of the work already completed, the team lost interest in the city and fell apart.

By summer 2015, the server had seen some regrowth of its population, and it had become clear that the dark age was ending.

The Fourth Era, The Burning Age (2015-2017)

In 2015, the server emerged from its dark age into what it hoped would be a renaissance. Simplicity PvP did indeed see a resurgence of player activity but at a tremendous cost. From 2015 to 2017, the server was wracked by wars more destructive than any before, with several large and venerable bases falling in the chaos.

The Bloodlucky Clan

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In February 2015, a new player, Bloodlucky, created a clan. They exerted influence around the spawn region from their HQ, the Bloodfort.

The Bloodfort Falls

The clan became embroiled in a vicious war with hugobros3 and his allies, Les Mongoloïdes de Xolio, and the Bloodfort was griefed, never fully recovering. This was the first of many destructive conflicts in this era.

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Later in 2015, the castle of Les Mongoloïdes was griefed by the clan Fish.

MCMAFIA Returns

In 2015, MCMAFIA played a significant role in server politics.

Sicily

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Sicily was a town created by OdinFire and other MCMAFIA members in mid-2015. While at Sicily, Odinfire was kicked out of the team.

In late 2015, Sicily was griefed by Mr_Hole_Digger and fluz43.

Virunum

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In the summer of 2015, progress began at a very large new city, Virunum. The city was led by The_Fulgurator, Pippenger's younger brother, and several allies, mostly former residents of Aggersel. Unbeknownst to most players on the server, Fulgurator was actually Pippenger using his brother's account. Many active players during this time, including Cheesoid, AllSixSix, Porkington, the troll Vast Marcus, and even the op Senator_Bix, were later revealed to be Pippenger's alts, though at the time Pippenger officially didn't play and had no alts. The extent of Pippenger's use of secret alts, when discovered, would later cause great anger and become a contributing factor to the later breakdown in diplomatic relations between various teams.

Members of Virunum and Aggersel had quietly supported Bloodlucky in his conflict with hugobros3 and later supported other new teams in the spawn area, while avoiding direct conflict. Over the coming months, this strategy would prove disastrous, as conflicts elsewhere on the server eventually destroyed Virunum as well. Sadly, very few pictures of Virunum at its peak remain, and it is mostly remembered as a ruin today.

Pink Castle

The Pink Castle was a small side project at spawn undertaken around this period by one of Pippenger's secret alts.

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It was griefed before growing into a truly significant base.

Nameless and Gregoria

Around this same time a new team formed which simply called itself Nameless. Members including miniwimi, Quint, DeftPaw, BloysterCultist, Infam0us2, CrackyJoe, and M_BRIX.

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Their primary base was Gregoria, a flying, donut-shaped city above the ocean.

Unknown to the team, BloysterCultist, an alt of Senator_Bix, was also, in fact, an alt of Pippenger, who had joined the team as part of a long-term plan to gain dominance over the server.

Svea Fort

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Around this period, some users associated with nameless built an impressive side project, the Svea Fort. Residents included Deftpaw and Senator_Bix.

The Order

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June 2015 saw the creation of a new team which would become very important to the server's history. During the dark age, several players, including ae0 and indy64, had been living in and repairing the ruined imperial city of Tamarisk. Unlike in the past, Tamarisk was now a wholly independent city-state separate from any imperial authority, but, even in its new state, it carried on its role as a welcoming town for noobs, and remained one of the busiest and most frequently visited locations on the server.

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Several new players, including most notably SirTashingdon, took up residence in Tamarisk and became inspired by tales of imperial glory. They searched out for more imperial ruins such as Verdolaga, exploring and repairing the forgotten sites.

Virunum began assisting The Order with material support, as it had supported the Bloodlucky Clan. Pippenger also sent one of his alts, AllSixSix, to covertly join the Order and aid its progress, without revealing his true identity.

Frostwall

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One of the Order's earliest projects was the construction of an outpost in /world, called Frostwall.

Kudzu

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Kudzu had been an imperial outpost of minor importance, but Tashingdon and his allies built it into something greater.

Cosa

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Cosa was a ruined imperial town supposedly discovered by AllSixSix, repaired by The Order. However, this was a lie, as AllSixSix had not "discovered" the town, but rather, built it entirely by himself in 2015. This was one of the many lies that Pippenger told in 2015.

Island's Hope

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Island's Hope was an Order outpost established by AllSixSix and packofmongooses.

Forsta Stad

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SirTashingdon decided that the Order should not only preserve imperial sites but also follow in Pippenger's footsteps and create new cities. Forsta Stad was the first attempt The Order made at building a new city, and also, unexpectedly, the last.

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DakkaDok, the same player who had destroyed The Empire, went to war against The Order. In a brilliant strategic move, on October 4th, 2015, he utilized the name change feature, only recently added to Minecraft, to change his name to SirTashington, allowing him to impersonate the team's leader and gain access to its coordinates.

DakkaDok destroyed Forsta Stad, and The Order collapsed.

New Valhalla

In September 2015, MisterStrawman returned to the server, and created a very large base called New Valhalla or The Capital. Residents included assas170, kfTENva, Sykez420, jamesged, DeflowVesper, Senator_Bix, and SpencePent. Strawman also had his mod privileges reinstated.

By focusing on building rather than warfare, and by choosing a very well hidden location for the base, Strawman mostly escaped the ravages of the coming wars.

The Principate

In October 2015, the remnants of The Order created a new team, The Principate. The Principate was created to succeed where The Empire and The Order had failed. Rather than being a team of noobs, frightened by more powerful groups, The Principate would strike awe and fear into the hearts of other players. Using Pippenger's vast network of secret alts, they launched a plan to take over the entire server.

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The Principate took control of Forsta Stad and all imperial ruins.

Pork Hall

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Porkington, another of Pippenger's alts, quickly joined The Principate, and his secret underground base became part of the team.

Ascaris and Nos Astra

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In November 2015, Ascaris and Nos Astra peacefully joined The Principate, lending it the resources and prestige of these major cities. DakkaDok and Pippenger made peace and joined forces again, with Pippenger agreeing that DakkaDok's previous griefing was forgivable because the towns he had griefed were already failing.

Haven

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A Principate base built with the help of mtlguy, orion, and Katrina.

Argemone

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Argemone was a castle city in the general vicinity of spawn. Unlike most other Principate bases, it was never griefed and still stood through 2017.

The First Great War

In December 2015, Pippinger, using his alt AllSixSix, began the largest and most destructive war the server has ever witnessed. Ultimately, Pippenger would lose the war, and partly as a result of this, would entirely leave the server for a year and a half.

The Principate Invades Gregoria

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In late December, Porkington and SirTashingdon attacked the capital of Nameless, the flying city Gregoria. Porkington had learned the coords using his secret alt, BloysterCultist, who had been infiltrating the team for months.

Unlike most raiders, Pork and Tash did not simply loot and destroy the town, but instead, conquered it, and incorporated it into The Principate, turning the residents of Gregoria into subjects of AllSixSix. This was an unprecedented move in Simplicity PvP history.

Server Domination

During late 2015 and early 2016, The Principate ruled over Gregoria, and made plans to subjugate more bases. Pippenger considered conquering New Valhalla as well since he had another alt there, and also planned to gain the coords to Morl0ck's Castle through name change trickery. Carrying out both of those steps would have brought every major active base under Pippenger's control, uniting nearly the entire server into one team. This was perhaps the most dangerous moment in all of the server's history. Fortunately, Pippenger never carried out these plans, partly because of a guilty conscience, and partly because he was defeated by a stunning counterattack.

The Blue Orchid Cult

In January 2016, members of Gregoria grew tired of being ruled by The Principate and formed a new team, the Blue Orchid Cult, dedicated to resistance against imperialist aggressors.

Nos Astra Falls

In January 2016, members of the Blue Orchid Cult rebelled against The Principate and launched an attack on Nos Astra. The city was utterly destroyed.

Virunum Falls

Not long after the fall of Nos Astra, the Blue Orchid Cult also attacked Virunum, with the help of fluz43, who betrayed the city. Most of the town was burned, and what didn't burn was covered by massive cobblestone mountains stretching to the vertical map limit.

The Principate Rebuilds

In mid-January 2015, The Principate halted its attempts to conquer the server, and instead focused on building new bases to replace those that were lost. Argemone was the main base among these. However, these plans too were interrupted.

Doxxing and Pippenger's Retirement

In late January 2016, Fluz posted a photoshop image on the forums containing a real photograph of Pippenger's face and some information about him, some accurate, and some inaccurate but highly insulting or incriminating. No longer comfortable playing on the server, Pippenger announced his retirement shortly after the image was posted, revealed all of his alts, and then completely left the server for over a year.

Many believed that Pippenger was still playing using secret alts, but in reality, Pippenger was genuinely scared that people would continue doxxing him, so he didn't play Minecraft at all.

The Principate Falls

Not long after Pippenger's departure, SirTashingdon found himself as the only active Principate member, so he announced that the team had disbanded.

This was the end of the first Great War.

Trump City

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In January 2016, a new base formed by clipchip called Trump City, comprised mostly of former members of The Principate and New Valhalla, which The Principate had maintained friendly relations with until its collapse.

Trump City was opposed to the Blue Orchid Cult. Trump City would be a major force in server politics until its destruction approximately one year later.

The Shire

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In late January 2016, after leaving the dying Principate and abandoning the ruins of Nos Astra, DakkaDok created a new base, The Shire, and invited real-life friends such as SinthorasAlb1337 to live there with him.

Rise of The BOC

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Shortly after defeating The Principate, the Blue Orchid Cult constructed a new city to replace Gregoria.

Cactuse

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In February 2016, Yukar9 and EggThief created a new city, Cactuse.

Pandora

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Sometime after the destruction of Virunum, one of its former residents, indy64, went on to construct a city of his own, which he named Pandora. By the end of this era, the base had been destroyed by a natural lightning storm.

The Second Great War Begins

In mid-2016, the Blue Orchid Cult, victorious in the first Great War, suffered a massive defeat in a new conflict.

Trump City Destroys The Blue Orchid Cult

On April 23rd, 2016, the fifth anniversary of the server, members of Trump City, including clipchip, launched a raid against the new capital of the Blue Orchid Cult, destroying it, and eliminating the team from the server.

For months, the Second Great War appeared to be over.

Infam0us2's Mountains

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Sometime in 2016, Infam0us2 created the famous Infam0us2's mountains near spawn, which are among the server's most recognizable landmarks today.

Creadise

In mid-2016, Creapat created a large group base called Creadise, and invited many players to it. It was abandoned later that year.

Creapat Quits

By the end of 2016, Creapat had almost entirely quit the server, due partly to tensions between her and other players such as fluz43 and DakkaDok.

INDIGO011's Spawn Castle

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In late 2016, Indigo created INDIGO011's Spawn Castle, with the help of Rumpslem, indy64, and ostrich1414, among others.

Erebor

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In November 2016, DakkaDok created a new base, Erebor, with the help of his real-life friends.

Litargirio's Tower

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In December 2016, Simplicity PvP gained a new landmark near spawn, Litargirio's tower.

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Vallaryn

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Vallaryn is a base created by Morl0ck in January 2017, and marks the transition period between ages. Members include LegendaryArtz, Dakkadok, jayaypiel, suit1337, indy64, and el_andres96.

The Second Great War Ends

In January 2017, the first Great War ended, bringing the Burning Age to a close.

Trump City Falls

Fluz found the location of Trump City and ultimately prevailed in the Second Great War. However, since the Blue Orchid Cult had been destroyed one year earlier, it was an empty victory.

After the end of the war, the server returned to a state of normalcy and relative peace.

The Fifth Era, The Silver Age (2017-Present)

The Silver Age, beginning in early 2017 and extending to the present day, is a calm time without major conflicts, a time of slow, peaceful regrowth. The server is neither as empty and desolate as it was in the Dark Age (thanks mostly to B9b9, who brought several new players from Reddit advertising), nor as dangerous as it was in the Burning Age. Yet, sadly, it has yet to entirely reclaim the heights it achieved during the Golden Age.

Quinsigamond

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Quinsigamond is a city founded by ostrich1414 in January of 2017, shortly after the raid of Trump City. It is built in the style of Imperial Architecture in remembrance of Pippenger's Empire and his other teams, though it is not as large and grand as many older cities in the same style. Quinsigamond marks the beginning of the Silver Age, and the city itself is a memorial city founded on the server's history and the hard work of its many dedicated players. Other residents included Z33VN, JavelinFury, Elystriana, and KellyEKelly.

The Remembrance and The United Alliance

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In May 2017, ostrich1414 and JavelinFury decided to create a new team modeled on The Empire and The Order, dedicated to restoring ancient bases, carrying on server traditions and recording its history. Though first known as The Remembrance, the two later renamed the team to the United Alliance; this soon became the largest and most active clan on the server during its reign, which included an abundance of old and new players alike. Ostrich1414 became the leader of the UA, and JavelinFury became the Senior Councilman, though the two worked together to make informed decisions.

Monarchia

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Shortly after the creation of the team, ostrich1414 and other UA members began work on its capital city, Monarchia. Monarchia was divided up into multiple districts, loosely based off of Aggersel's format. Some of these districts included Bostonia, a colonial district made primarily from brick and based off Boston, MA; Roma, a predominantly sandstone district based off of Roman architecture; Morioh Town, a village made of spruce buildings modeled off of Japanese architecture; the Hill District, a futuristic mountain complex made of diorite; and the Red Light District, a small canal-laden district modeled off the De Wallen neighborhood of Amsterdam.

Reclaiming Ruins

Much like The Order before it, The United Alliance restored many ruins across the server, mainly those belonging to The Empire, but also those of other teams. Some of these older bases were restored so thoroughly and differently that they were given new names: for example, Tamarisk was changed to Lian Yu, and Virunum was changed to Verillium.

Pippenger's Return

In summer 2017, after a year and a half of absence, Pippenger returned to assist with the new team, using his alt Porkington as he worked predominantly in Monarchia.

The Tomb

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The Tomb is a desert outpost of the United Alliance created by ypy, featuring a massive sandstone palace and an expansive villager farm.

Westeros

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Westeros is another colony of the United Alliance, built in September 2017 by KellyEKelly. Based off of the Game of Thrones series, Westeros was built to house multiple cities, towns, and castles featured in the show.

The War of Monarchia

On September 27th, 2017, clipchip, formerly a member of the United Alliance, annexed land from Monarchia and illegally built a castle on it, continuously provoking ostrich1414 in the process. Eventually, the United Alliance declared war on clipchip and his clan, Clipiiii's Gang, and the two went to war in what was known as the War of Monarchia. Featuring multiple battles and sieges, the war did not include many deaths or destruction like past wars on the server but was rather a political war fought over clashing ideologies and a desire to rule Monarchia.

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Eventually, on October 6th, 2017, ostrich1414 surrendered on behalf of the United Alliance, making clipchip the new leader of the UA and giving him control of Monarchia. Shortly thereafter, clipchip officially abolished the UA and proceeded to create his own clan, which was more of a progression and cleansing of the UA.

The Royal Allegiance

In October 2017, a new clan formed, known as The Royal Allegiance. Led by clipchip and composed mostly of players who had been members of the United Alliance and MCMAFIA, it became the largest active team on the server after the UA's abolition. In accordance with the treaty signed after the War of Monarchia had ended, the RA gained access to all of the UA's bases, including Monarchia and Quinsigamond, and continued the UA's mission, though with different ideologies.

New Nos Astra

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In June 2017, DakkaDok established New Nos Astra, a larger replacement for the original Nos Astra. In Late 2017, SinthorasAlb1337 arrived to aid him.

The city would be destroyed by Fluz43 in March 2018.

The League

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Early 2018 saw the creation of a new team, The League. Similar to The Empire and The Order, the team was focused largely on projects in the spawn territory and providing help to new players.

Secret Origins

The League originally began as a small secret society inside of The Royal Allegiance. Porkington and ostrich1414, dissatisfied with clipchip's leadership of the team and uncertain of his long-term intentions, began creating hidden underground bunkers far from the capital.

Not long after, Master_Xybot also joined the society.

Estevez

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The most significant early project of the team was Estevez, an underground city built around a large dome. The city is completely closed off from the surface and is nearly entirely self-sufficient, having every crop and every tree type, as well as villagers and an experience farm.

Oberstein

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Another early project was the mountain city Oberstein, built in a secret location relatively close to spawn. The purpose of the city was to leave a noticeable mark on the 2018 edition of the server map.

Struthio

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Founded by ostrich1414, Struthio provides The League with most of its crops, iron, and villager trade items such as mending books.

Hall of Vatlos

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Not far from Struthio is the Hall of Vatlos, The League's largest, though incomplete, structure.

Public Endeavors

In December 2017, the secret society became much more conspicuous in its activities.

Grasstle

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During the week of Christmas 2017, Pippenger and his brothers Xenagie and Atroxes created a castle near spawn with grass for its roof. Although the castle was intended only as a small base for Pippenger's brothers to use before going on to large projects, the grassy castle, called Grasstle for short, attracted a large population of players both new and old.

Over the following weeks, many noobs were invited to Grasstle, and the existence of the team became public knowledge, though it still was officially unannounced and had no name.

Rise of The League

In January 2018, The League was officially announced as a new clan. Custom shields and banners were created and supplied to team members. Now a fully public team, The League began to undertake more ambitious and wide-reaching projects.

Nether Tunnels

A nether railway and tunnel system, originally built long ago by suit, had fallen into disrepair over the years. In early 2018 players began to repair and expand it, and The League took a very active role in these efforts, creating dozens of new nether portals as well as adding bridges, tunnels, and ladders to make the nether more easily traversable.

Argemone

In January 2018, the castle-city Argemone, dormant for years, was reclaimed by The League and turned into a public nether tunnel station.

Majula

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Majula was a town founded by ostrich1414 with help from other League members.

The Conspiracy

The Conspiracy was a team which formed concurrently with The League and opposed its goals. It was comprised mainly of former United Alliance members who preferred clipchip's leadership of the team, while The League was made up mostly of stalwart supporters of Ostrich1414.

The Vault

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The Vault was an early base created by The Conspiracy to generate and store resources.

Golden Sun

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Golden Sun was the capital city of The Conspiracy, established in November 2016.

The Cold War

From autumn 2017 until spring 2018, the two largest teams on SimPvP, The Conspiracy and The League, engaged in a tense rivalry with much espionage, subterfuge, and credible threats of war, but little actual combat. This period is known as The Cold War.

Casus Belli

Prior to the start of the Cold War, tensions had arisen between members of the two teams. Open hostilities began when members of The League resigned en masse from The Royal Allegiance, prompting the anger of its loyal members.

The Infiltration of Grasstle

While The League tried to grow its membership and maintain control over spawn using the fortress Grasstle, Conspiracy members sought to thwart these goals. Using an alt, clipchip gained entrance to Grasstle, where he attempted to turn recruits into double agents, in some cases successfully.

Nether Sabotage

When Cinnabars, Pippenger, and worldruler086 expanded the nether road system with the intent of using it to recruit new members to Grasstle more easily, The Conspiracy released withers at 0,0 in the nether, destroying most of their efforts.

The Quinsigamond Incident

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In the former UA/current RA city of Quinsigamond, ostrich1414's first major city, a minor griefing incident occurred on January 19th, 2018, which resulted in very little physical damage but sparked further tension and fear. Though the culprit was never truly discovered, The League had continuously blamed The Conspiracy for the attack, which may have widened the gap and furthered the already-brewing tensions between the two.

The Infiltration of Majula

Relying on information from his double agents within The League, clipchip secretly gained access to Majula and other League bases. This caused considerable tension and disarray within the team.

The Fall of Monarchia

During the height of the Cold War, Monarchia was griefed by an individual or individuals unknown. Many players are suspected, but there is insufficient evidence, at this time, to make any credible accusations.

League Counterintelligence

During the Cold War, The League engaged in espionage of its own, but the majority of its activities remain classified at this time.

Invasion of Ascaris

Having secretly gained access to Ascaris's coordinates through elytra-based reconnaissance, The Conspiracy engaged in a long-term campaign of sabotage. Though Ascaris was not technically part of The League, it was strongly associated with the team, having been built primarily by one of its founding members, Pippenger.

Negotiations

After months of minor griefing, Pippenger attempted a to negotiate a conditional surrender to The Conspiracy, but it refused, not wanting its international reputation to suffer for being seen engaged in overt conquest. Dissatisfied, Pippenger and Cinnabars both credibly threatened to quit SimPvP and move to an undisclosed alternative anarchy server.

The Cold War Ends

In March 2018, The Conspiracy and The League came to an agreement, ending The Cold War.

It was decided that hostilities in the spawn region would cease, and that Ascaris would become neutral territory where League and Conspiracy members could peacefully cooperate. For a brief time, the server was calm.

Echo of the Great Wars

In March 2018, not long after the conclusion of the Cold War, the server saw another conflict when Fluz43 commenced hostility against his old enemy, Dakkadok.

New Nos Astra Falls

Fluz discovered the location of New Nos Astra, and, in a turn of events much like those in early 2016 in the first Nos Astra, he destroyed the city.

After leaving the ruins, Dakkadok began constructing another base in a similar futuristic style.

Isengard

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After the fall of New Nos Astra, DakkaDok and his allies began a new city, Isengard, which is still far from complete.

Worldborder Expedition

On May 29th, 2018, DakkaDok began his infamous Worldborder Expedition, with a goal to reach the server's worldborder at 30 million blocks.

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On September 17th, DakkaDok had reached the halfway point of his journey, at 15 million blocks.

Java Linsghey

Sometime in January 2018, JavelinFury and MisterStrawman founded the base Java Linsghey; though it was founded earlier in the year, the base began to pick up momentum and grew larger as 2018 progressed. Eventually, other players were invited, including clipchip, DakkaDok, ostrich1414, Ultra_Badass, SinthorasAlb1337 and 3v3rb4d.

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The base contained a few stand-out builds, including a floating island by clipchip, a futuristic city (similar to Nos Astra & New Nos Astra) by DakkaDok, the Get Clip A Girlfriend National Headquarters by ostrich1414, and even a full-scale replica of an American McDonald's by MisterStrawman.

However, the base would slowly decline in activity and progress as the year went on.

Rise and Fall of the Pasta Empire

Shortly after the destruction of New Nos Astra, a new team formed, which was led by MutualistManiac. The Pasta Empire grew to be one of the most active teams of mid-2018. There have been hostilities between this empire and The Conspiracy.

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The first capital, Pasta Memorial, was discovered by clipchip and subsequently abandoned, and the second capital, New Pastopia, was griefed in late June 2018. The empire is now in disarray, and it is unclear whether or not it will survive.

Whore Island

In July 2018, _Heisenberg began work on his island base Whore Island, which included many farms and buildings.

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Tol Honeth

In July of 2018, as Java Linsghey's construction commenced, JavelinFury and clipchip teamed up once again to found the large mountain fortress Tol Honeth, consisting of an array of massive stone castles, towers and buildings.

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Other members who were later invited included Fluz43, ostrich1414, dariepearjuicy, and ProveMeWrong. INDIGO011 later joined, which led to Tol Honeth becoming affiliated with and eventually annexed by the Indigo Empire. Though Tol Honeth was a strong, impressive build which was completed successfully, its members decided to move on to form a new base, abandoning the fortress around September 2018.

Fort Cranberry

In August 2018, CranberryWarrior and Jero46 collaborated on a fortress nearby Spawn known as Fort Cranberry, featuring a variety of cobblestone structures.

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Struthio's Renaissance and Ascaris' Expansion

By September 2018, ostrich1414 had invited Sengorn_Leopard to his neglected League base, Struthio, which had not been worked on or used outside of its villager farms for many months. However, upon Sengorn_Leopard's arrival, construction on the base began to pick up once again, and ostrich1414 immediately shifted his focus onto it once more. Sengorn_Leopard began building his massive structure known as "Aether Tower", with ostrich1414 working alongside Porkington as they finished completing the Hall of Vatlos. Many other buildings and farms were constructed on and around Struthio at this time, including a highrise tower, a wither skeleton farm, and an off-shore map art.

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This became known as Struthio's Renaissance, the rebirth of the previously neglected base which had not seen any real progress since early 2018.

Simultaneously, Pippinger continued focusing on growing and expanding his massive megacity Ascaris, now using the assistance of clipchip. Continuously calling Ascaris "vast" and openly discussing his plans to expand the base further, wanting to indisputably make it SimPvP's largest base, he was jokingly challenged by ostrich1414 and Sengorn_Leopard at Struthio to see which of their cities could grow the largest the fastest, thus entering a friendly, albeit it humorous, city rivalry between Ascaris and Struthio.

The League Disbands

On September 28th, 2018, ostrich1414 officially withdrew from The League; later that day, he and Porkington decided to disband the team altogether. As they were busy focusing on Struthio and Ascaris, as well as other unrelated projects, the League was seen as an interference with these projects, and it had become irrelevant by this point in time.

Oberstein Expands

By October 2018, ostrich1414 and The_Fulgurator shared a renewed interest in continuing the expansion of Oberstein as the 2018 Spawn Map would be released soon, on November 1st. Thus, Oberstein grew significantly in size, with many mountains in the region supporting various buildings and structures in Imperial Architecture and Viverian Architecture.

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Glowstone Tower

Nearby Oberstein, the two also worked on a side project, an immense tower known as Glowstone Tower. Intended to rival Suit's tower and Litargirio's tower in size and girth, Glowstone Tower was completed right before the release of the spawn map and features various arches and pillars with a glowstone-decorated dome.

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Bapadia

On October 26th, 2018, Bapada63 founded Bapadia, an island base predominantly made of red sand and terracotta. He invited DakkaDok to join him, where the two collaborated on the project.

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Server Party at Quinsigamond

On November 1st, 2018, ostrich1414 hosted a party at his base Quinsigamond, known as the Server Party at Quinsigamond. Here, many people arrived, including UltraOrc, The_Fulgurator, Azdin, clipchip, dariepearjuicy, JavelinFury, Yukarion, MutualistManiac, Sellout9 and b9b9.

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Although the party began rather peacefully, with firework displays and such, it eventually turned hostile as Sellout9 instigated an ambush on a few of the players, resulting in an all-out massacre. Many players were killed and lost valuable items, and the attacks and violence resulted in some of Quinsigamond becoming griefed and destroyed. Much of the action of the party can be found here in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDmcR0g_ZYM

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Quinsigamond Goes Public

The same day of the party, ostrich1414 had officially made Quinsigamond a public base, releasing its coordinates and allowing anyone and everyone to come and visit it. The Server Party at Quinsigamond was seen as a celebration of this decision. Quinsigamond was also linked to the Nether subway system.

The Annexation of Bapadia

On November 9th, 2018, shortly after being invited to Bapadia by Bapada63, ostrich1414 annexed the island community, making it an official colony of his city Struthio and renaming it as "The Colony of Bapadia". An administrative district was built, known as the "New Struthio District", and many rules were placed, including a cactus tax, an enforced curfew, and a threat of force towards any resistance against Struthio's rule over the base.

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That same day, unwilling to cooperate with ostrich1414's demands of submission under Struthio's colonial rule, Bapada63 and DakkaDok fully destroyed Bapadia, leaving the island town in ruins and placing various signs decrying imperialism and Struthio's rule.

New Bapadia

Shortly after the annexation and colonization of Bapadia, Bapada63 traveled away and settled on a new island, where he founded his next base, New Bapadia. Using much of the same layout and style as Bapadia, Bapada63 viewed this as a continuation of the Bapadia project.

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On November 16th, 2018, both ostrich1414 and Bapada63 reached a compromise together, signing a peace treaty and declaring an end to their fractured relationship. Ostrich1414 was invited to New Bapadia shortly after the signing of the treaty, where he helped expand the town and even created a peaceful embassy for Struthio.

1.13 Arrives

On November 18th, 2018, the server officially updated to the Update Aquatic, or 1.13, after months of being unable to do so due to the update's incompatibility with the server. However, what made this update different from those of the past is the immense lag and change it caused to the server; Yukarion was forced to update chunks in the background, causing extreme lag for all players. This, along with unpopular additions to the game (like phantoms and new water mechanics), led many players to criticize and despise the 1.13 update. The official forum announcement can be found here: [7].

Because of the update's continued struggle to work properly, Yukarion announced a plan to shut down the server for a few days beginning on December 5th, which would allow the server to fully update without the presence of players or in-game activity. This would be a first for SimPvP in years.

Nos Aeterna

During his Worldborder Expedition, DakkaDok experienced a major setback when he died at 22 million blocks out due to a lag spike. Thus, because of the incident, DakkaDok decided to take a short break from his expedition and work on a new project, this time millions of blocks out.

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In late November 2018, DakkaDok began construction on his newest mesa city, Eternal City, later renamed Nos Aeterna. Nos Aeterna would be the last city modeled after his previous builds, Nos Astra and New Nos Astra, and features much of the same architecture and styling as the other two.

World Upgrade

On December 5th, 2018, due to the world upgrade not functioning properly, Yukarion officially shut down the server for a few days in order for it to fully upgrade (the link to the announcement can be found here: [8]). In order to provide SimPvP players with an alternative server during the main server's downtime, a new, temporary map was implemented. It allowed players to start from scratch, logging into the new map with nothing, and saw the rise of closer, more inclusive teams and alliances. The main server reopened on December 11th, 2018, marking a six-day period of no SimPvP.

The Phantom Wars

On this temporary server, one of the most notable events to occur were a series of attacks and griefs at the hands of so-called "pro-phantomers" and anti-phantomers"; in short, a pro-phantomer is a player who supports the addition of phantoms in SimPvP, whereas anti-phantomers do not, wanting them banned and removed from the server altogether. The anti-phantomers, most notably clipchip, ostrich1414 and worldruler086, all banded together and conducted various attacks and raids on confirmed pro-phantomers and their bases, killing dozens of players.

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Builldprint, one of the pro-phantomers who was repeatedly killed and harassed by anti-phantomers, grew enraged; he griefed and raided the largest base on the temporary map, a converted savannah village that housed the anti-phantomer base of operations. This forced many of the anti-phantomers to flee and find new places to settle; however, the hostilities began to decline. Ostrich1414 and Builldprint apologized to each other in game, leading the so-called "Phantom Wars" to an end as the main server came back up on December 11th, bringing everything back to normal.