Hello Everyone,We've been way to nice, and we're sorry for that. I know that sounds odd, but you'll get it in a second. We've always had the stance as EMC staff that people can change and deserve second chances. It works sometimes and other times it doesn't. It was brought to our attention on why it's possible that it DOESN'T work on some people.This morning we jumped into discussion as staff regarding permanent bans of players. Nearly 5 hours later, we have decided to take a more firm stance on them. We’ve found that our system (thanks to the many concerned messages from you, the players) gives too much of a loophole. Our staff members are too nice (go figure). It’s become a common scenario to permanent ban a player only to have them appeal and receive no real punishment. We’re changing that.Starting retroactively 5 days ago, and taking effect immediately going forward, a permanent ban will be met with tangible consequences:Players who get an appeal from a permanent ban will result them in going back to the original state when they joined the empire. The player will be given a second chance to start fresh. This is clearly more of a TRUE second CHANCE than a slap on the wrist and continue on, as we have done in the past.This includes:All lots owned by the player will be unclaimed.The player’s inventory and chests will be wiped completely.The player’s rupee balance will be set to 1500r.Supporter status will not be affected.All of us believe in second chances, and we want to offer that to everyone more generally. The consensus is that second chances will be available, but with the knowledge it will be a fresh start.We are sorry for those who feel rightfully cheated by always following the rules and seeing not much of a backlash to the players who don't follow them. We hope to do you right from now on in this respect.