I spoke earlier about Critical Minimum Server Population and its relation to the Bastet shard of ATITD. Well, more on that, as I've had some time to play and talk with some players. My experiences are in line with what I thought would happen, and a cursory look at the research pages of ATITD's bastet wiki will show it.
The shard is paused at a few critical technologies, one of which is crossbreeding, a technology neccesary for advanced flax and vine production (among other things). On the main shard with this technology, flax production easily increased ten fold by the skilled crossbreeding by Tedra of her flax strains. Flax is used for many, many things in ATITD, so its important to improve production (not just numbers but ease of production too, Tedra's pre-mutagen strains were 5 flax, 5 rotten flax, 5 seeds with one weeding; whereas the current flaxes in bastet produce one or two flax and require two weedings or a weeding and a watering).
So what's holding up this obviously needed technology? Distillation Coils! For a while the technology to make them was locked because of its reliance on other technologies that weren't unlocked. Finding a lithium vein solved that problem, and thoughts were that things would move speedily from there on, but now, weeks later, there has only been one of the two dozen distillation coils donated for research. This is showing another flaw in low server population:
Lower server populations have a lack of skilled people. Like any economy, there need to bee people skilled at different things. Imagine WOW without any skinners, herbalists, or miners. Now imagine WOW without any inscribers or enchanters....or worse, with only two competent healers on the entire server. WOW is a bad example for this, because its much higher base population, and has a currency. Because of the lower population *and* lack of currency, Bastet has a severe shortage of competent labor. This will spell major problems as the shard moves forward, as research requirements only become more specific and larger.
Now I'm not saying that there are no competent people on this server, just that there are too few. You need some basic level of population to support a basic level of competent people in various fields. Nobody wants to be on a server without basic amenities.
I'll be keeping an eye on Bastet to see how things develop. Teppy imagines that this server will take 6 to 9 months to reach end-game. I think it will be much longer.