Give smaller players a chance!
It comes at no surprise that some top players leave the game for various reasons, including health problems and even death. That means that without freshmen, the game will die out. But it doesn't seem that Plarium cares much about attracting new players and creating some insentives for them to stay. There are many examples given before me. But I would add one more on my own.
I was a part of a small coalition but the founder left and other archons followed him. He asked me to stay as he said he might return. So, I am temporarily (I hope so) a Hedgemon and one-man coalition. Several times I beat up 9-, and 12-members colition in toutnaments. But, my rewards are laughable. Just today, I made 100,000 + points in the Coalition Competition (not bad for my size) and Plarium generously gave me 145 drachmas, 85 Myrmidons, and 170 Psilos. (see the screenshot).
I think that is unfair. I know guys who make couple of thousands points and get many hundreds of cavalry and phalanx troops, plus a lot of drachmas. Should be at least some correlation between the personal contribution and rewards. Players should be motivated to do more. That is in our mutual interests. I know someone immediately would say that Palrium cannot do anything. "Join a big coalition". If that is the Palrium attitude, the game will die sooner than they think.
Also, I think there should be better insentives to win the competition. Right now, the winning coalition's reward is very insignificant.