We are talking about ~200 merged steppe (9gold) from one acc and ~1k from the other (45gold)
If you really want to compare our gold usage, if I only calculate what you have used during the first 3 days (140k silver = 1400 gold) ...
I can understand that you would like to find an easy reason you can present, why you were caught off guard, but our gold usage is not the reason, I am sorry. The reason is that we plan ahead, that our plans are better and that the whole alliance moves as one when we have an objective to achieve.
I could point out for you at least 4 maaajor mistakes that you guys are making and with a competent leadership those mistakes would not happen. Or should not happen.
But if you want to blame it on the 45 gold we payed for the merged troops, go ahead and ignore the 1400 gold you paid for being able to settle faster.