My dear friend,
Most of the players who were picked up existed in the regions which we planned to conquer, we didnt go to random far away location and get these players. You should also note that most of the players were taken in during first 2 weeks. There was no guarantee that they will be good and follow the plans made. Recruiting good people ? are you saying there existed only 40 good players in the server ? rest were horrible ?
Please realise that not all players were experienced in Heathens, they had to learn and they did. If your leaders had shown the same dedication as ours did then you would have been at a similar position. I personally helped 2-3 players plan out their account, without which they would have only been average. One good player can allow 10 more to grow up well, its the same everywhere. A good Boss would sustain a good team.