I'm fairly sure it existed since before that date ( maybe not as 1.1 but that line was present )
And simming massively without even raiding at coordinates so isolated that make taking any action ( attack ) pointless, you call that helping having fighting ?
I call that putting more nails in the coffin.
To raid inactives you have to be relatively close to them if you want to have resources back quick enough to try to grow a big army. So if you are relatively close = you can be attacked.
Or your idea of how this game has to become is just 1 fortress at 280/280 with all the wwks / supports and pds, for each team, and just spend 9 months doing nothing and risking nothing ?.
Why would someone have even the interest to join such a static game ? Put back 1.1 , remove the static variable that the absence of 1.1 is creating/allowing