I understand what your saying, I just don't get why people hover around the 400 range when loot is infinitely better at 100-200. It's strange to me how people get so hung up on rank. Either drop or keep climbing, but sitting around 400 is madness. I was around 400 for a week and it slowed production to a crawl, so I went back down to where the loot is and it will be a long time before I go back to the dead zone again. As far as raiding at higher levels I think every half hour or so isn't too bad. Only reason to raid up there is to increase rank and I'm not sure being able to gain 15 pirate rankings every 10 minutes is a good thing. Just my 2 cents.