The problem with you wanting Ship 3 and 4 to be merged is that their economies are a bit different, and some people aren't too keen on some of the people in Ship 3. Eve nthough I, myself, am part of Ship 3.
The economy in particular will be especially challenging for Ship 4 in particular. When the two ships are merged, a lot of players onf ship 4 won't have the funds to actually buy any high ticket items. Even if there is slightly more supply due to merging, high ticket items may in fact actually get higher because people on Ship 3 have had more time to get more Meseta.
This is why I had originally planned to start on Ship 4 for Steam's launch, so that I could help stabilize and grow the economy on it. Rather than go on Ship 3, where an economy had already been flourishing.
I have characters on both ships, ship 3 is actually significantly cheaper than 4, even for current scratch items. Also our communities are about the same, we have the same uh...unsavory types. I prefer ship 3 but they’re really not that different when it comes to community and ship 4 would absolutely love the prices of 3.
You would think the newest ship with less time to save meseta would mean no one has anything or can afford to pay but we manage. A lot of the economy was built by players coming over from ship 1 to sell their old wares and competition grew so prices finally went down for some of it. Current scratches are always more expensive than 3. I checked Sugary Yayoi (ba) on both ships this morning, ship3 was 2.5m, ship4 was 6m. Ah good old greed...
Actually transferring my main to ship3 because of this.
Ship 2 gets greedy sometimes so I know how you feel.