I think you have a cool game going here, with the whole new world armys instead of bow and arrows. I started yesterday and am ready to quit cause you are making me add people I dont know as friends to move forward in your game. I think that I should be able to purchase generals and after a certian ammount of proggression make a 2nd city. I should not have to rely on adding people I dont know to play your game.
Making friends in an alliance is how it should be done not just by posting your email in the forums. But I cant progress without friends as generals. So I guess I will just do what I can and then just go dormant like facebook games are.
But if you want people to spend money on games like this then you should stop forcing them to add people they dont know and forcing them "if its like that here" to spend money to progress. Spending real money should be an option to progress faster or to get cool things but not forced to do things like add people we dont know to progress which is a big security risk for our info to be out on the web.