Not sure since when, but we've been overtaken by the Kzinti Empire.
All empires ebb and flow yet the Diplomats have so far endured.
It's not required to always be number one but it is required to always be.
The Orcas and Diplomats exchanged the number one position many times but regretably the Orcas have faded.
Before that and before my time I'm sure the Diplomats and the Overmind had some decent competition as well.
HCH came and went, I don't actually recall HCH reaching number one but I would be surprised if they didn't.
Now we have Kzinti in the number one spot and congratulations are absolutly warrented.
However the true test will be where they are and where we are in a year and the year beyond that.
All empires ebb and flow and the Diplomats are no exception to that rule. However unlike many other empires the Diplomats endure.
Plus, besides the above rhetoric we're only 240K behind and I'm still getting credit for 40% of any new submission and I expect to submit another 800K+ game soon.