Hey guys, sorry about the font size. I'm changing that now so hopefully you can read this:
namekino, I'm not going to write another long post like that last one (hopefully your young eyes could read it), but here's my shortened version. It's not that new players can't have their own empires or be major competitors in the MV, it's just that they aren't ready yet for such roles. If you look at all of the major empires, their emperors are all older and have incredible MV stats. Just take KzintiPatriarch and Neilo for example (leaders of the Kzinti Empire and the Tyranny of Evil, in order), they are very experienced players and they have stats on the MV that would simply intimidate any new player.
I, like you, am also a new player.What I have come to see is that about 90% of all empires ever created on the MV were created by people who hardly ever made an appearence on the forums or the MV. To rally people to your empire, you need to be somewhat popular on the forums. You've got to make some friends who will be happy to join your new empire. People won't go and join an empire that has a leader that they've never heard of before.
I'm not saying that you can never have a successful empire, it's just that you need to start out somewhat simpler, instead of going for everything right away. Join an already prospering empire and gain some experience and friends. I joined the Tyranny of Evil, and I have been just amazed at how helpful their experienced players have been, and how friendly every player has been. These forums are here for two reasons: Talking about GalCiv2 (duh) and just simply talking with some friends.
To wrap this post up (sorry it got away from me again), I would consider joining an empire that is already prominent; you'll gain valuable knowledge right away and you'll make valuable friends, too.
If you are going to join an empire, the top choices would be either the Kzinti Empire, the Tyranny of Evil, or the Geckodon Alliance. There are more than just those three, I just can't think of their names off the top of my head. All three of those choices have experienced players and they are all in the top ten on the MV.
Like Talesine said, I joined the ToE because they are amazing. They have been able to maintain 2nd place on the MV, just behind the Kzinti, even though they only have 60 players (the Kzinti have about 400). That is some real dedication. The Geckodon alliance is our ally and has been able to maintain 8th with only 14 members, as well. Basically, all of the players on both empires are either really good (and friendly) or they are new and they're going to be really good.
But, as always, it's completely up to you. I probably should add that all of the points I made in this post are of my opinion (and apparantly Talesine's, too). If any more experienced players come along and want to correct me, feel free to do so.
~ Cypher ~