Being bordered by everybody is an extreme example. Say I changed my example so that out of a hypothetical 20 clans, RN had 11 bordering it, and everybody else only bordered 3?
And yes, sensible leaders will make peace treaties with neighbors...but in the current Clan War, FoR would need to make three times
as many treaties as RN or 7th to get down to only 1 clan attacking it. Meanwhile, those clans with less enemies attacking them are going to have to spend less money on regaining their own planets, so they'll have more money to take other clans' planets, meaning a better position to force through their own version of that treaty.
You have a point about new clans tending to be weaker, but more and more players are getting into the game all the time: I don't think two of the current Marshals (Gleb and Manko) were even playing when RN was formed! By the time the second war comes around, 7th (and maybe even another clan or two) will hopefully have been able to catch up, making those clans' youth a moot point in initial
placement, and we can worry about placing further new clans when they join.
Quick edit: I also didn't mean that the new clans had to border everybody
, just that if the existing clans have 15 neighbors, then the new guys should get 15 neighbors instead of 2, or if the existing clans have 1 neighbor each, then the new guys should get 1 neighbor.
I'm sorry if this is disjointed and not making a lot of sense...it's 7:20 in the morning and I just woke up. Try to take what I mean, and not what I say