I know I've said this in some other thread but I really want to put it out here, separately and more easy to discuss. Granted, it's not really a petition but if I were to start one, in the few servers that I play in, I expect it to receive a positive feedback. Although I consider the Game Rules to be somehow thin, not having an unsportsmanlike behavior is really a disadvantage, considering that:
1. A round can have a bit over 3 months of activity, and such behavior can completely ruin the overall players' state of mind.
2. Without an in-game consequence, the perpetrator can keep engaging in such behaviors out of spite, fun or for whatever immoral reason.
3. Some players use real money and/or put in intensive effort in climbing the player rankings, and such behavior can render their efforts useless.
And by unsportsmanlike behavior I mean, for example (but not limited to):
a) deliberately, and repeatedly, ruining the industry wait time during the end game;
b) deliberately, and repeatedly, taking industry majorities;
c) deliberately starting a round in era 6 and connecting to a megacity just for some quick career points, without actually contributing in the end game.
I've purposely specified that the action needs to be either deliberate and/or in conjuction with repeated. Of course, this doesn't mean a thing if someone gets falsely or mistakenly reported, it's for the support team to decide if his actions are indeed sanctionable, as it currently is anyway in regards to other game rule violations.
Now, I know that the game designers don't want to rule out the economical and political battles between the associations out of the game, and that is fine. If members from Association A decide to sabotage a rival city, that's alright, since it means that the Association A now has less hauling power in their city. I'm talking about rogue players, or one-man association players, who commit such acts of sabotage without any obvious motivation. These rogue players take the fun out of the game and ultimately may determine other players to quit playing the game altogether.
There is nothing worse than losing a 3-months round JUST because 2-3 players that NEVER helped level the city and NEVER had any arguments with the players that leveled the city, suddenly decided to ruin THE MOST DIFFICULT industries to close.
Lastly, here is a list of other well known multiplayer games that have some sort of unsportsmanlike behavior, whether they call it bad, improper, negative or misbehavior: