I remember the early days of VCO when I used to make really good money by AFK'ing in black sea battlefields with blessed pellets levelling up military level on other players ships for their rebuilds.
I remember cutting wood and mining for other players , then Fishing up stuff , my alts were always busy .
I kept a tier 3 warship , a level 4 raider . 3 lvl 7 merchants cause I like the way they look .
also kept a tortue raider and merchant , had to destroy my warship cause of "binding " problem . I have a bunch of ships lvl 6-7-8 on alts. the lvl 10 raiders and nav stars make it possible to stay alive , as long as I get " sea battle " uni and jewels , MUCH harder now with no vendors .