12 days ago - Silmaril - Direct link
Most of what you are asking for is confidential and restricted internal information. What we can give you covers most of the questions, but not the statistics.
We can confirm that the World Map movement is fully automated and occurs every Monday. This action removes inactive players as well as moves active players who have the option to move selected in their game settings. Therefore the last 'sweep' was August 30th and is going on currently for this weeks changes, as it is already Monday here.
To move to a new spot on the map, the spot needs to have identical Boosted Goods, the same amount of completed Provinces, as well as the same amount of Province Types completed (so no Relic changes). This is why it can take time for an identical position to become available due to the precision needed.
Depending on the account inactivity depends on how quickly these are deleted, but we do give at least 30 days before we will make the city deletions on played accounts.  
12 days ago - Herodite - Direct link
Sir Derf said: Do they also have to have scouted in the exact same pattern of expansion, or will any old outline that had the same Province Type breakdown work?
Hi @Sir Derf in answer to the above question, you will find that your Outline will most likely be different! However it will still be equal to the existing types you've already scouted/completed :)

Kind Regards

11 days ago - Silmaril - Direct link
There is a reason I have used the phrase ''at least 30 days'' not least, as you can no doubt appreciate we remove and relocate cities on a Monday, this is only once a week. Therefore that is not always at exactly 30 days for players.
Can I also remind @spieler20200712 that posts here are to be constructive and kind rather than rude as we are after all just players who love Elvenar helping each other here.
For the record, I am most definitely female, hence the female avatar :) radical huh!