It's beyond clear that browser games are a dying genre of the past but with an active oldschool playerbase tho.
Instead of creating more and more 'dead on arrival' realms and milking the current playerbase as much as possible,why dont Gameforge trying to fix with a minimal effort the current state of the game?
If server merges are hard as project or they require time,i think it would be easier to implement a Character Transfer option with , just the option we already have for Faction Change.
That would help a lot with dying servers since you would be able to transfer your character from one server to another without having to start from zero.
Got the idea from World of Warcraft since both Character Transfer + Faction Change options exist in the ingame shop already.