It was either merge those or delete them, we chose to save them instead. It's not precisely ideal and there has been a very steep learning curve for many of the players on that server. I know that because it's in my domain.
Maybe in the upcoming future I'll have to walk back my statement, and say 'Yeah, I was wrong here.' if so, then fine, I'll cross and burn that bridge then, but not now.
For now, the viability of merging servers from one or more communities that are not endangered or in threat of being deleted is not on the foreseeable horizon.
Trust me when I say that it's not just you that is concerned about the state of affairs with the number of active players on every server that we have jurisdiction over.