This idea that NFI and SFI have become equal because a few people have reached high skills is just not true.
On SFI you have people giving away in bulk good enchanted tools...Not selling for cheap, but giving them away, by the hundreds to those who simply ask. So much so that they are posting them here on the forums to advertise giving away said items in bulk. So many free high end items being given away that they cannot give them all away. How is ANYONE who wishes to carve out their place in the Wurm economy supposed to compete with vets that give away the very product that any new player would aspire to make and sell.
On SFI there are posts of high end enchanted rare tools being sold at a fraction of what they go for on NFI. 100+ enchants on 95ql+ rare tools being advertised for 5s. Those same tools on NFI still fetch 20-40s depending on the tool.
Just because one person has hit 98 weaponsmithing on NFI in no way means that things are equal between the servers and that they are ready to be merged.
Simply look at the auction pages of the two clusters and compare prices. Spend some time in NFI trade chat and see that people are actually buying and selling, there is trade going on, new players are selling their goods and making a Wurm living every day, and I see new faces every day in trade trying to make a place for what they wish to do in the Wurm Economy.
On NFI you still have farmers selling crops at 1.5s - 4s per 1k (depending on ql) They are selling in Bulk at those prices, which means there are buyers at those prices. You ask how do I know what they are selling? Because I'm one of the sellers, I'm involved in the market place and talk to other sellers and buyers. The same crops sell for less then 1s per 1k in massive bulk on SFI, if they can be sold at all.
There are many other reasons why the SFI and NFI servers are not even close to being ready for merging, the few examples I have given just scratch the surface.
I'm not going to discount that there may be some good reasons to merge the servers, as I believe that there are, but for my playstyle and many others like me, it would not be a healthy thing to do.
I came back to Wurm because of the idea of a fresh start, many of us did. There is no way I would have come back to Wurm if I had to be on the old servers and compete with the economy there, and I know there are many more people like me. Merging the NFI and SFI economies would destroy the game for many people. There is no reason why I should want to continue training up my Lib priest to sell BOTD enchants if I had to give them away because there there were so many flooding the markets.
Will SFI and NFI get to the point that they are equal and should be merged, sure I think they will, and at that time merge them, but they are not even close to that point and spending a little time in trades and watching the markets will show that.
Just my two cents...