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I've relocated to a desert peninsula with a Jungle across the river (some of which I've claimed as well)
I still have my ranch in the NW corner border of the map with the closest claim being well over thousands of blocks away with access to a flower biome (which is useful since where most people are, there are trees at the most with dandelions and poppies here or there so flowers sell well) as well as a farm of cows, sheep and pigs which is very good since the populated area is just almost absent of livestock save for the one random mob spawning.
There is economy, skills, protection and nobody gets stupidly ridiculous perks like flying or god/creative mode for donating, just reasonable ones that don't ruin it for the rest of the players.
The shops, I don't really get what's going on with the shops as it doesn't have everything and what it does have, not all of it is available for purchase or for selling to make profit, but it's not terribly complicated to get by since so much of the map is still unclaimed and even unexplored. There's still very many resources available, you just gotta travel a bit to find them, but since you can make spawns, you can explore then TP back to your home to drop stuff off. (or if you go with a friend or have more than one spawns available, you can tp back and forth XD)
There's also a PVP server and a TeamSpeak server.minecraftex.com/
There's the site if you want more info ;D
I'm CreepingUp on the server.