I think it should be 5000 or 10000 points for a player, and 500,000 points for an alliance.
I wouldn't say that people are abandoning Beta. It still a quite active world. Seems like you got a bad placement. I would just work on building up my city; develop a good army, and navy.whats going on? why is everyone deserting beta? it is really hard and rare to trade and the nearest city to me is 5 oceans away!