The Viridian Ocean was the first doubloon ocean. There are three archipelagos, each with eighteen islands, 5 large, 5 medium, (with the exception of Onyx) and 8 outposts for a total of fifty-four islands. It has the same geography as the Cobalt and Crimson Oceans. Viridian, along with the Malachite Ocean was merged into the Meridian Ocean on 31 Jan 2012.
Viridian was the first doubloon ocean opened, as much as an experiment as anything, announced on 2005-02-18 ].
There is a brief Viridian blockade history.
Before the opening of Cobalt and Viridian, people knew that the Ringers were adding at least one new ocean. Most assumed that it would be only one ocean, a doubloon ocean called Cobalt. However, Three Rings decided to put up Cobalt as a subscription ocean, and made Viridian, a second ocean, which would use the new doubloon system.
When Cobalt and Viridian first opened up, most players focused on conquering Cobalt. There were severe spamming problems at the opening of these oceans, as nobody had the ability to blackspot, nor did they have do not disturb, and people could shout in public. Cobalt exploded open while Viridian was mostly ignored by experienced players, as they did not see the advantage to buying doubloons. Hence, Cobalt players were the first to attempt a blockade.
However, as the Cobalt blockade history shows, the Ringers defended completely, which deterred Viridian blockades. Cobalt grew less in popularity, and some of the key conquerers of Cobalt returned to Midnight. However, most Viridian players had started out on that ocean and had no reason to leave. Viridian continued to grow in popularity and maintain a higher population compared to other oceans, due primarily to the doubloon system.
Viridian was very popular with international players. Players who logged in at off-peak times had a better chance of finding more activity than on other oceans.