As much as I like to discuss the game folks, as I mentioned before, arguing if Battle Dawn is dead Yay or Nay in and of itself kills the game.
Feel free to ask privately or whatever -- I can tell you this, Battle Dawn is a game. A very special game, where people can care so much about an era they stake hundreds of hours on it, care a lot and can be a bit extreme when all of that goes to waste.
Regardless -- no one would be here unless we cared, we're gaining players overall and we have the best top community of any game on the web period. And I'll be damned if I ever let it die, or anyone kill it. Many feel that way.
So I'd say it's very much alive.
Don't agree? Do something about it or go somewhere else.