1+ year-old servers are no fun to new players.
Why play a game when you're not having fun? When there's no one your level? No competition?
Why would I want to invest a YEAR of my life "catching up" to the others, only to still be a solid year behind? So I can be someone else's padawan? Someone else's b*tch? Someone else's farming target?
No thanks, I'll take my $$ elsewhere.
A YEAR? Wow, do you even actually play? I started on Server 8 two+ months after it opened. It took me exactly 30 days to reach 100. I'm on day 94 and level 122, rank #2 on the server. XP cards make leveling easy if you use them right, and those high level people that were there already were ready and willing to help out with resources, boss runs, and nice equips.
If it takes you a year to catch up to people on a server than maybe you should consider playing something else cause you obviously don't have a clue how to play this game...