Interesting take - I appreciate your clearly argued thoughts.
Levelling heroes takes lots of food, so I’m in favour of having lots of food available for that purpose. I have, I think, been very lucky in training and summonsing - I now have eleven 5* heroes - but I regularly find myself stalled either by a lack of ascension materials or by there being no benefits to me of ascending a redundant hero.
When I am thus stalled, my 9 farms produce 5,300 food per hour, and my watchtower (L16) produces 10,332 food per hour - about 1.4m food per day, plus sundry Wanted Mission and Titan kill rewards. I use this food to train at L20, as I assume most players do.
I’ve currently got 58 L20 trainings queued over three camps. That’s more than 17 million food, so if I find my Joon or Justice tomorrow then I won’t be short of resources for levelling and ascending. The longer it takes me to produce my light 5* hero, the more food I will have banked when s/he arrives. I’ve got no interest in ascending junk while I wait.
Would I be wise to try to steal food by raiding? Here’s the food available from the first 10 targets I just looked at:
1939, 4436, 1817, 1986, 1469, 6399, 1499, 2073, 4461, 889
A tiny sample size, I know, but the average food on hand was less than 2700. None of those targets would have been worth my while.
And if I had found a nice target on my next roll - with, say, 30,000 food? It costs me 2000 food per roll. I just spent 20,000 taking my sample - if I got lucky on my next roll it would have cost me 22,000 to find 30,000. Not exactly coining it, and maybe it wouldn’t take one extra roll, but ten… or more. This could easily be a pastime that costs me food.
I think you’re wrong when you assert that the economy would fall apart were thievery banned. There’s no market equilibrium to be upset, unless I’ve misunderstood something you’ve described. It might make it harder for you to get food, but based on the food targets I see I’m not even convinced of that. Stopping raiding might actually benefit you.
I don’t revenge either, by the way. Like you, I don’t see the point. But I do love raiding. I do it for the sport.