the ability to be safe while logged off is soo important that it needs to be protected, we all need sleep at least once a week.
Im happy to have a penalty like this in place to stop people abusing this system.
meby if you genuinly had a connection failure you could contact a mod or system admin and explain what happened. if they think you deserve it then they give you your stuff back.
Im sure a small log can be made at the start of a battle with force sizes. and this could make the job easier. if you were going to lose the battle anyway they just tell you "no"
GM-ing of crops is rife yes? so why have i not yet seen a 10ft killer tomato? to me thats just lazy!