The fleet bank should be open. What kind of stuff were you wanting to put in? Lockboxes are essentially worthless now with the addition of the Infinity Box every three months that includes almost all prior lockboxes contents’ put together. You can always check on the exchange to see if they are worth something, but likely not. As for dil, you could always put it in the fleet projects, or you could refine it all and ‘put it on your account’ by exchanging it for Zen and then cancelling it (or something like that, I’m not 100% on how it works but it is possible to exchange it between characters). Alternatively, you could just exchange it for Zen.
If you are going to start again and join those of us in the fleet still very much playing, I recommend playing a TOS character. You’ll have all the tutorials and help pop-ups to guide you in, it’s pretty good new content and once you clear the opening story, you’re functionally the same as a standard Federation character (most changes are interface colour based, some special effects and you get the odd bit of extra/changed dialogue in missions). Because of the extra starting story, you also gain a bit of a level advantage over a standard Fed character, so there should be almost zero grind after you hit level 50 onwards to 60. If you start up soon, there’ll be the winter event so you’ll have a good opportunity to earn a Tier 6 ship; not sure if you have any already, but for a few minutes every day for a bit, you’ll get something presumably quite tasty. If I remember correctly, you only need to be level 10 to be able to enter the area and if you do go TOS path for a new character, you shouldn’t have much of a problem getting to 10 at all.
Alternatively, you could check out the handy STO subreddit for builds and see if you can get back on top of things with what you have available.
In other stuff, please accept my sincerest apologies for not advancing us with an armada situation. If anyone else would like to have a stab at it, please do, lest I keep forgetting to do so (as the simplest, poorest explanation to offer I’m afraid). As for ‘community out-reach’, the RPS site itself hasn’t really done anything like that for a good long while. I might construct a substantial post for the gaming discussion sub-section to talk about the game in an honest, however enticing way. Might work around Christmas-time when people have a better chance to look into things with a tad more time available.
As mentioned as well, the Winter Event will be starting in a few weeks. Look out for an earnable Tier 6 ship of probably Breen design. Whilst I’ve been a bit lax with pointing out other events, such as the ongoing Crystaline one right now, I’ll be sure to note that one given the more valuable prize.
-Projects are pretty stalled at the moment with large requirements for dil and doffs. So, same old troubles. If you’re willing to hold some doffs in a mail void to allow you to get more to start filling stuff up again, it would be greatly appreciated. It might also be worth focusing on some of the bigger projects to finish upgrading them as we run the risk of spreading ourselves quite thin in that regard.