OK lets be honest here.
Joey Belle is now down to 14 owners and they ALL are for a merger.
It isn't that admin won't merge worlds, they will (albeit, reluctantly), as long as EVERY owner in the world is on board AND the numbers work.
Right now Joey Belle is in the drivers seat.
Regulars is basically out of the picture at this point. With one owner voicing that he is NOT wanting to merge, that pretty much kills the idea. WIS will not forcibly remove an owner who has been there for 4 seasons. End of story, unless you can convince him to leave of his own accord.
More Cowbell, I believe has every owner on board to merge, but have 4 too many owners for Joey Belle. Now they have just recently (like over the last week or two) picked up a couple of new owners and they also got a couple of the other type of "new owners" right away when they first went public.
If kcatlantis can convince 4 of the 5 new owners to pull out of the world, THEN a merger can happen. That's the easiest path as of today.