The MPIII thread was spammed with "aggressive negotiations" on whether or not certain nations were too silly, OOC, or extravagant to be considered valid participants.
Birdjaguar thus decided to lock it.
As a result, a number of the game mods have posted the strike message, in order to protest mod interference both in MPIII, but also in numerous other IOTs. Thing is, sometimes these IOTs aren't home to a crowd that particularly wants mod intervention. They have been complaining about it for quite a while, IIRC. Not that Birdjaguar isn't doing his job correctly mind you, I very much believe he is.
This particular community just doesn't agree very much.