By the way, I haven't abandoned the project, just been sidetracked a bit. If you want to see the latest version of the mod (that I've made) it's here.
Also, this site
has a slightly older version deployed, but it is used on a much larger scale.
I've been extensively working on implementing the rank system for all other nations. It's been a code headache, but it's making it's way there.
At the moment, I'm looking heavily into less direct modifications to the raw PHPBB code and more into inclusion files, because this is a bit of a headache to work with when it comes to installation.
What has been done sofar is a massive performance upgrade by crisper code, a language file update (all job abreviations are in all caps, this was fixed) and the ability to have a craft level of zero. Got plenty to do, get back in a week or so with how it's going.