Antiquajan finally filled up. 61 days. Appleford is now open. HOWEVER, the first few days tend to be BUSY and CROWDED, with veterans and depots, so you might want to give it a week or 2.
Remember the 30 day rule. Anyone who is more than 30 days older, or younger than you, cannot attack, or be attacked, by you.
For despots, starting on day one, reduces your victim pool. Starting at 2 - 3 weeks, greatly increase your number of possible targets.
For collects, while there may be less despots, in age range, starting early will mean you land near some of the strongest, fastest and most active.
REMINDER about Creature Habitats, 4 will spawn within an hour of your hero, at 9 - 14 cells, from your dwelling. There will be some resources, but no creatures, until 14 days. A useful source of extra resources.
At 14 days CH's will start producing 5 each food, wood, stone and iron, per hour, or 120 each, per day. For those with victories, creatures may also spawn, at 14 days, if they have resources to do so. Less active and newer heroes might not have creatures spawn, for 21 days or more.
Creature habitats being fairly new content, we are still learning how they work. An album of information, I am working on. https://imgur.com/a/quIiOC5