@WildlyPerspicacious The developers were able to identify the problem; a hotfix is available for download. The hotfix will resolve issues with the pop-ups which caused the game to stop either when developing a city or exiting a finished game (= your case). Please reload the WebGL version to make sure that you play the most recent version of Catan Universe. You can check whether you use the correct version by verifying the version code displayed in the main menu: version 1.3.0-868e3b31e is the most recent version.
This distribution is not even that bad. This is how most of the games run. I can't really see everything on that map but it seems like grey initial placement was the best one for the map anyway. Red building on that 8 brick wheat port seems useless for instance.
And that's why any kind of ELO metric (since you mentioned it) is completely pointless. Only over hundreds of games you might be able to see what your average ELO over time is. You really should not care about the ELO at all. It does not matter at all.
Developers, this problem is still VERY persistent in Seafarers. Leaves players with no choice but to either A ) be the dick that holds up the game, and/or B ) forcibly leave the game, costing major elo points.
@ZK31 We will take a look at it but it always helps in situations like this if you could provide us with a screenshot. Best you upload it to a file hoster of your choice and share the link here in the forums.