Happy Holidays, everyone!
As a side note, there has been a bit of a roster cleanup. Characters that have been removed belonged to people that haven't been online in the game for at least nine (9) months. In most cases, they haven't been active in 2015 at all.
But if someone was removed, and wishes back in, all they need to do is contact an officer for a re-invite. So there is no reason to panic.