First of all, l gave Xethos the primary call on allowing it or not since I was involved in the trade. I was not made aware of this trade, nor did I know I was involved in it, until both finally agreed (ask Wastee or Mikey). I had given Mikey and Wastee the notion that if they needed extra time for trading, they could have it. I told them this the hours before any idea of this trade came up, even before all the other trades happened (ask them). I mishandled the communication and should have announced something to everyone earlier. This is pretty tl;dr but it is honestly what happened and I never extended to solely benefit myself. I care about hosting leagues that people enjoy, can compete in, and where I can help the community. I care about how I host and I hate any element of bias, so I work hard to not have any issues at all in the leagues I host.
The main issue was communication and that will be better going forward, to resolve any similar issues.
How does someone request a trade but doesn't whatsoever suspect he's involved in the trade talks between his captain and another captain? Also why randomly give extra time for trading to these two captains, unless I suppose every captain was told they had extra time to make trades after the deadline? Though from the reactions of the other captains, that doesn't seem to have been the case.
And let's not pretend that leaving the decision up to Xethos is anything more than a formality as if he's really going to block the trade, especially when the main reason, being past the deadline was apparently voided by special privilege given to these captains.
It's not even a problem in communication, it's a problem in circumstance, why were Mikey and Waste even given the notion that they had extra time in the first place when apparently no one else was? That's why even though you're saying it wasn't biased, it was just a problem with communication, it still looks biased as hell, and Xethos approving the trade instead of yourself does nothing to diminish that. Even if you gave both of them this idea that the deadline didn't apply to them hours before they had this specific trade idea, you still gave your captain extra time to fulfill your trade request. Even if that wasn't the direct intent behind giving them extra time, it's still effectively what you're doing through that action and at least indirectly influencing things in that favor, and even if it wasn't done for your sole benefit, I can't imagine that you were ignorant to the potential of it benefitting you.