"Constructing the map could be as easy as getting in worldcraft and building the layout using the artwork and shape files."
You don't know much about Ryzom and MMORPGs, do you? No, I didn't think so. Doing what you suggest would take years. And when you finally do it, you won't have Ryzom. You will have a Ryzom *clone*. And probably not a perfect re-creation of Ryzom anyway.
Yeah, Ryzom is now free. Not! Ryzom is NOT free. It's engine is. The game itself is not. How difficult is this for you to understand? If Ryzom were free, I would not need to spend 5 years to recreate Ryzom.
Also, the term FUD seems to be used quite liberally here. Perhaps you should first grasp what I'm saying before resorting to accusations of malevolent objectives.