To replace the Claim system by a guard system : The claim monument would become a guard's headquarter.
I think the guild monument must be different for a thief (as the guard Headquarter sistem). Thief can create a camp with a small command tent where he can set up his guild. He must be able to move his camp when he want (to be able to run away from who is hunting him).
And a Guard headquarter for every faction would be fantastic, depending with the guild monument level and type.
A kingdom can build a guard post and upgrade it.
The upgrade depends from the guild monument level and type
I mean, if you have a lvl 1 monument (normal monument) you can have 4 guards who protect your settlement. (village)
Lvl 2 allow you to have 8 guards. (big village)
Lvl 3 - 15 guards (little city)
Lvl 4 - 20 guards (is a kindom guild, and of course a kingdom city)
The guard post allow you to set up this npc guards and choose where they must go and what they must do.
If a kingdom claim cover a village claim, can choose the type of npc guards and their armors.
Thief guard post will be a bit different.
The thief can set up a tent guardpost or his monument can be upgraded to a thief headquarter.
Lvl 1 allow you to have 5 men who protecting his camp.
The thief monument will have only the first level but a bit bigger than the kingdom monument (normal lvl 1 monument) and can't allow him to build lots of building.
Thief have his type of buildings like the smith tent or the kitchen etc etc. He have a camp, not a city, he runs away from the "police". Soo can't create a city.
The Kingdom monument depend from "autority".
The thief monument will not rise autority and can be destroyed and moved away, and it have only lvl.
Of course you can be a thief without create a camp, but this is another thing.
The thief rank can be setted from the characters option menu ("P" ingame) like a title and nobody know who the thief his because this title is not visible.
You think is a good idea?
Of course the alignment will decay if you kill people and thiefs are not protected from this or the game will be a pvp all kill all.
this ideas must be discussed.