I'm new to this game so forgive me if this has been posted many times before!
I started playing this with two of my friends, and we were going to build a small hamlet to farm our lands! but we soon realized we couldn't make a guild claim to protect our small hamlet, and private claims would be too expensive if it were to cover all three shacks and working stations (We'd have to haul logs all the time).
So my request is a smaller claim, between guild and private, for groups between 2-9..
Something along the lines of 'Band Monument', with a smaller area and upkeep than guild but big enough for a small 'production camp' or village.
This would be for those who don't have 10 friends, or want join a big guild..
This would create small settlements that can fill the gap between large guilds on the map. This would also offer unique opportunity for large guilds to create satellite-camps for production, or they could offer protection against bandits/enemies in exchange for trade-rights..
I think that this would increase immersion and realism, as well as improve roleplay! I imagine there would be small specialised production settlements/camps manned by just a few inhabitants like logging camps, fishing huts, farms, mining companies and fur stations, that could trade with the bigger guild forts/towns! This would emphasize the importance of trade between settlements!
These settlements of different sizes would cater to those who want to be a small independent group, or even a lone-wolfs, as well as to the people who seek the lifestyle befitted to members of a large community
Please excuse my English!