They have a huge patch incoming in the next week or so. The game has made a lot of progress since launch. They've added like 10 ships, half a dozen dungeons, 4 new schools (1 for each class), sea towers, prowess monoliths, re-worked how harvesting drops work, made transfers more powerful, increased movement speed (mainly strafing), added weather effects, completely revamped how village capturing works, added the market to NPC cities, and just recently added clan markets, that work between clan/alliance holdings.
This next patch is going to be dealing with territory control. You can find the patch notes here:
Basically you get a buff for being nearby your clan/alliance's holdings, and those buffs stack if you have holdings that are close to each other. The idea is to create more regional conflict/alliances and give more of a reason to have holdings and to cap villages.