It’s just an idea, but, there’s not enough people on this server to really make settlements feel like actual settlements. Especially trade cities. They all just look mostly deserted. Why not add NPCs that you have to house and can tax and feed? Make an actual economy for the settlement that the nation also has to help with. And part of the money the settlement owner gets is given to the nation.
I was thinking of making it so you could purchase villagers.
What do you mean by purchase?
Yes! Space slave trade.
Uhhh NPC Ship Crew???
NPC ships would be meh. The server should still be controlled and directed by most of the server.