I like the new claim system, it's not perfect, but better than it was.
I think some of the problems are that companies with enough points to claim a bigger island didn't cos they were in a hurry to land grab/too lazy to get enough gold, idk. The minimum points required to claim an island should be the cheapest island, not 15/23 or whatever it is.
The points gained by each addition company member should increase in a balanced way, ei not have 1 point left after claiming and not need 3 extra crew to get then next sized island. The value of an island jumps from 53 to 57, so 53 requires 11 players, but to get the next size up (57) you need 13 players, 12 gives you 56 point which is not enough to claim the next size up...There are so many islands of 57 and above still unclaimed.
By the time me and my friends had enough gold and a ship to get anything there was nothing left under 53 points, requiring a tribe of 11, we are lucking and all our friends came on and joined our company, we are now 12 in the company with only 5 active players. Which makes me wonder how many others are in the same situation...
12 to me is not a small tribe.
(I play on PvE)