Each island government, or choice of rule, will be decided by its owner. The island owner can choose government settings in their control panel. They will be able to choose how much to sell land to other players for, tax rates, laws, etc.
As long as the island owner retains 51% ownership of the island, they will be the ruler. After they relinquish 50%, or more, of their island property, they still remain as the owner of the island and receive a minimum tax payment, but the island will become a democracy where land owners will decide things by majority voting and settings within the town hall. Island owners will still be responsible for building community facilities with island tax funds. Land owners will be the ones who choose what to build, by a voting poll created by the Island owner. Island owners will be able to purchase land back, to try and regain majority ownership of the island.
Islands may be purchased from pirate vendors or other players. Every island has a 1% (of total island sales) protection tax imposed on the island by the pirates, during the Survival Era. Once your island population reaches 50% of its total capacity, your protection tax is reduced by 50%.
Upon advancing to the next era, the pirates will raise the protection tax to 2%. You now have to option of opposing the pirate’s protection tax and risk having a battle once per week. Battle is avoided, if 50% of your citizens enlists to protect the island. This encourages an active community. If less than 50% enlist, the 2% tax is collected as battle damage and the pirate vendor skips his next visit to your island.
Islands will be passively competing weekly for “top” rankings for various categories. The winning islands will receive resources and/or in game assets.
In future eras, direct battles between islands will be an available game option. Islands may choose to opt out of these battles. Winning islands of the battles will receive a small percentage of the community resources of the losing island along with game assets, given by Aftermath Islands.