We were talking today about world pvp and got on the subject of forts. Windsward currently gives a buff. If each fort gave a separate faction buff it would add meaning to them. Should they be locked down for specific time blocks, say it unlocks every 1-2 hours then locks for that same period.
World pvp would occur prior to the unlock, then continue until it’s claimed.
Having the forts give things like increased expedition luck, harvest luck, increased influence gain etc, would give new targets and interesting things to fight over as well as include major portions of the various maps.
On top of that, having a special bonus for a faction having 3 forts, all of the forts or anything in-between would also cause companies and factions to work together.