Thanks for the passionate feedback on the influence race. We hear you and we are reviewing this mechanic as we speak. This is our first real look at the influence race at scale and we are learning a lot about how it impacts gameplay from multiple perspectives. New World will continue evolving over time. If there are pieces of content or mechanics that we release but are not satisfied with, we will continue listening to you (the players) and work to improve them. In regards to the influence race: we believed it has been functioning as planned but now that we have more data, we will investigate further as it is possible there is a bug causing the numbers to escalate faster than intended. This type of investigation along with your feedback is what will help us improve New World now and in the future.
Thank you for your passion and for helping us identify this point of contention!