Please, can you tell me when I will be able to claim a city. Obviously, a lot of people are frustrated about this right now.
Also, I have friends currently playing this game and none of them show up and they are unable to invite me to their private regions.
Unsure about your claiming issue, but I experienced the same problem with finding my friends. You'll need to ensure you're all on the same server in order to see each other playing the game. When you open your launcher, check the server in the bottom left of your screen and ensure your friends select the same one. Hope this helps!