Settlements are the third level of social organization in Pathfinder Online. There are several hexes which have empty settlement templates. They are NPC hexes have no Thornguards. They cannot be invaded by escalation cycles and are not guarded by Thornguards. The have Tier 1 encounters and have only Tier 1 resources.
These are easy hexes for new players to accumulate achievement points as they have low levels of Tier 1 encounters.