What if there was a new upgrade for the Armoury (I know, more empire upgrades, gahhh ) that allowed us to access a new gifting system? You can only gift members in your empire, each member can gift the other members once each (so each member can send 79 gifts a day, if there are 80 members). We've needed a gifting overhaul for the longest time, and it makes sense to be able to supply the weaker members of your empire with gear and weapons.
Some ideas include:
.38 Special (Gun): 2 Attack 8 Defence
Switchblade (Melee): 6 Attack 6 Defence
Carbine Rifle (Rifle): 10 Attack 4 Defence
Pump Shotgun (Heavy): 6 Attack 8 Defence
Associate Ring (Gear): 5 Attack 5 Defence
Crew Car (Vehicle): 10 Attack 10 Defence
This will encourage gifting again (albeit empire only gifting), and will make lower level players want to join a more active empire that can gift them gear to make them stronger. It also makes sense overall, you want your empire mates to be as strong as possible, so you equip each other with weapons.