To ensure that everybody knows exactly what we intend to do with the map, here's a list. Adding more stuff as I remember it.
1.) 6 Nations, 3 Alliances
The Northern alliance contains both England and the Netherlands. Boats, guns, booze, and silver will be the specialties of these two.
The Eastern alliance contains Russia and the Native Tribes. Lapis, quartz, brutes, and endurance will be the focus of this group.
The Western alliance contains France and Spain. Generals, Skirmishers, and gold will be what this group will be best at.
These alliances should ensure that there will always be conflict and a struggle for land, allowing our weapons and cannons to actually be used.
New nations can be formed if either a civil war is won or the mother nation peacefully agrees to lose towns.
2.) Building tree. For real this time.
Buildings will allow towns to gain perks and classes. To ensure that luxury towns and trade remain useful, class changes will have a cost.