Thanks for all the recent input guys. I have put alot of thought into the orientation issue and with such split opinion, my gut is telling me to maintain the map orientation. Since my aim to maintain as much similarity to the old map as possible (while freshening it up).
I think that maps of real places should be correctly or closely oriented to their actual orientation. Part of the fun on CC is learning about places I've never been and to find out that Portugal is not at a large angle has upset me. While the original and revamp look good it would be completely impossible to get a map of the USA or ENGLAND through the foundry at a 45* angle unless that was part of the gameplay twist.
CC maps should never be used as tools to learn geography. The primary concern of it make them work graphical and gameplay wise, many many or out geographic map are inaccurate in order to priorities gameplay/graphics.n.n.
posted a large list of feedback which I greatly appreciate. But I shall get back to that tomorrow. It is to large to fully digest after what I put myself through this (long) weekend
. A few people have mentioned issues they have with territories names position/aesthetics. I shall give them a general overhaul and take it from there.