It is a good thing to make connections more clear than on the old map. Now Aland is clearly connected to Stockholm and not to Uppland.
But Oslo seems to touch Oppland and Hedmark. Maybe move the borders a bit so that Oslo really sits inside Akershus?
Freshening up the graphics is welcome for me. Although some character is lost here. Maybe have a glimpse of northern light or the sun that never sets? Also the capital symbol in the legend could have a cross like all the flags have but without any colours.
I remember the compass discussion was quite substantial when you first made this map. There where a lot of edits to try to get the best possible compass but in the end it wasn't as colorful as I would've liked! So my advice is to make it a lot more colorful this time around! Try to get many colors in there. A compass has the potential to be a maps diamond so don't make it bland. A wow effect compass would be awesome on this map!
Got to agree with Gillipig. The map has to be the one thing to stand out, as it has been said before in the thread, the map has a lot of competition with the style of game play so one thing to draw it out could be the difference between success and failure.
EDIT: One thing though with the current compass, it does not really go with the title.