I will comment on suggestion for games 1vs1 only, other types of games seem more complicated to find the ideal solution
I can conclude after reading some people disagree with this suggestion because it does not solve the problem of the 1st starter's advantages in 1vs1 games. But somehow this suggestion makes the games 1vs1 more fair between the first and second starter. The bigger the map the effect is smaller.
Therefore, for the first step, I support
the suggestion to add 1 to 3 neutrals start for map with 36 to 38 territories, so that each player starts with 11 territories. And after seeing the process of making a map right now (eg Eurasia), this is easy to do.