Firstly, koontz, I am working on impassables, I did mention that I did not yet have them in because I am still trying to find a way to create a good representation of mountains and so on, so it is coming
and with regards to the names, like I said, I will redo them all as they are too small and are not very clear (especially those in the sea).
The texture is not good on this draft and it was not my intention; this draft was more to illustrate that all the 888s fit within the territory borders and of course that I had got rid of the neon.
Samurai, thanks for those ideas! They're brilliant!
So far, these are the ideas I would like to use:
1) I think we could use Lesotho as a firing location that can attack Ixopo, Ladysmith and Harrismith, protected from direct attack from these territories by the Drakensburg.
2) On the topic of bombardment, we could use the popular myth of the Flying Dutchman
(yes, the very same that is seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) that is reported to be seen on the western coast of the country. The ghost ship could cause territories along the western coast to become neutral (like Port Nolloth, Lutzville and Saldanha for example) and, according to ocean lore, "the sight of this phantom ship is a portent of doom" so this could fit in very nicely.
3) I think I could also incorporate the fact that South Africa's navy has an Antarctic Expedition vessel (the SA Agulhas) which could be placed in the region where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, causing turbulence and troop loss etc like you suggested.
4) The Karoo: slow troop movement (trench warfare system) is a definite, if XML allows this.
5) In the North, I would still like to do the troop loss in Musina due to illegal immigrants crossing the Zimbabwean border. Not so long ago we had massive waves of xenophobic violence in which many were killed and this was caused by this problem.
There is one thing that I would like to keep constant though, and that is the provincial divisions because I want the map to be related to the 1885 one made by Industrial Helix so that the political, historical context can be maintained and compared.