While on the subject of territories, this map has 61; this means that for 3-6 players, there will be 1 starting neutral, and for 7-8 players, there will be 5 starting neutrals. In a 4 player game, there will be 15 starting terrs per team, and in a 5 player there will be 12.
With this in mind, I'm considering starting a couple of territories neutral - in order to minimise the possible imbalance caused by starting first and knocking down your opponents territory bonus.
My proposed starting neutrals could be:
- Switzerland - the most neutral country in Europe!
Kaliningrad - prevents somebody getting the Motherland bonus from the drop
Belgium - Blocks the Benelux bonus, without disrupting movement between other continents
Cyprus - Blocks the Hellenics bonus