- A part of Denmark was incorporated in Bismark's Germany. It was the first war fought over the province of Schleswig-Holstein. Austria and Prussia considered it part of the Zollverine (German Economic union) and the Kingdom of Denmark declared it part of Denmark, Austria and Prussia went to war to take it back.
-The crosses and shields are there to represent the key areas of each respective war for unification. Berlin, obviously the capital. Dybbol was the battle that gave Austria and Prussia victory over Denmark (though its actually in Schleswig Holstein). Bayern (Bavaria) was the final piece of the German empire declared at Paris. Konnigratz was the site of the battle where Prussia defeated Austria for the influence over the German union.
Piedmonte was the state that enacted the wars for unification, Rome, obviously the capital taken from the Papal States, Napoli was the capitol of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies and Venetia was the final piece to Italy won after the Franco-Prussian war.
So yeah, some are capitols, but the general idea was places of significance in the wars.
-Couldn’t they hold any a/d bonus? ...not sure what you're asking, but I think the answer is that yes, the crosses/shields will have an auto deploy and neutral start... I thought I wrote it on the map but apparently not, oops!
-the dashed borders are the areas of territory that was most contested by the great powers at the time. Alsace was taken from France, Schleswig Holstein taken from Denmark. Savoy was sold to France for help in the wars of Italian Unification, Venetia was taken from Austria (it was a puppet monarchy), Romagna was taken from the Papal States in the early phase of the war before the whole Papal States were swallowed up. Holding the contested area will gain an additional bonus for holding a bonus region.
Evil - I'm hesitent to change the white area in color as each unified state was intended to reflect the national colors, Germany being black, white and red. I think perhaps it might look better with the numbers visible... I'll throw some on next update.
I ran the bonuses through a calc. already just need to post the numbers. Will do next update.