Ok, great concept for a map, you never cease to amaze me.
I see a few general balance issues; I think also by highlighting ideal strategies for the various starting positions, it will help elucidate other issues that I failed to notice.
San Cristobel: Probably the worst starting position. There are no bonuses anywhere near here, although some may appreciate the isolation on early turn Escalaters.
San Juan Du Portugal: This one has the nastiest ideal strategy. Basically, your best bet is to take Ark Royal since it is so spread out, it probably can't defend itself (unless it focuses on water).
Ark Royal: Ignore the land, focus on getting Isle of Wight.
Revenge: If no red player, beacons. Else, portland.
Triumph: beacons. Get ready for a war with Capitania.
Capitania: If no red player, eddystone. If there is a red player, go get his ship.
Santa Ana: Similar to San Cristobel
Victory: connect your armies and then work on the fireships
Rainbow: Grab a quick Beacon bonus (and Fort bonsu) and then get ready to fight for San Lorenzo. Without a Vanguard player, this is my favourite starting position. If Sunny is on and you see that there is a Vanguard Player, you may want to go straight for the San Lorenzo.
Vanguard: With no de Parma player, go for San Lorenzo. With de Parma player, strike an alliance and then go for San Lorenzo as the fighting will kill you.
de Parma: sucks. You could go into a turn 1 war with Vanguard. Unless you get spectacular dice though, it is suicide. Netherlands should be a bonus region.
San Martin: I am not sure what to do here. If the gravelines connected to the Bow or the Bow was the start instead of the stern, this wouldn't be so tough, it would just make a 3-way war for the San Lorenzo. (probably not though as the Rainbow player would drop out to focus on land and firelines). As it stands, I don't know what the ideal strategy is.
Anyways, there is my report. Hopefully, some players will agree with some things and disagree with others but now we have a starting point to focus on gameplay.
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