This is an idea that I still consider as a mod.. if it's not later already given as an expansion. All I am really proposing is that one faction be changed to a pirate faction. And the base city being in Belize, (British Honduras). The maps will stay the same, so Iíll need to learn how to re-skin some of the units with pirate outfits, 2D artwork replace banners flags etc, and text, and change the names of cities in Central America. There doesnít seem to be any interest in this idea, but I think itís a good idea anyway.
Hereís what I wrote earlier..
The noble Buccaneers, after much persecution from their host countries, would try and establish an independent colony in Central America and the whole region. There could be trade alliances with the British and others, as there was historically. Another region that the Buccaneer's wish to control is West Africa, and the loot to be got from Ivory, Gold and Slaves, to sell on to the wicked British and French in the colonies. The Buccaneers can take over the slave trade from the Moroccan pirates, working the med. and sell the slaves grabbed from Cornwall and Devon and Ireland on to the French or Spanish.
So pirate-base cities could be tried to be establish in West Africa, but the main base being in Central America.
I am wondering if any Native American tribes will be included in Empire, as Iíd also like to restore the Mayan Empire in places like Honduras and a bit further south. In this scenario, the Mayans might have been able to hold on to their independence, as they held out against the Spanish for a long time, and the Yucatan wanted to join the US for a while, as another state.
Some have said that Empire will be more moddable..