Well first of all I love this game. I thought I would make that clear and hopefully CA reads this post! My main complaint with Empire is the lack of diplomatic features. Sure the obvious things like AI could be improved as well but my biggest peeve is diplomacy. In my current campaign playing as Morocco I have conquered all of North Africa and the Middle east from Persia as north as Anatolia. I also have Texas as a North American colony. My goal in North America was to fight an Anti-Piracy naval war in the Caribbean, and ensure peace in the new world. Anyway, Genoa attacked Louisiana, one of my trusted allies in N.A. Poland, Italians, Spain, New Spain, Hanover all joined to pick on small Louisiana and I felt I had to stick up for them. All those nations where allies to me as well and trade partners so if I went to war with all of them, my empire would be sunk so fast because all income would disappear. The problem was I had no way to diplomatically address the situation and protect my ally. I sent a large army outside New Orleans to deter attack but obviously the AI didn't get it. Spain attacked and I was forced to go to war with my ally Spain. As it turns out the war was much fun and all other nations ended their war with Louisiana after I attacked and crippled Spain. So I guess in a way I accomplished my goal of protecting my ally, but my economy suffered and hasn't yet recovered.
Now Poland and Maratha are at war, the two nations combine to bring me 25,000$ in trade income per turn. In their war they are constantly blockading ports, which from time to time will stop bringing the trade to my nation!!! There is no point for me to go to war with one of them to keep trade routes open, because trade would stop with war anyways!! I wish there was a way for me to say "Stop Blocking the DAMN PORTS !!!"
I sure hope CA goes back to Empire after Rome II and make it a better game. Empire sure could be alot better. I know some of you will say " why not play Napoleon it has more diplomacy." That is true but I tried Napoleon and I just don't like it like Empire, Napoleon seems far to "linear" Play as the Coalition and beat France, yada yada yada. I like the way Empire allows me to build "My Empire" how I want it, it is much more free. Could CA not just update the game to add more diplomatic features. Some I think would be the best
-ask to control an army or navy for set # of turns(applies only to allies or protectorates, I hate when ally's sit by while i get bum rushed by 4 full-stacks)
-Peace with faction
-Request Naval assistance ( if your nation does not have the capability to build an adequate navy, you could ask your ally to build one and help lift blockades on your ports or transport your troops, this one would have been helpful in my Warpath Campaign since I could not build a navy but my Vassal Colombia could)
-Accept or I will attack
- an overall better system(Factions will have a better memory of things you have done for them, they will have an idea of how they stack up against you, so If I own half the world and the other faction has one measly territory they will mostly do whatever I say) I often pay tribute to my small allies to help make them strong, I had so much money I thought if I payed Louisiana 15,000$ a turn for 10 turns they would use it to build more armies and defend themselves.....I was wrong. And if they remembered what I had done for them they would be far more likely to do things for me, like give me troops and ships because I already payed them 150,000$.