This post is moved here from the dev Forum as requested in the main forum.
It is a startpos file I made a while ago, it has both France and Britain starting with a region in India.
There are issues with it, which is why we / I discarded the concept. E.g. France will very soon loose its region to rebellion unless played by the human player. This is made with the hybrid Startpos technique which may lead to other unforeseen issues. I am not aware of any, but there may be surprises.