I've been awaiting the release DotS for quite some time, and I'm really looking forward to the release and I'd like to congratulate the entire team for their dedicated work regarding this grand undertaking.
Now I'm specifically interested in the history of Central Europe, and I found the inclusion of Bohemia a great idea, as that will most certainly spice up the gameplay of the region, not to mention the added historical value of having such a unique faction.
As I was looking through the screenshots that have been posted as previews on the forum, I noticed something quite puzzling:
It seems to me, that three distinct historical regions (namely Bosnia, Croatia and Slavonia) have been merged as one.
I understand that the game has unforunately a limit on home provinces (199 if I rembember correctly), but might I inquire why three distinctly unique regions have been merged?
Another puzzling thing is that it seems to be in the possession of the Kingdom of Hungary: now according to the mod's manifesto, I understand the mod starts in 1080? During that era only Slavonia was under the control of the Kingdom of Hungary (Slavonia being the area between the rivers Drava and Sava , and a bit south of that during the middle ages).
It would seem to me that other regions (specifically eastern Europe and the Steppe) have considerabely larger regions than western Europe (for example if I see correctly England has been broken up into four regions?).
What is the policy of DotS in deciding which region get's a slot?
1. Is it based on geography?
2. Is it based on historically autonomous regions? (Which would warrant an independent Slavonia and Bosnia as Bosnia was only under the control of the Kingdom of the Croats for a small portion of the DotS timeline [if it indeed does start in 1080])
Now a member of the team, Diodredai (who if I understand correctly is the leader of the Hungarian department) said that Moldova and Wallachia will get their own province.
Now based on that assumption I'm going to go with option two, as in historically autonomous regions, as at the start of DotS the Pechenegs control Wallachia, whilst the Cumans control Moldova - even though the region was, for most of the DotS timeline known under the name 'Cumania' in latin.
It would seem that the breakup of the various 'Rus principalities is also based on autonomy (more or less).
Since the borders vary, and barely anything is known about the Cumans, I would understand why the Cumans for example have far greater regions than factions we know a lot about like England or France, but why has the Kingdom of Croatia been made into a province, when the Kingdom barely lasted ten years into the DotS timeline?
Could we got some clarity on that (as in what is the policy of inclusion)? Also, it would seem that Hungary proper is an extremely larger province compared to western Europe (where some factions have about three regions splitting an area akin to that of Hungary proper).