North AmericaImma be blunt here - I don't intend on expanding much past just North America, and even then, I'm not gonna be thorough. Really, I've only got a handful of ideas and mostly just want to open to floor for similar ideas and future expansions.
- Black Hills
- Despite being a major focus of one of the campaigns, there isn’t a single map about the Black Hills. I’d imagine a map like this would be not dissimilar to Saguenay, except in place of a bay, there’d be dense pine trees at the base of the “bay,” a massive selection of gold mines. Players would start in the same U-formation of Saguenay, potentially with small ponds and rivers around like Great Plains, and would fight for the resource-rich acropolis that is the Black Hills. Out on the prairie, there’d be plenty of bison and antelope, but not much wood or gold.
Frankly, that’s all I’ve really got. Maybe I’ll add more later. I’m more interested in the Minor Civs aspect of this.
In playing with my ideas postulated here, I think 7 new minor civs for Tortuamerica could be justified - One to replace a current minor civ from each region that is becoming a full civ, and one new one for each of the three major regions (prairie, PNW, eastern woodlands).
Starting in my homeland, updating the Comanche to full civ status seems like the most logical choice. Replacing the Comanche minor civ in all aspects (and additionally in some more) would be the;
- Serving much the same purpose as the Comanche do now, the Omaha-Ponca occupy an area roughly the same as the Comanche, with all the same notable qualities… just a little less known. The current Comanche Horse Archer is so generic, you could literally just rename them and their techs and it would be just as accurate. (That’s bad.)
- These would be on the maps: Painted Desert, Texas, Sonora, Ozarks, Great Plains, and Colorado.
- From the northern Great Plains, the White Clay People, the A’aninin. Closely related to the Cheyenne and Arapaho, and often seen with both, they are the only people of this trio that did not find themselves closely bonded with the Lakota. You may know them as the “Gros Ventre,” an inaccurate and rather rude name. Let’s please not use that name when they are introduced.
- These would be on the maps: Great Plains, Dakota, Rockies, Northwest Territory, Cascade Range, and Yukon
For a new major civ in the potential future, the Iron Confederacy would be the best choice.
Over with the territories of the Haudenosaunee, we would elevating the Cherokee and Seminole to full civ status, with the Five Civilized Tribes. Unlike the other two regions, this one gains three minor due to two minor civs being elevated. Replacing them would be the;
- Replacing the Cherokee would be the Shawnee. I don’t got much to say. They’d do much the same thing.
- These would be on the maps: Ozarks, Carolina, Bayou, Great Lakes, New England
- Replacing the Seminole, the Caddo. Again, not much to say. They’d do much the same.
- These would be on the maps: Florida, Carolina, Bayou, Ozarks, Texas
- For the new civ of the region, the Mi’kmaq would take place up in the northeast. They would be a fishing people, not dissimilar to the Wyandot (Huron, but need to be renamed), and much more aggressive.
- These would be on the maps: Plymouth, New England, Carolina, Great Lakes, and Saguenay
For a new major civ in the potential future, the Anishinaabe would be the best choice.
To the coolest art styles on the continent, the Pacific Northwest needs a lot more love. With the first act of elevating the Nuu-chah-nulth to full civ status; This is the Nootka. Best part? They’ve already got an explorer design, ready to go! Replacing them would be the;
- Recognized federally as the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, these would replace the current Nootka, potentially with a design relift to give the poor clubman a bit of a boost.
- They would be on the maps: Cascade Range, Yukon, Alaska, California, Rockies, and Northwest Territories
- The Nez Perce would be the new tribe of the area, appearing as a unique mix of a Great Plains culture and that of the Pacific Northwest. This is something that could work to their strengths as a unique minor civ.
For a new major civ in the potential future, the Haida-Tlingit would be the best choice. Uniquely, however, I have a second recommendation for the PNW - which shouldn’t be surprising, given how few PNW cultures are in the game as-is.
Ideally, the Salish people should make a wonderful addition, especially if this is how the PNW communities should generate gold.
I’ve got no ideas for Mesoamerica, nor how any ideas concerning South America. That, I’m afraid, is better left to people who know those areas better.
I would love to hear any ideas you might have.