Let the first despot be an NPC created by the GM. That way there's no pressure while familiarizing play and fitting storytelling to the new rules and nobody needs to feel bad if/when the evil dictator...er...enlightened ruler gets a neckotomy. It will also allow characters to develop a bit as well as form into factions (if desired). Counting tiles used in the game might be more realistic but would be an absolute nightmare. Imagine the nation at 20 cities and 100 population and having to find out which 100 tiles were being used after every chat. Also, the land owners in the RPG have no control over what tiles are used in the demogame. An earl with a small army could be wiped out because the DP made a mistake in the chat or put a bunch of pop on other tiles. Opt out definitely needs to go away. That was only put in because we started the conflict ruleset when we were already under way. Anybody who wants to avoid conflict can simply stay away from land grabbing. I'd like to remove the free perks from demogame positions. Save those for discretionary perks from the GM, perks for people working to support the RPG, etc.