I found some maps of the Roman Empire at various points throughout its history, and based on those maps, I recommend that the city of Franks be conquerable rather than having a homeland fortress. I also found a fairly detailed map showing the cities and tribes in Gaul. After looking at the map, it seems like the RFRE map needs to be updated to give Gaul one additional city halfway between Gallia Belgica and Franks, in the middle of that big forested area. Various tribes inhabited that region. I uploaded the maps to http://www.filefront.com/14305447/maps.rar I have a few more maps that I could upload too if anyone is interested. I'm in the same situation. I can work XML and I know a little about Rome but I have never tried doing anything in Python, but I will certainly volunteer to beta test p9 once it is released. The sooner the better!