1. Actually the starting army of France was increased multiple times in the last few versions. I don't think it's hard in it's current form. What everyone else thinks? 2. That's intentional. Religion wasn't that stable/established for most nations at their spawning time. 3. If anything, Silesia is a great example for a contested province. Between HRE/Bohemia, Poland, Prussia, Austria, and even Hungary (under Matthias Corvinus). With even some periods/potential for an independent Silesia.