A sea dog did not use an admiral IRL so I am happy with this. The fact that my sea dogs can fairly easily capture a Brazilian battleship is good enough. They are English, very much so and I love playing with them despite them being pointless because While I may be seen sometimes as some min/max fast game player I am not. I love to play England it just has to feel English. Yes, That would not make England OP or even second tier but it would make things right. I 100% agree. Naval warfare is beyond pointless, well it was until canals but the MP is not a big thing and while I posted the bug with Firaxis and heard nothing back, if it has been truly seen as coded that way then fair enough. I think what I struggle with is a civ V hang up of England’s getting +1 MP on ships. You misunderstand. They realised double trade routes were strong so stopped everyone using them but England for some reason. Then they took them off England. Then because of loyalty flip abuse possibilities they removed Pax which was a unique ability that sort of worked with redcoats as something vaguely historical... but it was a really fun mechanic that was removed and at that stage England was super weak. Then they made a big announcement of buffing England in the next patch which was really replacing a strong and fun pax mechanic with a really moronic free unit approach that was weak but worse not at all anything you could consider English. Then they added WOTW while destroying coastal cities. And the workshop was as weak as the +10 storage for resources, just not needed. Doubling of WOTW combined with cheaper industrial buildings is English, it is all later in the game but then England was not anything to consider early in history. It’s fine, they probably feel english to play and I look forward to building IZ’s for the first time in 2+ years beyond gaining inspirations. As @acluewithout rightly said, they need to fix some pretty bad mechanics to do with repair and also coastal cities should get some buff, probably in the form of housing.