My thoughts: Does each faction actually have a particular preference to an ideology? I just think that reduces the flexibility of the game a bit. In terms of factions, Crescent Company sounds a bit strange. Islam is not the sort of religion that has been commercialized like christianity (e.g. Easter, Christmas). I do reckon there should be an Islamic/Middle Eastern faction but focused more on spirituality and a balanced focus on either affinity. Or maybe maintain the trade characteristic of the faction, but change the faction name to Middle Eastern or Arabic. I do imagine Russia as a faction, but not focused on harmony as such. Again, each faction shouldn't be too particularly tied to one affinity. The more international/global factions, the better. That's the best approach to avoid too many national or even regional factions in the game.