Two great questions! 1. The “free market” USA is red. The “democratic traditions” USA is blue. The map is very fluid at this point and while each side has ‘strongholds’ much of the area between them change hands frequently. 2. Swaziland is a land of lawlessness and warlords at present. The 7 divisions there probably work for seven different warlords. They are all ‘basic default’ doctrine which means they are basically just militias, not real militaries. It indicates that the majority of the region has just fallen into anarchy. @Celtic, Tolni, others: The applications do not necessarily mean you will get those nations. I’m going to leave ‘claims’ open for a bit and allow people to sign up. Once I have enough, I’ll assign nations according to both what people want to play and what needs a player. It makes no sense for me to have a player for, say, Fiji, and none for India. So please feel free to agree between you who gets first ‘dibs’ on a country but ultimately I can promise nothing until all the claims are in and nations have been assigned. Okay. You can leave out your first tier choices if you absolutely don't want to include them. And yes, there are a number of international organizations that with a bit of prodding and good player leadership could form into more centralized confederacies and be played as a union. ECOWAS (minus Nigeria and those it has intimidated in its immediate sphere of influence) and the Maghreb Union are two of those. So while no, you cannot start as playing those international organizations, there is definitely room for those to develop and become the next ‘East African Federation’ or EU, or ASEAN, etc. In fact, I was sort of hoping someone would move in that direction. Regarding south Africa, feel free to make a claim; someone else’s claim should not prevent you from making your own. This is NOT first come first serve.