Thanks to some great ideas from our players
, we decided to split big countries into smaller ones, to make the areas more playable. USA, Canada, Brazil, Russia, China and Australia all got split, adding 37 new 'countries'. For all game purposes, they are separate countries, however, we decided to keep the original county's flag and name, to underline that these are, basically, just regions of one big country.
In the process, we used official country divisions as a guide, only making a few alterations (like combining Victoria and Tasmania in Australia). Unfortunately, most official regions have incredibly dull names (especially China, where all regions are named Southeast, Northwest etc), so we deviated in some cases, with Texas, Ontario and British Columbia, for example, which actually contain more states than the name suggests.