I've just found the new map for the Colonial Era. And bluntly, I find it disgusting and disturbing. It's North America obviously and the first region I encounter, in the Southern US, is a First Nations/Native American group. The leader of the area is *shuddering* Sitting Duck. This is so far beyond tacky or racially insensitive that I'm actually shocked. A brief history lesson. The Europeans who initially discovered, colonized and developed the Americas committed *atrocities* against the original inhabitants. We are talking biological warfare (purposeful spreading of diseases), traditional warfare, and cultural and literal genocide. The US at one point had a POLICY of genocidal erradication of the Indian "problem." The effects of these policies continue through to present day. Yet this game, which could have chosen an entirely fictional land mass and fictional peoples, or who could have focused on the inter-European factions, chose to gamify and trivialize what happened over centuries to the original peoples of North America. In case anyone doesn't get how offensive this could be to some people, imagine a different gamified scenario. Imagine we were playing this game from the point of view of a historical Germany and suddenly you hit Contemporary era and you were invading what was obviously Poland or France. Oh yay, I'm A. H----r now and killing millions of Jews and subjugating entire nations. People would flip. But in searching online I can't find a single example of ANYONE mentioning how repulsive this turn of the game is. Is the next step that I import slaves from Africa? Because that also is part of the reality of the history of North America and if we can gamify attempted genocide, why not slavery? I don't know what I'm going to do. Should I keep playing so that I can speak from a position of knowledge or cut and run now? I have contacted Innogames but who knows what, if any, response I'll get. Holding off on making any decisions right this moment.