Which of these players or soon to be has the best position?
I ask this question, because the generated map is unbalanced. In my opinion, one-half of the players have near impossible chances of winning. One-fourth of the players will start out with incredible positions. The last few are odd balls, but have strong positions if played right.
I believe Purple Square, Blue Circle, Red Square, Blue Square, Yellow Square and Teal Square have a surplus of natural resources per competition. My calculations also include hyperspace range. Some players have superior defenses and others have extremely conflicted positions.
Those with the worst positions are Orange Square, Yellow Circle, Orange Circle, Purple Circle, and Pink Circle. They either have few to none natural defenses, resources per competition, neighbors, or a tight cluster. It’s quite unfair; however, diplomacy can do magic. But think. Diplomacy is a double edged sword. Asking a player to be your ally can destroy your potential. Weakling * Weakling = Weakling Squared. Not a promising sight. On the other hand, a Weakling * Strong = Potentially Strong Weakling. That’s just mine train of thought. Though weakling is a harsh word, it is a fact. Those who are in a difficult position must find strong allies to cover up their weaknesses. A weak ally may only make matters worse.