New idea: I'd like to own one or two chains of small-ish (10 - 150 square kilometer) islands well off into the ocean. Too small to be on the map, but it would explain the 'missing' 5,000-ish square kilometers.Siege wrote:Right now I'm thinking the initial 20.000+ square kilometers are too large, but that was only ever an indication anyway.
Random backstory: back in the 18th century the Omnian Emperor contracted privateers out of San Dorado to remove a bunch of corsairs from these islands. After they did the Emperor couldn't pay their fee, but he'd foreseen this and lawyered his way out by arguing that an obscure provision in the contract meant that in case of a default on payment the islands themselves served as collateral. This meant the Emperor didn't have to pay and the irate merchant houses were stuck with a bunch of useless islands. That turn of events permanently soured the merchant houses on the concept of territorial concessions, birthing the "bullion or bust" rule for contracting San Doradan mercenaries: pay up front, pay in gold.
Today the islands are still mostly untamed wildernesses, but some are private retreats, launch sites, research facilities, dinosaur cloning centers or other sensitive corporate facilities. As a rule: if upon approach of any particular island you're greeted by grim looking men on armed speedboats or in attack helicopters, it's probably best to quickly turn around.